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Holiday Celebrations, Safety Message, Vaccination Status Reminder, COVID-19 Info, Special Education Presentation, Career Day Volunteers Needed, Summer School, Parent Ed Opportunities, Curriculum and Instruction Update, and Upcoming Events

December 16, 2021

Dear District 31 Community,

It is hard to believe that this is the last weekly message of 2021. Today we celebrated this final day of student attendance with holiday parties (thank you room parents!), awesomely decorated doors, a PTO luncheon and cozy pajama days.  

Before we dismiss for winter break, I would like to share important safety information from our local police departments regarding a nationwide threat on social media that promotes school violence on Friday, December 17. Our students are not in attendance, but District 31 is aware of the threat and in close communication with neighboring school districts and our local police departments. The threat is not deemed credible, although police will be increasing patrols at all local schools. View Glenview Police Department Message. The National Association of School Psychologists offer tips for talking with students about difficult topics such as these. As always, please reach out to me at any time with concerns. 

Finally, as we move into winter break, please continue to notify us if a student tests positive for COVID. This information will help us ease into our transition back to school in 2022.  The District will not be sending out community-wide notifications of positive COVID cases over winter break.  However, the school principals will reach out to individual classes if a positive case emerges that affected students in attendance this past week. Our health and safety dashboard will be next updated after winter break.  

Wishing everyone a restful and safe winter break. We look forward to seeing you next year! 

Sincerely,

Dr. Erin K. Murphy 
Superintendent of Schools

 

COVID-19 Information, Shield Testing, and Vaccination Reminders
Looking for a Vaccine or Booster? If you weren't able to attend one of the vaccine clinics in our schools in December, you can find convenient locations to find a vaccine or booster shot. Do a search, and find all the details of who is eligible for vaccinations and boosters at www.vaccines.gov.

  • Please remember to send a picture/ copy of your child’s vaccine card to the school nurse after they receive their second shot. Students are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot. 
  • We will continue reporting student vaccination rates on the District 31 COVID-19 dashboard starting in January.
  • If you would like your child to continue with the weekly testing once they become fully vaccinated or if they are currently fully vaccinated, please email your school nurse. Unless we  hear from you, we will assume that your vaccinated student will not be participating in weekly Shield testing. 
  • Winkelman Nurse - cnielsen@district31.net  
  • Field Nurse - tgastelum@district31.net

Winter Break COVID Testing Opportunities
There are many opportunities for free COVID testing over winter break:

  • The Flick Park Fieldhouse testing location (3600 Glenview Road) remains open throughout winter break (and beyond). Make an appointment here.
  • On Tuesday, December 21, SHIELD is offering free testing at various sites listed below. No appointment necessary.
  • Arlington Racetrack (823 Wilke Rd. in Arlington Heights), an IDPH community-based site, offers testing Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (closed 12/24, 12/25 and 1/1). No appointment necessary.

The Village of Northbrook Reminds Community to Confirm Results at Official Testing Facility
While home tests can be convenient and a good quick check, the Village of Northbrook asks that if your child has symptoms and you get a negative result on a home test, please follow up with a PCR test at a testing location like those listed above. Also, if you receive a positive result on a home test, please confirm the results at an official testing site (pharmacy, physician’s office, shield testing site). In addition to verifying the result, an official confirmation test allows local health officials to monitor spread in the community and serves as a reference point per quarantine rules that anyone in close contact of someone who tests positive does not need to quarantine if they themselves were diagnosed with COVID-19 within 90 days. Testing remains critically important to reducing the spread of COVID-19.

CCDPH Travel Guidance for Students
The most recent travel guidance from the Cook County Department of Health does not require quarantine upon return for students, regardless of vaccination status, but they should provide the school health office with a negative test taken 5-7 days after returning. All community members should always monitor for symptoms, and stay home and get tested if they arise

View the latest District 31 COVID-19 information
here.  The health and safety dashboard will be updated after Winter Break.

Special Education Parent/ Guardian Partner Night Presentation
View the Parent/ Guardian As Partners in the IEP Process presentation here

Career Day Volunteers Needed
Field Middle School needs members within the community to demonstrate potential careers for Career Day on Friday, March 11 from  8:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering to present your career to 6th - 8th graders in 20-30 minute time slots throughout the morning, please fill out the survey here and Assistant Principal Mr. Cooper will be in contact with you.

Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder Summer School Registration Open
Registration is now open for Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder at Winkelman School.  Register here through February 28 for an early registration discount. 
View Flyer here

Connect 31 Parent Education Opportunities
This week, Erin Kranz, an instructional coach at True North, shares an Inclusion Practices video on talking about 504 plans. View the helpful video here

Learn more about the education series and find other helpful resources at www.district31.net/ParentEducation

Curriculum and Instruction Update
The goal of the General Music program at Field is to equip students with the skills to better appreciate how music is used in our society and continue exploring music independently. The curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Arts Learning Standards for Music. These standards are divided between Creating, Performing, Responding, and Reflecting. Over the course of their three years at Field, students will engage with these standards through composing, analysis, and instruction spanning across several different instruments and projects. To learn more about the specific units in each grade, please visit the D31 Middle School Curriculum Overview by clicking here.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
Winter Break – No School for Students
Monday, December 20 - Monday, January 3

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser - CoCo’s Boba and Bites
December 27 - December 29, all day

School Resumes
Tuesday, January 4

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser - Viccino’s Pizza Company
Thursday, January 20, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

PTO Magical Math Night
Friday, January 21 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Virtual event for K - 8th 

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser - North Branch
Tuesday, February 8 

Community News and  Events
COVID-19 Vaccine: What Parents of Young Children Need to Know
Thursday, January 6 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Rupal Joshi, Pediatrician at NorthShore University HealthSystem, will explain the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine for children, discuss known side effects, and answer your questions. Learn more and register at visit.northbrook.info/events.

GBS’s Annual Arts in the Community Workshop
Saturday, April 9 (Register by January 11)
Learn more and register here

COVID-19 Testing Available at Flick Park
M-F 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Weekends: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Northshore Clinical Labs is extending the Flick Park COVID-19 testing site until June 1, 2022. This site remains open to all regardless of insurance and continues to have same day availability. They offer PCR tests and occasional rapid testing (based on supply).
COVID-19 TESTING Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Lasagna Love
Ongoing Effort
Lasagna Love connects neighbors with neighbors through homemade meal delivery. The mission is simple: feed families, spread kindness, and strengthen communities. Learn more at www.lasagnalove.org.