The News You Can Use

February 12, 2021

Principal's Message

Ravinia Families,

Thank you for all your help and support as partners in your child's education! As the weather continues to be cold, I wanted to share again our procedures on days when the windchill is below 15. As a reminder, arrival times are below. If you arrive in Millennium Hall drive and there is not an adult outside, please drive around and park in front of the school on Dean Avenue and walk your child in through door A7. We have found several students wandering outside either before we have supervision or after school begins, and safety is our priority.

Arrival for AM Students: 8:30 AM-8:40 AM

Arrival for PM students: 12:45 PM-12:55 PM

If the windchill is below 15 during arrival times, all students enter through Millennium Hall doors (circle drive off Roger Williams Ave) and wait for school to start in the building. If you aren't sure of the temperature and are dropping off your child, please do so in the circle drive. Staff will be there to direct your child to the appropriate location based on current temperature readings. We want to make sure we don't have any kindergarten students in front of the building or older students in the back without supervision in the cold elements.


Courtney Nordstrom, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

2/15 - Institute Day, No School for students;

Yearbook Photos Due

3/9 - Board of Education Meeting, 7pm

3/19 - No Student Attendance

3/22-26 - Spring Break

Equity Audit: We Need Your Voice

North Shore School District 112 is in the process of conducting a district-wide Equity and Inclusion Audit in partnership with Public Consulting Group (PCG). An essential component of the audit process is hearing from multiple voices from across the district.

Your participation is needed as we work towards identifying and addressing practices, policies, and culture that contribute to inequities across our district. We are committed to doing the work to build spaces where staff, learners, and families are each valued, included, and supported for success.

Focus Groups will be held beginning February 22-26. Each focus group will be conducted virtually by PCG and will last approximately an hour. There will be separate focus groups for families, students, staff, board of education members, and administrators. Please use this form to select a focus group: Sign-up Form

COVID-19 Saliva Screening ***Student Informed Consent Form***

To further advance the efforts toward risk mitigation measures, the District has contracted with Safeguard to provide COVID-19 saliva screening to students attending in-person instruction and all interested staff. There is no cost to any family for any testing, this is part of the District 112 COVID-19 emergency funding. aliva testing materials will be sent home on Thursdays for collection, and are to be returned on Fridays to the school.

Please know this is voluntary. If you decide you do not want to send it in, or your child cannot complete the sample, no problem! We are not 'checking off the list' of students who volunteered. We will continue sending home sample collection kits unless you tell us you no longer want them.Only presumptive positive results will be contacted over the weekend.

For information on the screening please refer to the below documents.

Livestream Instruction for Quarantined Students

K-8 students who are required to quarantine due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or close contact determined by the Lake County health department will be provided the opportunity to livestream into a classroom. Please note that the livestreamed instruction may be provided by your child’s current teacher or another teacher of the same grade level or course in the district. It may take up to 24 hours to place a student with a livestream teacher. A Zoom link will be provided in advance of the first day of livestream instruction.

CrisisGo Self-Certification for In-Person Hybrid Learning Model

CrisisGo self-certification notices resumed on Thursday, January 28, 2021. If you did not start to receive the notices, please contact the office at 224-765-3700. Remember to complete this form each day before 8:00am.


This year parents will be uploading their child/children's school pictures and we promise it could not be easier! Pictures must be in by February 15th. The 2020/21 yearbook will be a lifelong keepsake to remember this extraordinary year.

STEP 1: Take your child's photo against a plain neutral background (easiest to use your phone!)

STEP 2: Click this link

STEP 3: Input PARENT name, parent email, parent phone number, click "I agree to terms and conditions"

STEP 4: Click the FIRST green button which says "Click here to upload a student portrait due by 2/15"

STEP 5: Follow the prompts to pull your image from your phone or computer photo library and crop the photo per instructions (students head and shoulders should appear in the crop tool box)

STEP 6: Input STUDENTS grade, first name, last name, and teacher (see below)

  • If HYBRID - teacher should be inputted as follows "Teacher last name - AM or PM" (ex. "Derry - PM", OR "March - AM")
  • If REMOTE - teacher should be inputted as "Remote - Grade" (ex. "Remote - 3rd", or "Remote - Kindergarten")

STEP 7: CLICK "upload portrait image" (make sure the portrait image square is not blank) and a "Success!" response message should pop up.

From the Library

The iRead contest has come to an end. We are so proud of all our Ravinia Raccoons that participated by reading and logging their minutes this year. We had 80% of our students hand in their reading logs. That is spectacular and I am so proud of them. In lieu of handing out ribbons for all of those that participated, you may print this PDF certificate and fill in your child's name. Thank you to all the families, teachers and students for supporting this wonderful program from the 112 Foundation.

Have any library books from Ravinia at home? If you are finished with them your child may bring them to school to return. If your child is remote, feel free to drop it off in the return bin located in the vestibule at school.

Mrs. Lau

2021-22 Kindergarteners - If you have an incoming kindergartener who turns 5 by 09/01/2021,

pre-registration opens on Monday, February 1. Please visit the district website to complete pre-registration so we know your child will be attending next year. Please share with friends and neighbors to help get the word out!

Special Edition: Back to Hybrid News You Can Use

Click on this link for reminders about coming back to our hybrid model starting February 1. There is important information about Crisis Go certification, materials to return, and other important information.

District Lunch Resources

Any family with children 18 or younger is eligible for free meals during this time. You can pick up meals at Oak Terrace between 10:30-1:30 Monday-Friday, or you can sign up to have the meals delivered directly to your home while everyone is remote! There is no registration needed to pick up meals at Oak Terrace. This program is for all our families and is funded regardless of number of students. Your participation does not 'take away' from others being able to participate.

If you'd like to have the meals delivered to you, see the information below:

Please complete this form to join the program.

Deliveries of breakfast and lunch will be twice a week, Mondays (2 days worth) and Wednesdays (3 days worth).

  • As new families apply for delivery, they will be added to the route for the following week.
  • When we are back in person, remote families will still be eligible for food deliveries, but hybrid families can still pick up meals at Oak Terrace.
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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. Ms. 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.

Social Emotional Supports

Please click this link to see additional social-emotional supports offered by District 112.

Ravinia School

AM in Person Session: 8:40-10:55

PM in Person Session: 12:55-3:10