December – January 2016

December – January 2016
Posted on 12/12/2016

Superintendent Message

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As the snow continues to fall each weekend, and not on school days this month, it seems like even Mother Nature understands how excited we are to come to school each day! What a fun time of year to celebrate the gifts (people) in our lives! We are fortunate to live in a community that is so supportive of our students and their schools! Our talented students, dedicated educators, and supportive parents each do their part to ensure that we are challenging, empowering, and inspiring each of our students every day!

Upcoming Election for Board of Education
Elections for our Board of Education will be held on April 4, 2017. There will be four openings on our Board of Education and if you are considering school board service, the deadline to be included on the ballot is Dec. 19, 2016. Please note the following requirements for filing nomination papers:

  • A minimum of 50 signatures
  • Filing Dates: December 12 - December 19, 2016
  • Where to File: DuPage County Election Commission, 421 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

For more detailed information, please click here: Prospective Board Member Information or contact the District Office at (630) 783-5000

5Essentials
Your feedback as a parent is a vital component to ensuring we create healthy and successful schools for your student(s). To that end, for the fifth year in a row we are participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey of Learning Conditions. Now that we have multiple years of trend data from parents, students (grades 6-8), and teachers, we are able to use the survey results to drive school improvement efforts.

To participate in this year's survey, please click here and locate the survey for your child's school. Be sure to select the correct school from the drop-down menu. If you have children at multiple District 66 schools, you may complete a separate survey for each school. The 5Essentials Survey will be available through January 17, 2017.

2017-18 School Calendar
The Board of Education approved the 2017-18 School Calendar at their December board meeting. Click here for the final calendar.

New Start/End Times for all Schools in 2017-18
The Board of Education also approved new starting and ending times for our schools next year. Click here for a letter about the new bell schedules.

Focus on our children
In closing, I would like to wish all of our District 66 families a very happy holiday season! As I recall the days when I had five children running around our home, it can be very hectic trying to make everything “perfect” for our children. However, as a parent who has “been there, done that” I would like to remind all of us that the single most important thing we can give our children is the gift of our time. The gift of a parent's undivided attention will always be priceless in the eyes of a child. This poem has served as a reminder for me over the years, so I'd like to share it with you during the holiday season. Enjoy!

Gifts
What shall we give the children? Christmas is almost here…
Toys and games and playthings, as we do every year?
Yes, for the magic of toyland is part of the Yuletide lore
To gladden the hearts of children, but I shall give something more.
I shall give them more patience, a more sympathetic ear,
A little more time for laughter, or tenderly dry a tear.
I shall take the time to teach them the joy of doing some task.
I shall try to find time to answer more of the questions they ask.
Time to read books together, and to take long walks in the sun…
Time for a bedtime story after the day is done.
I shall give these to my children, weaving a closer tie…
Knitting our lives together with gifts that money can't buy.
By: Isia Paschal Richardson

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy 2017!

Tim Arnold, Ph.D.
Superintendent

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Student Focus

Elizabeth Ide Hosts Grandparents' Day
Elizabeth Ide students invited grandparents and grand friends to come and see their classrooms for Grandparents' Day on November 22.

Almost 300 grandparents visited! Each class shared their own special skit, presentation, or activity with these very special visitors.

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worked together making
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recess. Lots of winter
fun and so many smiles!





Prairieview Choir Winter Performancechoir
The Prairieview Choir spread some holiday cheer while performing a concert for family, friends, and shoppers at Yorktown Mall on December 2nd.

Outstanding performance Prairieview Panthers and Miss Goldenberg!


Teacher Focus

Lakeview STEM Teacher Selected for 2016-17 Fellowship Program
District 66 is excited to announce that Mrs. Erika Myers, STEM Teacher at Lakeview Jr. High School, has been awarded a fellowship for the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy. She was one of only two Illinois teachers selected for the fellowship program. A total of 25 educators were selected on the basis of several criteria, including displaying a strong desire to advance STEM education and applying real-world applications in the classroom. Congratulations Mrs. Myers! Click here to read the Northrop Grumman Foundation Press Release.


District 66 PTO

District PTO Trivia Night
Join other district parents and staff at an adults-only social for Trivia Night on Friday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m. Answer trivia questions as a TEAM - no pressure, just fun! Bring your own food and drink. $160 for a table of 8 adult guests. Click here for the District 66 PTO Trivia Night 2017 Flyer.


Community Focus

Center Cass Community Band
The Center Cass Community Band is up and running. The group has begun regular rehearsals once a month at Lakeview Jr. High School to prepare for their premier performance in the Spring of 2017. There are currently 62 active members of the Community Band ranging in age from 22 - retirees.

During the recent Winter concert series at Lakeview, members of the Community Band Brass section performed for the audiences gathered for student concerts. The Community Band Holiday Brass performed Christmas Carols and Holiday favorites for the waiting audience.

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Keep your eyes posted for more information regarding the Springtime performance of the Center Cass Community Band. If you are interested in participating in the Community Band, please go to www.communityband66.weebly.com. Check out our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/communityband66/


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.


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Upcoming District 66 Events

Dec. 19, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017 Winter Break - No School
January 3, 2017 Classes Resume
January 9, 2017 Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview
January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King's Birthday - No School
January 20, 2017 District 66 PTO Trivia Night, 7:00 pm
January 23, 2017 Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview
February 2, 2017 Early Dismissal - School Improvement Day
February 13, 2017 Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview
February 17, 2017 Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School
February 20, 2017 Presidents' Day - No School
February 27, 2017 Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview

District 66 Mission

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