January 13, 2023
Thoughts from Dr. Pacatte
Gurnee Exchange Club Youth Citizen of the Month
This month, Gurnee School District 56 recognized Chloe Raidart as a Youth Citizen of the Month. Chloe is an eighth grade student at River Trail. Not only is Chloe a good student and respectful of her peers and the staff, she was recognized for her work on Team Lead and the kindness she continuously extends to others. Dr. Glickley shared that the "younger students get so excited when they see Chloe that they run up to give and get hugs." Thanks for being a terrific role model, Chloe!
Tweet of the Week
ATTENTION: Kindergarten Class of 2036
Viking Student Council Food Drive
Before Winter Break, the Viking Student Council held a food drive. Viking collected 506 items as a school to donate to the Warren Township Food Pantry.
D56 Band Winter Tour
In December, the 7th and 8th Grade Symphonic Band toured all D56 schools performing holiday tunes and other favorites. They loved performing for the younger students to show them what they can do in band in the future!
It's Snowmen Time at Prairie Trail School
Stunts and Tumbling Unit Concluded
Spaulding students completed their stunts and tumbling unit with rolls, head and handstands, and partner/group stunts.
Holiday Class Celebration
Before the Winter Break the Structured Learning Class (Spaulding and Prairie Trail). Speech, OT, and counseling all pushed in to work with students in their gingerbread holiday party. Officer Chad decorated some cookies and Mr. Helfers from the district office stopped by too.
They read the gingerbread boy story. Had a class discussion about the characters, setting, main idea, and worked on sequencing the story. We did some holiday (gingerbread) themed gonoodle breaks, and then they decorated holiday cookies and gingerbread cookies too. Afterwards they decorated Christmas trees, played holiday bingo, and ate pizza. The afternoon ended with games in the gym before students headed back to their rooms for some RR after the busy day!
2023 River Trail School Sweetheart Dance
Book Drive at Viking School
Do you have books in good condition that you no longer want? Donate them at Viking by 2/1!
D56 Families, what do you think of a parent night out? Think cocktails, games, raffles, and adult conversation.
Give us a thumbs up on our D56 PTO facebook page if you are in, give us a heart if you want to help plan this event, give us a wow and a PM if you have an item to donate (think sports tickets, etc).
Upcoming River Trail National Junior Honor Society Fundraiser
Warren Township Youth & Family Services
Adler Arts Center: January News
Gurnee Police Department
Illinois Department of Public Health
Is it just the 'winter blues' or seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? This infographic may help guide you on when to seek professional help. https://go.usa.gov/xeqyS #shareNIMH
IDPH has partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation for Project Access COVID Test
One million COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are now available while supplies last. Learn more:
All ZIP codes in Illinois located outside the City of Chicago are now eligible to request FREE COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for home delivery! Please visit the following website, enter your ZIP code, and sign-up: https://www.accesscovidtests.org/
Tests are delivered right to your doorstep and are completely free!
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is deadly. Take steps to protect yourself and your family.
* Test the battery on your CO detector.
* Learn the possible symptoms of #COpoisoning.
* Know how to properly heat your home. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3hv1Bu6
Lake County Housing Authority
This tax season, many households qualify for free tax preparation from IRS-certified preparers.
To access free services:
- Go to IRS.gov and search for ‘Free Tax Return Preparation’
- Go to AARP.org and search for ‘Tax-Aide Locator’
File online with help:
- Go to GetYourRefund.org for online tax preparation by IRS-certified preparers
- Go to MyFreeTaxes.com to prepare your own tax return with assistance from IRS-certified preparers
These IRS-certified options are not only free, but also accurate and convenient.
In need of a computer? LCHA will be hosting an In-Person event at the Midlothian Manor building (22843 Lakewood Lane, Lake Zurich, Illinois, 60047) on January 27, 2023. Eligible households can receive a FREE PC from PC's for People.
You MUST register for this event using the link https://pcsrefurbished.com/event/registration . Those who do not register are unlikely to have a PC to pick up on Jan 27th.