Polaris Express

March 13, 2020

Community Unit School District 303

Dear District 303 Families,

As you know, the current situation surrounding COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Each day, District 303 officials are in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Kane County Health Department, and the Illinois State Board of Education in an effort to gather the most accurate and up to date information and communicate with you.

For the last several weeks we have been working on how we would respond if schools closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This afternoon, we have made the decision to cancel classes for students on Monday, March 16 and hold an Institute Day for staff. This will allow staff members the time to work on plans for classes that can be delivered remotely. Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, the district buildings will be closed to students through the end of Spring Break. All school activities are also cancelled.

At this time, we will use eLearning days beginning March 17 through March 27. Spring Break will still be observed March 30 through April 3. The tentative return date for on-campus classes is April 6.

Starting Tuesday, March 17, students in grades 3 through 12 should look for communication from their teacher(s) with assignment information. Assignments will be posted by the start time of each regular school day. Preschool, Kindergarten, First, and Second grade teachers will communicate directly with parents regarding eLearning materials. Teachers will be available during the school day online to answer questions for students and assist as needed. For more information about how our e-Learning days will operate, please visit our FAQ online.

As you know, all students were asked to take home any necessary materials including Chromebooks, reading materials, and books in preparation for eLearning days this afternoon.

If your child was absent today, he or she will have the opportunity to pick up their materials at the school on Monday. Only students will be allowed in the school to pick up their belongings.

Please continue to watch for information from the District. Communication to families will continue to be distributed by email and posted on the website.

Thank you.

Intra-District Transfers

This message is a reminder to elementary school families that the Intra-District transfer window for the 2020-2021 school year opens on April 7 at 8:00 a.m.

For the 2020-2021 school year, ALL elementary students have been assigned to their attendance area school by the District. This includes elementary students currently attending a school on an intra-district transfer.

An Intra-District Transfer Request must be submitted online no sooner than 8:00 a.m. on the first Tuesday following spring break (April 7, 2020) and no later than 4:00 p.m. on the third Monday following (April 20). A link to the request form will be posted on the District 303 web page (district.d303.org) by 8:00 a.m. on April 7.

If you are requesting a transfer for more than one child, a separate request must be submitted for each. Due to fluctuating class sizes at schools and each grade level, siblings are not guaranteed placement. If granted, transportation is the responsibility of the parents.

If you have questions about the process, please call the District office at 331.228.2000.


Este mensaje es para recordarle a las familias de las escuelas primarias que el plazo para solicitar la transferencia dentro del distrito (Intra-District Transfer) para el ciclo escolar 2020-2021 se abre el 7 de abril a las 8:00 a.m.

Para el ciclo escolar 2020-2021, TODOS los estudiantes de primaria han sido asignados a su área de asistencia por el Distrito. Esto incluye a los estudiantes de primaria que actualmente asisten a una escuela bajo la transferencia dentro del distrito.

Una Petición de Transferencia Dentro del Distrito debe ser entregada en línea no antes de las 8:00 a.m. el primer martes después de las vacaciones de primavera (7 de abril de 2020), y a más tardar a las 4:00 p.m. el tercer martes después de esa fecha (20 de abril). Se publicará un enlace para el formulario en la página del Distrito 303 (district.d303.org) a las 8:00 a.m. el 7 de abril.

Si usted está solicitando una transferencia para más de un estudiante, se necesita entregar un formulario separado para cada uno. Debido a la fluctuación del tamaño de las clases en las escuelas y en cada grado, no se garantiza la colocación de los hermanos. Si se le otorga la transferencia, el transporte es la responsabilidad de los padres.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el proceso, favor de llamar a la oficina del Distrito al 331.228.2000.


Illinois High School Art Exhibition Winners

The Illinois High School Art Exhibition believes the visual arts are a powerful force in culture and education, enriching the lives and endeavors of humankind. Their mission is to advance art education for young people by providing art exhibition and education opportunities that celebrate students' artistic achievement, promote mastery and ingenuity in learning, and facilitate post-secondary opportunities. We are proud to announce that three of our students were IHSAE winners!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Melton IHSAE Best in Show for Pottery, Caroline Gendron IHSAE Top 20 Senior Scholarship Winner, and Machelle Acurio IHSAE SCAD Rising Star Award!

School Information

Film Festival Call for Entries

The annual D303 Film Festival will take place at St. Charles North High School Auditorium on May 6, 2020, from 7-9 PM. Students from both high schools are invited to submit works for consideration. Entries can be film, animation, or motion graphics. Entries must be received by April 12, 2020. Please contact Mrs. Wennemar for more information. Submissions should be emailed and shared with Mrs. Wennemar using google drive. Laurie.wennemar@d303.org

Illinois Youth Survey

On April 9, St. Charles North will participate in the Illinois Youth Survey run by the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois. Students in the 10th and 12th grades will take this brief survey in their English classes. Detailed information about the Illinois Youth Survey was emailed out to parents on March 1, 2020. Attached to that email are forms to opt-out if parents prefer their students to not participate in the survey. Additional copies of the opt-out form are available in the St. Charles North Main office, and opt-out forms will be accepted through 2:21 PM on April 8. Additional information about the Illinois Youth Survey can be found at https://iys.cprd.illinois.edu/about.

High School Summer School 2020 Registration Information

The Summer School Program is offered through Community Unit School District 303. Students will register with their school counselor using the form attached to the Summer School Brochure. Online payment via PushCoin is available upon course acceptance. Classes will be held at St. Charles Noth High School. Session I is June 1 - 18, Monday - Thursday, from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Session II is July 6 - 23, Monday - Thursday, from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Driver Education Summer School

May 28 - July 9, 2020

Classes to be held at St. Charles North HS

Enrollment Deadline - May 1

District Residents $400

Registration information is available in all school offices.

2020 St. Charles North Summer Athletic Camps

Registration for the 2020 St. Charles North Summer Athletic Camps must be done online via Pushcoin. There will be NO walk-in registrations accepted at St. Charles North High School. Check out the camp brochure at the bottom of the newsletter.

St. Charles North High School Summer Swim Camp Registration

Registration should be completed online via PushCoin and the D303 Webstore. Walk-in registrations and cash payments will not be accepted. Current D303 families should register using their existing Pushcoin account. For families without a current D303 student, Guest registration is available via PushCoin.

  1. Visit the D303 Webstore and find the session and class that you wish to register.
  2. Fill out the required information and add it to the cart.
  3. Once finished, click on the checkout button.
  4. Select “I don’t have an account” and provide the necessary information to create an account.
  5. Enter payment information and submit your registration.

If the class you are looking for does not appear in the Webstore or you are not able to register all of your children for the same class, please reach out to Coach Rooney for clarification and direction.

You can reach Coach Rooney at robert.rooney@d303.org or 331-228-6375 at any time with questions, concerns, or for further assistance registering for Summer Swim Lessons.


The Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony will take place at 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 21, at the NIU Convocation Center. Participating students must attend the Graduation Group Meeting after school on May 19 and Graduation Practice on the morning of May 21. More information can be found on the CCR Website.

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