November 2017

November 2017
Posted on 11/06/2017

Superintendent Message

Tim Arnold

With the onset of November, it’s a natural time to begin thinking about the things we are thankful for in our lives. Actually, I have started each November Newsletter for the past 20 years by publicly thanking all of the amazing staff and parents that work collaboratively on behalf of our students. However, this year, instead of me telling you who I am thankful for, I challenge you to complete the “Happiness Check-in” that our administrative team conducts each week. To do this, you only need to do two things each week:

1.  Write down five things you are thankful for in your life.
2.  Do one kind gesture for someone else with no expectation of getting anything in return.

It is a simple, but powerful practice. There is research that says writing down things you are thankful for and doing selfless acts for others leads to increased happiness.  

As an administrative team, we report out each week whether or not we did one or both of these during our “Happiness Check-ins”. We don’t talk about what we did or what we are thankful for, but rather simply whether or not we completed one or both of the practices. If you are so inclined to do this activity, I encourage you to use the buddy system for accountability - let each other know if you did one or both of the Happiness Check-ins this week!

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!



Tim Arnold, Ph.D.

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- District News -

Veteran's Day


Veteran's Day
As we have in the past, we will proudly celebrate Veteran's Day here at Center Cass School District 66 on Friday, November 10, 2017. Several classroom activities will focus on the meaning and significance of Veteran's Day. We would like to invite any/all veterans that are part of our District 66 community to join us on November 10th to be honored at our school assemblies. These veterans could be a mom/dad, brother/sister, grandma/grandpa, aunt/uncle, cousin, or friend to any of our students or staff. We simply want to say THANK YOU to them for their service and their sacrifice for our great country. 

If you know a veteran, please extend this invitation to him/her. If he/she will be attending, we ask that you RSVP by Wednesday, November 8th to our building secretaries with the name of the veteran, years and branch of service (if known), and his/her relation to the student. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful freedoms due to the effort and dedication of these brave men and women. We are honored to host them and to show our gratitude to each of them. 

National School Bus Safety Week

The week of October 16-20, 2017 was National School Bus Safety Week bringing the theme "#STOP ON RED!" During the week students were reminded of all school bus rules including various safety tips regarding approaching the bus as well as proper entrance and exit procedures. In addition, District 66 students participated in a proper school bus evacuation instructional class and drill. Capping off School Bus Safety Week, Friday October 20th was dedicated as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day to honor our dedicated group of drivers. All parents and guardians are encouraged to help reinforce the school bus safety guidelines below.

Students riding a bus should always:

  • Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.
  • Stand at least 5 giant steps away from the edge of the road.
  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver acknowledges you before stepping onto the bus.
  • Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps do not get caught in the handrail or door when exiting the bus.
  • Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus.
  • When crossing, always walk in front of the bus, never behind the bus.
  • When crossing, be sure the driver can see you and you can see them.
  • Stay in your seat and sit quietly so that the driver is not distracted.
  • Never attempt to pick anything up that falls under or near the bus.

Things parents should know about school bus safety:

  • School buses are the safest form of highway transportation.
  • The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the bus.
  • The loading and unloading area is called "The Danger Zone".
  • The "Danger Zone" is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver. A good rule of thumb is to stay 10 feet away from the bus on all sides whenever possible.

DuPage Credit Union Awards Prize to 3rd Grade Classroom

Each year the DuPage Credit Union participates in many DuPage County school institutes. In an effort to support the teachers, they offered a promotion to enter to win cash prizes for the classroom. A random drawing was held to pick winners for various cash amounts. Mrs. Olsen entered and won the $1000 prize for her 3rd grade classroom!

dupage credit union prize



- Student News -

Lakeview Fall Dance
Lakeview Student Council held their fall dance on Friday, Oct. 20. This year student council members chose NEON as the theme for the dance. Students were encouraged to dress in bright or white colors, and were greeted at the door with glow necklaces and bracelets. A dark gym full of black lighting made everyone glow! Inside the gym students danced to music spun by a DJ and enjoyed photos with friends in the photo booth. Members of the Student Council did a great job planning the night, as they set a record dance attendance with over 160 students at the NEON dance!

Lakeview dance   Lakeview dance

- District 66 PTO News -

Support District PTO & TEAM 66 at the November Eat Out Fundraiser
Our November CCSD66 District Eat Out Fundraiser is scheduled to take place on Monday, 11/6 from 11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
at Home Run Inn Pizza located at 7521 Lemont Rd, Darien, IL 60561. This is an exciting event as we are not only supporting District PTO but TEAM 66 as well! 50% of total proceeds that day will be donated back to our district (25% each, respectively). Dine-in or carry-out. Remember to bring the flyer from your school's weekly email.

Shopping 4 Students/School Reward Program at The Promenade Bolingbrook

HELP OUR SCHOOLS EARN UP TO $2,000! Shop at The Promenade Bolingbrook October 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018 and submit receipts to credit your school. It’s easy! Every time you shop, dine, enjoy services, or see a movie at The Promenade Bolingbrook, submit your receipts online:

Save the Date: District 66 PTO Trivia Night - January 19, 2018
We are looking for a committee to help make this night a success. If you are interested, please contact your building PTO President.

- TEAM 66 News -

TEAM 66 Casino Night
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Team 66 Education Foundation by attending Casino Night. It was such a great event that we look forward to bringing back in years to come. Our 1st ever Casino Night helped us raise around $4,000 that will go towards unique programs directly benefiting the education of our students. 

We value the support from our District families and would like your honest feedback on Casino Night via a brief survey found here The information gathered will be essential in planning future Team 66 events that you may be interested in attending. Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete the survey. We look forward to the feedback.


- Community News -

Want To Become a Substitute Teacher?
Do you know someone who may be interested in becoming a substitute teacher? If so, the DuPage County ROE will host an informational workshop on Thursday, November 9 to assist interested applicants in the process of becoming a substitute teacher. Click HERE for a printable flyer with detailed information. For more information call 630-407-5800 or visit

If you already are a qualified substitue teacher and are ready to begin working in District 66, please contact Diana Goldstein at or 630-783-5155. 

Center Cass Community Band Holiday Concert
The Center Cass Community Band would like to invite you and your family to our first annual Holiday Concert. We are pleased to present some of your favorite holiday music to celebrate the season. The concert will take place at Lakeview Jr. High School at 3:00 p.m. on December 17. This is a free concert and is open to the public. For more information about the CCCB, go to  Find us on facebook at

holiday concert


- Upcoming District 66 Events -

November 2: Lakeview Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 6: PTO District Eat Out, 11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Home Run Inn 
November 10: Veteran's Day activities held at each school 
November 14: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
November 22-24: No School - Thanksgiving Break
November 28: Board Committee of the Whole 
Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview

December 5: Early Dismissal - SIP Day
December 12: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
December 17: Center Cass Community Band Holiday Concert, 3:00 p.m. at Lakeview
December 22: No School - Winter Break Begins

January 8:  Classes Resume
January 9: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview January 15: No School - Martin Luther King's Birthday January 19: District 66 PTO Trivia Night January 23: Community Information Event, 5:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Ide January 23: Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Elizabeth Ide


- District 66 Mission -

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