District 30 NEWS: Lew Blond Run Unifies Community for Great Cause for 18 Years

Tickets are Sold Out for "An Encore with Mr. V"

May 21, 2018

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley is pictured at the April 5 new Maple School groundbreaking ceremony that took place on April 5. He proudly stated,

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley is pictured at the April 5 new Maple School groundbreaking ceremony that took place on April 5. He proudly stated, "This is a historic event for District 30, as we officially begin to realize a new innovative, flexible, and responsible Maple School that has been designed by our

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT For "An Encore with Mr. V!"

"ENCORE with Mr. V" is Thursday, May 24!

"Thank you all for your interest in the event honoring our retiring music teacher Bill Vaananen. We are overwhelmed by the support of the Wescott community both past and present. If you have purchased tickets you can pick them up at the Wescott School Office. Hours are 8:00am - 4:00pm. Will call will also be available the night of the event.

If you were not able to purchase tickets, please know that the event will be videotaped and we are exploring ways that we will be able to share the video in the future," said Principal Dr. Chris Brown.

 Lew Blond Run Unifies Community for Great Cause for 18 Years

Read the latest 22nd Century Media article by Neil Milbert about The Lew Blond Run at

Although Maple School teacher Lew Blond lost his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) 19 years ago, his memory continues to inspire the District 30 community to fight for a cure for this cruel disease, which usually affects people between the ages of 40-70 years old.

Approximately 20,000 American have ALS at any given time, and over 6,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year.

The first Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run was initiated in 2000 to raise funds for ALS research in Lew's memory, to support high school scholarships at District 225, and to be used for special school projects at District 30. 

However, no one could have predicted the success of this fundraiser, which just concluded its 18th year supporting ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation in Skokie. Over $500,000 has been donated to the Foundation for ALS research and to the Stu Rosen Transportation Fund since 2000. 

At the 18th Annual Lew Blond Run, which was held on May 19 at Maple School, ALS patient Patti Greer was participating in a purple racing wheelchair with her family and a thousand plus other people. 

However, it was the mother of two's look of strength and determination on her face, and the genuine smiles for the cameras throughout the morning that was an true inspiriation.
Lew Blond's family was also in attendance: Mariette Blond, his 93-year-old mother, sister Barbara Blond, and wife Therese Blond Davis.

After the awards were handed out by Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley and Maple Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf, Ms. Greer spoke to the audience.

"Words can't express the gratitude I feel for all of the support that you have given to ALS research all of these years. Thank you so very much for being a part of this family and this fight for a cure for ALS!" she said.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Wegley stated, "I continue to feel blessed to be a part of this caring district and community and am inspired by the passion and investment of this cause that continues to be a unifying community event!"

Lew Blond Executive Committee chair Dr. Nate Carter expressed his appreciation by saying, "This race is a wonderful example of true team effort and what happens when good people get together for a worthy purpose. Success!"
The team of support for the Lew Blond Run year-after-year includes District 30 administrators, staff members, community volunteers, and generous sponsors! 

A Heartfelt Thank You to the Sponsors of the 18th Lew Blond Run: Whiltehall of Deerfield Healthcare Center (Ashley Delaney), The Dolins Group, Ltd., Jet International, Friedman and Huey, The Glenview State Bank, World Strides, GoGo Squeez, District 30 staff, Costco Wholesale, BodyArmor Super Drink, Dunkin Donuts, Anthony Rocco's Collision, BG, Blond Family, Carter Crew, David Abraham, Elements Massage, Eye Level of Northbrook, Factory Motor Parts, Monster Entertainment, Sanders Hardware Supply, Inc., Tint World, Wegley Family, and Wildfire, Glenview.
Congratulations to the winners of the 18th Annual Lew Blond Run!

View race results at

5K First Place for Men - Steffan Uhrich
5K Second Place for Men - Ben Schmeckpeper

5K First Place for Women -Nancy Werner
5K Second Place for Men - Emily Azari

1 Mile Run Winners were Niko Via and Ryan Carr

View hundreds of photos of the Lew Blond Run at


Summer School Starts on June 12 - Walk-Through is on June 11

Summer School takes place at Willowbrook School this year, due to construction around the Maple School perimeters.  There will be a parent/child walk-through the school on June 11, and Summer School begins on June 12. For more information contact Nancy Lifshitz, Summer School secretary at 847-400-8900.

Groundbreaking Ceremonies Take Place on April 5 for the New Maple School

If the west Maple School gymnasium was a person and could express emotions, it would have been bursting with pride on April 5, when the official groundbreaking assembly and ceremony took place for the new Maple School. Instead it was “bursting with” Board of Education members, administrators, students, staff, village leaders, community members, former Board members, teachers, administrators, the architectural team from ARCON and Associates, Nicholas & Associates Construction, and of course, Manny the Mascot! 

Poised between towers of blue-and-orange balloons (Maple’s colors) and the symphonic band, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Wegley proudly stated, "This is a historic event for District 30, as we officially begin to realize a new innovative, flexible, and responsible Maple School that has been designed by our District 30 Family through hard work by our Board, administrative team, staff, students, and members of our community!”

Kicking off the ceremony, Maple Principal Dr. Nate Carter welcomed eighth grader/Student Council President Sachin Patel and the color guard, as everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the Star Spangled Banner accompanied by band director Mike Vecchio and the symphonic band! He thanked everyone for coming to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Maple School.

The following individuals and groups were thanked and honored for their support: Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Board of Education members: Board President and Maple School graduate Mr. Chuck Gitles, Board Vice President Mrs Mrs. Ursula Sedlak, Board members Mrs. Nancy Artz, Mr. Keith Karchmar, Mr. Ihab Riad, Mrs. Beth Shabelman, and Mr. Jeff Zuercher. Others recognized were the District 30’s Administrative Team: Mrs. Betty Holzkopf, Dr. Melissa Hirsch, Mr. Dale Falk, Mr. Andy Kohl, Ms. Lauren Schulman, Mrs. Nadine Lee, Mr. Chris Brown, and Mr. Don Zabski.

Local dignitaries included Northbrook Village President Ms. Sandy Frum, Northbrook Village Manager Mr. Rich Nahrstadt, State Representative Mr. Jonathan Carroll, Ms. Shiva Mohsenzadeh from State Representative Laura Fine’s Office, State Senator Mrs. Julie Morrison, Northfield Township’s Ms. Jill Brickman, Northbrook Library Director Ms. Katie Hall, and Glenview Park District Director Mr. Mike McCartney.

Also present were former Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Board members: Mrs. Karen Roloff, Mr. Scott Margolin, and Mr. Carlo Cavallero; as well as former Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Administrators: Maple Principal, Mr. Steven Waitz, and former Administrative Assistant to Dr. Wegley, Sam Friedman.

"We would also like to express our appreciation to our architectural team from ARCON and Associates: Mr. Rick Cozzi, Mr. Jeff Huck, Mrs. Erin Miller, Mr. Chris Killinger, Ms. Lisa Martin, and Mr. Dakota Betts, and our construction managers from Nicholas & Associates: Mr. Nicholas Papanicholas, Jr., Mr. Jeff Zurlinden, Mr. Steve Hayes, and Mr. Joe Minalga,” he added.

Superintendent Dr. Wegley summarized, "What is best for our students always remains at the center of our decision making. This effort began with input from students and staff, to ARCON, who formulated a Master Facility Plan. The work generated options that were finalized by a Steering Committee and analyzed by a Citizen’s Task Force."

The referendum effort was led by a community advocacy committee that included Jeff St. John, Pat Dunbar, David Abraham, Carlo Cavallaro, Ashley Delaney, Joanna Kaplan, and so many more! The results of these efforts led to support of this new facility that will serve countless students into the future, with a nearly 76% yes vote on a referendum presented to the community last spring.

Dr. Wegley continued to thank countless individuals and groups for their support, adding that the district could not have succeeded without the help of neighbors the Village of Northbrook, La Salceda del Norte, District 225, and Glenbrook North High School.

“Our mission in this work has been to align our facility vision with our educational vision. We are so excited. With the input from so many, the guidance of our architects at ARCON, and our construction managers from Nicholas, we will see our vision take shape before our eyes over the next 17 months. We can’t wait for our students and staff to benefit from this new facility!” Dr. Wegley concluded.

Next, as a former Maple alumnus, whose child attends (and two whom attended) District 30 schools, Board of Education President Chuck Gitles spoke about the past and future of Maple School.

"I estimate that over 12,000 students have been through this building since it was built over 65 years ago. I know that for a few of today's students that number includes your older brothers and sisters. I also know that for some of you, that includes your parents, as well."

"There’s a lot of history and memories in this building. But while we are constructing a new building, we are not building a new school. A school is not just a physical structure. It’s everything that happens within that structure. It’s the students, the teachers, the staff, and the traditions. Most importantly, it is the life-long friendships we've made and the memories shared. Those things are not tied to a structure, they are tied to the people who are a part of it." 

"Maple School will always be Maple School. It will always be your Maple School. And no matter what the building looks like, you and everyone who ever went to school here will always be are a part of it. You all have created the culture that makes Maple School, and District 30 as a whole, a destination for outstanding education that this community demands."

He concluded, "One of you looking at me right now is going to be the first student in the new building on the first day of class. Your Board of Education is so excited to start a new chapter in the long history of Maple School."

At the conclusion of the assembly, Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf and Principal Dr. Nate Carter chose 12 students randomly to participate in the breaking of the ground for the new Maple School. They included: sixth graders: Declan Noyes, Rachel Florek, Dylan Azizi, Maia Abrahams; seventh graders Noah Kaufman, Vivian Wang, Rohan Mitra, Annalise Pappas; and eighth graders  Zachary Donatello, Melanie Baczweski, Sloan Greenfield, and Andrew Marasco.

Everyone was invited to grab a shovel, pose for a photo, and participate in the groundbreaking behind the west gym of Maple School.  Now, as Board President Chuck Gitles said at the conclusion of his speech, “Let’s get to it!”

The new Maple School is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2019.

Watch Maple School Groundbreaking Video!

Below are links to a video for the full groundbreaking ceremony. It was a special day for students, staff and community alike. Enjoy it with us. For ongoing information about the facilities project, please follow our progress at, Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Blog and our Facebook Page.

In addition, here is a message from Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, "Thank you to Mr. Andrew Kohl for capturing our April 5 groundbreaking ceremony below ( …) and  to Mr. Kitt Kopach for putting together a short video of the wonderful event ( …). It was especially meaningful to include 12 Maple student representatives!" #d30learns

Maple School Update

From Maple School Principal Dr. Nate Carter and Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf: "We are excited to have the first phase of our new Maple School underway! We do not anticipate any construction traffic during drop off and pick up times, although we ask that you remain cautious during these high traffic times of the day.

Sidewalks along Sherman as well as those on our Maple campus will remain accessible. Fencing has been placed around the entire construction area and will stay in place until completion." Should you have any questions, please contact Nate Carter at 847-400-8905.

Bike Racks Have Been Relocated

"If your student will be riding their bike to school, we have relocated the bike racks to the courtyard area just east of the Maple front entrance. Please remind your student to walk with their bike on Maple campus sidewalks to avoid any problems."

Construction is Underway on Techny and Western Roads

Wescott School Principal Chris Brown reports, "Traffic is only flowing south and will remain this way for the rest of the school year. As students return on Tuesday, April 3, parents should plan accordingly so that they are entering Wescott from the north.

Those who typically head north on Techny to get to Wescott will be unable to do so. Use Fieldwood Road, which is just west of the Techny/Western intersection. Then take Farnsworth east and turn right (south) on Western. Parents will be able to enter the parking lot. As parents leave at the end of the day, they will have to turn right (south) as well."

Read more about the construction at the Village of Northbrook's Western Avenue Water Main and Street Conversion Project website at

"Thank you to all families, for having patience and thoughtfulness during this construction period," added Mr. Brown.

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District 30 Board member Nancy Artz, Northview Banks’ Rich Rushkewicz and Chief Executive Officer Doug Boersma, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian K. Wegley, hold the check which represented a donation to the schools’ Benevolent Funds on behalf of the bank.

District 30 Offices Relocate and Receive Warm Reception from Northview Bank in Northfield

Beginning on March 16, 2018, District 30’s Administration Offices’ moved to its temporary location (for the next 18-20 months) on the second floor of the Northview Bank and Trust Co. building at 245 Waukegan Road, Northfield, IL. Although the physical address has changed, the mailing address of the District 30’s Administration Offices will remain 2374 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062. 

During a welcome reception held by Northview Bank on March 14, bank representatives Rich Rushkewicz and Doug Boersma presented a check to the district for the schools’ Benevolent Funds. Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, with Board of Education member Nancy Artz, expressed his appreciation and enthusiastically thanked the Northbrook Bank & Trust Co. for their generosity and warm welcome. 

 March 2018

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Board and District Update

 Maple Groundbreaking and Building Schedule

*Site work preparation and earthwork for the new Maple School in the field adjacent to the current Maple School (late March 2018)

*Maple School Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 5 in Maple's athletic field.

*Mail will be couriered over from Maple School to the bank on a daily basis

*Demolition of the existing District Office trailers at 2374 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL (early April 2018)

*Construction of the new Maple School (March 2018 through June 2019)

*Demolition of the existing Maple School at 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL (June 2019)

*Completion of the new Maple School campus with water detention, fencing, parking lots, and a field (Summer 2019)

The Board of Education’s Thursday, March 15 meeting included the following relevant items:

Student Recognitions

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