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Covid Increase, Teacher Appreciation Week, Mental Health Month, Around the World Fun with District 31, Technology Return, Art to Remember, Parent Education, PTO Board Members Needed, Registration, Curriculum and Instruction Update, and Upcoming Events

May 6, 2022

Dear District 31 Community,

As we move into May, our District 31 Covid numbers are seeing a steady increase, reflecting that of our greater community. You can review our dashboard here.  Please continue to review your mitigation strategies with your child/ren (washing hands, social distancing, masking) and do not send your child to school if they are not feeling well.  As covid numbers increase across Cook County and we transition to a medium community transmission status, masks are recommended indoors. 

On a lighter note, we celebrated our extraordinary teachers with fun treats throughout the week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you PTO for celebrating our teachers and staff. I am very grateful for our special team of teachers and staff who work tirelessly to support our students and families with passion, flexibility, and grace. Thank you to everyone who showed their appreciation for our teachers this week! 

Last Friday, we celebrated our cultural diversity with an exciting new event, Around the World Fun with District 31. Thank you to the PTO and our participating District 31 families for putting together a very special event! Photos of the event are posted on our Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Exceptional Children’s Week Kindness Challenge. We are so proud to be an inclusive, kind, and understanding community!

Lastly, congratulations to the Field Wind Ensemble for their amazing  performance at the University of Illinois SuperState Band Festival this morning. The performance can be viewed here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Dr. Erin K. Murphy
Superintendent of Schools

Around the World Fun with District 31 T-shirts and Cookbooks 
Thank you District 31 for a great Around the world Fun event! If you were not able to come or would still like to order a T-shirt or cookbook,  we have you covered: https://post-around-the-world-fun-cookbooks-and-tshirts.cheddarup.com. Please order by Monday, May 9. All orders will be delivered to Winkelman by May 20.

Mental Health Month
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.

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 Deadline for Free Delivery Today
Today, Friday, May 6 is the deadline to order your Art to Remember keepsake with free delivery to the school. However, you can order any time after May 6 and have the items shipped to your home. Art to Remember keepsakes are 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! Visit www.ArtToRemember.com to place your order. Search for your school and child's name.

Connect 31 Parent Education Opportunities
This week, Erin Kranz, an instructional coach at True North, shares an Inclusion Practices video about virtual calm corners. View the helpful video here.

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

Last Chance to Become a PTO Board Member
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 Monday, 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
Listening and speaking are important skills to nurture in our students. District 31’s goal is for students to engage in conversations where they can build on others’ ideas as well as add their own ideas. Try having conversations with your child about what you are watching on TV or about current events to help build listening and speaking skills at home. Practice having them acknowledge and respond to your thoughts and ideas as well as including their own. Another idea is to share stories about yourself, your family, or even a made-up story. Include lots of details and enthusiasm when you tell your story. Ask your child to share their own stories (real or made-up).

Viewing is also a critical skill as we must notice and interpret many visual images each day. Practice thinking about the meaning and purpose of different ads, videos, infographics, with your child that you see in your daily life.

Literacy skills in school are taught so students can be successful outside of the classroom. The District wants students to be able to understand, analyze, critique, and ask questions when needed.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
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
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 with the GBN Boys Varsity Lacrosse team. After the game, players along with the GBN Poms will lead clinics on the field. 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.

Glenview Health Fair presented by the Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Village of Glenview, and Glenview Park District
Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Glenview United Methodist Church, 727 Harlem Avenue
Free Health Screenings, vendors, refreshments, giveaways, raffle prizes, and children’s activities.

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