Weekly Communique

May 7, 2021

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Thoughts from Dr. Pacatte

Congratulations Gurnee District 56 Retirees!


At the end of the school year, all school districts face the reality of saying “Thank you and Good-bye” to a small group of employees who have chosen to retire and move on to their new chapter. This year is no different. I’d like to take this time to recognize the District 56 staff who are, or will be, wrapping up their career in the coming weeks. Thank you for everything you have done for our students, families, and colleagues over the years. Each and everyone of you can look back and know you have a legacy of hard work on behalf of others to show for your time and effort. You will see that there are administrators, teachers, and support staff included in this year’s group of retirees. Each of these employees were pivotal to our success.


Mr. Dale Micksch, River Trail Teacher - 35 Years

Mrs. Rita Simmons, Bus Driver - 29 Years

Mrs. Nancy Hendrickson, Bus Driver - 28 Years

Mr. Patrick Jones, Viking School Principal - 24 years

Mrs. Donna Hardt, Spaulding Instructional Aide - 24 Years

Mrs. Mindy Nall, River Trail Teacher - 15 Years

Mrs. Gail Huber, Bus Driver - 14 Years

Mr. Brian Hendrickson, District Maintenance - 14 Years

Mr. Percy Turner, Bus Driver - 6 Years

Mrs. Donna Krissek, Spaulding Library Clerk - 2 Years

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Tweet of the Week

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Online Registration is OPEN for Returning Students

Please click on the GREY bar to log in to your Skyward Family Access.

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Gurnee School District 56 Bookmobile 2021

That's a wrap for the Gurnee School District 56 bookmobile. Students from all 4 schools return books and shop at the Pride store on the bus.
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River Trail School

Team Lead organized a drawing activity today with K/1 classes during their indoor recess.
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Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week at Gurnee School District 56
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Gurnee School District 56 Action Club

Action Club was in "action" this week at Viking letting teachers and staff know how much they are appreciated. So grateful for each and everyone - YOU make a DIFFERENCE!
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Warren-Newport Public Library

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Girls Scout Events in May

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Adler Arts Center

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LASC Soccer Tryouts

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Information from the CDC


When talking with friends and family about COVID19 vaccines, it can be helpful to ask open-ended questions to explore concerns. For example, ask, “What are your thoughts about the vaccine?” More conversation tips: https://bit.ly/3cE25OH.

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