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Field Musical, Website Survey, Spirit Wear Drive, PTO Recipes, Days Off Camp, Parent Engagement Committee, Registration, and More

April 1, 2022

Dear District 31 Community,

We had a wonderful week back following spring break with students returning rested and excited to learn. I cannot believe there are less than 45 school days left of the 2021 - 2022 school year! (This is not an April Fools’ joke!) As we approach the last few months of school, there are many exciting things to look forward to; the Field musical Frozen Jr., Around the World Fun with District 31, the Spring Fling and book fair, Farewell to Fifth, and Graduation to name a few. Watch for communication from the PTO and your school principals to learn more about spring happenings. We also encourage you to “like” our Facebook page for fun photos, school information, and reminders.

Our COVID-19 metrics have been very promising and I am so grateful to once again bring families together at our schools for events. However, I want to remind families to continue to be careful and follow all safety protocols to keep our community safe.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent of Schools

Frozen Junior
Field Middle School is proud to present Frozen Jr. directed by Mr. Case Carvell and Ms. Heather Bordley, with Art Direction by Ms. Becca Weisz.

Synopsis:  A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Dates and Times:

  • Friday April 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday April 9 at 1 p.m.

*Door will open 30 minutes before each performance.

Cost: No tickets are being sold but donations will be accepted .

If you have any questions regarding the production, please reach out to the Field front office at 847-272-6884.

Website Survey
As part of our strategic plan, West Northfield School District 31 is redesigning our websites to better engage our community. As a first step of the redesign process, we would like your feedback regarding your website usage. Please fill out the survey here. Thank you for your time!

PTO Spirit Wear Drive
The weather may be chilly, but it’s time to “think spring”-- as in spring spirit wear!  From now through April 10, get your new Winkelman and Field gear! There are a few old favorites plus new pieces for everyone in the family - tanks, baseball tees, and even blankets!  Any questions, email spirit wear chair Megan Kivarkis at megan.kivarkis@gmail.com. Click here to order spirit wear.

Last Chance to Submit Your Recipes!
If you have not already, please submit your recipes for the first-ever Taste of District 31 Cookbook! This is the LAST CHANCE for your family to be in this wonderful keepsake. Thank you to everyone that has submitted. We have a wonderful array of countries represented! Submit recipes here by Monday, April 4.

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 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.

Parent Engagement Committee
District 31 is hosting our first Parent Engagement Committee meeting on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The Parent Engagement Committee will be discussing the District’s website and written communication.

It is not too late to get involved! If you would like to join the Parent Engagement Committee, please email your interest to hgarard@district31.net. If you cannot attend the meeting, but would still like to provide feedback on our current website, please take the website survey above.

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. 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.

Curriculum and Instruction Update
Students have been engaged in many exciting activities in their Co-Curricular classes at Winkeleman. The art department is busy finishing projects for our “Art to Remember” fundraiser that is coming up soon. Students have been creating inventions in STEM class to help solve problems and help others. Fifth grade students have been learning to play the ukulele and write their own songs  in Music class. Be sure to ask your student about all of the amazing things they are creating in their Co-Curricular classes!

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
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.