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November 24, 2020

Principal's Message

Please see below for two time sensitive announcements regarding supply pick up and our family engagement survey.

In the spirit of this season, I wanted to share my gratitude for this amazing school community. Thank you all for your support of your children, our staff, and our partnerships. While I am always thankful, I am especially grateful this year. We could not be making near the impact on these children if we were not doing it together.

Wear a mask

Wash your hands

Watch your distance


Courtney Nordstrom, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

11/25-11/27 - No School, Thanksgiving

12/15 - School Board Meeting, 7pm

12/21-1/1 - Winter Break

Supply Pick Up Today!

Check your email, or the links below, for grade level specific information regarding supply drop off and pick up. Materials for each grade level are ready for pick up in the vestibule (door A7, near the flagpole on Dean Ave.) We will keep it open until 7:30pm tonight and from 8am-12pm Wednesday. Please call the office with any questions.


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Your Input Matters! Family Engagement and Culture Survey

Please take a few moments to complete our 5-minute parent culture survey to let us know your thoughts and level of engagement regarding our school and district. The Family Engagement Survey is meant to gather information from family members to help teachers, principals, and the superintendent understand parent/guardian views of the learning environment, impact of leadership, and overall mission. This is the third annual family engagement survey. Results and input help drive leadership and decision making - your voice matters!

Please complete the survey for each child (if time is an issue, please select your older child or the school to which you would like to give feedback). Please complete this Family Engagement Survey before today at 8:00pm.

The results of this survey will be shared anonymously. I recognize that some questions are specific to our building, and some of you haven't been able to come in fully! Please respond N/A if you cannot directly answer the question.

You can also view this short video that further explains why we are asking you to complete this survey: Link: Parent Culture Survey Introduction Video (2:05 mins)

From the Library

In the season of giving thanks and appreciating what you already have, the library read one book to all of the Ravinia students. It was a mini version of One Book-One School. The book was titled, Lights on Wonder Rock by David Litchfield. This story has stunning illustrations about friendship, family, wonder, and magic that show how sometimes, the things we’re searching for have been right in front of us all along. Ask your child or children to tell you about it and share their ideas they had after listening to the story.

Happy Thanksgiving to the entire Ravinia Community!

Mrs. Lau

Brown Paper Bags Needed for Moraine Township

The Moriane Township Food Pantry is in need of paper grocery bags WITH HANDLES. They can be dropped off at any time on the front steps (there's a blue bin) of the Supervisor's Office: 800 Central Avenue, Highland Park, 60035.

Please DO NOT leave food items for donation at this time. If you'd like to help the Pantry meet the increased need in our community, consider a cash donation so that we may continue to purchase specific, essential items for our families.

Any questions can be directed to Mark Haggarty (Ravinia parent) or 415-260-9469

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COVID19 Safety and Communication Reminders

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 information is essential to us in our contact tracing and reporting. Mrs. 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.

Virtual Social Emotional Support Office

Please click on the picture below to be taken to our district Social Emotional Support Office. There are many amazing resources available to support your child's school experience.

Optimistic Household

Hello! I am so excited that the district is providing this resource to families during this challenging time. This summer, take part in Optimistic Household - a series of six interactive modules designed to foster learning and social-emotional wellbeing. Shawn Achor is a respected researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage, among other books. We in District 112 are partnering with Shawn Achor to provide The Optimistic Household for our families. Please watch the introduction from Dr. Lubelfeld below. The modules and research can be found at this website. Modules are linked on the left side of the page.