Munhall Bulletin

February 19, 2021

Principal Note


End of the 2nd Trimester


It is hard to believe that by the end of next week, we will officially be two thirds of the way through the school year. Our second trimester comes to an end on Thursday, February 25th. Report Cards will be available for parents on Wednesday, March 10th via Home Access Center. I continue to be so impressed with how our students, staff and parents continue to show The Mustang Way (Respectful, Responsible, Problem-Solvers) even when faced with less than ideal circumstances. I’m eager to see our students continue to grow and learn throughout the 3rd trimester!


Naturally, the end of a trimester brings one chapter to a close and opens the door to a new beginning. When one portion (trimester) of our school year ends, it creates a natural opportunity to reflect and set goals. I encourage all of you to engage in these kinds of conversations with your students. Questions you may consider include:


· What are you most proud of from the past month of school?

· In what areas do you feel you’ve learned the most?

· What do you want to accomplish or achieve in the last part of the year?

· Is there anything holding you back?

· Who can most help you? How?

· During school, when do you work the hardest?

· During school, when do you have the most fun?


Some of these questions may lead to insightful conversations with your child!


5 Essentials Parent Survey


District 303 participates in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey that collects feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. The responses will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide our improvement efforts. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.


The Parent Survey is currently open and will remain so through April 2, 2021. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey. As part of this communication, we have included graphics of the login page with additional information about how to access the survey. Most notably, make sure you enter Kane County in the box for county even if your home or your child’s school is in DuPage County. This will allow you to correctly select your child’s school.


All District 303 teachers, as well as students in 4th through 12th grades, are being asked to complete this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. Teachers will work with students to assist them with logging in and taking the student survey.


On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:


· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction


We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your input.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.


Below you will find an additional link that provides specific information about the login process.


5 Essentials Parent Login Information



One Book, One Munhall—Companion Read Aloud on Sundays!!!


We are coming to the conclusion of week 3 of our One Book, One Munhall novel, Charlotte’s Web! As a reminder, weekends are used for families to catch-up on any reading that may have been missed during the week.

Please continue to join or consider joining our Zoom Family Read-Aloud of the companion book, Some Writer! Mrs. Dainko and Mrs. Kaye from the LRC are reading this book aloud each Sunday in February at 4:00 pm. Here is the Zoom link for Sunday’s virtual read-aloud: Sunday, February 21st Read Aloud Link



Teacher Work Day—NO School on Friday, February 26th


There is no school on Friday, February 26th, as teachers work and collaborate to conclude the 2nd trimester and plan for the months ahead.



Have a wonderful weekend!


Jarrod Buxton, Principal

District 303 Kindergarten Registration

Click for the Kindergarten Registration Page, registration runs through March 12.

Munhall LRC Book Checkout

Click here to access our Destiny library catalog.

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Middle School Transfer Form

Middle School Transfer Request period is open until Feb. 26