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December 4, 2020

Principal's Message

As we embark on the new experience of complete remote MAP testing, I wanted to take a minute to send an advance thank you for your patience, partnership, and support. Typically, we are able to provide a great deal of 'in house' tech support in classrooms for these assessments. If a device breaks down or if the site boots a student out of a test, I'm a quick walk down the hall and able to provide in-the-moment support to students and staff.

As with most everything, this time will be a little bit different. Know that we are here to support your kiddos (and help you in supporting your kiddos!). Please follow the protocols shared by your child's teacher if something does not go as planned. And as with everything this year - we are all going to do the very best that we can!

Please know that MAP testing is an adaptive test. The more questions a child gets correct, the harder they become until the child starts to get them wrong. Then the test tries out a variety of questions until it finds your child's instructional level within a topic (which means that your child has gotten about 50% of the questions they were given about that topic correct). This is the way the test is meant to work. If you help your child read or answer the questions, the test can't figure out what their instructional level is. When we use the data to create instructional opportunities for your child, we won't have accurate information if you help them along the way. We appreciate your support in helping your child access the test, signing in, and making sure they have a quiet space - let your child do the rest!

Thank you for all you do.

Wear a mask

Wash your hands

Watch your distance


Courtney Nordstrom, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

12/7-8 - MAP Testing

12/15 - School Board Meeting, 7pm

12/21-1/1 - Winter Break

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. 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.

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Brown Paper Bags Needed for Moraine Township

The Moriane Township Food Pantry is in need of paper grocery bags WITH HANDLES. They can be dropped off at any time on the front steps of the Moraine Township Food Pantry (there's a blue bin): 800 Central Avenue, Highland Park, 60035.

Please DO NOT leave food items for donation at this time. If you'd like to help the Pantry meet the increased need in our community, consider a cash donation so that we may continue to purchase specific, essential items for our families.

Any questions can be directed to Mark Haggarty (Ravinia parent) or 415-260-9469

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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.