Message from the Principal

Week of February 21, 2022

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Message from the Principal

Dear Virginia Lake Families,

I hope you are enjoying your long weekend! There is no school on Monday, February 21st and Tuesday, February 22nd.

A special thank you to all of our volunteers who created experiences for our students that brought them tremendous joy. We appreciate all of the time that was spent into putting together the items for our classroom parties and the time that was shared with our students and staff in the classroom. From all of us at Virginia Lake, thank you!

A friendly reminder that we are implementing our time change on Wednesday, February 23rd.

School starts at 8:25 a.m..

Arrival begins at 8:10 a.m..

Dismissal is at 3:05 p.m..

Early dismissal Fridays 2:15 p.m.

Kindergarten Hours:

AM- 8:25 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Fridays- 10:35 a.m.

PM- 12:30 p.m.- 3:05p.m.

Fridays- 2:15 p.m.

Please complete the 5 Essentials Parent Survey. At this time, we have 7% of our families who have completed the survey. In order to obtain the results, we do need at least 20% of our families to complete the survey. Go to: to take the survey. Select “Parent Survey". Please see the information below for details on how to take the survey.

This week, students will be participating in our PBIS Winter Olympic games. Our team has put together fun activities for students to enjoy in their classrooms because 99% of the students at Virginia Lake were major free during the month of January! Way to go Dolphins!

Thank you for sending in items for our food drive. We will continue to collect non-perishable items through Friday, February 25th. We will announce the winners of our contest at the end of the day.

Let's make it a great week!

With Kindest Regards,

Patti Van Winkle, Principal

Valentine's Day Parties

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Share the Love- Food Drive

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PTA Science Fair

Hello VL Families & Teachers!

Join us for our Virtual Science Fair!! We would LOVE to see what sparks your curiosity by submitting a video of you presenting a science experiment. If you would like to participate, please fill out the attached form by Friday 2/18/22. Video's will be due by 3/4/22 via a dropbox link that will be emailed to you once you've signed up for the Virtual Science Fair.

¡Únase a nosotros para nuestra Feria Virtual de Ciencias! Nos encantaría ver qué despierta su curiosidad al enviar un video de usted presentando un experimento científico. Si desea participar, complete el formulario adjunto antes del viernes 2/18/22. Los videos deben entregarse antes del 3/4/22 a través de un enlace de Dropbox que se le enviará por correo electrónico una vez que se haya registrado en la Feria de Ciencias.

We look forward to seeing all the creativity and awesome experiments from our VL Students!!

Virginia Lake PTA

Virginia Lake Highlights

5 Essentials Survey Reminder

Virginia Lake would love to hear from YOU!

You have been invited to complete the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey. The information you provide will help guide improvement as we strive to inspire each student to realize their potential through the education and opportunities we provide at Virginia Lake. Your participation in this survey is voluntary but crucial. We can’t receive results from the survey unless at least 20 percent of parents respond. The more responses parents provide, the more we will know how to focus our efforts toward the improvements you want. Therefore, we have set a goal to reach an 80 percent response rate. Please help us reach our goal by completing the survey.

· Go to: to take the survey.

· Select “Parent Survey.”

· You may enter your email address if you would like to receive confirmation of your submission, but it is not required.

· Then enter “Cook” into the county field and “Virginia Lake” to find our school.

You will then be asked a series of questions to provide input regarding your family’s experience here at Virginia Lake. Please remember to click “submit” once you are done so your responses can be counted.

Please know that your identity and responses will be kept confidential and will not be connected

with your child. If you have multiple children who attend Virginia Lake, you may complete one survey for each child. However, only one parent per household may submit a survey for a given child. The survey closes on March 11, so please submit your responses soon!

Thank you in advance for your time and input. We appreciate you!

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

Registration for 22-23 School Year

Online student registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. If you have not already started this process for your student(s), please visit our registration page to start this process.

Registration is the first step in getting ready for the up-coming school year. After you register your child online you need to:

  1. Pay student fees. Our student fee webpage outlines the District’s student fee structure and the three ways fees can be paid.

  2. If you have a student that is starting Kindergarten, entering fourth grade, or entering 7th grade, you are required to prove residency in District 15. Our residency webpage outlines the documents you will need to provide to prove residency.

All three steps of the enrollment process must be completed prior to the start of the school year. Students of families that, when required, do not prove residency, will not be able to attend class in a District 15 until the family’s residency is verified.


View the recorded CCSD15 Parent University sponsored registration webinar. For written registration instructions, please watch our Campus Parent - An Introduction.

In the event that a family is unable to provide any needed documentation because of a temporary living situation, please contact Julie O'Hara, 847-963-3210,; or Min Goodwin, 847-963-3209,, in the Superintendent's Office.

Think you may be eligible for a student fee waiver? Visit our student fee webpage to learn about the requirements and how to apply.

Think you may be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act? Please contact Tiffanie Jefferies, Ed.D., Director of Student Services, 847-963-3152.

Thank you.

The District Improvement Team

La registración en línea de los estudiantes para el año escolar 2022-23 ya está abierta. Si aún no ha iniciado este proceso para su(s) estudiante(s), por favor visite nuestra página de registro para iniciar este proceso.

La registración es el primer paso para prepararse para el próximo año escolar. Después de registrar a su hijo en línea usted necesita:

Pagar las tarifas estudiantiles. Nuestra página web de tarifas estudiantiles describe la estructura de las tarifas estudiantiles del Distrito y las tres maneras en que se pueden pagar las tarifas.

Si usted tiene un estudiante que está comenzando el Kindergarten, entrando en el cuarto grado, o entrando en el séptimo grado, usted está requerido a probar la residencia en el Distrito 15. Nuestra página web sobre la residencia describe los documentos que tendrá que proporcionar para comprobar la residencia.

Los tres pasos del proceso de inscripción deben ser realizados antes del comienzo del año escolar. Los estudiantes de familias que, cuando sea necesario, no demuestren su residencia, no podrán asistir a clases en un Distrito 15 hasta que se verifique la residencia de la familia.


Vea la grabación de la Universidad de Padres de CCSD 15 patrocinada: Webinar de Registro 2022-23. Para instrucciones de registro por escrito, por favor vea nuestro Campus Parent - Una introducción

En el caso de que una familia no pueda proporcionar cualquier documentación necesaria debido a una situación de vivienda temporal, por favor póngase en contacto con Julie O'Hara, 847-963-3210,; o Min Goodwin, 847-963-3209,, en la Oficina del Superintendente.

¿Cree que puede ser elegible para una exención de la tarifa estudiantil? Visite nuestra página web de tarifas estudiantiles para conocer los requisitos y cómo solicitarla.

¿Cree que puede ser elegible para los servicios bajo la Ley de Asistencia a los Sin Hogar McKinney-Vento? Póngase en contacto con el Director de Servicios Estudiantiles, 847-963-3152.


El Equipo de Mejora del Distrito

Important Dates

Monday, February 21st and Tuesday, February 22nd- No School

Wednesday, February 23nd- 3- Tier Start Times Begin

Monday, February 28th- Family Collaboration Committee- 4:00 p.m.

Monday, March 7th- IAR ( Illinois Assessment of Readiness) Window Opens- Grade 4-6

Wednesday, March 9th- Virginia Lake Students highlighted at the Board Meeting- 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 18th- PTA Science Fair ( Virtual)

Monday, March 21- Friday, March 25th- Spring Break

Monday, March 28th- School Resumes

Thursday, April 7th- VL Boundary Meeting

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