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Janis Lindsey, Principal

Thank you for visiting Sherman Elementary's Principal's website.  I hope you find this page to be full of helpful information.  You may also find current events on the elementary Twitter @ses_lindsey or ask to "friend" us on Facebook (Sherman Elem).  If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact me by calling 217-496-2021 or by email at lindsey@wcusd15.org.

School hours

  • The office hours at Sherman Elementary are 7:15 a.m. -3:30 p.m.  Please remember that the students are not allowed into the building before 7:45 a.m.  If you drop your child off before that time, they are required to stand outside and are unattended. Only in cold weather will they be allowed into the foyer. 
  • Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. with the first bell ringing at 7:55 a.m.  Students are considered tardy at 8:06 a.m.
  • Preschool For All classes are from 8:00-10:30 a.m. for the morning class and 12:00-2:30 p.m. for the afternoon class
  • Kindergarten classes dismiss at 2:35 p.m. First through fourth grade dismiss at 2:40 p.m.

What is the difference between Preschool for All and PreK5?

    We would like to take this opportunity to explain the difference between the Preschool for All (PFA) and the PreK5 programs that are currently being offered at Sherman Elementary.
    The PFA program is a state-funded program for children who are not kindergarten age eligible by September 1; essentially the child is 3 or 4 years old on September 2.   If a child turns 5 while in the program, they are allowed to complete that year, but may not be enrolled/entered in the program if they are already 5.  
    It is a program for at-risk children and is fully funded by the Preschool for All grant offered by the State of Illinois.   This is a program that has been available through the Williamsville-Sherman School District and funded by the state grant since the 1992-1993 school year.   
    The PreK5 program (formerly called Transitional Kindergarten) is a program for children who are kindergarten age eligible, five years old by September 1, but parents feel are not ready for kindergarten, whether it be academically or emotionally.  Children who attend this program would then be enrolled as a kindergarten student their second year of school. Essentially, it is a two year kindergarten program.
    It is a program that is paid for by the school district using district funds.   The District first offered this program in the 2007-2008 school year.  Then, due to funding, the program was not offered again until the 2011-2012 school year.  It was also offered in the 2012-2013 school year.  Due to lack of interest, the program was not offered during the 2013-2014, 2014-2015, or the 2015-2016 school years.  It was brought back for this current school year because the interest was there and the enrollment requirement was met.  
    Also, please keep in mind that while the State of Illinois states a child MAY begin kindergarten if they are 5 years old by September 1 of the school year, it also states that a child is not required to be enrolled in school until he/she is 6 years old. This is why some parents choose to keep their child out of school until he/she has turned 6. 
    The Sherman Elementary PFA program will be offered this upcoming school year but, due to the lack of the enrollment requirement being met, coupled with the cost and lack of funding from the State, the PreK5 program will not be offered.  
    We hope that this helps to clarify the difference between the two programs and answers any questions as to the status of the two programs for the upcoming school year.  If you have any other questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Lindsey.  


Please continue to support SES by collecting and turning in the following: 

  • Boxtops for Education1.  CLIP  Clip Box Tops coupons from participating products.  Box Tops coupons are found on 800+ products throughout the grocery store.  2.  SEND Send Box Tops coupons to Sherman Elementary.  The school will send them to General Mills.  3.  SCHOOL EARNS CASH   Sherman Elementary then receives a check.  Each Box Tops coupon redeemed is worth 10¢ -- up to $20,000 per school year!  For more information go to www.boxtops4education.com.

Y's Afterschool Program

The Y’s Afterschool Program is located at the Sherman Elementary School and is for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Our program is modeled after the Food, Fun, and Afterschool program designed by the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center and the YMCA of the USA. We promote healthy life styles through physical activity and healthy snack. Other activities include group games, arts & crafts and homework assistance.     
Daily rates and/or weekly rates are available. FOR MORE IMFORMATION OR TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR, PLEASE CONTACT THE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR at
217- 544-9846 x 135       www.springfieldymca.org