Viking Newsletter

January 13th, 2021


News and Announcements

Principal's Corner

Upcoming Events

Distribution Day for Term 4

January 13th, 2021 we will be distributing District 47 provided school supplies for the upcoming Term. Please use the main entrance off Oak Street and follow signs for pickup. We ask that Parents give student's name, open trunk, and remain in their vehicle to observe social distancing requirements.

Pick up Times each day:

  • 9:00 - 11:00 am

  • 1:00 - 3:00 pm

  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Doors to used:

  • 6th pick up will be at Door 1 (Front Door)

  • 7th pick up will be at Door 20 (Athletic Entrance)

  • 8th pick up will be at Door 12 (behind the building by cafeteria)

Return-to-Hybrid Schedule

Given current COVID-19 health metrics and following a discussion at the December 14th board of education meeting, District 47 will begin a return to hybrid learning next week. Hybrid learning consists of modified, in-person instruction and remote learning. To ensure adequate staffing levels across the district, students will be brought back gradually to our schools, starting with our youngest learners.

Return-to-Hybrid Schedule

  • Monday, January 11: Students in preK-Grade 2 and all self-contained special education programs (all grades)
  • Monday, January 25: Students in grades 3-5
  • Monday, February 8: Students in grades 6-8

The daily schedule will remain the same, whether remote or in-person: 8am to noon and 2pm to 3pm (virtual), Monday through Friday.

Remote Learning Expectations:

  • Cameras on and used appropriately (showing faces).
  • Be on time to class.
  • Attend classes in an appropriate area and dressed for the day.
  • Use District 47 issued device.
  • Attendance is taken for XLT.
  • Show up to 2:30pm enrichment when requested by your teacher.

Office Hours

Absences: 815-788-5606

Nurse: 815-788-5623

General Office Questions: 815-788-5600

Administration: The best way to reach us is by e-mail.

Kellie Marks (Principal)

Scott Meyer (Assistant Principal)

Evan Kozlowski (Assistant Principal)

Lori Humbles (Dean)


Next Fundraiser is January 19th at Georgio's!

Our Board This Year Includes:

President - Kim Hollander

Vice President - Ivania Lindley

2nd Vice President - Kari Hartman

Treasurer - Mary Moore

Secretary - Jenn Letak

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Food Distribution

We are excited to share that the Illinois State Board of Education Nutrition Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that breakfast and lunch will be available to all students at no charge through June 30, 2021.

In-person students will continue to be offered “grab-and-go” style sack breakfast/ lunches at school at the end of each day. Families of remote students can pick up a week's worth of meals on Tuesdays from 3-6pm at Hannah Beardsley Middle School.

D47 Teaching and Learning Highlights!

We’d like to highlight the great teaching and learning going on both remotely and in-person in District 47. Excited about something a student has learned? Want to give a shout-out to a special teacher? Please email a brief description and/or photos to Denise Barr, Director of Communications and Public Engagement, at or post to social media with hashtag #forward47. We’d like to include these highlights in our weekly “D47in47” video.

Having Chromebook issues?

PARENTS: Please remind your student that they need to fully charge their Chromebooks daily.

If you are having trouble with your Chromebook, here are some ideas that might help.

Quick Fix Cheat Sheet

Additionally a Cheat Sheet on how to set up a wireless printer.

If you still need assistance email

Principal's Corner & Clinicians

Executive Functioning

The last day for Term Three is this Friday. All work is due, so that teachers are able to submit grades. Be sure to check Google Classrooms, ParentVue and Seesaw with your student for any missing work.

This is a great time to start fresh and reorganize. I have attache an article that give 5 quick tips for 5 things parents and students can do to navigate the remote school year.

Take Care Viking Families!


Spirit Days

1/15/21 - National Hat Day

1/22 - Bernotas Colors

1/29 Big Wig Day

Upcoming Dates:

January 15th: Institute Day - End Term 3

January 18th - No School

January 20th - 8th Grade Erin's Law

January 27th - Early Release


Trimester 2: Nov. 16, 2020 - Feb. 26, 2021

Trimester 3: March 1, 2021 - May 26, 2021