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January 9, 2021

Principal's Message

Ravinia Families,

Thank you for those that have sent me a picture of your child's Box Day creations. If you are still creating, it is not too late to send one in!

Our PTO yearbook committee is hoping to create a Box Day spread. If you've already sent me a picture, I will share it with them unless you tell me not to. If you are still creating, drop your pictures in this folder.


You can also share other pictures to be included in the yearbook in the following folders.

GRATITUDE - pictures from your Thanksgiving celebration or your children holding a sign of what they are grateful for
MASK FASHION - pictures of your children in their favorite mask

SPIRIT WEAR - pictures of your children in their Ravinia spirit wear!

SNOW DAY FUN - pictures of your children playing in the snow or "at home recess"

I'm looking forward to all that is to come in 2021, and I hope you are too. Dr. Lubelfeld is planning to update the Board about new criteria for returning students back to the hybrid learning model on Tuesday night at the board meeting. Fingers crossed we get to see those children who are in the hybrid model back in our building in the coming weeks!


Courtney Nordstrom, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

1/9 - iRead Virtual Kick-off, Registration Required, 10am

1/12 - Board of Education Meeting, 7pm

1/15 - Regular School Day, NO EARLY RELEASE

1/18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No School

2/9- Board of Education Meeting, 7pm

2/15 - Institute Day, No School

Virtual Lunch Bunch Opportunity

We will be offering social groups, led by Ravinia staff, twice a week for every grade over the lunch hour beginning January 4. Each session will last 30 minutes. This is an opportunity for students to see their grade level peers and interact socially. Activities will vary by grade and session, and attendance is voluntary and flexible. We encourage students to bring their lunch (or not) and hang out with their peers! We've left plenty of time for a screen free break in the middle of the day as well. If you have any questions, please reach out.

From the Library

District Lunch Resources

Any family with children 18 or younger is eligible for free meals during this time. You can pick up meals at Oak Terrace between 10:30-1:30 Monday-Friday, or you can sign up to have the meals delivered directly to your home while everyone is remote! There is no registration needed to pick up meals at Oak Terrace. This program is for all our families and is funded regardless of number of students. Your participation does not 'take away' from others being able to participate.

If you'd like to have the meals delivered to you, see the information below:

Please complete this form to join the program.

Deliveries of breakfast and lunch will be twice a week, Mondays (2 days worth) and Wednesdays (3 days worth).

  • As new families apply for delivery, they will be added to the route for the following week.
  • When we are back in person, remote families will still be eligible for food deliveries, but hybrid families can still pick up meals at Oak Terrace.
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Book Match: New Reading Opportunity for 4th & 5th Graders Across D112!

Book Match is a fun reading based program that also includes a friendly team competition. 4th and 5th grade students who are interested can sign up and participate with other 112 elementary schools.

Depending on the day you are available, you will meet once a week January - May with coaches based out of Indian Trail, Sherwood, Braeside or Wayne Thomas. Take a risk and meet some new people! Here is the list of books to start reading now. Most are available in all school libraries, the public library, and on Sora. Enjoy this video of the fifty books with summaries. Book Match will run once a week after school or at a lunch hour depending on your day, we'll let you know which coach you'll practice with once we have everyone signed up. Sign up here. For questions contact: Happy Reading!

Nurse Communication Reminders: Report ALL Absences

Please inform Nurse Betsy if your child (or someone in your home) tests positive for COVID19, has had close contact with someone who has tested positive, or is sick (including symptoms).

This includes ALL absences - including vacation, appointments, or any other absence. We still need to document these absences during our pivot to remote learning. Ms. Weiss can be reached at: or 224-765-3709.

The Lake County Health Department is offering additional mobile testing services during this time. You can view the sites, hours, and more information here.

Practice the 3-Ws and stay healthy.

Did You Know?

Grab & Go craft kits will be available at the Highland Park Library on Saturday, 1/9 from 11am-5pm. A StoryWalk will also be available, weather dependent.