October 2019

October District Newsletter
Posted on 10/01/2019

District News

Optional Chromebook/iPad Insurance Availablecracked screen repair
Protect your student's school-issued Chromebook or iPad this year with our optional insurance through Worth Ave. Group. The deadline to purchase coverage online is 10/15/19. Please consider purchasing this worthwhile insurance to protect your student's device. The optional coverage has a $0.00 deductible. Avoid costly repairs from accidental damage (drops and spills), cracked screen, liquid submersion, power surge by lightning, theft & vandalism, fire, flood, and natural disaster.  

Parent University - Save the Date for March 14, 2020Parent University March 2018
Center Cass School District 66 is proud to announce our Third Annual Parent University! Please save the date for Saturday, March 14, 2020. Retired Detective Rich Wistocki (BeSureConsulting) will return as our keynote speaker on cyber-safety. Rich was well received by parents during his informative cyber-safety presentation back in March 2018. You will not want to miss his presentation! More details will follow soon.

Preschool/Early Childhood Screening - October 4, 2019

Center Cass School District 66 will hold an Early Childhood Screening for children ages 3 - 5 who reside in District 66, on Friday, October 4, 2019. 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.


Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Social Emotional Learning is happening throughout District 66. Have your students come home talking about Morning Meetings, Advisory, and/or Second Step lessons? Are you wondering how to support Social Emotional Learning at home? Well, look no further!

Social Emotional Learning happens both in and out of the classroom. SEL instruction, at its best, is a live dynamic curriculum, growing and responding to students' needs. By extending this learning in the home, it broadens the real-world experiences for students to learn and practice their SEL skills. Using SEL in the home allows families to help foster their child's social emotional growth. Trips to the grocery store, playing a board game, responding to the experience of meeting new or different people add this additional layer to social emotional learning for students.

How can parents foster social emotional learning in the home? First and foremost, create those avenues for learning. Use your family experiences to talk through the five competencies with your child (self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, and responsible decision-making). When your student meets a new person, how do they react? Did they introduce themselves? Did they take turns?

Literature is filled with social emotional learning opportunities. Read with your child! Talk through the story. What might they have done different? How do they think the character felt?

Model listening and reflection for your child. Use news headlines as springboards for such conversations. Teach and encourage your child to use self-talk. When they are frustrated, what can they do? Is this a big problem or a little problem?

Have You Found Us on Twitter and Facebook?Facebook and Twitter
Stay connected with District 66. Follow us on Twitter at @ccsd66 and tweet to #ccsd66. "Like" us on Facebook at Center Cass School District 66.



Student News

Marching Spartans

2019-20 Marching Spartans
The school year is off to a fast start for the Lakeview Jr. High School band program. Although we are only a month into the school year, the Lakeview Marching Spartans have performed three times already. Seventy-five 7th and 8th grade students make up the Marching Spartans. They have shared their version of "All About That Bass" with thousands of onlookers. The Marching Spartans performed in Chicago's Von Steuben Day Parade (German Parade) on Saturday, Sept. 7, the Downers Grove South Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 20, and the Plainfield High School Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Marching Spartans were welcomed with great enthusiasm by the crowds at all of these events. The Marching Spartans are an extension of the band program in District 66. For more information about the instrumental music program go to www.ccsd66band.weebly.com.

Marching Spartans Marching Spartans



TEAM 66 News

TEAM 66

2019-20 TEAM 66 Grants Awarded
2019-20 Grants have been awarded! This year TEAM 66 has provided $9,035.79 for six grant applications. For details of all of the projects that have been funded, please see our Programs/Grants page. Thank you to all of our teachers who applied. We appreciate all you do to give our students the best education! Also, please "Like" and "Follow" TEAM 66's Facebook page. We have lots of great things coming your way!



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

October 1: Board Meeting - Special Session, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
October 2: Early Dismissal - SIP Day
October 4: Preschool/Early Childhood Screening
October 8: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm. at Prairieview
October 14: No School - Columbus Day
October 29: Board Meeting - Special Session, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview

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 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