Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 the 103 Monthly Calendar and News For School District 103 Families August & September/2011 the news Superintendent Welcome 103 Superintendent Welcome........... 1, 3-4 We are excited to welcome you to our 2011/2012 school year! As the highest performing school district in the state, based upon a Benchmark District 103 Overview ........................ 2 Study of students’ raw ISAT scores, our continuous improvement model focuses upon our Vision, Mission and Core Values to create outstanding learning opportu- New School Year Reminders ............ 4 nities for our students. Fall Curriculum Nights....................... 4 Vision To be “Leaders in Learning” – the premier educational organization. 2011/2012 Academic Calendar ......... 5 Mission To provide innovative learning experiences which empower each student to excel Monthly Calendars ......................... 6-7 and make a difference in a diverse and interconnected world. District 103 News .............................. 8 Core Values Academic Excellence Laura B. Sprague School.................. 9 Meeting Individual Student Needs Social Responsibility Half Day School .............................. 10 Global Preparedness Continuous Improvement Daniel Wright Junior High School ....11 Safe and Healthy Environment Long Term Perspective Learning Fund Foundation.............. 12 Partnership Among All Stakeholders Budget P.T.O. ......................................... 13-15 It is imperative for us to employ a thoughtful, deliberate and transparent decision- making framework, especially during the current unstable economic climate. The OMMPa ........................................... 16 Board of Education and administration have developed a fiscally conservative bud- get for 2011/2012, which maintains our programs at current levels, while maintain- Community Organizations & ing a minimum 20% fund balance reserve. Educational Programs....... 16-17 Vision 2015 Strategic Plan We tackled several key goals last year from our comprehensive, community-driven, long-range strategic plan. I. Curriculum and Instruction GOAL: Implement the best model of foreign language instruction for District 103 students. This document is being shared with District ACTIVITIES: 103 e-mail subscribers. This publication is • We conducted research on models of foreign language instruction, includ- also available on the Internet at the District ing which languages should be taught, when instruction should begin, and web site: www.district103.k12.il.us. To best instructional practices. This goal will continue into 2011/2012 with a subscribe to our e-mail listing, contact comprehensive review of our K-8 ENCORE program, which includes foreign firstname.lastname@example.org. language. (article continues inside on page 3) THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 2 EC-8 District 103 Overview Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 is a nationally recognized, award-winning elementary district located in Lake County, 103 Illinois. The school district serves approximately 1,600 students from the communities of Lincolnshire and Prairie View and portions of Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Mettawa, Riverwoods and Lake Forest. The district serves students through three schools: Laura B. Sprague School for students in Early Childhood-grade 2, Half Day School for students in grades 3-4, and Daniel Wright Junior High School for students in grades 5-8. Administrative Team 103 Board of Education 103 Administrative Center and Business Office The District 103 Board of Education represents and serves the resi- Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 dents of the community in an effort to provide the best educational 1370 Riverwoods Road program possible for our young people. The Board determines Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 policies and long-range district performance goals, employs and phone: (847) 295-4030 supervises the superintendent, responds to recommendations fax: (847) 295-9196 regarding curriculum, major projects, personnel and facilities, and http://www.district103.k12.il.us adopts a yearly budget. Our mission is to provide innovative learn- e-mail: Ask103@district103.k12.il.us ing experiences which empower each student to excel and make For 2009 District and School Report Cards, visit a difference in a diverse and interconnected world. The Board of http://www.district103.k12.il.us/general.htm. Education meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 Larry K. Fleming, Ed.D......................................... Superintendent p.m. in the library of Daniel Wright Junior High School, 1370 River- Scott Warren, Ed.D. .......... Superintendent-Elect (effective 1/03/12) woods Road, Lincolnshire, Illinois. The Board also conducts a Com- Darryl Handcock ............. Assistant Superintendent for Business mittee of the Whole (COW) meeting on the first Tuesday of most Marilee McCracken ................ Interim Assistant Superintendent months to discuss major District issues and upcoming action items. for Business Meeting dates, agendas, minutes and participation guidelines are Katrina Bruley ............... Assistant Superintendent for Instruction available on the District 103 web site at www.district103.k12.il.us. Julie Postma.................................... Director of Student Services David Panitch, President ............................... 2013 Gina Finaldi-Schmidt, Ph.D. ...... Asst. Director of Student Services Gary Gordon, Vice President......................... 2015 Mark Westhoff.........................................Director of Technology Chris Curtis .................................................... 2015 Scott Gaunky ........................ Supervisor, Buildings and Grounds Larry Rivkin ................................................... 2013 Kim Sylvan ....................... District Communications Coordinator Sherri Thomas ............................................... 2013 Gary Walrath ................................................. 2013 SP Laura B. Sprague School Ben Yomtoob................................................. 2015 2425 Riverwoods Road (The year following each board member’s name indicates Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 the end of the term of service.) phone: (847) 945-6665 fax: (847) 945-6718 Transportation Center 103 absences: (847) 945-6686 http://www.sprague.district103.k12.il.us District 103 Transportation Center Christine Adler ............................................................... Principal 1370 Riverwoods Road Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 HD Half Day School phone: (847) 295-8258 239 Olde Half Day Road http://www.district103.k12.il.us/trans.htm Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 e-mail: email@example.com phone: (847) 634-6463 Vicki Mattson....................................................................Director fax: (847) 634-1968 absence: (847) 634-1484 District 103 Publication Notes 103 http://www.halfday.district103.k12.il.us Jill Mau .......................................................................... Principal The 103 Monthly is shared with School District 103 families and is accessible on the District and school web sites. The 103 Monthly, DW Daniel Wright Junior High School 103 Weekly, and weekly school bulletins are provided in electronic 1370 Riverwoods Road format, posted on the web sites and distributed via e-mail to our Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 subscribers. To subscribe to receive District 103 publications via e- phone: (847) 295-1560 mail, send a request with “Subscribe to D103 List” in the subject fax: (847) 295-7136 line to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact us at (847) absence: (847) 604-5280 295-4030 with any questions. http://www.daniel-wright.district103.k12.il.us Howard Holbrook .......................................................... Principal The next issue of the 103 Monthly will be distributed by October 1, Margaret St. Claire..........................................Assistant Principal 2010. Input for this issue will be due by September 16th. 3 THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 EC-8 Superintendent Welcome 2011/2012 (continued from cover page ) 103 Superintendent Welcome 103 (continued from cover page ) I. Curriculum and Instruction (continued) 3. Ten classrooms at Half Day were renovated this summer, GOAL: Define success criteria for District 103 students and and air-conditioning was added as well. Science labs and determine measurable as well as intangible qualities that restrooms at Daniel Wright were added and/or remod- quantify success. eled. ACTIVITIES: The total cost of these renovations is approximately $3 million, • We implemented a metric dashboard to report district which is coming from fund balance reserves. Our PTO has ear- performance on goals, student academic achievement, marked $280,000 to complete the DW Athletic Fields project. programs, staff development, and budget on the District NEXT STEPS: web site. • Develop a timeline to air-condition Sprague School and II. Communication and Collaboration refurbish classrooms. GOAL: Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of communica- • Conduct an evaluation of the roof condition at Sprague tion processes used in District 103. School to determine a three-to-five year maintenance and ACTIVITIES: replacement plan. • Our District participated in two major communications • Monitor and revise the five-year maintenance cycle. surveys: Speak Up 2010, a national research project con- Our annual Quality Learning Action Plan will include detailed cerning education, technology, 21st century skills, science steps to accomplish district and building level initiatives. and math instruction; and the National School Public Rela- tions Communications Accountability Project, which will Leaders in Learning allow us to compare our local results to national results in Student achievement is our top priority in District 103, and we order to further enhance our communications processes. continually seek best instructional strategies, staff development, • A resource list of key district personnel has been posted technology, assessment, and programs to challenge and support on our District web site to assist parents and community our students. members when questions arise. • The District web site and teacher web sites are regularly School Search Bright A+ Award recognized District 103 as #8 updated. Google Analytics allows us to track visitation in the state with a state ranking of 99.00%. These accomplish- information on our District web site. ments are based upon our students’ exemplary ISAT perfor- mance: 97.4% met or exceeded standards in reading and math III. Facilities on the 2010 ISATs, compared to the 870+ districts in Illinois. GOAL: Implement an exemplary facility use model in District 103. We are also very proud to recognize that Half Day School and Daniel Wright Junior High School received the prestigious Blue ACTIVITIES: Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence from the United States • Capital projects have been prioritized, and the follow- Department of Education. Less than 1% of the schools in the ing facility improvements will be completed prior to the United States earn this award, and it is very rare to have two beginning of the 2011/2012 school year. schools from one district honored within the same year. Con- 1. Projects completed over the last three months include gratulations to our students, staff, parents and community on carpeting the Daniel Wright library; phase one of this wonderful accomplishment! the unit-vent replacement at Daniel Wright; lighting replacement in all three gym facilities; asbestos/ lead abatement at Daniel Wright; business office construc- Expanded Learning Opportunities tion; water heater replacement at Daniel Wright. Through the leadership, involvement and cooperation of our 2. Summer projects included the Daniel Wright athletic Learning Fund Foundation, PTO, and district, we completed our field renovation; carpet replacement in the libraries at ambitious plan to digitally equip 76 instructional areas and class- Half Day and Sprague; asbestos abatement at Half Day; rooms. Our students and staff now have access to interactive 19 classroom furniture and equipment moves at Dan- white boards, projection systems, document cameras, and audio iel Wright and 10 at Half Day; compressor replacement systems. Teachers participate in two days of training to learn at Daniel Wright; and water main upgrade at Daniel how to integrate technology into lessons. Additional workshops Wright. (article continues above, right) are provided throughout the year. (article continues on page 4) THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 4 Superintendent Fall Curriculum EC-8 Welcome 2011/2012 (continued from page 3 ) Nights 2011/2012 Superintendent Welcome (continued) 103 We invite parents/guardians to join us for Fall Curriculum Nights at the schools to gain insight to the learning environment, 2011/2012: A Year of Transitions student expectations, grade level curriculum, teaching teams Our school district will experience an unprecedented turnover in and more. Please contact your child's school with any questions. staff members who will retire by the end of the 2011/2012 year. Each of the following sessions typically lasts one hour unless This includes three administrators, twelve teachers, and four otherwise indicated. secretary/support staff. Our Board of Education has been plan- ning for this change for the past two years and has already hired Laura B. Sprague School Dr. Scott Warren as Superintendent-Elect, to begin on January 3, 2425 Riverwoods Road 2012, which allows a six-month transition period with me prior Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 to my retirement on June 30, 2012. Dr. Warren will be respon- (847) 945-6665 sible for personnel decisions, and I will continue to run daily operations. Our succession plan is designed to have Dr. Warren assume the majority of superintendent spokesperson responsi- Aug. 25 ............ 7:00 pm..........Early Childhood (AM class) bilities, after a several-month period to become acclimated with ......................... 7:40 pm..........Early Childhood (PM class) our district. Aug. 30 ............ 7:00 pm..........Grade K Aug. 29 ............ 7:00 pm .........Grade 1 We enjoy working with your children and look forward to an out- Aug. 31 ............ 7:00 pm..........Grade 2 standing year. Thank you for your continued high expectations, involvement and support! Half Day School Larry Fleming, Ed.D. 239 Olde Half Day Road Superintendent Lincolnshire, IL 60069 (847) 295-4030 (847) 634-6463 email@example.com Sept. 6...............6:00 pm ........ Grade 3 Sept. 6...............7:15 pm ........ Grade 4 New School Year Daniel Wright Junior High School 1370 Riverwoods Road Reminders Lincolnshire, IL 60069 (847) 295-1560 • The District 103 Academic Calendar is posted on the district Sept. 1................. 7:00 pm .............. Grades 5 & 6 and school web sites and is on page 5 of this publication. Sept. 8................. 7:00 pm .............. Grades 7 & 8 • Student registration forms and fees for 2011/2012 are due to the school offices. Contact the school office to obtain the The District 103 required forms. Administrative Office • School starts on August 24th for students in Full Day Kinder- is located adjacent to garten and Grades 1-8. Students in Half Day Kindergarten Daniel Wright Junior begin class on August 25th. Early Childhood classes begin on High School at 1370 August 26th. Riverwoods Road • Informal classroom visits for students in Grades 1-5 will in Lincolnshire, IL take place on August 23rd from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Early Child- 60069. For informa- hood students are invited to visit their classrooms with their tion, call (847) parents on August 25th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. 295-4030. • PTO membership and volunteer signup information is accessible at www.district103.k12.il.us/ptovc.htm. 5 THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 School District 103 Academic Calendar for 2011/2012 103 Approved April 11, 2011 by the Board of Education THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 6 MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 1 2 3 4 5 DW Board of Education 7:00 pm 8 9 10 11 12 SP Grade K Bus Orientation 10:00 am 15 16 17 18 19 DW/HD/SP Classes Begin: FDK-Gr 8 First Full Day: Gr K-8 SP Classes Begin for EC Institute Day SP/HD 9:05-11:05 am SP/HD 9:05 am-3:20 pm AM Program, 9:15 am DW 7:50-9:50 am DW 7:50 am-2:35 pm PM Program, 12:30 pm DW/HD/SP Informal Classroom SP EC Curriculum Night Visits for Gr 1-5, 2:00 pm AM Program, 7:00 pm PM Program, 7:40 pm 22 23 24 25 26 DW Soccer Tryouts* DW Soccer Tryouts* 2:45 pm 2:45 pm DISTRICT 103 CONTACT INFO. DW Cross Country Begins* DW GBB Tryouts* DW GBB Tryouts* Administrative Center/Business Office 2:45 pm 2:45 pm 2:45 pm 1370 Riverwoods Road Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 SP Gr 1 Curriculum Night SP Gr K Curriculum Night SP Gr 2 Curriculum Night (847) 295-4030 phone 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm (847) 295-9196 fax Ask103@district103.k12.il.us 29 30 31 http://www.district103.k12.il.us August KEY CC DW Cross Country Daniel Wright Junior High NOTE * Please see page 11 for information and requirements concerning these 2011 EC Early Childhood athletic programs. FDK Full Day Kindergarten GBB Girls’ Basketball HD Half Day School SP Laura B. Sprague School School District 103 / Monthly Calendar 7 THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY DISTRICT 103 CONTACT INFO. Administrative Center/Business Office DW GBB Tryouts* 1370 Riverwoods Road 2:35 pm Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 DW Soccer Tryouts* (847) 295-4030 phone 2:35 pm (847) 295-9196 fax DW CC Parent Meeting Ask103@district103.k12.il.us 4:00 pm http://www.district103.k12.il.us DW Gr 5+6 Curriculum Night 7:00 pm 1 2 NO SCHOOL DW Show Choir Auditions (Labor Day) HD Gr 3 Curriculum Night 2:45 pm 6:00 pm DW Soccer Parent Meeting HD Gr 4 Curriculum Night 4:00 pm 7:15 pm DW GBB Parent Meeting DW Board of Ed COW 5:00 pm DW Gr 7+8 Curriculum 5 7:00 pm 6 7 Night 7:00 pm 8 9 Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing CLC-Southlake PTO Coffee and Open House 9:30 am DW Show Choir Rehearsals Begin SP PTO Back to School DW Board of Education 6:00 pm Picnic 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 12 13 14 15 16 Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing AC OMMPa Board Mtg DW Q1 Midterm 2:45 pm DW PTO Board Meeting DW Sports Pics DW Beginning Band 1:15 pm 2:35 pm Open House DW LFF Board Meeting 5:00 pm 6:00 pm 19 20 21 22 23 DW Q1 Progress Reports Early Release for Posted to Family Access Professional Development NO SCHOOL DW 10:50 am (Rosh Hashanah) HD/SP 12:05 pm No Class for EC SP PTO Welcome Night and New Family 26 Orientation 7:00 pm 27 28 29 30 September KEY AC CC Administrative Center Cross Country OMMPa Organization of Music Makers Parent Advisors 2011 CLC College of Lake County PTO Parent Teacher Organization COW Committee of the Whole SP Laura B. Sprague School DW Daniel Wright Junior High SATURDAY EVENTS EC Early Childhood Oct 1 IMEA Band Auditions GBB Girls’ Basketball @ Aptakisic Junior High School District 103 / Monthly Calendar HD Half Day School Time TBA LFF Learning Fund Foundation NOTE MAP Measures of Academic * Please see page 11 for information Progress and requirements concerning these athletic programs. THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 8 EC-8 District 103 News Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 schools have received the following honors and recognitions: U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools; SchoolSearch™ 2011 Bright Red Apple Award for Educational Excellence; SchoolSearch™ 103 2010 Bright A+ Award for Academic Excellence; 2010 Academic Excellence Awards as Illinois Honor Roll Schools; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ National Board Certification® for twenty-three staff members; two teachers recognized as Golden Apple Award winners; Financial Recognition Award from the State of Illinois for seven consecutive years. Instant Alert Notifications 103 MAP Tests in September SP HD DW In order stay advised of school closings and other matters of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests are administered in high importance, District 103 notifies parents/guardians via the the fall and spring of each school year. Students are tested in Honeywell Instant Alert SystemTM. Please take a moment to log reading and mathematics, and the assessments help us to chart into the system and verify your contact information, such as each child's educational progress. Results help us to make any home or cell phone numbers. You can find the login informa- mid-course instructional adjustments. MAP tests for students in tion on each school web site on the Parent Information tab or grades 2-8 take place September 12th-23rd. Any questions about visit http://www.district103.k12.il.us/information.htm. Please student assessments should be directed to Katrina Bruley, contact Bonnie McNeill with questions at (847) 945-6665 or Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at (847) 295-4030 or firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com. District 103 Communications 103 Budget Update for 2011/2012 103 We encourage all District 103 families to subscribe to receive The 2011/2012 Tentative Budget has been on display as of our publications and regular communications via e-mail. E-mail Wednesday, August 10th. A public hearing on the 2011/2012 address updates should be made directly through the Skyward Budget will be held on September 12th. It is anticipated that the Family Access portal. The link to Family Access is available Board of Education will then approve the 2011/2012 Budget, through the Parent Information tab on the school home pages which will be posted on the district’s web site at and on the District 103 web page. Please be sure to also book- www.district103.k12.il.us/business.htm. mark the virtual backpack web page, where important notices about school programs are continually posted and updated: www.district103.k12.il.us/vbackpack.htm. Health & Wellness Notice 103 It is extremely helpful to access our web sites for current In line with the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois De- information. E-mail notifications and our web sites are two of partment of Public Health’s guidelines, and Public Act 96-0349, the most important ways to stay up-to-date about your child’s District 103 has developed new procedures for supporting school. Please contact our communications coordinator with children with life-threatening allergies. Because of the nature any questions or concerns: Kim Sylvan at (847) 295-4030 or of these allergies and their increasing prevalence, District 103 firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions of a general nature must be prepared to provide treatment to allergic children, re- can also be sent to Ask103@district103.k12.il.us. Your inquiry duce the risk of an allergic reaction and accommodate students will be directed to the most knowledgeable source for a timely with allergies, whether food allergy, latex allergy, or insect sting. response. In November 2010, District 103 adopted Policy 7:285 Food Family Access Portal SP HD DW Allergy Management Program. New procedures were also de- veloped outlining guidelines and best practices for District 103 District 103 offers families access to student information schools to follow primarily in the area of food allergies. With ac- through the Skyward Family Access portal. This secure, internet- knowledgement that there are similarities in treatment of other based module provides report card (grades 1-8) and gradebook life threatening allergies (i.e., latex, insect stings), schools must information for students in grades 6-8. Parents/Guardians were also prevent and/or provide treatment in response to these po- provided with their login and password combinations in the tentially life threatening reactions. A summary of District 103’s principal letters mailed on August 12th. The Student ID num- Life Threatening Allergy Procedure and a Quick Reference for ber (also called Other ID) was also identified on the principal Food in Our Schools are posted on the district’s parent informa- letter. Please safeguard this information for reference during tion web page at www.district103.k12.il.us/information.htm. 2011/2012. With Family Access, you can stay informed about Questions? Contact Julie Postma at (847) 295-4030. your child’s learning throughout the school year. Influenza Season Preparedness SP HD DW The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved vaccines for the 2011/2012 influenza season. For the news release, visit http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm263319.htm. Updates are posted by the Illinois Depart- ment of Public Health at http://www.idph.state.il.us. Back to School Health Guidelines from the Lake County Health Department are available at http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs015/1102992250985/archive/1106836507220.html. 9 THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 EC-2 Laura B. Sprague School Sprague School is dedicated to the development of lifelong learners. We encourage creativity through SP experimentation, problem solving and reflection, while acknowledging and welcoming individual differences. We foster collaboration among staff, parents and children to create an environment that is best for children. A Special Welcome to the Class of 2020! SP Summer Synopsis at On Thursday, August 18th, the incoming kindergartners joined Sprague School SP their moms and dads for a special Welcome-To-School From summer school to summer workshops, orientation. The morning kicked off with a bus ride to Sprague School saw little rest during June, July Sprague, where all were greeted by the principal, office staff, and August! Incoming kindergartners, as well as and kindergarten teachers. The boys and girls enjoyed a nursery school-aged students, enjoyed attend- light snack and officially began their role as kindergartners! ing summer school with Mrs. Hecht, Mrs. Bu- Students joined their new teachers in the classrooms and met chweitz, Mrs. Metzler, and Miss Niziolek. From their new classmates, while parents heard from a number of structured play to hands-on projects, and even staff members regarding details pertinent to the start of the Friday swimming, the boys and girls had a great school year. Parents joined their children in classrooms prior time learning with friends as well as becoming to boarding buses for the ride home. The morning was filled with big smiles and excite- familiar with the layout of the school building. ment for the start of a new school year! At the same time, the custodial staff was hard at work addressing some larger maintenance proj- Tips for a Smooth Start to Sprague School SP ects, such as replacing the library and computer lab carpeting, painting classrooms and offices, • The school day begins at 8:55 a.m. Supervisors will be outside from 8:45 - 9:05 a.m. daily. emptying each room to provide deep cleaning, Children should not be dropped off any earlier than 8:45 a.m., as adequate supervision is as well as creating outdoor gardens for each not available. During the first week of school, all staff will be stationed along the front drive classroom. The building looks beautiful for the and in the courtyard/parking lot to ensure that students successfully find their teachers and start of the school year! classmates. Teachers have also been busy preparing for the • If your child has a change to his/her after-school routine, please be sure to send a written arrival of their new students. From workshops note with your child to school. For example: If your child typically rides the bus each day, but related to curricular planning to taking a deeper you are picking him/her up, be sure to notify the teacher in writing. All notes regarding after look at the purpose and role of homework school plans are photocopied in the office each day. It is critical that this communication be at the elementary level, teachers not only at- clear and in writing. Please refrain from calling the office after 2:00 p.m. to make changes to tended but also provided professional growth your child's plans unless it is an emergency. opportunities for their colleagues during the • If you are picking up your child after school, please come to the front entrance of Sprague. summer. Some exciting staffing changes were Students will be seated in the chairs lining the front hallway beginning at 3:20 p.m. Supervi- also made! Kindergarten welcomed LeeAnn sors will be present and are happy to assist you. If you would prefer to wait in your car, enter Delli back to teach half-day, while Heather the front drive as the buses exit and supervisors will escort children to cars. This service Unruh joined the 1st grade team. Sue Vani and begins between 3:25 - 3:30 p.m. or as soon as the buses depart. Please be prompt during Christina Muller were both welcomed to the 2nd pick-up, as supervision is not available after dismissal. grade team. Julie Hupp has joined the staff as the occupational therapist for Sprague and Half • The early days of the school year can be warm in Sprague School, so please dress your Day, and Christine Andersen will be a part-time child for the weather. Feel free to send a frozen water bottle that can provide relief through- speech and language pathologist. A school out the day. Because all students have physical education during the week, it is important psychologist/interventionist will be joining the that rubber soled gym shoes be available. A pair can be left in the locker if your child opts to Early Childhood team, and Ann Voermans will wear sandals during the warm weather. be expanding her lunchroom role at Sprague to • Parents of students in full-day kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades are welcome to join their include clerical support in the office. Other excit- children in the lunchroom and/or at recess. Extra hands during these times of day are ing news...school psychologist Susan Elbaum, particularly helpful! There is no need to call ahead for volunteering--just stop in the office, and her husband Dave, became proud parents pick up a volunteer badge, make sure you have a signed Volunteer Agreement on file in the to Madelyn Cara earlier this month. Mrs. office, and make your way to the cafeteria or playground. Please note, you cannot accom- Elbaum will return to Sprague and Half Day fol- pany your child back to the classroom unless you have made arrangements for volunteering lowing Thanksgiving. On behalf of the Sprague with the teacher. staff, welcome to the 2011/2012 school year! Full-Day Kindergarten Lunch: 11:25-11:50 Recess: 11:50-12:15 We're looking forward to a terrific school year filled 1st Grade Lunch: 12:35-1:00 Recess: 1:00-1:25 with amazing learning and social opportunities for 2nd Grade Lunch: 12:00-12:25 Recess: 12:25-12:50 your child! THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 10 3-4 Half Day School The mission of the Half Day School community is to share an educational experience, which is academically HD challenging, developmentally appropriate and responsive to each individual in a safe, nurturing environment: where children, parents and teachers collaborate and embrace lifelong learning. A Kid’s Life HD Half Day School performed its annual musical on May 17th, 18th and 19th (see photo below). The production, entitled “A Kid’s Life,” was a comedic musical, which displayed our third and fourth grade talent with a variety of acting, dancing and singing roles and showed how youngsters could have FUN these days WITHOUT the use of electronics! Led by music teacher Mrs. Lighthall, Mrs. Lathrop, and Mr. Turini, this year’s performance was a gigabyte of success! Colorful scenery was painted by students during an after school set design class with the help of Mrs. Buschardt. The musical showcased an interactive chorus to boot! Approximately 200 students from the school were involved in the musical, which entertained 4th Graders Embark Upon Camp MacLean the likes of many friends, families and our entire student HD body! One hundred eighty-three fourth graders, thirty-six parents and twenty-five teachers from Half Day School ascended upon Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin for a two-day outdoor educational trip on May 26th and 27th. Teachers used the outdoor education experience to provide students with a unique opportunity for both physical and emotional growth. The two-day trip included a variety of study classes focusing on many aspects of nature. Classes included pond study, solar ovens, nature-art project, canoeing, archery, the Skyway Challenge and team building. The teaching and learning that took place at Camp MacLean emphasized the appreciation we must all have for nature while inspiring students to have fun and get involved in the team building exercises. The wooded setting of Camp MacLean provided the perfect environment for an outstanding learning experience for the children. After dodging some inclement weather, we crossed the state line and had a fabulous time in this alternative “classroom” of nature! (See related photos above and Fall Curriculum Night at Half Day School below this article.) We look forward to seeing parents at the start of the school year for 3rd and 4th Grade Curriculum Night. Please join us for an opportunity to learn about your child’s school year and learning experiences. Tuesday, Sept. 6th 6:00 pm .............. Grade 3 Tuesday, Sept. 6th 7:15 pm .............. Grade 4 It promises to be yet another extraordinary school year for the children and we look forward to sharing all that Half Day School has to offer! Summer School Wrap-Up HD The District 103 Summer School program was up and running on Monday, June 13 giving students in pre-school through eighth grade very th little time to be bored this summer! Laura B. Sprague School hosted the nursery and pre-kindergarten classes, and Daniel Wright Junior High School was the site for the kindergarten through eighth grade program. Students and their parents selected from a variety of academ- ic, creative arts and athletic classes. Additionally, an assortment of remedial and enrichment classes in math and language arts were offered to students. This year’s District 103 Summer School program provided learning and enriching opportunities for over 450 students! 11 THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 5-8 Daniel Wright Junior High The mission of the Daniel Wright School is to create a developmentally responsive DW community which will foster confident, enthusiastic, responsible, lifelong learners prepared to make a positive impact on their world. Welcome, Mrs. St. Claire! Music Notes DW DW Margaret St. Claire joins Daniel Wright Junior Chorus programs begin the first full week High School as Assistant Principal. Mrs. St. Claire of the year. Chorus for 5th graders begins on replaces Mr. Bob Bolin, who accepted a position August 29th. Chorus for 6th, 7th and 8th graders this summer as Associate Principal at Cherokee begins on August 30th. To learn more about and Sheridan Elementary Schools with Lake the chorus programs and how to be part of Forest District 67. We certainly wish Mr. Bolin them, visit Mrs. Alban's web page at http:// success in his new administrative role. On web.me.com/nalban103/Nancy_Alban/Cho- August 8th, the Board of Education approved the rus_Show_Choir.html. employment of Margaret St. Claire as our new assistant principal. Please join us in welcoming Show Choir auditions are on September 7th Mrs. St. Claire to the District 103 learning community. from 2:45-4:00 p.m. Show Choir is open to Margaret has over 16 years of experience in the field of education. After receiving her Bach- any 6th, 7th or 8th grader, who must sign up for elor’s degree in education from Purdue University, she started her teaching career at Lake a 15-minute audition time in advance. For Forest District 67. Margaret taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grades for a total of 8 years. She also audition requirements, a rehearsal schedule, taught at Oak Grove School District 68, as a long term substitute for the gifted program and and more, visit Mrs. Alban’s web page listed the technology department. above. Margaret received her Master’s Degree in Administration from National Louis University, Orchestra programs for 5th-8th graders are led where she worked as an adjunct faculty member supervising student teachers. For the past 3 by Tess Van Wagner. Opportunities for stu- years, Margaret was the Director of Instruction/Assistant Principal at Academy of Our Lady, a dents will be posted on Mrs. Van Wagner’s Kindergarten through 8th grade school in Waukegan, IL. She was responsible for the imple- web page at http://web.me.com/tvanwag- mentation of curriculum, evaluation of teaching staff and overall building responsibilities. ner103/Mrs._Van_Wagner/Home.html. Mrs. St. Claire lives in Libertyville with her family and enjoys traveling, biking, exercising and Band programs for 5th-8th graders are led reading. She is thrilled to be part of the tradition of academic excellence in District 103 and by Mr. Owens & Mrs. Fencl. All 5th grade looks forward to a fabulous year! students and families who are interested Fall Curriculum Nights at Daniel Wright in band should attend the Beginning Band We invite parents/guardians to join us for Fall Curriculum Nights. Open House at the school on Thursday, Sep- tember 22nd at 5:00 p.m. Please contact Mr. Sept. 1st ............... 7:00 pm .............. Grades 5 & 6 Owens with any questions, or visit http:// Sept. 8th............... 7:00 pm .............. Grades 7 & 8 web.me.com/dwmusic103/Rodney_Owens/ Teacher_Home.html. Fall Sports Programs for Daniel Wright Students DW Daniel Wright Junior High School participates PLEASE REMEMBER, A SPORTS PHYSICAL Co-Ed Soccer in the Patriots Middle School Athletic Confer- MUST BE ON FILE IN THE DANIEL WRIGHT Tryouts for 7th and 8th grade co-ed soccer will ence, which includes the sender schools to OFFICE PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING IN OR TRY- take place after school on August 30th , Adlai E. Stevenson High School: Aptakisic ING OUT FOR ANY SPORT. Physical forms are August 31st and September 1st. Soccer Tripp District 102, Kildeer-Countryside available at the school office and on Daniel tryouts will last until 4:00 p.m. A parent District 96, Diamond Lake District 76, Fre- Wright’s web site at www.daniel-wright. meeting for soccer team members will be mont School District 79 and Lincolnshire- district103.k12.il.us/athletics.htm. held on Wednesday, September 7th at 4:00 Prairie View School District 103. Fall sports p.m. in the school cafeteria. Cross Country programs will begin the first full week of the Practices will begin after school on Monday, Girls’ Basketball new school year. August 29th and will run until 4:00 p.m. Cross The 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball tryouts Team schedules will be posted to the Daniel Country is open to all 6th-8th grade students. will be held on August 30th, August 31st and Wright athletics web page at http://www. A parent meeting for Cross Country partici- September 1st. Practices will end at 5:00 daniel-wright.district103.k12.il.us/athletics. pants will take place on Thursday, September p.m. The informational parent meeting for htm. 1st at 4:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. girls’ basketball team members will be held on Wednesday, September 7th at 5:00 p.m. in the green gym. THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 12 Learning Fund Foundation The Learning Fund Foundation, a not-for-profit education foundation for School District 103, is committed to enhancing the learning experiences of each and every child in the District. The foundation serves as a catalyst for innovation, enrichment and educational excellence for the entire community. The foundation’s parent volunteers form the governing board, which seeks new and different funding resources. A New Year . . . A New Initiative! 103 Welcome Back! Our CheckAwards Program is under way! CheckAwards are We hope that everyone had a relaxing, restful, and enjoyable gift-checkbooks with over $500 in gift checks from local area summer break. The Learning Fund Foundation Board is excited to merchants—all for just $30/checkbook! This marks the 3rd year share several items for the new school year. that the Learning Fund Foundation has partnered with the Lincolnshire Rotary to fund two scholarships through this highly Welcome to our new board members: Kim Bernard, Laurie Gens, successful program. Any graduating high school senior who Kate Harper, Beth Konieczny, Alice Lee-Osborne, Grace Park, and graduated from Daniel Wright Junior High School is eligible to Jayanthi Swaminathan. They bring a wealth of expertise to the apply for these scholarships. For details and to place an order, board, including experiences with fund raising, technology, ac- log onto www.rotarysavings.org or contact one of our Co-Chairs, counting, marketing/publicity, events planning, and much more! Grace Park at email@example.com or Kate Harper at We are fortunate to have enhanced the LFF Board with such tal- firstname.lastname@example.org. ent! They join our existing board members: Daphne Dickens-King (President), Roberta Hancock (Vice-President), Ron Caprariello (Treasurer), Lara Kirts (Secretary), Christy Greeley, Rachel Nowa- kowski, Stephanie Pither, Cindy Powell, Tanya Schwartz, and Scott Treiber. Ex-Officio/Advisory members include Dr. Larry Fleming (D103 Superintendent), Dr. Scott Warren (D103 Superintendent- Elect), Gary Walrath (D103 Board of Education), Larry Rivkin (D103 Board of Education), Anne van Gerven (PTO President), and Sandy Simon (PTO Vice-President). Be a Corporate Matcher! Does your employer offer a Corporate Match program? What an easy way to increase your donation to The New Science Initiative promises to be an exciting one! We the Learning Fund without an additional cash outlay from you! need YOUR HELP to outfit the D103 classrooms, including the Simply log onto your company’s intranet to complete the online new science labs at DW, with the latest science equipment and forms. For more information, contact Cindy Powell, Corporate resources for ALL of our students to enhance their interest and Match Chair, at email@example.com. studies in science beyond D103. We are currently working with the administration to prioritize items. We are also looking for district Enthusiastic volunteers are always welcome to assist with families who work with science companies that may have items various foundation events as well as to serve on our advisory to donate. Since a new initiative calls for a new fundraiser, the LFF board. The LFF Advisory Board is a group of individuals with fundraising committee is hard at work creating a family bowling expertise in a particular area (legal, grants, accounting, finance, event to occur toward the end of October 2011. An adult evening strategic planning, marketing/publicity, etc.) who answer ques- event will follow in Spring 2012. Details to follow soon… tions by e-mail and/or phone, as needed. It’s an easy way to volunteer and have a positive impact in the district! Contact any Our new Learning Fund website will go live soon! It will provide Learning Fund Board member to volunteer. “one-stop shopping” to include history, current and past initia- tives, scholarship news, and various ways to donate and vol- We hope to see you at the Science Bowling Event in October! unteer with the Learning Fund. Be on the look-out for the big On behalf of the Learning Fund Foundation Board of Directors, announcement! thank you for your continued support. Best wishes for a wonder- fully productive school year! Innisbrook is back! You can support the Learning Fund Founda- tion’s Science Initiative by purchasing wrapping paper, candy, Daphne Dickens-King magazines and all kinds of gifts! Please also encourage your President friends, neighbors, and out-of-town family to purchase an item D103 Learning Fund Foundation (or more!). Brochures will be available at the end of August, and firstname.lastname@example.org displays will be set up during the various back-to-school events at all D103 schools. For questions, contact Co-Chairs Tanya Schwartz at email@example.com or Laurie Gens at firstname.lastname@example.org. 13 THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 PTO Opportunities for parent participation and involvement are great within the District through an active Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO organizes and sponsors many activities and coordinates volunteer programs in the schools. Through membership dues and fund-raising, the PTO provides funding for cultural arts programs, specific programs that extend learning at each school, and grants for innovative instructional programs. More information about the District 103 PTO can be found at www.district103.k12.il.us/ptovc.htm. A Note from the PTO President 103 District 103 Community, students would focus on performing arts and not include traditional art. In response to parent and teacher feedback, I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer, survived the heat PTO has decided to work with the 5th grade teachers to and the power outages and is looking forward to the start of a define an art program for the students that will provide new school year! The entire PTO board and I are excited about some art exposure to them on a periodic basis. We are in the year ahead. We have started to define our goals and objec- the early stages but are excited to be able to work with our tives for the year and are looking forward to continuing the past teachers on this new program. year’s tradition of making sure our work and programs enhance • 100% PTO Membership participation. One of the major the school experience for our children. I want to take a moment sources of income for PTO is through membership fees. to highlight a couple of those goals we will be working towards: These fees are used to benefit every child in the district. Not only does membership entitle you to a PTO Directory, the • DW Athletic Field Renovation. Over the past few years, PTO money you pay is also used to support programs at all three saw a need to improve the DW fields so that students at schools, for all children. Our goal is to work toward having DW can have full use of this space for the athletic programs, every family become a PTO member, since every family and physical education programs, recess, and other activities. child benefits from these dollars. If you have not already Since then, PTO has been focused on raising the necessary joined PTO, please consider becoming a member – the fee funds for this large scale project while also working with is only $35 per family, and it really does help us make your district administration, DW physical education teachers, and child’s education better. To become a member, click here other outside planning and design firms to outline a clear https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fo and obtainable plan for the fields. Thanks to the overwhelm- rmkey=dE5uZWNsOHVIS3R4OGZIUjl5Rzc2SGc6MQ. ing financial support from the parents, staff and community, we were able to raise enough funds to begin the project As always, we would not be able to achieve these goals without and in July we officially broke ground. The retention pond the strong parent volunteers who are on our PTO board this year. is being relocated, drainage improvements made, and field Last year, we decided to combine the PTO and Volunteer Council layouts adjusted, so that next spring the students at DW will boards into a single board. The new board structure reflects this have a renovated field to use. It will also be the site of our change and will allow us to work more efficiently and effectively 2nd annual Run for the Fields 5K on May 19 to continue to towards our goals. I am excited to work with all these individuals. raise the additional $100,000 that is needed to complete the As always, if you ever have any program questions or comments, funding for this phase of the project. It is never too soon to please feel free to contact me or one of the board members. A start to train! complete PTO board listing can be found on page 15. • PTO Coffee and Open House. In an effort to continue to educate our parents on the various opportunities to get We also rely on parents for donations of time and talent to help involved with PTO, as well as all the different programs that execute the programs we offer. If you have already registered PTO supports (both financially and with volunteer time), we to volunteer, a program coordinator will be contacting you once will be holding a PTO Coffee and Open House on September school starts. If you have not registered, please take a moment 13th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the College of Lake County- to review all the volunteer opportunities that exist and register Southlake Campus. ALL parents are welcome to attend. for those that interest you. You can do this online at https:// The Open House will consist of a short 10 minute presenta- spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHNiUFlFSHRRN0 tion on PTO. Most of the PTO board members and district xtVzg5SkpnMG1rQVE6MQ. administration will be there to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. Hopefully, this will help you learn Lastly, we appreciate the incredible financial support we receive more about PTO in an informal manner. More information from parents, local businesses and other community groups. We on this event will be available in the school newsletters and would not be able to offer the programs we do or complete proj- at the curriculum nights in the fall. We hope to see you ects like the DW Athletic Field Renovation without your ongoing there. support. We have provided a detailed document which outlines, • Work closely with teachers on new or revised program- in more detail, exactly what your financial contributions help us ming. PTO is always looking for ways to improve our achieve. Visit the virtual backpack web page, where this docu- programs and looking for areas where we can help out ment will be posted: www.district103.k12.il.us/vbackpack.htm. more. One of those new areas this year will be an “Art Lady” Thank you so much for your ongoing support! program at Daniel Wright for the 5th grade students. In the (article continues on next page) spring, it was announced that the art curriculum for 5th grade (article continues above, right) THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 14 PTO (continued from prior page ) For more information about PTO, visit www.district103.k12.il.us/ptovc.htm. PTO President’s Note (continued from page 13) 103 PTO Communications 103 Looking ahead, we would like to highlight a couple of key PTO Welcome back to school! As the new school year begins and dates for the upcoming month: new routines are established, get more involved in your child’s school by volunteering for PTO. Within the PTO, the Communi- • September 15th – LCA and Rotary Golf Outing (19th Annual cations group needs volunteers to help the district and PTO with Herb Didier Memorial Golf Outing) various clerical, publicity and technology related tasks. Special • September 16th – PTO Back to School Bash projects include mailing out PTO Directories, organizing the year- • September 20th – PTO Board Meeting books for distribution, or decorating a bulletin board. If you have • September 27th – Welcome Night at Sprague web site skills, we’d love to hear from you! Time commitments are flexible, and no special training or knowledge is needed. For additional PTO and district events, dates and times for this year, please see the PTO Calendar of Events located on our PTO When events require such help, volunteers are contacted by web site at http://www.district103.k12.il.us/ptovc.htm. e-mail. You can help for one hour or more, or pass until the next time help is needed and you have the time. For each job, we As always, please feel free to contact me or any board member gather at one of the schools to alphabetize, label, sort, and it’s with questions, concerns, ideas or feedback. amazing the interesting and useful information you can learn. Find out more at http://www.district103.k12.il.us/ptovc.htm or Enjoy the rest of the summer! sign up online at https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?for mkey=dHNiUFlFSHRRN0xtVzg5SkpnMG1rQVE6MQ. Respectfully submitted, Anne van Gerven, PTO President (847) 955-9156 email@example.com PTO Welcome Committee 103 Mark your calendars! THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th It is hard to believe that summer vacation is almost over and the start of the school year is just around the corner. The Welcom- 19th Annual Herb Didier Memorial Golf Outing ing Committee is gearing up for a great start to the 2011-2012 Presented by: school year. Our primary function is to welcome new families The Lincolnshire Morning Star Rotary Club to District 103 and provide them with helpful information about in partnership with the Lincolnshire Community Association the district and the surrounding communities. To do this, the at Welcoming Committee invites all new families to Welcome Night The Arboretum Club at Sprague, which will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Buffalo Grove, Illinois at 7:00 p.m. Invitations to our new families will go out the 1st week of September, but all District 103 families are welcome to Lincolnshire Community Association (LCA) proceeds from this attend. During this event, families who are looking to become event will benefit the PTO's Daniel Wright Athletic Field more involved in the district will learn about the great programs Renovation Initiative. our district and community have to offer. Representatives from For more information or to register, please click various organizations within District 103 will be able to provide www.lincolnshirerotary.org. an overview of their group and how you can get involved. In addition to sponsoring this special evening at the beginning of the year, the Welcome Committee continuously reaches out SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT! to new families throughout the school year. Each new family SP HD DW receives a welcome packet with important information ranging Spirit Wear samples will be on display at all from how to receive the district directory to District 103 com- Fall Curriculum Nights. munication web sites. The packet also includes a list of local phone numbers and web sites for the surrounding area. We are Watch for order forms coming home soon and available to answer questions or if you are interested in joining posting on the District’s virtual backpack. the Welcome Committee, please contact me, Stacy Szwejbka, at Questions? Contact Jane Ernst at firstname.lastname@example.org. Swebs@sbcglobal.net. 15 THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 More From PTO For more information about PTO, visit www.district103.k12.il.us/ptovc.htm. PTO Board for 2011/2012 103 President ............... Anne van Gerven Health and Safety .... Jan Lamberti/Heather O'Brien Vice President........ Sandy Simon HEPCO ..................... Kristine Keevins/Cory Ingersol/OPEN Treasurer ............... Mary Claire O'Donnell Membership/ Secretary ............... Stacy Walsh Sponsorship: ...... Eliisa Capstick Communications.... Stephanie Hooper Membership/ Community Directory: ........... Beth Konieczny/Debbie Fisch Relations ................ Jackie Curtis/Diane Laudati/Veronica Pantelis Membership/ Cultural Arts .......... Jennifer Quallley/Gina Stec Welcome Cmte .. Stacy Szwejbka DW Coordinators ... Amy Klein/Christy Greeley Room Parents .......... Tania Surane 5th Grade/ Special Projects ....... Beth Konieczny/Liz Treiber/Chris Udoni Colonial Days.... Veronica Pantelis SP Coordinator: ....... Laura Polen/Tanya Schwartz Dance Lessons.. Diane Gillis Ways and Means Lighted Coordinator:....... Julianne Spilotro Schoolhouse..... Leah Kieffer Book Fair ............ Vicki Morelli/Beth Ann Fell Fine Arts Day ......... Linda Pinsel/Erika Tully School Supplies .. Robin Babbo/Beth Poteet HD Coordinator ..... Anne Rainis/OPEN Spirit Wear ......... Jane Ernst 3rd Grade Run for the World Fair ........ Tiffany Etzel/Anne Rainis Fields/5K ............ Sandy Simon/Jen Sturgeon/Chris Udoni 4th Grade State Fair .......... OPEN YOU ARE INVITED… The school year has started in District 103. Welcome back, students and all our families! You are all invited to share in some fun - PTO’s BACK TO SCHOOL BASH A picnic, games, and treats, sure hope you can come! at SPRAGUE SCHOOL (EC – Grade 4 Families) YES, we’ll be there! Family Name: # attending: YES, I’d be happy to volunteer! Name: Date: Friday, September 16th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Phone Number: Rain date: Saturday, September 17th, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Email Address: Place: Sprague School Gym Playground Return this completed form to Sprague School or Who: ALL EARLY CHILDHOOD THROUGH 4TH GRADE STUDENTS AND Half Day School no later than 9/14/11. THEIR FAMILIES The P.T.O. Community Relations will be providing submarine sandwiches, chips, cookies and water for all families. Feel free to bring side dishes/desserts for your family to enjoy. Gentle reminder…alcohol is not permitted on school grounds. Don’t forget your blanket, as seating will be outdoors in the grassy area around the playground. Live music and playground equipment will provide lots of fun! R.S.V.P. no later than Wednesday, September 14th, by returning the slip below to the main office at Sprague or Half Day Schools. It is critical that you respond in a timely fashion, so that there is enough food/drink for all. Let us know if you can volunteer to help. Questions/ideas? Please contact Jackie Curtis at email@example.com or Veronica Pantelis at firstname.lastname@example.org. *************************************************************************** PTO’s BACK TO SCHOOL BASH at SPRAGUE SCHOOL (EC – Grade 4 Families) YES, we’ll be there! THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 16 OMMPa The Organization of Music Makers Parent Advisors (OMMPa), provides parent support by assisting 103 the chorus, band, orchestra and fine arts programs at District 103 schools. Fund-raising efforts help to subsidize instrument purchases, music-related field trips, cultural activities, music camp scholarships and more. A Note from the PTO President 103 As a new school year gets underway OMMPa is already busy planning and preparing for exciting things for the music pro- grams at Sprague, Half Day and Daniel Wright Junior High Schools. OMMPa is proud to continue its support of the many The 2011/2012 OMMPa Board wonderful music programs throughout our district. Kathy Knezevic .............President Providing support means raising funds, and we continue our attempts to offer opportunities that are beneficial to you, while Mara Grujanac .............Vice President at the same time raising money for our programs. We are of- fering a hot dog lunch each Thursday at Daniel Wright. Profits Diane Laudati...............Treasurer from these lunches go directly to OMMPa. Parent volunteers will distribute Thursday lunches. (If you’re interested in serving Ellen Singer ..................Secretary lunch on an occasional Thursday, please e-mail Kathy at email@example.com). We also continue to collect Box Tops Shari Panitch ................Publicity for Education. We can potentially raise up to $2000 each year just by clipping the box tops from products you already buy. The Jen Bott & Missy Finn ..Box Tops for Plant Sale will be back next spring. We hope you are enjoying Education the plants you purchased last May! New this year for OMMPa will be the sale of gift cards. We will offer gift cards several Beth Konieczny ............PTO Liaison times throughout the year. Watch for the order form coming soon! Dede Ginsberg .............member As your sons/daughters start a new school year, we hope they look forward to getting involved in one of the many music As always, please feel free to contact any programs available. Keep an eye on the Virtual Backpack for of the OMMPa board members with information about chorus, band and orchestra for the 2011/2012 questions about our programs! school year. For a re-cap of last year’s programs and how OMMPa made a difference for District 103 musicians, visit the District 103 virtual backpack web page or click here: www.district103.k12.il.us/vbackpack/OMMPA060111.pdf. The Lincolnshire Sports Association is looking forward to another great year! In addition to offering recreational and travel sports programs for all District 103 children, we have been busy work- ing with the schools to help fund capital improvements. First, in partnership with last year’s 5th grade boys travel basket- ball team, we are re-surfacing the Half Day gym to make it safer for all. Coach Dwight Ekenberg and the 5th grade boys’ Lightning team raised over $3000 for this endeavor, and we are delighted to match their contribution. Second, LSA contributed $30,000 to PTO’s initiative to make the DW fields more usable for all, year-round. We look forward to working together to improve District 103 kids’ athletic experiences, in and out of school! For fall soccer information, be sure to visit http://www.slsl.net/soccerIndex.asp. 17 THE 103 MONTHLY - AUG/SEPT 2011 Community Organizations Visit our virtual backpack for school and community news: http://www.district103.k12.il.us/vbackpack.htm & Educational Programs School District 103 does not endorse the programs mentioned under this section. The College of Lake County offers new programs for children The Stevenson High School Community Foundation announces in grades 2-4 and in grades 5-8 to accelerate their reading. The its annual Spotlight on Stevenson Events as well as its Children's programs will be held September 17th through October 22nd at Theater programs for 2011/2012. Spotlight events will feature the Grayslake campus. Visit the virtual backpack web page for Comedy-Sportz on November 12th, Under the Streetlamp on further information. Register at www.clcillinois.edu/youth or call January 21st, and Ralph Covert on February 19th. The Children’s (847) 543-2022. Theater will bring performances of Darius the Dragon on Octo- ber 23rd and the Jungle Book on March 18th to the school. For The College of Lake County is offering a program to help ticket information, please call (847) 415-4121. students in grades 6-12 prepare for the ACT exam. For a registration form and more information, call (847) 543-2022, visit www.clcillinois.edu/youth, or send an email to CPEInfo@clcillinois.edu. Community Christian Church welcomes District 103 families to take part in its programs throughout the school year. Bryan Elliott, the new senior minister, will start the program year with a celebratory event: Kickoff Sunday on September 11th at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome! On Saturday, October 1st, the annual Community Garage Sale will be held from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the church, 1970 Riverwoods Road in Lincolnshire. Donation drop-off is scheduled for September 25th-29th. For details, visit www.ccclincolnshire.org. Please contact the office with ques- tions: (847) 945-8824 or Office@CCCLincolnshire.org. The Lincolnshire Garden Club's first program of the 2011-2012 year is on September 15th at the Vernon Area Public Library. Have you ever wanted to walk through the Royal Gardens of England? Join Garden Club members Rick Sanders and Janice Hand for a pictorial stroll through these exciting locations. Cof- fee begins at 9:30 a.m., and a brief business meeting follows at 10:00 a.m. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. For more informa- tion please call Jan at (847) 945-6575. Stevenson High School welcomes the community to SPIRIT FEST 2011 on September 17th from 4:00-10:00 p.m. Stevenson High School’s National Honor Society is inviting the community to come celebrate the start of a new year as well as raise money for CASA. There will be fireworks, games, and an attempt to break another world record. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. This charity helps give support through a volunteer that will remain a constant during turbulent times for abused or neglected children thrown into the foster care system. Steven- son’s National Honor Society has chosen to support CASA in Remember to visit our virtual backpack order to give back to the community. Families and kids of all ages for school and community news: are welcome! More information is available at http://www.d125. http://www.district103.k12.il.us/vbackpack.htm org/clubs_and_activities/spirit_fest.aspx.
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