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COVID Vaccine Clinics, Battle of the Books, Parent Education, Curriculum and Instruction Update, Directory Spot, COVID-19 Update, Sub Recruitment, and Upcoming Events

November 5, 2021

Dear District 31 Community,

I am excited to share that Winkelman Wildcats (and our under 12 Field Tigers) are already receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine! (Pictured: Simon Laven, Grade 6; Owen Laven, Grade 2; and Eliot Laven, Grade 4.)  We would love to celebrate and share your vaccination pictures on our Facebook page!  Please send photos to 

Students are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their SECOND shot.  We ask that families send a picture/copy of the vaccine card after the second shot to the school nurse.  Once students are two weeks past their second shot, they will no longer participate in the weekly Shield Illinois COVID-19 testing.

Opportunities are already available at Walgreens or CVS by appointment. There are also vaccine clinics that will be available. Information regarding a Northfield Township vaccine clinic for ages 5-11 was sent yesterday. The registration link for this clinic will be sent tomorrow, Saturday, November 6 at noon.   Students are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed friend to this clinic as stuffed animal vaccine shots will be given as well!  Please watch for the email and sign up as soon as possible to guarantee a spot. An additional clinic at Winkelman will be available on Monday, November 22. More details about the Winkelman clinic, including the sign-up link, will be communicated next week.

Remember to “fall back” an hour this Sunday for daylight savings! Have a wonderful weekend. 

Dr. Erin K. Murphy 
Superintendent of Schools

Winkelman Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books (BOB), a literary trivia game played with 4th and 5th graders, begins Wednesday November 11. Students who want to play form teams and will be given a list of 14 books to read. Students must sign up by Wednesday, November 10. Sign up and learn more here

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

Also, if you would like to watch a recording of the last Parent Education Presentation  “504 Plan Accommodations with Jesse Menold”, please click here and use passcode j5&jHnBH

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

Curriculum and Instruction Update
Field's ELA classrooms incorporate word study, independent reading, and thematic-based units to teach students reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language standards. You may have noticed your middle schooler studying Greek and Latin root words, which is part of our word study program, or looking for an independent reading book to bring to class daily. When thinking about ways to support your child at home, consider helping them study and use their knowledge of Greek and Latin roots to talk about the meaning of words, or reading together and discussing a book as a family! 

PTO Directory Spot
The PTO's updated Directory Spot is available! Directory Spot is an app you can download on your tablet or smartphone that includes contact information for all district families (names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails). Directory Spot can also be accessed from your computer at Access to Directory Spot is an exclusive benefit of PTO membership. 

If you would like information changed or removed from the Directory or if you have paid for a PTO membership, but do not have access to Directory Spot, please email Whitney at

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

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

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
PTO World Kindness Day Book Drive
Saturday, November 13 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Winkelman
The PTO is collecting used books for Bernie's Book Bin (birth through 6th-grade reading level) and nonperishable food (especially boxed cereal, juice and juice boxes, canned soup, chili and beef stew, canned fruit) for the Northfield pantry.  Celebrate World Kindness Day by giving back and enjoying lollipops, activities, and a photo op.  Your act of kindness can make all the difference in the world. Bins will be located outside Winkelman from November 13-18.

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. at Field
Special guest Dr. Micky TeKippe, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Pediatric Infection Prevention with Advocate Aurora Health will share information on the COVID-19 vaccine for kids and will be available to answer questions. He's also a D31 dad!

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

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser - Jimmy Thai
Wednesday, November 17 from 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
When ordering dinner from Jimmy Thai, 25% of your bill will go to support the District 31 PTO. Please mention the District 31 PTO or use code District 31 when ordering. Thank you for supporting our schools! 

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
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

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.