Community Newsletter

Sept. 8, 2023

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Shine Bright with Supt. Rebecca A. Jenkins

Dear District 70 families:

It’s official, whether we want it to be or not. With Labor Day behind us, our summer chapter is closed and we are all in on our new school year rhythms.

One of those rhythms is our commitment to continued partnership with you in Learning Together. As part of that commitment, we are excited to highlight our annual series of parent and community education events.

On September 19 we will be learning with Simply Bee Counseling at the Adler Learning Center about Growing a Resilient Mindset. This workshop is designed to empower families and educators alike with five foundational tools for building emotional wellness. It’s great for parents, caregivers, and residents of all ages, and all Libertyville residents are invited.

So, while we will miss all the memories and moments that summer brings, there’s nothing quite like the energy and optimism for the future that comes from Learning Together.

Shine Bright,


Rebecca A. Jenkins

Superintendent of Schools

Libertyville School District 70

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Families Learning Together Sept. 19 Event

Click on the button to learn the focus of the Sept. 19 event is to provide parents/guardians with the necessary skills that support mental & emotional growth during challenging times.

Upcoming Families Learning Together Event!

What: Growing a Resilient Mind (GARM) workshop presented by Simply Bee Counseling

Who: Audrey Grunst, D70 parent, licensed clinical social worker, therapist, and CEO of Simply Bee

When: at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19

Where: Adler Park School Learning Center, 1740 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Growing a Resilient Mind will focus on teaching five foundational tools (Grow, Integrate, Respond, Observe, Become Aware) for building emotional wellness through the Growth and Resiliency Model created by Grunst. This comprehensive five-step model is designed to fuse theory, skill, and knowledge into people's understanding of their personal growth and emotional development.

The theory behind this model is that a growth mindset occurs when you are aware of your internal world, can observe it without judgment, know how to respond instead of react, and can integrate all of that information into the external world effectively. The final step is to reflect on the process, celebrate what went well, and learn from what didn't. Through the use of this model, people can learn to intuitively overcome life's daily challenges and appreciate them as opportunities for positive change.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Committee Meeting Sept. 11

The District 70 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is looking for more team members to make a real impact on the school community!

Join the team and give your valuable input to help shape a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.

High goals have been set and the team needs more perspectives that are crucial in fostering understanding and harmony.

When: The DEI Committee will meet from 3-4 p.m. on 9/11, 10/16, 11/27, 12/11, 1/29/24, 3/4/24, and 4/22/24.

Where: Educational Resource Center (ERC) across from Butterfield School at 1381 Lake St., Libertyville.

This is a great opportunity to partner with D70 and promote diversity and equity within our schools. Let's work together to ensure every student feels valued and empowered. Your involvement can drive positive change!

Together, we can create a brighter future for our children.

Please email Erik Youngman at if you are interested in participating in this committee.

Accessing Student STAR and AIMSweb Plus Data is Coming

Teachers assess student understanding, learning, and growth in a variety of informal and formal ways throughout the school year.

D70 uses several assessments that are administered during the school year to help students, teachers, and parents better understand strengths and areas that can be targeted for improvement.

Recently, students in first through eighth grades took the STAR assessments in reading and math. For kindergarten students, D70 uses AIMSweb Plus as a benchmarking assessment. The hope is that these tools will give more information about all D70 learners.

Historically, parents/guardians have been able to access their child’s assessment scores (STAR, AIMSweb Plus) via PowerSchool through several steps. To make accessing these reports easier for parents, D70 is building a new report within PowerSchool to view all student data.

Access to your child’s scores on STAR and AIMSweb will be coming soon. D70 will notify all parents when the reports are available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we simplify this process.

Substitute Teachers

District 70 is looking to add more substitute teachers. D70 pays $135 per day and offers bonuses starting at $200 for the 25th day of subbing, with more increases from there.

Interested? Please scan the QR code and start applying to join this extremely important group supporting D70 educators.

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Looking for Crossing Guards to Protect D70 Students!

The Village of Libertyville Police Dept. has openings for school crossing guards for Libertyville School District 70.

The position is for about 2.5 hours on school days Monday through Friday from 7:35 to 8:50 a.m. and from 2:40 to 3:55 p.m.

For more information, contact Lt. Ed Swider or Sgt. Brandon Bernabei at (847) 362-8310.

Upcoming BOE Meeting on Sept. 18

The next Board of Education meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Educational Resource Center (ERC), 1381 Lake St., Libertyville.

The public is welcome to attend. The agenda is posted on the D70 website at

The meeting also will be live-streamed and recorded.