The Central Scoop

September 25, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Parents,

As we head into the three-day weekend, we wanted to send a quick reminder that the Cook County Department of Public Health updates its Travel Ban Restrictions weekly. Several states were added to the Travel Quarantine List this week, including Wisconsin. Individuals who travel to any of the listed states will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Cook County. Additionally, as part of the daily Self Certification Form, parents must confirm that their child has not traveled to a state or country that requires quarantine. We appreciate your support in helping to keep our community safe and healthy. Please see other important updates from the district below.

Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends. As a reminder, there is no school on Monday in recognition of Yom Kippur.

~ Becky & Taylor

Updates From the District

Remote Learning Tips

While learning remotely, please continue to support your child’s success. Help your child select a quiet, comfortable and uninterrupted place to work. Ensure that your child is logging in and participating fully within each class session. Participation and engagement are key to our students’ success. Below are some tips to support your child’s success on remote learning days:

Parent Help Needed as Substitute Teachers

Are you looking for ways to support your child’s school in a meaningful way? Are you hoping to become more involved? Are you eager to provide assistance to help our schools stay open for in-person learning? We need your help! In an effort to keep our schools and community healthy, we are seeking D39 parents to consider becoming a substitute teacher. Our goal is to secure at least one parent, per grade, per school to serve as a substitute teacher. It’s a fun and important way to support our success. If you are interested in learning more or would like assistance with the application process, please contact Ann Grochocinski or call 847-512-6042.

Upcoming Parent Webinar: Enhanced Fully Remote Learning Program

Join our D39 team on October 1st at 7:00 pm for a Q&A webinar specially designed for the parents of students in our enhanced fully remote program (click here to register). Parents are invited to submit questions for this parent webinar here.

Whether we are at home or at school, we are all learning together!

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We Enjoyed the Outdoors This Week!

Support for All D39 Families

District 39 Parent Education Events are back! Join us for presentations held virtually on topics related to social emotional health and technology led by Family Services Center or District 39. These presentations are free and open to the public. Please see the attached flyer for more information or CLICK HERE to view all the offerings. We look forward to learning together this year.

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Picture Day for ALL Students Oct. 15th

We currently have Picture Day Scheduled for 10/15/2020 and 10/16/2020 as a rain date. Retakes are scheduled for 11/5/2020 and 11/6/2020 as a rain date. More information, including a schedule for both our in-person and remote learners coming soon!

In-Person Reminders

  • Please make sure your children bring the self-certification sheet to school every morning. They won't be allowed into the building without it. Extra copies of the form are no longer available at the doors. Students must see the nurse on the blacktop when forms are forgotten or incomplete.
  • According to CDC and IDPH guidance, neck gaiters and face masks with vents are not acceptable face coverings for school.
  • Boxed lunches are available to order each day at Central. Milk can be purchased for $0.35 with our without boxed lunch orders.
  • Learn about our lunch program HERE.
  • The lunch menu can be found HERE.
  • Please continue to wear masks and practice social distancing while on campus upon arrival and dismissal. Moreover, if children have playdates on school property after school, please encourage them to wear face masks at that time as well. Thank you for supporting and reinforcing our safety guidelines for your children while at Central.
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Expected Behaviors for Students During Remote Learning

Click HERE for a presentation by our school psychologist, Dr. Vanessa Kovachy, for a review of expectations and support for students during remote learning.

Home Network Tips

Where is your wireless router placed in your home? This is an overlooked, but critical piece of information to know in order to have a strong connection to your devices.

Many times the wireless router is placed in the basement corner because that’s where the cable comes into the home and was the easiest place for a technician to set it up. If your child, for example, uses a device on the 2nd floor and opposite side of the home, the signal strength could be poor due to the far distance.

Taking the step of moving the wireless router to a more centralized location preferably on the main floor of the home will provide a stronger signal to all areas of your home. This may be a step you can easily perform, or you may need your Internet Service Provider to run cable to a better location. Also, moving your children to do work closer to the wireless router will help just as well.

Other strategies that have helped families include:

  • Place the wireless router off the floor and make sure all cable connections are tight.

  • Making sure the wireless router is not hidden away, has items blocking it or has household electronics (ex. cordless phones, microwaves, baby monitors) nearby all of which can interfere with the signal.

  • Upgrading or swapping out the wireless router if you have not done so in a while.

  • Purchase a wifi extender for those areas in the home where it does not reach.

  • If you have devices that need a lot of bandwidth (ex. gaming computer, streaming devices), and have the ability to do so, plug them in with a network cable as this will lessen the burden on the wireless network.

Everyone’s home networks are different. Although we cannot help you troubleshoot directly, hopefully these tips can make the experience a little better.

Construction Update for Central Avenue 9/25

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PTA Announcements and Reminders...

* The PTA sends out their own newsletter on Sundays, here are a few highlights:

Central School Spirit Wear!

Central Foxes, we hear you! We are now taking special orders for our most popular items: The Central Swoosh Tail Hoodie & The Red Choose Kind Tee Shirt. These two styles are now available for order in Adult Sizes Small to XX-Large in addition to Youth Sizes Small to Large. Please place your order by end of day, September 28th to ensure delivery. Now click here and get shopping!!

PTA Membership and A to Z Directory

This year, the Central PTA continues to offer the online directory through the AtoZ Directory App. To sign up for AtoZ, you must click the link in the email you received from If you did not receive an email, please contact the Directory Chair at

Community Announcements...

Information on community events can be found here: Community Events
  • Torino Ramen is offering a 15% lunch discount promotion to benefit D39. TORINO TUESDAYS lunch special is held from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Use Promo Code “backtoschool”. Next Tuesday, the 29th is the last Tuesday to participate!
  • Covid Catch Up Tutors offers free virtual tutoring by qualified high school students for Pre-K through High School grade levels.
  • Wilmette Historical Museum presents a free family fun activity, "Wilmette History Mystery". Track down Wilmette historical clues to solve the mystery!
  • Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The Center for the Gifted offers "New Fall Wonders Programs" for K-12th grades. They are also offering “Remote Learning Enrichment” where students can work remotely with supervision & have a safe place to do homework. Masks & social distancing enforced. Class sizes are a maximum of 10 children.

From the Nurse's Office

Call Central School "Attendance Line" For Absences: 847-512-6150

Make sure all of your health forms are ready to be turned into our nurse, Andrea Zito. Please contact her at with any questions.

  • Kindergarten: Vision, dental, & medical forms
  • Lechner Early Education Program: Medical forms
  • All: Medication & health updates

Central Health Office Website!!

Here is your go-to site for all of your health related questions including PE/Recess Notes, Health Requirements, Dental Examinations, Allergy and Asthma, Medications, Snacks in Classrooms, Lice, Influenza...and more!

Click Here to Site

Join us on Twitter!

Central School is on Twitter!

  • We have TWO Twitter accounts. Please "follow" us at! Explore Central 39 (with our actual "handle" as @explorecentral). With this account, we mostly share student activities that are completed in the Learning Commons (but other activities are often included as well). We are also providing this Twitter feed on our Central School homepage.
  • There is also a principal page @BeckyLittmann where you can follow a variety of school happenings including all-school events, classroom activities, PTA enrichment, and school goals.

Show Your School Spirit

Fridays are "School Spirit Days" at Central. Students and Staff are encouraged to wear Central gear and/or our school colors (our school colors are red and white). Please join the fun!

Save the Dates...

See Wilmette Weeks calendar for details

9/28 - No School, Yom Kippur

10/12 - No School, Teacher Institute Day

10/15 - Picture Day - more information coming soon!