April 2018

April 2018
Posted on 04/12/2018

Superintendent MessageDr. Tim Arnold

District 66 Parents,

Construction and renovations are beginning for the “new” Elizabeth Ide School! Thank you to the City of Darien for providing the final approvals that were needed to move forward! More importantly, thank you to our community for approving the referendum last April to make this work possible!

We are planning to have the new parking lot and main entrance completed before school begins on Aug. 22, 2018! We are looking forward to the enhanced safety this first phase will provide for our students and staff!

The rest of the project will consist of construction of the new IMC and learning commons during the Fall/Winter 2018, and then the remaining interior renovations in Spring/Summer 2019.

If you would like to keep up on the progress of the construction/renovations, then check out our Building Our Future blog that will be updated regularly.

Now that Ide School is moving forward, our attention will move to the planning for providing 21st century learning spaces at Lakeview Jr. High and enhanced security at all three schools.

Speaking of safety and security, I want to assure our parents that all construction workers will need to pass a background check through the Illinois State Police prior to being allowed on school property. Access to the construction site will be strictly monitored by the site foreman.

Click the following links for:
An image of the location of new parking lot and main entrance (completion Aug. 2018)
mages of the renovations and construction at Ide School

This is an exciting time for District 66 and although the next year or so will be busy with construction and renovations, we look forward to providing all of these improvements to the learning environments for our students!


Tim Arnold, Ph.D.

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District News
Last day of school April 4, 2018

Building Our Future: District 66 Groundbreaking Event CCSD66 will be hosting a groundbreaking event at Elizabeth Ide School at 6:30 p.m. on April 19, 2018 to kick-off the district's renovation/construction projects. The school, located at 2000 Manning Road in Darien, will be open following the event for community members who would like to view design boards of the renovations and construction projects scheduled for Elizabeth Ide.

Last Day of School The last day of school will be Monday, June 4, 2018. This will be an early dismissal day with Elizabeth Ide and Prairieview dismissing at 11:00 a.m. and Lakeview dismissing at 11:37 a.m. The Board of Education has also approved the District 66 2018-19 School Calendar. To view the CCSD66 2018-19 School Calendar, click here.

Kindergarten RegistrationSave the Date: May 4, 2018 - Kindergarten Orientation & Registration for 2018-19 "Kindergarten Orientation and Registration" will be held on May 4th at Elizabeth Ide School. More details will be forthcoming about this exciting opportunity. Our kindergarten round up for children who will be entering kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year has begun. We treasure every opportunity to meet you and your child prior to the new school year! Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018 are eligible to begin Kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year. Registering your Kindergartener early is critical as decisions regarding the number of kindergarten sections needed and the resulting class sizes are based on registration numbers. 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, phone, and parent(s) name. If you have any additional questions, please email or call (630) 783-5200. 

Parent University: Social Emotional Learning and Cyber-Safety Presentation
Parent University
District 66 hosted its first Parent University on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Approximately 70 parents attended this event. It was a successful morning and we thank the parents who were able to attend. If you were unable to attend, we have linked important information to our website at: District 66 SEL. There you will find links to Detective Wistocki's Cyber-Safety presentation, resources, and other valuable links to support Social Emotional Learning and Cyber-Safety. We look forward to hosting future Parent University opportunities. Please direct ideas and suggestions for future topics to Kimberly Liles, Director of Student Services (kliles@ccsd66.org).

Student News

Imagination Night at Elizabeth Ide

On Wednesday, March 7th, over 60 students and families from all grade levels K-2 participated in Elizabeth Ide's annual literacy night titled “Imagination.” Students were given the choice in attending and engaging in several different stations focusing on imaginative and creative play as an important component to the development of the whole child. Puppets, Legos, dress up, STEAM, art, music, and reading kept the students’ imaginations running wild! This event was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Elizabeth Ide’s Literacy Committee and PTO.

Imagination night Imagination night Imagination night Imagination Night

Spartan Showcase Highlights
Lakeview Junior High School hosted their 7th Annual Spartan Showcase on Thursday, March 8th. The district and community were invited to this public exhibition and demonstration of student learning and creativity. Lakeview students in all grade levels and subject areas had the opportunity to prepare something to showcase during this popular event.

The Lakeview Art Exhibition, hosted by Ms. Hitt, featured over 250 pieces of artwork created by 6-8th grade students, a selfie booth with handmade props, and 5 positive comment stations. Each student who included a piece of art work in the show received a variety of positive comments from friends, family, teachers, peers, etc. Certificates were awarded for Best in a Show and Honorable Mentions from each grade level. The Art Exhibition was a huge success!

student cartoons student awards student artwork

The Spartan Showcase also featured student vocal solos, duets, piano solos, and ukulele performances. Students 
performed their music pieces to a packed audience in the music room. Additionally, the Spartan Showcase included STEM demonstrations, History & Science Fair projects, a hands-on Energy Fair, ELA Public Service Announcements, and robotics. The Showcase was a terrific way to celebrate our students and to display how they are challenged, empowered, and inspired!

music performances STEM demonstration robotics

District PTO News

District Eat Out Fundraiser at Chili's on April 9, 11, 16, and 23!

Our April 2018 Center Cass District Eat Out Fundraiser is going to be a special one! It will take place at Chili's in Downers Grove on multiple days in April. Each time you visit (dine in or to go) on 4/9, 4/11, 4/16, and 4/23 Chili's will donate 15% of your pre-tax purchase back to our schools. Please share this with friends and family and remember to present the Chili's flyer.

District 66 PTO Online Auction
The District PTO would like to thank all of the District 66 faculty, staff, and families that participated in this year's online auction, either by donating goods and services and/or by placing online bids. This year was a tremendous success with a net profit of $6,755!! Remember, the funds generated by the PTO go straight back to the schools to enhance existing programs and offer opportunities to our students. Thanks again for your generosity and support! 

CCSD66 PTO Gift Card Fundraiser
It's time for District 66 PTO's final Great Lake Scrip Gift Card Sale of the year! This is a great opportunity to raise money for the district with NO SELLING. The gift cards make great teacher gifts - and don't forget Mother's Day and Father's Day. Orders will be due Friday, April 27th. Please use the order form when submitting your order. Thank you for your support! Questions? Email Jessica.kavanaugh@gmail.com. 

Shopping 4 Students/School Rewards - Earn 3X Points for all April Receipts
Shop at The Promenade Bolingbrook and submit all receipts by April 30th to help our school earn up to $2,000! Get 15 points (3X points!) per dollar spent for all Promenade receipts dated in April. All other receipts dated since October 1, 2017 earn 5 points per dollar spent. Submit your receipts online at shopandlog.com/bolingbrook. Earn 1,000 bonus points by attending Kid's Club on Saturday, April 7, 3-5pm or the Severe Weather Preparedness presentation on Saturday, April 21, 3-5pm. Sign in at the events to earn points for our school. Learn more at https://www.shoppingpromenade.com/events.

TEAM 66 NewsTeam 66 donation drive

3rd Annual Savers Donation Drive - April 21, 2018

The Team 66 Education Foundation gives spring cleaning a purpose with the 3rd Annual Savers Drive being held on Saturday, April 21st from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Prairieview Parking Lot. It's the perfect time of year to clean out closets, dressers, bookshelves, and more to help benefit the Team 66 Education Foundation's ongoing efforts to raise funds in support of unique and engaging education programs for our students. We will be accepting all soft goods, books, clothing, shoes, sheets, blankets, towels, scarves and more. All goods collected through the Donation Drive are sold to Savers and they, in turn, will pay Team 66 by the pound for qualifying donations. We invite our district and community members to bring their old treasures to the Prairieview parking lot for curbside drop-off where a volunteer will gratefully unload your car. In addition to freeing yourselves of old clothes that don't fit, mismatched socks and tattered sheets, you will feel great knowing your unwanted items will help raise money to provide our hard-working and dedicated teachers with the necessary funds to present our students with creative learning opportunities that are not funded by traditional methods.

Examples of a few of the 2017 Programs/Grants funded by Team 66 include:

  • Wheels, Levers & Pulleys at Prairieview - The 4th grade's recent in-school field trip of the Wheel, Levers & Pulleys (Simple Machines) Learning Lab from the DuPage Children's Museum to offer students an opportunity to participate in a hands-on, interactive learning experience. Addressing the new Next Generation Science Standards, the students discovered how simple machines make work easier, faster, or both.

  • Future Ready Learning at Elizabeth Ide - The 1st grade team dedicated time to writing curriculum that includes science, social studies and SEL components based upon the Next Generation Science Standards. Feeding off the success of the STEAM event from 2016, it was determined there is a need to further the students learning in STEM-related areas. The 1st-grade team received 25 Ozobot starter kits for the STEAM coding unit. And, each classroom (6 total) will receive 5 Hokki stools to enhance learning and SEL needs.

  • It Starts with Hello at Lakeview - Middle school can be a scary and difficult time in kids' lives. This program for 6th-8th grade is designed to equip Lakeview students with the skills they’ll need to recognize the signs of social isolation or depression among their peers and do something about it. The intended goal of this program is to prevent social isolation and to build a school community where everyone feels valued and a part of. We want to empower students to have the awareness and skills necessary to recognize social isolation and intervene when they can.

    Please see the attached for more details regarding the donation drive: TEAM 66EF Donation Drive 04.21.18.pdf

    Thank you to all of our District 66 families and community for your continued support in helping our mission become a reality. Have questions regarding the Savers event? Want to become a volunteer or member of Team 66? We'd love to have you. Feel free to contact info@team66ef.org.

    Pictures from Wheels, Levers, & Pulleys In-School Field Trip:

    4th grade  4th grade  4th grade

    Community News

    Village of Woodridge Annual Town Meeting
    The Village of Woodridge will hold an Annual Town Meeting on Thursday, April 12th, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Bobak's Signature Events, 6440 Double Eagle Dr., Woodridge. At the town meeting you will meet local taxing bodies including staff from the Village of Woodridge, Woodridge Library, Woodridge Park District, Local School Districts #66, #68, #99, and fire protection districts. Visit various tables to learn about what's happening within your school district(s), find out about Park District summer programs and day camps, register for a library card, and more! Click here for more details.


    Message from the DuPage County Health Department: Increasing Opioid Awareness in DuPage County
    DuPage County, like many communities across the U.S., is coping with staggering numbers of heroin- and opioid-related deaths. One way or another, opioid abuse affects everyone.DuPage County Health Dept.
    The DuPage County Health Department is seeking to increase public awareness of two initiatives that we feel are vital in fighting what has become a national public health emergency:

    • The Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances: 1-833-2FINDHELP: The Helpline is confidential, free, and available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Helpline specialists will help connect treatment and recovery services to those experiencing opioid use disorder, and anyone affected by this disease.
    • Rx Box, the DuPage County drug take-back program: In 2017, 13,137 pounds of medication were collected, more than any year since the inception of the program. More than 85,000 pounds (nearly 43 tons) of unused or unwanted drugs have been collected and safely disposed of since 2009. Rx Box prevents the misuse or abuse of harmful medication.

    By promoting these programs to the residents of DuPage County we can take a stand to end this epidemic by linking help to those affected by substance use disorder, and ensuring the safe disposal of harmful medication.

    For more information click these flyers: Rx Box Program & Locations   Identify an Opioid Overdose flyer 


    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 District 66 Events

    April 2: No School - Non-Attendance Day
    April 3: Classes Resume
    April 10: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
    April 17: Early Dismissal - SIP Day
    April 19: District 66 Groundbreaking Event, 6:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Ide
    April 19: Elizabeth Ide Spring Open House, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    April 21: TEAM 66 Savers Drive, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Prairieview Parking Lot
    April 24: Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
    April 26: Prairieview Spring Open House, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    May 1: School Registration Opens for 2018-19
    May 4: Kindergarten Screening/Orientation at Elizabeth Ide
    May 8: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
    May 18: Early Dismissal - SIP Day
    May 28: No School - Memorial Day
    May 31: Lakeview Jr. High School Graduation

    June 4: Last Day of School - Early Dismissal
    June 12: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
    June 26: Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview

    District 66 Mission

    Challenge, inspire, and empower each learner to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally ~ today, tomorrow, and always.