Park View Newsletter

Mrs. Wallerstedt. 5/21/21

Heading Into Our Last Week of School -

Park View Families -

As we head into our last week of school, I can only say what a year! I could have never predicted all the ups and downs, all the funny moments and frustrating moments, and all the gratefulness I feel that so many of you understood the challenges we all faced when it came to work and family during a global pandemic. Whether you are taking care of little ones, older adolescents, or aging family members; we are persevering. And as this pandemic moves into our rear view mirrors, I hope we can come out of this experience feeling a sense of perseverance and hope for the future. There are always silver linings to be discovered.

Next week, students turn in their devices. If your child attends in-person learning, they must turn in their device and charger on the last day of in student attendance - THURSDAY, MAY 27th. If you child attends remote only learning, families must turn in their device and charger on the last day of the school year - FRIDAY, MAY 28th 8:30 - 4:00 pm at Door #1 (front door). Please call the office Monday if you need to make special arrangements. Here is a link to our final Wednesday schedule.

As we end this year, our K-5 students still do not have access to a vaccine and we do not know when they will. Because of that, they still wear their masks, social distance, practice good hand washing, and our health office must follow the Healthy = Hybrid procedures when our students become ill. Even though the CDC continues to loosen the guidelines for adult activities, our little ones under 12 still need to be protected from the virus in the school setting. Know that I will update you in early August as to what procedures we will continue and what procedures may change depending on State guidelines.

Most importantly, Park View School is the most boring place in the summer. It's too quiet, too dark, and too still. I miss hearing the learning, hearing the students play outside, and seeing them in school. They have come far this year and yes they have learned much; yet because of the challenges we faced, I want to encourage you to keep that learning in place. Have your child read (or read to them) 20-30 minutes per day over the summer months. It makes a HUGE difference in how much they retain for the following school year. Have them write part or all of your shopping list each week. Take them to a museum to learn something new. Have them participate in the Helen Plum Summer Reading Challenge. More than any other summer break, this summer break it's most important to keep them reading, thinking, and learning. It will make a difference in their success and their confidence as a learner. You can do it!!

Snippets From Student Council . . . . . . .

Don’t forget our Panther Paws Dog Toy Drive is in full swing!! Use your old t-shirts to make as many toys as you want! Here is a link to the DIY video! It goes on until Thursday, May 27, so start making those toys!

On Monday, May 24th is our Donate while you Dine Culver’s fundraiser to help our friends in Kenya. Instead of cooking dinner, come by Culver’s of Lombard between 5:00 and 8:00 and get some delicious food and ice cream. Make sure you bring the attached flyer with you and be sure to share it with your friends! Because we couldn’t do our Warm Heart Walk-a-thon last year, this is a great way to support them this year. Click on this link to see a picture collage of our sister school in Samburu, Kenya.

Elementary Band and Orchestra 2021-2022 / Banda y Orquesta de la Primaria para 2021-2022

The Instrumental Music Department is excited to recruit the current 4th-grade class (next year’s 5th-grade) in the fall of 2021.

As the planning for the 2021-22 school year continues to unfold at the district level, the Instrumental Music Staff will evaluate to see if we can expand next year’s beginning band and orchestra recruitment to include additional grade levels (ie. current 3rd-grade). Factors include the district schedule, adherence to IDPH Guidance, and space availability. The instrumental music program is committed to providing every SD44 student with a quality music experience during their time in the district!

El Departamento de Música Instrumental está entusiasmado en reclutar a la clase actual de 4º grado (5º grado del próximo año) en el otoño de 2021.

Mientras la planificación del año escolar de 2021-22 continúa desarrollándose a nivel del distrito, el Personal de Música Instrumental evaluará para ver si podemos ampliar el reclutamiento de la banda y orquesta del año próximo para incluir niveles de grado adicionales (ej.: 3º grado actual). Los factores incluyen la programación del distrito, el cumplimiento de la Guía de IDPH y la disponibilidad de espacio. ¡El programa de música instrumental se compromete a proveer a cada estudiante del Distrito 44 con una experiencia musical de calidad durante su tiempo en el distrito!

Wanted - Park View Vegetable Gardens - Summer Caretakers!!

The Park View vegetable gardens have been planted! We weren't able to get the garden club organized this year so I am reaching out to Park View families to take care of the garden again this summer. This worked out great last year thanks to the awesome PV community. Details can be found in the sign up genius link.

Thank you in advance for helping take care of the gardens! Robin

21-22 Park View Supply Ordering Information

The Park View PTA has partnered with Carlson School Supplies to create grade-specific kits of all required school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year. To order your kit for next year, visit and select Lombard - Park View. When ordering, be sure to select the grade that your child will attend next year. You may order anytime between now and June 13. School supplies will be available for you to pick up at Park View School on August 10, between Noon - 2 p.m. Click here to see the flyer for more information, and direct questions to Kate Gerlesits at

Dates To Remember . . . . . . .

May 26th - Kindergarten Bridging/5th Grade Promotion

May 27th - Last Day of Student Attendance/Clap Out for 5th Grade/In-person learners return devices

May 28th - No School - SIP Day for Staff/Remote learners return devices

Park View Panthers . . . . . . .

I Promise To Learn - Be Ready!

I Promise To Care About Myself And Others - Be Respectful!

I Promise To Do My Very Best - Be Responsible!