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COVID Vaccine Clinic, Celebrations, Student Food Pack Program, Subs Needed, Curriculum and Instruction Update, Parent Ed Opportunities, and Upcoming Events

October 29, 2021

Dear District 31 Community,

As we move into November, it is anticipated that COVID-19 vaccines will be available for students 5 - 11. Please find information below about a tentative upcoming vaccine clinic. We will send out more information as soon as it becomes available. 

We had an exciting week of celebrations with costumes, parades, and class activities and parties. Spirited weeks like these are always a memorable time for our students, and I am so glad we are able to continue to provide these moments for the kids. We appreciate our PTO room parents who worked so hard to provide safe class parties today!

Please find photos of the celebrations on our District Facebook page. Photos are being added throughout the day.

This is also an exciting week because today we celebrate Principal Miller, Principal Wolverton, Assistant Principal Cooper, Assistant Principal Alvarez, and our Early Education Director Mrs. Ipsen for Principal Appreciation Day. We are grateful to have these amazing individuals lead our students. Thank you for all of your hard work and support. 

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy (and safe) Halloween!


Dr. Erin K. Murphy 
Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 Update/ Vaccine Clinic for Children 5 - 11
We continue to work on vaccination opportunities for children ages 5-11, for which authorization is anticipated in early November at the former Grainger Property at 1657 Shermer Road, Northbrook. We have worked with the Villages of Glenview and Northbrook to establish tentative Jewel-Osco child-friendly 5-11 vaccination clinics from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 11 (second vaccination on December 2), and Wednesday, November 17 (second vaccination on December 8). We encourage all individuals who have access to the vaccine to get vaccinated. Look for additional information next week! 

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

Hunger Resource Network Student Food Pack Program
District 31 students and families! Join the Hunger Resource Network as they fill Thanksgiving bags for Northbrook families in need on November 14 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Sunset Foods Parking Lot, 1127 Church St. Kids enjoy free popcorn and hot chocolate! Donations of canned goods are requested! A number of bags being packed will be given specifically to District 31 families in need. 

The District 31 Caring Corner is also available to any family in need. 

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

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) Parent Portal Available Soon
Students in grades 3-8 participate in federally and state required testing each spring.  Illinois has released an online parent portal,, to assist parents in gaining a deeper understanding of student scores from the testing. To access the portal, a student-specific claim code is needed.  This claim code can be found on the IAR report that was mailed home earlier this month.  This resource is available to families with students currently in grades 4-8 as these are the students who participated in testing in spring of 2021.

Curriculum and Instruction Update
Have you ever wondered… “what is ELA?”  It stands for English Language Arts. In its most simplistic definition, it is instruction in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  The Common Core State Standards have SIX different strands of ELA standards:  reading literature, reading informational text, reading foundational skills, writing, speaking & listening, and language (grammar, conventions, vocabulary).  Some things you’ll see in an ELA block at Winkelman include whole-group and small-group instruction as well as independent work in the areas of reading, writing, and word study.  The ultimate goal of ELA instruction is to foster a love of literacy in our students!

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

Please save the date for the upcoming Parent Education Presentation “504 Plan Accommodations with Jesse Menold”, which will take place Monday, November 1 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Jesse will discuss the differences between an IEP and a 504 along with a brief run through of the district's protocol. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions. Zoom Link

Also, if you would like to watch a recording the last Parent Education Presentation with Dr. Doug Bolton, please click here and use passcode ^SNT9R@s

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

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

504 Plan Accommodations with Jesse Menold 
Monday, November 1 at 6 p.m. 
Zoom Link

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
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