Message from the Principal

Week of February 14, 2022

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Message from the Principal

Dear Virginia Lake Families,

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! We look forward to welcoming our parents into the classroom tomorrow. Volunteers are welcome to go into classrooms at 1:50 p.m. Volunteers may check in at the office prior to that time. We kindly ask you wait in the foyer after checking in.

Dr. Heinz will be visiting all of the schools in District 15 to share information about the boundary proposal and the proposed changes specific to Virginia Lake on Thursday, April 7th.

Our new start times begin after the long weekend on Wednesday, February 23rd.

School starts at 8:25 a.m..

Arrival begins at 8:10 a.m..

Dismissal is at 3:05 p.m..

Early dismissal Fridays 2:15 p.m.

Kindergarten Hours:

AM- 8:25 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Fridays- 10:35 a.m.

PM- 12:30 p.m.- 3:05p.m.

Fridays- 2:15 p.m.

Let's make it a great week!

With Kindest Regards,

Patti Van Winkle, Principal

Share the Love- Food Drive

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PTA Science Fair

Hello VL Families & Teachers!

Join us for our Virtual Science Fair!! We would LOVE to see what sparks your curiosity by submitting a video of you presenting a science experiment. If you would like to participate, please fill out the attached form by Friday 2/18/22. Video's will be due by 3/4/22 via a dropbox link that will be emailed to you once you've signed up for the Virtual Science Fair.

¡Únase a nosotros para nuestra Feria Virtual de Ciencias! Nos encantaría ver qué despierta su curiosidad al enviar un video de usted presentando un experimento científico. Si desea participar, complete el formulario adjunto antes del viernes 2/18/22. Los videos deben entregarse antes del 3/4/22 a través de un enlace de Dropbox que se le enviará por correo electrónico una vez que se haya registrado en la Feria de Ciencias.

We look forward to seeing all the creativity and awesome experiments from our VL Students!!

Virginia Lake PTA

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Valentine's Day Information

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Passing out Valentine’s Day cards has been a part of our classroom parties that will be allowed this school year. If your child would like to participate, please have them create a Valentine’s Day card for every student in their classroom. Valentine’s Day cards may include small prizes, such as pencils, stickers, or other items sold in the standard kits. We are adhering to our District 15 Food Policy. Candy or other edible items may not be passed out with Valentine’s Day cards. Please be mindful of our guidelines when selecting the perfect Valentine’s Day cards for our students.

This year on Valentine’s Day schools can allow 1-2 room parents per room. Our wonderful PTA will coordinate parties in a bag for each classroom. Volunteers will be invited to help classroom teachers coordinate the activities during the party. Our room representatives will coordinate volunteers for each classroom. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your child’s teacher.

We will follow the typical check-in process and provide a state ID/driver’s license and go through the RAPTOR process within the front office. Parents and visitors need to self-certify that they are COVID symptom and fever free. Per guidance, if you are a volunteer, you must either show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Volunteers must follow the Executive Order and wear a mask in the building at all times. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. We are looking forward to celebrating with our parents again!

5 Essentials Survey Reminder

Virginia Lake would love to hear from YOU!

You have been invited to complete the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey. The information you provide will help guide improvement as we strive to inspire each student to realize their potential through the education and opportunities we provide at Virginia Lake. Your participation in this survey is voluntary but crucial. We can’t receive results from the survey unless at least 20 percent of parents respond. The more responses parents provide, the more we will know how to focus our efforts toward the improvements you want. Therefore, we have set a goal to reach an 80 percent response rate. Please help us reach our goal by completing the survey.

· Go to: to take the survey.

· Select “Parent Survey.”

· You may enter your email address if you would like to receive confirmation of your submission, but it is not required.

· Then enter “Cook” into the county field and “Virginia Lake” to find our school.

You will then be asked a series of questions to provide input regarding your family’s experience here at Virginia Lake. Please remember to click “submit” once you are done so your responses can be counted.

Please know that your identity and responses will be kept confidential and will not be connected

with your child. If you have multiple children who attend Virginia Lake, you may complete one survey for each child. However, only one parent per household may submit a survey for a given child. The survey closes on March 11, so please submit your responses soon!

Thank you in advance for your time and input. We appreciate you!

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Customer Support at 1-866-440-1874 or

Virginia Lake Highlights

PATH Community Closet

Every year, many children in the Palatine area lack proper clothing for Illinois’ winter weather. District 15 has a long-standing partnership with the PATH Community Closet. The Community Closet serves the Palatine area by providing donated clothing to children and families in need. The impact of COVID has left the Community Closet with less donated clothing than in past years. We are hoping you can help by donating any unwanted clothing items to your school’s yellow clothing donation bin. The bin is located in your school’s lobby. Parents or children can place clothing items into their school’s yellow bin during regular school hours. This is a great way to put your children’s gently used and outgrown clothing to good use! All clothing, especially winter wear, is much appreciated and will be put to good use

Registration for 22-23 School Year

Online student registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. If you have not already started this process for your student(s), please visit our registration page to start this process.

Registration is the first step in getting ready for the up-coming school year. After you register your child online you need to:

  1. Pay student fees. Our student fee webpage outlines the District’s student fee structure and the three ways fees can be paid.

  2. If you have a student that is starting Kindergarten, entering fourth grade, or entering 7th grade, you are required to prove residency in District 15. Our residency webpage outlines the documents you will need to provide to prove residency.

All three steps of the enrollment process must be completed prior to the start of the school year. Students of families that, when required, do not prove residency, will not be able to attend class in a District 15 until the family’s residency is verified.


View the recorded CCSD15 Parent University sponsored registration webinar. For written registration instructions, please watch our Campus Parent - An Introduction.

In the event that a family is unable to provide any needed documentation because of a temporary living situation, please contact Julie O'Hara, 847-963-3210,; or Min Goodwin, 847-963-3209,, in the Superintendent's Office.

Think you may be eligible for a student fee waiver? Visit our student fee webpage to learn about the requirements and how to apply.

Think you may be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act? Please contact Tiffanie Jefferies, Ed.D., Director of Student Services, 847-963-3152.

Thank you.

The District Improvement Team

La registración en línea de los estudiantes para el año escolar 2022-23 ya está abierta. Si aún no ha iniciado este proceso para su(s) estudiante(s), por favor visite nuestra página de registro para iniciar este proceso.

La registración es el primer paso para prepararse para el próximo año escolar. Después de registrar a su hijo en línea usted necesita:

Pagar las tarifas estudiantiles. Nuestra página web de tarifas estudiantiles describe la estructura de las tarifas estudiantiles del Distrito y las tres maneras en que se pueden pagar las tarifas.

Si usted tiene un estudiante que está comenzando el Kindergarten, entrando en el cuarto grado, o entrando en el séptimo grado, usted está requerido a probar la residencia en el Distrito 15. Nuestra página web sobre la residencia describe los documentos que tendrá que proporcionar para comprobar la residencia.

Los tres pasos del proceso de inscripción deben ser realizados antes del comienzo del año escolar. Los estudiantes de familias que, cuando sea necesario, no demuestren su residencia, no podrán asistir a clases en un Distrito 15 hasta que se verifique la residencia de la familia.


Vea la grabación de la Universidad de Padres de CCSD 15 patrocinada: Webinar de Registro 2022-23. Para instrucciones de registro por escrito, por favor vea nuestro Campus Parent - Una introducción

En el caso de que una familia no pueda proporcionar cualquier documentación necesaria debido a una situación de vivienda temporal, por favor póngase en contacto con Julie O'Hara, 847-963-3210,; o Min Goodwin, 847-963-3209,, en la Oficina del Superintendente.

¿Cree que puede ser elegible para una exención de la tarifa estudiantil? Visite nuestra página web de tarifas estudiantiles para conocer los requisitos y cómo solicitarla.

¿Cree que puede ser elegible para los servicios bajo la Ley de Asistencia a los Sin Hogar McKinney-Vento? Póngase en contacto con el Director de Servicios Estudiantiles, 847-963-3152.


El Equipo de Mejora del Distrito

Free Dental Services

Community Consolidated School District 15 will be hosting Orland Park Dental Services (OPDS) coming up in March through May. OPDS has provided in-school dental services for all eligible children in the State of Illinois since 1999. Dental services will be accessible to children eligible for public aid as well as for those with private insurance.

Anyone signed up will receive a free dental exam and a toothbrush. For those that qualify or provide private insurance information, the additional services may include cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants. All services done will be given to the child in a take-home form describing the services determined, areas of concern, overall oral care score, and any additional care needed. If any additional help is needed for the child a comprehensive list of available local dentists will be given with no limits of insurance. All these in-school services will be provided by licensed dentists, hygienists, and assistants with state-of-the-art portable equipment and ensure a clean, safe, and comfortable environment at your child’s school.

Browse the website for more information at

Sign up here -

Virginia Lake New Start Times- February 23, 2022

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Important Dates

Monday, February 14th- Valentine's Day Parties- 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Monday, February 21st- No School

Tuesday, February 22nd- No School

Wednesday, February 23rd- 3-Tiered School Times Begin

Arrival Begins at 8:10 a.m.

School Begins at 8:25 a.m.

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