Lions Park Remote Learning Update

Letter from the Principal

Dear Lions Park Families,


Thanks to all who completed the family survey for our next trimester. We have almost all of our family surveys completed. We have approximately 50 percent of our students coming in person, 37 percent of our students staying remote and 13 percent staying with their teacher, whatever he or she is doing. Ms. Dillon and I are now creating the new rosters and making new schedules.


The percentages of students staying remote and those coming in person are not too far apart. As such, we anticipate about 40 percent of our students will have to change teachers. We believe that almost all students and teachers will stay together if they are going to be part of the same model. However, if a teacher is going to be remote and the student is going to be in person or vice versa, there will be a change in teacher. We may have to contact some families to see if their desire to stay with their teacher is greater or if their desire to have their AM/PM preference is greater. Some classes are more balanced in terms of requests than others. We will be keeping clusters of students together. For example, if your child is going to come in person and his or her teacher is going to be teaching remotely, your child will be grouped with other in person students from the former class who are also assigned to the same half of the school day. Approximately 57% of students requested AM in person attendance.


As a parent of two D57 students, I completely understand the worry and concern about this transition for your children. As a school administrator for over eleven years, I have personally observed many classes that had teacher changes due to maternity leaves and even those that had sporadic long term substitute situations over the course of a year due to teacher illness or family medical issues. My observation has been that children are resilient and do well when the teachers involved are caring and professional and when the adults in their lives provide reassurance that everything is going to go well. I have full confidence in the ability of our District 57 teachers to collaborate and provide cohesive experiences for our children. I have similar confidence that parents and guardians will maintain positive attitudes and reassure the children that everyting will be fine.


At this link, you can find the previously shared document with information about how learning will look starting November 9th. Please note that all schedules are still in draft form. Some of them now have to be altered now that we know how many sections of remote and hybrid that we will actually have. Over the next month, we will continue to share information about our second trimester plans. We appreciate your patience, and please know we will share more details as soon as they are finalized. As always, please reach out with questions or concerns.


Warmly,

Katie Kelly

Principal

Lions Park School

DATES TO REMEMBER

Friday, October 9 - Early Dismissal at 11:50 a.m. (NO PM KIDS CORNER)

Monday, October 12 - NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day

MESSAGE FROM DISTRICT OFFICE

Dear District 57 Community:


As you are aware, District 57 will be starting the school year with remote learning. Quest Food Management Services is busy reopening the kitchen and making modifications to the program to ensure safe serving. The menu has been modified and will include pre-packed meals for distribution for each school in District 57. Cold entrees will be offered; you will also have the choice to pre order a la carte items.


Although there will be modifications to the “way” we serve our food during this time, we want to assure you that the quality of “what” we serve will not change. We will be preparing meals daily, from fresh, high quality ingredients that adhere to Quest’s Food Philosophy. Modifications to the way we serve are outlined below:


Pre- Ordering with My Meal Order
Quest has made modifications to ensure your meal is served in the safest and freshest way possible. Because meals will be primarily served in a remote environment, the District is using an online ordering system (My Meal Order). Below are the steps for ordering weekly A la carte options.


Starting Tuesday September 8th the entire district will have the capability to order lunch and A la Carte items off of a new ordering platform.


• Please create an account with My Meal Order – Instruction attached. This will allow you to select the daily meals and/or a la carte options.

• Meal orders must be submitted by Thursday at Midnight for the next week.

• You will be required to create an account and transactions will happen at the point of order.

• It is highly recommended that the “low balance” notification is set up for your My Meal order account to ensure continuous food service. Insufficient funds will result in delayed ordering and may result in your order for the next week not being processed.

• First orders will be due September 8th at midnight for meal distribution on Tuesday the 15th and Thursday the 17th.


Meal Distribution
Meal Distribution will take place at Lincoln Middle School in D57 between 11:10-12:50pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week

• Orders for Tuesdays will be picked up Tuesday at Lincoln Middle School

• Orders for Thursday will be picked up Thursday at Lincoln Middle School

• Meals will be labeled with the student’s name and ID number


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Quest’s District Manager, Anthony Ferrazzuolo, at anthony@questfms.com or, Food Service Director at District 57. Donna Niesen at Donna.Niesen@questfms.com

Tardies, Absences and Early Dismissals

If your child will be missing any portion of the school day (8:50-11:50 and 12:50-3:20), it is important that you report the absence to the Lions Park office at (847)394-7330 or by using the form on our website. We appreciate your cooperation!

Technology Issues

Although technology can work well, there are times when it just does not work correctly. Teachers will not be available to respond to emails during instructional times. Instead, please submit a Remote Learning Technology Support form by clicking here. Once submitted, someone from our District Technology Team will contact you to provide assistance.



If you experience a technical issue, please follow these steps to troubleshoot the problem:


  • Restart the Chromebook (make sure it turns all the way off before turning back on).

  • Quit any unused applications.

  • Sign out of an application if it's not working, and sign back in.

  • Move closer to your internet router if you are experiencing connectivity issues.

  • Turn off any accessibility features i.e., contrast mode, special cursor that may be set on the Chromebook. These can cause applications to run slow.