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October 23, 2020

Principal's Message

Ravinia Families,

We knew at some point we may need to pivot to full remote learning, hopefully for a short time. Thank you for supporting your children for the last eight weeks to establish at home learning routines that can be applied for a full day. If you have not already done so, please consider the following as you help your child be set up for success:

  • Help your child find a quiet place to learn, with minimal distractions, such as a desk or table.
  • Make sure they have all the physical resources that we've provided in a central location where they will be easily accessible.
  • Foster independence! The kids will need minimal support during the time they are in class. They will be more confident if trusted to be successful with the least amount of help possible. It is important to ensure students are logging in on time, and are staying connected during class time, but should be able to navigate from there if they have their supplies at hand.

We want this pause in in-person instruction to be as short as possible. We want our children that chose the hybrid model to be in school whenever it is safe to do so. Please help us to get there quickly by being diligent in adhering to the 3Ws:

Wear a mask

Wash your hands

Watch your distance


Courtney Nordstrom, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

10/23 - Change of Learning Model Request Forms Due

11/02 - Spirit Wear - Red, White, and Blue Day

11/03 - No School, Election Day

11/20- No School AM ONLY First Trimester Ends

11/24-25 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/24 - No School PM ONLY

11/25 - No Student Attendance

11/26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Change of Learning Models Request Form: Due TODAY

The request form for elementary students who wish to change to a different learning model for second trimester is due at 5:00pm today. You only need to complete this form if you wish to change your selection. If you wish to stay in the current learning model, you do NOT need to complete the form. You can access the form here.

Conferences: Virtual Platform

This year, conferences will be held remotely via phone or Zoom. These will occur on November 24 from 3:15-8pm and November 25th from 8am-12pm. Teachers may also provide times outside of this window beginning on 11/18-11/25 (excluding weekends), outside of the school hours, and based on their availability. Staff who elect to do so will contact families individually to arrange for such remote conference sessions to occur outside of the 24th-25th, but no sooner than 11/18. Please wait for staff to reach out to you to schedule a conference time. Sign ups will be sent by staff on October 30th.

From the Library

Want to check out a book from your school library? You can!

Second through fifth graders have all been taught how to place a book on hold using the Destiny Discover App located in Clever. Ask your child to show you how it works. The remote students do not have the app in Clever, but there is a link in Otus under Class Board for them to access the catalog from there. Kindergarten and First graders will need an adult to help them place a book on hold. Please see this video for instructions.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Please wait for a confirmation email from your librarian before coming to school

  • Books will be in the vestibule at your school

  • Please enter through the front door

  • The door to the vestibule will be open from 8am-4pm

  • Books are located on a shelf and arranged by grade level

  • There is also a return bin for you to use when your child is finished reading the books

  • You may choose any day that is convenient for you to pick up or drop off books

  • Once your child has placed a book on hold, it will be pulled and checked out to them.

  • Books are available in the vestibule at school with their name(s) on them.

  • Please do not come to the school until you receive and email confirming that your child’s book is ready for pick up.

Don’t want to pick up? Please remember everyone has access to our ebooks and audiobooks from the Sora App in Clever. Here is a video explaining how to access Sora if you need a reminder. All second through fifth graders have been taught how to utilize Sora. Please ask your child how it works. Ask them to read a book with you. It's a great way to read together!

New StoryWalk Starts Today!

Please bring your family to the StoryWalk near our school starting this weekend. See the linked invitation for all the details. Our StoryWalk starts on Roger Williams near the circle drive on the south side of the building. Signs are posted and numbered. As you move through the StoryWalk, be aware of other family groups and allow for at least six feet of social distance. If there are too many people at the StoryWalk, please come back at a later time, it is important to uphold the governor’s order for fifty people or less at any time. Our StoryWalk will be up from Friday, October 23rd - Sunday, November 1st. This will be our last storywalk for the season. Our book this week is Alma and How She Got Her Name.
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Virtual Social Emotional Support Office

Please click on the picture below to be taken to our district Social Emotional Support Office. There are many amazing resources available to support your child's school experience.

Phyllis Santullano Holiday Drive

Moraine Township is looking for sponsors/donors for the annual Phyllis Santullano Holiday Drive to commit $75/child. Children will receive a combination of gift cards and gifts, or only gift cards, depending on their ages. That information will be specified in your assignment. In addition to your gift, the Township will also provide families with grocery gift cards for their holiday meal. If you (or a team) would like to be a sponsor/donor, please email Gail Brown ( no later than October 26 the following information:
    • Name

    • Address

    • City

    • Phone number

    • Number of children you’d like to sponsor

    • Whether you’d like to provide a combination of gift cards and gifts, or gift cards only

    • If applicable: Highland Park schools your children attend (to ensure that sponsors’ children and recipients don’t attend the same school)

Optimistic Household

Hello! I am so excited that the district is providing this resource to families during this challenging time. This summer, take part in Optimistic Household - a series of six interactive modules designed to foster learning and social-emotional wellbeing. Shawn Achor is a respected researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage, among other books. We in District 112 are partnering with Shawn Achor to provide The Optimistic Household for our families. Please watch the introduction from Dr. Lubelfeld below. The modules and research can be found at this website. Modules are linked on the left side of the page.
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