The Central Scoop
February 19, 2021
From the Principal's Desk...
Dear Central Families,
We celebrated the 100th day of school this week. Recognizing this day has been a fun tradition at Central and it provided a bit of normalcy for our students. Regardless of a pandemic or snow storm, many of our classrooms found fun and creative ways to celebrate the 100th day. Our 100th day is also a wonderful time to reflect on all the learning that has happened so far this year. Our students have made great gains and we are so proud of them!
With Warm Regards,
~ Becky & Taylor
Updates From District 39
The D39 Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 22 at 7:00 pm. The agenda is posted here, and includes links to the live-stream as well as instructions for those wishing to attend in-person. During its meeting, the Board will receive an update on Continuing Initiatives within the District’s Strategic Plan, review the proposed 2020-2021 School Calendar, review the District’s experience with SafeGuard Screening and consider summer construction bids for work proposed at McKenzie and Romona Elementary Schools, among other topics.
Metrics Team Update
Our District 39 Metrics Reopening Advisory Team hosts regular meetings to study important school-relevant metrics of COVID-19 and the District’s health and safety protocol. The team did not meet this week, and is scheduled to meet again next Friday morning. The D39 Metrics Dashboard and full report for this week are available online for those interested in reviewing it.
As the District continues to experience success within its in-person and fully remote instructional models, we want to remind families that we continue to be prepared for flexibility as needs dictate. While we do not anticipate the need to pivot district programming overall, we remind parents that there may occasionally be a need for a classroom or learning pod to implement short-term remote learning due to quarantine, possible exposure or staffing needs. Please understand that we continue to implement mitigation strategies to minimize the risk of quarantine; however, when the need arises remote learning is implemented for the safety of students and staff as well as in accordance with the health and safety guidelines of the CCDPH. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Travel Guidance Update: Please review the important UPDATED Travel Guidance emailed to parents District 39 last week and posted to the D39 website. Non-essential travel is still not recommended by local health departments. If you must travel away from your local community, Departments of Public Health advise that you keep informed about the current risks of COVID-19 exposure and keep your family safe by avoiding travel to places of higher risk or gathering with individuals outside of your immediate household. The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) Travel Guidance has updated its out-of-state travel and quarantine guidelines. Please review this information carefully and plan accordingly, knowing that there is always the possibility of changes to these guidelines based on COVID-19 restrictions and health advisories. Thank you for your continued efforts to remain safe and healthy.
D39 Parent Events
Our next D39 parent event is March 10th at 7pm, presented by Tony DeMonte and Officer Pavely. Parenting in a Digital Age. Register Here
Black History Month & Our Continued Focus On Equity and Diversity
Through continuing the "Choose Kind" mission we started last year, we are educating our students to be caring, kind, and well-adjusted members of our larger community. We are committed to evolving our work to teach children in a culturally responsive manner. We are authentically increasing diverse voices in curriculum, literature, and activities. We are also looking forward to the enhanced partnerships with parents and with the greater Wilmette community. Most recently, we are partnering with the Village to promote their contest below. We hope your family chooses to participate.
Carpool Line Reminders
The cold and snowy weather is making drop-off and pick-up more challenging. We appreciate everyone's patience to ensure the safety of our students. Here are a few reminders:
- Specific spots along the carpool line have been plowed for safe drop-off and pick-up locations.
- In the mornings, please pull up to a supervisor near an open access point to drop off your children. We don't want children climbing over the icy snow mounds near the street.
Please do not get out of your vehicle or park it while you are in the carpool line. If you must get out of your vehicle, please park in an assigned parking spot on the street away from the carpool line, then walk your children to school.
- We have supervisors in bright green vests outside to help students,
Fox Fitness Fanatics Club
The student's have done a fantastic job being prepared and dressing appropriately for outdoor PE this winter. Please continue to ensure that your child has their winter jacket, hat, gloves, boots and even snow pants for PE this winter. They should be prepared everyday for the changing Chicagoland weather. We plan on continuing to be outside every day for PE unless the weather is extremely cold or rainy. We do allow the kids to take a mask break, if they choose, during their outdoor PE time as long they continue to maintain their social distancing during our various activities.
- The Fox Fitness Fanatics have accumulated 73,200 activity minutes since October 7th..
- Students who accumulate more than 1000 activity minutes will be listed in the scoop.
- Any activity minutes entered after 3p.m. on Thursday will be included the following week.
- Check out the chart below to see how active our Central community has been so far.
- 132 Fox Fitness Fanatics certificates have been issued as of today.
The Fox Fitness Fanatics Club will be coming to an end. The last day to submit activity minutes will be Friday, February, 26, 2021.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Peth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just Keep Moving!
Silver Lining Project Due 2/26 - Deadline Next Week!
This is easy and fun to do as a family! The D39 Education Foundation would like you to share a photograph, drawing, painting, poem or audio file, that expresses your unexpected and rewarding moments during COVID-19. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 26th. All submissions will be compiled into a bound hardcover book for each school, so your inspiration and our memory of this most unique time of our lives will live on forever.
Families can share artifacts by:
Wilmette Warriors - This Week!
In an effort to recognize our outstanding students, each classroom teacher is identifying a student from class for a weekly special recognition. Each week, students will be selected for showing characteristics such as kindness, respect, trust, caring, friendship, courage and community. Selected students will receive a certificate and recognition through a short celebration video that will be shared on Friday afternoons. Please see the video below celebrating our WILMETTE WARRIORS from this week!
Monthly Birthday Bash with the Principals
Here is the Zoom link:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 864 2424 5957
From the Nurse's Office
Call Central School "Attendance Line" For Absences: 847-512-6150
Here is your go-to site for all of your health related questions including PE/Recess Notes, Health Requirements, Dental Examinations, Allergy and Asthma, Medications, Snacks in Classrooms, Lice, Influenza...and more!
PTA Announcements & Reminders
Highcrest PTO 2021/2022 Open Positions and Nominating Committee Search
It’s that time when we start thinking about next years Highcrest PTO Executive and General Board slate. In order for the Highcrest PTO to function properly and prepare for all the amazing programs we hope to have next year, we need to fill the slate and have an official vote by members of a Nominating Committee.
If you will have a 5th or 6th Grader next year and want to volunteer for a position, please see the attached document showing what is open. There are several spots filled already, I’ve only included the open positions in this document. You can secure your choice by emailing the current PTO President, Barb Bentivenga, at email@example.com. We are hopeful to have a more robust PTO lineup of activities next school year.
We also need to form a Nominating Committee in order to vote on the slate and allow for transition. The Nominating Committee is comprised of 2 representatives from each feeder grade school. There will only be one zoom meeting (on a mutually agreed upon date and time) and you will be provided the slate in advance for review. You will not be required to fill the slate, but please let us know of anyone who is interested in volunteering.
- Village of Wilmette Human Relations Commission sponsers Black History Month Student Contests. Poster, essay/poetry, multimedia and music contests must be submitted by 4:00 pm on March 12th. See website for list of rules.
- Join Girl Scouts! Daisy Launch Event for Pre-K and Kindergarten students and Virtual Girl Scout Events are being held.
- Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding players to their girls 8-12 year old spring and summer teams.
- Wilmette Baseball Association’s 2021 Spring House League registration is now open for Kdg. through 8th graders.
- Wilmette Historical Museum is offering two fun virtual events. Virtual Wilmette Bingo will be held on February 21st. Deadline to reserve your Bingo board is TODAY!
- Cub Scouts Pack 1 Welcomes all McKenzie students! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
- Covid Catch Up Tutors offers free virtual tutoring by qualified high school students for Pre-K through High School grade levels.
- Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Join us on Twitter!
Central School is on Twitter!
- We have TWO Twitter accounts. Please "follow" us at Twitter.com! Explore Central 39 (with our actual "handle" as @explorecentral). With this account, we mostly share student activities that are completed in the Learning Commons (but other activities are often included as well). We are also providing this Twitter feed on our Central School homepage.
- There is also a principal page @BeckyLittmann where you can follow a variety of school happenings including all-school events, classroom activities, PTA enrichment, and school goals.