McKenzie Monitor

February 18, 2022

Principal's Message

Last week marked our 100th day of school! It's amazing to reflect and see how much we've accomplished as a McKenzie community in just 100 days. Teachers found creative ways to celebrate the learning and growing that has taken place this year.

Updates from D39

Tuesday’s Special Meeting of the Board

There will be a special meeting of the Board of Education next Tuesday (Feb. 22) at 7 pm at Wilmette Junior High. The Board is scheduled to finalize and approve the District 39 Reduced Mitigations Plan during this meeting. Following approval of this Plan, the Board will direct its implementation, which could be as early as Wednesday, Feb. 23. The agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting (which contains registration information) will be posted online, with supporting documents posted tomorrow morning. Community members may participate either in-person or via Zoom. Anyone who wishes to attend Tuesday’s meeting in-person must register in advance. Ticket registration will open at 4 pm today.

Submit Your Child(ren)’s Vaccination Information

If you have not done so already, please upload your child(ren)’s vaccination status through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Having accurate, up-to-date data is important in our consideration of mitigation revisions. Current vaccination rates of our schools are available on our D39 Metrics page.

Registration Is Open!

A reminder that registration for the 2022-23 school year opened on Tuesday, January 25th.

For returning students, visit the PowerSchool parent portal, click on the registration link and follow the instructions.

For new students to D39, visit for instructions on the four-part registration process. We encourage parents with new kindergarten students to enroll as quickly as possible. Additionally, D39 is offering its KEEP39 afternoon enrichment program for kindergarten students. Click here for more information on that program. You can register your child for KEEP39 at the same time that you register for kindergarten.

The Illinois 5Essentials Student and Parent/Family Survey

The 5Essentials Survey provides school districts with detailed data on school culture and climate.

  • Students in grades 4 - 8 will participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey between 1/24/22 and 2/28/22.

  • Students’ identities will be completely confidential.

    • If you do not want your 4th grade child to participate, please email your child’s classroom teacher.

  • As a parent/family, you have an opportunity to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness about your child’s school. Your identity and survey responses will also be completely confidential. The Parent Survey Supplement will be open from January 24, 2022 through February 28, 2022.

More detailed information can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874.

PTA Information


Deadlines approaching:

1. Program Ads

  • Personal Ads: Place a personal ad here in support of a Variety Show cast member AND our kids’ awesome school!
  • Fourth Grade Ads: Thrill your graduating fourth grader by placing an ad here in the Variety Show program in his or her honor! Our GOAL IS 100% Participation

2. T-shirts - An annual tradition is back!

  • The highly coveted, super soft, over the rainbow fabulous t's are available from Human Kind.
  • Kids t's and cast t's are all available here.

Order Kids T-shirts by 2/27 for delivery to school on 3/11.

Order Cast T-Shirts by 2/20 for delivery by tech week.

Proceeds to benefit McKenzie PTA and specifically a new INCLUSIVE playground!

PASS 39: It’s time to think SPRING!!

Please join us for our next event to watch the Trinity dancers perform on March 5th at 4pm at Valley Lodge. Feel free to bring the kids to watch the dancers or leave them at home! Your choice! We also have a private room secured for adults to meet and decompress afterward. There is no fee for the event. See you there!!

February 26th Virtual Family Bingo Night…Purchase tickets now!

Need something different to do at home on a winter Saturday night? Join the D39 Educational Foundation from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, for a virtual Family Bingo Night! We’ll recreate this popular event over Zoom, but the fun — and the prizes — will be REAL! Register here. A $10 registration gets you the Zoom link, and each bingo card is $10. We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Dates

February 21, 2022

No School for Students - President's Day/Teacher Institute

March 28-April 1, 2022

No School - Spring Break

Parent Education Events

Thank you to everyone who attended this week's Parent Education Event, Raising Resilient Children in a Highly-Competitive, Digitally-Driven World. In case you missed it, the presentation recording can be found here.

Our next parent education event is Wednesday, March 16th at 11am. It is titled Dear Parents, This is What You Should Know About Social Media! Please Register Here. There are multiple ways to participate - onsite at the district office, live over Zoom, or watch the recording afterward.

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Regular School Hours


Academic Kindergarten AM: 8:35 - 11:10 am

KEEP39: 11:10 am - 3:15 pm

*Friday: 11:10 am - 2:15 pm

Grades 1 - 4

Monday - Thursday: 8:35 am - 3:15 pm

*Friday: 8:35 am - 2:15 pm

Before school supervision begins at 8:20 am, and the first bell rings at 8:30 am.

Community News

Link to Community News

In honor of Black History Month, the Village of Wilmette is sponsoring a Black History Month Student Contest. Submit posters, essay, poems and multimedia items relating to the prompt, "Why do we celebrate Black History Month?” Submissions are due Friday, March 4th. See contest rules for details.

PASS39 is hosting a community event for D39 families on March 5th at 4:00 pm at Wilmette’s Valley Lodge. The Trinity Dancers will perform. A private room has been reserved to meet and chat following the performance.

The Village of Wilmette & 'Ready Set Wilmette' Comprehensive Planning Team want to hear from Wilmette residents. Help ensure Wilmette is welcoming, thriving and vibrant for years to come. A series of polls focused on plan themes, an online comment map, and ideas wall. Provide input at your leisure and as ideas come up: feedback shared to date is highlighted in this recent online post.Check out the Facebook Page

The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Kids Against Hunger Event will be held on March 19th. Help pack nutritious meals for over 100,000 starving Nicaraguans.

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) is hosting Campyardigan Summer Camp options for students ages 5-13 with disabilities. The Spring Guide lists summer recreation programs.

The Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding 8-10 year olds to their spring and summer teams. Contact Kelsey Farmer for more information.

Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.

"Best Step Tutoring” offers free online tutoring for PreK-12 grades.

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