Community Newsletter

April 14, 2023

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Shine Bright with Supt. Rebecca A. Jenkins

Dear Families and Community Members:

As we head into the end of the school year and host more opportunities to see and celebrate our students’ hard work and achievements this year, I want to remind you about our safety and security measures at District 70. We are and continue to focus on ensuring we are doing absolutely everything in our power to maintain a safe learning environment for our students and staff.

We also are fortunate to have Dr. Kerri Bongle leading our security efforts, a collaborative and dependable partnership with the Libertyville Police Department, and the input and feedback from the District 70 Safety Committee. Together, we have continued to implement best practices, improvements, and professional protocols to ensure safety and security in our school buildings and classrooms.

This year, we have responded to the top priority items from our most recent school safety audit completed in the summer of 2022. Some of these efforts include:

  • Upgrading all internal and external cameras to a new system. This project included repositioning cameras and staff usage training.

  • Replacing and enhancing safety film on windows and doors throughout buildings.

  • A generous anonymous $20,000 donation allowing D70 to provide life-saving medical critical care kits called “Stop the Bleed Kits” in all learning spaces this spring.

We also recognize and acknowledge that school safety is the result of a community of vigilant, aware, and informed citizens. Here are some ways you can help us with safety and security.

  • Attend the Families Learning Together webinar on helping children manage stress

    • Virtual at 7 p.m. on May 11, tune into “Stress and the Brain: How to Help Your Student Manage Their Powerful Feelings.” Experts will talk about how stress impacts the brain and triggers powerful reactions and how to respond with compassion. The link to the meeting will be shared closer to the event date.

    • If you have safety concerns, report them to the Libertyville Police Department, a school administrator, or one of the tip lines listed on our website.

  • For those in need of mental health support, reach out to a school administrator or see our website for a complete list of local resources and tip lines.

  • Report bullying.

Our work to enhance the security of our facilities and ensure that all students and staff feel a sense of safety and belonging in our learning community will never cease. As we find new and better resources to be the best we can be for our children, we will continue to work diligently in this effort.

Shine Bright,


Rebecca A. Jenkins

Superintendent of Schools

Libertyville School District 70

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Tips for Talking to Children About Violence

Click on the button above to read about how to talk to children about violence.

Families Learning Together Event

As mentioned in Supt. Jenkin's newsletter column, District 70 is partnering with SEL Integrations to host a Families Learning Event via a virtual session on "Stress and the Brain: How to Help Your Student Manage Their Powerful Feelings" at 7 p.m. on May 11.

Learn how stress impacts the brain and can trigger powerful reactions in your child(ren). This session will cover how the brain develops, what it means when someone ‘flips their lid,’ and how to respond compassionately. Specific strategies and sample scripts will be shared.

The virtual session is in response to parent/guardian requests for more opportunities to learn from experts on various topics. We plan to offer more such events throughout the 23-24 school year.

Sincere thanks and appreciation to the Libertyville Junior Women’s Club for sponsoring this event with a very generous donation.

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D70 Board President and Libertyville Junior Women's Club member, right, presents D70 Director of Assessment and Growht Dr. Kerri Bongle with a check to support the Families Learning Together program on stress.

Resource Fair for Ukrainian Families

A Resource Fair for Ukrainian Families will be held at 10 a.m. on April 29 at Lake Zurich High School, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich. The fair will include information and resources on schools, housing, legal assistance, churches, cultural centers, and medical resources including doctors and hospitals, as well as other support services. Parents of Ukrainian children are especially invited to attend. The fair will also include:

  • Childcare and supervision for children

  • Coffee, juice, and snacks

  • Ukrainian and English speakers

Registration is recommended but not required. Contact Larisa Brener at

Upcoming Board of Education Meeting on April 24

The next Board of Education meeting will be at 6 p.m. on April 24 at the Educational Resource Center (ERC), 1381 W. Lake St., Libertyville.

The public is welcome to attend.

The meeting also will be live-streamed and recorded.

D70 Community Wide Communication Survey

We're asking D70 families how they think we're doing with communication this year, both districtwide and by schools. Click the button above to take a five-minute survey. Thank you!

Families Learning Together Event

District 70’s Special Services Partnership Project will host an Inclusive Summer Opportunities Fair for children and families featuring area groups and resources from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on May 9 at the Educational Resource Center, 1381 W. Lake St., across from Butterfield School.

Be SMART - Firearm Safety at Hone

Research shows that secure firearm storage practices are associated with up to an 85% reduction in the risk of self-inflicted and unintentional firearm injuries among children and teens. Storing firearms securely and separately from ammunition protects children in homes and the community. Be SMART helps parents and other adults normalize conversations surrounding gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent gun deaths and injuries.


  • SECURE all guns in homes and vehicles;

  • MODEL responsible behavior around guns;

  • ASK about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes;

  • RECOGNIZE the role of guns in suicides;

  • TELL your peers to be smart.

D70 Summer School 2023 Registration Closes May 1st

Just a reminder that Summer School registration closes on May 1st.

Registration information is located in the upper right-hand corner of the Summer School page on the website. Register through your PowerSchool parent portal.

Students should be registered for the current grade level they are in for the 2022-23 school year.

General Education Summer School

  • June 20-July 20
  • Monday - Thursday 8:30-11:45
  • Grades: Kindergarten through eighth grade
  • Location: Copeland Manor School

    • Summer School General Education fees: $285

      • Students who qualify for intervention services: $215

    • Bus fees: $45 for one-way and $90 for round trip

      • Bus routes will have neighborhood stops

      • Bus routes and stops will be shared after registration is complete

  • Academic focus (ELA, Math, and Specials)

    • Students qualifying for intervention services during the regular school year have the option to receive intervention support during summer school hours.

Extended School Year (ESY)

  • June 20-July 20

  • Monday - Thursday 8:30-11:45 a.m.

  • Grades: Kindergarten through 8th

  • Location: Copeland Manor School

    • EIP and HIP, elementary and middle school resource services for students who are eligible for academic support, will be offered the full morning. (Their classroom placement will mirror their IEP placement.)

    • There are no Summer School or transportation fees for students who qualify for ESY

  • Students who are eligible for related services only (e.g. speech therapy) will schedule time with the individual provider(s) during summer school hours.

Registration Is Now Open for Next Year

Just a reminder that registration is now open for current students to re-enroll, as well as new enrollment for fall kindergarten students.

  • For returning students (students now enrolled in D70), log onto PowerSchool here. Click on "School Forms" and proceed to complete Student Registration. Directions also can be found on the D70 website under Department, Student Registration, to Re-Enrollment for Current Students.
  • Once you've clicked on School Forms, proceed to update and complete all requested information for your student.

    • If you have more than one child, select a child’s name from the bar just below the PowerSchool logo, then click the SchoolForms icon.

    • Verify that all pre-populated information is correct and enter any remaining information necessary to complete your student's registration.

    • Registration for each child in the family must be completed separately through the PowerSchool parent portal.

  • For new kindergarten or new student enrollment, go to the D70 website (, click on Department, then Student Registration, to New Kindergarten, New Student Registration to Pre-Registration Form. Follow the procedure.
  • To register for D70's Little Learners Preschool, contact the registrar at

Any questions, contact the D70 registrar by calling 847-362-9695 or emailing

There's Still Time To Register for D70 Little Sprouts Preschool for Next Year

District 70 offers a blended Early Childhood Education program, Little Sprouts (formerly Little Learners), with preschool classrooms that include general education students and students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).
  • Enrollment for blended early childhood preschool classroom students is a tuition-based opportunity open to families residing within District 70 boundaries.

  • A dually certified teacher will lead Little Sprouts Preschool classrooms.

  • Qualifications: Children must be three years of age and demonstrate age-appropriate skills (determined through the applicant screening process). Applicants will be scheduled in the order that they are completed.

  • The program will follow the District 70 calendar and runs Monday through Thursday. There are morning sessions and afternoon sessions available, lasting 2.5 hours each.

  • The annual tuition is $2,350. A non-refundable deposit of $235 will be required at registration.

  • Contact Mary Tyree at, for more information.

Champions Registration for 2023-24 Now Open

Click the button above to read more about registering for our before- and after-school child care program run by Champions,

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Gotta love spirit wear days when they include a Royalty Day! Well done, students and staff!