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Remote Learning Survey, Summer Technology Announcement, Graduation, Orientation, and Other Important Announcements

May 15, 2020

Dear District 31 Community,

The District 31 community never ceases to amaze me as we continue with remote learning, find ways to celebrate our students and teachers, and make plans for summer and the new school year during these unprecedented times.  Even though we are all craving answers and a plan, I appreciate the patience of our families as our administrative team works to collect and understand guidance, get feedback from our community, and build a solid plan. We will be communicating and seeking feedback throughout the process.

Remote Learning Survey

Thank you to all parents who have already taken our remote learning survey--we have had over 125 responses. If you have not yet taken the survey, it will remain open through the weekend closing Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. Your feedback is incredibly valuable as we navigate through e-learning.Please take the survey for each student that attends District 31.

Technology in the Summer

It is always the goal of District 31 to support our families. As such, we have decided to allow students who will be returning to District 31 in the fall to keep their devices over the summer. Families who choose to keep school issued iPads over the summer will be asked to sign up for a time slot to swap their device with one that has been updated with necessary management software. Stay tuned for more information about retaining devices over the summer.  And don’t forget to register for the fall if you have not done so already.

8th Grade Graduation 

8th Grade Graduation is planned for Monday, June 8. Though a traditional graduation can not take place, we want to celebrate our 8th graders, while maintaining social distancing to keep our community safe. Each student will be recognized, have their picture taken, and have their teachers and other Field staff congratulate them in person. 

To prepare for the graduation drive-thru, we are asking that a parent come to school with their child on Friday, June 5 to drop off the school Chromebook and any books borrowed from the school. At that time, we will distribute student’s personal items from their hall and PE locker and give them items for graduation including a graduation gown, diploma, yard sign, and yearbook. 

On Monday, June 8 the graduation video presentation will be emailed to all students and parents and graduates may drive to Field at a designated time to have their name announced by their advisor, be congratulated by their teachers and have their picture taken with their diploma. All awards will be mailed directly to students. Graduation Information

Field Middle School Dropoff and Pickup Days

Student Pickup and Dropoff Days for Grades 6-8 will take place June 5, June 8, and June 9. Student Dropoff/ Pickup Day Information

6th Grade Orientation 

Field Principal Dr. April Miller has prepared a presentation explaining what a day will look like for your child at Field, how your child is placed in their classes, the timeline for placement communication, and other valuable information. The presentation will be emailed to current 5th grade parents by Friday, May 15. A Zoom meeting is planned for Wednesday, May 20 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. to give parents a chance to ask Dr. Miller questions. Invitations to the meeting will be emailed to all current 5th grade parents.


An Orientation Presentation and Zoom Meeting are also being prepared for current 5th grade students. More information will be shared in the coming weeks. In addition, a “Field Virtual Tour” video or picture presentation will be shared with students to familiarize themselves with the building. 


We hope to hold an in-person meeting in August to support our students’ transition to middle school, but we are unable to confirm dates at this time.

Community Information 

The North Shore Junior Youth Empowerment Group, YAAS (Youth and Action Squad) is organizing an online youth talent show fundraiser May 23 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. In place of a “ticket”, participants anonymously contribute directly to an organization of their choice, such as the Northfield Township Food Pantry, the IL-COVID-19 Fund or others organizations supporting the first responders, front-line health workers and others impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Talent Show

Free CATCH webinar on Wednesday, May 20.  

CATCH event

Have a great weekend.


Dr. Erin K. Murphy