District 30 News Briefs: Board of Education Convenes on August 10

First Day of School is Wednesday, Auigust 23

July 14, 2017

Board of Education Meets August 10

District 30's Board of Education remaining summer meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., August 10 at Maple School. For more information, contact Board Secretary Michele Pollina at 847-498-4190.

Online Registration Now Open

District 30 registration for 2017-2018 is now open. If you did not receive a letter, contact your child's(ren) school(s):

Wescott 847-272-4660
Willowbrook 847-498-1090
Maple 847-400-8900
School offices are open during the summer. Call
ahead of time and the office will have a replacement letter
available for pick up. Due to the confidential nature
of the information contained in the letter, it is
necessary to show proof of District 30 address and personal identification in order to receive the letter.
District 30 Kids Host Lemonade Stand Fundraiser to Help Those in Need

Leave it to District 30's children, who keep turning lemons into lemonade to raise funds for a good cause!

First it was the Maple Summer School Service Learning students, who have been hosting lemonade stands and other fundraisers for the past five weeks.

Most recently, it is the the Krzus family, who were stationed in front of Wescott Park on July 10, selling lemonade to raise funds for "Kim's Cancer Foundation." The funds will be used to help families during a medical crisis. Kim's Cancer Foundation was established in honor of a family member, who recently passed away from cancer.

For more information and to help support Kim's Cancer Foundation, go to

We are proud of these students, who are exhibiting tenets of Character Counts: good citizenship, caring and responsibility!


Left to right, front row: New Board Secretary Michele Pollina, Vice President Ursula Sedlak, President Chuck Gitles, Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, and Ihab Riad. Back row, left to right:  Jeff Zuercher, Elizabeth Shabelman, Keith Karchmar, and Nancy Artz.

Board of Education Welcomes Secretary Michele Pollina

Michele Pollina is warmly welcomed as the new Board of Education Secretary, replacing Sam Friedman, who served with distinction for two years, and retired on June 30. Ms. Pollina service began on July 1 and will run until June 30, 2019. She also replaced Ms. Friedman as Assistant to Superintendent, Dr. Brian K. Wegley, beginning on July 1.

The Board of Education consists of seven members elected from the general public to serve the entire Northbrook / Glenview School District 30 Community.  The Board of Education provides the ultimate governance of the District by fulfilling its responsibilities to hire and evaluate a superintendent and establish budget, policies and goals that align with the District's strategic plan.  Board members participate in governance through regularly scheduled board and committee meetings, which are posted and open to the public. 

There are opportunities for public comment at each board meeting.  Meeting activities include the creation and approval of policies for the operation of the schools, employment of the staff, adopting and monitoring the annual budget, adopting the annual tax levy, discussing and authorizing curriculum development and otherwise supervising and directing the operation of the District.  Board members also represent the District in civic and other organizations throughout the District 30 community.

For more information, call the Administrative Offices at 847-498-4190.

District 30 Students Raise Funds for Cancer Foundation

Leave it to District 30's children, who keep turning lemons into lemonade to raise funds for a good cause!

First it was the Maple Summer School Service Learning students, who have been hosting lemonade stands and other fundraisers for the past five weeks.

Most recently, it is the the Krzus family, who were stationed in front of Wescott Park on July 10, selling lemonade to raise funds for "Kim's Cancer Foundation." The funds will be used to help families during a medical crisis. Kim's Cancer Foundation was established in honor of a family member, who recently passed away from cancer.

We are proud of these students, who are exhibiting tenets of Character Counts: good citizenship, caring and responsibility!

Maple School Welcomes Kathy Janca!

Maple School welcomes Kathy Janca as the new secretary for Principal Dr. Nathan Carter. She replaced Michele Pollina, who is the new Administrative Assistant/Board Secretary for Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley.

Maple Summer School Students Hold Fundraiser for Heartland Animal Shelter

Maple Summer School's Service Learning class of sixth through eighth graders hosted a Sweets 4 Treats fundraiser on Friday, July 7. Teacher Leora Kurtz and students sold lemonade and cookies to raise funds that will help support animals at Northbrook's Heartland Animal Shelter.

Preschool Screening Schedule for 2017-2018

District 30's preschool screening process is held at Willowbrook School, and is designed to identify preschool age children (3-5 years old) who may benefit from special education support prior to kindergarten. Five developmental areas are included in the screening: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social. Preschool screening dates for 2017-2018 are as follows: Thursday, September 28, 2017; Thursday, November 30, 2017; Thursday, January 25, 2018; and Thursday, March 15, 2018.

These areas will be assessed after your child has passed a hearing and vision screening. The developmental screening takes about one hour to complete and is conducted by the school district’s speech-language pathologist, psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker, and school nurse. Parents are encouraged to stay with their child throughout the screening.

To verify District 30 residency and make an appointment for a screening, please call Mary Lynn Petty at 847-400-8964. For more information about preschool screenings, please contact Lauren Schulman, the District 30 Director of Student Services, at 847-498-4190.

Summer School Open House and Independence Day Assembly Held on June 30

Maple Summer School's Open House and Fourth of July Assembly took place on June 30. Principal Eleni Lamson welcomed hundreds of parents and students on behalf of the faculty.

Parents had the opportunity to visit their child's (men's) classrooms, then everyone attended the assembly, which featured 11 classes.

To kick off the assembly, Mike Vecchio led the concert band as they played "The Star Spangled Banner". Then attendees recited the "Pledge of Allegiance."

The following classes performed throughout the morning: Hip Hoppin' Health (with Hallie Nissen and Sarah Lerman), Children's Theater (with Lisa Kovarik and Katie Burnside), Orchestra (with Elspeth Losch), Cheer (with Hallie Nissen), Summer Musical (with Jeri Hart), World Cup Soccer (with Bill Vaananen, Emily Greiner, Rebecca Panitch, Alan Hirsch, ad Marcus Hosteler), the band and orchestra.

Special recognition and thanks to the art classes, for their contribution of July 4th art in the hallways and in the gymnasium. They included Great Artists, Paper Art, Studio Art, Little Picassos and Art in Color. Teachers are Joan Marsh, Sara Preis, Michelle Block, Eileen Burke and Hallie Nissan.


District 30's Summer Schedule

  • Registration Deadline is Tuesday, August 1
  • ePackets are posted on Website on Monday, August 14
  • Tuesday, August 15 - New Student Orientation 9:00 a.m.
  • New Student MATH Placement Testing 9:30 a.m.
  • New Student ELL Testing 12:30 p.m

Summer School is "An Adventure in Learning"

"An Adventure in Learning" began at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 13 at Maple Summer School.  Over 450 students are attending the program, which runs through July 14. The Open House and Independence Day assembly took place from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.,  on Friday, June 30. 

Pupils were welcomed by Summer School Principal Eleni Lamson, Assistant Principal Ashley Grosshuesch and Secretary Nancy Lifshitz.  Classes run in four blocks, from 8:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. As a reminder, attendance is taken in each block, so call the office at 847-400-8931, or email if students are going to be late or absent from summer school.

During the five-week program, besides their regular class(es), there will be opportunities for pupils in grades 3-8 to spend the morning at Kenilworth Beach; and to attend a show at Marriott Lincolnshire Theater.

Some of the classes that are underway this summer include the following:  Refresher Math and Reading, Paper Art, Computer Collaboration, Studio Art, Little Picassos, The Game of My Life, Design with Code, Green Thumbs, Summer Musical, Under the Sea, Sunrise Yoga, Mini-Camp, Writing Workshop, Orchestra, Volleyball, Concert, Art in Color, Basketball, How to Survive Sixth Grade, Fit for Now, Fit for Life, World Soccer with Mr. V, Cheer, Cooking, Primary Science, Reading and Story Time, Jazz Band and Racquet Sports. 

One of the new classes being held is called Service Projects for students in grades six through eight. This new course was designed and implemented by middle schoolers who want to get involved in their community. They will research different charities in the area, set-up fundraising events, and travel to different organizations, such as the local food pantry, animal shelters, or assisted-living homes.

"Thank you to our community for approving the new Maple School! Due to the exciting news, we anticipate Summer School 2017 and 2018 to continue as usual at the current Maple School. For Summer School 2019, we will continue to serve our community by hosting summer school at Wescott and Willowbrook Elementary Schools. Stay tuned for updates!" said Principal Lamson.

For more information, and to stay current, go to Maple's Summer School website at

Students Serving Host Food Drive for Northfield Township Food Pantry

Maple Summer School's Service Projects class with Leora Kurtz encouraged families, students and staff to bring at least one food, paper or toiletry item to Maple Summer School from by Friday, June 30. Supplies collected were donated to the Northfield Township Food Pantry, which feeds over 750 families in the township. In the summer, the pantry shelves are not as full as other times of year, so it is important to help keep them stocked.

"This new course was designed and implemented by sixth through eighth grade students who wanted to get involved in their community. Students are researching different charities in the area, setting-up fundraising events, and traveling to different organizations, such as the local food pantry, animal shelters, or assisted-living homes," said Ms. Kurtz.

Board Honors Sam Friedman for Distinguished Service on June 15

From Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley on the upcoming retirement (on June 30) of his assistant and Board Secretary, the amazing Sam Friedman, "Congratulations to Mrs. Sam Friedman for her friendship and distinguished service to our Board & District 30." #lastboardmeeting #D30learns

"Shout out" to retiring administrative assistant Sam Friedman. Read all about her at

Follow Maple Summer School on Facebook and Twitter too!

District 30 Wishes Everyone A Safe and Restful Summer!

District 30 completed another wonderful year on Friday, June 9, 2017.

End-of-Year Message from Superintendent Dr. Brian K. Wegley to District 30 Faculty Members:

"Thank you all for an exceptional year at District 30. Collectively you continue to honor childhood, foster growth and make a positive impact on our students everyday. When I am at the schools, I am always so proud to witness many acts of kindness and caring among staff and the children."

"Our kids are fortunate to grow up here! It's a gift to see how lives are changed for the better, because of your devotion. Teaching continues to be the most important profession on the planet; and I feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful district! Have a safe and restful summer!"

New Sodexo Lunch Payment System in Place

District 30 has shifted the lunch payment system from e~Funds to K12PaymentCenter. All student account balances have been automatically transferred to the new program.

Follow Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's blog at

A Letter from Superintendent Dr. Brian K. Wegley:

New Maple Design Progressing

In the Fall of 2016, the District 30 Board of Education entered into an inclusive process that generated District 30’s Master Facility Plan. The process included input from all stakeholders:

  • Community Members
  • Parents
  • Students
  • Staff
  • Administration
  • Board of Education

Leadership for this process was provided by our Board, Administrative Team, a Steering Committee (board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members), and a 34-member Citizens’ Task Force (District 30 parents, local business and real-estate leaders, village representatives, community members, building principals, and a teacher from each building). The wealth of information generated in our Master Facility Planning process was utilized to create a preliminary design of a new Maple School.

On April 4, 2017, the community delivered District 30 a mandate to replace Maple School when 76% of the community voted yes for the facility bond referendum that grew out of this planning process. Once our community approved, the administrative team began utilizing the information generated for our Master Facility Planning process to finalize plans for a new Maple School. This important work continues to evolve with input from our teachers, students, administrative team, community members, architects, construction management firm, and consultants.

District 30 recently earned a Triple-A (AAA) Bond Rating with a Stable distinction from Standard and Poor’s. This strong rating is important because it provides us with an “exceptional degree of creditworthiness,” which will keep the rates on our bonds as low as possible.

Our goal remains to break ground on our current soccer field by April of 2018, to occupy a new Maple School in the Fall of 2019, and to allow current middle school and summer school programming to continue in the current Maple School during construction.

Our realization of a new Maple School will:

  • Eliminate the need for millions of dollars of maintenance for the current Maple School
  • Add two additional classrooms which will increase flexibility and capacity for future enrollment growth and additions
  • Create two drop-off lanes with significantly increased car-staging zones and safety
  • Create full-size science classrooms with fully-functional labs
  • Generate adequately-sized music, art, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) rooms
  • Cluster grade-levels together with collaborative learning space
  • Locate student services (our nurse and psychologists) in a confidential area
  • Allow for public spaces (e.g. the music areas and gym space) to be isolated from the academic areas of the building
  • Create a “Cafetorium” that allows for after-school activities and performances without interference with physical education and after-school athletics
  • Introduce natural light to virtually every student space
  • Increase energy efficiency including the replacement of 37 rooftop heating and air-conditioning units with more efficient centralized systems
  • We invite the District 30 Community to keep up with the progress on our new Maple School through the website. This website includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the most recent design progress. Once construction begins, this site will include regular updates on progress.

"Thank you again to our supportive community and to all of those giving their time freely to generate an outstanding plan for the new Maple School." concluded Dr. Wegley.

District Welcomes Input from Task Force on Plans for New Maple School

On May 23, Jeff Huck, director of design for ARCON, spoke to members of District 30's Citizens Task Force about the schematic design and latest design development stages, currently underway for the new Maple School. He reviewed the tentative schedule, from design, construction and bidding, to ending with the opening of the new Maple in Fall 2019.

ARCON is the facility design company that District 30 has been working with this past year on its master facility plans. They now include a new Maple School and life/safety improvements for Wescott and Willowbrook Schools, due to the passage of a facility bond referendum in April.

After the bond referendum passed, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley assured the community in a letter that "we will continue to include the voice of District 30 stakeholders in our planning, and we will keep our community well-informed."

The evening of May 23, gave members of the Citizens Task Force the opportunity to provide input into the design process of Maple School. Post-it notes were handed out to the audience, and the residents scribbled their ideas, which were then placed on poster boards of tentative building plans for the school, that were provided by ARCON.

Dr. Wegley stated that the district has met with many other groups to gather valuable information for the new building. These groups have included administrators, faculty, Board of Education members, the Village of Northbrook, Northbrook Fire Department, District 225, peer school tours, user groups and students. He added that the students came up with over 150 ideas for the new school!

The design development phase runs from May until July 2017. This will also entail input from administrators, teachers and staff about specific needs of each space. Dr. Wegley will be keeping the community informed on his blog, via letters, and social media.

District 30's Facility Bond Referendum Passed This Year!

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley:

“District 30 has the kids; the faculty and staff; the leadership; the community. The only thing you are missing is the facilities.”  - District 30 Parent’s Statement During Master Facility Planning

As District 30 embarked on updating our Master Facility Plan, the above quote summarized what drove this facility process. Our Master Facility Plan was shared with a Steering Committee and Citizens’ Task Force, who unanimously recommended that our Board of Education pursue a Facility Bond Referendum, which included the building of a new Maple School, and completion of required Health/Life-Safety work at Wescott  and Willowbrook Schools.

It appears that the April 4, 2017, Facility Bond Referendum for District 30 was supported by the community by a substantial margin. Therefore, District 30 will continue planning for a new Maple School, as we begin completing the Health/Life-Safety work at Wescott and Willowbrook. Moving forward, we will include the voice of District 30 stakeholders in our planning, and we will keep our community well-informed.

Thank you to the citizens who actively engaged in one of our 14 tours of Maple School, who hosted or attended one of the 10 community coffees, and who worked to make sure the community was informed about our options. Throughout this effort, our community has demonstrated character and civility. I have appreciated the respectful, open conversation and learning that has occurred as we shared District 30’s facility issues and options.

I want to personally thank our staff, Board of Education, parents, and community who provided input into the District 30 Master Facility Plan. I have every confidence that District 30 will intelligently and responsibly work to create a middle school that aligns with our educational vision and supports the high expectations that we all share for the education that we provide for our students.

In addition, Tuesday’s election resulted in the election of the three board members who ran for three open seats. On April 27, 2017, our Board of Education will welcome back Mrs. Ursula Sedlak, as we welcome Mr. Jeffrey Zuercher and Mr. Keith Karchmar. I know our community appreciates these individuals for the service that they will provide District 30. At the same time, we have two seasoned board members who will retire from service to District 30. Please join me in thanking Dr. Kenneth Spero and Mr. Fred Sloneker for their commitment to District 30. They have served our district with dedication and distinction, and they will truly be missed!

Thank you again to our community for your partnership and support in providing our students with outstanding learning opportunities. District 30 will continue to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child.


Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools