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Spring Break COVID-19 Testing, PTO Spirit Wear Drive, Submit Recipes, Days off Camp, Parent Engagement Committee, Registration, Vaccination Reminder, Parent Education, Curriculum and Instruction Update, and Upcoming Events

March 18, 2022

Dear District 31 Community,

The weather is getting warmer and the days are staying light longer.  That can only mean one thing---spring is at hand.  And with the advent of spring, comes a much deserved spring break for our students and staff. We hope that all of our families have a safe and restful spring break. We look forward to welcoming back our students on Tuesday, March 29 (Monday is a professional development day for staff).

As a layer of precaution for those who may be traveling or spending time with extended family and friends, we are sending home optional COVID-19 tests with students on March 18. These tests should be taken Thursday, March 24 or the morning of Friday, March 25 and must be dropped off on Friday, March 25 before 12 p.m. at the District 31 administrative offices, 3131 Techny Rd. in Northbrook, in order to be processed over the weekend. There will be a cardboard box labeled “tests go here” in the entrance of the district office.  It is important that this is the test that will be turned in on March 25, if you choose, because the labels are time-stamped.

Have a wonderful spring break.

Sincerely,

Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent of Schools

PTO Spirit Wear Drive
Feeling spring coming on? Want some new gear to greet the season? Get ready for the spring spirit wear drive March 29 through April 10! Stay tuned for details!

Submit Your Recipes!
If you have not already, please submit your recipes for the first-ever Taste of District 31 Cookbook! The cookbook will  include appetizers, entrees, sides, desserts, beverages, and more. Submit recipes here.

Our goal is to represent as many countries as possible and celebrate our incredible global community!

If you have questions, please reach out to Laurel Shah (laawood@gmail.com) or Megan Kivarkis (megan.kivarkis@gmail.com).

Days Off Camp Offered by the Northbrook Park District
The Northbrook Park District offers days off camps for the days students may not be in school. Some of these camps are even offered at Winkelman. Upcoming camps take place March 28, April 15, April 22, May 3, and May 27. Register for the camps here. You do NOT need to be a Northbrook resident to take advantage of the camps.

Join the Parent Engagement Committee
District 31 is looking for a few more 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.

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.

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

Curriculum and Instruction Update
During the 2021-2022 school year, Advanced Learning Program changes were implemented. These changes include: new placement criteria and matrix, updated inquiry process, program course adjustments, and improved transparency through communication. In order to measure the impact of the changes, we are inviting parents to complete a survey. Click here to access the survey. The results will be used, along with feedback from teachers and students as well as academic data, to evaluate the changes. Thank you in advance for your valued feedback!

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
Spring Break
Monday, March 21 - Friday, March 25

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

PTO Meeting
Tuesday, March 29

CATCH presents Lunch & Learn: Eating Disorders: An Honest Conversation
Tuesday, March 29 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. via Zoom
Register here. 

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser at Grill House
Tuesday, April 5

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

No School - Recognition of  Good Friday
Friday, April 15

Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, April 19

No School - Recognition of  Orthodox Good Friday
Friday, April 22

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser at La Taquiza
Wednesday, April 27

PTO Presents Around the World Fun with District 31
Friday, April 29

Community News and Upcoming Events
Northfield Township Podcast
View the latest Northfield Township Podcast episode “Parenting is Hard” with Renee Dominguez of Family Service Center in Northfield here.

Northbrook Park District’s Summer Excursions Camp
The Summer Excursions camp for ages 11-14 will be full of great field trips for middle school students. Learn more and sign up at www.nbparks.org.