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Vaccinations, Celebrations, Caring Corner, Sub Recruitment, Strategic Plan Highlights, COVID-19 Update, Curriculum and Instruction Update, Parent Ed Opportunities, Book Fair, Author Visits, and More

October 22, 2021

Dear District 31 Community,

As we end the first quarter of the school year, there is a lot to celebrate. And as we move into November, it looks like the COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 - 11 will soon be approved and available--although distribution pathways may be slightly different than the adult vaccine. I am currently working with our Northfield Township partners on November vaccine opportunities for under twelve students (the vaccine is already readily available in local pharmacies for students 12 or older). Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks as we hopefully finalize local opportunities for youth vaccinations.

District 31 is excited to participate in the Village of Northbrook Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch. View the spooktacular District 31 pumpkins contributed by our 8th graders, first graders, and district office staff beginning Monday, October 25 on the corner of Meadow Road and Cherry Lane. Thank you to Mrs. Shoemaker and Mrs. Moon for spearheading this effort. Pumpkins will also be featured on the Village of Northbrook Facebook Page for families to enjoy and vote on from home.

Congratulations to our Yes I Can award recipients Alfonso Hernandez, Jr. and Christian Martinez. The Illinois Council for Exceptional Children’s Yes I Can Award honors and celebrates the achievements of youth with exceptionalities. Alfonso was nominated by Ms. Ellis and has been selected for his academic achievement. Christian was nominated by Ms. Vogelsburg and has been selected for his achievement in mastering activities that lead to successful experiences in work, vocational training, or independent living. Both students will be recognized at a virtual conference on November 6. 

I would also like to congratulate ten Field Wind Ensemble members who were named to the 2021 ILMEA Honors Band. Congratulations Rachel Jeon, Brieanna Hui, Jonathan Byrne, Isaac Koh, Andre Zare, Sophia Lim, Kaitlyn Lee, James Yum, Suah Lee, and Jongmin Lee! Learn more about the Junior High Honors Band here.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Dr. Erin K. Murphy 
Superintendent of Schools

Caring Corner
The District 31 Caring Corner is open every school day from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.  in the District 31 Admin Office outer lobby, 3131 Techy(adjacent to Field Middle School). Bags of groceries, personal care items, and other items are available for taking to any family who might need the items. In addition, we are currently stocking coats/cold weather gear in preparation for the winter. No need to check in with the office. Just take what you need. View Caring Corner information in Korean, Mongolian, or Spanish

Sub Recruitment Info
Our students and schools need you! All types of substitute teacher positions are available. Learn more here

Strategic Plan Highlights
This week we highlight the fifth and final goal of our strategic plan regarding finance, facility, and technology. All three of these subjects are incredibly important in allowing the District to provide high-quality education to empower our students. District 31 will remain financially stable, provide equitable access to resources of the highest quality and maintain financial transparency to all stakeholders. In order to meet that goal, the District will ensure that resources are expended in an equitable and fiscally responsible manner to maximize opportunities for all learners including access to leading-edge technology and responsive learning environments. View the full strategic plan here.

COVID-19 Update

View the latest District 31 COVID-19 information here.  The health and safety dashboard is updated every Monday.

We encourage all eligible students and staff to schedule flu shots and the
COVID-19 Vaccine or Vaccine Booster. Learn more about the flu shot here.  Learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster here

Curriculum and Instruction Update
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is focusing on supporting Strategic Plan Goal Three: Professional Practice and Shared Leadership. The recent Teacher Institute Day offered educators a variety of sessions targeted at their professional needs and interests. Staff were able to complete required CPR and crisis prevention training, explored instructional technology tools, learned more about the district's new curriculum mapping templates, and reflected on their skills and abilities as teacher leaders. We are thankful to have these adult learning opportunities which support our staff in promoting student learning and growth.

Connect 31 Parent Education Opportunities
This week, Erin Kranz, an instructional coach at True North, shares an Inclusion Practices video on additional services offered at District 31. View the helpful video here.

Please remember to join us for  the upcoming Parent Education Opportunity  “Social Emotional Learning with Doug Bolton”, which takes place next week on Tuesday, October 26 at 6 p.m.

Learn more about the education series and find other helpful resources at

Book Fair Underway
The PTO Book Fair is underway at! The Book Fair officially runs through October 26, but you can shop for books year round to benefit the District 31 PTO (birthdays, holidays, celebrations!). Orders placed during the fair will be delivered free to your school at the beginning of November—in time for the holidays! Check out some recommended books from Winkelman librarian Ms. Fisher here. Learn more about the Book Fair here.

Winkelman Virtual Author Visits
Winkelman has two upcoming Virtual Author Visits! The first visit with Adam Rubin and Adam Rex takes place on Tuesday, October 26. The second visit with Sharon Draper takes place Monday, November 15.

If you would like an autographed copy of Adam Rubin and Adam Rex’s new book, “Gladys the Magic Chicken”, please place your order online here by Tuesday, November 2! 

If you would like a PERSONALIZED autographed book from Sharon Draper for her new book “Out of My Heart”, please fill out this form and return to Ms. Fisher in the Winkelman Library by Wednesday October 27.

Learn more here.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
PTO Book Fair
Now - October 26

Field Spirit Week
October 25 - October 29

Field Basketball Tryouts
Week of October 25

Winkelman Picture Retake Day
Tuesday, October 26

Parent Education Opportunity - Social Emotional Learning with Doug Bolton
Tuesday, October 26 and Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, October 28

No School - Recognition of Diwali
Thursday, November 4

Parent Education Opportunity - CATCH Presents “My Mental Health Journey with Coach Mark Potter”
Monday, November 15 at 7 p.m.

PTO Meeting
Tuesday, November 16 at 7 p.m.

Education Foundation Meeting
Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting
Wednesday, November 17

Parent Education Opportunity - English Learner Strategies with Sandra Luna 
Tuesday, November 16 at 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving Break
November 24 - November 26

Community News and  Events
CATCH Coffee Talk
Tuesday, October 26, 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. via Zoom
Join other parents and caregivers for a confidential conversation at this month's CATCH Coffee Talk.  It’s an opportunity to listen, share, and find support especially with the pace of schoolwork is picking up, the weather changing, and the holidays on the horizon. All of that comes with added stress and pressure.  Take time to talk about it.  When we connect with one another we feel less alone, and the daily challenges seem a bit more manageable. Register, and you’ll receive the Zoom link shortly before the event:

Community Halloween Party Trunk-or-Treat Presented by the Glenbrook North Key Club
Thursday, October 28 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. 
Rain Date: Friday, October 29
View Flyer

Trick-or-Treat Information
Sunday, October 31
Northbrook Hours 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
Glenview Hours 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Northbrook International Children's Film Film Fest 
Northbrook Public Library invites children ages 5-10 to attend a virtual Film Festival on Saturday, November 6, featuring captivating films from 12 different countries, including South Africa, Switzerland, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Japan, and more. This year’s event will be held virtually so attendees can watch the films at home on Vimeo and then attend a Zoom afterparty to meet some of the films’ international directors! This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration for both the films and the afterparty is required. Register at