Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Jan. 8, 2021

School Picture Days Set

Daniel Wright picture day has been scheduled for the last week in January. Pictures are being taken by Stuart Rodgers, which has provided excellent service to our school for many years. Their company has been serving many other area schools and understand safety concerns and procedures during this pandemic. Student photos will be taken in small groups and all the safety procedures will be followed. Please fill out the Picture Order Form in advance of picture day.

The picture day schedule follows:

  • In-Person Learners - 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29
  • Full Remote Learns - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Remote learners will sign up for a picture time slot.

Child-Sized Masks Required

Please take the time before your children return to school to purchase properly fitted masks. When a student wears a poorly fitted mask, it increases the risk of COVID-19 spreading while also creating a false sense of security. The most effective cloth masks will have two to three layers of tightly woven fabrics (such as cotton or a cotton blend) while allowing students to breathe comfortably. A properly fitting mask will cover the nose and extend down and under the chin, in order to catch all droplets (respiratory, cough, sneeze, etc...). Please note, neck gaiter masks, masks with openings or exhalation valves, and face shields are not considered an acceptable form of protection. Please read the CDC guidelines on proper mask wearing. It is further important that parents send their students to school with a minimum of four masks so that if one mask gets soiled there is a readily available new one to replace it. It is important to make sure that the masks fit the student prior to sending the student to school to help ensure the health and safety for all in the school setting.

Child sized fabric masks can be bought at most general retailers including Walgreens, Target, Walmart, and Amazon. When shopping for masks please look for the "child size" label for sizing for your children.

Fine Arts Contest

Free 2 Be Club is sponsoring a fine arts contest For No Name Calling Week coming up in January. Students are invited to create a drawing, painting, graphic, sculpture, rap, song, skit, video, or anything else around the topic of no name calling/anti-bullying. Please submit artwork to Ms. Funk at afunk@d103.org by Friday, Jan. 8. Artwork will be displayed during the week of Jan. 18. For questions, please reach out to afunk@d103.org or lcole@d103.org.

Send Us Your Pictures

Sponsor Stephanie Kodros at skodros@d103.org is seeking quality photos for the school yearbook. Please send in pictures of your Daniel Wright student doing outreach activities, helping out a sibling, working on homework, playing with a pet or anything else you would like to share with us.

Curriculum Materials Pick Up

On Tuesday, January 12 and Wednesday, January 13 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. parents whose children have elected the full remote learning model will be able to pick up curriculum materials in the White Gym at Daniel Wright. Students who have elected in-person learning do NOT have to pick up curriculum materials at this time. The district anticipates in-person classes resuming on Tuesday, January 19.

Please park in the lots behind the school and enter through door K. Materials Pick Up Traffic Flow Diagram Staff will be available to direct you to the appropriate materials table.

Masks are required to enter the building and we ask that you attend to social distancing.

Enjoy the Reporting of DW Students

DW's student newspaper December issue of the Voice is now available for viewing. Enjoy prose, articles and thoughts by talented student writers.

Return Library Books to School

The Daniel Wright Book Return box can be found inside the vestibule of Daniel Wright's main entrance. Books may be dropped off between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Books may also be returned when picking up lunches from the Transportation Department, 1370 Riverwoods Rd., Lincolnshire, located to the south of Daniel Wright Junior High School.

Save the Date

DW's Leaders in Learning is sponsoring a Watch Party: All Together Now set for 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. Please show your interest in attending by filling out the registration form.

Other District 103 News

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting webpage.

Partnership News

Leave Your Legacy in D103

The D103 Learning Fund Foundation invites your family to leave a legacy at D103 with the launch of the Legacy Brick Fundraiser. With the completion of the Daniel Wright construction project, the Foundation invites families to donate $100 to inscript their name on a brick pathway outside the remodeled school.

This LFF Legacy Brick Fundraiser video, narrated by Daniel Wright Principal Michelle Blackley and featuring the new school mascot, outlines the project. This is a great opportunity to bring our community together, so please consider a donation. The Learning Fund and all of our schools appreciate your generous support.

How to Raise a Socially Conscious Child

What does it mean to be anti-racist? How do you raise a socially conscious kid? D103 PTO Parent Education experts will share a virtual presentation on how parents can better prepare children to tackle issues of racism, equity, and social justice; how parents can go on their own anti-racism journey; and what steps families can take to build stronger communities through anti-racist work. RSVP for the virtual Webinar on How to Raise Socially Conscious, Anti Racist Kids at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

Community News

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

The Vernon Area Public Library offers teen volunteer service hour opportunities for seventh- and eighth graders from their home.

COVID-19 Vaccine Coming to Lake County

The Lake County Health Department has an important news bulletin about the COVID-19 vaccine coming to Lake County.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair