109 News

September 8, 2021

Background pic: Superintendent Simeck & Mrs. Strenger visit a kindergarten class at Walden practicing their scissor skills.

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Not Sure Who Can Answer Your Question?

A reminder that the district and each school now has a special webpage set up to help you get answers fast! Make sure to click on the button that says "Who Can Answer My Question?" if you're looking for information and not sure where to turn. Below is an example of Kipling's page. Each of these buttons is clickable and will lead you to call, email, or find information for the particular problem you are looking to solve. Give your school's page a try today!
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What's Good in 109: The Fresh Prince Phenom!

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Mission/Vision Work Ahead

We are excited to begin the process with Eklund Consulting. Expect more concrete dates about the process and path forward in the coming weeks.

A Reminder On What To Do If Your Child Wakes Up Sick

Step 1: Check to see if they have any of the symptoms on this list (provided by IDPH).

Step 2: Fill out the daily health certification (even if your child is NOT attending school that day) and note the symptoms that your child is experiencing. The daily health certification will be emailed to you each morning and is also conveniently found as a button on each school’s website.

Step 3: Do not send your child to school. Wait for the school nurse/administration to reach out to you to follow up on your case. Per the current exclusion guidance, students must be excluded from school until a negative COVID test result or alternative diagnosis.


If one of your children is symptomatic, all unvaccinated children must be excluded from school until the symptomatic child gets a negative test result or alternative diagnosis from a medical provider.

If there are siblings that are vaccinated and their parent/guardian has voluntarily disclosed their child’s vaccination status with the school (using the optional form in Family Access), those student(s) would be able to attend school if they are asymptomatic. Any student who is symptomatic must remain home regardless of their vaccination status.

Upcoming Dates/Events

  • September 8-24: MAP testing administered across district
  • September 9: Middle school athletic competitions start!
  • September 10: Building newsletters emailed
  • September 16: NO SCHOOL
  • September 17: Building newsletters emailed
  • September 21: Next edition of 109 News
  • September 23: Board of Education meeting

Looking To Expand Our Crossing Guard Crew

We are looking for a few more individuals to expand our crossing guard crew! Please share the application link below with anyone that you think may be interested!


Community: The Anti-Drug's September Newsletter

As students return to classes, reunite with friends and adjust to a new routine, they will likely also experience an uptick in social pressures. For many, the safe haven of home shielded them from these pressures over the last year and a half. The shift from summer to school is always a big change, but even more now with the transition back to in-person learning, mask mandates, and for many, a new school building. The theme of CTAD's September newsletter is re-entry and what parents can do to support their children through it.