East Leyden Parent Bulletin

November 20, 2020

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Be Kind.Find Your Passion.Commit to Excellence

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A Message from Dr. Manola

Hello, everyone, and happy Friday! It has been another interesting and unique few weeks, and here we are, heading into late November, Thanksgiving Break, and the final stretch of the semester. I think for many, wrapping up 2020 will bring with it many emotions, but perhaps an anticipated fresh start for the new year.

We are excited to join you today and share some information about many of the great things that have been taking place around East Leyden. As always, we appreciate you taking the time to read through our newsletter, and if you need anything at all, please reach out anytime.

It's been a busy month, full of uncertainties, new challenges, and continually changing information. Like we've been doing all year, though, our students, families, faculty, and staff continue to go above and beyond, and we know everyone will continue to do so no matter what the coming weeks and months bring.

All that said, most important to us is the health and safety of everyone at Leyden. While we want nothing more than to have all of our students back at school, we want to make sure everyone is safe and continue to closely monitor and provide as much information as possible.

While there is so much out of our control right now, one thing that we can control is gratitude. So, with that, I want to say thank you to all of our families at Leyden. We miss you so much and appreciate all you do. Thank you for being flexible, supportive, and going above and beyond for your students. For our students. We couldn't be more proud to have you part of the Leyden family.

To all of our families, stay well, and stay safe. We are in this together!


Dr. Dominic Manola, Principal

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Given the latest updates from the Governor and Illinois moving to mitigation level III, we have made a few adjustments at Leyden that we wanted to share with you. These include:

  • Open Campus access will be closed temporarily. Once we return to mitigation level II or better, we will quickly offer this program once again.
  • While in mitigation level III, we have temporarily paused all in-person athletics and activities. Please look for more information from coaches and sponsors on what this means for students in these programs.
  • Leyden will continue to offer food service both on campus and throughout the community as we have been doing. This will continue, no matter what!

PTC Follow Up

Thank you to all of our parents and guardians who took part in our Quarter 2 Parent-Teacher Conferences this past Tuesday. We had a great turnout, and the conversations were impactful and powerful. We appreciate you taking the time to meet with your students’ teachers and partner with us to help in their journey and success!

As a reminder, we will be holding conferences for both Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 as we did this semester. Look for more information as we get closer!

Trivia NIght & Spirit Week

Last evening, the Class of 2023 kicked off a month of spirit by hosting an “Office Trivia Night” virtually, where nearly 25 students took part! It was a great time, and our winner took home prizes!

In the coming weeks, we’ve love to have our students take part in these spirit events!


Summer School 2021

Summer school registration takes place on:

Class of 2025 January 19 January 22

(Incoming Freshman)

Consumer Education In-Seat & Online January 19 May 3

(only for Juniors & Seniors)

Upperclassmen March 15 May 28

Summer school classes will be held at the West Campus. Classes will run as follows:

Monday, June 7 to Thursday, June 10

Monday, June 14 to Thursday, June 17

Monday, June 21 to Thursday, June 24

Monday, June 28 to Thursday, July 1

Tuesday, July 6 to Friday, July 9

Monday, July 12 to Thursday, July 15

Tuition is $125 per .5 credit. Courses will be closed when registrations have reached the maximum size or canceled if there is insufficient paid registration. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollments past the listed deadline will be considered based on space availability. Students should see their counselor if they have questions regarding summer courses.

Option #1: Online Enrollment. (Avoid lines and save time)

Go to MySchoolBucks.com under the Parents tab on the Leyden website to enroll students and make a payment using a credit/debit card (Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express) or checking account.

Option #2: On-site enrollment at each campus. Cashiers at each campus will enroll students and accept payment. Cashiers can accept cash, checks, or credit/debit cards (Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express).

Checks should be made payable to Leyden High School. Cashier hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Full payment will be due at the time of registration, and refunds will only be issued if a course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment. Fees also apply to courses to be audited without credit.

We will offer bus transportation to students who live within the district and are more than 1.5 miles from West Leyden High School.

For questions about summer school, please contact Vita Terenzio at 847-451-3095.

Driver Education Behind-The-Wheel Instruction will be held at the West Campus

The cost of registration will be $250. Registration for driver education behind-the-wheel instruction will begin April 19, 2021, to May 28, 2021.

Sessions will run as follow:

Session One

Tuesday, June 1 – Friday, June 11

Session Two

Monday, June 14 – Thursday, June 24

Session Three

Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 9

Session Four

Monday, July 12 – Thursday, July 22

For questions regarding in-seat driver education classes taken during the school year, please contact Department Chair Chris Cook ccook@leyden212.org.

For questions regarding summer behind-the-wheel instruction, please contact Dean Michael Grosch mgrosch@leyden212.org or Dean James Powers jpowers@leyden212.org.

Cap & Gown Information

Class of 2021 (Cap and Gown Information)


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Senior Parents

If you have not yet completed the required financial aid verification form, please see the details of the process here. For support in completing the FAFSA or the Alternative Application for financial aid, go to https://www.isac.org/calendar and sign up for an upcoming completion workshop.

Junior & Sophomore Parents

Last year, Student Services made “YouScience,” a really great career inventory tool, available to students. We will be using the results of every students’ inventory during Advisory lessons next year. We need every current sophomore and junior student to complete it. Please have your student log in to www.youscience.com with their Leyden login and password. If they have an account, please check to see they have completed the inventory and have career results. If they have not completed it, please have them do so. For assistance, contact Ms. Pena at rpena@leyden212.org

All Parents

CHECK OUT "The Nest" - Student Services’ postsecondary planning newsletter!

Reminder, students were invited to participate in the monthly November SEL focus: Mindfulness.

Find out how to get involved in clubs, activities, and sports HERE. All activities and times are subject to current Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions.

meal distribution

Leyden District 212 is providing free nutritious meals to all community children 18 years old and younger. No identification is required. For meal distribution locations and other information, please click here.


November 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Break, No School
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Registration Office: 847.451.3025

Registrar: 847.451.3079

Dean's Office: 847.451.3032

Nurse: 847.451.3633

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