December 9, 2022
Thoughts from Dr. Pacatte
It is that time of year!
"Monstrous storm could bring tornadoes, blizzard conditions to central US next week..." read the weather alert on my phone, last night. After reading the information, it appears as though we are currently not going to be impacted by this weather system in a way that would impact school. We are, however, approaching the time of year where the weather is very unpredictable and we could be dealing with a weather system that would require us to use an eLearning Day.
District 56 has used eLearning days when the weather prevents students from getting to and from school safely. Whenever possible, I try to make these decisions the night before, allowing parents to plan for their children being home. The district plans for eLearning Days can be found on our website. Teachers will have practiced eLearning with their students in class. While most of our students remember Remote Learning during COVID, our youngest students will certainly need a refresher.
If you are unclear about how to get things started, please reach out to your child's teacher for directions. We will be watching weather patterns closely through the coming months, and if we think there is a chance we would need to call off school, we will send all children home with their devices. If you are in need of support with the internet, please let your child's teacher know this as well.
It has been a lovely, mild start to the winter, here's hoping it stays that way!
Tweet of the Week
Congratulations to the 8th Grade Girls Basketball team for winning the Conference Championship for a second year in a row! Way to go Vikings!
Student Grant Corbett from Spaulding school was invited this morning as the guest weatherman for WGN Morning News.
Thank you to Mrs. Brooks 2nd grade class for drawing kindness message on the district office sidewalk.
Mr. Magosky and his 4th grade musical jazz performance.
Viking Student Service Council
Help the Viking Student Service Council help others! SSC is hosting a food drive now thru 12/19!
Upcoming River Trail National Junior Honor Society Fundraising
Staff from Gurnee School District Transportation came together and help feed the Navy Recruits this past Thanksgiving.
Gurnee Park District
GET READY FOR WINTER!
View our 2022-2023 Winter Programs and Events Guide TODAY!
Registration opens Monday, December 5!
Warren Township Youth & Family Services
Illinois Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Need help with utility bills? Eligible families in Illinois can get help this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Find out more at http://helpillinoisfamilies.com.
Illinois Department of Public Health
Is it just the 'winter blues' or seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? This infographic may help guide you on when to seek professional help. https://go.usa.gov/xeqyS #shareNIMH
Lake County Health Department
📢Flu cases are increasing in Lake County📢
While many kids will overcome the flu with fluids and rest, the flu can become serious and even deadly. Know what symptoms to watch out for, the options available for testing/treatment, and when to seek emergency care.
Learn more at bit.ly/cdc-flu-prevention