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Career Day, Earth Day, Around the World Fun, Daily Health Reminder, Website Survey, PTO Board, Registration, Curriculum and Instruction Update, and Upcoming Events

April 22, 2022

Dear District 31 Community,

It was an exciting week in District 31! The week began with Career Day at Field, which was an exciting day where students learned about a diverse selection of career opportunities. Thank you to the parents and community members who came to school to share about their careers. The fun continued at Winkelman yesterday where students celebrated Earth Day with outdoor activities, guest readers sharing Earth Day themed picture books, and other fun. Second grade teacher, Ms. Chlebek, read the book she wrote, Protector of the Ocean, to the entire grade level. I enjoyed serving as both a career day presenter at Field and a guest reader at Winkelman!

Another exciting event took place this week at the Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to the teachers who received tenure. We are so thankful for your service to District 31!

Picture order from L to R: April Miller, Principal Field; Shaton Wolverton, Principal Winkelman; Amy Sack, Social Worker, Winkelman;  Lynn Merril, psychologist, Winkelman; Cali Greene, STEM teacher, Winkelman; Nino Alvarez, Assistant Principal, Winkelman; Alyssa Chlebek, Winkelman 2nd grade teacher; Jenna Berkowsky, Winkelman 2nd Grade teacher; Jesse Menold, Field and Winkelman 504 coordinator. Not pictured:  Lisa Cumblad, Field ELA teacher and Leslie Redmond, District K- 4 ELA/SS coordinator.

Next week we are excited to celebrate “Around the World Fun with District 31” on Friday, April 29 from 6-8 p.m. at Winkelman!  The event is free and open to all D31 families and staff. There will be activity tables representing many countries and cultures, a parade of nations, and performances. RSVP and preorder t-shirts and cookbooks at https://around-the-world-fun-with-d31.cheddarup.com/.

Ravinia COVID test kits were sent home, Thursday, April 21. These optional tests may be completed on Sunday evening. Completed tests should be brought to school on Monday morning. 

Have a wonderful three-day weekend! We hope everyone enjoys the anticipated beautiful weather tomorrow.  Best wishes to our families who are celebrating this weekend..

Sincerely,

Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent of Schools

Daily Health Reminder Update
Attendance at school certifies your child is free of Covid symptoms and, if unvaccinated, has complied with travel guidance and has not been a close contact to anyone with Covid. This daily reminder will be discontinued, but we ask that families continue to follow all health guidelines.

Final Week of Website Survey!
Next week is the final week to participate in the District 31 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 by Friday, April 29. Thank you for your time!

PTO Seeking Board Members
The D31 PTO is seeking four new community members to join the 2022-2023 Executive Board! The PTO Executive Board is an amazing group of committed parents who oversee all of the PTO’s programming, events, and activities at both Winkelman and Field. If you’re a fan of art enrichment, the outdoor movie night, the room parent program and more, you are needed! The open positions include Treasurer, VP of Communication, Co-VP of School Activities, and VP of Fundraising. If you are interested or would like more information, please reach out to Meghan McMillin or Lisa Brown at d31pto@gmail.com by May 9.

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.

Curriculum and Instruction Update
In District 31, systems are in place to ensure students are taught at a level that stretches their thinking and promotes growth, perseverance, and engagement. In grades K-3, the classroom teachers provide math enrichment to students based upon student interest, district assessment data, and classroom performance.Beginning in fourth grade, students are eligible for pull-out math enrichment through the District 31 Advanced Learning Program (ALP). Enrichment provides students the ability to explore grade-level content at greater levels of cognitive depth as well as to grow their reasoning and strategic thinking by solving non-routine problems. The ALP expands to include accelerated curriculum courses for fifth through eighth graders. Learn more about the D31 ALP and/or attend the parent information meeting on May 23 at 7 p.m. (information to come). When enjoying math with students at home, parents are encouraged to play strategy games and share activities that build number sense. Click here for a list of awesome websites and resources guaranteed to challenge your children at home.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
No School - Recognition of  Orthodox Good Friday
Friday, April 22

Social Emotional Learning with Doug Bolton
Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m.
Registration required

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser at La Taquiza
Wednesday, April 27

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

For 8th Grade Students: GBN Cheerleading Tryouts
GBN Cheerleading Tryout Meeting - Monday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at GBN Gym 108
Open Gyms - May 2, May 4, May 9, and May 11 from 6-8 p.m.
Tryouts (GBN Competition Gym) - Monday, May 16 (Clinic Day) from 3:45-6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, May 17 from 6-8 p.m.; Wednesday, May 18 from 3:45-6:30 p.m.