Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Aug 27, 2021

Kindness Rocks

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Students created a kindness rocks garden to celebrate and lift up everyone at Daniel Wright. One Rock, the I Rock, was decorated to show an important part of their identity. The second rock, the You Rock, was designed to support or be an ally to other students. This aligned to our social emotional learning standard to be respectful by making positive decisions to build and maintain respectful relationships.

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More Busing Changes

Transportation has had to make changes to some routes, which may affect the pick up and drop off times for buses. Please check your child's Unified Classroom account after 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, for changes that will take place on Monday. Buses may run late picking up and dropping off students as we navigate routes the first few weeks of school. Please be patient with us.

Please watch this 90-second important video produced by the Lake County Sheriff's Office reminding drivers to take precautions near school buses.

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Vaccination Cards Requested

If you have had your child vaccinated, please return a copy of the card to the Daniel Wright School Nurse Marissa Pastori. You may email it to her at mpastori@d103.org or fax it to Mrs. Pastori at 847-295-7136.

If a child is vaccinated, the Lake County Health Department has different guidance regarding quarantine measures for close contacts, including not needing to quarantine or conduct the Test to Stay protocol that the district has instituted. Knowing which students are vaccinated will allow the school to follow the quarantine guidance from the LCHD.

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Study Hall to Begin

We are pleased to tell you about the P.A.S.S. (Providing Academic Success for Students) after school study hall program at Daniel Wright. The P.A.S.S. program is an excellent opportunity for students to take advantage of the resources available at Daniel Wright after the regular school day. P.A.S.S. is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 30 and run Monday through Thursday from 3:40 to 4:55 p.m. Please read the news bulletin for more details. Students can take advantage of the after school bus.

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Curriculum Nights

Next week we will be hosting two evenings of virtual Curriculum Night activities for our Daniel Wright families! You will have an opportunity to virtually meet your child’s teachers and learn more about the curriculum, grading and resources in each of the subject areas.

  • Sixth-Grade Families, 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 30, 2021

  • Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Families, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 31, 2021

  • 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. Support Staff Available (Social Workers, Psychologists, Interventionists)

  • 6:00 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. All Content Teachers Available

Please read the news bulletin for more details.

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Morning Drop Off Reminders

In an effort to improve traffic flow, we ask that drivers attend to the following diagram when dropping off students in the morning at Daniel Wright:

  • Pull as far forward as you can in the drop off zone*.

  • Once your vehicle has reached an area in the drop off zone*, please have your child get out of the car on the side closest to the sidewalk.

*The drop off zone extends past the front door to the large pine tree located near the end of the building. The sidewalk extends the entire length of the zone so that students can safely walk to the front door.

We are discouraging parents and students from waiting until their vehicle lines up with the front door to get out. This creates a start-stop, creeping of cars that backs up traffic. Our goal is to have many students exit their vehicles at one time. This allows us to move large groups of cars thus preventing the long line down Riverwoods Road.

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Library Book Return

If your DW student has Half Day or Daniel Wright library books please return them to the library.
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Sports & Clubs Get Underway

All of the following sports and clubs welcome new members. Please check out the club or sport website for information about joining. The activities are open to all Daniel Wright students. Fee payments are not due until after students join the team or club. Prior to trying out for any sport or prior to the start of any practice season, students must have a physical on file. Please review the news bulletin for the following fall activities.
  • Chorus
  • Jazz Band
  • Science Bowl - Tryouts begin at 3:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, Room 208
  • Debate Team
  • Free to Be
  • Cross Country
  • Wright Way
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District 103 News

Automated Attendance Calling

The 2021-2022 school year automated attendance calling will begin Monday, Aug. 30. Automated messaging will be sent to parents via phone call, text, and email from our messaging service, BlackBoard.

If your child will be absent or tardy, please contact the appropriate school by the following time so that you will NOT receive an automated message of your child’s absence.

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For information about COVID prevention and COVID cases across D103 schools, please see the following web pages:

You may still sign your child up for free weekly testing. Please review the news bulletin for more information.

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Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

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Community News

Village Project Creates Traffic Congestion

As you may be aware, the Village of Lincolnshire is embarking on a $4 million Crosstown Water Main project along Riverwoods Road to maintain and improve the Village’s water supply system. The project is expected to last through spring 2022. A project this size will impact vehicle and pedestrian traffic – especially near Laura B. Sprague School, Daniel Wright Junior High School, and the intersection of Half Day Road and Riverwoods Road.

Unfortunately, it will be inconvenient and parents may need to alter the way in which they get their child to/from school. Due to the majority of Lincolnshire residents living near Riverwoods Road, this project will likely affect traffic to/from Half Day School as well.

The Village published, and will regularly publicize, a very detailed information page about the project, but we created an FAQ sheet to answer questions that parents may have.

Math Tutoring

Math-Aid provides students in grades 5-8 with tutoring services.
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Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair