Field Flash

February 27, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Pre-registration is ongoing and we are in the very earliest stages of planning for next year. New families and incoming kindergarten families can pre-register via the school district website. For all returning K through 4th grade students, we are going to start the process that leads to class creation. This is a process that involves teachers, administrators, and parents via the feedback you give us. If you are interested in telling us a little bit about your student's personality or learning style, any peers with whom you would like them paired or kept apart, or any other learning factors you would like us to know, please email that to me at This information will be kept confidential, so please tell me anything you think can help us make the best classes. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR A SPECIFIC TEACHER. Letters that include requests for specific teachers will not be considered. Your feedback about your learner will be combined with our teachers' knowledge of your student at school to create exceptional learning communities for next year. The deadline for submitting this information is Thursday, March 19, 2020. Please do not miss this deadline. If you have any questions, please let me know.

I also want to ask parents to make sure they are calling the attendance line and leaving an explanation for their child's absence. We are in the middle of flu season and we need to have a reason listed to excuse absences. We don't want you to send your child to school while sick, but we do need to ask that you make sure you call 847-318-4385 and leave a reason for your child's absence on that line. If my own practice as a parent is helpful, I put my children's school attendance line as a contact on my cell phone so I don't have to search for it very hard.


Dr. Jason Bednar

Principal, Field School

(847) 318-4383

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Events happening at Field School!

No School on Records Planning Day and Spring Break

  • Students will have the day off on Monday, March 9, Records Planning Day - Due to the lack of any inclement weather days used in January, District 64 students do not have to attend classes on Monday, March 9.

  • Schools will be closed for Spring Break from March 20-27 - Schools will be closed for six days (10 including weekends). The last day of classes will be Thursday, March 19. Schools will re-open on Monday, March 30.

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Director of Student Services hosts coffee chats

Do you have any questions about District 64's student services? Are there any concerns you want to tell us about?

Dr. Lea Anne Frost, District 64’s Director of Student Services, will host a monthly coffee for parents to express their concerns, ask questions, or discuss any matters related to the Student Services Department. Please feel free to attend all or part of these meetings.

The times and dates for the remaining coffees are:

  • 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 in the Emerson Middle School conference room, 8108 North Cumberland Avenue, Niles

  • 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22 in the Carpenter Elementary School conference room, 300 North Hamlin Avenue, Park Ridge

  • 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 in the Washington Elementary School conference room,1500 Stewart Avenue, Park Ridge

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Parent Workshop

The All Abilities group, in collaboration with the District 64 Student Services department, is hosting a “Planning for the Future of Children with Special Needs” parent workshop on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. at Franklin Elementary School, 2401 Manor Lane, Park Ridge. Attorney Mr. Brian Rubin, the founder of Rubin Law, will be presenting on the use of government benefits as well as estate and future planning for parents of students with special needs. Please join us for this informative event by registering and identifying any specific questions you might have to be addressed. For questions on this workshop, contact Maura Cullen at or Dr. Lea Anne Frost at

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