Lombard District 44 Update

Monthly News from Lombard District 44

Snow Day Make-Up Plan & 2019-2020 School Calendar

Snow Day Make-Up Plan

With support from the Board of Education, we have determined that the last day of school for all students, Early Childhood-8th Grade, will be Thursday, May 30. This will result in 8th Grade Promotion being moved to Thursday, May 30. Additional communication will soon be shared with eighth grade families from Glenn Westlake.

It is important to note that because of our need to utilize these additional days, it will result in the previously May 24 School Improvement Day being a student attendance day. Please visit sd44.org for the full, updated calendar.

2019-2020 School Calendar

Looking at next year’s calendar, the first day of school will be August 19, 2019. We do need to have a later start next year to accommodate construction at Glenn Westlake Middle School. This would then result in the last day of school being May 29, 2020 for students, and June 1, 2020 for staff. Additionally, we would like to move all early release days to Fridays, and that is reflected in this calendar option.

At this time, we do have the first and last days of school for the 2019-2020 year being ½ instructional days. This is currently permissible, but it is being reviewed by our state legislators. Therefore, if state legislation changes, we will have to revise our school calendar. Should that occur, we will again communicate with our community.


Community Meeting About Proposed Expansion at Glenn Westlake

Although still in the preliminary phases, officials at Lombard District 44 are eager to share with our community more information about a proposed expansion at Glenn Westlake Middle School. This expansion will improve parking and traffic; accommodate the growing population of students; and provide enhanced learning opportunities as well as community connections.

All are invited to join us at a neighborhood meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Glenn Westlake Middle School. The meeting will be held in the LRC between 4:00PM and 6:00PM

This will be an interactive meeting for members of our staff and our consultants to hear your thoughts, listen to your concerns and address your questions and comments.

Please know these plans are preliminary and additional communication will be shared with our community as we continue to move through this process. This is the first step in our planning process, and there will continue to be opportunities for our community to learn about the expansion and share your thoughts.

Join Us for Lombard District 44's 2nd Annual STEAM Night

Please save the date for Lombard District 44's 2nd Annual STEAM Night. It has been scheduled for Monday, March 18 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. This special evening will feature over 45 stations to explore with your family in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math.

STEAM Night will occur at Glenn Westlake Middle School, 1514 S. Main Street in Lombard.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Special Olympics Basketball Team Shines at District Event

Student athletes from Lombard District 44 came together for a friendly competition last Monday during the Special Olympics Basketball Game held at Glenn Westlake Middle School. The game ended in a tie, and it was clear how hard each student worked on and off the court to flex their athletic skills.

Following the game, students were able to participate in a press conference with members of the sports reporting staff from the Daily Herald. The reporters also recorded their live weekly podcast from the game. Please click here to listen to that podcast.

Special Education Cooperative Seeks Your Feedback

The Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE) in collaboration with our member districts 15, 16, 41, 44, 87, 89, and 93 provides parent education opportunities throughout the school year.

In order to better target our families' individual needs for the 2019-2020 school year, a brief survey has been developed. Please click on the following link to provide your input for our 2019-2020 events: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QPVSRNX

This survey will close on Friday, March 15, 2019. Thank you for your response to this survey.

Inside Our Schools: Recognizing and Celebrating Milestone Moments

Please visit the webpage today for more items that have been shared this month highlighting milestone moments happening in our schools! The following stories have recently been added:

  • Butterfield Brings Community Together Through School-Wide Read
  • Student Artists Show Off Work at Lombard Place, State Representative's Office

Meet Our Latest #D44Unselfie Team

In November, Superintendent Ted Stec launched the "D44 Unselfie" Campaign as a way to recognize students, staff, parents and community members engaged in selfless acts of service. Help support us in continuing this conversation by sharing with us acts of kindness you have witnessed by those in the Lombard 44 community.

You can either e-mail us at communciations@sd44.org using the subject line "D44 Unselfie" or by posting to Twitter using #D44Unselfie. You can also directly submit using this Google Form. We will continue to feature these stories throughout the year.

D44Unselfies: Wendy Underwood, Susan Karcher & Debi Hansel

Unselfie Act: Making Pillowcases for Children in Need

On a recent cold, winter day, these Pleasant Lane and Park View staff members came together to sew pillowcases for two different charities, both of which support children in challenging medical or home life situations.

The fun, colorful pillowcases will be delivered to the following organizations:

  • Ryan’s Case for Smiles, which will help distribute them to pediatric units in children’s hospitals in the Chicagoland area. More information can be found here: http://caseforsmiles.org.
  • Enchanted Makeovers, which assists children in their transitions between homelessness and shelters. More information can be found here: http://enchantedmakeovers.org.

D44 Unselfies: Pleasant Lane 3rd Graders

Unselfie Act: Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children

Pleasant Lane 3rd grade students, teachers, and parent volunteers recently spent two hours working together at Feed My Starving Children. During their time volunteering for the organization, they packed food bags to send to Kenya. Students left knowing how lucky they are to have easy access to food. They also left with bigger hearts and smiles.

D44 Unselfie: Tony Melton

Unselfie Act: Educating Students About Homelessness

Recently, members of Pleasant Lane Student Council, students and parents volunteered at the PADS Program in Lombard. During that time, the group helped setup beds and set tables for about 55 homeless people of Lombard.

During that that time, Madison's Fifth Grade Teacher Tony Melton took time to speak to students about homelessness and the road to HOPE for all of the people that attend this site. He talked about ways he has assisted many of them in finding jobs and eventually living in their own home.

The key to helping many, he said, was "that they needed a friend"...that was it! This was an important and powerful message to share with students.

Mr. Melton has been volunteering at this site for many years. He often stays and feeds, visits and sometimes even spends the nights with the neediest folks of Lombard.

"It was such an amazing experience for the PL student leaders who attended this worthwhile event. We had students from grade one to five volunteering. We were so proud of the hard work the students displayed," said this particular D44 Unselfie Nominee.