News from District 153
Happy Holidays Edition: December 22, 2022
A Message from the Superintendent
Before we leave for Winter Break, District 153 wanted to send a heartfelt Season’s Greetings to our extended school district family. Working in an elementary school district, one is treated to so much musical joy at this time of year. We hope you, too, will enjoy this gift of music from our students (below).
Post-Winter Break COVID Testing
Classes resume on Monday, January 9, 2023, although we hope to see most of our students and staff on Wednesday, January 4th, for COVID testing. After our students and staff travel and celebrate with friends and family over the holidays, District 153 is offering this free test to help ensure we start the new year as safely as possible. Walk-in testing will be available for all current students and staff—not just those involved in the current take home SHIELD testing—from 9:00AM to 1:00PM in the James Hart gym.
Martin Luther King Day of Service
Looking ahead to 2023, District 153 once again will be honoring the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday with a Day of Service. Our schools have adopted three local service organizations to support with donations. Please look over the lists of needed donations below. If you’re able to contribute (maybe pickup items at post-holiday sales?), we will be collecting donations on Monday, Jan. 16 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM at James Hart. Thank you, in advance, for your support and generosity.
Have a safe, healthy and wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to greeting our students again in 2023.
Scott McAlister, Ed.D.
Homewood School District #153
MLK Holiday Day of Service: Needed Donations
James Hart Panther Choir "Battle of Jericho"
A traditional spiritual
Arr. Mark Hayes
Churchill School 4th/5th/Homewood Children's Chorus (combined) "Dona Nobis Pacem"
"Grant Us Peace"
Traditional Latin Round
James Hart Maroon Jazz Band
James Hart 6th-Grade Choir "Maoz Tzur"
Traditional Hebrew Song (sung in Hebrew)
Arr. Matt Podd
Willow School Sing-along "Feliz Navidad"
James Hart Chamber Orchestra "Silver Bells"
Performance for Sunrise Senior Living, Dec. 9th
Churchill School 4th/5th Grade Choir "Welcome Hanukkah!"
In concert Dec. 20, 2022
Words by Charlotte Lee, Music by Robert Leaf
*Video courtesy of Jo Greep
James Hart Gold Jazz Band
Performing for fellow students, Dec. 22
Willow School Sing-along "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"
Spanish Holiday Cheer "Cascabeles"
Ms. Amin's Spanish students singing for district office staff.