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Sick Student Next Steps, Parent Education Video, Picture Day Reminders, Upcoming Assessments, PTO, Ed Foundation, and Upcoming Events

September 18, 2020

Deat District 31 Community,

The best part of every fall is seeing our students--and this year is no different.  Whether wandering the hallways, popping into a class or being a guest reader in our remote classes, seeing our students back in school--both in the classroom or at home or in the building--has been a joy.

My Student is Sick. What Happens Next?
If your in person student is sick, please see the attached guide that explains what the next steps are in order for the student--and their siblings--to return to school.   In addition, any individual traveling to a state on the Cook County Department of Public Health Travel Quarantine List must quarantine for 14 days before returning to in-person school.

Parent Education Video
The District's first Parent Education Video about Community Resources is available here

Parent education videos will be posted regularly for the 2020 - 2021 school year in order to continue ongoing and clear communication regarding school-related procedures and resources.

Picture Day Reminders 

  • Winkelman picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22 for in person students and Friday, September 25 for remote students. 
  • Field Picture Day will take place Thursday, October 1

Some important things to note about this year's School Picture Day:

  • Due to COVID, picture vendor, Color Portraits, will replace the traditional class picture with a composite picture.
  • The picture ordering program is on a prepaid basis, and payments must be made on the ordering site before picture day.  Please see the attached flyer for specific information about how to pre-order your Winkelman child's photos. Field picture ordering information will be shared in the coming weeks. 
  • Students will not be handed forms or will not be required to hand in forms, money or receipts on picture day.

Upcoming Assessments
District 31 participates in a comprehensive assessment program that assists in ensuring student progress, as well as providing needed information for differentiation and instruction for teachers. District 31 is planning to offer NWEA MAP and Aims Web for both in person and remote students. Testing will begin Monday. Please click here to find out more about the remote assessment program.   

PTO Directory Spot Resource Available Soon
The PTO’s updated Directory Spot goes live next month! Directory Spot is an app you can download on your tablet or smartphone that includes contact information for all District families (names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails) Directory Spot can also be accessed from a website. The app is usually an exclusive benefit of PTO membership, but this year, it is available to all families for free since PTO membership fees have been waived for the school year.  If you do not want any or all of your information shared in the Directory, please email PTO member Debbie Silverman at by September 30.

PTO Fundraiser Tuesday, September 22
Join the PTO for their first fundraising event of the year on Tuesday, September 22 at Grill House!

When you order lunch or dinner from Grill House on Tuesday 20% of your bill will go to support District 31. Please mention the District 31 PTO when you order.

 Thank you in advance for your support of our schools!

View Upcoming PTO Fundraisers

Ed Foundation Message
The Education Foundation invites you to attend its 2020/2021 kick-off meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the Education Foundation and its initiatives - past, present, and future -benefiting our schools.  You can attend the meeting online via Zoom or in-person outdoors/physically distanced by registering at

Please note in the Questions and Comments section of the Registration Form if you need an interpreter and we will be happy to accommodate.  We look forward to meeting you!!

Upcoming Events
Parent Education Series
Equity 101 by Dr. Ivette Dubiel
Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m. 
This event will NOT be recorded so we encourage everyone to attend in real time. The Zoom link can be found here

MAP Assessment Begins
Monday, September 21
Grades 1st - 8th

Winkelman Picture Day
Tuesday, September 22 (in person) and Friday, September 25 (remote)

PTO Fundraiser
Tuesday, September 22
Eat lunch or dinner at Grill House and mention District 31

Education Foundation Meeting
Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting
September 24 at 7 p.m. 
Agendas and links will be posted prior to the meeting and can be found on the District 31 website.  All are welcome!

No Student Attendance - Blended Remote Learning Planning Day
Friday, September 25

No School - Recognition of Yom Kippur
Monday, September 28


Just a reminder that there is no school on Friday, September 25, as our teachers will be participating in a Blended Remote Learning Planning Day.


Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent of Schools