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October 30, 2020

Principal's Message

Ravinia Families,

It has been great to learn along with students this week in some of their virtual classrooms. Thank you for all you are doing to set them up for success with quiet spaces to learn, supplies organized and ready, and space for them to be as independent as possible! We truly appreciate your support.

While disappointed by the recently shared metrics, we knew it could be a bit of time before they came back to a rate that recommends a return to hybrid learning. We continue to practice safety measures, and hope that you are, too! Please continue to practice the 3 W's:

Wear a mask

Wash your hands

Watch your distance

If you are celebrating Halloween, I hope you are doing so safely. My children are participating in a scavenger hunt tomorrow in our yard. If your child dresses up (or did so today!), send their picture along to the PTO for inclusion in the yearbook.


Courtney Nordstrom, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

11/02 - Spirit Wear - Red, White, and Blue Day

11/03 - No School, Election Day

11/17 - School Board Meeting, 7pm

11/20- First Trimester Ends

No School for AM ONLY

11/24-25 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/24 - No School for PM ONLY

11/25 - No Student Attendance

11/26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

COVID19 Safety and Communication Reminders

Please inform Nurse Betsy if your child (or someone in your home) tests positive for COVID19, has had close contact with someone who has tested positive, or is sick (including symptoms). This information is essential to us in our contact tracing and reporting. Mrs. Weiss can be reached at: or 224-765-3709.

The Lake County Health Department is offering additional mobile testing services during this time. You can view the sites, hours, and more information here.

Practice the 3-Ws and stay healthy.

Conferences: Virtual Platform

This year, conferences will be held remotely via phone or Zoom. These will occur on November 24 from 3:15-8pm and November 25th from 8am-12pm. Teachers may also provide times outside of this window beginning on 11/18-11/25 (excluding weekends), outside of the school hours, and based on their availability. Staff who elect to do so will contact families individually to arrange for such remote conference sessions to occur outside of the 24th-25th, but no sooner than 11/18. Please wait for staff to reach out to you to schedule a conference time. Sign ups will be sent by staff today.

From the Library

Want to check out a book from your school library? You can!

Second through fifth graders have all been taught how to place a book on hold using the Destiny Discover App located in Clever. Ask your child to show you how it works. The remote students do not have the app in Clever, but there is a link in Otus under Class Board for them to access the catalog from there. Kindergarten and First graders will need an adult to help them place a book on hold. Please see this video for instructions.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Please wait for a confirmation email from your librarian before coming to school

  • Books will be in the vestibule at your school

  • Please enter through the front door

  • The door to the vestibule will be open from 8am-4pm

  • Books are located on a shelf and arranged by grade level

  • There is also a return bin for you to use when your child is finished reading the books

  • You may choose any day that is convenient for you to pick up or drop off books

  • Once your child has placed a book on hold, it will be pulled and checked out to them.

  • Books are available in the vestibule at school with their name(s) on them.

  • Please do not come to the school until you receive and email confirming that your child’s book is ready for pick up.

Don’t want to pick up? Please remember everyone has access to our ebooks and audiobooks from the Sora App in Clever. Here is a video explaining how to access Sora if you need a reminder. All second through fifth graders have been taught how to utilize Sora. Please ask your child how it works. Ask them to read a book with you. It's a great way to read together!

Virtual Social Emotional Support Office

Please click on the picture below to be taken to our district Social Emotional Support Office. There are many amazing resources available to support your child's school experience.

Optimistic Household

Hello! I am so excited that the district is providing this resource to families during this challenging time. This summer, take part in Optimistic Household - a series of six interactive modules designed to foster learning and social-emotional wellbeing. Shawn Achor is a respected researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage, among other books. We in District 112 are partnering with Shawn Achor to provide The Optimistic Household for our families. Please watch the introduction from Dr. Lubelfeld below. The modules and research can be found at this website. Modules are linked on the left side of the page.
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