march 2021

March GLADness! Smiling through the month. :)

a message from our superintendent

Dear District 25 Families,

As we approach Spring Break, I want to review some guidelines that will ensure our schools remain safe for students and staff. It is important we continue to work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please read through this special edition of the District Dish carefully and thoroughly. There is no doubt in my mind that as we continue to work together we will finish this school year strong and take that momentum into the summer.

Please check out the "what you'll find, as you scroll..." section to better understand what is in this Dish.

Thank you!

Lori Bein, Ed.D.


what you'll find, as you scroll...

This edition of the District Dish features the following:

  • TRAVEL GUIDELINES | Updates from IDPH and CDC
  • NURSES' LETTER | Isolation Update (Nurses' Letter)
  • DISTRICT 25 #s | In-Person and Remote for March 29
  • ELECTION DAY | School usage
  • CALENDAR UPDATES | Board Meeting & Assessment Calendar Dates
  • AHCPTA | Scholarship deadline tonight
  • ABC25 | Get Burbed Challenge
  • REMINDER | 5Essentials Survey
  • Feel GOOD Stories
  • #d25ItsPersonal

Thank you! Click around and enjoy!

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Out & About | My COVID Story, TMS

There's a lot to be learned from Helena's podcast as she gets vulnerable about her and her family's battle with COVID-19.

Click here to listen to the full podcast.

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idph & cdc

Please review the updated guidelines for both domestic and international travel.

Please click here for current guidelines for international travel.

Please click here for current guidelines for domestic travel.

Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) guidance is consistent with the City of Chicago’s Travel Order to reduce confusion among people living and working in Cook County. As always, if you or your child are exhibiting any of the COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to a positive case or a suspected case while traveling, do not come to school/send your child to school and contact your school’s nurse.

Please note, District 25 will not be monitoring the travel of our students and our staff over Spring Break. We simply ask that families follow the guidelines listed above and linked above. Travel guidelines are updated regularly, and it is important that you check the above links prior to your travel.

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isolation & quarantine letter

Please review the nurses' letter (click here) that was updated on March 5, 2021 with isolation guidance. I realize this letter is long, but it has a lot of helpful and clear guidance about isolation and quarantine situations, so I ask that you take your time when reviewing it. Always remember that if you do have any questions or need anything clarified in regards to isolation and/or quarantine, you are welcome to reach out to our amazing nursing team via your school’s nurse.

Please note the new ISBE/IDPH guidance still requires quarantining for close contacts to a confirmed case when they are within 6 feet for a cumulative period of 15 minutes over 24 hours and not fully vaccinated.

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new in-person and remote numbers

The Step 4 Switch forms are now closed and our district-wide in-person and remote numbers beginning the week of Monday, March 29, are as follows:

In-Person: 4,480 (85%)

Remote: 796 (15%)

You will receive (this week) or may have already received individual classroom numbers (elementary) or grade team numbers (middle school) via your principal or classroom teacher.

We are currently reviewing the classroom data, as well as the details from the new state guidance, and will communicate any adjustments to our Transitional Model of Reopening | Step 4, as appropriate.

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election day in our schools

Six of our elementary schools (all but Olive-Mary Stitt) and the Dunton Administration Center will be used as polling places for election day, Tuesday April 6, 2021. School will be in session that day. We have a plan in place that keeps voters in the polling areas with no other access to the buildings. In most cases this means that we will not utilize our gymnasium for student instruction, and recess will be held indoors. We have hired building attendants who will open the doors to voters and supervise the voters to ensure they do not leave the voting areas. Your school principal will provide any additional information as it relates to their specific building.

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Out & About | Dr. Fauci BioBottle, OMS

What do Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates, Simone Biles, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Jane Goodall and others look like as plastic bottles? Is that a weird question? Check out this fun way to learn about influential people.

Our teachers teach from a personal place. #d25ItsPersonal has become a way for our teachers and staff to share daily occurrences, and reasons why they do what they do for a living and why it's fulfilling, right here in District 25. Here is a look at a few tweets that show our staff's personal side!
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boe meeting calendar

There are a few changes to the Board of Education meeting calendar through June 2021. As changes are made, they appear on our website: -> Meeting Dates.

Please note that these are subject to change. We will do our best to notify you of changes via email and social media, and if you are unsure of a meeting date, please reference our website.

assessment calendar

Illinois State Board of Education has extended the deadline for a few of our spring assessments. Please note that the 2020-2021 Assessment Calendar has been updated to reflect the Illinois State Board of Education extensions.

Everything assessment in District 25 can be found here:

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applications due tonight (3/15) at midnight

Arlington Heights Council of PTAs K-8 Summer Scholarship

Design your own Summer U Course for the chance to win one of 10 $100 AHC PTA scholarships to Summer U or the Park Districts. Entry deadline is March 15 (the AHCPTA is accepting applications through midnight tonight).

Visit the AHC PTA Website ( or click here to enter and for details.

Email with questions.

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ABC25 | Promo, LONG

sign up now

The annual ABC25 Get Burbed Challenge is ready to go! Sign up to participate at!

When: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Where: South Middle School

What: 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk fundraising event

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survey open until april 2

It’s that time of year again and we want your input! Please participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey, as a part of the Illinois 5Essentials Survey administration. The survey responses will never be connected to the identity of you or your child as school reports will only present aggregated information of how parents responded as a whole.

In order for the survey report to be generated we need at least 20 percent of our parents to take the survey.

Please CLICK HERE to take the parent survey. The 5Essentials survey is open through April 2.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Customer Support at 1-866-440-1874 or

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