Lions Park Remote Learning Update

Letter from the Principal

Dear Lions Park Families,


It has been another week of learning and hard work for Lions Park students and staff! We also know that our families work very hard to support our students. In addition, we have the support of our larger community. This coming week, we will be part of a wonderful event being sponsored by the Mount Prospect Public Library. We will be participating in the "Woven Together: One Town, One Day, One Read" activity. For this activity students across Lions Park, District 57 and many other Mount Prospect schools will be reading the same book on the same day, Wednesday, October 28, 2020. The book being featured is: Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. In addition to providing the book for every classroom, the MPPL included activity ideas that teachers may use if they want.


Our PTO also has some exciting events coming up this week. Please see the fliers below for our pumpkin decorating contest. You and your family have the opportunity to paint or carve a pumpkin and submit an entry electronically. There is also a Capannari Coolest School ordering competition. This looks different than in past years, but any orders placed on October 30th and picked up on October 31st will be credited to the Lions Park PTO.


Hybrid/remote placements and teacher assignments will be emailed out on Monday. As Dr. Aumiller's email shared, we are moving forward with preparations for our transition to hybrid for some students. While we are sending new teacher assignments, if there is any reason we don't return to school in person, students will still remain in their current classes. It is your decision as to whether or not to tell your child the new teacher assignment on Monday or to wait until after November 2nd. Either way, I recommend that you tell your child this change is likely to happen but that the situation continues to evolve and so it is not definite until it happens. Teachers will talk with students about the transition the week of November 4th. Also, during that week students will have the opportunity to gather with their new class and teacher for a short period of time during the school day. When talking with your child about the upcoming change, you can certainly show empathy about possible sadness about moving to a different teacher or worry about leaving parents to return to school, but it would also be helpful to highlight the excitement and new opportunities this change will have. For instance, students who are coming in person will have the opportunity to see their teacher and classmates in person. For students who are staying with remote learning, parents could help the child get excited about having an opportunity to get to know new students from other classes and possibly make new friends.


We are creating a video for our students returning in person that will share information about arrival, dismissal, hand washing, mask wearing and other important topics. You will also receive information about requirements for health certification. We anticipate a positive start for our in person students and continued positive remote learning for our remote students on November 9th! As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Warmly,

Katie Kelly

Principal

Lions Park School

DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday, November 2 - NO SCHOOL, Staff Institute Day

Tuesday, November 3 - NO SCHOOL, Election

Monday, November 23-Sunday, November 29 - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 30 - Classes Resume

PEPS VIRTUAL PRESENTATION

On Thursday, October 29, PEPS will be hosting a virtual presentation on the Development of IEPs and IEP binders. Please click on Smore to view the meeting information.

NEWS FROM THE LRC

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Read to Succeed Program has been suspended; we will not be participating this school year. However, any unused tickets earned during the 2020 season will be valid throughout the remainder of this year with block out dates. Additionally, they will also honor the ticket through August 31, 2021 to provide families with even more flexibility to visit. For more complete details of the park and hours of operation, please visit Six Flags Great America Chicago . Keep on reading!

Tardies, Absences and Early Dismissals

If your child will be missing any portion of the school day (8:50-11:50 and 12:50-3:20), it is important that you report the absence to the Lions Park office at (847) 394-7330 or by using the form on our website. We appreciate your cooperation!

Technology Issues

Although technology can work well, there are times when it just does not work correctly. Teachers will not be available to respond to emails during instructional times. Instead, please submit a Remote Learning Technology Support form by clicking here. Once submitted, someone from our District Technology Team will contact you to provide assistance.



If you experience a technical issue, please follow these steps to troubleshoot the problem:


  • Restart the Chromebook (make sure it turns all the way off before turning back on).

  • Quit any unused applications.

  • Sign out of an application if it's not working, and sign back in.

  • Move closer to your internet router if you are experiencing connectivity issues.

  • Turn off any accessibility features i.e., contrast mode, special cursor that may be set on the Chromebook. These can cause applications to run slow.

MESSAGE FROM DISTRICT OFFICE

Dear District 57 Community:


As you are aware, District 57 will be starting the school year with remote learning. Quest Food Management Services is busy reopening the kitchen and making modifications to the program to ensure safe serving. The menu has been modified and will include pre-packed meals for distribution for each school in District 57. Cold entrees will be offered; you will also have the choice to pre order a la carte items.


Although there will be modifications to the “way” we serve our food during this time, we want to assure you that the quality of “what” we serve will not change. We will be preparing meals daily, from fresh, high quality ingredients that adhere to Quest’s Food Philosophy. Modifications to the way we serve are outlined below:


Pre- Ordering with My Meal Order
Quest has made modifications to ensure your meal is served in the safest and freshest way possible. Because meals will be primarily served in a remote environment, the District is using an online ordering system (My Meal Order). Below are the steps for ordering weekly A la carte options.


Starting Tuesday September 8th the entire district will have the capability to order lunch and A la Carte items off of a new ordering platform.


• Please create an account with My Meal Order – Instruction attached. This will allow you to select the daily meals and/or a la carte options.

• Meal orders must be submitted by Thursday at Midnight for the next week.

• You will be required to create an account and transactions will happen at the point of order.

• It is highly recommended that the “low balance” notification is set up for your My Meal order account to ensure continuous food service. Insufficient funds will result in delayed ordering and may result in your order for the next week not being processed.

• First orders will be due September 8th at midnight for meal distribution on Tuesday the 15th and Thursday the 17th.


Meal Distribution
Meal Distribution will take place at Lincoln Middle School in D57 between 11:10-12:50pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week

• Orders for Tuesdays will be picked up Tuesday at Lincoln Middle School

• Orders for Thursday will be picked up Thursday at Lincoln Middle School

• Meals will be labeled with the student’s name and ID number


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Quest’s District Manager, Anthony Ferrazzuolo, at anthony@questfms.com or, Food Service Director at District 57. Donna Niesen at Donna.Niesen@questfms.com