From the Lion's Den

York Center Family News 5/18

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Dear Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you well!

This is our last week of school with Remote Learning ending on Thursday. The 2019-2020 school year is one we will never forget for many reasons. We can't help but feel sad about the quarter that we missed being with your children face-to-face. Thank you for all that you did to support learning as we finished the year remotely. We will continue to miss our Lions over the summer.

We truly appreciate the partnership that we are able to build with you each school year. Both home and school are essential supports for a child as we are Preparing Students to Successfully Navigate a Dynamic World.

Teachers are always learning throughout the summer and we hope that your child will find ways to engage in learning as well. Children will be keeping their Chromebooks and our hope is that they check out some of the websites that we've shared with them this year. There are wonderful resources for reading with our libraries closed.

Please check out this list of ideas from our Coach and Literacy Leader!

Summer Learning Resources

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Take care,

Andrea Derdenger

Virtual Field Day!!

Mrs. Crowe has planned an awesome virtual field day for you this week! There are 10 different events! Have fun and share your favorite event with her on her flipgrid page!”

Click here: Virtual Field Day Activities!

Please Click on the Weekly Announcement Video Below and Share with your Child!

York Center Announcements 5/18

Class Meeting Schedule for the Week of 5/18

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A Message for Conservation Club Members!

Please click on this link for a message from Ms. Orsi and Mrs. Blyth!

19-20 Conservation Club Farewell

A Message for Members of Lion Pride.....

Please click on this link for a message from Ms. Orsi and Mrs. Blyth!

YC Lion Pride Farewell Video

Powerschool Parent Portal

The District recently opened up the PowerSchool Parent Portal for our elementary students. Please click on the link below if you need help accessing the portal. This is where you will retrieve your child's 4th quarter report.

Summer Food and Resources

The pandemic and stay-at-home orders have resulted in a great deal of stress and economic hardship. The community has a variety of resources to continue supporting families during this difficult time.


The Tri-town YMCA will begin coordinating the provision of meals. The district 45 website has the full schedule of locations and times. In our area, meal pickup will occur at York Center Elementary School on Monday through Friday, from 9:00AM to 11:00AM and at Stevenson Elementary (18W331 15th St) on Monday through Friday from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. (The last district delivery will be on Monday, May 18 and six meals will be delivered.)

Other Services

A wide range of community agencies are providing much needed help and support. A couple of helpful online directories with descriptions of the provided services are found at and at You can also find the District list of community resources, the District list of counseling resources, and a list of additional counseling resources at Mr. Paul’s place. Many community mental health agencies are providing telehealth services.

In addition to the mental resources listed in the directories, Amita Streamwood Healthcare is providing support group sessions at their facility for children and teens with a wide range of mental health concerns, including managing anxiety, controlling anger, and social skills. Call 630-540-3924 for more information.

If you have any questions accessing services, please email Paul Flaherty at or call 630-516-7541. Thank you for continuing to follow CDC guidelines in order to stay healthy and safe this summer.

Personal Item Pick-up

Dear families,

Thank you for letting us know which items we should gather for pick-up.

  • Pick -up of personal items will be Wednesday, May 20th through Saturday, May 23rd, between 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Please come when it is convenient for you.

Enter the gym through the doors near the parking lot, wearing a mask. Your child's items will be on his/her classroom teacher's table. Please check the lost and found items as well. You may exit through the door on the opposite end of the gym to help ensure physical distancing.

  • Library books can be dropped off outside in the drop-off box (weather permitting) Wednesday, May 20th through Saturday, May 23rd, between 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

  • You will keep Chromebooks at home during the summer unless you are not returning to York Center or Jackson. Please make sure Chromebooks are stored in a safe location over the summer. Students may use Chromebooks for academic purposes only (i.e., math games, reading programs, other websites previously shared by teachers, etc.). Please note that over the summer months, the D45 technology department will not be available to assist with technical issues related to district-owned Chromebooks.

  • If you will not be returning to York Center or Jackson, please let me know by emailing me (, and we can make arrangments for drop off.

Storytime with Mrs. Schwarz and Aidan!

Storytime_ I Wish You More
Read Aloud with Mrs Scott #6

Check-in with Mrs. Meyer is on Artsonia

In addition to the weekly Art plan you'll see from the plans communicated by your child's classroom teacher, Mrs. Meyer is also on Artsonia!

Check it out!

Check-in with Mrs. Crowe on FlipGrid

In addition to the weekly Physical Education plan you'll see from the plans communicated by your child's classroom teacher, Mrs. Crowe is also on FlipGrid!

Check it out!

Summer Reading Program at Helen Plum Library

The Summer Reading Program begins Friday, May 1. Young readers can download a PDF of their reading log at or track their reading through the Beanstack app at This program is available to all students who attend a Lombard area school.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

From the Health Office......

All incoming 6th graders must have a new physical for 6th grade entry.

Please take the physical form with you to your doctor. The form is from the State of Illinois Department of Human Services – be sure this is the one your doctor uses – old physical forms will not be accepted. Check to be sure all immunizations are completed and have your doctor sign and date before you leave the office. All students starting 6th grade must have had one Tdap, 2 Varicella, 2 MMR, one Meningococcal immunization and completed their Hepatitis B series.

As a reminder, Health History is a part of the student physical, be sure to have this section completed and signed by a parent.

Thank you,

Alina Stevens

Health Office – York Center School

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Todos los estudiantes entrando al 6° grado deberán tener un nuevo examen físico.

Por favor lleve la forma adjunta para el examen físico a su doctor. La forma es del Departamento de Servicios Humanos del Estado de Illinois – esté seguro que esta es la forma que su doctor use – antiguas formas de examen físico no serán aceptadas. Verifique para estar seguro que todas las inmunizaciones son completas y pida a su doctor que firme y ponga la fecha antes de irse de la oficina. Todos los estudiantes que comienzan el 6° grado deben haber tenido las siguientes inmunizaciones, un Tdap, 2 Varicela, 2 MMR, una Meningocócica y tener completada la serie de Hepatitis B.

Como un recordatorio, el Historial Médico es una parte del examen físico del estudiante, esté seguro de tener esta sección completada y firmada por un padre.


Alina Stevens

Oficina de Salud – Escuela York Center

Certificate of Health Examination

PTA News

Box Tops for Education:

If you do get out to the grocery store, don't forget to scan those receipts into the Box Top for Education app. Those digital box tops add up! It is also fun to see how much you have been able to accumulate and also the overall total that our school will be receiving.

Six Flags Reading Program:

Those students that had their 6 hours of reading logged in the program will receive a free ticket to Great America. Eligible ticket(s) should be sent electronically to your email that was used to register.

PTA Help!!

This year is closing out in a way no one expected and plans for next year need to be considered. The fall will bring us a new school year to focus on so let's look and plan forward to next school year. Volunteer your time and talents to help the PTA next year! Several activities/events that were lost this year will hopefully be back next year and in order for that to happen, we need help!

Our small PTA is losing a couple of members as their children are moving onto Jackson next year. Being a part of the PTA and helping in different positions is very rewarding in many different ways. It allows you to get to know staff and parents, to learn the behind the scenes planning and information plus many hands make light work! More help means there is less time commitment for each position. You would work with myself or someone else to learn the ropes and feel comfortable.

A key position that is needed next year is PRESIDENT. Our PTA is unable to continue without a President.

--President----Runs meetings, attends district council meetings, files appropriate paperwork with the state, helps out with other positions as needed, helps develop and monitor the budget, approves and ensures payments for field trips, helps with/decides on fundraising.

--Membership Chair---send out forms, collect PTA dues, enter members into MemberHub, ensure dues are paid to the state.

--Fundraising Chair--facilitate, plan, organize fundraisers.

--Spirit Wear Coordinator--sets up when online store will be open, main liaison with company and website link, distributes spirit wear

--Reading Programs Coordinator--coordinates reading programs for Six Flags, Cougars, Barnes and Noble and distribute information

Consider being a part of the York Center/Stevenson PTA family!

Please reach out with any questions or interest you may have.

Cyndi Epple

PTA President YC/STV

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