September 2017

September 2017
Posted on 09/07/2017

Tim Arnold

Superintendent Message

Welcome to what promises to be an exciting 2017-18 school year! Our teachers, staff, bus drivers, and administrators are focused on making sure this is the best year so far for each of our students!

Referendum Implementation:  Since the community passed the referendum in April 2017, the Board of Education has been meeting with the Design Advisory Committees from both Elizabeth Ide and Lakeview schools. It has been a busy summer to say the least! Although it was not obvious that work was being done this summer, we did accomplish the necessary first steps in the construction process, which included completing a topographical study of all three schools and conducting soil boring samples at Elizabeth Ide. Gathering this information is time consuming and necessary for the architects to accurately plan for the new additions and water retention requirements.  

The Board of Education is expected to vote on the design criteria for Elizabeth Ide School on September 12, and then the design criteria for Lakeview later in September or early October. Once the design criteria has been approved by the Board, the architects will complete the bid specs documents in time to go out to bid in February 2018. If things go as planned, work on Lakeview will be completed during the summer of 2018, while the renovations, repairs, and addition to Ide will occur over a two-year time span. Finally, all three schools will be receiving security enhancements, most of which will be in place prior to the 2018-19 school year.

We will continue to provide updates on the referendum implementation in our monthly newsletters. We are also planning a community open house to review the final plans later this fall. Additional details about that event will be shared as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your continued support of the students of District 66!


Tim Arnold, Ph.D.

Grade Level Curriculum Nights

Kindergarten: Tuesday, September 5th 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

First Grade: Wednesday, September 6th 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Second Grade: Thursday, September 7th 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades: Wednesday, August 30th 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Sixth Grade: Wednesday, September 13th 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Seventh and Eighth Grades: Thursday, September 14th 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.


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- District News -

Ide Pride...Hear Us ROAR!Ide Roar Banner

A note from Principal Rhoads...

Wow! Thank you to our students, teachers, and parents for making the first few days of school at Elizabeth Ide G-R-E-A-T!  The students have been learning and reviewing our classroom and school-wide expectations across all settings of the school, which are essential in ensuring a positive learning environment.  Instructional teaching and learning has also begun within the classrooms.  It’s great to see the school come to life with learning in action!

Thank you for everyone’s patience and cooperation with arrival and dismissal procedures here at Elizabeth Ide School.  Each day allows for expectations and procedures to be demonstrated more consistently.  Safety is top priority when our students arrive and depart from our building grounds.

Please be sure you stay connected with the great things that are taking place and coming up at school.  Ways for you to stay connected and informed include the following: school webpage, teacher webpage, monthly newsletters, PowerSchool Messenger, and Remind101. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me (630-783-5200 or and visit our school webpage at  Thank you!

Kindness is Contagious at PrairieviewPrairieview Kindness is Contagious
A note from Principal Pagel... Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We are off and running with our Panthers!

Our first days together have been amazing as we hosted author Amy Logan for an opening assembly on Friday, August 25, and set “Kindness is Contagious...Pass It On!” as our building-wide theme. What a great message and mission for our students! We will be participating in activities all year long with a focus on being kind. Look for more specifics from your child’s teacher in the coming days!

We also hosted our Prairieview Curriculum Night on Wednesday, August 30. Thank you to our families that were able to join us to kickoff our school on such a wonderful note. We hope you found the evening informative and positive!

On the academic front, please continue to encourage your child(ren) to develop positive habits that will help them develop into the very best learners they can be. There is no time like the beginning of school to get organized, practice good study skills, set specific homework completion guidelines, and to give 100% on all schoolwork. It makes all the difference!

“It’s a perfect day to be a Prairieview Panther!”

Finally, I take great pride in being a Panther. Many of you have heard our catchphrase, “It’s a perfect day to be a Prairieview Panther!” I truly believe this and I hope that, by working together to help each of our learners achieve success, you will believe it, too.

Let’s have a fantastic school year together!

"Show Your Spartan Style" at LakeviewSpartan style displayLakeview Spartans

A note from Principal Windsor...

Lakeview has had a great start to our school year! Students began their first days of school with their advisory groups as we introduced our school theme for the year - “Show your Spartan Style”. The goal of this theme is to create a CLOSER, more CONNECTED and INCLUSIVE classroom, school, and community. Activities will be presented and created throughout the year in advisory groups and classrooms working towards this goal.

Mrs. Horeni and Mrs. Defors have started a Spartan Style Club as an extension of our school-wide activities, which is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! As with our school goal, the goal of this club is to promote a positive, inclusive, and welcoming Lakeview Jr. High School community.

Beginning in mid-September, Lakeview students will be offered extension and support opportunities for students during our FLEX period in the middle of the day. Activities that are linked to all of our subject areas including athletics, academics, and fine arts will be announced to students as they begin.

Attention: 4th and 5th Grade Parents and Students

It’s time to sign up for…
The instrumental music program in District 66 is one of the best in the area. You have the opportunity to have your child be a part of this recognized program beginning this fall. Keep your eyes posted for information regarding instrument try out dates for your child. 

Contact us! 
If you were unable to attend the Beginning Band parent informational meeting on Aug. 29th and would like more information about getting your child started in the band program, please contact Mr. Brian Ohlsen at Fifth grade students who would like to start on a musical instrument should contact Mr. Tom Tedeschi at For more information, go to to find out what the band program does in our community.

Welcome New District 66 Staff Membersschool bus

We are very excited to welcome the following new staff members as they begin their journey with District 66!

Elizabeth Ide:
Karla Sullivan, Paraprofessional
Heather Lopez, Long-term Substitute
Shannon Machacek, Long-term Substitute

Samantha Gari, 5th Grade Teacher
Julie Dudasik, Paraprofessional (BACC)
Cynthia Andino, Paraprofessional
Sabra Barowski, Paraprofessional
Meltem Tasdemir Kose, Paraprofessional
Marissa Mathias, Paraprofessional (Early Childhood)
Jessica Flannery, Long-term Substitute for Ashley Sanchez

Charity Collins, School Library Information Specialist
Dominique Coomer, 8th Grade Science
Jennifer Glowicki, Paraprofessional
Donna Hlavacek, Long-term Substitute for Sarah Focken

Ide, PV, and LV:
Jinsun Baek, School Nurse
Demetra Failla, Part-time School Nurse
Alexandra Nodarse, Bilingual Teacher

Diana Goldstein, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
Alexander Kochno, Bus Driver
Andrew Pelliccioni, Bus Driver

- District 66 PTO News -

Annual District PTO Magazine Drive

The District 66 PTO Annual Magazine Drive will kick-off on Monday, September 11th. Look for more information to come home with your student(s). Magazine drive Reach Out Booklets should be turned in on September 15th. Magazine turn-in dates will be on September 19th, September 21st, and September 26th.

District Eat Out Fundraiser
Our first District Eat Out Fundraiser for District PTO will take place at Buona Beef located at 7417 Cass Ave. in Darien on Monday, 9/18 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 20% of all sales that day will be donated back to CCSD66 PTO. Please remember to print out the Buona Beef flyer and bring it with you that day. Click here for the flyer.

- TEAM 66 News -

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Save the Date for TEAM 66 Casino Night - October 14, 2017

How Do You Casino!?!

Please join us on Saturday, October 14th for our first Casino Night Fundraiser benefiting the students of Center Cass School District #66! The adults-only evening will feature Casino gaming such as blackjack, roulette, a craps table as well as light snacks, beverages and a whole lot of fun!  Double down for your chance to win exciting prizes such as tickets to a sporting event, a dining experience, entertainment and shopping packages generously donated from community businesses.  This event is a fundraiser so there will not be any exchange of money at the tables; however, you will have the opportunity to purchase chips at the event to play at various gaming tables to increase your chances of winning some of the great prize packages. We are encouraging guests to reference their favorite Casino-themed movie for inspiration on "How Do You Casino." Dressing to theme is not required, but will add a fun entertainment element to the evening.

On behalf of TEAM 66, we hope you can join us for this fun event that will help us raise money for staff grants that enrich our children's education.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Tables! 

Please check out TEAM 66's Casino Night video here:

For more information about TEAM 66 click here.


- Upcoming District 66 Events -

September 4: No School - Labor Day
September 5: Kindergarten Curriculum Night, 6:30 p.m.
September 6: 1st Grade Curriculum Night, 6:30 p.m.
September 6: Board Committee of the Whole Meeting at Prairieview, 7:00 p.m.
September 7: 2nd Grade Curriculum Night, 6:30 p.m.
September 11: District PTO Magazine Drive Kick-Off
September 12: Board of Education Meeting at Prairieview, 7:00 p.m.
September 13: 6th Grade Curriculum Night, 6:30 p.m.
September 14: 7th & 8th Grade Curriculum Night, 6:30 p.m.
September 18: District PTO Eat Out fundraiser at Buona Beef, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
September 26: Board Committee of the Whole Meeting at Prairieview, 7:00 p.m. September 27: Early Dismissal - SIP Day

October 9: No School - Columbus Day
October 10: Board of Education Meeting at Prairieview, 7:00 p.m.
October 24: Board Committee of the Whole Meeting at Prairieview, 7:00 p.m.
October 27: No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 30: No School - Teacher Institute

- District 66 Mission -

Challenge, inspire, and empower each learner to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally ~ today, tomorrow, and always.