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Assessment Calendar Update, Parent Education Series Feedback, Updated School Calendar, Election Day, Book Stroll and More

Dear Parents,

We had such fun seeing our students participate in spirit week!  It was a reminder of all the joy in simple things that can be found even during this difficult season.

District 31 continues to review our COVID-19 dashboard, the Northfield Township dashboard, and suburban Cook County metrics as we monitor health conditions.  We appreciate all the efforts of our community to wear masks and follow social distancing.  It is the efforts of our collective community that will help keep our programs running in person and remote to best meet the needs of all students in our schools.

Assessment Calendar Update
After reviewing the fall assessment window, the 2020-2021 assessment calendar was updated.  You can find this updated calendar here.

Parent Education Series Feedback
District 31 was excited to launch parent education opportunities this year.  As we wrap up the fall series and begin thinking about a possible spring series, we would love your feedback to assist in planning.  We encourage everyone to take the Parent Education Series Feedback Survey by Sunday, November 8.

Did you miss our parent education Recording from parent presentation, How to Help Our Kids Thrive in a Digital World by Devorah Heitner?  We invite you to listen to the recording of the event. View all Fall Parent Education Series at

Updated 2020-2021 School Calendar
Please see the updated school calendar which includes the addition of half days and a change in the student start date after winter break. These changes afford staff time to plan and support all of our students during this very different year. View Updated Calendar.

Free Lunch Program
There have been some questions about our new food program services.  We have updated our FAQ to answer these questions.  You can review the FAQ here.  Also, you will find an extra lunch in your weekend meal bag today because there is no school on Tuesday.
View November Lunch Menu.

Election Day Holiday - No School November 3
Just a reminder that pursuant to a new state law, Election Day is a state holiday and all public schools are closed.  We know that this election has provided opportunities for discussion in families. We have shared some resources with our staff to help them discuss this election with students.  However, we want to offer you some of the same resources to help discuss the election with your students.

Book Stroll at Winkelman
The District 31 Winkelman library has partnered with the Northbrook Public Library to a bring a Book Stroll to Winkelman!  Pages of the book Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of the Young John Lewis has been placed on yard signs and installed outside door B at Winkelman School.  The book pages are placed in order so students can stroll around the signs and read the story while socially distanced.  In person students will get an opportunity to participate in the Book Stroll...and we hope our remote families will come by anytime to read this story.

SEL Books Available
The SEL Task Force has extra Social Emotional Learning books available for district families. Interested families may pick up the free books at the District Office or contact Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Janine Gruhn at to have a book dropped off or mailed to their home.
book book

Upcoming Community Events
Parent Edge and the MI Forefront Team Present Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents
Wednesday, November 4
Register for the virtual presentation here.

Northbrook Public Library Presents the 5th Annual Northbrook International Children's Film Festival
Saturday, November 7 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Register for the virtual festival and learn more here.

Northbrook Public Library Presents An Evening with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi Author of How to Be an Antiracist and WBEZ’s Award-Winning Journalist Natalie Moore
Monday, November 9
Register for the virtual conversation and learn more here.

Parenting Anxious Teens presented by Dr. Katya Viswanadhan and Danielle Karcz from Rogers Behavioral Health
Wednesday, November 11 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Register for the virtual event and learn more here.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween weekend.  However,  we encourage you to celebrate safely and keep all mitigation efforts in mind, as well as village guidelines governing Halloween celebrations.  Wear your masks and socially distance.  It takes all of us being mindful and careful to keep our community safe.


Dr. Erin K. Murphy