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November 20, 2020

Principal's Message

You should be receiving an additional newsletter today from me about supply pickup for second trimester specific to each grade. We recognize that some families are planning to work remotely in other locations, and others are not comfortable continuing to come to school due to increased mitigation efforts in our area. We also want to make management of materials as easy as possible, so we are asking you to return materials that are no longer needed. See the grade level specific newsletters for details.

In the meantime, we miss seeing you in person. I hope that you are all safe and healthy. My thoughts are with those of you who are worried about loved ones, or who are navigating positive cases in your families or small social circles. Don't forget to practice mitigation efforts to ensure that we can return to hybrid learning as soon as possible. As we near this holiday season, I encourage you to think small when it comes to gatherings, and stay within your household if possible.

Wear a mask

Wash your hands

Watch your distance


Courtney Nordstrom, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

11/19 Report Cards sent via mail to families

11/20- First Trimester Ends

See note below for alternate schedule

11/24-25 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/24 - See note below for alternate schedule

11/25-27 - No Student Attendance, Thanksgiving Holiday

12/15 - School Board Meeting, 7pm

12/21-1/1 - Winter Break

Schedule for November 20 and November 24: CHANGES

On Friday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 24th, we have changes in our schedule due to planning time for staff and conferences. Please see the schedule below:

Friday November 20th = ALL Attendance in PM

  • 8:40-10:55 am = Records Day for Staff
    • No work for AM or PM students

  • 12:55-3:10 pm = ALL Students Attend:
    • AM students attend specials and do asynchronous work (at their normal PM time)

    • PM students attend ELA and math (at their normal PM time)

Tuesday November 24th = ALL Attendance in AM

  • 8:40-10:55 am = ALL Students Attend:
    • PM students attend specials and do asynchronous work (at their normal AM time)

    • AM students attend ELA and math (at their normal AM time)

  • 12:55-3:10 pm = Records Day for Staff
    • No work for AM or PM students

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. PLease reach out to your child's teacher if you need to reschedule.

Brown Paper Bags Needed for Moraine Township

The Moriane Township Food Pantry is in need of paper grocery bags WITH HANDLES. They can be dropped off at any time on the front steps (there's a blue bin) of the Supervisor's Office: 800 Central Avenue, Highland Park, 60035.

Please DO NOT leave food items for donation at this time. If you'd like to help the Pantry meet the increased need in our community, consider a cash donation so that we may continue to purchase specific, essential items for our families.

Any questions can be directed to Mark Haggarty (Ravinia parent) or 415-260-9469

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COVID19 Safety and Communication Reminders

Please inform Nurse Betsy if your child (or someone in your home) tests positive for COVID19, has had close contact with someone who has tested positive, or is sick (including symptoms). This information is essential to us in our contact tracing and reporting. Mrs. Weiss can be reached at: or 224-765-3709.

The Lake County Health Department is offering additional mobile testing services during this time. You can view the sites, hours, and more information here.

Practice the 3-Ws and stay healthy.

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.

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.