Community Newsletter

Feb. 10, 2023

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Shine Bright with Supt. Rebecca A. Jenkins

Dear District 70 Families and Community:

I hope this message finds you well. 2023 is off to a great start in Libertyville District 70 as we continue to pursue our vision of Learning Together.

Next week is Random Act of Kindness Week. When I saw the reminder pop up on my calendar, I knew it would be a memorable week in Libertyville! The kindness between students, colleagues, families, and neighbors is felt daily.

During this week, I encourage you to continue to look for the small things you can do to spread kindness and positivity in our community. Whether it's holding the door open for someone, lending a listening ear, or simply offering a smile, every act of kindness matters.

In our next newsletter, I will share the details of our finalized strategic plan which will guide us to achieve our mission and realize our vision for Libertyville District 70 students. This plan is the result of community input to determine our values and research-based best practices and expert guidance on how we can reach our shared goals step by step. I am looking forward to sharing more of that plan with you next month!

Shine Bright,


Rebecca A. Jenkins

Superintendent of Schools

Libertyville School District 70

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D70 Summer School 2023 Registration Opens March 1

Registration opens at 9 a.m. on March 1 for District 70's academic Summer School session for 2023. Registration info will be located on the upper right-hand corner of the Summer School page on the website.

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.

5Essentials Survey Needs You Input NOW!!

This is a reminder that District 70 is asking parents/guardians to complete the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 5Essentials Survey to share your thoughts and impressions regarding the school(s) where your child(ren) is enrolled before the survey closes next month.

Your voice is essential and can be heard through this survey. The results of your feedback will be shared with the schools in a Parent Report only if at least 20 percent of parents/guardians at each school take the survey. While we are confident that we will meet this criterion with your help, none of our schools have reached the goal within the first month of the survey.

The survey is open through March 31, 2023, and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. According to ISBE and 5Essentials administration guidelines, parents who have children enrolled in multiple schools participate in the survey for each school. According to these same guidelines, only one parent per household may participate in the survey.

A link to the survey can be found in a Jan. 26 email District 70 sent to our families from Supt. Jenkins. If you need the link again, contact Robin Kollman, director of communications, at Additional information about the 5Essentials can be found here in an FAQ.

Your feedback will be completely anonymous and is used for school and district improvement efforts.

Thank you for your participation in this important activity.

Winter STAR Results in PowerSchool

Teachers assess student understanding, learning, and growth in a variety of informal and formal ways throughout the school year.

District 70 uses several assessments that are administered throughout the school year to help students, teachers, and parents better understand strengths and areas that can be targeted for improvement. Most recently students in first through eighth grades took the STAR assessments in reading and math.

To view assessment results for your child, please log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal:

  • Click on the small box with an arrow in the right-hand corner of the screen
  • Click on P4R Login to access your child’s assessment data
  • Please see the image below. The most recent updates include winter STAR results.
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Kindergarten - AIMSwebPlus Assessment Data

District 70 kindergarten students are screened using the AIMSwebPlus assessment tool and were screened again last month, in January.

Before viewing your child’s scores, we recommend reading this informative letter explaining AIMSwebPlus and how it is used. To view your child’s scores, please log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal.

If this is your first time in the Parent Portal, please visit D70 PowerSchool Parent Portal:

  • Click on the applications menu icon (small square with an arrow in the upper right side of the window)
  • In the applications menu, click on "P4R Login" to access student data.

Families Learning Together Debuts with Feb. 19 Program

Libertyville School District 70 is creating a support group for parents of students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and will begin by offering a Parents Morning with a featured speaker at 9 a.m. on Feb. 19 at the Educational Resource Center (ERC).

Karin Peterson, director of outreach and community engagement for the local Youth and Family Counseling center, will talk about mental health. Peterson, a licensed clinical social worker, will focus on

  • how to identify possible mental health difficulties in students (specifically K-8th graders who receive special education services) and

  • ways that parents can support their children if their children are experiencing mental health difficulties.

To attend the program at the ERC, 1381 W. Lake Street, Libertyville, contact Dr. Abbie Kopelman, a school psychologist with District 70, via email at Coffee and snacks will be offered to our families seeking support at the event.

The Youth and Family Counseling center is based in Libertyville and provides mental health services to all individuals, regardless of age, language (Counseling in Spanish is available), disability, and income. The group offers options to individuals and families who do not have insurance or are struggling with financial difficulties.

Registration Is Now Open

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.

Any questions, contact the D70 registrar, Cristina Di Stefano, at 847-362-9695 ex: 7116, or email her at,

Reminder About the Last Day of School

There appears to have been a misinterpretation of the required school days for the 2022-23 school year, with the result being two extra days of school.

To correct the issue, D70 school will end on June 7 -for now- rather than the anticipated and tentative last day of school of June 9.

The Board of Education will make the new calendar official at its Feb. 27 meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at the ERC, 1381 W. Lake St., Libertyville. In-person attendance is encouraged or you can view the meeting online here.

Once winter is over, the Board of Education will declare the official last day of school at its April 24 meeting. The end-of-school date of June 7 could change again if any Snow Days are created from now until the April meeting. Five emergency days are built into school calendars in June, to allow districts to expand the school year in case they need to make up for Snow Days.

The updated calendar information will be shared with families in the next community newsletter in March, after the board vote later this month.

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