Message from the Principal

Week of January 31, 2022

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Message from the Principal

Dear Virginia Lake Families,

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Passing out Valentine’s Day cards has been a tradition and 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.

Busing information for our 3-Tier start times has been shared by our transportation department in an individual email to families. The new busing information will be available in Infinite Campus next week. The new times will go into effect on Wednesday, February 23rd. If you need assistance with finding your child’s new busing information, please contact our school office and we are happy to help you.

In February, we are going to “Share the Love” with our community. We will be hosting a food drive. Every item that is donated will earn your child a raffle ticket. Three lucky winners will become principal and assistant principal for the day! All students who remain major and minor free for the month of February will also receive a raffle ticket. Our food drive will be held from Monday, February 14th- Friday, February 25th. The donations will be given to the POC food bank.

Let's make it a great week!

With Kindest Regards,

Patti Van Winkle, Principal

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Valentine's Day Volunteers

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!

Virginia Lake Highlights

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Band and Orchestra Sign Up Information

We are pleased to begin enrolling current 4th and 5th grade students into the instrumental music program for the 22-23 school year!

Click here for more information and to sign up!

Also, you and your child are invited to attend a virtual family information meeting on Tuesday, January 25 at 6:00pm (Spanish) or Wednesday, January 26 at 6:00pm (English) to learn more about the program and instrument choices. Please watch for an email with the virtual meeting link.

Nos complace comenzar a inscribir a los actuales estudiantes de 4º y 5º grado en el programa de música instrumental para el año escolar 22-23!

¡Haga clic aquí para obtener más información y registrarse!

También, usted y su hijo/a están invitados a asistir a una reunión informativa virtual para familias el martes 25 de enero a las 6:00pm (español) o el miércoles 26 de enero a las 6:00pm (inglés) para aprender más sobre el programa y opciones de instrumentos. Esté atento a un correo electrónico con el enlace de la reunión virtual.

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Multilingual Parent Advisory Committee Information Session

The Multilingual Parent Advisory Committee (MPAC) will be hosting a virtual information session on Monday, February, 7, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The topic for the event will be “Understanding and Supporting Academic Language.

Multilingual Parent Advisory Committee


Understanding and Supporting Academic Language

Monday, February 7, 2022

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This presentation will be in English

with translation provided as requested.

All participants must rsvp in advance of the meeting.

To rsvp and request translation, please click

the link below, and complete the following form by 02/03:

Click here to register

A Webinar Zoom Link will be sent

in a follow up email on 02/04 to all attendees

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ECDEC Preschool

ECDEC is a free preschool program for 3-5 yrs old. We have screening dates scheduled on February 10th and 23rd. Parents should contact the screening secretary, Noemi Nova, at 847-963-3450 for more information.

Virginia Lake New Start Times- February 23, 2022

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Family Collaboration Survey- Midyear Check-In

We are seeking your input to follow up on our initial survey from the beginning of the year, to gain valuable insights into how things have been going at Virginia Lake this school year. The initial information that families shared was analyzed and several adjustments have been made at our school. We are asking you to complete this brief follow-up survey. Results from this survey will be analyzed by our Family Collaboration Team. We will work together to improve the climate and culture of our school community to create an optimal learning environment for all of our students.

Family Collaboration Committee Survey

Important Dates

Wednesday, February 2nd- Twin Day

Friday, February 4th-Kindergarten Report Cards Issued

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

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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