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Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Feb 5, 2021

Favorite Places to Read

For 12 years, World Read Aloud Day, Feb. 3, has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! Check out some of the Daniel Wright readers on the school's Facebook page. The global effort is now celebrated in over 173 countries and counting. World Read Aloud Day, created by the nonprofit organization LitWorld is all about bringing people together through stories, which is more important than ever this year when the shared experience and connection of reading aloud is so needed in all of our communities.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Our Winter Remote Parent-Teacher Conferences via Zoom are scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Thursday, Feb. 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Conference scheduling in our PTC Wizard system will open Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 10:00 a.m. and close on Monday, Feb. 22, at 11:55 p.m. Watch for more information on conference scheduling next week.

Orphans of the Storm Fundraiser

Please donate newspapers and cloth towels to the box in the vestibule outside the DW front office. The Wright Way Club is collecting the items on behalf of Orphans of the Storm. Wright Way Club's fundraiser runs through Wednesday, Feb. 24. Orphans of the Storm goes through over 100 newspapers each day! Your support would greatly help out!!!

DW Joins eRead Illinois!

What is eRead Illinois?

The eRead Illinois program. available exclusively to participating IL schools, expands DW's Destiny Discover access to e-books for Illinois students. eRead Illinois includes an e-book collection, audiobook collection, and uses the Axis 360 software platform from Baker & Talyor.

How do I access eRead Illinois?

Please visit eRead Illinois website. The link to e-Read IL can also be found on the Destiny Discover homepage, and under the "students" tab on the DW Homepage.

What is my login information?

Your login is precisely the same as your Destiny Discover log in: the beginning of your D103 email address (everything before the @) and your 6 digit ID, digits only (ie: 654321).

Who do I contact for help?

Email DW Librarian, Mrs. Otto or Library Assistant, Mrs. Walker

Walking to School?

It is the Village's policy to provide snow removal to paths identified as critical transportation corridors for safe travel to schools and commerce areas within 48 hours after roadway snow removal operations are completed. Other connector and neighborhood paths will be addressed within 72 hours after roadway snow removal operations are complete. It is not the Village’s policy to plow internal paths located within Village parks. The Village does not apply salt to pathways; use caution when traveling on the paths. For more about the Village of Lincolnshire's snow and ice removal procedures, please visit their website.

Spring After School Activities

DW's After School Activities Spring session will begin registration for classes on at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. As the ASA classes are still forming, class information will be provided soon.

Enjoy the Words of DW Students

DW's student newspaper January issue of the Voice is now available for viewing. Enjoy the prose, articles and thoughts of talented student writers.

Survey Opt Out Instructions

Students in grades 4-8 will be required to log into the state's 5Essential Survey using their student State ID and birth date to complete the survey. Students' identities will be kept completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.


Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s). Survey questions can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials website.


If you do not want your student in Grades 4-8 to participate in the survey, we require families to electronically sign an opt-out form. The opt-out form can be found in your child’s Unified Classroom account. Please respond by Feb. 10, 2021. View this short video on how to access the form, if you need assistance.

Missed Picture Day?

If you did not attend the Stuart-Rodgers picture day at Daniel Wright here are some options for your student to be included in the yearbook.


Schedule your own appointment with Stuart-Rodgers Photography

  1. Make an appointment for a private picture session at Stuart Rodgers Photography. Stuart–Rodgers Photography contact information is on the picture order form.


Take Your Own Picture

  1. Take a picture of your child with your smart phone or camera. Take a look at the tips for taking a portrait at home! Tips: Use natural lighting, use a clean plain background, avoid props and filters, adhere to school dress code guidelines, submit high resolution color photo, save as jpeg.

  2. Please submit your portrait using this Daniel Wright site.
    You may also visit the eShare website and enter in our school code: DWYB2021.

  3. Enter your parent/guardian information and choose the option to "Upload Student Portrait".

  4. Step through the wizard that allows you to choose your image, crop it and submit it. You will provide your child’s name as you wish it to appear in the yearbook.

  5. If you need help, please watch this four-minute video tutorial to help you through the process.

  6. You have until Friday, Feb. 19, to submit your child's portrait. We will not be able to accept any late submissions. Submit ONE photo per child.

  7. If you have difficulty uploading your photo, please reach out to 877-362-7750 or email Techadviser@herffjones.com.


If you do not submit a photo and Stuart-Rodgers does not take one, the picture we have on file from the 2019-2020 school year can be put in the yearbook if you don't want to have a professional picture taken. Students' names will be listed in the yearbook if the district does not have a previous photo on file and if you don't want to have a professional picture taken.

Sixth-Grade Dental Exams Due

All Illinois children in kindergarten, grade 2, and grade 6 are required to have an oral health examination.

  • This is required for all public, private, and parochial schools.
  • Dental Examinations must be performed by a licensed dentist, and he/she must sign the Proof of School Dental Examination Form.
  • Each child is required to present proof of examination by a dentist prior to May 15 of the current school year, with the dental exam date having been within the 18 months prior to the May 15, 2021 deadline.
  • All sixth-graders both remote and in-person are required to have a dental exam form on file.
  • Forms may be dropped off at the school, faxed to 847-295-7136, emailed to mpastori@d103.org, or mailed to Marissa Pastori, Certified School Nurse, at 1370 N. Riverwoods Road, Lincolnshire, IL 60069.

Book Contest

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in participating Illinois middle schools. To be eligible to vote for your favorite book, read three titles from the 2021 Caudill brochure and answer the three questions on the back. Brochures can be found in your ELA teacher's Google Classroom and on the homepage of Destiny Discover. Email your completed brochure to Mrs. Otto at totto@d103.org or Mrs. Walker at lwalker@d103.org anytime before Feb. 22. Voting will take place virtually on Thursday, Feb. 25. Complete your brochure today! Your vote counts!

Other District 103 News

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting webpage.

Partnership News

Valentine's Day Fundraiser

The D103 PTO has partnered with five-star restaurant Max and Benny's to offer families delicious Valentine's Day treats. Desserts for sale include cookie kits, pretzel rods, heart-shaped cookies, rice krispie treats, brownies, and more. Browse the selection of treats for options. Orders are due by Sunday, Feb. 7. Orders will be available for pick up from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Sprague School, 2425 Riverwoods Road Lincolnshire. Max and Benny's Restaurant, of Northbrook will donate 10 percent of D103 orders to the PTO.

Leave Your Legacy in D103

The D103 Learning Fund Foundation invites your family to leave a legacy at D103 with the launch of the Legacy Brick Fundraiser. With the completion of the Daniel Wright construction project, the Foundation invites families to donate $100 to inscript their name on a brick pathway outside the remodeled school.


This LFF Legacy Brick Fundraiser video, narrated by Daniel Wright Principal Michelle Blackley and featuring the new school mascot, outlines the project. This is a great opportunity to bring our community together, so please consider a donation. The Learning Fund and all of our schools appreciate your generous support.

Community News

Free Meal Delivered to Your Home

If your family would benefit from a monthly lasagna delivery, please take a look at how Lasagna Love can help and how to sign up. If you have any questions or problems with registration, please reach out to your child's school social worker.

Citizenship Preparation Class Series

Vernon Area Public Library is working with HIAS Immigration & Citizenship to provide a Citizenship Preparation class series that begins Monday, February 8. HIAS is a Jewish-American nonprofit that works to aid refugees.


Classes will meet online 1-2:30 PM on most Mondays from February 8–May 3. The 11-week series is meant to prepare residents for the citizenship test in a small, online group. Content includes American history, civics, speaking, and reading and writing in English.


The classes are free and open to all. A Vernon Area Public Library card is not required. Spaces are limited and signup is required. Sign up at https://calendar.vapld.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=25522 or by telephone at 224-543-1485.


A recording of an overview session on the topic is available on YouTube through February 25.


Please direct questions to Jessica Flatley at the library: jflatley@VAPLD.info or Elana Boiskin at JCFS: 847-745-5405 or ElanaBoiskin@jcfs.org.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair