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Calendar Survey, 5Essentials Survey, Travel Guidance, Student Registration, Spirit Wear Sale, and Upcoming Events

February 11, 2021

Dear District 31 Community,

This Wednesday was the 100th day of school! Back in the summer (or even last spring), the thought of 100 days of school seemed near impossible in the wake of the global pandemic. This seems like a wonderful opportunity to again let everyone know how grateful I am for your support through this unprecedented time. As a team, we have made school safe for in person learning, while also  conquering the unknown landscape of remote learning. This achievement is the result of the collective work of every single person in our district.

Despite the great unknown...and the exhaustion and anxiety that came with it--we have made it 100 days. I am extraordinarily proud to be a part of this community.

View photos of Mrs. Falzone's class celebrating the 100th day of 1st grade at www.facebook.com/WestNorthfieldD31.

Calendar Survey
One of the many challenges of this school year was navigating the ever changing school calendar. At the November Board of Education meeting, the Board agreed on a calendar framework consisting of definite holidays and breaks. District 31 tries to align with District 225 for major holidays and breaks in order to support families that have students in both districts. You can see that framework here.  However, despite some of the unknowns, we are now ready to draft and finalize the 2021-2022 school calendar.

Each year District 31 forms a committee composed of administration, teachers, parents, and Board of Education members to help form the school calendar for the next school year. An important focus in that committee meeting is the feedback from parents and staff. The goal is to create a school calendar that best meets the needs of all in our school community, as well as conforms to Illinois Board of Education calendar requirements. Please consider giving your feedback and suggestions regarding the upcoming school calendar by filling out a brief survey here by February 21. 

5Essentials Survey
Students (4th-12th), parents, and teachers are asked to share their thoughts on the important elements of our school effectiveness. Please complete the survey at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ by April 2, 2021

Take a screenshot or photo of your completed survey and send it to tnielsen@district31.net for a chance to win a gift card from a local restaurant. Winners will be announced every two weeks for a $25 gift card and a final grand prize $100 gift card winner will be announced April 5.

Travel Guidance Update
As we enter a four day weekend (February 12-15), please review information about the latest travel guidance.

Student Registration for the 2021 - 2022 School Year
Student registration for PreK and Kindergarten opens on Monday, February 8. Registration for 1st - 8th graders will open Monday, March 15. Information about registration is available at www.district31.net/registration.

Community 31
Over winter break, Winkelman students Anaya and Aariz Visram made cute loom band bracelets and attached a candy cane for St. Anthony Hospital healthcare workers. We are so proud of these Winkelman Wildcats!
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We love to share all the great things our District families are doing. If you would like to share a good news story, please email hgarard@district31.net.

Spirit Wear Sale
Help support the PTO Spirit Wear Sale Fundraiser! Learn more here.

Upcoming District Events
Half Day Student Attendance-Blended Remote Learning Planning Days
Thursday, February 11 - Winkelman pickup at 12:30 and Field pickup at 1:30 p.m.

District Holiday - No School
Friday, February 12

Family Photo Op
RESCHEDULED to Saturday, February 20 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Stop by Winkelman to take family photos in front of the heart-themed scene. Remember masks are required!

President’s Day - No School
Monday, February 15

Winkelman Spring Conferences
February 18 & February 22

Spirit Wear Drive!
Coming this month
Get ready for the PTO school spirit wear drive! More details to come.

Viccino's Fundraiser
Wednesday, February 24 - All Day
Feast and fundraise at Viccino’s! 20% of the proceeds to go to the D31 PTO!

Upcoming Community Events
Northbrook Park District Lacrosse Program Information
View Flyer here

Parenting through Challenging Times hosted by the Association of Parents and Staff
Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
Register and learn more here.

Free Financial Wellness Training Sponsored CTF Illinois as part of the Southern Illinois Transition Project
Social Security Work Supports - February 22 6:30 p.m. -8 p.m. and/or February 26  11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Self-Employment and Public Work Supports - March 15 6:30 p.m. -8 p.m. and/or March 19 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Protecting Your Identity - April 19 6:30 p.m. -8 p.m. and/or April 23 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Getting ABLE Ready - May 3 6:30 p.m. -8 p.m. and/or May 7 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Learn more here.

Free COVID-19 Testing at Flick Park - Ongoing
Mon - Fri: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Sat: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Flick Park Field House, 3600 Glenview Rd. Glenview, IL
By appointment only. Learn more here.

Lasagna Love - Ongoing
Learn more about We Are Lasagna Love and their mission to Cook food, spread kindness, and strengthen communities while addressing the incredible rise in food insecurity among families, and providing a simple act of love and kindness during a time full of uncertainty and stress.

Have a wonderful four day weekend.  Please remember there is no school Friday, February 12 and Monday, February 15.  We will welcome students back to school next Tuesday.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent