District 109 Community Update

February 26th, 2021

SCHEDULE REMINDER: There IS school on Monday, March 1st!

Something GOOD: An Amazing Student Art Show!

Thanks to Ms. Foran for showcasing the work of the 3rd-5th graders from Kipling. What a creative group!
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Successful Start To SHIELD Testing

We launched a successful start to our SHIELD testing this week. All buildings will have completed two rounds of testing after Monday. We are continuing to ramp up the quantity of students tested each day! A big kudos to our testing teams, building administrators, and Dr. Filippi for all his hard work!

New Schedules & Teacher Change Notifications

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILES: New schedules that will be in effect for March 8th were mailed out today by the district. Watch your mailbox over the weekend and on Monday for the paper copy!


ELEMENTARY FAMILIES: Any student that will be moving to a new teacher as a result of the upcoming schedule change will be notified on Monday. Look for additional information from your building leadership.

Re-Entry Webpages To Be Updated Monday

On Monday, expect an email from the Communications team about updated pages for elementary and middle school with details on the March 8 shift to full in-person and full remote instruction!

Everything COVID & Re-Entry Related In Video Summary Form

COVID News & Metrics Update: Friday, February 26

MAP Scores: What Do They Mean and How Should We Look at Them in a Pandemic?

Join our Teaching & Learning department next Thursday for a short 30-minute lunchtime webinar explaining this important topic. The webinar will be recorded and posted online later that day for those who can't attend. Zoom link: https://dps109.zoom.us/j/95919863705
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Kindergarten Registration is Here!

In-person registration opportunities will be held at the District Office between March 29-April 1 divided up by school. Online registration is available NOW. See the below flyer for more info!
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Board of Education Meeting Schedule Changes

A few changes to pass along for upcoming meetings:


March 8, 2021 at 5:30PM: This date was scheduled originally as a Committee of the Whole Meeting, but will now be a Regular Meeting instead.

March 29, 2021: This meeting has been cancelled and rescheduled


April 5, 2021 at 5:30PM: Rescheduled date in place of March 29, 2021

Something Else GOOD: Making A Pen Pal at Caruso!

Seventh graders at Caruso (Ms. Jaksich's class) just started reading the true story I Will Always Write Back in ELA. This is the story of Caitlin and Martin, who became pen pals in seventh grade and ultimately had a profound influence on each other's lives for years to come. They co-authored the book. As a part of this unit, we have partnered with middle schools in Indiana, New York, and New Jersey and set each of our students up with a pen pal! Their first letters will be going out this week!

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