Field Flash

December 19, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is truly hard to believe that 2020 is right around the corner. When our students return in January, we will have entered a year that was the source of fantasy and science fiction stories for most of our parents' youth. It just reminds me that we need to keep looking forward at how we can make sure our students are ready for the world that awaits them as adults.

In more immediate needs, we've been lucky to make it through December without much snow. I am not going to predict that we will make it through the whole winter that way. If we do get snowfall, please make sure you follow all parking rules on all neighborhood streets. We are hoping to have the staff parking lot reopened as close to January 6th as possible. When that happens, there will open up many more parking spots around the school for parents. For our students, please just make sure to write their names inside hats, gloves, sweatshirts, jackets, or any other clothing that they wear for the winter. Having names inside items make reuniting with the child much easier. We would really like to have those items back in the hands or on the heads of the intended wearer.

With our Multi-Purpose Room nearing completion, I wanted to share one other use that is going to be great for our students. When weather prevents us from going outside for recess, we hold indoor recess. In the past, this usually meant watching a movie, reading a book, coloring, drawing, or other less active games. For the students who love those things, it was great. However, every student needs some time to run around and play. We will be able to use the MPR to create an indoor recess area for the students to get that active play time. It's just one more reason that having this MPR is going to help Field be an even greater place to learn.


Dr. Jason Bednar

Principal, Field School

(847) 318-4383

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Events happening at Field School!

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Coffee with the Director of Student Services

Beginning in January, Dr. Lea Anne Frost, District 64’s Director of Student Services, will host a monthly coffee for parents to express their concerns, ask questions, or discuss any matters related to the Student Services Department. The first coffee will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 16 at the Franklin School conference room, 2401 Manor Lane, Park Ridge. Please feel free to attend all or part of this meeting.

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Parent Workshop

The All Abilities group, in collaboration with the District 64 Student Services department, is hosting a “Planning for the Future of Children with Special Needs” parent workshop on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. at Franklin Elementary School, 2401 Manor Lane, Park Ridge. Attorney Mr. Brian Rubin, the founder of Rubin Law, will be presenting on the use of government benefits as well as estate and future planning for parents of students with special needs. Please join us for this informative event by registering and identifying any specific questions you might have to be addressed. For questions on this workshop, contact Maura Cullen at or Dr. Lea Anne Frost at

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Find out more about Extended School Year (ESY)

Join us for an informational meeting about Extended School Year (ESY). Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 will provide an informational session to parents on Extended School Year at 7 p.m. Monday, February 10 in the south gym of Carpenter Elementary School, 300 North Hamlin Avenue. The program will include a discussion on the eligibility process and program opportunities.

What is extended school year? District 64 Park Ridge-Niles provides Extended School Year (ESY) opportunities to qualifying students within the district generally beginning mid June for no less than 60 hours. Although the calendar/schedule is reviewed and determined annually, ESY has generally been scheduled Monday through Friday, following the Worlds of Wonder (WOW) program.

District 64 hosts Special Olympics info meeting

Join us for an informational meeting about the Special Olympics program at Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 for the Spring 2020 season. There will be an informational session to parents at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 23 in the south gym of Carpenter Elementary School, 300 North Hamlin Avenue. The session will include a discussion of program opportunities, details regarding the season, and an opportunity to meet the coaches.

Special Olympics is an athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children, ages 8 and up with disabilities. District 64 competes in the Region Spring Games held at Prospect High School at the end of April. If you would like to consider this opportunity for your student, please attend to gain more information.

As the seasons change… keep school closing guidelines in mind

District 64's guidelines focus on wind chill and use the National Weather Service distinctions between an advisory and a warning (among other factors) when considering whether schools will be closed. As always, our first priority is the safety of students and staff when making decisions on when schools are closed. Make sure you know about our School Closing Guidelines before the bad weather hits! Here's to a safe winter ahead!

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