October 2018

October 2018
Posted on 10/04/2018
Superintendent MessageDr. Arnold

District 66 Families,

With the first month of school behind us, we are off to an awesome start in District 66! Students are feeling comfortable in their “new” classrooms and construction/renovations at Ide are moving forward. Looking ahead to the end of the month, I would like to invite all of our parents to attend an information session on the pending release of a new school report card at the end of the month. 

Parents are invited to attend an information session on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the new Illinois School Report Card on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Prairieview multipurpose room. The session will include an overview of the ESSA components and an opportunity for Q&A with the Superintendent and administrative team. 

All Illinois public schools will receive their new “designation” from the Illinois State Board of Education on October 31, 2018. The new 2018 Illinois School Report Cards will include significant changes to the way schools are measured.  This is all part of a new statewide accountability and support system under ESSA.

The new report cards will focus more on student academic growth and high school graduation rates and less on standardized test scores. Specifically, the quality of schools will now be measured through multiple indicators of student success including standardized tests, alternative assessments, academic growth, English language proficiency, science scores, fine arts participation, graduation rates, chronic absenteeism, and school climate surveys.

I hope you are able to join us on October 17!

Tim Arnold, Ph.D.

Follow on Twitter: @timarnoldsupt

District News
Building Our Future Blog
If you haven't already checked out District 66's latest Building Our Future blog, please click here. In this blog we provide updates on Lakeview, Prairieview, and Elizabeth Ide School projects. Previous Building Our Future blog posts can be found by clicking here.
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Social Emotional Learning Competencies

Self-awareness is the ability to:

  • identify one's emotions
  • maintain an accurate and positive self-concept
  • recognize individual strengths
  • experience a sense of self-efficacy

How can parents foster meaning and purpose in kids to assist in the development of self-awareness?  Research shows that self-awareness is critical to academic success, positive relationships, and happiness.  Click on this link for more information to the graphic provided below: How Parents Can Foster Meaning and Purpose in Kids.


Growth Mindset Our brains are like a muscle that grows! How can you help your child develop a growth mindset? Teach them that their brain is like a muscle. The more they use it the stronger it will be. Help your child develop their brains by challenging them to do things that aren’t easy, try things they have never done before, and encourage them when they don’t overcome an obstacle on the first try!

District PTO News
District Eat Out Fundraiser - October 23, 2018
Our October District PTO Eat Out Fundraiser is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 10/23/18 at the new Chipotle near the Bolingbrook Promenade. The address is 750 Janes Ave. and the times are from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Up to 33% of the proceeds will be donated back to our District PTO. Please remember to either print the flyer, show it on your phone, or simply mention this fundraiser to the cashier for District 66 to get credit.

Amazon Smile Fundraiser Program
The District 66 PTO would like you to consider supporting our schools while you shop on Amazon. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Simply choose "Center Cass District 66 PTO" to designate your charity. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know - same products, same prices, same service. Support Center Cass District 66 PTO by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Please use the following link to begin your shopping and make a donation without spending anything extra! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3056059

TEAM 66 Education Foundation News
TEAM 66 - Kelly Miller Circus
Thank you to our district families and community for helping the Team 66 Education Foundation kick off the 2018-19 school year with tremendous success. Due to all of your support and generosity, we sold out both shows of the Kelly Miller Circus and raised nearly $5,000. This year's performances thrilled the audience with exhilarating talent and fun for all ages. We hope to bring the circus back in years to come.

TEAM 66 Donation Shed at Prairieview
Based on the success of our annual Spring FunDrive with Savers, we are thrilled to announce our new year-long initiative that allows our district and community to drop-off their old treasures at any time throughout the year at our permanent Team 66 Donation shed located at Prairieview. Simply bag any of your unwanted clothing, shoes, belts, purses, CDs, DVDs, kitchen items, sheets, blankets, linens, and towels and drop them in the shed. There is a door/hatch on the side of the shed for easy access. All goods collected through our year-long FunDrive are sold to Savers and they, in turn, will pay Team 66 by the pound for qualifying donations. The shed is conveniently located on the sidewalk at the east side of the Prairieview building by the 3rd grade entrance and parking lot. Look at it as Spring Cleaning all year long to benefit Team 66.

Casino Night - Save the Date
Don't forget to save the date for our 2nd Annual Casino Night being held at the Loyal Order of the Moose on Saturday, March 2nd. This year's event will bring even more adult-only fun, food, and entertainment. Stay tuned for more details.

TEAM 66 Education Foundation
Lastly, we have noticed that many of our newer district families may not be aware of what the Team 66 Education Foundation does and who we are. Briefly, we would like to clarify what it is we do and the benefits of supporting the foundation. Team 66 benefits Center Cass School District 66 by providing teacher grants for educational programs and activities, which are not funded by the normal operating budget. These funds are used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence, and to expand community involvement from individuals, businesses, and civic organizations. Money raised through various fundraising efforts helps fund innovative teaching grants that will provide resources directly to the classroom for teachers to implement exciting new educational programs. We invite you to visit our website, www.team66ef.org to learn about the programs we have funded over the years. 

Community News

Want to Become a Substitute Teacher?
If you are a qualified substitute teacher and are ready to begin working in District 66, please contact Diana Goldstein at dgoldstein@ccsd66.org or (630) 783-5155. For more information on becoming a substitute teacher in DuPage County, contact the DuPage Regional Office of Education at (630) 407-5800 or click here.

Center Cass Community Connections
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Upcoming District 66 Events
October 8:  No School - Columbus Day
October 9:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
October 17:  ESSA Parent Information Session, 6:00 p.m. at Prairieview
October 23:  District PTO Eat Out Fundraiser, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Chipotle, Bolingbrook
October 23:  Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
October 26:  No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 29:  No School - Teacher Institute
November 13:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
November 21-23:  No School - Thanksgiving Break