Message from the Principal

Week of October 25, 2021

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Message from the Principal


Dear Virginia Lake Families,


The season of fall is finally in the air. Please send a jacket or sweater to school with your child. Students are outside for recess daily for 30 minutes. Students also go outside for P.E. As the weather will continue to change, please be mindful of ensuring your child is comfortable while they are outside. If your child needs a coat, we have several brand new coats, please contact one of our social workers; murphys@ccsd15.net, pappd@ccsd15.net, majewskm@ccsd15.net and they will provide your child with a winter jacket.


Happy Fall Spirit Week! A friendly reminder, we will have a Fall Spirit Week the week of October 25th. The themes are below and reminders will be shared with families daily. We look forward to celebrating the season of fall with our students.


Our PTA Trunk or Treat is on Friday, October 29th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. We look forward to the event! Thank you to our PTA for coordinating the event for our students and families. Transportation will be provided from Country Glen Apartments at 5:00 p.m. and home after the event.


We are looking for a parent volunteer to represent Virginia Lake on the Parents as Partners District committee. The committee meets four times a year on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. The meeting dates are October 26, December 14, March 1, and May 3rd. During the meeting, our superintendent, Dr. Heinz, will share information about D15 with our parent representatives and ask for suggestions and feedback from our community. If you are interested, please let me know.


We will have a Halloween Parade with all of our students the morning of Friday, October 29th at 9:00 a.m. Families are welcome to come and watch the parade. Please stand alongside the parade route highlighted in red. We do ask that spectators leave the sidewalks clear for our student parade. Our staff will also be dressed in a surprise theme to celebrate Halloween.


Please have your child follow the District 15 Halloween Costume Guidelines. The guidelines are included below. Students are welcomed to remove their costumes after the parade. To ensure your child is comfortable throughout the school day, we highly encourage students to wear costumes that can be easily removed as learning will commence following the Halloween/fall activities in the morning. Student will participate in classroom celebrations with an activity in a bag that was put together by our PTA. Thank you to all of our room parents for your hard work!


We are looking forward to a fun week ahead!


Let’s make it a great week!



With Kindest Regards,


Patti Van Winkle, Principal

Halloween Costume Guidelines Friday, October 29, 2021


  • Students can wear costumes to school - no changing at school due to bathroom space constraints.

  • Students are still required to wear a mask (related to covid).

Per the Student Handbook: Students are permitted to wear costumes on Halloween as long as their attire complies with the above student appearance policy and meets the following set of expectations for a school setting:

  • Children should not wear bloody, gruesome, or especially scary costumes. Costumes involving fake blood are not allowed.

  • Actual weapons, look-alike weapons, toy weapons or weapon-like objects are not allowed.

  • Masks that cover the face and head are not allowed.

  • Costume make-up is allowed provided it does not cover the student’s entire face. Staff members must be able to identify students.

  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype about someone’s culture, gender, heritage or religion are not allowed.

  • Reminder: Students are expected to wear a face covering/mask to school each day.



Directrices de disfraces de Halloween

Viernes, 29 de octubre de 2021

*Los estudiantes pueden usar disfraces para ir a la escuela, sin cambiarse en la escuela debido a las limitaciones de espacio en el baño.

*Aún se requiere que los estudiantes usen una máscara (relacionada con covid).

Según el Manual del estudiante: Los estudiantes pueden usar disfraces en Halloween siempre que su vestimenta cumpla con la política de apariencia estudiantil anterior y cumpla con el siguiente conjunto de expectativas para un entorno escolar:

*Los niños no deben usar disfraces ensangrentados, horripilantes o especialmente aterradores. No se permiten disfraces que incluyan sangre falsa.

*No se permiten armas reales, armas similares, armas de juguete u objetos similares a armas.

*No se permiten máscaras que cubran la cara y la cabeza.

*Se permite el maquillaje de vestuario siempre que no cubra toda la cara del estudiante.

*Los miembros del personal deben poder identificar a los estudiantes.

*No se permiten disfraces que puedan ser ofensivos o perpetuar un estereotipo sobre la cultura, el género, la herencia o la religión de una persona.

*Recordatorio: Se espera que los estudiantes usen una mascarilla para la cara a la escuela todos los días.


Halloween Parade Route

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PTA Trunk or Treat Event

The PTA will be hosting a Trunk or Treat Event at Virginia Lake on Friday, October 29th from 5:30-6:30. Families are invited to enjoy an evening filled with fun and goodies.


We are looking for volunteers to participate in decorating their cars for the event. If you are interested, please sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E49AEA62EA0F85-halloween


We hope to see everyone at our Trunk or Treat event!

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Virginia Lake Highlights

District 15 Pilot Overview

Starting this year and moving forward, all curriculum and program purchases will follow a new district Research, Design Implementation Model (RDIM). The RDIM is a cyclical review process that allows the district to research and pilot materials for district use on a regular basis. During an RDIM cycle pilot, volunteer teams of teachers, specialists and administrations review potential programs, participate in professional learning, implement assigned units and collaborate in discussion on what resources best serve our D15 students’ needs and align to our district’s instructional vision. Currently District 15 is engaging in 3 different pilot projects and we are implementing a new 6th grade math curriculum. The current three pilot projects are occurring in K-5 Math, 6-8 Science, and 7-8 English Language Arts. As we explore the differing features of programs and corresponding levels of student growth in learning, students in classes participating in pilots may have different materials, homework and grading practices during this time. For example, the number of graded assignments given may be different, and possibly less, as teachers are spending more time conferencing with students individually and in small groups to help guide students in their learning. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.


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Concurrent Learning

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to offer concurrent learning to our in-person students if/when they have been directed to quarantine if they are deemed a close contact to a positive individual or to go into isolation due to testing positive for COVID-19. We will ONLY allow students who have medical documentation or have been directed by the school nurse and approved by the building principal to quarantine or isolate. Students that have been directed to quarantine and approved to participate in concurrent learning for a specified period of time will be given a device and a link to the Google Meet to participate in learning. Students on vacation, out of the country, or home ill with any other illness will NOT be allowed to participate in concurrent learning. They will be marked absent per BOE policy 7:070 ATTENDANCE AND TRUANCY.


Important Dates


Friday, October 29th- 9:00-9:45- Halloween Parade

1:15-2:25- Halloween Parties in a Bag

5:30-6:30 p.m. PTA Trunk or Treat ( New Event)

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