February 12, 2021
Kindergarten In-Person Learning
We are excited to welcome our kindergarten students for 4 days of week in-person instruction (M, T, Th, F) beginning on Tuesday, February 16th.
Thank you again to those families who volunteered to move from the morning to the afternoon! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your student’s classroom teacher or our Henking office.
Travel guidance and more...
District 34 continues to monitor data and modify our health and safety protocols based on the latest Illinois Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health guidance. With the ever-changing environment and frequent updates on public health guidance, we are asking that you please check your email and the D34 website for the most recent information.
Here is the link to our district website with the latest health and safety guidance.
An Opportunity for Families
Have you taken the 5Essentials Parent Survey yet?
Your input on this statewide survey -- given to parents of all students throughout the state of Illinois -- allows us to help us improve our schools for our students. As a parent, taking the survey will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered for the Illinois State Board of Education by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:
- Effective Leaders
- Collaborative Teachers
- Involved Families
- Supportive Environments
- Ambitious Instruction
Prior research in more than 400 schools shows that schools strong on at least 3 of the 5Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student outcomes.
Please click here to take the parent survey. We ask that you take the survey for each school in which you have a child. We will be pleasantly persistent in the coming weeks as we hope to reach 100% participation before the survey closes on February 14, 2020. We plan to use the results of this year's survey to give us a clear picture of our schools' climate and culture. Results will be found on the 2020 Illinois State Report Card for each D34 school.
Students in grades 4-8 also will be given the opportunity to take this survey. Per Board Policy 7:15, you have the right to review the survey questions and decide if you do not wish your child to participate. Click here to view the questions. The schools will be administering the survey to students in the coming weeks. If you do not wish your child to take the survey, please email both me and your child's principal by February 16, 2021.
Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens on April 1
Looking ahead feels really good right now, doesn’t it? So, we want to take this opportunity let you know the registration for the 2021-2022 school year will open for new and returning students on April 1. So, whether you’re enrolling your youngest for 8th grade, or have an incoming kindergartener, look for registration information just after spring break. The district will offer an early bird discount form those who register by May 31, 2021.