Students explored more than 30 art forms during the D103 PTO-sponsored Explore the Arts Day, which was held at Half Day School this year after a pandemic pause. Explore the Arts is a time dedicated to art, music, dance, and drama.
Half Day students also joined in the 42nd annual Consortium ArtFest at Stevenson High School this week. Only 15 percent of Half Day students' artwork is selected for the art show.
Students from Sprague, Half Day, and Daniel Wright are selected for hard work, excellent attention to detail, originality, etc. Each of the selected students have a 2D or 3D artwork displayed. Mediums include pencil, pen, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, chalk pastel, clay, sculpture, collage, etc.
“Students get so excited when they find out their artwork has been chosen for display. For some it is the highlight of their year. The show really is an amazing experience,” said Art Teacher Kerry Sweet.
Follow the Half Day calendar for upcoming events. Don't miss out. Follow along on our interactive calendar where you can pick and choose what to note and search for items you don't see. Below are some of the highlights:
- May 21: 5K Run/Walk for D103 - Cheer on the runners/walkers
- May 24: Third-grade Chicago field trip
- May 24: Band/Orchestra Concerts, at Daniel Wright
- May 26: Fourth Grade Outdoor Education Field Trip
May 30: No School, Memorial Day
May 31: Fifth-Grade Finale
June 1: Last Day of School, Early Dismissal Day
June 6: Summer School begins at Daniel Wright
Bottle Cap Bench Reveal
Inspired by a green team club initiative, Half Day School turned bottle caps into courtyard benches. During a ceremony, the school unveiled two blue benches that were made in part from bottle cap collections and contributions of $640 from the D103 Learning Fund Foundation.
The school collected an estimated 800 pounds of bottle caps over the past couple of years in an effort to help clean up the environment by keeping them out of the landfills and water sources, but also to turn them into two benches for their courtyard.
"Eighteen billion pounds of plastic wind up in our water sources each year polluting our rivers, lakes, and oceans," said Tracy Gordon, who spearheaded the bench project for Half Day.
Half Day submitted its collection to the Green Tree Plastics, of Evansville, Indiana, for its program called ABC Promise Partnership, which allows students to recycle plastic bottle caps and lids into benches for their communities.
Learning Entrepreneurial Skills
The Student Council raised about $700 from a school store students operated where they sold erasers, pencils, bracelets, and more.
The school store was made possible through a PTO Links to Learning grant that allowed the school to purchase the goods. Proceeds from the sale will go toward a school purchase.
“The school store offered more than school supplies. The students were actually learning business, financial, and entrepreneurial skills. Students were involved in every aspect of the decision-making process from ordering inventory to marketing, packing, and delivering orders,” said Tracy Gordon, who sponsored the activity with Sharyn Powell.
Medication Pick Up Reminder
Parents must pick up their children’s medication from the school nurse no later than Wednesday, June 15. Please visit the nurse’s office weekdays during school hours. Nurses will properly dispose of medication following that date. Medication cannot go home with a student.
If your student is attending summer school, please reach out to your child’s school nurse to request the medication be sent to the summer school nurse. When summer school is completed, you must pick up the medication from the Daniel Wright nurse’s office or it will be disposed.
Medication administration forms can be found on the District 103 website. New forms must be submitted annually.
Lost & Found
Missing a jacket, water bottle, lunch box, something else? Check the school’s lost and found bins today before the items get donated at the end of the school year.
In order to assure that all district issued student iPads are up to date and in good working condition for next school year, we will collect iPads during the last few days of school. For more about about iPad return please review the information that was sent out recently.
Grade Level Collection (What to Return)
Fifth-Graders: iPad, Case, (Hold onto cord and charging brick)
Fourth-Graders: iPad, Case, (Cord, and Charging Brick, if available)
Third-Graders: iPad, Case, (Hold onto cord and charging brick)
Library books should be returned to the school no later than Friday, May 27.
District 103 News
Returning Student Registration
Registration is now open for the 2022-2023 school year for students returning to District 103 schools in the fall.
The email you use to check report cards on the PowerSchool parent portal is the same email you will use to register. That email should have received an invitation today from Registration Support (email@example.com). If you did not receive it, please check your spam folder or security settings. Follow the directions in the Registration Support email.
If you have trouble retrieving your login credentials using the “Forgot Password?” link on the Sign In page, please contact your school directly for assistance logging into the parent portal for returning registration.
Board of Education Meeting
The May regular Board meeting has been moved to Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Half Day School, 239 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, with a student and staff member recognition ceremony. Students who have achieved their highest level of competition at conference, state, regionals, or nationals will be honored. District 103 retirees and staff members will also be recognized for their years of service.
Following the awards ceremony, the Board of Education meeting will move to the District Office at 111 Barclay Blvd. Suite 100, and will be broadcast on the District’s YouTube Channel.
Comedy Show Canceled
Weather conditions, as well as rising COVID cases, has led the PTO to make a decision to cancel the Saturday, May 21, comedy show. The PTO plans to reschedule it later in the year.
Lincolnshire's Memorial Day Commemoration is set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, Spring Lake Park, and will include band students from D103.