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COVID Communication Updates, Little Wildcat Preschool Spots Available, Parent Education Opportunities, Curriculum and Instruction Update, and Upcoming Events

January 14, 2022

Dear District 31 Community,

Parents have received several emails this week regarding COVID-related communication including positive cases, PCR At-Home Testing, updated isolation and quarantine guidelines, and Booster Opportunities. Although we wish this wasn’t the core of our communication, we are celebrating our strength as a community. 

This week we celebrate our partnership with Ravinia Health to offer PCR test kits with laboratory analysis for any staff member or student who wishes to test at home. This opportunity allows us to provide two tests a week for students, which is in line with recommendations District 31 received from the Cook County Department of Public Health during this surge. Our incredibly talented Field Middle School students put together an art gallery (pictured below). The PTO continues to put together creative events to bring the community together with their upcoming virtual Magical Math Night. We also celebrate our continuing community-wide efforts to provide in-person learning for our students and families.

Please monitor your student’s health closely and if your student is not
feeling well, please do not come to school. Also, please support and reinforce adherence to the recommended mitigation strategies. The health and safety of our students and staff, and our ability to remain open to in-person learning, are dependent on our collective commitment and effort. Feel free to reach out to your school nurse, principal, or myself if you have any questions.

Please remember there is no school Monday in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent of Schools

PCR  At-Home Testing Clarification
District 31 has partnered with Ravinia Health to offer weekly PCR test kits with laboratory analysis for students who wish to test at home. Tests will be sent home Thursday (pending availability) to all students who are opted in to Shield testing. The tests should be returned the next day. This test is an additional opportunity for families that allows the district to provide two weekly tests as recommended by CCDPH due to the increased positivity rate in the community; one at school with Shield and one at home with Ravinia Health. Participating students can choose to administer the screening in their nose or their mouth. Families will receive an email from O'Hare Clinical Lab when the results are available with instructions on how to access results. Learn more about the at-home testing program here.

COVID-19 Booster Clinics
District 27 Community Vaccine Clinic
January 14, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wood Oaks Junior High, 1250 Sanders Road, Northbrook
This clinic is open to anyone ages 5 and up. The clinic includes first and second doses, as well as boosters. Pre-registration is encouraged. However, walk-ins will be accepted.

Attendees should bring:

  • Completed Consent Form
  •  Booster Consent Form
  •  Doses 1-2 Consent Form
  • Identification
  • Parent/Guardian Identification (for those under age 18)
  • Vaccine Card (if you have already completed at least one dose)
  • Proof of Insurance (if available – insurance is not required)

For space and safety purposes, we ask that only one parent/guardian accompanies each child. You will need to remain in an observation area for at least 15 minutes after the vaccine is administered.

Northfield Township Elementary School Booster Clinic
January 17, 2022 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., by appointment
1657 Shermer Road in Northbrook (the former Grainger site)
This Pfizer booster clinic is for Northfield Township Elementary School students ages 12-15. Register for this clinic here. Vaccination is by appointment only.

Attendees must bring: 

  • Your child’s vaccine card showing the previous two doses (required)
  • Parent or guardian identification.
  • Proof of insurance (if you have insurance) -- but insurance is not required.
  • Completed and signed consent form

Other Booster & Vaccine Opportunities
If space is full, or the date doesn’t work for your schedule, parents or legal guardians can access other vaccination opportunities through your child’s healthcare provider or at Walgreens, CVS, or Walmart:

Those locations also offer first and second dose vaccines.

Little Wildcat Preschool Program - Spots Available
Spots are available in the Little Wildcat Preschool morning (8:30 - 11 a.m.) or afternoon (12:30 - 3 p.m.) program for preschoolers ages 3-PreK. Little Wildcats is a high-quality preschool program that is designed to foster pre-academic, social, language, and motor development in children. The program also offers support services for students with disabilities and English language learners. Visit www.district31.net/littlewildcat to learn more. Register today by emailing Anabel Santiago at asantiago@district31.net - spots fill quickly!

COVID-19 Information and Vaccination Reminders
We encourage all eligible individuals to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Once vaccinated, please notify the school of your student’s vaccination status by sending a photo of the vaccination card to your school nurse. Find convenient locations to receive a vaccine or booster shot and other important information 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.

View the latest District 31 COVID-19 dashboard here.

Connect 31 Parent Education Opportunities
This week, Erin Kranz, an instructional coach at True North, shares an Inclusion Practices video about positive behavior strategies. 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 adoption of "Number Corner" to supplement the math curriculum in grades K-3 this year has proven to be a big hit with students and teachers alike. This program consists of daily twenty-minute math workouts that incorporate and layer the focus standards throughout the year. Students are really excited about the program and the teachers are reporting that their students are grasping concepts more deeply and mastering skills more easily than ever before. Next year, the program will be added for fourth and fifth grades as well.

Please click on the following links for an overview of the "Number Corner" program at each grade: Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3. The photos provide a snapshot of the "Number Corner" in a Winkelman classroom from each of the four grade levels implementing the program.

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

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
Monday, January 17

PTO Meeting
Tuesday, January 18 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
Zoom Link

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, January 20 at 7 p.m.

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser - Viccino’s Pizza Company
Thursday, January 20, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Mention District 31 for a portion of your bill to support the PTO (delivery not eligible) 

Counselors meet with 8th grade students @ GBN and GBS
Wednesday, January 26 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Incoming Student Athletics/Activities Night @ GBS
Wednesday, January 26 at 7 p.m.

Graduation Pictures at Field 
Thursday, January 27 

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser - North Branch
Tuesday, February 8 
Mention District 31 for a portion of your bill to support the PTO

Community News and  Events
CATCH Presents Parents Connect
When your child is struggling with their mental health, one of the things you can do to help them is find support for yourself. Join Parents Connect and meet other parents and caregivers who are facing similar challenges.
Learn more and sign up here

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

Community Partner Programs
View information from District 31 Community Partners including the North Suburban YMCA (School Days Out Camp and Summer Camp), Northbrook Girls Softball, and Northbrook Action Baseball.
View Information