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SEL Resources, Parent Engagement Committee, 5Essentials Survey, Registration, Heart Month Results, Vaccination Reminder, and Upcoming Events

February 25, 2022

Dear District 31 Community,

Field and Winkelman students and staff have made an extra effort to be kind, respectful, and caring through the first week of our reduced mitigation plan by focusing on kindness, empathy, and respect for others’ choices.  Thank you to our families who supported this transition.

Along with coping with reduced mitigation, our students, staff, and families are grappling with the events in Eastern Europe. Our district is made up of students and families from a wide range of races, cultures, and backgrounds, and there are staff and students who have U.S. military family members, and staff and students with family or cultural ties to the unfolding events. Our thoughts are with those in our community and beyond who are personally affected. We must make sure that we are helping keep a safe space for all members of our community. 

Media coverage of the events in Ukraine includes disturbing footage and there is no doubt that the impacts will be felt worldwide. It's likely our students have also been following these events or have overheard conversations and are curious about the cause and the impacts that this may have both globally and locally. Please find social and emotional learning resources here to help guide conversations and help students process these current events. We are here to help and support you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to social workers or administration for support. 

If you have not already, please take the 5Essential Survey. Also, I would like to remind everyone that registration is now open. Please find registration information below.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent of Schools

Join the Parent Engagement Committee!
District 31 is looking for parents who are interested in serving on the Parent Engagement Committee. The Parent Engagement Committee provides important input and feedback on District 31 communication and outreach including district-wide emails, newsletters, social media, and website content to increase parent engagement. The first task of the parent engagement committee will be to provide feedback on the District’s website and assist in decisions related to the upcoming website redesign.

If you are interested in participating in the committee, please email your interest to hgarard@district31.net.  The first meeting will take place in April. Meetings are anticipated to be in the evenings via Zoom.

5Essentials Survey
Congratulations to this week’s winner of a gift card, Katie Doughty! 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 all 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.

American Heart Association Heart Challenge Results
Congratulations to our District 31 families and staff for raising an impressive $2,426 for the American Heart Association during the February American Heart Challenge! This support allows people to have better access to healthy food, quality health care, and so much more. Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge!

Watch a thank you video from our friend, Everly!

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
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
In an effort to streamline our language across content areas at Field Middle School, the Science, Social Studies, and English/Language Arts departments met to discuss ways we teach Claim Evidence Reasoning, or CER. Using CER helps students identify a claim, support it with evidence from a text, and further explain it with reasoning. Through this work, we want students to recognize that we can demonstrate our learning in similar ways across different contents.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
Autism Training and Technical Assistance (ATTA) Monthly Webinar - Autism Goes to College How to Find Your Best Match
Tuesday, March 8 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
ATTA will explore some of the top college programs designed specifically for students with autism during this session. Hear from colleges in our state that were named “The Best Colleges for Autistic Students in 2022”, as they share how their programs assist autistic students in achieving their personal, academic, and professional goals.
Register

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

Autism Training and Technical Assistance (ATTA) Monthly Webinar - We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation
Tuesday, April 12 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Eric Garcia began writing about autism because he was frustrated by the media’s coverage of it and realized he needed to put into writing what so many autistic people have been saying for years: Autism is a part of their identity; they don’t need to be fixed. In We’re Not Broken, Garcia uses his own life as a springboard to discuss the social and policy gaps that exist in supporting those on the spectrum. He explores how autistic people wrestle with systems – from education to health care – that were not built with them in mind.
Register