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District June Newsletter

District June Newsletter

June 7, 2024

Dear District 31 Community,

I want to take this opportunity to reflect on our achievements and express my heartfelt gratitude to all of our partners on the learning journey this year.

First and foremost, I would like to highlight our incredible students. You have shown exceptional growth, curiosity, and enthusiasm for learning. I would like to congratulate our eighth grade graduates. Their graduation this week is an important milestone and a testament to hard work, dedication, and perseverance. We are incredibly proud of you and excited to see the great things that lie ahead.

This school year would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our parents and volunteers, and especially our PTO. From assisting in classrooms and organizing events to providing encouragement and support at home, your contributions have significantly enriched the experience of our students. Thank you for your tireless efforts and for being an integral part of our school community.

Lastly, I want to express my deepest appreciation to our dedicated teachers and staff. Your passion for education and commitment to our students' success are truly inspiring. You have navigated this school year with a steadfast focus on student learning and well-being. Your hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed, and we are so appreciative of all you do for the students and families of District 31.

As we look forward to a well-deserved summer break, I encourage everyone to take time to rest, recharge, and enjoy quality time with loved ones. I am excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead and am confident that, together, we will continue to achieve great things.

Thank you all for a wonderful school year. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent

Back to School Dates

 

Congratulations Retirees
Congratulations to our special retiring teachers/ staff members listed below. Thank you to all five for their years of service to our District. We wish them well in their retirement!

Pictured: Cathy Lauria, Karen Hill, Betsy Maher, Lynn Merrill, and Gina Byrne.

Karen Hill, Winkelman PE Teacher and Field Teaching Assistant
Ms. Hill served as a PE teacher for 28 years. After her retirement from teaching, she continued to serve students as a teacher assistant for another 11 years. Thank you for your combined 39 years of  service.

Lynn Merrill, School psychologist
Lynn Merrill helped families and staff  better understand students, and helped build plans to help them thrive as students and individuals. Thank you for your 6 years of service.

Gina Byrne, Winkelman 2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Gina Byrne’s kindness, calmness, compassion, and structure ensured a classroom where students were nurtured and thus able to thrive and learn. Thank you for your 9 years of service.

Betsy Maher, Field PE Teacher and Coach
Ms. Maher had thousands of students pass through the gym door. Students were taught in areas that far surpassed health and physical fitness as they were encouraged and challenged to exhibit good sportsmanship, school spirit, and kindness in every aspect of their life. Thank you for your 26 years of service.

Cathy Lauria, Chief School Business Official/Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations
Cathy Lauria has worn many hats and impacted countless lives. Under her leadership, District 31 went through a successful referendum, building projects, a pandemic that led to some unique financial challenges, and so much more. She is leaving behind a legacy of financial stability. Thank you for your 14 years of service.

Congratulations 8th Grade Graduates
A special congratulations to the Field Middle School Class of 2024!  Our 8th Graders enjoyed the last few weeks of school with a parade at Winkelman, a graduation breakfast, and a beautiful graduation ceremony. You can view the 2024 graduation video and photos on our District Facebook page. We are very proud of our Tigers and wish them the best of luck in high school next year! Thank you to all of the parents who planned the wonderful party and luncheon and for the staff for making their 8th grade year so memorable.  

Congratulations to Winkelman 5th Graders
Congratulations to Winkelman's class of 2024!  Yesterday students enjoyed the annual Farewell to Fifth celebration. The afternoon included a field trip and a parade through the school. Thank you to the fifth grade teachers and staff, and the PTO,  for helping to support the event, and many thanks to all the Winkelman staff and parent/guardian volunteers for bringing us to this day! View photos on our District Facebook page

PTO 2024-2025 School Supply Kits Available
The PTO has partnered with Teacher Tailored to save District 31 families time, effort, and money with pre-ordered school supply kits! Purchasing a kit is convenient, easy, and hassle-free! All kits include high-quality, name-brand products.

Order today at www.shopttkits.com 

Deadline: Wednesday, July 3
Use Account/Code #30434 for Field and 2105 for Winkelman.

School Supply Lists
School Supply Lists  for the 2024-2025 School Year are available here.   They will also be available on our website.

PTO Spirit Wear Store
Purchase Spirit Wear for the 2024-2025 school year! Find Winkelman, Field, and District attire here

Thank you to the PTO
Thank you to the outgoing PTO board and volunteers for making the 2023-2024 school year extra special for our students and teachers. A special thank you to our PTO Executive Board co-presidents Sheetal Rai and Sakina Kadakia, Secretary Melissa Choo Valentinas, Treasurer Stella McNeilly, Co-VP Communication Euna Bae and Saima Gowani, Co-VP of Fundraising Molly Frank and Laurel Shah, and Co-VP of School Activities Megan Kivarkis and Jamjuree Reankit.

Summer Learning Opportunities
Math at Home
Are you looking for fun, grade-appropriate ways to keep your kids engaged in math learning over the summer? Check out the K - 5 Ways to Support Your Child’s Math Learning from Mrs. Stone, our D31 Math Coordinator. Greg Tang math is also offering a Summer Math Challenge for students who have finished grades K - 6 which include downloadable game boards with grade-appropriate math games and puzzles.

Reading Lists
Thank you to District Librarian Mrs. Fisher for creating suggested summer reading lists for students.  Please note, these lists are NOT required. View Summer Reading Lists

Northbrook and Glenview Public Library
Both the Glenview and Northbrook Public Libraries have waived non-resident fees for children ages 18 and younger. Students living in unincorporated Glenview and Northbrook are eligible for FREE library cards. Students can obtain or renew a library card through the District 31 registration process, or parents/guardians can visit the Northbrook or Glenview Public Library with their child and present a valid Illinois state photo ID. All students are also eligible to participate in the summer reading programs below. Happy reading! 

Northbrook Summer Reading Program 

Glenview Summer Reading Program

Spring Benchmarking Reports and Placement Letters
The spring benchmarking data collection period is now complete. Spring NWEA reports will be emailed home to all K - 8th grade parents/guardians the first week of June. All students entering into 5th grade and 6th grade next year will also receive placement letters to confirm math and English Language Arts (ELA) placement decisions for the 2024 - 2025 school year in either grade level math/ELA or in an Advanced Learning Program math/ELA class based on each individual student’s readiness. For more information about the placement process, please visit the District 31 Advanced Learning Program website.

Summer School
Extended School Year
Extended School Year for students with IEPs starts June 11. View this letter for more information. 

Academic Support Summer School Program
Academic Support Summer School will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on June 11 - July 3; no sessions on June 19 (Juneteenth). Those students who confirmed enrollment should have received a confirmation letter from their building principal with information about their summer school teacher and classroom location.

Caring Corner Open Through the Summer
The District 31 Caring Corner is open throughout the summer every school day from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.  in the District 31 Admin Office outer lobby, 3131 Techy (adjacent to Field Middle School). Groceries, staples, personal care products, and other items are available for the taking to any family who might need the items. No need to check in with the office.  Take what you need.

Village of Glenview 125th Anniversary
This June, Glenview celebrates the 125th anniversary of its incorporation as a village. To help school-aged children appreciate this milestone, the Glenview History Center and the Village of Glenview created a short video of Glenview’s origins and history. The video can be viewed here. Additional resources on Glenview’s history can be found here.

Annual Communication Survey
Help District 31 continually improve our communications by taking the 2024 Communications Survey. The survey is 20 questions and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Take the District 31 Communication Survey here

2024-2025 Registration
Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is now open for all students grades PreK - 8th! Please plan to register early as this helps with school planning.  Register today at www.district31.net/registration.

Register for Little Wildcat Preschool by emailing Anabel Santiago at asantiago@district31.net.

Along with making sure to register, please also plan ahead to make sure you will have all medical forms ready for the 2024-2025 school year. Required forms are listed below.

Summary of Medical Form Requirements

  • Pre-K: Physical
  • Kindergarten: Physical, Dental, and Eye
  • 1st grade: No forms required
  • 2nd grade: Dental
  • 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade: No forms required
  • 6th grade: Physical (exam also covers interscholastic sports physical) and Dental
  • 7th & 8th grade: No forms required

Physical Exam and Immunization Record
A physical exam, with an updated immunization record on the, “State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination” form, is required to be completed and signed by a licensed healthcare provider and parent/guardian. Proof of exam must be submitted upon entering Pre-K, Kindergarten and 6th grade, and/or when transferring from out of state.

If you have any questions about medical forms, please reach out to Field/ District School Nurse Eva Sahyouni at esahyouni@district31.net or 847-832-2205.

Quest Food Services Survey
District 31 food provider Quest Food Management Services would like your feedback! Help Quest improve food service at Winkelman and Field by completing the short survey linked below. Your response is anonymous unless you would like to be contacted by a Quest representative. 
Take the Survey

May Board of Education Recap
Board Meeting Highlights: 

Recognitions - The Board of Education was honored to recognize the following students, parents, and retirees.

Students

  • Phoenix Tagal, District 31 Scripps Spelling Bee Winner
  • Mia Cady and Lilly Lara, Peer Advocates for Student with Special Needs
  • Gabby Hui (Clarinet), Dev Gandhi (Clarinet), James Stewart (French Horn), Ethan Choi (Percussion), ILMEA Honors Band
  • Alex Lee (Clarinet) and Patryk Maz (Clarinet), ILMEA Honors Band AND All Illinois Junior Band
  • Bryce Kopinski, Placed Second in State for Wrestling (2 time qualifier)
  • Bryce Kopinski and Eva Margulis, State Qualifier for Cross Country
  • Eva Margulis, Honorable Mention for Sculpture for Incoming Freshman at GBN
  • Tafari Barrett, Brady Block, Ethan Choi, Jason Jarjalsaikhan, Julian Jozwiak, Caleb McCahill, Mustansir Nasimov, James Park, Nathan Ramzy, Alvin Tutor, Anand Tuvshintur, Nikhil Webster, Ethan Yoon, 8th Grade Soccer Team - Conference Champions
  • Brandan Herrera, Linguistic Perseverance and Achievement Recognition 

Parents

  • Margo Schwartz-Newton, District 31 representative on the True North APS (Association of Parents and Staff) Board for the last year.
  • Gantulga Damdinragchass, Created and donated the Around the World Fun video to highlight the diversity of the District 31 community. He continually donates his photography background to the Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee.  

Retirees

  • Karen Hill, 39 years of service (28 years at Winkelman as a PE teacher and 11 years at Field as an instructional assistant)
  • Lynn Merrill, 6 years at Winkelman as a school psychologist.
  • Gina Byrn, 9 years at Winkelman as a second grade teacher.
  • Betsy Maher, 26 years at Field as a PE teacher and coach.
  • Cathy Lauria, 14 years as Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations/Chief School Business Official

Presentations and Discussion Items:

  • Dr. Erin Murphy, Superintendent, presented an update on the Family Engagement Plan.
    • The Board of Education reviewed the Superintendent Report.  
    • The Board of Education previewed the policies recommended for approval at the June Board of Education meeting. 
  • The Board of Education made the following approvals:
    • Approved the contract extension for Dean of Students Lisa Schaffer the 2024-2025 school year
    • Approved contract Samanthan Eiseman as the the Winkelman Assistant Principal for the 2024-2025 school year Samantha Eiseman
    • Approved Board of Education Expenses for Participation in the Joint Annual Conference held in November 2024
    • Ratified the approval of the bids for the 2024 summer projects which included:
      •  replacing the Field auditorium stage lighting
      • creating additional space for meeting spaces and storage areas at Field
      • improving the office & meeting areas at Winkelman

Additional projects taking place through the summer include the replacement cycle for the 1:1 iPads for 3-5th graders, updating and furnishing the STEM classroom at Field with furniture and technology that will support the new STEM curriculum related to Project Lead the Way.


The Board of Education meets monthly, usually on the last Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m. in the Field Middle School Learning Center. We welcome any member of our community to attend in person or virtually via our live stream. Agendas, minutes, and the link to the live stream can be found here. The District 31 Board of Education is composed of seven elected representatives from the District 31 attendance area. Each is elected for a four year term. Meet the members of the District 31 Board of Education here.

June Board of Education Meeting
The next regular Board of Education meeting is Thursday, June 27, 2024 in the Field Learning Center at 7 p.m. The agenda is posted two days prior to the meeting here. Prior to the Board of Education meeting, the Board Finance Committee Meeting will be held at 6 p.m.

PTO News
June PTO Newsletter

Message from the Northbrook Park District
The Northbrook Park District is considering improvements to West Park, located at 1730 Pfingsten Road behind Northbrook Sports Center. As part of this process, the Park District is considering submitting an application for an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to help fund a potential renovation.

Share your input for this park by completing the West Park Survey at nbparks.co/westpark by Friday, June 14.

Visit nbparks.co/westpark or call 847-291-2960 for more information.

Last Day of School for Students (Half Day)
Friday, June 7
Early Dismissal for Students - Winkelman: 12:30 p.m. and Field: 1:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m.

Students Helping Students Campaign
Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Learn more

First District Newsletter of the School Year
Thursday, August 1

First Principal Communication of the School Year
Friday, August 2

Field New Student Orientation
Thursday, August 15

Email to All Families with Advisor/Classroom Teacher and Regular Friday Principal Messages Begin
Friday, August 16

Field Material Pickup
Monday, August 19

Winkelman Meet the Teacher/ Skyward Opens
Tuesday, August 20

First Day of School
Wednesday, August 21

Field Curriculum Night
Wednesday, August 28

Winkelman Curriculum Night
Thursday, August 2

Community Resources
The Community Resources page on the District website includes several beneficial resources to help families on a variety of different topics. The page is divided into the District’s community partners, mental health and crisis resources, health and safety resources, and academic resources.

Care Solace
The West Northfield School District 31 care match website is available 24/7/365 over the summer for parents and children to anonymously search and book appointments with mental health providers at caresolace.com/district31.  View the Care Solace Summer Kit.