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Mental Health Awareness Month, Teacher Appreciation Week, End of the Year Technology Return, Art to Remember, Kudos, Exceptional Children's Week, Parent Education, PTO Message, Registration, Curriculum and Instruction, and Important Dates

April 29, 2022

Dear District 31 Community,

We have made it to the end of April! With only 24 days left of school and 23 days left until graduation, these next few weeks will certainly be busy as we make the most of the time we have left together. It has been fun to see buildings and grade levels start their ABC countdowns to the end of the school year. 

As we approach the end of the year and all the activities and potential stressors, it seems appropriate to make sure we take time for our mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Throughout the month, we will be raising awareness about the importance of mental health and reducing barriers to treatment. Learn more here.

The PTO has planned a special week for staff in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6)! Thank you to our teachers and ALL of our staff who are working and learning with kids everyday. And thank you to the PTO for celebrating our wonderful educators. 

I will see you all tonight at Around the World Fun with District 31 (details below). Please remember there is no school on Tuesday. We wish a happy holiday to our families who celebrate Eid this week. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent of Schools

End of School Technology Return
All student assigned technology devices (iPads, chromebooks, wireless hotspots) are expected to be returned to the school buildings at the conclusion of this current school year.  All devices must be returned with their corresponding electrical chargers and carry bags, if applicable. Devices that are not working, damaged beyond the scope of accidental, or lost, will be subject to repair or replacement fees. Please watch for future communications regarding the days and times devices will be collected.

Art to Remember
Art to Remember keepsakes are available now! Don't miss out! Place your order now for custom keepsake products featuring your child’s artwork. These items make great gifts for graduation, Father's Day, belated Mother's Day, parents, grandparents, birthdays - any occasion, any time!  The deadline to order for free delivery to school is Friday, May 6. However, you can order any time after May 6 and have the items shipped to your home. Go to www.ArtToRemember.com to place your order. Search for your school and child's name.

Kudos Field Tigers!
Congratulations to Field Middle School Wind Ensemble for receiving a unanimous rating of “Superior with High Honors”, the highest rating possible, at the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) State Band Contest this past Saturday at New Trier School. At the contest bands perform for three judges who rate the ensembles on their technical skill and musicianship.

In order to perform at IGSMA State Contest, ensembles must receive a Superior rating at the IGSMA District Contest in March.

The band performed Joy Revisited by Frank Ticheli, At Morning’s First Light by David Gillingham and Ancient Dialogue by Patrick J. Burns.


Congratulations to the 8th grade Field students who participated in the Glenbrook North (GBN) and Glenbrook South (GBS) annual Junior High Math Contest this past week.

After two years of online contests, this year's contest was back in person at GBS, and featured a record number of 8th grade contestants - 81 students in total.

The contest was completely designed and organized by high school students from the GBN and GBS math teams. Students competed in an individual contest, a team contest, and a team sprint round.

Results:
4th place - Jimmy Tsonis
9th place - Isaac Koh

Honorable Mention Awards:
Khusrav Parviz
Jaden Ahn
Nate Hjelmgren
Jonathan Byrne

Thank you to Mr. Damon for organizing and accompanying our Field students at the event!

Exceptional Children’s Week (May 2 - May 6)
The first week of May marks Exceptional Children's Week. We are celebrating inclusivity by promoting kindness and understanding and celebrating commonalities and differences.

Inclusivity in District 31 means the following: 

  • everyone is valued and participates to the best of their ability.
  • all children have equal access.
  • focus is on the child's abilities, not disabilities.
  • all children learn alongside their same age peers.
  • children are accepting of one another.
  • students have positive and appropriate support in the classroom.
  • teachers and staff members are highly trained at delivering a differentiated curriculum to meet individual needs.
  • students develop confidence in their ability to interact with the world around them.
  • meaningful relationships are developed.
  • various resources and technologies are used for various learning styles

 We are asking students and families to complete kindness challenges for elementary   and kindness challenges for intermediate students

Please visit our website for videos and resources on inclusive practices.

Connect 31 Parent Education Opportunities
This week, Erin Kranz, an instructional coach at True North, shares a read aloud of Coaster. Coaster is a valuable book/read aloud to share with families and allows for conversation about differences and commonalities in a child-centered way. Below are questions that families can discuss with their children:

  • How might Coaster have been feeling when he was sometimes admired, yet almost always overlooked?
  • What coping strategies could Coaster use when he felt sad and alone? 
  • How might Coaster have felt when he found his person?
  • What might Coaster and his person be doing right now? 
  • How might Coaster be feeling with his new person? 
  • How might Coaster's person be feeling after finding her perfect dog? 
  • What personal connections can you make to Coaster?
  • What personal connections can you make to Coaster's owner?


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

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
A focus on future-ready learning is a part of the District #31 Strategic Plan and includes preparing students to be responsible global citizens. As our world becomes more digital, it is imperative that our students learn to be positive digital citizens. Digital Citizenship requires students to safely and responsibly use digital tools across contexts. As part of our instructional technology program, we have built a library of resources centered around Digital Citizenship that we are looking forward to integrating into classroom discussions.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
PTO Presents Around the World Fun with District 31
Friday, April 29from 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/.

No School in Recognition of Eid al-Fitr
Tuesday, May 3

Tea Time with Principal Wolverton & Alvarez
Tuesday, May 10 at Winkelman


PTO Restaurant Fundraiser at Kyoto Garden
May 12-14

TrueNorth presents Parent Education Learning Support Group
Thursday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
Register

PTO Meeting
Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

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.

Advanced Learning Program (ALP) Parent Night
Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser at Jimmy Thai
Tuesday, May 24

No School for Students - Professional Development Day
Friday, May 27

No School in Recognition of Memorial Day
Monday, May 30

Community News and Events
Northfield Township How to Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment
Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m.
Northfield Township presents a free webinar hosted by Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi. This webinar is co-sponsored by Northfield Township Assessor Alida E. Nally. Northfield Township is open for 2021 property tax assessment appeals until May 10, 2022.
Register at: https://www.cookcountyboardofreview.com/Cabonargi.

Northbrook Action Baseball Summer League Registration 2022 Open
For PreK - 2nd boys and girls
Learn more at www.northbrookactionbaseball.org.

Mental Health Matters GBN Lacrosse Game & Family Fair
Saturday, May 14
11 a.m.: GBN Boys Varsity Lacrosse Game
12:30 p.m.: Family Fair
Glenbrook North High School Football Field
Celebrate mental health awareness at a community event featuring the GBN Boys Varsity Lacrosse team in action. After the game, players along with the GBN Poms will lead clinics on the field. You and your family can also dance with a DJ, enjoy food from the GBN Booster Club and green Dilly Bars (for Mental Health) from DQ, and visit with representatives from local mental health providers and organizations to learn about resources in and around Northbrook.