Dear District 64 Faculty and Staff,

I hope you are enjoying this unseasonably warm winter weather.

We completed our mandatory State Compliance visit this month. Two auditors from the ISBE spent three days in District looking through over 200 artifacts to determine overall compliance within the District. I will provide the Board with a brief overview of findings once I receive the report from our lead auditor.

Did you hear ELF raised $30,000 at their annual Casino Night?! Thank you to all D64 staff that worked the event. It speaks volumes to the commitment our staff feels in supporting our local partners. I hope many of you are writing grants for the coming year! As you know, ELF raises money only to give it away to D64 staff!

Negotiations are moving along well with both teams presenting proposals and working on counter –proposals that we have every confidence will translate into a win-win contract for the 2016 school year and beyond. Dr. Borrelli provides a brief update on negotiations before each regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting.

Thank you for your preparation and professionalism during Parent-Teacher Conferences this month. I know how time consuming they are and appreciate how seriously everyone takes these important meetings. They are another great way in which we develop strong home/school partnerships.

Are you interested in getting an electronic copy of the D64 E-News sent right to your email? If so, click this link and sign up. It is a quick and easy way to stay abreast of Board meeting highlights.

Please consider attending our upcoming Parent University evening on March 8 from 6:30-8:00 p.m., Emerson Middle School (Multipurpose Room). We have a wonderful speaker lined up in Dr. Devorah Heitner. She is the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives, an online resource for parents and schools and will talk to parents about how to evaluate the quality of children's media experiences, and how to help children succeed in a world of digital connectedness. The evening will also include a panel discussion driven by audience questions.

I’m thankful winter was kind to us thus far and hope your Records Day on Monday is productive.

As always, I value your hard work and dedication to students. Have a lovely weekend.




If your license is up for renewal this year, you may go into ELIS anytime after April 1, 2016 and complete that process. Under the HR section of the staff portal we have posted information that can assist you with your license renewal. Additionally, if you are not sure if you are up for renewal we have posted information on how to identify that on your license page in ELIS. If you have questions regarding your license, please contact the HR office and we can assist you with your questions. Finally, we encourage all staff members to check ELIS and make sure that your email account is correct. ELIS will send out information to you regarding your license, via your email account.

Planning for PARCC

As PARCC testing approaches, please remember to complete the following with your students. Your ITC will meet with your team to support you with this. Links can be accessed on a Chromebook or through Safari/Firefox on a Mac.

  1. Pearson TestNav8 Tutorial - Please work through this tutorial with your students to help them learn how to navigate the TestNav 8 computer-based environment.

  2. Text-to-Speech Tutorial for Math - New this year, all students will have access to the Speech-to-Text feature on the PARCC Math test. Use the controls on the far right of the assessment screen to practice this feature. Students do not have to use this feature but it is available for any student who would like to.

  3. Minimum of one practice ELA Assessment

  4. Minimum of one practice Math Assessment

REMINDER...Upcoming Staff Development

Formative Assessment and High-Impact Instruction are two strands of professional development identified in the Strategic Plan. Our goal is for 100% of staff to participate and all staff to implement these strategies. If you haven’t already attended these workshops, please register below as participation is required for all certified staff.

Jim Knight’s High-Impact Instruction

This spring and summer, the Department for Student Learning is hosting Jim Knight and his colleagues for the workshop “High Impact Instruction”! Almost 300 District 64 educators have participated in this engaging workshop! Dr. Knight and his team will focus on the high-impact strategies that make the biggest difference in student learning:1) content planning, 2) instructional practices, 3) classroom community building, and 4) formative assessment. These strategies maximize the power of your lessons and are appropriate for any teacher in any content area!

Spring sessions of this workshop are full and now closed. This workshop will be offered twice this summer on the dates below. Fall 2016 dates will be added soon.

***NEW*** Monday, June 6, 2016 (Presenter Ann Hoffman - Jim Knight’s colleague)

***NEW*** Monday, August 8, 2016 (Presenter TBD - Jim Knight’s colleague)

Fall 2016 Dates will be added soon.

The Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning

​Do you want to get started using formative assessment in your classroom? Are you looking for simple, easy-to-implement strategies that you can start using ASAP?

The Department for Student Learning will once again present “The Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning.” This full-day workshop will teach you about seven formative assessment strategies that can positively impact student achievement. All participants will receive a copy of Jan Chappuis’ book The Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning.

The workshop will held from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the ESC Room 1:

Workshop Date (Click below to register)

Thursday, March 3, 2016

***NEW***Tuesday, April 5, 2016

***NEW***Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Please do not secure a substitute for this workshop until your registration is confirmed by the Department for Student Learning. Thank you!


Thank you to all of the Casino Royale volunteers, especially our incredible dealers. Because of your generosity and enthusiasm, the event was a huge success for Elementary Learning Foundation, attracting more than 300 attendees. As a result, we were able to raise nearly $30,000 that will be used to fund innovative and creative grants for teachers and administrators in District 64. Here is a list of District 64 staff volunteers:


Linda Aichinger-EM

Brett Balduf-CA

Sara Born-WA

Kate Carlson-EM

Lindsey Hejka-FI

Meghan Keefer-RO

Missy Machon-FI

Mark Pancini-LI

Nicole Parrilli-EM

Stacy Shub-RO

Mike Taglia-LI

Linda Thomas-RO

Dan Walsh-FR

Non-Dealer Volunteers

Sia Albans-RO

Alice Beauvais-EM

Kelly Craig-ESC

Sue Douglass-CA

Lisa Gray-CA

Debbie Graziano-WA

Bessie Grosso-CA

Laurie Heinz-ESC

Karen Heffner-EM

Brittany Joyce-WA

Irene Kappos-LI

Franny Keyes-LI

Shari Lazor-WA

Emily Lech-CA/FR

Kathleen Loftus-CA

Maureen Lones-FI

Faye Manzi-LI

Joel Martin-ESC

Patty Mayer-RO

Peggy Morgan-ESC

Jim Morrison-EM

Tony Murray-LI

Tina O'Donnell-RO

Dianne Olson-EM

Kara Pottinger-EM

Denise Reeder-LI

Caroline Schaab-FI

Amanda Spychalski-FI

Christine Thielen-LI

Cheryl Williams-RO

Remember, ELF Grant Applications must be submitted by MARCH 1, 2016.

All Grant Applications must be approved by the building principal before they can be submitted to ELF for consideration.

Click here for a copy of the ELF Grant Information and Application.


The date of the Recognition Dinner is Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Park Ridge Country Club beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m.


Do you know someone who has been affected by cancer? Are you looking for ways to honor or remember friends and family? Would you like to help raise funds for The American Cancer Society? Look no further than Relay for Life Des Plaines and Park Ridge. This is a free event open to all at Maine West High School on June 11, 2016 from noon-midnight. If you are interested in more information or would like to get more involved, check out: Relay for Life Des Plaines and Park Ridge Facebook or Relay for Life website. For more information contact Caitlin Cuthbertson at ccuthbertson@d64.org.


The Niles Chamber of Commerce is again offering both high school and college scholarships for children of any employee of District 64. This year, the Chamber will be awarding three $3,000 College Scholarships and three $1,000 High School Scholarships. Scholarships are based on service to the community and school, response to an essay, awards and honors, school transcripts and test scores. The scholarship application process is open through Friday, March 4, 2016. Information is available on the Niles Chamber website here.

Drop-in $11 Bike Helmet Sale & Personal Fitting

Drop by on Thursday, April 7 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. to select a helmet for everyone in your family! Toddler, youth and adult sizes are $11 per helmet, first come-first served. The event will be held at Carpenter School, 300 N. Hamlin Ave., Park Ridge, and is co-sponsored by the District 64 Traffic Safety Committee, the Park Ridge Police Department, and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Trauma Services. Trauma Services staff will custom-fit your new helmet to each child or adult. Helmets are certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and designed to meet or exceed safety standards. This is a great way to outfit everyone in your family for safe outdoor fun this spring!


Melissa Milostan (C of C Math Teacher at Lincoln) and husband, Jason, welcomed Noah Jason born on January 21 at 11:33 pm weighing 7 lbs 7 oz, 19 inches.

Molly Staron (Early Literacy Teacher at Roosevelt) and her husband, Chris, are the proud new parents of Louis Staron, born on February 6, 2016 weighing in at 7 lbs 10 oz, 21 inches long.

Jamie Hestad Zimniok (Instrumental Music/Band Teacher at Emerson and Field) and husband, Karl-Eric Zimniok, welcomed Charlotte Anne Zimniok born on Sunday, January 24 at 8:35am weighing 7 lbs 4 oz, 19 inches.

Robyn Schmit (Special Education Teacher at Carpenter) and her husband Brad, are the proud new parents of Jacob "Jake" Henry, born on January 20, 2016 weighing in at 9lbs 2oz, 20.5 inches long.

Beth Norman (3rd Grade Teacher at Carpenter) and her husband Nick, are the proud new parents of Henry James, born on February 15, 2016 weighing in at 7lbs 10 oz, 20.5 inches long.


The Roosevelt Staff held a luncheon to honor the memory of Lisa Garcia. Lisa's legacy will continue to motivate and inspire her colleagues as immortalized on a plaque hanging outside of the office. Lisa was an active Park Ridge citizen and a valuable member of the Special Education Team at Roosevelt. Pictured are Mario Garcia, Laura Stern, and Jean Kulnig.


Mizerak 8' Pool Table

Drop Pocket Corners

Balls, Rack and 1 Stick

Good Condition $300.00

Contact: Maribeth Aimers at maimers@d64.org

2015-2016 PAYDATES


3/10/16 and 3/24/16 (Spring Break begins on 3/25/16 to 04/01/16-Returning

Monday, 4/4/16)

4/07/16 and 4/21/16

5/05/16 and 5/19/16

6/02/16, 6/16/15 and 6/30/16

7/14/16 and 7/28/16



Monday, March 21st, 7pm

200 South Lincoln Avenue

Park Ridge, IL