April 2019

April District Newsletter
Posted on 03/27/2019


District News

Parent UniversityParent University
On Saturday, March 9, 2019, District 66 held its Second Annual Parent University. About fifty parents came out on Saturday morning to hear Adam Russo, LCSW, CEO and founder of Edgewood Clinical Services speak. Adam is the author of, Unwritten Rules:  Real Strategies to Parent Your Child into a Successful Adult.  

Adam spoke about the importance of failure. He stressed to parents the importance of raising your children to be adaptive and independent adults. The presentation was well received and we are already planning for our Third Annual Parent University next year!

Social Emotional Learning and Growth Mindset
Spring is trying desperately to make an appearance and what better time than now to think about self-management and a growth mindset. Self-management is one’s ability to regulate emotions, manage stress, utilize self-control, be self-motivated, and set and achieve goals. Do you or your child(ren) struggle with self-management? Have you talked to your child(ren) about self-management? Spring is a great opportunity to do just this!

As Carol Dweck says, “The path to growth mindset is a journey, not a proclamation”. Embrace the opportunity and focus on self-management this month. What is it our inner voice has been talking to us about? Losing weight, reading more, turning off electronics more?  Talk to your child(ren) and as a family make a commitment to focus on self-management together! 

Change in Lakeview Athletic Seasons:
Important message for incoming 6th graders and current Lakeview students

At the start of the 2019-20 school year, the SDEAA will align to the current IESA calendar. Please see the document: 2019-2020 SDEAA IESA Alignment to better gauge when each specific season will take place. Tryout dates and start times of each season are highlighted in yellow.

As a reminder, all students who tryout or participate on a Lakeview athletic team must have a current athletic physical form on file in the office before the day of tryouts. Athletic physicals are good for 395 days from the original date signed by a physician. 

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Nyhlen, Lakeview Athletic Director, at enyhlen@ccsd66.org. This information can also be found on the Lakeview website under the Extra Curriculars tab. 

School Closures Impact on Last Day of School and Graduation Day
For planning purposes, the last day of school should be considered to be June 6, 2019 (as noted on the 2018-2019 School Calendar). Thus far, we have used four of our designated emergency days. Each year the official last day of school and graduation date are determined by the Board of Education at the April board meeting. 

Traditionally, Lakeview's graduation ceremony is held the evening before the last day of school. Families should plan on the graduation ceremony taking place on Tuesday, June 4 (if no more emergency days are used) or Wednesday, June 5 (if one or more emergency days are used). The latest possible day for graduation will be Wednesday, June 5.

Kindergarten Round-Up 2019-2020Kindergarten round up
Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019, are eligible to begin Kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year. Parents should contact Elizabeth Ide School by emailing Mrs. Regan at aregan@ccsd66.org with the following information:


  • Child's name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address and phone number
  • Parent(s) name(s)

If you have any additional questions, please email aregan@ccsd66.org or call (630) 783-5200.

Student Spotlight


A Few Highlights from the 2019 Spartan Showcase:

Spartan Showcase Spartan Showcase
Spartan Showcase Spartan Showcase
Spartan Showcase

Science Fair State Qualifiers
Congratulations to the following Lakeview students who qualified for the State Science Fair Exposition!

  • Brent Soderholm, Timothy Dudasik, and Ryan Norkus:  The Effect of Testing Techniques
  • Andrew Cimbalista, Tim Malatia, and Ben Orozco:  Helium vs Air
  • Bradley Padavic, Joe Hiatt, and Mason Townsend:  Environments and the Mind
  • Ava Allington and Belicia Tuffour:  Music: Does it Make a Difference?
  • Liam Dobson and Ryan Adams:  Bearings
  • Ava Lafin and Catherine Hewawissa:  RULES RULE 
  • Amanda Colip, Priya Patel, and Alice Shen:  The Science Behind Sibling Competition
  • Maggie Stanley and Emily Mordaunt:  Time Pressure in Academics
  • Hugo Pletcher, Kyle Collins, and Krish Patel:  Memorizing Main Mementos

To read more about their individual projects, click here.

Prairieview Students Visit with Seniors
Throughout the month of March, Prairieview students spent time visiting with seniors at Oak Trace Senior Living Community. Students read, played games, and did puzzles with residents. In an effort to build community awareness and involvement, District 66 students continue to "Fill Buckets". 
Panthers Panthers Panthers

First Grade Music Performance
Elizabeth Ide's first grade students did a ROARING job during their music performance on March 14th at Lakeview Jr. High School. Songs and performances focused on Elizabeth Ide's school-wide approach to Social-Emotional Learning and the storybook "If You Plant a Seed".
1st Grade Concert

Author Tom Watson Visits Prairieview
On March 20th Prairieview students had a special visit from Tom Watson, author of the bestselling Stick Dog and Stick Cat series. Students practiced drawing the characters along with Mr. Watson and learned more about his writing process, stories, and book characters. To learn more about Stick Dog and Stick Cat, click here.
Tom Watson visit

Teacher Spotlight

The Art of TeachingThe Art of Teaching
Congratulations to our K-5 music teacher and choir director, Carey Crows, for the recent article she had published online in the McGraw-Hill "The Art of Teaching" blog regarding advocacy of the arts! Check out her inspiring article "Advocating for Music Education During Music in Our Schools Month"   

District PTO

PTO Online Auction

District 66 PTO Online Auction - April 3-7, 2019
The District 66 PTO is looking forward to the annual online auction beginning April 3rd - April 7th. A special thank you to all the sponsors who generously donated as well as the D66 faculty and staff who have donated some fun and memorable packages for their students. A preview of the wonderful packages being auctioned off will be sent out on April 1st. Stay tuned and be ready to bid! Click here to view the sponsors for the 2019 District 66 PTO Online Auction.

District Eat Out at Portillo's - April 15, 2019
Our April '19 District PTO Eat Out Fundraiser will take place on April 15th (TAX DAY!) from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Portillo's on Boughton Rd. in Bolingbrook. Up to 20% of proceeds will be donated back to the District 66 PTO. After you file your taxes, celebrate (or vent) over a burger and milkshake! Remember to either print or show the flyer on your phone.

TEAM 66 Education Foundation

Savers Donation Drive - April 20, 2019
The TEAM 66 Education Foundation is excited to announce its Donation Drive with Savers on Saturday, April 20th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Prairieview Elementary School parking lot. TEAM 66 invites the community to unload their spring cleaning soft goods as part of a new fundraising effort to help the foundations continued success in enhancing community support and expanding resources that enrich teaching, inspire learning, and maximize opportunities for all students in Center Cass School District 66. All goods collected through the Donation Drive fundraiser program are sold to Savers. Savers will pay TEAM 66 by the pound for every qualifying donation received. Acceptable donations include only soft goods including clothing, bed linens, and towels.

Casino Night
Thank you to all who came for fun and games at TEAM 66's Annual Casino Night. Your support helped raise over $2,000 for future grant awards! Pictures (courtesy of A to Z Photography) can be found at http://www.team66ef.org/casinonight.php

Save the Date...

Spring Concert

Center Cass Community Band Spring Concert - April 7, 2019
Spring is in the air! Bring the entire family out for an afternoon of great music provided by the Center Cass Community Band. This concert will feature the sounds of springtime. Rain, wind, thunder, and beauty will be featured through our musical selections. "The Hounds of Spring", "When the Spring Rain Begins to Fall", "Storm Front", and "Singin' in the Rain" are just a few of the selections you'll enjoy. The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Lakeview Jr. High School Gym. Light refreshments will be served after the performance. Hope to see you there.

The Center Cass Community Band is an adult Concert Band made up of community members who have a connection to District 66. If you would like to become a member of the community band or would like more information about the ensemble, please visit the website at www.communityband66.weebley.com.

Community News

Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances
The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) has established the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances. The Helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, families, and anyone affected by the disease. The Helpline is confidential and free. Helpline specialists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers with treatment services and recovery support services. To reach the Helpline, call 1-833-2FINDHELP. For more information click here.

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

District 66 strives to keep all of our community members informed about the outstanding education we provide our students, as well as partnership opportunities with our residents. If you are not currently a student, family, or staff member of District 66, but would like to receive district newsletters, Board of Education updates, or occasional public service announcements, please click here to subscribe to our District 66 Community List.

Upcoming Events

April 1:  Classes Resume
April 3-7:  District 66 PTO Online Auction
April 7:  Center Cass Community Band Performance, 4:00 p.m. at Lakeview
April 9:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Praireview
April 15: District PTO Eat Out Fundraiser, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Portillo's

April 17:  Elizabeth Ide Open House
April 18:  Early Dismissal - SIP Day
April 19:  No School - Non-Attendance Day
April 20:  TEAM 66 Donation Drive, 8:00 a.m. in Prairieview parking lot
April 23:  Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview

April 24:  Prairieview Open House
April 26:  Lakeview Musical Performance
April 28:  Lakeview Musical Performance

May 14:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Praireview
May 17:  Early Dismissal - SIP Day
May 27:  Memorial Day - No School
May 28:  Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview


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