Meet and Greet

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    We are looking forward to welcoming you and your children to Fremont School District for the 2017-2018 school year! Following are some back to school updates.

    Meet & Greet:

    • Students in Grades 1 to 8 are invited to drop off supplies and meet their teacher(s) from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 22.
      • Parents may arrive at the Fremont Intermediate School gymnasium at 1:30 p.m. to pick up bus tags, to pay for school lunches (bring a check or pay online), drop off medical forms, etc.
      • Please click here to view school supply lists.
      • Please park in one of the school parking lots, not on Fremont Center Road. We have staff directing traffic to help with a smooth parking transition.
    • Kindergarten students and their parents are invited to meet their teachers on Wednesday, August 23.
      • 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Parents and their A.M. or full day kindergarten student may drop off supplies and meet their teacher.
      • 2 to 2:45 p.m. Parents and P.M. kindergarteners may drop off supplies and meet their teacher.
    • Preschoolers and their parents are invited to meet their teachers on Friday, August 25 at Lincoln Early Learning Center. A.M. preschoolers are welcome from 10 to 11 a.m. and P.M. preschoolers are welcome from 2 to 3 p.m.

    Medical Forms:

    Health information and medical forms are available on the District 79 Health Services website page. Please drop off forms at your child’s school.

    • Parents of kindergarteners must show proof of current physical/immunizations, as well as dental and eye exams.
    • Second graders must complete a dental examination prior to starting school.
    • Sixth graders must provide a dental examination form and a health examination form with proof of up-to-date immunizations.

    Opt Out Forms:

    • If you do not want your child’s name or photo used for school publicity purposes, please fill out the non-consent photo form and turn it into your child’s school.
    • If you do not wish to receive emails, telephone calls, or text messages from Fremont School District 79, please fill out the communication form and turn it into your child’s school.

    Child Care: 

    Have you sorted out your before and after school care? Fremont offers before and after school child care through its vendor, Right At School. Please visit the Right At School website for information and to register your child(ren) for the program. Please click on 'Find a Program' or 'Locations' tab to find information about the Fremont program.

    If you are unable to attend the Meet and Greet event, children may bring their supplies on the first day of school. Bus tags will be handed out in class.

Character Matters

  • image Paraprofessional Jill Merriman was honored with the Lake County Character Matters Award.

    This is the 12th annual Excellence in Character Award. The program is sponsored by Character Matters in Lake County, and the Lake County Regional Office of Education and the Youth Empowerment for Success Coalition. Mrs. Merriman was the only inidividual nominated by Fremont's Lincoln School.

    “We selected Jill for this honor because she is kind, compassionate, and her love for children comes out in all she does,” said Carol image Bennett, principal of the Lincoln Early Learning Center.

    Principal Bennett added, “In the 10 years she has worked for Fremont, Jill has been a quiet shining star who always listens, helps, and gently guides students to solve problems. Jill truly shows why character is so important in our lives and how being a kind, trustworthy, and compassionate person makes a difference in the lives of children.”
    Miss Bennett continued that “Mrs. Merriman is willing to go the extra mile to help students be successful whether it's playing with them on the playground, assisting them with personal hygiene, or engaging them in the classroom. Her daily tone, attitude, and most of all listening ear for the children helps the children to trust her and view her as a confidant. Students share things with Jill because they trust her and adore her. Her tone is always kind even when having to correct them.”

    Mrs. Merriman’s role in the preschool classroom is to assist the teacher, She helps students throughout their day. “She makes my day run smoothly by lining up children to board the busses, helping children manage their belongings, help with snacks and assist me wherever needed. She never complains and is always the first to help someone else out,” said Patricia Olsen, the teacher that Mrs. Merriman assists.

Lincoln Early Learning Center

  • Fremont is encouraging parents to preregister for the tuition-based preschool program.

    Please fill out Tuition-Based Preschool Interest form for 2017-2018 to show your interest in enrolling your child in this program for Fall 2017. The cost is $3,500 per year without transportation and $3,750 with transportation. Parents can find program information below.

    Fremont School District's tuition-based program would run 2.5 hours a day, 5 days a week and would follow the 2017-2018 Fremont school calendar. This program allows certified staff to prepare students for the Fremont kindergarten program. It also allows qualified staff to identify strengths and areas of need for children at the earliest age possible.

The Motor Room

  • Motor Room Inside the Lincoln Early Learning Center students move through a sequential order of activities that are highly motivating and meaningful to student development such as climbing bridges, crawling through tunnels and jumping on trampolines.

    For the 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children in the early childhood program children receive physical, occupational, and speech therapy in the Motor Room while engaging in these purposeful and fun tasks.

    “Children go through the obstacle course the therapists have set up for them while working on their language and articulation skills and strengthening their fine and gross motor abilities,” said Jeanine Bock, an early childhood teacher. “The children are on an adventure while the staff helps them work on all areas of development,” she said.

About Tuition-Based Preschool

Preschool for All

  • This program is for preschoolers between the ages of three and six. Students qualify for this program based on several criteria. The program is a half-day program, and students may remain in the program up until the beginning of their kindergarten year. Criteria for student’s entry into the program will be reviewed after the student attends Preschool Screening. Parents may sign up for Preschool Screening through the Special Education Department. This program is based on funding through a state grant.
    Below are links to developmental checklist (milestones) from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

Life Changer

  • Olsem Preschool teacher Patti Olsem was recently nominated for a national Life Changer of the Year Award. Her colleagues nominated her because of the leadership qualities she displays at Lincoln Early Learning Center. Please read more about Ms. Olsem on the Life Changer website.


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    Children at the Lincoln Early Learning Center were entertained with Mundelein Police Department’s Titan, a German Shepherd. Titan is charged with helping the department with arrests and solving village crimes. A trained dog such as this has a specialized set of skills including drug detection through scent and tracking abilities for offenders or missing people. Canine officer Steve Kroll is his handler and trains weekly with the animal. Students learned how the pair worked together as a team. Watch brief video here.


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    Preschoolers have been seeing first hand how workers in their community help them. Firefighters put out fires, electricians make repairs in bucket trucks high above their heads, and public works employees use large trucks with a scoop to get rid of snow on the streets.

    On a particular day, a Mundelein Fire Department firefighter spoke with the children about leaving their home if they smell smoke and finding a safe place to wait. Officer XX explained that firefighters will return to the building to retrieve their toys, books, and cats and dogs.

    Lincoln Early Learning Center invites police officers, garbage collectors, and construction workers to meet with the preschoolers.

    “It is a way for children to build trust with members of our community and to understand what they do. It helps them understand how a police officer protects a child’s home and how a garbage truck drive keeps the community clean,” said Carol Bennett, principal of Lincoln.

Principal Appreciation

  • image Lincoln Principal Carol Bennett truly embodies the mission of Fremont School District 79. She cares deeply about our students, our staff, and the community we serve as we prepare today's child for tomorrow's world. In this increasingly complex role, our instructional leadership team collaborates, communicates, and create an inviting and engaging learning organization where our staff and students achieve tremendous success. It is through our building leaders that we continue to move forward.
    Dr. Jill Gildea
    Fremont Superintendent

Preschool Events