November 2019

November District Newsletter
Posted on 11/08/2019

District Highlights
Chalktober event
E-Learning Days
Center Cass District 66 is exploring the idea of E-Learning Days. An E-Learning Day would be instituted in place of an Emergency School Closing due to inclement weather. In our district, E-Learning stands for more than "Electronic" Learning as we want it to be "Engaged" Learning as well. Students will be able to select independent, meaningful lessons to be completed at home that use digital resources and/or engaging activities, including building or creating. Teachers will be available throughout the E-Learning Day via e-mail to assist students, as needed. Additional assistance will be provided when the students return to school. We do not expect parents to take on the role of teacher. The goal of E-Learning Days is to allow for continuity of instruction while also providing extra skill practice and enrichment.

We believe this unique opportunity will provide flexibility for students and their families. Utilizing E-Learning Days will ensure that our last day of school remains unchanged as extra days will not need to be added to the school calendar. An email was sent to families on November 6, 2019, which included a link to a one-question parent survey that will be open until Monday, November 11.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Designations
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the 2019 School Report Card. Every school receives an annual designation on the Illinois Report Card. Designations describe how well an individual school is meeting the needs of all its students. You can learn more about the ISBE school designations at

The summative designations for our schools are as follows:

Elizabeth Ide School - "Exemplary"
Prairieview School - "Commendable"
Lakeview Jr. High School - "Commendable"

Social Emotional Learning Highlights
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of acquiring and effectively applying the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to understand and manage one's emotions. In addition, it is the process of setting and achieving positive goals, feeling and showing empathy toward others, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and making responsible decisions.

From a school perspective, academics and social emotional learning go hand in hand and do not need to be taught separately or as "one more thing". In reality, Social Emotional Learning is "not one more thing on our plates, but rather it is our plate." If teachers model strong SEL skills for their students, establish routines in their classrooms, and teach these skills to students early on, the classrooms operate that much smoother.

A strong collaboration between home and school only enhances a student's SEL skills for life. Parents can focus on developing an ongoing, trusting connection with their child at home. Turn off devices! Talk to your children, support them in their homework, and simply hang out enjoying each other's company.

Student Highlights

Prairieview Choir Students Shine at Music Festival
On Saturday, October 26th, twelve students from Prairieview Choir participated in the 2nd Annual District 1 Elementary General Music Festival in Chicago. Two students engaged in a drumming workshop, and ten students participated in a choir workshop, each with renowned clinicians in the field of music education. Students who participated in the choir workshop rehearsed in advance with K-5 Music Teacher, Carey Crows. All twelve students shined in the culminating performance at the end of the day!

Choir Choir

TEAM 66 & PTO  Team 66 PTO

TEAM 66 and PTO Merge

Team 66 Education Foundation and the Parent Teacher Organizations of Center Cass School District 66 are very excited to announce our merge to become one institution. Following the same guiding principles, we will now be working together to accomplish our goal of helping to provide an exceptional educational experience for all students. The PTO will operate at each school as a division of Team 66. This merge will strengthen both our community and our schools. Together we can achieve more!
Team 66 and PTO

District Eat Out Fundraiser

Our November District Eat Out Fundraiser is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 18th from 4pm -10pm at Lou Malnati's located at 440 W. 75th St. Up to 20% of proceeds will be donated back to our school district. Please remember to mention the flyer at time of order and present flyer when picking up or delivery! Only valid for carryout or delivery!

Community News

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@ccsd66 and tweet to #ccsd66. "Like" us on Facebook at Center Cass School District 66.

Substitute School Registered Nurse 
If you are a registered nurse and are interested in becoming a substitute school nurse at Center Cass School District 66, please visit

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 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

November 1: No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 4: No School - Teacher Institute
November 11: Board Meeting - Special Session, 6:30 p.m. at Prairieview
November 12: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
November 14: Board Meeting - Special Session, 6:30 p.m. at Prairieview
November 16: Board Meeting - Special Session, 9:00 a.m. at Prairieview
November 18: Board Meeting - Special Session, 3:45 p.m. at Prairieview
November 18: District Eat Out Fundraiser, 4:00-10:00 p.m. at Lou Malnati's 
November 20: Board Meeting - Special Session, 3:45 p.m. at Prairieview
November 21: Board Meeting - Special Session, 3:45 p.m. at Prairieview
November 27-29: No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 10: Early Dismissal - SIP Day
December 10: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
December 15: Center Cass Community Band Winter Performance, 4:00 p.m. at Lakeview
December 23: Winter Break Begins - No School

January 6: Classes Resume