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Letter from the Principal

Dear Lions Park Families,


It has been such a beautiful week! I hope your family has been able to enjoy some time outside. We will have cooler temperatures next week with a forecasted high of 41 degrees on Monday. I know how excited students have been to wear shorts and leave their coats at home, but please remind them that the weather will be changing so they are not caught off guard at outdoor recess on Monday.


This week our fifth grade students performed the musical Giants in the Sky. Our students were spectacular in their performance. We have such talented students in our school, and it was fun to watch them shine. Many thanks to our exceptional music teacher, Claire Koehlinger who directed the show and coordinated all the staff and parent volunteers and our art teacher, Kristin Merrill who designed the set with the help of our Building Technology Assistant, Dan Fotopoulos and LRC Assistant, Nancy Palomo. Thanks to our fifth-grade team and other support teachers for their assistance and support of students. The show could not happen without them. Thanks to Natalie Kronforst for chairing the PTO fundraising and taking pictures and to Kate Morton who joined her in the planning.


Officer Sill from the Mount Prospect Police Department will come and talk with our fifth grade students about stranger danger on April 24th.


As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.


Warmly,

Katie Kelly

Principal

Lions Park School

DATES TO REMEMBER

Tuesday, April 18 - PTO Family Paint Night, 6:30 p.m. @ LP (see flyer below)

Thursday, April 20 - Board of Ed Meeting, 7 p.m. @FV

Friday, April 21 - Early Dismissal @ 11:50 a.m. (NO PM KIDS CORNER)

Tuesday, April 25 - Ed Foundation Meeting, 7 p.m. @ FV

Wednesday, April 26 - PTO Capannari's Coolest School, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 28 - 5th Grade Dance, 6 p.m. @ LP

Parent Input for the 2023-2024 School Year

As our staff continues the important work of this school year, we are also preparing for the 2023-2024 school year. One important upcoming task will be sectioning students into classes for the new year.


Sections are created according the the following criteria:


  • Strengths and areas of need are considered for each child.

  • Some students are clustered by these strengths and/or areas of need to enable push in or pull out support.

  • Social and emotional needs are noted and an attempt is made to balance the number of students needing support in these areas among the classrooms.

  • We try to balance the number of boys and girls in each class.


We welcome your input into this process by inviting you fill out this form. Please do not feel obligated to share input. The teachers have wonderful insight into the needs of their students, and are a critical part of this process. If you choose to share your thoughts, please include information about your child's learning style and the type of learning environment you feel will be the best match for your child's style. You may also include students you feel are or are not an asset to your child's learning environment. If there is a particular child you do not want your child to be sectioned with next year, it is important to submit a form stating this. We do not automatically separate students who have had conflicts. We do not guarantee that we can honor every request, but we seriously consider all input that is provided. Because of the complexity of the process, we do not accept requests for particular teachers, and requests for a particular teacher will not be honored.


While classroom teachers and specialists are involved in this process, it is important that you submit any input you have via this form, so that I am aware in case changes need to be made over the summer when the teachers are not working. Furthermore, pertinent information will be shared with teachers, but the specific form responses will be read only by me and Mrs. Grzybek, our assistant principal.


Please complete and submit this form no later than May 1st, if you wish to provide input. I assure you that our staff takes this task very seriously and puts a great deal of time and thought into creating the most balanced sections for the following year. We appreciate your support as we make our plans.

2023-24 SCHOOL YEAR PLANNING

Planning for the 2023-24 school year is underway. If your child will not be returning to Lions Park for the 2023-24 school year, please call the school office at (847) 394-7330 or email Mrs. Rizzo at lrizzo@d57.org.


Also, if you have moved during the present (2022-23) school year, please contact the office with the new address information.

LINDA FRAHM SCHOLARSHIP FUND APPLICATION

We are happy to be offering the opportunity to apply for the Love for Linda Scholarship Fund once again. To honor the memory of Mrs. Linda Frahm, a Lions Park primary teacher, the Lions Park staff raises money to provide scholarships to fund learning opportunities for District 57 students to enhance their summer learning. Mrs. Frahm valued exploring the world around us through multicultural lessons, celebrating the unique characteristics of the individual child, and volunteering within the community. Please click on this link for more information and to apply for your child to receive funding for language courses, summer classes, arts workshops or sports camps.

Portrait of a Graduate Community Focus Groups

District 57 invites you to participate in a focus group to provide valuable feedback on the Portrait of a Graduate. Participants will meet with a small group of community members and a focus group facilitator. Focus groups are scheduled for Tuesday, April 18th, and Wednesday, April 19th. Additional slots are now available and will be first come, first serve.


If you are interested in participating, please click here to register for a time.