Happy New Year

To the Best Families Ever!

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2021! We are excited to begin another year with our Panther students and families! I hope everyone is refreshed, well-rested, and ready to start the new year. We look forward to continue working alongside each of you for the second half of the school year.


We can't wait to welcome your child(ren) back to school on Monday. Please remember our health guidelines as we return to school to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for all.


Students and staff must do a daily symptom screening at home to determine if they are experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius;
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Chills;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle and body aches;
  • Headache;
  • Sore throat;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Congestion or runny nose;
  • Nausea and/or vomiting;
  • Diarrhea; or
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH


  • If a student or staff member are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, please stay home until the results of the test are known. Additionally, please keep siblings and/or members of the same household home as well.
  • If you have been in close contact with anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come to school, stay home and contact your health care provider to determine next steps. Close contact, according to the CDC, is defined as being within 6 feet of another person for at least 15 minutes.
  • If a student stays home due to being sick or experiencing a COVID-19 symptom, please keep siblings home as well until an alternative diagnosis on the sick student or a negative COVID-19 test can be produced.

New Inclement Weather Plan

When inclement weather is predicted, we begin to assess conditions the day before, with student and staff safety as our number one priority. This year, weather closures may lend themselves to the possibility of a switch to remote learning for all students instead of a "snow day" with no student attendance. This would allow students to continue learning safely while eliminating the need to add a make-up student attendance day later in the school calendar. In the instance of inclement weather this year, we will follow our standard protocols for determining school closures (details at d181.org/weather) and keep families and staff updated with the latest information as soon as possible.


To view more information, including the key components for remote learning on a potential remote "snow day," click here.

MAP Schedule-Hybrid Students

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MAP Schedule- Remote Students

Whenever possible, students will be administered MAP by their remote teacher and with the students in her/his remote classroom. Similar to the hybrid schedule, students will complete the reading assessment on one day and math on the next.

The following elementary schedule has been developed:

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5th Grade Parents/Guardians

As part of our fifth grade curriculum, students participate in a Puberty I program provided in partnership with Candor Health Education, formerly known as Robert Crown Health Center. Below is information on the student program as well as an invitation for parents to preview the presentation from January 1-31. The FAQ for parents on the Puberty I program can be read here.

Parent Presentation

The pre-recorded parent presentation will be available from January 1-31. To view the pre-recorded parent presentation click here. Use the password found below.

Password: POV1934

Student Program

The student program will be held during school hours on March 5th from 9:30-11 and 1:30-3:00, A permission slip will be sent home in January.

Students in Mr. Oldenberg's class will join a presentation with Monroe's 5th grade classes. If you would prefer your child join with Prospect 5th grade students, please contact me to set something up.

Student Booklet

Below is electronic access to the booklets that your child will receive as part of the Puberty I program. These booklets provide information on the physical changes that young people experience during puberty. Please note that both classes and booklets include basic information about the anatomy of the opposite sex.

We know that parents are the most influential role in a child’s life. For ideas on how to use the booklet, general tips for talking with your child and ways to get conversations started, click here. If you would like more information about the center, or the program your child will attend, please visit the Candor Health Education website at candorhealthed.org. If you have any additional questions, please contact Candor Health Education at (630)325-1900.

D181 Covid Dashboard

The dashboard is updated daily at 4 pm.

After School Math Support- Reminder

If you are seeking some help with math for your child’s asynchronous work, there are after school virtual sessions where teachers are available to work with your child! Parents, please refer to the appropriate section below to sign your child up for support. Please note, elementary sessions are 15 minutes long. Please do not sign up for more than one time on a single day.


Kindergarten, First, & Second Grades

Please make the appointment using your (parent) personal email.


  1. Click this appointment calendar link.

  2. Find an appointment time that works for your child and click on it.

  3. You do not need to enter a location but you can put something in the description box regarding the type of support needed.

  4. Click “Save.”

  5. You will receive an email with a meeting link for your child to join the appointment.


TIPS FOR PARENTS

  • The teacher you will be meeting with may not be your child’s math teacher.
  • If you no longer need the appointment, please send the teacher an email. This will allow another student to sign up for help!


Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades

Please have your child make the appointment using their D181 student email login so that the meeting links show up on the student’s Google Calendar.



  1. To sign up for an appointment slot, students should click the link for the appropriate grade level: 3rd and 4th grade OR 5th grade
  2. Find an appointment time that works for him/her and click on it.
  3. He/she does not need to enter a location but you can put something in the description box regarding the type of support needed.
  4. Click “Save.”
  5. The teacher will add a Meet link to the calendar event.
  6. When it is time for your child’s appointment, he/she will join the meeting using the link on his/her calendar.


TIPS FOR STUDENTS:

  • Sign up by the grade you are in - the teacher you will be meeting with may not be your math teacher.

  • Make sure you are signed in with your D181 student email account.

  • A calendar of available time slots will appear. Your D181 calendar will show up as well. Choose the best time for you, and sign up!

  • Prior to your scheduled meeting time, the teacher will add a Google Meet link to the calendar event.

  • If you no longer need the appointment, please delete the event from your own calendar and send the teacher an email. (There is an option for that to happen automatically when you delete it!) This will allow another student to sign up for help!