Lions Park Remote Learning Update

Letter from the Principal

Dear Lions Park Families,


As we complete our fourth week of the school year, I hope your children are in a routine and getting adjusted to having less free time and more rigorous demands after five months of potentially having less structure. This would have been no small task had we returned to our typical school design, but the challenge for students, families and educators is greater in our new context. This will continue to be the case as we transition to having some in person instruction. I truly believe that there is no community or staff better positioned to do this in a positive manner. I feel so lucky to live and work in a community that values education. While there might currently be differing viewpoints about the right way forward, we all have many shared values. It is important to remember that there may or may not be truly "right" answers at this time because what is needed and desired for children and families can be quite different. It is my hope that we can continue to show respect for all as we move forward together.


We have received communication from families and teachers who are concerned about the classes being resectioned. Please know that it is our hope to make the fewest changes possible. Our proposed hybrid plan calls for some teachers to be dedicated to teaching students whose families elect to stay fully remote (specific teachers not yet determined) and for other teachers to be dedicated to teaching students who will come in person as part of our hybrid model (specific teachers not yet determined). Therefore, if a homeroom teacher will be a remote teacher and a student will be coming in person for our hybrid, that child would be assigned to a different homeroom. Similarly, if a homeroom teacher is an in person teacher and a child will be staying remote, that child would be assigned to a different homeroom. You will hear more details of the plan at the Board of Education meeting on September 24th. When the survey opens, there will be an option to indicate that staying with your current teacher is more important than selecting in person or remote learning. We will still not be able to guarantee no change in that situation, but we will do everything we can to honor those requests. It would be helpful if you would hold off on contacting teachers or the office to make these requests because you will have an opportunity to share your thoughts when the survey opens on September 25th.


We are so thankful to have an engaged and supportive parent community. Please do plan to tune into the Board of Education meeting on September 24th. If you have questions or concerns after that meeting, we will be glad to get you any information you need, although we may not have answers to all questions until we know the number of students who will stay remote and the number of students who will participate in our in person hybrid model.


Ms. Dillon, our assistant principal, made this video for your children. We miss seeing them each day.



Have a wonderful weekend!

Katie Kelly

MESSAGE FROM DISTRICT OFFICE

Dear District 57 Community:


As you are aware, District 57 will be starting the school year with remote learning. Quest Food Management Services is busy reopening the kitchen and making modifications to the program to ensure safe serving. The menu has been modified and will include pre-packed meals for distribution for each school in District 57. Cold entrees will be offered; you will also have the choice to pre order a la carte items.


Although there will be modifications to the “way” we serve our food during this time, we want to assure you that the quality of “what” we serve will not change. We will be preparing meals daily, from fresh, high quality ingredients that adhere to Quest’s Food Philosophy. Modifications to the way we serve are outlined below:


Pre- Ordering with My Meal Order
Quest has made modifications to ensure your meal is served in the safest and freshest way possible. Because meals will be primarily served in a remote environment, the District is using an online ordering system (My Meal Order). Below are the steps for ordering weekly A la carte options.


Starting Tuesday September 8th the entire district will have the capability to order lunch and A la Carte items off of a new ordering platform.


• Please create an account with My Meal Order – Instruction attached. This will allow you to select the daily meals and/or a la carte options.

• Meal orders must be submitted by Thursday at Midnight for the next week.

• You will be required to create an account and transactions will happen at the point of order.

• It is highly recommended that the “low balance” notification is set up for your My Meal order account to ensure continuous food service. Insufficient funds will result in delayed ordering and may result in your order for the next week not being processed.

• First orders will be due September 8th at midnight for meal distribution on Tuesday the 15th and Thursday the 17th.


Meal Distribution
Meal Distribution will take place at Lincoln Middle School in D57 between 11:10-12:50pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week

• Orders for Tuesdays will be picked up Tuesday at Lincoln Middle School

• Orders for Thursday will be picked up Thursday at Lincoln Middle School

• Meals will be labeled with the student’s name and ID number


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Quest’s District Manager, Anthony Ferrazzuolo, at anthony@questfms.com or, Food Service Director at District 57. Donna Niesen at Donna.Niesen@questfms.com

Tardies, Absences and Early Dismissals

If your child will be missing any portion of the school day (8:50-11:50 and 12:50-3:20), it is important that you report the absence to the Lions Park office at (847)394-7330 or by using the form on our website. We appreciate your cooperation!

Technology Issues

Although technology can work well, there are times when it just does not work correctly. Teachers will not be available to respond to emails during instructional times. Instead, please submit a Remote Learning Technology Support form by clicking here. Once submitted, someone from our District Technology Team will contact you to provide assistance.



If you experience a technical issue, please follow these steps to troubleshoot the problem:


  • Restart the Chromebook (make sure it turns all the way off before turning back on).

  • Quit any unused applications.

  • Sign out of an application if it's not working, and sign back in.

  • Move closer to your internet router if you are experiencing connectivity issues.

  • Turn off any accessibility features i.e., contrast mode, special cursor that may be set on the Chromebook. These can cause applications to run slow.

Instructional Assistant Position Available

We are looking to hire an Instructional Assistant for some in-person work with students starting immediately. Please email Ms. Kelly at kkelly@d57.org if you want to learn more.

PTO Secretary Needed

Hey Lions Park Families, ever wondered what the PTO is all about and how you can get more involved? Well the PTO is looking for an enthusiastic individual to fill our secretary position. The position involves taking some notes during PTO meetings which are only held once a month and posting them to the PTO website. If you feel like this is something you would like to do please contact the PTO, we would love to have you. You can reach us at either mjmehren@yahoo.com or m.janiczek01@gmail.com

PTO Spirit Wear

We are pleased to bring back the Lions Park Spirit Wear Sale beginning Monday, 9/14 through Friday, 9/25. This year you can also purchase Lions Park masks! Use the information below to shop!

Store Link: https://www.storessimple.com/crpromotions/groups.php

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