Message from the Principal

Week of August 30, 2021

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Message from the Principal

Dear Virginia Lake Families,

Thank you for participating in our Parent Orientation event! Our students have been participating in practicing school routines, building relationships with their teachers and classmates, and reviewing the expectations at Virginia Lake. This week, all of our students will engage in the core curriculum in all subject areas.

We would like to introduce our new head secretary, Ms. Rosa Tejeda. Ms. Tejeda joins our team in the office with strong skills that will support our school community. She is bilingual in Spanish, an expert with technology, and has strong communication skills. Ms. Tejeda has a passion for helping others and building strong relationships. She has several years of experience supporting children in a school setting. We are thrilled she has joined our team.

If you have a change of transportation, please call the office at least 30 minutes prior to dismissal or send a note to your child’s teacher in the morning. Our staff is busy teaching, and may not see their email prior to dismissal. We want to make sure all of our students are safe.

The assessment window for MAP and Fast Bridge begins next week. Your child’s teacher can provide you with their classroom schedules. We will provide parents with the results of the assessments after the windows close. For additional information about the assessments, please read the information below that was sent from our district office last week.

We are working out the logistics of Sheild Testing and will inform parents of the official start date soon. If you would like your child to participate in Shield Testing, you may complete a form in our office. The form in Infinite Campus is closed, however, we are accepting additional students into the program. For additional information about Sheild Testing, please see the attached document.

Let’s make it a great week!

With Kindest Regards,

Patti Van Winkle, Principal

Ms. Rosa Tejeda, Virginia Lake's Head Secretary

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We'd love for you to join the Virginia Lake PTA if you haven't already. Look for blue forms coming home in your students folders or download and print at home and send back to school- Just a reminder that joining the PTA does not obligate you to volunteer or attend meetings. However, if you'd like to get involved we would love to have you! Volunteering and participating in the PTA is a great way to connect with our Virginia Lake school community and families.

Our first PTA meeting will be held on Monday, September 13th. We will be meeting on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. This year, we are offering an in-person and virtual option. Below is the information to join us virtually.

Topic: PTA- September

Time: Sep 13, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Passcode: 589367

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Virginia Lake Highlights

District 15 Career Fair

District 15 will be holding a Career Fair on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 12:00-3:00pm at the Palatine Library, 700 N. North Ct. in Palatine. Come apply onsite! We are looking for the following positions:

- Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

- Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

- Full time Program Assistants

- Office and Library Clericals

- Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

- And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at with any questions.

MAP and FastBridge Information

FastBridge Grades K-1

All students in Kindergarten and first grade take the FastBridge assessment system in the Fall and Spring of each school year. FastBridge uses brief measures of early literacy and math at the Kindergarten and first grade levels. These brief assessments provide data on an early learner’s reading and math development. The FastBridge assessments typically take less than 10 minutes per student, but the data gained provides teachers with insights and suggestions to help address each child’s needs. More information about FastBridge can be found at

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Grades 2-8

Students in grades 2 to 8 take an academic test called the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). The MAP test measures each student’s achievement and growth in reading and math. Most students complete the MAP in less than 40 minutes. The MAP test provides our staff with valuable information that helps plan instruction and track student growth. Like FastBridge for the early grades, students in grades 2 to 8 take the MAP once in the fall and again in the spring. Please visit the District 15 website if you would like more information about the MAP test. If you would like to have your child practice the MAP test, you can visit the MAP practice site at: MAP test results from the fall and spring testing periods will be available to parents via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. These results are typically posted in October and again in June.

Concurrent Learning

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to offer concurrent learning to our in-person students if/when they have been directed to quarantine if they are deemed a close contact to a positive individual or to go into isolation due to testing positive for COVID-19. We will ONLY allow students who have medical documentation or have been directed by the school nurse and approved by the building principal to quarantine or isolate. Students that have been directed to quarantine and approved to participate in concurrent learning for a specified period of time will be given a device and a link to the Google Meet to participate in learning. Students on vacation, out of the country, or home ill with any other illness will NOT be allowed to participate in concurrent learning. They will be marked absent per BOE policy 7:070 ATTENDANCE AND TRUANCY.

Important Dates

Monday, September 6- No School- Labor Day

Monday, September 13th- PTA Meeting- 7:00 p.m.

Monday, September 20th- Parent Collaboration Committee- 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21st- District 15 Career Fair- 12:00-3:00 p.m.

District 15 Newsetter

Please click on this link for the latest District 15 newsletter.

District 15 Community eFlyers

Please click on this link for the District 15 Community eFlyers.