Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Nov. 20, 2020

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This month students created Gratitude Journals during Advisory. Students wrote about a different topic every day. Please ask your student about it and talk about things that make you grateful. Happy Thanksgiving from the SEL department!

No School Next Week

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We would like to remind you that there is no school on the following days:

  • No School Monday, Nov. 23. This day was formerly an early release day but has been changed to a full nonattendance day for students for remote planning for teachers and parent teacher conferences.
  • No School Nov. 24-27. These days are nonattendance days for the Thanksgiving break.
  • Students return to remote learning on Monday, Nov. 30.

Please visit the District 103 school calendar for updates on other holidays and teacher institute days when school is not in session.

Hunger Food Drive Ends Today

Please consider donating food for the Wright Way Club's Gobble Up Hunger Food Drive. The club is collecting through today, Nov. 20, canned meals (Stew, Chili, Hormel, etc.), canned chicken, canned tuna, peanut butter, and boxed pasta.

Winter Clubs and Activities Sign Up Underway

Registration for clubs and activities can be found on the RevTrak Web Store. There are many virtual activities to choose from.

Understanding TeacherEase

Have you checked out the latest parent resource for reviewing Daniel Wright student assignment marks and homework completion? Shortly after school got underway in August, parents should have received an email from TeacherEase that explained how the platform works and how families can review homework assignments and grades. The email was sent to the primary parent contact as listed in Unified Classroom. Unified Classroom provides families with students’ final grades while TeacherEase updates families along the way on how a student is progressing in a given subject matter. For questions about TeacherEase, please reach out to DW_FamilyTechSupport@d103.org for assistance with logon issues. For questions regarding assigments, please email the teacher directly.

Return Library Books When Picking up Lunches

Library books from Sprague, Half Day or Daniel Wright may be returned when picking up lunches from the Transportation Department, 1370 Riverwoods Rd., Lincolnshire, located to the south of Daniel Wright Junior High School. Meal pick up takes place on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. When picking up meals you may drop off school library books and they will be distributed to the appropriate school library.

The national Summer Food Service Program, offered by the USDA, funds D103’s free lunch and now breakfast program. D103 is reimbursed for all meals taken by students. D103 is serving about 4,500 meals weekly to about 900 families through the remote and in-person lunch program. Please sign up to participate in the free remote meal program.

Spelling Bee

In place of our traditional spelling bee program, round one of the spelling bee will be a grade-level competition through the online spelling and vocabulary tests for grades 4-8. The first step to the Spelling Bee participation is for you to register for the Scripps National Spelling Bee's online testing platform.

PTO News

Spirit Wear in Time for the Holidays

Our PTO sponsored spirit wear stores are stocked with new items perfect for the holidays, and free shipping through Wednesday, Dec. 30. Check out new apparel, plus masks, as well as two brand new stores! We now offer District 103 gear and Leaders in Learning apparel for staff!

Check Out Teacher Recommended Book Fair

Check out the teacher recommended books on the PTO hosted Follett Book efair that ends Monday, Nov. 30. All revenue from the book fair funds school library purchases. Stock up on winter reading materials and holiday gifting. Books will be delivered to school for pick up.

Books by School:

PTO Noodles Fundraiser

Support PTO programming by ordering Noodles & Company meals from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 pick up or delivery. Please use the Noodles app or order online through the Noodles website using Code: GIVING50 or mentioning D103 PTO if ordering in person. The PTO will receive 50 percent of proceeds of all orders.

Community News

STEM Academy Offered by SHS Students

Welcome to STEM Academy! We are a highly accomplished online education center, dedicated to helping youth thrive. We offer five to seven week classes in STEM subjects for elementary and middle school students, taught by highly educated and gifted high school/university students. Our classes are free and offered online, as we believe all education should be accessible to everyone and anywhere. To register your student for a class, please visit the STEM Academy website. We update classes on a regular basis so check back regularly. Each of our classes begin on Friday, Jan 11. Space is limited, so reservations are encouraged.

Carmel Entrance Exam

Registration is now open for the Carmel Catholic High School entrance examination, held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. This test will be online, and prospective students will take the examination from their homes. To take the test, please fill out an inquiry form. Therefore, students will need to secure their login credentials before the exam. For more informaiton, please visit Carmel High School website.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair