february 2021

It's a long one, but please scan the entire thing!

what you'll find, as you scroll...

This edition of the District Dish features the following:


Thank you! Click around and enjoy!

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CELEBRATING OUR ALUMNI

Out & About | Matthew Ives Award

Remember "Made by Mary's", Kelly Robinson? At last year's graduation at South Middle School, she was honored with the Matthew Ives Award...AND THEN she decided to do some research. What is the Matthew Ives Award all about? The answer inspired her.

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survey 1

The Arlington Heights School District 25 Strategic Planning Team has developed a draft strategic plan based upon the team's work over the past several months. This draft plan is based on feedback from stakeholders throughout the process including parents, staff and community members.


You've already given us feedback once during this process, and we are asking for it one last time:

  • The survey will ask your opinion about each part of the draft plan: www.sd25.org/DraftStrategicPlan2021.
  • The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • The survey window will close at noon on Monday, February 8, 2021.


Click here to take this survey.

survey 2

It’s that time of year again and we want your input! Please participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey, as a part of the Illinois 5Essentials Survey administration. The survey responses will never be connected to the identity of you or your child as school reports will only present aggregated information of how parents responded as a whole.


In order for the survey report to be generated we need at least 20 percent of our parents to take the survey.


Please CLICK HERE to take the parent survey beginning on February 3. The 5Essentials survey is open through April 2.


If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Customer Support at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

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approved at last month's board meeting

The District 25 calendar committee met on multiple occasions to create the attached 2021-2022 school calendar. The committee was comprised of parents, school staff, and administrators.


This calendar better aligns with the High School District 214 calendar than in years past, as was the goal of the calendar committee.


Click here to view the newly adopted calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

contact our boe

We have a NEW process to contact our Board of Education.


The Board president is the spokesperson for the Board to the media and the public. The Board President will respond to questions from the public submitted via email and/or phone calls on behalf of the Board of Education. In order to contact the District 25 Board of Education, please email BoardFeedback@sd25.org.

february 18 board meeting | changes

This meeting will now be held at Thomas Middle School at 7:30 pm and will be livestreamed. The livestream link will be posted on our Board Agenda page prior to the meeting.


This meeting will allow audience members to attend. We will have two overflow rooms available as well, each where the meeting will be livestreamed.

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sign up by February 3

District 25's Department of Student Learning teamed up with NSSEO, to plan a FREE 10-week "From Stress to Resilience: Parenting During Unprecedented Times" course for District 25 parents and caregivers. The course begins February 4th, and the content mirrors that of the 10-week District 25 staff course that began two weeks ago.

  • Registration is open through February 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm.
  • Click here to learn more and to register.
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choosing a world language

On Monday, January 25 all 5th grade families received an email for their 5th grader with instructions on how to choose which world language class they would like to take next year.


The window for making that choice closes on Friday, February 5th. The subject of the email sent with instructions on making your choice was: 2021-2022 World Language Choice - Please Complete. If you did not receive an email, or if you and/or your student needs assistance or more information in order to make this choice, please check out the links below.


World Language FAQ

World Language Video | SMS

World Language Video | TMS


If you still have questions, please email our World Language Coordinator, Shab Poloz (spoloz@sd25.org).

special education middle school transition night

On Wednesday, February 3, 2021 we will host our annual Middle School Transition Night virtually via Zoom. This event is for parents of 5th grade students with special education needs. Staff and administrators will present information on the different types of special education supports and programs available at the middle schools, and the transition process. For those that can't attend, we will record the presentation and post the video on this page.


What: Special Education Middle School Transition Night

When: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7 pm

Where: Zoom, https://sd25-org.zoom.us/j/89268805489?pwd=bW9aYnhYVlBDdEhvYi85eVZlQ2QzZz09

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CELEBRATING OUR ALUMNI

Out & About | The Happiness Project, Jake Lavin

This Thomas Middle School and Patton Panther alumnus, Jake Lavin, is on a mission. He is the founder and CEO of The Happiness Project, which is a clothing company that brings awareness to mental health.


This year 15% of profits are donated towards The National Alliance On Mental Illness: the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization, "dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness".

Our teachers teach from a personal place. #d25ItsPersonal has become a way for our teachers and staff to share daily occurrences, and reasons why they do what they do for a living and why it's fulfilling, right here in District 25. Here is a look at a few tweets that show our staff's personal side!
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kindergarten pre-registration is now open

Kindergarten Registration is a three-step process. Please know that ALL THREE STEPS are required before your child is fully registered with Arlington Heights School District 25.


STEP 1 | Pre-Registration: Click the following link to complete and submit the online form to request a Kindergarten Registration packet: Pre-Registration Form


Visit www.sd25.org/KindergartenRegistration for information on Step 2 and Step 3 and all of the other information needed to pre-register your kindergartener.

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free meals for our community and students

Starting January 19, 2021, District 25's Department of Food Services began offering lunch service at school. All students are able to order a meal at no cost as funding is provided by the USDA. Students will be asked if they need lunch when they first arrive in the morning. Only one entrée choice is offered and it will be served with a fruit, vegetable, and milk. Meals will be packaged and delivered to the room where the student is having lunch.


For menus and food ingredient labels visit this page on our site: www.sd25.org/COVIDFood


The Department of Food Services is continuing meal pickup for the Arlington Heights community every Wednesday as usual. The details and a video are below:

  • Day: Every Wednesday
  • Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am & 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Where: Thomas Middle School ONLY
  • Who: Meals are FREE to all families with students age 18 and under
D25 | New NEW Food Distribution | Fall 2020, UPDATED 10.7.20
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applications due on february 21

This year, the Arlington Heights Council of PTAs will award six Achievement Scholarships and three Power of Courage Scholarships to graduating seniors who attended District 25 schools for at least three years. Applications are due on February 21, 2021.


Here are the links for more information and to apply:

Achievement Scholarship

Power Of Courage Scholarship

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