The Fairview Connection

NOVEMBER 19, 2021


Dear Fairview Families,

With just a little less than a week left until Thanksgiving, I am filled with gratitude for so many aspects of our Fairview community. I am thankful for the three productive Parent-Teacher conference evenings we had over the past two weeks. I appreciate the many parents who attended as it is so helpful to partner together in support of our students, and the teachers for their hard work in preparing for these meaningful discussions. I am also thankful for the generosity of our PTO who provided us with three delicious meals to enjoy during conferences. Special thanks to Jackie Kochanski and Jaime Patterson for their organizational efforts with these meals. The Fairview community has also shown to be very supportive and generous to our Fairview families in need over the holiday season by participating in the Fairview Giving Tree. If you are interested in purchasing a gift for a Fairview family in need this holiday season, please sign up using this link. Wrapped gifts labeled with the family number and item description are due back to Fairview by December 13th so we have time to organize them and give them out to families. Thank you for your kindness!

This theme of thankfulness is going to spread around the building throughout the month of December as our school will be participating in creating “thankful chains” based on the book Thankful by Elaine Vickers. Using this book as a guide, students will reflect upon what they are thankful for between December 1st and 15th, writing their ideas down to form a paper chain. We will build our thankful chains in classrooms and send them home with students to read as a family on December 15th. We are hoping that this activity will help our students develop a greater sense of gratitude and appreciation for the many blessings in their lives and that it’ll spark some good conversations at home as well. I will share more about this activity throughout the month of December. We are excited to see the positive outcomes that result from taking time reflecting upon what makes us thankful!

Coming up after Thanksgiving break, the PTO will be hosting its first ever PTO Holiday Gift Shop in the multipurpose room on December 1st from 4:30-7:30 pm. This event will allow students a chance to find gifts for those on their shopping list. We hope you enjoy it! As you know, next week is our annual Thanksgiving break. There is no school for our students next week, but we look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday, November 29th. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Dan Ophus

Fairview Principal

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We are so appreciative of the kindness shown to us by the PTO who provided meals the evenings of Parent-Teacher conferences. Click here to view "Thank You's" from the staff.


The Fairview community and staff will continue the tradition of helping District 57 families this holiday season. Any Fairview family or staff member interested in participating should click here for the wish lists. All wrapped presents should be delivered to Fairview school by Monday, December 13th. Remember to tape a piece of paper on the wrapped gift with a brief description of the gift and the family number.

Please contact Fairview’s social worker, Katherine Ciruelas with any questions (

Thank you!


Pick up some holiday gifts at the PTO's first ever Holiday Gift Shop. Gift Shop hours are from 4:30pm-7:30pm in Fairview's Multipurpose room.


As the weather turns cooler, please make sure your children are dressed to go out for recess. Unless it is raining or the temperature /wind chill is too cold (15 degrees or below, real-feel temperature) the students will go out every day for recess. Please write your student’s last name on a tag in their coat as we already have a lot of lost coats and sweatshirts.

All students will go out with their class unless we have a doctor’s note limiting their participation. If a student has been ill and he/she is not feeling well enough to participate in all the activities of the school day, perhaps another day at home will insure a healthy return to school.


Please send a copy of your child's COVID vaccination card to the health office after your child receives dose #2 of the COVID vaccine. This information is important to have on file as students who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks post 2nd dose) do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact (per IDPH guidelines).


The Fairview PTO has a wonderful history of giving students a book for their birthday. For the 2021-2022 school year, they are continuing that tradition. If your child is celebrating a birthday this month or has celebrated a birthday since the beginning of this school year, please have them go onto ClassLink on their chrome book and go to the Birthday Book link or click on the graphic to access the link. They must choose a book that is on the Google document listing all the grade level books. Students who are learning from home can pick their birthday book up from the school.


Fairview's PTO supports our students and staff by offering fun family events along with sponsoring assemblies all during the year. Your support of the PTO gets you access to the on-line student directory, Directory Spot. Click the graphic for more information on how to support Fairview's PTO.


Read-A-Way is a reading incentive program from the Fairview PTO partnership with Station 34 in Mount Prospect. Students have a chance to earn a free kids pizza every month by meeting their daily reading goals. The program begins today and is expected to continue through April.

Click on the graphic for more information and November's reading log calendar.

Concurrent students can drop their completed calendars off at the school. We will contact you once your certificate is ready to be picked up for your free pizza.

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Our lost and found is already overflowing and it's not even winter. Please tell your student(s) to check the lost and found rack outside the front office if they lost a sweatshirt or water bottle. We also have several pairs of eyeglasses in the front office.


Please remember to put a bag with some extra masks in your student(s) backpack.


The District 57 Education Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of Mount Prospect community members whose mission is to raise money to fund grants in the areas of curriculum, wellness, and technology. Grant requests may be written and submitted by district teachers, staff, students, and parents. The grants enrich the educational experiences of all students, helping them to achieve at their highest potential. Funded grants allow teachers to have access to the resources they need to support teaching and learning at Westbrook, Lions Park, Fairview, and Lincoln schools.

Over the years, the Foundation has funded computers, iPads, ELMO projectors, Smartboards, musical instruments, art supplies, fitness equipment, and supplemental reading material - all to enrich our children’s educational experiences. We are currently in a new Grant Request Cycle. A description of the grant request submission process and form is located within the Grants section of our website at

Grant requests are due by 12/17/2021 to the Ed Foundation at

Parent community members who are interested in submitting a grant request should contact the school principal to which the grant will benefit. The Ed Foundation will review all requests at our February meeting. Please contact the Ed Foundation Grant team at with any questions.

Thank you for your continuous support of the D57 Education Foundation.


All visitors, including parents, will be required to present valid state-issued identification that will be entered into our system before gaining access to the school beyond the main office. In addition, the Raptor system provides alerts about people who may jeopardize the safety of the school, including registered sex offenders who are not allowed entry into schools.

As we have done in the past, all parents and visitors will be asked to wear a visitor lanyard. In addition, a visitor badge will be printed and placed inside the plastic sleeve on a lanyard. The visitor badge will include the visitor’s name and photograph.

We believe this safety procedure will keep our schools safer and provide instant information about who is in our schools in the event of an evacuation. We ask for your cooperation as we implement this new system. While visitors will likely take a bit more time to check in with our schools’ front office teams, we know that this system will add another important layer of security.

Please click here for sign-in instructions.


The office's procedure for those times when you need to sign your child in or out of school has changed. We maintain an electronic sign-in/sign-out sheet in the office so all you have to do is drop your student off (if arriving late) and we will sign them in and get them down to their class. If you need to sign your child out, ring the doorbell, tell us who you are picking up, and we will send your student out the front door.


If a Fairview staff member, directing traffic in the drop-off zone is not outside, it is necessary for you to come to the front of the school to drop off your student(s). The drop-off zone supervisor comes back into the building shortly after 8:45am when the first entry bell rings. We only have supervision in that area and our bus turnaround from 8:35am-8:45am. Students need to be in their classrooms at 8:50am which is when the school day starts.


When emailing your student's teacher regarding vacation plans, illness, doctor appointments, etc., please include the front office staff in your communication.

Also, please contact Fairview School’s office if your home/cell phone number, emergency contact numbers, or email address have changed.

If you have moved, please immediately contact the front office so we can update your student's records.

Chris Trezise, 847-394-7320, ext. 4001 -

Carolyn Young, 847-394-7320, ext. 4000 -



Contact Us

Dan Ophus, Principal /

Una Durkan, Assistant Principal /

Office: 847-394-7320/Fax: 847-394-7328

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