Lions Park Paw Prints

Letter from the PTO

Dear Lions Park Families,

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of September! The PTO was so glad to see so many families attend our first “Back to School Bash” earlier this month. We had an incredible turnout, and it was a ton of fun! Huge shout out to Sharon Otteman for all her hard work on this event, and thank you to all the parents who volunteered.

Next week is the final week of our Roar and Run. We have raised over $15,000. We have about 50% of students participating as of today, and we would love to see if we can get 75% or more of Lions Park students involved. Please remember to fill out the at home participation sheet and return to school by Thursday 10/6. Thank you to all the families who’ve already donated. Donate through Thursday, October 6. A very special thank you to Jackie Henriquez for all your hard work on this fundraiser. To celebrate the success of another Roar & Run, the students can participate in a spirit week next week. To donate: CLICK HERE!!

MONDAY: Pajama Day

TUESDAY: Mismatch Day


THURSDAY: Crazy Hair Day

FRIDAY: Lions Park Spirit Day

We are so excited to bring back Special Lunch this year, for the whole year!! Orders are coming in quickly, and know the kids are looking forward to our first special lunch on Wednesday, October 12. If you have not ordered yet, please make sure to submit your order and payment by Monday 10/3. Thank you to Vicki Fink and Erica Gordon for organizing this year! We are still in need of lots of volunteers, if you can, please SIGN UP HERE.

The school directory will be coming out in the next two weeks! When new users are uploaded,

previous users are deleted. In order to not experience any interruption with the school directory, make sure your membership for the 2022-23 school year is current. PURCHASE MEMBERSHIP HERE!

Our next PTO meeting will be held via zoom. Please see below for the ongoing zoom meeting.

PTO Meeting Zoom Link:

Next PTO Meeting: October 3, 2022 at 7pm

If you have any questions, please email us at


Mallory Reyes and Morgan Tone

Lions Park PTO Presidents

PTO board members:

● Co-Presidents: Mallory Reyes and Morgan Tone

● Co-Vice Presidents: Sarah Deitch and Deborah Giesler

● Treasurer: Ed Henriquez

● Secretary: Molly Kranovich


Please click on this link to view the flyer.

Second Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

Illinois requires that all public schools teach social-emotional skills. Social-emotional skills are life skills. Social-emotional skills include communication skills, decision-making skills, and cooperation skills. These include understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining positive relationships with peers, setting and achieving personal and academic goals, and making responsible decisions. District 57’s Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum Standards and Descriptors can be found by clicking here.

During the May 2022 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the purchase of instructional materials starting in the 22-23 school year to support the teaching of the social-emotional curriculum. The Second Step program was selected after being heavily researched and piloted by District administrators and staff. The leadership team that worked on this project found Second Step, which is aligned with Illinois social-emotional standards, to be robust, comprehensive, user friendly and relevant to students’ lives today. All students from early childhood through eighth grade will use Second Step. You’ll find more information about Second Step here. If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the Second Step program, please complete this form.


Monday, October 3 - LP PTO Meeting, 7 p.m. (Zoom)

Tuesday, October 4 - PEPS Meeting, 6:30 p.m. @ WB

Thursday, October 6 - Board of Ed Meeting (tentative), 7 p.m. @ FV

Friday, October 7 - PTO Roar and Run

Early Dismissal @ 11:50 a.m. (NO PM KIDS CORNER)

Monday, October 10 - NO SCHOOL, Indigenous Peoples' Day

Wednesday, October 12 - PTO Special Lunch