January 2019

January 2019 District Newsletter
Posted on 01/07/2019

District News

Social Emotional Learning
District 66 continues to incorporate the practice of Growth Mindset and Social Emotional Learning in everything we do with both students and adults.

December's Growth Mindset focus was Feedback is a Gift - Accept It. In 2007, Carol Dweck conducted an experiment with 400 students. Students were presented with a test featuring several easy-to-solve puzzles. When the first puzzle was solved, the researchers gave students one of two responses: "You must be smart at this" or "You must have worked really hard". Then students were able to choose their second puzzle to complete. The majority of the students who were praised with "You must be smart at this" opted to take the easier puzzle. Dweck summarized that students who were praised for being smart wanted to hang onto their praise and became less likely to take risks. In essence, the students moved into their fixed mindsets for self-preservation.

Do you know the difference between personal praise and process praise? Personal praise focuses on an individual's personal traits and qualities, such as intelligence. The concern with this type of praise is it sends the message someone has succeeded due to an inherent trait and not because of their effort and/or perseverance. Process praise acknowledges effort, strategies, and actions. As you continue to foster a growth mindset in your children, think about what kind of praise you give and why. 

5Essentials Parent Survey Reminder
Have you taken the 5Essentials Survey yet? Please take a few minutes to share your input. To participate, click here and start a Parent Survey. Enter an email address, enter DuPage as the county, begin to type the specific school's name, and be sure to select the correct school from the drop-down menu. If you have children at multiple District 66 schools, please complete a separate survey for each school. The survey is available through January 18, 2019. 

2nd Annual Parent University - March 9, 2019 District 66 is proud to announce our Second Annual Parent University! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019. The keynote speaker will be Adam Russo, LCSW. Adam is the Chairman & CEO of Edgewood Clinical Services in Naperville, Plainfield, and Lisle. Adam is also the author of Unwritten Rules:  Real Strategies to Parent Your Child into a Successful Adult. Additional details will be forthcoming, but you do not want to miss this event. Mark your calendars now.

Preschool Screening - February 1, 2019 Center Cass School District 66 will hold an Early Childhood Screening for children ages 3 - 5 who reside in District 66, on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Prairieview School, 699 Plainfield Road, Downers Grove, IL 60516. The purpose of the screening is to identify students who may need special services prior to entering Kindergarten. Areas to be screened are speech, language, vision, hearing, and coordination.To schedule an appointment, please call the Department of Student Services at 630-783-5168 by Friday, January 25, 2019.

School Happenings

Ide Staff
Happy holidays from Elizabeth Ide!

Polar Express  Polar Express

There isn't a more 
extraordinary time than during the holidays when lights glow with a beautiful illumination suppressing the hustle and bustle of shopping, parties, and lists. At Elizabeth Ide, the students carry that glow with them every day. Their world is full of magic and this year, their library was too. Students were given tickets to board the Polar Express and asked to wear their pajamas. During the read-aloud displayed on the big screen, hot chocolate was served and students were given "the first gift of Christmas" (a sleigh bell). Happy Holidays to all of our district families. We were honored to be able to share this magical time with your most precious gifts.

Prairieview students enjoyed a trip to the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove to watch "Elf" for their annual all-school holiday movie.

Such a fun way to head into winter break...Santa's helpers handed out candy canes to all of our Panthers at Prairieview! See you in 2019!

During a visit to Lakeview, Dr. Arnold joined in with a 6th grade social studies class by taking on the role of one of the characters in the Greek drama the class was reading. The students enjoyed having a guest actor!

Visit to Ide  Ide visit
Lakeview 7th graders took a trip to Elizabeth Ide to read their original children's stories to 2nd grade students. 

District PTO News

District Eat Out Fundraiser - January 21, 2019
Happy New Year! Our January District Eat Out fundraiser is set to take place on Monday, January 21st from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Home Run Inn in Darien. This is Martin Luther King day and the kids are off school so it's a perfect excuse to order them a pizza or take the family out! Please remember to mention this flyer and 20% of the proceeds will be donated back to our school.

Trivia Night is Sold Out
Thank you all for your interest in the District 66 PTO Trivia Night. At this time, all the tables are full. We apologize that we cannot accommodate all the interested people, but our venue can only fit so many. Thank you for your support and we look forward to a wonderful event!  Trivia Night Info

Join the District 66 Online Auction Committee
The PTO is looking for volunteers to join the auction committee to help seek out donations, organize the donations into themes, create/input items into an online auction format, and volunteer to work pick up day. If you are interested, please join us at our next meeting, Sunday, January 13th at Roundheads on 75th Street at 7:45 p.m. Please contact Stephanie Potter at stephbpotter@yahoo.com if you plan to attend the meeting. 

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 Casino Night - March 2, 2019
Our 2nd Annual Casino Night will be held on Saturday, March 2nd. This year's event will bring even more adult-only fun, food, and entertainment. Stay tuned for more details. Are you part of a local business that would like to help sponsor Casino Night? Please contact info@team66ef.org to learn more about our various sponsorship opportunities.

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
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

January 7:  Classes Resume
January 8:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
January 21:  No School - Martin Luther King's Birthday
January 21:  District PTO Eat Out Fundraiser, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. at Home Run Inn Darien
January 22:  Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
January 25:  District 66 PTO Trivia Night
January 31:  Early Dismissal - SIP Day
February 1:  District 66 Early Childhood Screening
February 12:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
February 15:  No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 18:  No School - Presidents' Day
February 26:  Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview

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