FACE Connection

District 186 Family And Community Engagement - F.A.C.E. #15

*FACE Connection newsletter highlights topics families, schools, and communities can use to successfully launch student learning and make sure all students can reach their goals.

State Testing: Elementary & Middle School Remote Students

All elementary and middle school students across the State of Illinois will take The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) assessments in reading, math, and science this Spring. In our District, testing has begun and will continue into May.

To help schools with planning, parents are asked to complete this Google form (click) to indicate whether or not you plan to allow your child to come into a school or district building to take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) at grades 3 - 8 grades and the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) at 5th and 8th grades. The possible dates of testing for remote students needing transportation include the week of April 26 and Mondays in April and May. Schools may create individual testing schedules for hybrid students and remote students who do not need transportation.

If you have any questions about state testing, please contact your child’s school.

'Family Support Fridays' Video Series

Each Friday families receive a 5 min. Family Support Fridays video!

This video week's video: Supporting your Child/Teen Academically features, 186 Educator Mr. Dabbs, one of his former students and a District Parent!


These videos were created to support families during this unique time by Springfield Public Schools parents, students, staff and community members.

We hope you enjoy Family Support Fridays! (Below)

Family Support Friday Series: Support Your Child Academically
CLICK HERE: Return to Learn Info

Meal info, Canvas Login, Plan, School Contact Information, Resources, ...

Online Resources

Canvas LMS for Parents
CLICK HERE: Self-care for kids

Here are six activities kids can use to self-regulate (without needing adults to do it with them or for them). Understood.org

Mindful Moments with JusTme

Mindful Moments with JusTme (#5 Body Scan)

What is F.A.C.E.?

FACE = Family And Community Engagement

Springfield District 186 defines Family And Community Engagement as school, family and community partnerships built on trust and meaningful communication that creates strong academic support systems for all students.

What happens when schools, families, and community work together?

A space launch relies on engineers, mathematicians, and physicists working together to send astronauts into space. The same is true for children’s learning—to take off, families, schools, and communities need to work together.

Everyone at mission control works together to plan, implement, and complete a mission. Families, schools, and communities can do the same thing by collaborating and planning successful learning and exploration at the start of the school year. And by working together throughout the year on this shared mission, they can successfully launch student learning and make sure all students can reach their goals.