Bobcat Blog

Friday, February 11

Notes and Reminders

  • Monday, February 14: Valentine's Day (Students may bring cards. If they choose to do so, they need to be for everyone in the class. No food or candy may come to school.)
  • Monday, February 21: No School in observance of Presidents' Day
  • March 3: Trimester 2 Ends

***Please label your child's belongings (lunch box, sweatshirts, etc.) There are many items in the Lost and Found so encourage your child to look for any missing things in the Commons.

Capturing Black History Month Celebrations

All of February, our school will be celebrating the remarkable lives, histories and contributions of the Black community. We'd love to hear how you and your family are celebrating, too! You can share your Black History Month stories, photos and videos by tweeting (@OakPark97, using the hashtags #MyD97 and #OakPark97) or emailing

Spelling Bee

Thank you to the following people for their contributions towards the Spelling Bee:

  • Gabby Rosenblum for organizing and leading the bees
  • PTO for contributing trophies and prizes
  • Erin Woodson & Sheila Carter for judging
  • Anna Harlan for organizing prizes
  • Sha Ranney for letting us use the auditorium on orchestra day

Congratulations to all of the students who bravely participated and those that came in first, second and third place.

2nd Grade

  • 1st - Jahan M.
  • 2nd - Maggie J.
  • 3rd - Zoe B.

3rd Gade

  • 1st - Anjali D.
  • 2nd - Bennett F.
  • 3rd - Emmet R.

4th Grade

  • 1st - Dylan N.
  • 2nd - Alvie G.
  • 3rd - Josie R.

5th Grade

  • 1st - Bea A.
  • 2nd - Isaac J.
  • 3rd - Ivy D.

More 2/2/22 Snow Photos

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Black History Month Opportunities for our Beye Bobcats

In honor of Black History Month, the Beye PTO programs working group is co-sponsoring virtual workshops. This presenter facilitated programs at Beye last year and it was very thought-provoking and engaging. Please encourage signing your children up for these great workshops!

5Essentials Survey - Parents Please Complete Survey by March 11

Parents/guardians from all 10 of our schools are encouraged to take the Illinois 5 Essentials Survey between now and March 11, 2022. Please click here to learn how parents/guardians can participate in this important endeavor and click here to access the parent/guardian version of the survey.

***Beye is striving for a very high student, staff and parent completion rate. Thanks for helping us!!

A Message from The School Social Worker to Parents & Guardians of 3rd & 4th graders…

A few years ago, Lurie Children's Hospital partnered with D97 to train the Social Work and Psychologist departments on Bounce Back & CBITS, which are 2 Cognitive Behavioral programs geared toward teaching resilience. These programs are for students who have experienced a trauma or significant stressful life event. Please click on the links to learn more about Bounce Back which is the program for elementary students. We will be launching this program at Beye School soon. Contact Lori Janu-Chossek: if you’d like to learn more or inquire about your child being potentially screened.


Vaccine/Booster Opportunity in Oak Park on Saturday, Feb. 12

The Oak Park Health Department is hosting a vaccine clinic for anyone age 5 and older from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 12, at OPRF High School. Click here to register.

Individuals can sign up for their primary vaccine series or for a booster dose. Booster doses are available for anyone age 12 and older who completed their primary vaccination series at least five months ago. Anyone under the age of 18 attending the clinic must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If you are coming for a booster dose, please bring your vaccine card with you. For more local COVID-19 vaccine information, visit
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Information about Acceleration Opportunities in District 97

Looking ahead to the spring, District 97 is preparing to implement the Single Subject and Whole Grade Level Acceleration process for students eligible for acceleration in the 2022-23 school year.

District 97 believes that all students should be challenged and supported to develop to their maximum potential. For students who demonstrate they may benefit from accelerated placement, we provide opportunities to participate in an instructional setting that is usually reserved for students who are older or in higher grades than the child. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Single subject acceleration
  • Whole grade acceleration

In accordance with the Illinois Accelerated Placement Act, District 97 has continued to refine procedures to ensure equitable access to acceleration opportunities for all students. New this year: all students who are grade eligible to take the Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR) must participate in the assessment in order to be deemed eligible for acceleration. The IAR is a critically important measure in determining the mastery of grade level standards and must be considered by the school team along with other sources of data.

Referrals for single-subject and whole-grade acceleration will be accepted from March 1 to May 15 of each school year. The general process is outlined HERE.

Information about the District 97 Accelerated Placement Program, including definitions and timelines, can be found at We will send additional communication to families as we near the opening of our referral and application windows next year. Additionally, Family Acceleration Night will be held Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This information session will provide an avenue for families to share questions as well as receive information about the acceleration process. Please find additional information in the information session flyer.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by visiting our Let’s Talk page ( and clicking the button labeled “Acceleration.”

COVID-19 Symptom Checklist and Instructions for Symptomatic Students

COVID-19 Symptom Checklist and Instructions for Symptomatic Students
In October, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education released updated guidance and an updated exclusion decision tree. As a result, we have updated some of our protocols and required documents for symptomatic students. CLICK HERE for a one-page summary of the required steps and testing for students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

District 97 Now Hiring!

District 97 Now Hiring!
District 97 is currently hiring for key positions to support in-person learning during the 2021-22 school year!

Certified Nursing Assistants
District 97 is seeking part-time certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to support the nursing staff in our schools. Applicants must have completed or graduated from an Illinois approved accredited school of nursing, college, or CNA/Patient Care Tech program, and hold a current CNA or Patient Care Tech certification in Illinois. CLICK HERE to apply!

Permanent Substitutes
District 97 has immediate openings for permanent substitute teachers. If you know anyone who is looking to work with children, earn competitive pay and give back to the community, please encourage them to apply today at:

Lunch/Recess Supervisors
To support our students and staff during the school day, we are still seeking more parents and community members to serve as lunchroom/recess supervisors during the 2021-22 school year. It's easy to apply, and your time would have a direct impact on our schools. CLICK HERE to apply!


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William Beye Elementary School

Cheryl Sullivan and Sheila Carter

Co-Interim Beye Principals