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District May Newsletter

District May Newsletter

May 7, 2024

Dear District 31 Community,

It is hard to believe we only have 21 full days of school left!  Over the next few weeks, we will be making the most of the time we have left together with fun activities and traditions such as our end-of-year countdowns and Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you to the PTO, Administration, and Board of Education for planning such a special week of recognition for staff and supporting our wonderful educators! Thank you to our teachers and ALL of our staff who are working and learning with kids everyday. Please know that you are appreciated every day!

The end of the year can be overwhelming for some, so let us all make sure we take time for our mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there are a number of programs and activities to participate in (listed in our events below) to help raise awareness about the importance of mental health and reducing barriers to treatment.  

Lastly, thank you to the PTO for putting together a wonderful Around the World Fun event last month. View photos from the event on our Facebook page


In Partnership,

Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent

Board of Education 101 Session

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.

Spring Benchmark Assessments
Students in grades K - 8 will be taking the NWEA MAP Growth test for reading and mathematics the week of May 6. The NWEA MAP Growth test is unique, and it adapts to your child’s responses to measure your child’s skill level. Students take this assessment on their iPad or Chromebook. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn, as well as provide norm referenced information on whether these skills are on, above, or below their expected grade level.

Spring NWEA MAP Growth scores are one data point used to gauge student growth in learning throughout the course of the school year. In addition, this data is also one component used as an indicator of readiness for our Advanced Learning Program, as well as one component used to identify students needing academic support through our MTSS process.Individual student data will be mailed home to families at the beginning of June. For more information on the NWEA MAP Growth test, please see the NWEA Family Toolkit

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

April Board of Education Recap
Board Meeting Highlights: 

  • Presentations and Discussion Items:

    • Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, Cathy Lauria reviewed the Monthly Financial Reports for February as well as the Revenue and Expense Overview and Variance reports.  She also reviewed the plan to pre-purchase doors ahead of our summer projects in order to ensure all necessary materials were present. 

    • The Board of Education reviewed the Superintendent Report.  

  • The Board of Education made the following approvals:

    • The Board of Education Approved the Consolidated District Plan for the 2024-2025 school year and continued to apply for the Title 1, Title II, Title III, Title IV, IDEA Part B, IDEA Preschool grants.

    • Approved Administrative Contract for Sandra Luna as the Director of Multilingual Services for the 2024-2025 school year.

    • Approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between West Northfield School District 31 and the Northbrook Park District

    • Approved the IESA Intergovernmental Cooperative Team Agreement for Wrestling

    • Approved Summer Work Proposal

    • Approved 2024-2025 Board of Education Meeting Dates

    • Authorized the administration to award the bid for summer projects to the lowest, most responsive bidder.

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.

May Board of Education Meeting
The next regular Board of Education meeting is Thursday, May 23, 2024 in the Field Learning Center at 7 p.m. The agenda is posted two days prior to the meeting here. The Curriculum Committee Meeting  has changed to 2:00 on May 17th in the Board Room at the District Office. 

End of School Technology Return
All student assigned technology devices (iPads, chromebooks) are expected to be returned to the school buildings at the conclusion of this current school year.  All devices must be returned with their corresponding electrical chargers and carry bags, if applicable. Devices that are not working, damaged beyond the scope of accidental, or lost, will be subject to repair or replacement fees. Please watch for future communications regarding the days and times devices will be collected.

Medication Pickup
As this school year comes to a close, please have an adult pick up your student’s daily or ‘as needed’ medications (allergies, asthma, pain relievers, etc) before 4 p.m. on June 7, 2024 at your school health office. Student medication cannot be kept at school over the summer. All medication that is not picked will be disposed of after the last day of school.

Health Offices
Winkelman School
847 832-2205
jgilligan@district31.net

Field Middle School
847 832-4454
esahyouni@district31.net

Measles Information-Important Update
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has notified school districts of an outbreak of measles in Illinois that includes adults and children. The current outbreak is concentrated in northeast Illinois with cases in Cook, Will, and Lake Counties. These cases have subsequently resulted in multiple exposures in schools in the affected areas. Measles is highly contagious especially in school-aged children. To prevent the spread of infection, schools are being asked to check in with their communities to ensure that students have the age-appropriate number of doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, or other evidence of immunity to measles.

Learn more…

Glenbrook High School District 225 Athletic Summer Camp Registration Open
Glenbrook High School District 225 athletic summer camp registration is now open! Camps will run throughout the summer and are held at both Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South. Learn more about the camps and how to register here

PTO News
View the May PTO Newsletter which includes information on important upcoming PTO events and programs.

PTO Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 - May 10

PTO Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

Curriculum Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m.

Board of Education 101 Session
Thursday, May 23 at 6:15 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

Reminder: Students are in Attendance
Friday, May 24

No School in Recognition of Memorial Day
Monday, May 27

Field Day
Tuesday, June 4

8th Grade Graduation
Tuesday, June 4

Farewell to 5th
Wednesday, June 5

Reminder: Students are in Attendance for a Full Day
Thursday, June 6

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.

Celebrating World Day For Cultural Diversity

  • Everyone is valued and participates to the best of their ability.
  • All children have equal access.
  • Focus is on the child's abilities and we have a strength based mindset.
  • All children learn alongside their same-age peers.
  • Students and staff members are accepting of one another.
  • Students have positive and appropriate support in the classroom.
  • Teachers and staff members are highly trained at delivering a differentiated curriculum to meet individual needs.
  • Students develop confidence in their ability to interact with the world around them.
  • Meaningful relationships are developed.
  • Various resources and technologies are used for various learning styles

May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity. May also marks a time to celebrate exceptional children. District 31 celebrates inclusivity by promoting kindness and understanding of commonalities and differences.

Inclusivity in District 31 means the following: 

If you suspect a student  has a disability or is struggling in school , please review this FAQ  regarding the evaluation process.

Mental Health Awareness Month
Chances are that you know someone who is struggling with their mental health. People experiencing mental health challenges aren’t broken — they need support and care. And that begins with a conversation.

This month we have an opportunity to break the stigma around mental health by talking openly, compassionately, and kindly to each other. No one should ever struggle alone.

If you want to quickly be connected to a mental health care provider, contact Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential mental health care coordination service provided by West Northfield School District 31:

  • Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365.
  • Visit www.caresolace.com/district31 and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help, use the resources around you, and never give up hope.

Additional Ways to get help

Lifeline 988: 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline). When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary. The previous Lifeline phone number will remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis. 

Answer the call! These centers are looking to bring on new volunteers and paid employees. You will receive training, so if you are a caring person who wants to help those in crisis, apply today. Find your opportunity: samhsa.gov/988-jobs

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. 

Caring Corner: Groceries and Personal Care Products Available
The District 31 Caring Corner is open 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.

Homeless Information
If you or someone you know are experiencing homelessness or are a refugee, please contact Dr. Janine Gruhn, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, jgruhn@district31.net, or 847-313-4411 for assistance and information regarding District 31. The following links are resources and a McKinney Vento Fact Sheet that describes what homelessness is and the rights of these students.