Message from the Principal

Summer Update

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Message from the Principal


Dear Virginia Lake Families,



I hope you are having a fantastic summer! I want to introduce myself as the new principal at Virginia Lake. I look forward to partnering with your family this upcoming school year to support all of the students at Virginia Lake. I am so pleased and honored to rejoin the Virginia Lake community. I have such fond memories of attending our wonderful school as a child. It is my goal to ensure that all of our students receive an excellent education and a positive school experience. The staff and I at Virginia Lake are committed to providing all children with a quality education and giving them the necessary tools and strategies to be successful both inside and outside the classroom.


As the 2021-22 school year quickly approaches, I wanted to share some important dates for upcoming events that will be held in August. I am looking forward to meeting all of the students and families at Virginia Lake. In collaboration with our fabulous PTA, we will be hosting a Back to School Picnic on Friday, August 20th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The event will include live music, giveaways, Kona Ice, and more! All of our students will receive a Virginia Lake T-shirt. Please RSVP for the event, so we have an accurate count of student spirit wear. If you are not able to attend the event, please complete the survey and RSVP no to our picnic. Your child will receive the T-shirt at school. We can't wait to see your entire family at our school event! Go Dolphins!


During the school year, you will receive communication from me every week on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. I will include information relevant to our school, important dates, and highlights of students in our classrooms. The newsletter can be translated into several languages by clicking on the translate icon.


Our office is open during this summer. Our office hours are from 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Please stop by at any time. We are always happy to help you!


I will share information about the new staff members at Virginia Lake in early August. In searching for new classroom teachers, we set the bar high and looked for exceptional candidates with experience, outstanding credentials, and stellar references. I am thrilled to have these talented teachers join our team.


As you begin planning for the upcoming school year, you can find school supply lists on our website. School Supply Lists


We are seeking your input to provide us with valuable insights into how you see and feel about our school. In order to get baseline information from stakeholders, we are asking you to complete this brief survey. Results from this survey will be analyzed by our Family Collaboration Team. We will work together to improve the climate and culture of our school community to create an optimal learning environment for all of our students.


Virginia Lake Family Feedback Survey


It is going to be a spectacular school year! I can't wait to welcome the students back to school!


If you have any questions, concerns, or want to share what is on your mind, please feel free to contact me at 847-963-7105 or through email at vanwinkp@ccsd15.net.


I hope you have a great week ahead!


With Kindest Regards,



Patti Van Winkle, Principal

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Back to School Picnic

Virginia Lake will be hosting a Back-to-School Picnic. Together as a school community, we will celebrate our new school year. Our PTA is sponsoring our event! We will have live music from one of our own teacher's family bands ( Thank you, Mrs. Early!). The Early Byrds Family Rock Band will be playing music and engaging families in the show. We will have giveaways, including spirit wear for all of the students. The Kona Ice Truck will be on site. Our Dolphin mascot will be greeting families and will provide your family a fun photo opportunity. We are also planning a few surprises.


Please save the date for Friday, August 20th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.


Please RSVP for the event, so we have an accurate count of student spirit wear.


All of our students will receive a Virginia Lake T-shirt. If you are not able to attend the event, please complete the survey and RSVP no to our picnic. We will have an option for transportation from Country Glen Apartments. We will provide families with additional information soon. Thank you!


We can’t wait to see your family at our school event!

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New Family Orientation

A special welcome to our new Virginia Lake Families! Families who are new to Virginia Lake with students in Grades 2-6 are invited to our New Family Orientation Event. Our new family orientation event will provide your family with information about Virginia Lake Elementary in a virtual format. During the webinar, we will cover scheduling, protocols, and procedures at Virginia Lake.


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.


When: Aug 4, 2021 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: VL New Family Orientation- English

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://ccsd15-net.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zLM_vZUeQbGZp5S9T_JmOA



When: Aug 4, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: VL New Family Orientation- Spanish

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://ccsd15-net.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9lNLzBrbTGSQu9rgy4ZJow


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Kindergarten Teddy Bear Playdate

Please join us for our Kindergarten Teddy Bear Playdate. The event will provide your family with information about kindergarten. Students will have the opportunity to meet their teacher, participate in a fun activity, take a ride on a school bus in the community, and meet their new friends at the park for a playdate. Our PTA will provide all of the children with popsicles. During the presentation, I will cover scheduling, protocols and procedures at Virginia Lake, and required medical documentation for the upcoming school year.


Please have your child bring their favorite teddy bear. The event will be in-person at Virginia Lake School. We are following the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines and all persons on school grounds are asked to wear a mask. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.



Wednesday, August 11th


5:30- 6:30 p.m.- AM Kindergarten

6:30- 7:30 p.m.- PM Kindergarten, Bilingual Kindergarten

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1st Grade Teddy Bear Playdate

Please join us for our 1st Grade Teddy Bear Playdate. The event will provide your family with information about 1st Grade. Students will have the opportunity to meet their teacher, participate in a fun activity, take a ride on a school bus in the community, and meet their new friends at the park for a playdate. Our PTA will provide all of the children with popsicles. During the presentation I will cover scheduling, protocols and procedures at Virginia Lake. If your child attended Virginia Lake last year, you are still welcome to attend.


Please have your child bring their favorite teddy bear. The event will be in-person at Virginia Lake School. We are following the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines and all persons on school grounds are asked to wear a mask. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.


Tuesday, August 10th


6:00 -7:00 p.m.

Virginia Lake Highlights

Family Collaboration Committee Feedback

We are seeking your input to provide us with valuable insights into how you see and feel about our school. In order to get baseline information from stakeholders, we are asking you to complete this brief survey. Results from this survey will be analyzed by our Family Collaboration Team. We will work together to improve the climate and culture of our school community to create an optimal learning environment for all of our students.


Virginia Lake Family Feedback Survey

Student Registration for the 2021-22 School Year

Registration is required every year.


If you have already registered your child for the 2021-22 school year, thank you—no further action is required!

With four weeks left before the start of the new school year, we want to remind our families of the new registration and residency verification process. If you have not yet registered your child(ren) for the 2021-22 school year, you MUST complete your registration and proof of residency as soon as possible so your child(ren) is able to start school on the first day of school. Children that do not have a completed registration or proof of residency will NOT be assigned a classroom.

Online student registration for the 2021-22 school year is open. If you have not already started this process for your student(s), please visit our registration page to start this process.

Register your child. Registration is the first step in getting ready for the upcoming school year. After registering online, parents will need to go in person to your child's school and provide:

  • Health Forms. Required health, immunization, dental, and eye exams for students entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth-grade, and those who are new to the district.

  • Prove Residency. If you have a student that is starting Kindergarten, entering 4th 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.


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


All of the above 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.


LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?

View the recorded CCSD15 Parent University sponsored: 2021-22 Registration Webinar. For written registration instructions, please view 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, oharaj@ccsd15.net; or Min Goodwin, 847-963-3209, goodwinm@ccsd15.net, 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 the Director of Student Services, 847-963-3152.

Important Dates

Wednesday, August 4th- New Family Orientation (Grades 2-6)- Virtual- 5:30-English/6:30- Spanish

Tuesday, August 10th- 1st Grade Teddy Bear Playdate- 6:00-7:00 p.m.- In-Person

Wednesday, August 11th- Kindergarten Teddy Bear Playdate- 5:30 p.m.-AM Kindergarten/ 6:30 p.m.- PM Kindergarten & Bilingual Kindergarten- In-Person

Monday, August 16 & Tuesday, August 17th- No School- Teacher Institute

Tuesday, August 17th- Meet the Teacher- tenatively 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 18th- First Day of School- Grades 1-6

Thursday, August 19th- First Day of School- Kindergarten

Thursday, August 26th- Parent Orientation Night

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