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Reduced Mitigation Plan, Resources for Students, 5Essentials Survey, Planning Survey, Registration, COVID-19 Dashboard, Parent Education Opportunity, Curriculum and Instruction Update, Summer School, and Upcoming Events

February 25, 2022

Dear District 31 Community,

Earlier today we shared a communication outlining the reduced mitigation plan, which includes a move to a mask strongly recommended environment on Monday, March 7, approved by the Board of Education last night. You can read that message here. 

Also, at the school board meeting, the Board of Education unanimously approved a one year extension to the teacher collective bargaining agreement. Board president, Dr. Allison Slade Rothstein shared, “We are pleased to approve a contract that is fiscally responsible for District 31 but more importantly recognizes the incredible work of our teachers over the last two years. Approving this contract paves the way for the future as we work together to meet District 31’s mission of Empowering Every Student.”

Next week, staff at Field and Winkelman will focus on teaching kindness, empathy and respect for choices. At the same time, we understand that reducing mitigations is not the only thing on the minds of many of our students and their families as they grapple with events in Ukraine and the impact on family and friends. Please reach out to a social worker or administrator if you need support. We also have resources available here to help guide conversations with your children.

 

Throughout all of these changes and challenges, we appreciate your partnership and collaboration. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent of Schools

5Essentials Survey
Congratulations to this week’s winner of a gift card, Vedika Kheradiya! For a chance to win a gift card and help our schools, please remember to complete the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, take a screenshot or photo of your completed survey, and send it to tblankenheim@district31.net. Winners will be announced weekly. The 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 https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/* by March 11, 2022.

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

Help Us Plan for the 2022-2023 School Year
As we plan for next year, please let us  know whether you intend to register your child for school in District 31 even if you haven't completed registration. This helps the administration plan for class sections and programs. Please complete this survey for your current preschool through 7th grade student. Formal registration begins on March 1 for grades 1st - 8th.  Please login to Skyward and complete this brief survey by March 25.  If you have questions about this survey, please contact Annette Maloney at 847-313-4421 or email amaloney@district31.net.

Registration for the 2022 - 2023 School Year
Registration for the 2022 - 2023 school year is underway 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 Tuesday, March 1. Returning students will have registration information emailed or mailed to their home. Learn more at www.district31.net/registration.

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 asantiago@district31.net.

Vaccination Reminder and the District 31 COVID-19 Dashboard
We continue to 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.

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

We would love your feedback on our Inclusive Practices Family Edition videos. Please take a few minutes to provide feedback here.

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

Curriculum and Instruction Update
One thing we often think about when we hear “Social Studies” are the fun places we can visit to learn about cool landmarks and important people, places, and events in history.  Taking “field trips” outside of school is a great way to introduce your child to some of these.  Did you know that they can even be done virtually?  The important thing about field trips is not just going somewhere, it’s the discussion that happens before, during, and after the trip.  Here are some things you can ask after you visit somewhere together… 

  • What did you notice about this place?
  • What are the TOP 3 most interesting things you learned?
  • What would you like to learn more about?

Here is a link to some amazing virtual trips that you can take together with your child:  https://www.weareteachers.com/best-virtual-field-trips/.

Even if you don’t go somewhere exciting, remember that when you’re going to the grocery store, to the library, or even making dinner, talking with your child about what you’re doing and what you’re seeing is a great way to promote vocabulary development. 

Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder Summer School Registration
Monday, February 28 is the last day for an early registration discount for Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder Summer School! Register here.
View Flier here.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
Heart Health Challenge Underway
Now - Monday, February 28
Learn more about the challenge here.

Winkelman Battle of the Books
Monday, February 28

Field Graduation Pictures Retakes
Tuesday, March 1

Winkelman Undernighter (K-2)
Friday, March 4

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser at Dengeos
Thursday, March 10

Winkelman Undernighter (3-5)
Friday, March 11

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, March 17

Spring Break
Monday, March 21 - Friday, March 25

No School for Students - Professional Development Day 
Monday, March 28

PTO Meeting
Tuesday, March 29