october 2020

What will school look like next week?

what you'll find, as you scroll...

This edition of the District Dish features the following:

Thank you! Click around and enjoy!

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D25 Back to School 2020 | Safety and Procedure

Please remember that this is just a District overview. Your building will provide specific details that make sense for how your school operates.

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new webpage | stay up to date

In an attempt to keep you and the community informed on the progress and discussion of the Transition Advisory Committee, we have created a page on our site that houses the following information:

  • TAC Communications Schedule
  • TAC Member Breakdown
  • Meeting Agendas
  • Meeting Notes/Minutes
  • Documents, Resources, & Statistics

Visit www.sd25.org/TAC to check out the TAC page.

covid-19 dashboard

Next week, a dashboard will become available on our website detailing COVID-19 numbers for District 25 such as:

  • Student and staff positive COVID-19 cases
  • Students and staff in isolation/quarantine and thus are excluded from school
  • The numbers above broken down by school
  • COVID-19 trends in District 25

That will become public next week and will be available here:


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help us make this jump to hybrid successful!

Many of our schools are looking to hire Lunch & Recess Supervisors and Crossing Guards to help at lunch and recess time. The schools in need and times of commitment are listed below.

Lunch & Recess Supervisors

  • Thomas | 8 people for 11:00am - 1:30pm
  • Ivy Hill | 7 people for 11:40am -1:15pm
  • Westgate | 6 people for 11:40am - 1:10 pm
  • Dryden | 6 people for 12:15 - 1:15 pm
  • Olive | 5 people for 12:15-1:15
  • Greenbrier | 3 people for 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Sub-Crossing Guards

  • Work when you want. Sub when you want.

APPLY HERE: www.sd25.org/Apply

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3rd - 8th grade families:

I am happy to report that for the past couple of weeks, NWEA MAP assessment system has been operating without issue. With some students returning soon to in-person learning, it is advantageous to begin MAP testing after the students return to school. Testing students in-person will allow teacher proximity for students who may need additional support and ensure that tech issues can be solved in-person with our specialists. Therefore, our new fall MAP window will run between October 19th-November 11th. The schools will share the specific grade-level testing dates with our third- through eighth-grade families once those dates are scheduled. Students who elect for entirely remote instruction will be provided the option to test remotely or in-person. More information about these testing options will be shared with these families next week.

We appreciate our families’ flexibility as we adjusted to unplanned technological issues. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Amanda Czerniuk

Assessment Coordinator

Department of Student Learning

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As we continue to adapt to our current environment, we will need to make changes and update our Step 3 | Hybrid Model brochure. We will do our best to notify you as we make changes, but for your convenience, when scrolling through the document, we've placed purple arrows (pictured to the left) that show where updates have been made.

Today we have updated the travel quarantine guidance on page 18. Here is the change:


A student who travels to an area of high risk (as noted by the IDPH) will be required to quarantine for 14 days per IDPH guidelines.


A student or staff member who travels to an area of high risk will be subject to the quarantine guidance of the Cook County Department of Public Health.

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Our teachers teach from a personal place. #d25ItsPersonal has become a way for our teachers and staff to share daily occurrences, and reasons why they do what they do for a living and why it's fulfilling, right here in District 25. Here is a look at a few tweets that show our staff's personal side!
Out & About | Westgate, Mrs. Carney & Mr. Berger go remote
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Struggling with E-learning at home?

The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs invites all D25 parents to an evening with Kristen Marzolf, LCSW, SEP, Founder and Director of the Family Resilience Group.

Kristen Marzolf, LCSW, SEP is the Founder and Director of the Family Resilience Group, an organization of therapists in North Arlington Heights. Her focus is on building strong families and understanding struggles from a trauma perspective. You will have the chance to submit questions both before (via the RSVP) and during the event. Please direct any questions to ahcpta25@gmail.com

Managing E-learning with your Child: Q & A with a Therapist

Monday, October 12, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, via Zoom

Please RSVP here, and we will send you the Zoom link closer to the date.

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new morning time for food distribution

There is a new morning pickup time for food distribution. The new morning time is 9:30 am - 10:30 am. All other details will remain the same. Please see our updated video below for a refresher on the process and times.



  • Day: Every Wednesday BEGINNING OCTOBER 14
  • Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am & 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Where: Thomas Middle School ONLY
  • Who: Meals are FREE to all families with students age 18 and under
  • Important Notes: You are allowed to pick up for those who cannot make it.
D25 | New NEW Food Distribution | Fall 2020, UPDATED 10.7.20
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