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World Kindness Day Book Drive, Vaccine Information, Family Reading Challenge, Calendar Survey, Parent Education Opportunities, and More

November 12, 2021

Dear District 31 Community,

It’s World Kindness Day tomorrow!  What a wonderful opportunity to pause during this month of gratitude to remember the importance of kindness.  You can put that kindness into action this weekend by stopping by the PTO kindness event at Winkelman from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Make sure you bring non-perishable foods and books to contribute.  Get more details below!

Another way we celebrate World Kindness Day is by getting vaccinated.  It has been exciting to see so many pictures and to have students share about their appointments over the last week. 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.  If you are still interested in a November vaccination appointment, please check out the opportunities below for November 18 and November 22. If students get the first shot before Thanksgiving, then they will have the second shot completed before winter break!

Finally, families have an opportunity to share kindness by reading together.  Our school librarians, Karrie Fisher and Kristie Cerniglia, are challenging our school community (parents, staff, and students) to read 20,000 minutes next week to commemorate Family Reading Week. I have already selected a new book to read and my son and I plan to get some more chapters under our belt in our current Harry Potter book.

Have a wonderful weekend. 


Dr. Erin K. Murphy 
Superintendent of Schools

Vaccine Opportunities

    • The Northfield Township vaccine clinic for ages 5-11 for November 17 still has availability.  The second shot will be December 8. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed friend to this clinic as stuffed animal vaccine shots will be given as well!  
    • A clinic in Winkelman gym will be available on Monday, November 22. You can sign up here (walk-ins welcome). 
    • Many different pharmacies are also offering appointments.  Please use the links below.



Calendar Survey
Your feedback is needed as we develop our 2022-2023 school calendar.  Thank you for taking the time to complete this brief survey. We welcome all feedback and suggestions. Please complete the survey by Tuesday, November 22.

Community Presentation for Teens and their Parents
Join CATCH on Monday, November 15 at 7 p.m. for "Stigma Buster" with D2 Basketball Coach Mark Potter. The stress, uncertainties, and social challenges of the last 20 months have taken their toll on mental health. But, it's okay to not be okay and to reach out for help. That's the message that Coach Mark Potter will share in a presentation about his own mental health journey in  "Stigma Buster"  hosted by the GBN Lacrosse team and CATCH. Register here for the zoom link.

Family Reading Challenge
Calling all Winkelman and Field Families!
For Family Reading Week we are challenging our families to read TOGETHER as a community to achieve 20,000 Minutes of Reading! Please log your reading minutes from November 15-17. Log your minutes 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 Executive Functioning. View the helpful video here

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

Curriculum and Instruction Update
Social Studies cultivates skills such as questioning, creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaborating, investigating, analyzing, comparing and contrasting, and understanding cause and effect. The Illinois Social Studies (Social Science) standards include four disciplines:  civics, economics/financial literacy, geography, and history.  Woven into the standards is the concept of INQUIRY.  Inquiry feeds into our students’ natural curiosity.  The goal of inquiry is to provide students with opportunities to ask questions, evaluate resources, draw conclusions, and take action related to what they are learning about.  As the Illinois State Board of Education explains, the goal of Social Studies instruction should be that students "emerge with knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to be informed and effective citizens," and this is what we hope to do in our Social Studies classrooms!

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.

Winkelman Virtual Author Visit Date Change
Winkelman’s upcoming Virtual Author Visits with Sharon Draper has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 7.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
Field Annual Food Drive
Through November 19
The Field Student Council is organizing a food drive to benefit the Northfield Township Food Pantry. Families can donate non-perishable items by sending items to school with their student or dropping off donations at the Field Middle School front office. 

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!

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

Find the Board of Education agenda on Monday here.

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
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.