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Week Ending 5/8

Important Dates/Things to Remember

  • Thursday, May 14th 7:00 p.m. - PTO Meeting (Hussain Ali will be in attendance)
  • Friday, May 15th - Remote Learning Planning Day
  • Friday, May 22nd - Remote Learning Planning Day
  • Each Sunday you can find the updated weekly plans on the Mann Website in addition to getting them daily from the teachers

5 PBIS winners and Upcoming Birthdays

Congrats to the 5 weekly PBIS winners: Evelyn (Turi), Jack (Narvaez), Anthony (Narvaez)

Frank (Zander), and Luke (Peterson)

**Watch for something in the mail.

Happy Birthday to the following people next week:

Adela Balliet, Quentin O'Brien, Lucas Neppel, Cole Staszyk, Abigail Young, Frida Marinoff, LIncoln Hoog, Madeline DeJarnatt, Rosemary Bornhorst, Grace Franklin, Elliot Rist, Finn Kaunelis, and Gianna Trotta. Also Happy Birthday this week to Mrs. LaHucik and Ms. Bullock!

Hussain Ali's Welcome Letter

Please see New Principal Ali's Welcome Letter:

Hussain Ali's Welcome Letter

Mann Social Events - Virtual Events for the Students now till end of Year

The Mann staff will be holding social events for our students to bring our community together during this time apart. Please refer to the Mann Social Events Calendar link for activities, dates/times, staff running the event, and the zoom link. Please note that there are two calendars- one with activities for K-2nd grade students and the other for 3rd-5th grade students.

Important for Incoming Kindergarten Students

Yearbook - Information from Beth Siegel

I would like to invite you to begin uploading your candid photos for potential inclusion into the Mann Yearbook. Follow this link:

Click on "Photo Post" and select IL, Oak Park, and Horace Mann

Create an account if this is your first time logging in, or get logged in if you're a repeat helper. I promise not to spam you with anything after you're done uploading photos. (If you had an account last year, it was likely disabled and you'll need to create a new one.)

Follow the prompts to upload your photos.

Select the folder or create a New Folder (name it) --> Upload --> Add files --> select the photos from your computer --> repeat as needed

You can upload photos to the existing folders, or create a new folder. When naming a folder, please use a title that reflects the event. Please see the list at the bottom of this email for ideas of what we're looking for. I will be updating this list and may send out more requests as I start filling in specific pages. You do no need to put the names of the students in the photos, but please somehow include the teacher name the student(s) are in if a picture doesn't fit into one of the specific categories below.

***If you'd like to help with building the yearbook or if you have problems or questions about uploading, please contact me at The deadline is ever-changing, but we don't want this year to go by without a yearbook. This will be one to look back on for sure!!!

I could use some extra hands to build some of the pages.

Thank you so much for your help!

Beth Siegel


Registration Open for 2020-21 School Year in District 97

Returning Students - Registration for returning students will be open May 6 through May 20, 2020 .All current families received an email on May 6 from to remotely register your child for the 20-21 school year. We ask that all returning students complete registration as quickly as possible in order to accurately plan staffing, materials, devices, etc. for the upcoming school year. Remember to upload any required documents to InfoSnap (PowerSchool Enrollment) before submitting. Click here for the May 6 communication to families. Detailed information about the returning registration process is available on the district website at If you have any additional questions, please email

New Students and Kindergarteners - Please note that Kindergarten and New Student Registration will be open through June 6. Families who wish to enroll a kindergartner or new student should start the registration process now by completing a Google survey form on our website.

Mental Health Wellness Appointments

Mental Health Wellness Appointments
We recognize that this time of crisis may create stress and trigger emotional difficulties for your child. D97’s school psychology department is offering acute (short-term) access to mental health wellness checks. Scheduled appointments are available daily between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for mental health triage services during the COVID-19 school closure beginning April 13, 2020.

Parents/Caregivers, you may sign up your student for a 15-minute slot here: if you think your child would benefit from an empathetic ear and a few coping and self-care tips. When signing your child up, please provide the email (for video chat) or phone number you’d like us to contact at the time of the appointment.

Although this crisis may also be tough for adults, these mental health triage appointments are reserved to focus on student needs. If you have questions as a caregiver/parent, please email your building’s assigned school psychologist, your child’s educational team, or refer to this resource guide, created by the District 97 Social Work Department:

"Mindful Middle-Schoolers" Program (Particularly for our 5th grade families)

The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, and DePaul University’s Community Counseling Center have partnered to deliver a vast array of educational and therapeutic services to staff, families, and youth through the “Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program.” Below is a list of upcoming VIRTUAL talks, which will be held via Zoom. Registration via the Eventbrite links below is requested. Once you register, a link will be emailed to you four hours prior to the start of each event.

"Mindful Middle-Schoolers" Community Talk Flyer

Meal Distribution on Monday, May 11th

District 97 will hold meal distributions every Monday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Longfellow Elementary School (for Julian and feeder schools), 715 S. Highland Ave., and Brooks Middle School (for Brooks and feeder schools), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave. Meals are available to any District 97 family in need. Each student will receive breakfast and lunch items for five days.

If you have any questions, please contact our food service coordinator, Carla Ellis, at

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Given the economic impact of COVID-19, families may have experienced a financial change such as income reduction or job loss. Even if it is temporary and regardless of other financial factors, a change of income may qualify your children for free or reduced lunch from now until October 1, including summer meals. We encourage all families who have experienced a loss or reduction of income to take a few minutes to complete the National School Lunch application. To learn more or access the application, please visit Applications will also be available at our meal pick-up sites.

District 97 Staff Referral Program

We are always looking for talented, dedicated individuals to join the District 97 team! We know that some of our best teachers and staff members have come to District 97 based on a referral. If you know somebody who you believe would be a good fit for our district, please fill out the D97 Staff Referral Form. If you have any questions, please email the human resources department at

Technology Support

Technical support will be available from school and district technology staff by accessing the Help Desk through email, When an email is submitted, a Help Desk ticket is created and assigned to technology staff, who will be working throughout the day to address technology concerns. Our technology team can support District 97 devices and student online programs.

Video Created by D97 Social Workers and Psychologists

District 97 social worker Abby Berman and school psychologist Rike Neubert put together a video with tips and self-care ideas to help students and families cope during our school closure. Click here to view the video >families that they really wanted a way to connect with each other.

Mental Health Resource, "Call4Calm"

It's now been four full weeks that students have been learning from home. And we know the COVID-19 pandemic can wear on every resource—from food and shelter to our emotional bandwidth and mental health. Fortunately, the Illinois Department of Human Services has launched a support line called Call4Calm that is reachable via text. Individuals who want to speak with a mental health professional can text the word “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish speakers) to 552-020. Within 24 hours, that individual will receive a call from a mental health professional employed by a local community health center.

People can also text other terms, like “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” to the same number to receive information on how to navigate and access supports and services. Call4Calm is free, and individuals who use it can remain anonymous. We encourage you to share this resource with your students, families, and staff.

Community Resources

Community Resources/ Public Health updates:

CDC - Center for Disease Control informational website

Village of OP (resources specifically for OP)

Sign up for Village emergency notifications

How to talk with your child about COVID-19 and talking points from CDC (Community Mental Health Board resources)

Helpful information:

Comcast will provide low-income residents with 2 months of free internet to help them work from home:

Free/Reduced Lunch Supports for D97 students

Beyond Hunger- Oak Park

(OP Food Pantry) - will relax requirements for families to access food. There will be no questions asked for anyone who requests food.

Walgreens is also waiving delivery fees for all eligible prescriptions, beginning Friday, March 13th

Mindfulness Strategies: These are ways to help manage stress and maintain well being. There are many different activities online, these are two suggestions.

Leaves on a stream (mindfulness/meditation)