River Trails Monthly
In this newsletter...
- Video of the month
- Registration for 2023-2024
- School board news
- RTMS music department fundraiser
- RTSD26 Day at the Chicago Dogs game
- Summer meal information
- And more!
As the 2022-2023 school year comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and partnership. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning in my new role, meeting families and watching our students thrive this year.
It has been an absolute joy to experience our buildings coming back to life with concerts, assemblies, field trips, family events and more. Our PTC teams' efforts have been nothing short of remarkable and I have been heartened by the parent and guardian participation throughout the year. This indeed has been a collaborative achievement by the entire community.
One of the best parts of my job is meeting and talking to so many River Trails families. This is something I absolutely plan to continue as we move forward. Your feedback is integral to ensuring we grow as a district and offer our students the best possible learning environment. Please feel free to reach out at any time, whether it be during the summer or when we return in August.
In the meantime, enjoy the last couple weeks of school and thank you for helping to make this a magnificent year! Oh, and...
🎓 Congratulations to the Class of 2023! 🎓
All students, returning or new, need to be registered for the 2023-2024 school year. If you have not already done so, please visit rtsd26.org/register. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your school or the district office.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Any student who has not been registered will need to return their Chromebook before the summer break. All returning students who have registered will be able to keep their Chromebooks over the summer.
This year, student fees are being handled by a service called PushCoin. You should receive an email from PushCoin after completing all of your registration forms. This email will include information about how to create an online account and attach it to your student. You can also find PushCoin instructions on our website.
Prairie Trails Adds Assistant Principal
The River Trails School District 26 Board of Education approved Natalie Hudson's hiring as Prairie Trails School's assistant principal and director of special programs. In the role, Hudson will assist Principal Amy Veytsman in the school's day-to-day operations and have various district-level responsibilities, including overseeing the multilingual learner program.
Since 2015, Hudson has worked in the district’s student services department, most recently as a kindergarten special education teacher at Prairie Trails. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Indiana University South Bend and her master’s degree in special education leadership from Concordia UniversityChicago. Hudson also holds endorsements in special education and English as a second language.
Music Fundraiser This Weekend!
The RTMS music department, including band, chorus and orchestra, is holding a fundraiser car wash this Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. This is to raise funds for a Disney World trip, which will take place next spring break. Come by the bus lane at RTMS and get a car wash for a donation of your choice. 100% of all proceeds will go directly into student trip accounts.
Please note that school offices will be closed for the summer beginning Thursday, June 8 until the first week in August. The buildings will not be accessible during this time. The Prairie Trails office will be available for summer school-related matters.
If you have any questions or needs throughout the summer, please contact the district office. The district office will remain open, but will begin observing different hours on Monday, June 12. It will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The district office will be closed on the following Fridays: June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21. Normal hours (M-F, 8-4:30 p.m.) will resume on Monday, July 24.
All buildings and offices will be closed on June 19 and July 4.
5/21: RTSD26 Day with the Chicago Dogs (More info below)
5/26: 8th Grade Graduation
5/29: Memorial Day (No School)
5/31: Last Day of School (Early Release)
More events can be found on your school's online calendar:
RTSD26 Day at the Chicago Dogs
You can still buy your tickets!
- $12 outfield reserve tickets
- $3 bottomless soda
- $3 bottomless popcorn
- $3 parking
- Pre-game catch on the field
- Pre-game player autographs
- Chicago Dogs hat for everyone who attends
To order tickets, visit https://bit.ly/3ME3tmT (offer code is RTSD). We hope to see you there!
Every Friday, we post a gallery of photos taken by teachers and staff throughout RTSD26. The goal is to give you a glimpse into what the day looks like at our schools. You can find a collection of all our galleries on our website.
RTSD26 Board Swears In New Member
The board welcomed a new member in May. Kimberly Bianchini is a Prospect Heights resident and has two children, one who currently attends school in the district. She is the owner of Advance Preschool Inc. in Hoffman Estates. Bianchini was sworn in along with returning board members Louis Camardo, Becky Pfisterer and Donna Johnson. All four were victorious in the April election.
Bianchini replaces Frank Fiarito who was elected to the District 214 Board of Education in April. Fiarito served on the RTSD26 Board for 12 years, including four years as president. He has been a frequent volunteer for the district, including serving as treasurer for the River Trails Music Boosters and as a lunchroom/playground supervisor at Prairie Trails.
What does the Board do? How do they operate? Can I attend meetings?
Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about our school board.
Be on the lookout...
Wolf Road-Euclid Avenue Intersection
We have been informed that the intersection at Wolf Road and Euclid Avenue will be completely closed to all traffic for a few days next week. This will occur from Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. until Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m.
According to the project manager, the plan is to complete the intersection work prior to Memorial Day weekend. You can find updates on the village website
ECDEC preschool serves children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. The program is completely free and open to all families and children in the community. It is held at Euclid Elementary School and is a separate from the Prairie Trails pre-k program.
NWSRA Summer Programming
(Northwest Special Recreation Association)
Check out our Community Wall for local programs and events that might be of interest to your student or family.
Did you miss the Internet Safety Presentation in February? You're in luck! You can watch a recording of the hourlong conversation with guest speaker Devorah Heitner, author of "Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World." Parents and guardians found this to be a valuable discussion about raising children in the the digital age.
The video is available at rtsd26.org/internet.
Come join our team!
We have several available positions throughout the district. This includes full-time and part-time roles. Learn about why River Trails is such a great place to work!
We're also looking for substitutes...
Interested in choosing your own hours and making a difference in our students' lives? Consider becoming a substitute teacher for RTSD26! Visit the district website to apply. You can find information about licensure by visiting the Illinois State Board of Education website.
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