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June 4, 2020

Principal's Message

Wow. One of the things I enjoy about being an elementary school principal is that there is no real version of a 'typical day'. I truly love that there is always something new to celebrate, learn, challenge my thinking, or navigate in this role. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that one of those situations would be leading a learning community from my kitchen in a global pandemic. I have supported my own children as they learned remotely while I worked at home, and I think I can speak for all of us as parents and educators when I say that while I am so very sad that the school year is not ending in person, I am thankful that summer is here. Take time to enjoy the sunshine with your families. While nothing would make me happier than to see students on the grounds playing, please remember that we are still closed and the park is still not open.

On a very serious note, I hope everyone took time to read Dr. Lubelfeld's message on Wednesday regarding the recent events in our state and nation following the murder of George Floyd. If we were in school following an event like this, it is likely that we would be discussing ways we can ensure social justice and fair treatment for all, using children's literature as a catalyst for these imperative conversations. These are conversations that can't be had meaningfully as part of a last day of school Zoom call, but are so very important to have. I would encourage you to look at the resources provided by Dr. Lubelfeld to help facilitate this discussion at home. I have also shared them below.

Resources for Families and Teachers: Combating racism requires action, and parents have a crucial role to play in discussing race and racism at home with their children. It is imperative that children have access to these conversations, but don’t worry - there are resources that can help! Here are some actions you can do as a family to play your part in healing and creating a world that is safe for racially and linguistically diverse people.

As we part for the summer, I want to thank you for sharing your children and your families with us each day. Our community is complete because of each of you! I'd like to leave you with the message I share at the end of morning announcements each day. Be a good person, be a good student, and be proud of who you are.

Courtney Nordstrom, Principal

Student Materials Pick Up Times

The staff and I have been busy this week collecting student materials and belongings, as well as medications from the nurse's office, and we are ready for you to pick them up on TUESDAY, JUNE 9. Please see the information below for more information.

To ensure a safe and orderly process for all, we will be splitting up the event by alphabetical order, based on your child's last name. We ask that you please come at your scheduled time.

9:00-10:00 Last names begin A-F

10:00-11:00 Last names begin with G-L

11:00-12:00 Last names begin with M-R

1:00-2:00 Last names begin with S-Z

2:00-3:00 Anyone that cannot come at the earlier times *Contact Ms. Nordstrom for arrangements.

Procedure for Material Pick Up June 9

We want to make sure the exchange of materials is as safe as possible and have created a structure to ensure the safety of both staff and families. Please make sure to read and follow the safety guidelines listed below and come to the school at your designated time.

Materials pick up and drop off will take place in Millennium Hall Drive (where end of day pickup is located). This is a drive-up only event. Please stay in your car at all times. Prior to arriving at the school, please place a sign in your passenger window indicating your last name at the top, and your child(ren)'s names underneath. This will help us to quickly retrieve your child’s belongings.

For example:




If there are items you need to return to school, please place those items in a bag labeled with your child’s name, grade, and teacher. Please place the bag in your trunk. As you pull up, please have your trunk open. Staff will remove any items that need to be returned and will put your child’s belongings in your trunk. Please exit the line as soon as you have received your items.

The following items may be returned/given:

  • Library Books
  • Items for teachers
  • Families not returning to District 112 can return technology

Yearbooks will be placed in the student materials bag for those families who ordered them. Not sure if you ordered? Please check “my orders” in your paperless PTO account or contact Rachel Garber at There are yearbooks still available for purchase for $25. Please call the office or email Amy Radosevich for purchase,

As always, safety is our highest priority.

You may not come to supply pickup if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 per the CDC’s list of symptoms:

    1. Cough

    2. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    3. Fever

    4. Chills

    5. Muscle pain

    6. Sore throat

    7. New loss of taste or smell

You may not come to supply pickup if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID within the past 14 days per IDPH (see IDPH information)

* We will work to find a separate date if this applies to you or your family.

Lost and Found

We are making the lost and found available for families. There will be a table set up on Tuesday, June 9 in the field near the greenhouse from 9am-3pm. You may walk up to look for items but this will not be staffed. Masks are required and gloves will be provided. Please do not congregate in this area and maintain social distancing. Any items not picked up on Tuesday will be donated or discarded.

Birthdays at Ravinia!

We typically announce our student birthdays during morning announcements at Ravinia. Since we can't be together, I am going to be publishing a recorded announcement on Mondays to our Ravinia School Facebook page and our Ravinia School Twitter account. You don't need a Twitter account to access the videos! Just go to and search #RaviniaRocks or @RaviniaSchool. I'll be posting videos every few weeks over the summer for those students. We will publish the July birthdays next month!


June 5-12:

5 - Max in Mrs. Kahn's Class

6 - Benny in Mrs. March's Class and Sam in Mrs. Derry's Class

7 - Bruce in Mrs. Walsh's Class

8 - Eli in Ms. Melnick's Class

10 - Alex in Ms. Kahn's Class

June 13-23:

13 - Will in Mrs. Wolin's Class

16 - Caleb in Ms. Melnick's Class

18 - Spencer in Ms. Getlin's Class and Everett in Mrs. Dunning's Class

20 - Maisie in Ms. Getlin's Class and Andie in Ms. Quaid's Class

22 - Beth in Ms. Melnick's Class

23 - Violet in Mrs. Walsh's Class and Evie in Mrs. Wolin's Class

June 24-30:

24 - Harper in Mrs. March's Class and Eli Ms. Kahn's Class

25 - Jack in Ms. Kahn's Class

27 - Kourtnie in Mrs. Tracey's Class

29 - Thatcher in Mrs. Derry's Class

30 - Britta H. in Ms. Quaid's Class

Enjoy WATER WEEK All Summer Long!

We hope you enjoyed some of our water activities this week. Great news - the link will be open all summer long for your family to enjoy!

Click on this link to find all the water week activity videos. Virtual Water Week Videos

Here is a list of materials you may need. If you do not have the specific equipment be creative:

Set of solo cups

2 buckets (mop size or larger)

2 water cannons (the pull and push squirt guns)

Sponges or washcloth or even socks

sidewalk chalk

painter tape/ masking tape

garden hose

old boxes

matchbox car/ small ball (ping pong ball)

large cup/ pitcher

From the Library and Lunch With a Loved One!

Summer Reading Recommendations have been curated by the 112 librarians. Click the link and find online reading platforms, community programs and ways to get books your scholars would like to read. Click here and start reading.

Virtual Lunch With A Loved One (VLWALO)

Lunch With A Loved One is an annual Ravinia tradition where students are asked to invite a loved one to eat lunch with them at school and shop the book fair. This is a very special event for both students and loved ones and therefore we are doing it virtually this year! Please join us this week by scheduling some virtual time with a loved one to eat, visit, and shop the book fair through June 8th. We would love for you to post a picture of your student with their loved one to our Ravinia PTO Facebook page so we can all feel connected during this time apart. Be sure to name "Ravinia School - Highland Park" when asked at checkout as a portion of all purchases benefit our school. You will receive an email from your room parents with more book fair details including Mrs Lau's Summer Reading List and Teacher Wish Lists as well!

Click HERE to start shopping now!

Registration / Enrollment Information For ALL D112 Students

  • D112 Annual Update for returning students will be available on June 1st through the Parent Portal.

  • NEW this year families with a lease must provide the current lease prior to the start of the school year.

  • Change of Address will need to be submitted to Required Forms

  • Transportation requests for a pickup and/or drop off location different than the home address for the upcoming school year, must be received no later than July 1st. Transportation Information

  • Students fees will be available to be paid through the Parent Portal / Webstore as of June 1st.

  • IL State Free / Reduce Waiver will be available on July 1st through the Parent Portal.

For questions please call Daisy Alcaraz at 224-765-3046 or email


If you don't want to worry about shopping in person to get your school supplies for next year, you can order through our PTO fundraiser through TODAY. All supplies will be waiting for you at school next year. If you prefer to shop for supplies on your own, click the PDF below to be taken to the grade level supply lists.
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Community Resources




  • Food Pantry: Weekly food to Moraine Township residents and HP/HW school families. Pantry open Tuesday 10 am to 2 pm.

    • If you know of a resident who needs food, please have them call our office 847-432-3240.

  • Lost Health Insurance

    • For assistance enrolling Township residents for Medicaid: call 847-432-3240

      • Premiums and Co-Payments for AllKids, HBWD and Veterans Care suspended until further notice

    • For residents who lost health insurance, but still have some income, they are eligible for a Special Enrollment Period on the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

      • Please email and one of Moraine Township’s Certified Application Counselors will set up a remote appointment to help them enroll and ensure they obtain the premium subsidies they may be eligible for based on their family size and income, in addition to help with deductibles and co-pays, depending on income.

  • SNAP: For help enrolling in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly known as food stamps), call 847-432-3240.

  • Emergency Assistance or other resources: For help completing an application for Emergency Assistance, or connection to other resources Townships residents may need due to the current crisis, call 847-432-3240.

  • Moraine Township low-income seniors: our staff continues to reach out to low-income Township seniors to see how they are doing and whether they can get to the grocery store or Pantry this week. For low-income seniors sheltering in place, we delivered food to the very small number who do not have a family member or support network to help them. If you know of a low-income senior who needs help but may not have visited the Township in the past, please have them call 847-432-3240; we are here to help.

  • Door-to-Door Van: Our door-to-door van is currently serving ONLY residents in need of dialysis or life-saving medical treatments.

  • Tax return preparation: If you did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 because your income did not meet the filing threshold, but would like to file a return to document eligibility for the stimulus check, please call 847-432-3240 and one of our volunteers will assist you via video conferencing.


Covid19 and Unemployment Benefits Information, click here.

To file for unemployment, click here.