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District 30 News Briefs - Tour of Maple School with Dr. Brian Wegley is at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 21

Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Dates Set for February 8 and 15

January 20, 2017

On December 8, Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley spoke to the Board of Education, Citizen Task Force members, staff and residents about the proposed Master Facility Plan. On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the District 30 Board of Education met at Maple School and voted to adopt a resolution to place the facilities' proposal on this spring’s ballot on April 4, 2017.

On December 8, Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley spoke to the Board of Education, Citizen Task Force members, staff and residents about the proposed Master Facility Plan. On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the District 30 Board of Education met at Maple School and voted to adopt a resolution to place the facilities' proposal on this spring’s ballot on April 4, 2017.

Stay informed regarding the district's facility plan resolution - Upcoming Maple School tour schedule with Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley

Saturday, January 21, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 18, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 1:00 p.m.

A video tour of Maple School can be accessed at www.d30facilities.org

Stay up-to-date with Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley at http://blog.d30.me/bwegley/

January 19, 2017

Dear District 30 Parents,

This fall included the creation of our District 30 Master Facility Plan which identified a long-range plan for addressing physical and educational needs at Maple, Wescott, and Willowbrook. This comprehensive planning process included input from staff, students, parents, and community members.

After analyzing possible approaches to addressing our highest priorities, our Citizens’ Task Force recommended that our Board of Education pursue a new Maple School while completing the state-mandated Health/Life-Safety work at Wescott and Willowbrook. Our Board of Education unanimously supported this recommendation on December 13, 2017, and there will be a facility bond referendum question on the ballot on April 4, 2017.

If you have not had the opportunity to take a tour of Maple School, I would encourage you to join us for a tour on one of the following dates:

Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

You can also access information about our facilities process and proposal at http://www.d30facilities.org. Contained within this site is our Frequently Asked Questions page at http://www.d30facilities.org/faq/, which you may also find informative.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if questions arise, and have a great week!

Sincerely,

Brian

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent
 

Board Meets January 26 at Willowbrook School

District 30’s Board of Education will convene at 7:30 p.m.,  January 26, at Willowbrook School, 2500 Happy Hollow Road, Glenview. The meeting will feature curriculum reports. For more information, contact Board Secretary Sam Friedman at 847-498-4190.

Lew Blond Run Donates Annual Portion of Funds to Support Schools

During a Board of Education meeting held on January 13, on behalf of the Lew Blond Run, Executive Director Dr. Nathan Carter presented Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley with a check for $9,000, which will be used for special school projects.

For the past 16 years, the Lew Blond Run has helped fund Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and supported high school scholarships and special school projects.

Sponsors and Volunteers are needed for the 17th Annual Lew Blond Run, which will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 20 at Maple School! To help out, call Dr. Nate Carter today at 847-400-8900. For more information go to lewblondrun.org

Upcoming Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule and School Holidays

Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place from 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 8 (the same day as Kindergarten Registration at Willowbrook School).  They will continue to be held evenings from 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 9 and Wednesday, February 15.

On Thursday, February 16, there will be a half-day of school, and Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place beginning at 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, February 16. There will be a District Holiday and no school on Friday, February 17. 

On Monday, February 20, President's Day, there will be a District Holiday, School will be held only if a "snow" day has occurred.

Teacher Institute Day is March 6

There will be no school, due to a Teacher Institute Day, on Monday, March 6. A half-day School Improvement Day will be held on Friday, March 17.  Spring Recess begins on Monday, March 27. School resumes on Monday, April 3, only if a second "snow" day has occurred; or if a "snow" day has occurred after February 20. Otherwise, school resumes from spring recess on Tuesday, April 4.

Board of Education Adopts Facility Plan Resolution

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the Board of Education met at Maple School, and voted "unanimously" to support and adopt a resolution to place the facility plan proposal on this spring's ballot. The Resolution provides for and requires the submission of the proposition of issuing $36,300,000 School Building Bonds to the voters of the School District Number 30, Cook County Illinois, at the consolidated election to be held on the 4th day of April 2017.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley stated in a letter to parents and staff members, "Thank you to our staff, students, Board, parents and community members for the important input on our Master Facility Plan."

For more information, read the articles below, and Dr. Wegley's letter to the community in the December 9 weekly school newsletters. Go to www.district30.org or www.d30facilities.org

Every resident should have received a letter from Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley on December 12, about the facility plan process, proposal and upcoming tours.

Northbrook Star - December 14 article regarding District 30 Board Approval of Referendum by Irv Leavitthttp://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/northbrook/news/ct-nbs-d30-referendum-approved-tl-1222-20161214-story.html

Journal (Glenview) - December 15 article regarding Board Approval of Referendum - http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_7be5f4a8-c251-11e6-b8c9-4bb11a70c504.html#.WFLlbK6Mfc8.facebook


Kid Connection Preschool Registration Takes Place February 8, 2017

Kid Connection Preschool registration for the 2017-2018 school year will take place from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 8 at Willowbrook School. District 30 residents will receive priority registration until February 28. Parent/Teacher conferences and Kindergarten registration will also be taking place at this time.
 
Willowbrook Kid Connection is a community preschool program jointly operated by Northbrook/ Glenview School District 30 and Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) at Willowbrook School. The program is based on best practices in early childhood education. This integrated early childhood program is designed to support children’s social, language, cognitive/pre-academic, and motor development.

There is a 3-year-old program and a 4-year-old program. Each classroom serves up to 16 students, including children with special needs and same-age peers. Research has shown that shared learning experiences have positive effects for both children with and without special needs.
 
Registration for both of these programs will take place on a date to be determined.  An original birth certificate and a $400 deposit is required for registration. The cost for the 2017-2018 Kid Connection Preschool Program is $3,600. For more information, call Director of Student Services, Lauren Schulman or her assistant, Mary Lynn Petty at 847-498-4190.
 

Kindergarten Registration Takes Place on February 8 and 15, 2017

School District 30 will hold Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-2018 school year from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 8 and Wednesday, February 15 at Willowbrook School. District 30's full-day kindergarten program takes place at Willowbrook School.

Parents and caregivers of all incoming District 30 kindergartners can register for kindergarten during these times at Willowbrook School, 2500 Happy Hollow Road, Glenview. One registration per person will be permitted except in the case of multiple births.

In order to enroll for the fall, 2017 session, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017. An official birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration. Hospital or baptismal certificates cannot be accepted. Copies of an official birth certificate can be obtained at the County Clerk's office in the county where your child was born. In Cook County, the certificate can be obtained from the County Clerk's Office, 188 North Clark, Chicago, Illinois 60602; or the Skokie Courthouse at 5600 Old Orchard Road in Skokie, Room 149, Ph. 847-470-7233.

Proof of residency in District 30 is also required as well as the filling out of an affidavit form. Please click the link below for information on which documents are required for proof of residency. For more information, please call Willowbrook's school office at 847-498-1090.

Click here for a list of documents required for proof of residency about/documents/a0f5432f-6f01-432f-ac6d-e5cee811f095.pdf

Volunteers are Crucial to Success of the Annual Lew Blond Run Fundraiser!

From Lew Blond Run Executive Committee Board member, Michelle Rosen:

"It's time to set up volunteers to help organize the 17th Annual Lew Blond Run., which will be held at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 20. There are many opportunities to use your skills. Please let me know how you can help."

Faculty and resident volunteers are needed to organize the food for the race and to organize miscellaneous materials from 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 18. Volunteers are also needed to assist with packet pick-up of bibs and t-shirts from 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m., on Friday, May 19. Individuals are welcome to marshall a corner from 7:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 20.

Workers are needed for registration on the day of the race from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., Saturday, May 20. Distribution of bibs and t-shirts also takes place from 6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m., Saturday, May 20.

Proceeds from this race help fund research for Lou Gehrig's Disease, high school scholarships, and support special school projects. For more information and to register for this year's race go to lewblondrun.org

ACCESS Testing Runs from January 9-February 10, 2017

District 30 ACCESS testing will take place from January 9-February 10. ACCESS is the English language proficiency test administrated to ELL students (K-8). Students are assessed in speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. ACCESS administration is mandated by the state.

Crisis Hotline Approved by District 225 Board to Support Local Youth

On December 12, the District 225 Board of Education has approved a crisis hotline for youth in Northbrook and Glenview.  District 225 students and community youth will soon have instant access to a network of licensed therapists and clinicians through their cellphones.

The vote approved the district’s service agreement with the Lake Forest-based Text-a-Tip program, an anonymous, 24/7 text crisis hotline that offers a wide range of support to North Shore youths. The program is a service of nonprofit Linking Efforts Against Drugs, and began in 2014 as an effort to prevent self-harm following a series of student suicides in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.

District 30’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley stated,

“District 225 initiated efforts to make this valuable tool available to our communities’ high school students. During their efforts, they involved our middle schools. The Glenbrook High Schools are ahead in the adoption process as a result. District 30’s administrative team and student services personnel have reviewed Text-A-Tip, and have found it to be a valuable resource for our middle school students. It is a resource that provides our students 24/7 instant access to a network of licensed therapists and clinicians through their cellphones. The fact that students will learn about this valuable tool in middle school and continue to utilize it in high school has also been identified as a significant advantage.”

District 30's Board of Education is working to finalize a contract with Text-A-Tip during the next month. Once the contract is finalized, District 30 will share information with parents and students, and will establish a timeline for making it available to the Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook School students, which is anticipated in February.

Read more at http://www.northbrooktower.com/school/d225-board-text-crisis-hotline-approved-northbrook-glenview-youth

Board Approves Text-A-Tip To Help Students in Crisis

On January 13, the Glenview Lantern reported, "The District 30 Board of Education officially joined District 225 in its text crisis hotline initiative Thursday, Dec. 12, upon unanimous board approval of the service contract.

The hotline is hosted by Lake Forest-based Text-a-Tip and offers students anonymous, 24/7 access to a network of licensed therapists and clinicians through their personal cellphones. The service is designed to provide instant help for a range of issues, such as bullying, safety and psychological hurdles. 

For D30, the service will be directed toward Maple students. Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley explained that it is beneficial to introduce Text-a-Tip to the middle school population in both the short and long term.

“[Students] will learn it in our middle school, have it through middle school and then have a very similar resource when they get into high school,” Wegley said. “I just think that is a terrific tool and resource for our kids.”

Nonetheless, Wegley stressed that the hotline is not designed to replace in-school support.

“This is really that message and resource for when kids are not in school,” Wegley said. “One thing that everybody should know is that when kids are in school, our kids trust the adults in our building. They reach out for help when they’re with us. We have a lot of resources in the building that provide that support. Our administrative team, our psychologists, our social workers and our teachers and staff, as well, are all terrific resources for our kids. This doesn’t replace that, this simply supplements it outside of school when kids aren’t with us.”

D30 is set to pay approximately $989 of the $28,146 fee for the first year of use. The balance will be funded by the contract’s consortium: D225, D27, D28, D31, D34, the Village of Glenview and the Village of Northbrook. Board member Ihab Riad praised the initiative, adding that the partnership makes the service accessible and feasible for D30.

“I just want to say it’s a great collaboration between the Villages of Northbrook and Glenview,” Riad said. “Our share is only $1,000, which is phenomenal. [The hotline] is great.”

D30 board members hosted a first reading of their 2017 board policy review, proposing changes to roughly 26 policies — six of which are new policies. The edits are a routine function of the board and seek to make the over-arching policy handbook updated and cohesive.

One of the tentative new policies, 405.05, is designed to safeguard the district’s financial status given the pending Maple construction and economic state of Illinois, according to Wegley.

“This honestly is helping us set up for the fact that if we issue bonds — and really with or without a referendum — we’re going to either be issuing debt service bonds or we’re going to be issuing referendum bonds,” Wegley said. “Either way, we will very likely be going out and be doing a bond rating. This is one of the things recommended for us if we go forward with the bond rating.”

“What [the policy] is doing is simply setting a couple of things,” he continued. “One is a range for what we expect our fund balance to be, a range that is no lower than 45 to 65 percent. We don’t want to be anywhere near that and in fact today, with the uncertainty in the State of Illinois, any reputable district isn’t close to that.”

The board will host a second reading, with additional revisions, at its Jan. 26 meeting. The board’s policies are accessible on the district’s website.

Emergency Closing Procedures

 

In the event of a weather-related school closing or other emergency, parents
can expect to receive an automated phone call, an e-mail, and a text from
District 30's Emergency Notification System. This system will be tested on
Saturday, October 29, at 1:00 p.m. Please notify your school principal if there
are changes to your email address or phone numbers.
http://www.district30.org/parents/Emergency-Procedures.cfm

2017-2018 School Calendar Adopted by Board on November 10

The 2017-2018 District 30 School Calendar was adopted by the District 30 Board of Education on Thursday, November 10, 2016. On the calendar page of the District 30 website you will find the approved calendar and a list of important 2017-2018 District 30 Calendar dates.

Teacher Institute Days will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017. Classes for students in first through eighth grade will begin Wednesday, August 23. Kindergarten and preschool students will meet with their teacher briefly on Wednesday, August 23. Kindergarten and preschool students' first full day will be Thursday, August 24.

Calendar Highlights:

All Northfield schools continue to mirror District 225’s Winter Break (Monday, December 25, 2017, through Friday, January 5, 2018) and Spring Break (Monday, March 26, 2018, through Friday, March 30, 2018).
Six half-day school improvement/institute days are included and are scheduled at the end of the week whenever possible.

Two half-days also occur to support Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 13, 2017, and February 15, 2018. Two emergency days (“snow” days) are built into the school year (Friday, February 16 & Monday, April 2), and five emergency days added in June as specified by Illinois School Code. The tentative last day of school is Thursday, June 7, 2018.

The two built-in emergency days noted above will be utilized to make up school if school is canceled prior to the emergency day (e.g. If school is canceled prior to Friday, February 16, 2018, school will be in session on that date.) Please plan on these days being attendance days, and note that building these into the school year helps decrease the likelihood that school cancellations due to weather will impact the tentative last day of school.

Northbrook Tower article on tentative tax levy and District 30's bilingual report:

http://www.northbrooktower.com/school/d30-projects-15-percent-increase-school-taxes

Northbrook Tower article: The District 30 Board of Education pre-approved an estimated 1.5 percent tax increase in school taxes for 2016 during its Thursday, Nov. 11 meeting.

The board reviews the tax levy annually. This year the district tentatively asked for a 10 percent increase, however they only expect to receive a 1-2 percent extension increase.

“We ask for more than what we think we’re going to get, understanding — it’s very important to note this — there is no penalty for asking too much, just financial misfortunes if you don’t ask for enough,”  Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Dale Falk said. “So here you see we’re going to ask for 10 percent; that’s our recommendation. We estimate that we’re only going to receive 1.5 percent, somewhere in that area next year. ... Why are we asking for 10 percent? Partly because I’m new to the district and not aware of my surroundings as far as new growth. [Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley] is relatively new to the district also, so we feel that this is a very safe and conservative recommendation to the Board of Education.

“Again, I can’t stress enough that what you ask for and what you get are two totally different things. We’re asking for 10, but please don’t run out of here thinking that your tax bills are going up 10 percent; they’re not. The district is only going to get about 1.5 percent of new money next year.”

According to Falk, the potential for increased student enrollment causes much of the uncertainty. 

“There is one item we don’t know: new growth,” Falk said. “We have no [way] of knowing right now how much new growth there is in the community here. We do not feel that it’s that much, but we do not know.”

Last year, D30 received approximately $21 million in tax dollars. The 2016 tax levy will be paid out in two installments in the 2017 calendar year. Final approval of the tax levy will be voted on at the board’s next meeting Dec. 8.

Wegley addresses language diversity

Dr. Wegley also presented the district’s annual bilingual report at the Nov. 11 meeting, revealing that 368 students, or 31 percent of D30 children, speak or understand a second language at home.

“As we have talked about many times, diversity of our district is one of our greatest strengths,” Wegley said. “I think our kids benefit tremendously from the diversity that we have. ... You see the variety of languages that we have.”

Specifically, D30 students use 38 different languages at home, down from 40 unique languages last year.

“We have 38 languages spoken at home in our district,” Wegley said. “And what a tremendous addition that is to our district.”


 Sodexo's Future Chef Competition Takes Place on March 15

District 30's Sodexo Food Services Manager, Willie Newsome accepted fourth and fifth grade student recipes on December 16 for the Sodexo Future Chef Elementary School Culinary Competition, which will be held for finalists on March 15.

The competition, which is open to fourth and fifth grade students, was designed to help educate and encourage kids to develop healthy eating habits. As a result, the theme for the 2016-2017 competition, is to submit recipes for their favorite comfort food. Judging will be based on originality, kid-friendly, ease of preparation, healthy attributes, plate presentation and taste.

Teachers must submit all recipes to Mr. Newsome by Friday, December 16. He will then evaluate and narrow down the number of finalists based on the participation of the students and the recipes submitted. Finalists will be invited to a Culinary Competition "Cook-Off" at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Maple School's multipurpose room. All finalists will receive framed plaque, recipe book of all finalists' recipes, chef coat, apron and hat!

The winning District 30 recipe will be entered into a national competition. More details to follow. For more information, contact Mr. Newsome at 847-400-8900 or willie.newsome@sodexo.com