December 2017

December 2017
Posted on 12/06/2017

Superintendent Message

Tim Arnold

District 66 Parents,

Welcome to December, the time of year we focus on giving gifts. During a recent School Improvement Day, teachers painted rocks with motivational messages and then gave them as gifts to colleagues. On the same day, our students in BACC made gift bags full of fun treats and gave them to each staff member. While tangible presents such as these are wonderful gifts to give and receive, the gift of time spent with the ones who are near and dear to us is always the most appreciated. I hope the upcoming month is full of you being present when in the presence of our most precious gifts, our students.

Speaking of our students, I am excited to share with you our plans for Building Our Future. Building Our Future is the theme we are using to communicate to our community the exciting things happening in our schools. The Building Our Future message has two main areas of focus - the future ready learning that is happening in our classrooms and the actual construction, renovations, and repairs we are making to our schools!

In January 2018, we will begin to send out weekly community messages focused on sharing future ready learning and construction updates for the community. Then on January 23, 2018, we are hosting a Building Our Future Open House at Elizabeth Ide School from 5:30-7:00 p.m. This will be an opportunity for the community to receive a comprehensive update on the status of construction, renovation, repairs, and security updates for Ide School, Prairieview School, and Lakeview Jr. High.   

This is an exciting time for all of us in District 66 to be reminded that our purpose for coming to school every day is to provide each of our students with the experiences they will need to build their own futures. We are excited to communicate how we accomplish that and to create conversations with you about Building Our Future!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Tim Arnold, Ph.D.


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Hazardous Winter Weather - School Closing Information

winter weather

School Closing Information
District 66 staff pay close attention to weather conditions throughout the school year. With the pending winter weather right around the corner, now is the time to prepare for the hazards that come with extreme winter weather conditions. When hazardous weather conditions prompt District 66 to cancel school, District staff will use several tools to notify parents, staff, and community members.

District 66 will notify parents and staff through our automated phone and email system of all school closings. If your phone number or email has changed since the beginning of school, please update your information in your child's PowerSchool account. 

When school closes due to the weather, District 66 will also post information online at and on the District 66 Facebook page. The District will also notify the following radio/TV stations: WBBM (780), WGN (720), CBS Ch. 2, NBC Ch. 5, ABC Ch. 7, WGN Ch. 9, Fox 32, and CLTV.

School closure information will also be posted at:

Get ready for winter with these safety tips and reminders:

  • Check your local ordinance for parking restrictions due to snow. It is against most ordinances to shovel or blow snow into the street, sidewalk, or any right-of-way.
  • Please be a good neighbor and shovel your sidewalks and any nearby fire hydrants, if you are able. This also helps students walk safely to their bus stop.
  • Avoid driving during snow events, but if you must go out, keep water and blankets or an extra coat in your car for warmth, and keep the gas tank full.
  • Make sure your vehicle has adequate tire tread to avoid getting stuck.
  • Place a snow shovel in your trunk. You never know when you might need one during your travels.
  • Keep children from playing in snow banks along the road. It's enticing, as the large piles of snow seem like a giant fort, but very dangerous; children may tumble onto the road in front of cars or snow plows.
  • Bonus tip - snow shoveling secrets: When shoveling the end of your driveway where it meets the road, also clear a 10-foot strip along the curb to the left (when facing the road) to avoid snow plows pushing it back across your driveway. Watch a helpful 41 second  video describing this at

The safety of our students, staff, and your family are paramount. Please stay safe this winter!

Spotlight on the District


Honoring Veterans at District 66
We would like to thank all of the veterans (and their families) that attended our Veteran's Day ceremonies here at Center Cass School District 66 on Friday, November 10, 2017. The students appreciated the chance to honor and celebrate you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Lakeview  Elizabeth Ide

Elizabeth Ide - Veteran  Prairieview - Veterans Lakeview - Veterans


So Many Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season!
District 66 schools have participated in numerous service opportunities recently, including donations to hurricane relief and writing letters to our military troops. Also, over 1,000 new and gently used books were collected and donated to Bernie's Book Bank  to be distributed to children in the Chicago area to start or add to their own home libraries. At Feed My Starving Children, District 66 students, families, and staff packed enough food to feed 66 malnourished children from around the world for an entire year. Additional service opportunities are going on now! New or gently used winter coats are still being collected at Prairieview through One Warm Coat until Friday, December 8, 2017. All three schools will have donation boxes until December 8th for soap items (liquid and bar soap; laundry and dish soap; shampoo and conditioner) which will be collected by the Darien Woman's Club to be included with the Darien Lions Club food baskets. Elizabeth Ide will be accepting donations of new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for their mitten tree until December 15th along with new or gently used coats. The Center Cass Community Band, in connection with Prairieview and Lakeview bands, are teaming up to help support the efforts of the West Suburban Community Pantry. Click here for the flyer to see how you can help. Thank you to all of our District 66 students and families for your very generous donations to help bring joy to others this holiday season. These service projects could not be successful without the help of our amazing school community!



Spotlight on Students

All Illinois Junior band

Lakeview Band Students Selected to Statewide Honors Band
Congratulations to Allison Ford (trumpet) and Katie Steffgen (clarinet) on being selected to the All Illinois Jr. Band (AIJB). Allison and Katie were selected from 234 students from 61 different schools across the state of Illinois. The audition process is highly competitive. They each had to submit an audio recording of selected material. The selection process is done as a blind audition. The size of the group will range from 75 - 80 students. These middle school students will work together for about 10 - 12 hours to prepare a fantastic performance. Katie and Allison will be working with world class composer and educator Andrew Boysen Jr.  Boysen is a highly sought after composer and arranger in the Band and Orchestra music area. The AIJB performance is set to take place the weekend of January 12 & 13 at the University of Illinois at Champaign. They will have the unique opportunity to perform on the stage at the Great Hall, one of the best performance stages in the country. For more information about the 2018 and past AIJB performances, go to www.aijb.orgTo find out more about the District 66 Instrumental Music programs go to

Lakeview Student Council Making the Holidays Brighter
After school on November 30, the Lakeview Student Council took a field trip to Target to shop for Adopt-a-Family. Students used funds they'd raised to carefully select and purchase gifts to make the holidays a little brighter for a local family. Afterwards, the students returned to Lakeview to wrap the gifts. What a terrific example of how to "give back" this holiday season!

Lakeview student council


District 66 PTO News

PTO Gift Card Fundraiser

It’s time for District 66 PTO’s first Great Lakes Scrip Gift Card Sale of the year! This is a great opportunity to raise money for the District with NO SELLING – and just in time for the holidays. Orders will be due Tuesday, December 12th.
 Click here for the order form. Contact with any questions. Thank you for your support!!

Help Wanted for the District PTO's On-Line Auction
Attention parents: The PTO is looking for individuals to assist with coordinating the District 66 on-line auction that happens in the spring of 2018. This fundraiser helped raise over $5,000 for our school district last year. If you would be willing to help in any way please contact your school’s PTO president or Michelle Huang at mandmhuang@sbcglobal.netThanks for your consideration.

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.

Earn Bonus Points for Holiday Shopping through December 31st! 
HELP OUR SCHOOLS EARN UP TO $2,000! It's easy! Shop at The Promenade Bolingbrook and submit receipts between October 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018 to credit our school. Every time you shop, dine, enjoy services, or see a movie at The Promenade Bolingbrook, submit your receipts online:

Earn 4X points for holiday shopping! Bonus points offer valid for qualified receipts dated November 11 - December 31
and submitted by January 15th to earn 20 points per dollar spent. If submitted after January 15, regular points (five points per dollar spent) will be awarded.


Community News

holiday concert
Center Cass Community Band Holiday Concert and Food Drive
The Center Cass Community Band would like to invite you and your family to our first annual Holiday Concert. 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. Bring the entire family out for an afternoon of music to get you in the mood for the holidays. The Center Cass Community Band will present some holiday favorites like "Sleigh Ride", "White Christmas", "We Need a Little Christmas", and many more. You are sure to leave with a smile.

Help feed the hungry...
The CCCB has teamed with the West Suburban Community Pantry to help support our community members and families in need. Bring your non-perishable food items to the concert on December 17th and help feed those in need throughout our community. Click here for more information. To learn more about the CCCB, go to  Find us on facebook at

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 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 District 66 Events

December 4: District PTO Eat Out, 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Roundhead's Pizza
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: Building Our Future: A Community Update on Construction & Renovations, 5:30-7:00 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.