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5Essentials, PCR Testing, COVID Information, Registration, 2022-23 Calendar, Curriculum and Instruction Update, Summer School Registration, and Important Dates

January 28, 2022

Dear District 31 Community,

Parents, teachers, and students across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. Our District needs your participation! This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of our schools. As a parent, this opportunity allows you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. Please complete the survey at* by March 11, 2022

*Search “Field School” and “Henry Winkelman Elem School”

Take a screenshot or photo of your completed survey and send it to for a chance to win a gift card from a local restaurant. Winners will be announced weekly.

The Illinois State Board of Education’s Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey helps us better understand the conditions at our schools and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses are completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Students in 4th-8th grade will also take the survey. Their responses are also anonymous.  If you prefer for your child not to participate, please contact your building principal.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at or contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or

We have again sent students home with Ravinia Health PCR tests. You may now return these tests to school on Friday OR Monday for processing. All tests must arrive before noon on Friday or Monday in order to be sent to the lab. If your student returns the test on Friday, the sample must be collected on Thursday or Friday morning. If your student returns the test on Monday, the sample must be collected on Sunday or Monday morning. Please also note that we were informed by Ravina that they are transitioning to new processing labs and email results may come from a new company.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent of Schools

Free COVID-19 Tests, COVID-19 Information, and Vaccination Reminders
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Order your free covid tests at The free tests provide an additional opportunity for families. (Students and staff have two free weekly testing opportunities with SHIELD and Ravinia Health.) Thank you to Ms. McGrath for putting together fantastic instructional videos on how to administer the mouth swab or nose swab for the at-home PCR tests. View the helpful videos below.
Mouth Swab Video       Nose Swab Video  

App used in videos above.

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.

View the latest District 31 COVID-19 dashboard here.

Registration for the 2022 - 2o23 School Year
Student registration for the 2022 - 2023 school year will begin next week for PreK and Kindergarten students. New students should call the district office to prove residency and to get Infosnap information. Registration for 1st - 8th grade students will begin March 1. Returning students will have registration information emailed or mailed to their home. Learn more at

If you have any registration questions, you may stop by the District Office between 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. If you cannot come during the scheduled times, please call 847-313-4416 to schedule an appointment.

Register for Little Wildcat Preschool by emailing Anabel Santiago at

2022 - 2o23 School Calendar
View the 2022-2023 School Calendar at a Glance here.

Connect 31 Parent Education Opportunities
This week, Erin Kranz, an instructional coach at True North, shares an Inclusion Practices video about advocating for your child. View the helpful video here.

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

Curriculum and Instruction Update
Our winter benchmarking has just been completed. We are so proud of the hard work of our students! Teachers, administrators, and other staff will begin reviewing data to determine what adjustments need to be made to instruction and curriculum in order to support student achievement and growth. Parents are important partners in supporting student learning so assessment results will be posted online in Skyward later this week. As a reminder, assessment results will no longer be mailed home. This change makes the results  accessible quickly while saving on resources used for the mailing. Click here to view a video demonstrating how to access the results. If you have questions about your child's learning and progress, please contact the classroom teacher.

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
Heart Health Challenge Begins
Friday, February 4
Learn more about the challenge here.

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

Field Parent Teacher Conferences
Monday, February 7 and  Thursday, February 10

Winkelman Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 15

Incoming Student Athletics/Activities Night @ GBN
Thursday, February 17

No School 
Friday, February 18

No School - Presidents Day
Monday, February 21

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, February 24

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.

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).

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