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November 6, 2020

Principal's Message

Ravinia Families,


As we are ending our first two weeks in a pivot to full remote learning, additional materials may need to be picked up depending on grade level units and material requirements. We will be contacting families to pick up additional materials as needed.


I hope everyone is able to spend time outside with your families this weekend enjoying the beautiful weather. Don't forget to practice mitigation efforts to ensure that we can return to hybrid learning as soon as possible.


Wear a mask

Wash your hands

Watch your distance


Warmly,

Courtney Nordstrom, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

11/17 - School Board Meeting, 7pm


11/19 Report Cards sent via mail to families


11/20- First Trimester Ends

No School for AM ONLY


11/24-25 - Parent/Teacher Conferences


11/24 - No School for PM ONLY


11/25 - No Student Attendance


11/26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Schedule for November 20 and November 24

On Friday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 24th, we have changes in our schedule due to planning time for staff and conferences. Please see the schedule below:

  • Friday November 20th = No AM Students, PM students only

    • 8:40-10:55 am = Records Day for Staff (No asynchronous learning for AM or PM students)

    • 12:55-3:10 pm = PM Students Attend: Synchronous learning with classroom teachers

  • Tuesday November 24th = No PM Students, AM students only

    • 8:40-10:55 am = AM Students Attend: Synchronous learning with classroom teachers

    • 12:55-3:10 pm = Staff Remote Learning Planning for Conferences (No Asynchronous Learning for AM or PM)

COVID19 Safety and Communication Reminders

Please inform Nurse Betsy if your child (or someone in your home) tests positive for COVID19, has had close contact with someone who has tested positive, or is sick (including symptoms). This information is essential to us in our contact tracing and reporting. Mrs. Weiss can be reached at: bweiss@nssd112.org or 224-765-3709.


The Lake County Health Department is offering additional mobile testing services during this time. You can view the sites, hours, and more information here.


Practice the 3-Ws and stay healthy.

Conferences: Virtual Platform

This year, conferences will be held remotely via phone or Zoom. These will occur on November 24 from 3:15-8pm and November 25th from 8am-12pm. Teachers may also provide times outside of this window beginning on 11/18-11/25 (excluding weekends), outside of the school hours, and based on their availability. Staff who elect to do so will contact families individually to arrange for such remote conference sessions to occur outside of the 24th-25th, but no sooner than 11/18. If you have not so already, please sign up for your conference time.

From the Library

Want to check out a book from your school library? You can!

Second through fifth graders have all been taught how to place a book on hold using the Destiny Discover App located in Clever. Ask your child to show you how it works. The remote students do not have the app in Clever, but there is a link in Otus under Class Board for them to access the catalog from there. Kindergarten and First graders will need an adult to help them place a book on hold. Please see this video for instructions.


Here's what you need to know:

  • Please wait for a confirmation email from your librarian before coming to school

  • Books will be in the vestibule at your school

  • Please enter through the front door

  • The door to the vestibule will be open from 8am-4pm

  • Books are located on a shelf and arranged by grade level

  • There is also a return bin for you to use when your child is finished reading the books

  • You may choose any day that is convenient for you to pick up or drop off books

  • Once your child has placed a book on hold, it will be pulled and checked out to them.

  • Books are available in the vestibule at school with their name(s) on them.

  • Please do not come to the school until you receive and email confirming that your child’s book is ready for pick up.


Don’t want to pick up? Please remember everyone has access to our ebooks and audiobooks from the Sora App in Clever. Here is a video explaining how to access Sora if you need a reminder. All second through fifth graders have been taught how to utilize Sora. Please ask your child how it works. Ask them to read a book with you. It's a great way to read together!

Virtual Social Emotional Support Office

Please click on the picture below to be taken to our district Social Emotional Support Office. There are many amazing resources available to support your child's school experience.

Optimistic Household

Hello! I am so excited that the district is providing this resource to families during this challenging time. This summer, take part in Optimistic Household - a series of six interactive modules designed to foster learning and social-emotional wellbeing. Shawn Achor is a respected researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage, among other books. We in District 112 are partnering with Shawn Achor to provide The Optimistic Household for our families. Please watch the introduction from Dr. Lubelfeld below. The modules and research can be found at this website. Modules are linked on the left side of the page.