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Celebration and Photos, Vaccine Clinic, Share Vaccine Cards, Message from Ed Foundation, Summer Reading Lists, Registration, and Upcoming Events

June 4, 2021

Dear District 31 Community,

Last night we celebrated our eighth grade graduates with an in-person ceremony.  Yesterday afternoon our fifth grade students bid “Farewell to Fifth.”  This morning as I walked through both buildings I saw dance parties, field activities, karaoke, yearbook signing, extra play time, and so much more.  Some remote classes are gathering in person to bid farewell. More importantly, I heard laughter and joy. 

All of us entered the school year with a sense of the unknown. Despite the obstacles, our teachers and students built amazing relationships. Students learned and built friendships. Our children showed resilience and strength that is awe inspiring. Our parents partnered with us in creative ways. Our teachers and staff showed unbelievable innovation and determination as they learned to do things in new ways...and still nurture our children. 

While we never want another year like the 2020-2021 school year, we still celebrate all the success and milestones we achieved together. We celebrate that we were able to offer in-person and remote instruction for nearly the entire year. Many different community partnerships were formed that will continue to lead to the sharing of new ideas, resources, and opportunities for our families. We were also able to provide a variety of support to District 31 families including technology support, educational support, and free breakfast and lunch for all students. This pandemic has made us a stronger, tighter community that District 31 is proud to serve. 

This is my last regular Friday update of the school year. However, I will be communicating news and updates over the summer as needed so make sure you are checking your email. Our administrative team is turning our eyes to the school year ahead of us.

View Farewell to Fifth Photos
View 8th Grade Graduation Celebration Photos
View 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony Photos

Vaccine Clinic at Winkelman - June 5
There are still spots available for the June 5 Vaccine Clinic at Winkelman.  Walk-ins will be welcome as long there is vaccine availability.

Below please find the registration link and instructions to register (12+) for the Pfizer vaccine clinic at Winkelman School on June 5 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Parents MUST be present at vaccine appointments for any student. Anyone still in need of the Covid vaccine may sign up NOW following the directions below.

Register here ( 

Directions to sign up:

  1.     Click on the sign up link provided.
  2.     Review the appointment times and select the time you’d like.
  3.     Click Add to cart. The checkout page opens.
  4.     Review your appointment details and click Continue.
  5.     Enter your personal information (such as E-mail, Name, DOB, Gender, and Address).
  6.     Click Continue. The review page opens.
  7.     Review your information to verify it is correct and click Submit registration.
  8.     The thank you page opens. Your order code and tickets appear on this page. Also, your tickets have been sent to your email. Make sure to bring your ticket to your appointment.

Sharing Student Vaccine Cards
As students begin to receive their second shot of the Pfizer vaccine, we ask parents to send a picture of the front of the vaccine card to the Field school nurse at or mail a copy to Field School, 2055 Landwehr Road. We appreciate your help in keeping our records up to date so we can better ensure the health and safety of our community. At any point over the summer, we welcome vaccine card information.

A Message from the Ed Foundation
Join the Education Foundation for their last meeting of the 2020/2021 school year on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom! They need new members and are excited to meet YOU! Zoom Link

Suggested Summer Reading Lists
Thank you to Mrs. Fisher, Winkelman Librarian, for putting together suggested summer reading lists for grades K-5. View summer reading lists here.

2021 - 2022 Registration
The school registration process for next school year is underway. Please register as soon as possible, as it assists with planning and preparation. Registration fees can be paid at a later date if needed. Bus registration must be done by July 1. Per IDPH/CCDPH guidelines, there may be up to 50 students on a specific route for the 2021-2022 school year. Learn more at
Read in Korean, Mongolian or Spanish here.

Upcoming District Events
Education Foundation Meeting
June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Zoom Link

Board of Education Meeting
June 17 at 7 p.m.

Upcoming Community News and Events
Northbrook Public Library Hosts its First Drive-Through Summer Reading Kick-Off Event on June 5 & 6
The library invites you to a Drive-Through Kick-Off Event in its parking lot, featuring giveaways for youth and adults. Come drive through to pick up your goodies without having to leave the car on Saturday, June 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 6 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Naomi Cohen Institute 19th Annual Community Conference: COVID-19 Grief and Stress During a Global Pandemic
Sunday, June 13
Register and Learn More

Climate Action Plan
As part of the Climate Action Planning Team, the District would like your review and input of the Draft Northbrook Climate Action Plan, which aims to achieve a 35% reduction from baseline levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The plan aims to reach this goal through actions such as improvements to building efficiency, active transportation access, increasing tree canopy coverage, and more. Please use the webpage here to provide feedback on each section of the Draft Climate Action Plan. The public comment period closes June 21.

Mental Health Check-Ins for Teens in 6th-12th Grade
Learn more here.

Have a wonderful summer! 


Dr. Erin K. Murphy