The News You Can Use

January 15, 2021

Principal's Message

Ravinia Families,

As you have likely heard, the district is planning to return to a hybrid learning model on Monday, February 1. This time frame allows our families and staff to arrange for childcare if necessary, and time for anyone out of town to make travel plans and self-quarantine if needed. While this is not a requirement at this time in Lake County or District 112, we will change our practices if health officials give us different guidance.

Over the summer we worked hard to create protocols and procedures at Ravinia that would ensure we could exceed the expectations regarding social distancing and safety procedures during these times. Little will change in this regard when we return in February, but we will include reminders about our procedures and expectations in the News over the next two weeks. We will also share lists of materials that were sent home that will need to be returned when the students do soon.

We are excited to welcome our students and full staff back into the building next month!


Courtney Nordstrom, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

1/18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No School

1/20 - Spirit Day, Wear Red, White and Blue

2/1 - Ravinia Spirit Wear Day

2/5 - Spirit Day, Favorite Sports Team and/or Super Bowl Wear

2/9- Board of Education Meeting, 7pm

2/12 - Valentine's Spirit Day, Wear Anything Love Related

2/15 - Institute Day, No School

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Ravinia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Activity

Ravinia's Day of Service Video Instructions: Click Here

The Ravinia PTO is asking students, siblings, friends, and family to participate in a coloring activity that will be sent to brighten the day of our senior adults and military personnel.

HP Community Foundation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Activity

In recognition of Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the Highland Park Community Foundation is creating a Tribute video to celebrate, honor, and thank the essential workers who have made heroic efforts to keep our community safe, healthy, and operational during the pandemic.

Participating is quick and easy!!

Click here to create and upload a short video sharing words of thanks, encouragement, and support.

From start to finish, this will take only 1-2 minutes of your time.

We would like the video to include as many residents as possible so please help us give thanks to those who have sacrificed so much.

Videos can be submitted any time between now and Sunday, January 24th!

Please ask your friends and family to participate as well!

Virtual Lunch Bunch Opportunity

We will be offering social groups, led by Ravinia staff, twice a week for every grade over the lunch hour beginning January 4. Each session will last 30 minutes. This is an opportunity for students to see their grade level peers and interact socially. Activities will vary by grade and session, and attendance is voluntary and flexible. We encourage students to bring their lunch (or not) and hang out with their peers! We've left plenty of time for a screen free break in the middle of the day as well. If you have any questions, please reach out.

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District Lunch Resources

Any family with children 18 or younger is eligible for free meals during this time. You can pick up meals at Oak Terrace between 10:30-1:30 Monday-Friday, or you can sign up to have the meals delivered directly to your home while everyone is remote! There is no registration needed to pick up meals at Oak Terrace. This program is for all our families and is funded regardless of number of students. Your participation does not 'take away' from others being able to participate.

If you'd like to have the meals delivered to you, see the information below:

Please complete this form to join the program.

Deliveries of breakfast and lunch will be twice a week, Mondays (2 days worth) and Wednesdays (3 days worth).

  • As new families apply for delivery, they will be added to the route for the following week.
  • When we are back in person, remote families will still be eligible for food deliveries, but hybrid families can still pick up meals at Oak Terrace.
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Nurse Communication Reminders: Report ALL Absences

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 includes ALL absences - including vacation, appointments, or any other absence. We still need to document these absences during our pivot to remote learning. Ms. 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.

Social Emotional Supports

Please click this link to see additional social-emotional supports offered by District 112.