February 2019

February District Newsletter
Posted on 02/07/2019

District News

School Closures Impact Last Day of School and Graduation Day
For planning purposes, the last day of school should be considered to be June 6, 2019 (as noted on the 2018-2019 School Calendar)At this time in early February, we have already used four of our designated emergency days. Each year the official last day of school is determined by the Board of Education at the April board meeting after reviewing how many snow/severe weather days were used.

Traditionally, Lakeview's graduation ceremony is held the evening before the last day of school. Families should plan on the graduation ceremony taking place on Tuesday, June 4 (if no more severe weather days) or Wednesday, June 5 (if one or more severe weather days). The latest possible day for graduation will be Wednesday, June 5.

A Team Effort During Extreme WeatherTransportation Dept.

Thank you to our Transportation Department for ensuring the safe transport of our students during the extreme weather we experienced during the last week of January. Furthermore, a special thank you goes out for the hard work of Transportation Director Tom Tiede, Paul Jonaukas, and Jim Gismondi for clearing the lots and getting our buses running after three days of sub-zero temperatures! Their team effort ensured that our students and staff could return to school safely. We are thankful to be part of a district that always puts the safety of our students and staff first.


SELSocial Emotional Learning

January’s Growth Mindset focus was “A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish”. Each new year many people set New Year’s resolutions. Did you do this? Did your family? If you didn’t do this, you might consider focusing on this month’s growth mindset instead.

Have you ever learned about the science of neuroplasticity? Basically, it is the belief that the brain is like a muscle. Like any other muscle in our bodies, it can grow with work. Part of that work is done when we set goals. Intelligence is the result of a process, not a gift of genetics, so give it a try. What can it hurt?

One of the biggest things when embracing a growth mindset is the notion that “without a concrete idea of what you want and a vision of how you are going to get there, it is easy to slip back into a fixed mindset” (Brock & Hundley, 2016).

What is grit? Grit is perseverance and passion for long-term goals. An important part of grit is realizing that failure is healthy. A great video for children to conceptualize this idea is the Michael Jordan Nike commercial in which he acknowledges his own failures in the world of basketball.

So, as your family sets out to embrace a growth mindset this year, it is important to realize there are two different types of goals. Carol Dweck, labels these goals as Performance Goals and Learning Goals. She uses the example that getting an A in Spanish Class is a performance goal, but being able to speak Spanish is a learning goal. Research has shown that learning goals help students develop grit and dedication to learning over time, as opposed to performance oriented goals, which are more about proving intelligence or ability on isolated tasks.

Sexual Abuse Prevention Education
In March 2019 each of our district schools will provide state-mandated sexual abuse prevention education for all students, in compliance with the passage of Erin's Law. Erin's Law is a prevention-based program, bringing sexual abuse education into public schools using age appropriate curriculum. Children will be taught to recognize abuse and will learn what steps to take if they need assistance. Erin's Law requires all public schools to provide education on sexual abuse prevention for all students, early childhood through 12th grade, annually. This law also requires educators to take part in training classes that cover sexual abuse and how to recognize warning signs of abuse. For parent resources regarding the warning signs of an abused child, click here.

Kindergarten Round-Up 2019-2020Kindergarten round up

Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible to begin Kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year. Parents should contact Elizabeth Ide School by emailing Mrs. Regan at aregan@ccsd66.org with the following information:
  • Child's name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address and phone number
  • Parent(s) name(s)

If you have any additional questions, please email aregan@ccsd66.org or call (630) 783-5200.

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Spartan Head poster 2017

 Spartan Showcase
 Thursday, March 7, 2019
 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Lakeview Junior High is hosting their 8th Annual Spartan Showcase on Thursday, March 7th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The district and community are invited to celebrate how our students are challenged, empowered, and inspired! The showcase is a public exhibition and demonstration of student learning and creativity. The Spartan Showcase is a family experience!

This year's Spartan Showcase includes:

  • STEM Demonstrations
  • Art Exhibition
  • Music Presentations
  • Consumer Education Showcase
  • Spanish Projects
  • Rainforest Displays (6th Grade)
  • History Fair (7th Grade)
  • Science Fair (8th Grade)

Parent University

 Parent University

 Saturday, March 9, 2019


District 66 is proud to announce our Second Annual Parent University! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Prairieview School. The keynote speaker will be Adam Russo, LCSW. Adam is the Chairman & CEO of Edgewood Clinical Services in Naperville, Plainfield, and Lisle. Adam is also the author of Unwritten Rules: Real Strategies to Parent Your Child into a Successful Adult. Additional details will be forthcoming, but you do not want to miss this event. Mark your calendars now.

Student Highlights

Fifth Graders Perform in All-State Chorus
All-State Chourus

On January 26th, fifth graders Jack Melie, Jacie Selig, and Amanda Wiseman performed in the Illinois All-State Elementary Boys and Girls Choruses in Peoria, IL. All three students rehearsed and prepared their music for several weeks ahead of time under the direction of Mrs. Carey Crows, general music and choir director at Prairieview. The performance took place at the annual Illinois Music Education Association Conference, where they rehearsed and performed under the direction of renowned choral directors, and met several other young singers from across the state of Illinois. At the performance, they were joined by Carey Crows, along with their supportive family members. All three students performed beautifully and had a great experience!

District 66 Music Department Hosts Annual Solo FestivalSolo Fest

On February 2nd, District 66 hosted their annual Solo Festival for the band and choir students from Lakeview and Prairieview. Also participating in this event were 124 band students from Eisenhower and Lace Elementary. In all, over 290 students performed a solo which was adudicated by an independent judge. The Solo Festival is designed for students to present a piece that they have worked on independently for a judge and receive feedback regarding the aspects of their playing. Through this process we hope that students build self pride in their work, self confidence in their playing, advanced understanding of musical concepts, and preparation and organization skills. The comments made by the adjudicator help students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses. For their efforts, students received a performance rating based on their performance. Students were recognized with ratings of Superior, Excellent, and Good depending on their evaluation score.

Several students were awarded a Superior rating for their performance. This means that their performance on that day included all of the musical aspects of a performance at a high level and it was memorized. Congratulations to the following students for this recognition:
Isadora Aleksic (5th) Clarinet
Lauren Bukey (5th) Clarinet
Lucas Edie (7th) Trombone
Emily Gonzales (6th) Trumpet
Ariana Mastny (5th) French Horn
Alice Moriarty (5th) Alto Sax
Sava Barashka (5th) Alto Sax
Gabrielle David (5th) Trumpet
Jessica Ford (6th) Flute
Richard Gasmen (7th) Trumpet
Lilliana Hernandez (6th) Clarinet
Emily Lang (8th) Clarinet
Vince Messina (7th) Baritone
Sam Pace (6th) Trumpet
Brad Padavic (8th) Alto Sax
Isabella Salvino (7th) Clarinet
Alice Shen (8th) Oboe
Maggie Stanley (8th) Trumpet
Emily Hines (5th) Percussion
Sophia Dewitt (5th) Percussion
Maija Flannery (7th) Choir
Catherine Hewawissa (8th) Alto Sax/Choir
Grace Rerucha (7th) Choir
Delaney Turner (8th) Choir
Ashley Cotner (8th) Choir
Mara Haiduc (7th) Choir

In addition to the Superior ratings, each judge from the instrumental rooms selected students who they felt were the Best of the Day from all of the performers in the room. The students did not have to receive a Superior rating to be selected for this recognition. Congratulations to the following students who were Best of the Day!Solo Fest Room 1 - Sophia Dewitt (5th) & Emily Hines (5th) Room 2 - Maggie Stanley (8th), Gabby David (5th), & Bradley Padavic (8th) Room 3 - Jessica Ford (6th) & Catherine Hewawissa (8th) Room 4 - Ariana Mastny (5th) & Will Feylo (5th) Room 5 - Emily Lang (8th) & Gabija Dauderis (5th) Room 6 - Alice Moriarty (5th) & Isadora Aleksic (5th) Room 7 - Maija Flannery (7th) & Sam Pace (6th) Room 8 - Richard Gasmen (7th) & Sava Barashki (5th)

Congratulations to all of our student musicians for their hard work. We know that they are all better music students today than they were 8 weeks ago and that their individual improvement will result in an improved ensemble.

For more information about the Lakeview Band program or to follow us on Facebook, go to: www.ccsd66band.weebly.com or www.facebook.com/lakeviewjhsband/.

Lakeview Jr. High School News

2019-2020 SDEAA Realignment of Sports Seasons At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, the Southeast DuPage Elementary Athletic Association (SDEAA), will realign their sports seasons to follow the current Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) seasons. This will allow our students to continue to participate in the SDEAA, and also include post-season competition at a regional, sectional, and state level, depending upon sports or clubs offered. Please see the new season framework below for the multiple boys’ and girls’ activities that Lakeview offers and the corresponding months that a student would be in season for that specific activity.

SDEAA Realignment

Prairieview School News

Choir Papoulis visit

Composer Jim Papoulis Visits Prairieview School

On February 4th and 5th, students at Prairieview had a special opportunity to become composers for the day, and to meet one of the greatest children’s choral composers of our time. Jim Papoulis is a renowned composer, conductor, and producer, who has composed hundreds of pieces for choirs, films, and artists around the world. His work also includes involvement with highly acclaimed musical artists such as Beyonce, Imagine Dragons, Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and many more. For two days, Mr. Papoulis came to Prairieview to make music with students in general music classes and Prairieview Choir. He invited them into his world, and educated them about the various roles that he plays as a professional musician. He engaged students through drum circles, and composed an original song with each class.

Crows and PapoulisThroughout the first trimester of the year, general music teacher Mrs. Carey Crows worked with the fifth graders to create original lyrics for a Prairieview school song. During Mr. Papoulis’ visit, he worked with the fifth graders to create a “funky” melody to their original lyrics. In choir, Mr. Papoulis posed meaningful questions about the role that music plays in their lives, about what is meaningful to them, and challenged them to think of a relevant song topic. When students gave their various answers, the choir concluded that the underlying theme of their answers was “love.” This began the songwriting process, where students created original lyrics and melody to a new piece entitled, “Is it Love?” that will be premiered in the Prairieview spring concert. Mr. Papoulis recorded the song, which will soon be professionally produced in his studio, and sold to D66 families as a fundraiser for the general music program.

Jim Papoulis’ visit was made possible by a series of fundraising efforts from general music and choir director, Mrs. Carey Crows. These efforts included generous donations from the Prairieview PTO, as well as Macy’s (following a Prairieview Choir performance at the Bolingbrook store in December). The remainder of the funds were gathered through a non-profit organization and website entitled Donors Choose, where educators can raise money through their personal community to fund classroom projects. Through Donors Choose, donations were made by several members of the D66 Community, friends and family of Mrs. Crows, educators across the country, and Mrs. Crows herself. Mrs. Crows and the students at Prairieview are incredibly grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Papoulis visit Papoulis visit

District PTO News

District Eat Out Fundraiser - February 28, 2019
Our February District Eat Out Fundraiser is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Feb. 28th at Panera Bread on 75th Street from 4-8 p.m. The kids are off school the next day so this might be a good opportunity to stock up on bagels! Up to 20% of the proceeds will be donated back to our District PTO from the sales that day. Please remember to print or mention the flyer when ordering!

District PTO Auction Donations Needed

Each year the CCSD66 PTO hosts a district-wide, online silent auction to raise funds for our current projects. This event will take place on April 3, 2019 and we would like to receive donations by February 28, 2019 to include them in all advertising of the event. We are requesting your support in the form of a donation that can be used for this event. This can include goods, services, gift certificates/cards, and promotions. If you have something you would like to donate, even if it will help as a “basket-filler” please send to school with your child labeled: District 66 Auction donation. If you would rather someone from the PTO pick it up, that can be arranged as well. Click here for details!

Amazon Smile Fundraiser ProgramAmazon Smile
The District 66 PTO would like you to consider supporting our schools while you shop on Amazon. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Simply choose "Center Cass District 66 PTO" to designate your charity. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know - same products, same prices, same service. Support Center Cass District 66 PTO by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Please use the following link to begin your shopping and make a donation without spending anything extra! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3056059

TEAM 66 Education Foundation News

Casino Night

TEAM 66 Casino Night - March 2, 2019

Our 2nd Annual Casino Night will be held on Saturday, March 2nd from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of Moose in Downers Grove. This year's event will bring even more adult-only fun, food, and entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.team66ef.org/ or click here for the flyerAre you part of a local business that would like to help sponsor Casino Night? Please contact info@team66ef.org to learn about our various sponsorship opportunities.

Please remember, all proceeds from this event are given back in the form of grants to enrich our students' education!
 We hope to see you there!

TEAM 66 Board Members
TEAM 66 has recently appointed officers to various positions. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating these dedicated individuals.

President: Brandi Will
VP of Development & Events: Jena Warren
VP of Programs: Bryan Wozny
VP of Finance & Governance: Kristin Maguire
VP of Communications: Indrani Hausner
Secretary: Nicky Wawro

Community News

Want to Become a Substitute Teacher?
If you are a qualified substitute teacher and are ready to begin working in District 66, please contact Diana Goldstein at dgoldstein@ccsd66.org or (630) 783-5155. For more information on becoming a substitute teacher in DuPage County, contact the DuPage Regional Office of Education at (630) 407-5800 or click here.

Center Cass Community Connections
District 66 strives to keep all of our community members informed about the outstanding education we provide our students, as well as partnership opportunities with our residents. If you are not currently a student, family, or staff member of District 66, but would like to receive district newsletters, Board of Education updates, or occasional public service announcements, please click here to subscribe to our District 66 Community List.

Upcoming Events

February 1:  District 66 Early Childhood Screening
February 12:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
February 15:  No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 18:  No School - Presidents' Day
February 26:  Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
February 28:  District Eat Out Fundraiser, 4:00-8:00 p.m.at Panera Bread

March 1:  No School - County Institute Day
March 2:  TEAM 66 Casino Night
March 7:  Spartan Showcase at Lakeview
March 9:  District 66 Parent University
March 12:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
March 25-29:  No School - Spring Break

April 1:  Classes Resume

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