News from CCSD15
March 8, 2021
A Message from Dr. Laurie Heinz
Dear District 15 Parent/Guardians:
Spring is in the air today and not a moment too soon after two inclement weather days this winter. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation on both days. We are in our final few weeks of school before Spring Break with many exciting school activities planned across the District.
Spring Break and Concurrent Learning
Please only complete this form if your child has been placed in an IN PERSON CLASSROOM. Virtual learners, (including those always learning concurrently) do NOT need to make these requests. Junior high hybrid students only need to fill out the form only if they intend to learn virtually on their days slated to be at school in person.
Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022 Continues
Online registration for incoming kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year began February 15. Families may register their child by visiting the Registration page on the District website. Many questions about Kindergarten can also be answered by reading our “Welcome to Kindergarten!” guide. We can’t wait to welcome our new kindergarten learners to school on August 19, 2021.
For written instructions, you may view Campus Parent - Online Registration Instructions, or visit your school during office hours for assistance.
Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and Illinois Science Assessment (IAS)
Each year, all Illinois public schools are required to administer state assessments like the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) to its students. Although the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has asked the United States Department of Education to waive this requirement due to the impact of COVID-19, the waiver was, unfortunately, denied this week. As such, ISBE has instructed school districts to begin preparing to administer the IAR to students in grades 3 - 8 and ISA to students in grades 5 and 8. ISBE has also indicated that ALL students will be asked to complete IAR and ISA in person at their school.
District 15 has set its testing window to begin on April 12 and continue through May 15.
Watch for additional information about how we plan to schedule students currently learning within our Virtual Learning Classrooms into their home school for the required in-person IAR and/or ISA assessment as well as information about the individual opt-out provision being made available to parents for this year only due to COVID 19.
Open House 2021
Just like many other aspects of a typical school year that have had to be modified or cancelled as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, we have decided that hosting our much anticipated Open Houses in our schools this spring will not take place in its typical format.
While we know our students and families very much look forward to Open House so children can showcase a year's worth of learning to their families, our teachers will be working hard to create video presentations to share with parents that highlight and celebrate what our students have learned during this unprecedented year.
Schools will communicate more information as the event gets closer, but we ask that you mark your calendar for the revised Open House events:
Junior High Teachers will send out the video/presentation on April 29th.
Elementary Schools will send out the video/presentation on May 14th.
Although different than in the past, we promise to make the evening one where our students will shine.
SPARK Meeting (Special Education Parents Accessing Resources and Knowledge)
Mar. 15, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Neurological Foundations: Assessment & Treatment
Dr. Suzanne Joseph, Doctor of Physical Therapy from Hands On Health Manual & Physical Therapy Services, LLC, offices in Naperville and Inverness, will join us. New research demonstrates the strong ability the nervous system has at any age to heal and further develop. Research also supports the need for specific therapies that mimic the way we originally learned. This presentation will show techniques to assist the nervous system to advance no matter what the challenge or development stage.
For the latest information, visit: https://www.ccsd15.net/spark
Drop in Call for Parents Navigating the Pandemic
Thursday, March 18, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Hear tips to help your child get “unstuck,” learn ways to be your child’s “very important personal promoter,” and listen to ideas on how to manage Spring Break during COVID.
The one-five Foundation is highly committed to helping bring additional resources to staff and students in District 15. Beginning last year, the one-five agreed to fundraise around providing Blessings in a Backpack, which provides food for students over the weekend that otherwise do not have enough food to keep them from feeling hungry while school breakfast and lunches are not served.
Additionally, they agreed to fundraise around donating monies to help modernize our LRC spaces to provide more flexible teaching and learning spaces.
They will, however, not be able to meet their fundraising goals without your support!
Their latest fundraiser is a 50/50 raffle. Ticket sales have already exceeded the 200 mark—guaranteeing the winner with at least $10,000!* Each ticket sold increases the pot! Teams or groups of friends can split the cost of a ticket to help spread the wealth! Visit one-five.org/50-50-raffle for all of the details and to buy your tickets today!
*Only 600 tickets will be sold, potential winnings of up to $30,000!!
Mar 10: Board of Education meeting - 7:00 pm
Mar 12: Teacher eLearning Plan Day—no student attendance
Mar 15: Online Registration begins for existing students
Mar 15: SPARK Meeting, 7-8:30 pm
Mar 22-26: Spring Break—no school
Apr 6: Board Election
Apr 14: Board of Education meeting
Apr 21: Committee of the Whole Meeting