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September 2, 2022 - Welcome Back Issue!

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From the Superintendent

Welcome back to the 2022-2023 school year where we strive to INSPIRE, EMPOWER, and ACHIEVE great things for all of our learners!

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, for 1st-8th graders, Wednesday, September 7, for kindergarteners, and Tuesday, September 13, for preschool.

I hope you and your children are feeling excited, energized, and ready for a new school year. My favorite day of the school year is finally here and it feels like a new beginning! There’s nothing better than that first day of a new year when our students arrive with their big smiles, eager to meet their teachers and make new friends. It’s always fun to see our parents accompanying their children to school equally excited about the year ahead for their child. These milestones will soon be a cherished memory to look back upon someday. I speak from experience -my children are now grown up, and I wish I could turn back the clock and relive those moments. So, don't forget to take pictures! And, to help us celebrate together, please make sure to tag us in your back-to-school photos and social media posts by using our hashtag, #D33Pride #D33Orgullo. We will post your back-to-school photos on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts so everyone can see your beautiful children.

The previous two school years have reminded us of the importance of working together to support our students. Building partnerships with our families and improving communication have the potential to profoundly shape how our schools operate. By partnering together we will strengthen academic achievement for all learners and build strong social-emotional supports in our schools. Most importantly, we will be better able to unlock the talents and gifts of every one of our students. I encourage you to begin that partnership by attending Curriculum Night at your child’s school. Those dates are posted in this newsletter below. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions about what your child will be learning and how you can assist in their growth. There will be other invitations for you to become involved and have a voice in our schools, so please be on the lookout for those opportunities.

I hope you will join me in welcoming our students back to school for a year of challenging the impossible and reaching just a little higher than they believe possible. Inspiring, Empowering, and Achieving great things for all kids - that is the D33 Way. We look forward to a great year of learning ahead.

See you soon!

Kristina Davis, Ed.S.


First Days of School

Mark your calendar for the first day of the 22/23 school year:

  • Tues, Sept 6, 2022 - First day for 1st-8th graders
  • Wed, Sept 7, 2022 - First day for kindergarteners
  • Tues, Sept 13, 2022 - First day for preschoolers

Curriculum Nights

Curriculum nights are an excellent opportunity to meet your child's teacher and be engaged in your child's education. Mark your calendar now!

Leman Middle School

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022,

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Indian Knoll, Pioneer, and Turner Schools

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Time: 5:30 PM - 7: 30 PM

Wegner School

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gary School

Date: Monday, September 26, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Student Services

Back to School Tips

Heading Back to School is such an exciting time! New teachers and bright colored pencils and seeing friends you missed over the summer can be very exciting and happy for some students. But for some, the start of the school year can bring stress and anxiety. Some students have a hard time saying goodbye to family members that are at home and going to school can be very stressful. Here are some tips to help ease the separation anxiety for both students and their caregivers:

  • Create quick goodbye rituals. Even if you have to do major-league- baseball–style hand movements, give triple kisses at the curb for drop-off, or provide a special blanket or toy as you leave, keep the goodbye short and sweet. If you linger, the transition time does too. So will the anxiety.

  • Be consistent. Try to do the same drop-off with the same ritual at the same time each day you separate to avoid unexpected factors whenever you can. A routine can diminish the heartache and will allow your child to simultaneously build trust in her independence and in you.

  • Attention: When separating, give your child full attention, be loving, and provide affection. Then say goodbye quickly despite their antics or cries for you to stay. School staff is trained in how to help teenage students and they will be able to take your child, even if he is crying, and calm him down and engage in an activity.

  • Keep your promise. You’ll build trust and independence as your child becomes confident in her ability to be without you when you stick to your promise of return. If you might not be there for pick up, don’t promise that you will.

  • Be specific, child style. When you discuss your return, provide specifics that your child understands. If you know you’ll be picking her up at 1:00 pm, tell it to your child on their terms; for example, say, "I’ll be back after nap time and before afternoon snack." Define time they can understand.


After School Programs in District 33

After school programs in District 33 are academic-based programs run by outside partner organizations that serve primarily to provide students with academic support.

Puente del Pueblo
- This program supports students based on their academic performance. The program begins the week of September 6th.

This program is for families at the following schools:

  • Indian Knoll

  • Wegner

  • Leman Middle School

Families can contact their school for more registration information.
CAPE - Chicago Arts Partnership in Education CAPE is an arts-based program that serves up to 90 students at each school, prioritizing students with the most academic and/or social-emotional needs. Unfilled spots will be open for general registration.

Classes take place on Mon/Wed and Tu/Thurs. Students can choose to participate for two or four days. Virtual Saturday classes and parent classes are also available. Classes will begin in October, additional information will be shared by schools. This program is only for families at the following schools:

  • Currier
  • Gary
  • Turner
  • Pioneer
  • LMS
Additional Programs
We are looking into an additional program for students at Indian Knoll and Wegner Schools to increase the number of students served. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

BPAC (Comité asesor de padres bilingüe)

Mantener a su hijo seguro (Aprender mas sobre vape)

(La presentación se realizará en ingles y español.)

Fecha: 13 de septiembre de 2022

Horas: 6:30-7:30 pm
West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet St, West Chicago, IL 60185

Se proporcionará cuidado de niños

Si tiene preguntas….

mande mensaje a la Directora de Multilingual Learners, Ms. Ortiz,

Keeping your child safe (Learning more about vape)

(The presentation will be in English and Spanish)

Date: September 13, 2022

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

Place: West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet St, West Chicago, IL 60185

Childcare will be provided

If you have any questions….

Reach out to the Director of Multilingual Learners, Ms. Ortiz,

Community Schools

Adult English Language Classes for D33 Families!

Interested participants must register for a placement exam on September 12th or 14th.

Classes meet weekly beginning September 19, 2022.

Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Times: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Currier Elementary School, 800 Garys Mill Road

Child care will be provided. Text Antonio Higgins with questions: (630) 433 - 0821.


¡Clases de inglés gratis para familias D33! Los participantes interesados deben inscribirse para un examen de nivel el 12 o 14 de septiembre.

Las clases se reúnen semanalmente, el primer día de clases será el 19 de septiembre.

Días: los lunes y miércoles
Horas: 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Lugar: la escuela primaria currier, 800 Gary Mills Rd, West Chicago, IL 60185

Se proporcionará cuidado de niños. Texto Antonio Higgins con preguntas: (630) 433 - 0821.

22/23 Back to School COVID-19 Plan

At the September 1, 2022 Board of Education meeting, the most recent 2022-2023 Back to School COVID-19 Plan was approved with the following updates:

  • Continue to require positive cases to remain home for 5 days from symptoms onset or positive test result (whichever comes first). Individuals who tested positive can return to school on day 6 if fever-free and diarrhea and vomiting have stopped. These individuals are encouraged to wear a mask for days 6-10.
  • Continue to encourage and reinforce proper hygiene etiquette.
  • Continue to follow health department standards for reporting outbreaks.
  • Continue to deep clean classrooms with high absence rates.
  • No longer require quarantining if exposed to a positive case, rather encourage staff and students to wear a mask for 10 days when around others and indoors.
  • Students or staff who develop a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting shall be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when ill.
  • Students that are out of school for multiple days due to illness will be provided work from e classroom teacher to do independently at home. The work might be sent home as a paper packet or posted by the classroom teacher on the learning platform (Google Classroom, Seesaw, etc.).

Plan de COVID-19 para el Regreso a Clases 2022-2023

En la reunión de la mesa directiva 1ero de septiembre de 2022, el más reciente Plan de COVID-19 para el Regreso a Clases 2022-2023 fue aprobado con los siguientes detalles:

● Continuar con el requisito de que los casos positivos permanezcan en casa por 5 días a partir del inicio de síntomas o de una prueba positiva (cualquiera que ocurra primero). Los casos positivos podrán regresar a clases el sexto día si no tiene fiebre, diarrea y vómito. Se les recomienda a estas personas que usen sus cubrebocas por 6 a 10 días.

● Continuar recomendando y ejerciendo la higiene personal.

● Continuar apegándose a los estándares del departamento de salud para reportar brotes.

● Continuar la limpieza detallada de los salones con índices altos de ausencias.

● No se va a requerir entrar en cuarentena si se ha sido expuesto a un caso positivo, más bien recomendar al personal escolar y a los estudiantes usar mascarilla por 10 días al estar cerca de otras personas y en interiores.

● Estudiantes o empleados que tengan fiebre. Diarrea o vómito deberá recomendárseles que se hagan la prueba de COVID-19.

● Recomendar a los estudiantes y empleados que permanezcan en casa si están enfermos.

● Los estudiantes que estén en casa varios días por cuestiones de salud, recibirán sus trabajos por parte de los maestros para que los puedan hacer desde casa de manera independiente. Dichos trabajos podrán ser enviados a casa en papel, o podrán ser publicados por sus maestros en línea en la plataforma de estudios (Google Classroom, Seesaw, etc.).

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