February 2020

February District Newsletter
Posted on 02/04/2020

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Spartan ShowcaseSpartan Showcase - February 26, 2020
Lakeview Jr. High will host the 9th Annual Spartan Showcase on Wednesday, February 26th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. District families and community members 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. This year's Spartan Showcase will include STEM projects, history fair projects, an art exhibition, music presentations, consumer education projects, Spanish displays, and science projects. 

Parent UniversityParent University - March 14, 2020
Mark your calendars now! Child crime expert Detective Richard Wistocki, BeSure Consulting, will be back in District 66 to provide parents with the latest cyber safety tricks, warnings, and suggestions. Det. Wistocki presented to District 66 during the Winter of 2018 and feedback was very positive. 
You will not want to miss this important presentation!  Parent University will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Prairieview School. Det. Wistocki will start his presentation promptly at 9:00 a.m. All District 66 parents, neighbors, and staff are invited. (Please no children). On Monday, March 16, 2020, Det. Wistocki will present to students in grades 5-8 on cyber safety. This presentation will occur during school hours.

District News

KindergartenDistrict 66 Kindergarten Round-Up 2020-2021 is Happening Now
Children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2020 are eligible to begin Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 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, phone number, and parent(s) name. If you have any additional questions, please email or call (630) 783-5200.

Coronavirus Information
The DuPage County Health Department has shared information regarding the coronavirus. Please click here to read more.

Erin's Law
In compliance with Erin's Law, each of our district schools will provide state-mandated sexual abuse prevention education (in March for Ide/Prairieview students and in April for Lakeview students). Erin's Law is a prevention-based program, bringing child 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. An informational Parent Night is scheduled for Elizabeth Ide and Prairieview parents at Prairieview on February 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. and for Lakeview parents on April 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Student and School Highlights

Read with a Senior
For the third year in a row, District 66 students have been participating in our "Read with a Senior" visits. In an effort to build community awareness and involvement, students at Elizabeth Ide and Prairieview have been visiting the Oak Trace Senior Living Community over the past few months. During visits students enjoy reading, playing games, and doing puzzles or other activities with a senior. Senior visits have had a lot of positive feedback from the facility, families, and staff.
Senior Visits Senior visits

Lakeview Student Selected to All Illinois Junior Honors Band
AIJBCongratulations to Isabella Salvino, 8th grade clarinetist, for being selected to participate with the All Illinois Jr. Honors Band on January 24th and 25th at the University of Illinois Champaign. Isabella was one of 73 student musicians selected from across the state to be a part of this talented group of 7th and 8th grade students. Over 300 students submitted audition recordings to be judged through a blind audition process in order to be selected for this ensemble.

The AIJB students had the pleasure of working with Mr. Robert Herrings who teaches band at Henry Middle School in Texas. Mr. Herrings brought a high level of energy to the rehearsal and performance. The AIJB had the honor of performing in the "Great Hall" at the Kranert Center for the Performing Arts.

Isabella is a member of the Lakeview Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Tom Tedeschi and Mr. Brian Ohlsen. She also studies privately with Mrs. Nancy Botti. The District 66 band family is proud to have had Isabella representing our school and community in this wonderful event. 

Good Character is Popping Up Everywhere at Lakeview
Lakeview characterLakeview started 2020 off with a school-wide community building initiative called "Good Character is Popping Up Everywhere". The idea is to highlight and recognize the positive behaviors we see students displaying every day. Teachers fill out a popcorn kernel for students who demonstrate good character such as helping a teacher or peer, taking accountability for their actions, or doing their part to make the Lakeview community a better place. Each Friday, three students who earned a kernel from each grade will receive extra recognition and some popcorn to eat during snack time (alternative snacks are available). This has been well received by both teachers and students!

New Sensory Path at Elizabeth Ide
Sensory PathElizabeth Ide students and staff would like to thank the PTO for providing and installing the newest feature to Ide's amazing learning environment - a Sensory Path. Educational research shows that when students engage in a series of movements, proprioceptive and vestibular input increases allowing for students to refocus and attend. Additionally, sensory input increases cognition and retention of new information resulting in a reduction of sensory seeking behaviors and an increase in cognitive functioning. Ide's students (and staff) are enjoying taking their own sensory breaks by journeying on down the path. We are truly grateful for this wonderful addition!

19th Annual Winter Invitational Band Festival
The District 66 band program hosted the 19th Annual Winter Invitational Band Festival on December 1st on the Lakeview Campus. This festival was started by Band Director Tom Tedeschi in 1999 with 5 bands. It was designed for young bands to gain some experience performing in a "competitive" setting. The format of the festival allows each performing group 30 minutes to perform 3 selections for a judge/clinician who will provide feedback and then work with each of the groups for a short time. It is truly an educational experience for the students and directors.

This year the festival has grown to 17 bands. The popularity of the festival required the use of both Prairieview and Lakeview. There were over 850 performing students and more than 1,600 visitors viewed the performances. The festival could not have been successful without the help of the District 66 Music Boosters, over 40 parent volunteers, and at least 45 student helpers who served as guides and set-up crews.

This year's clinicians were Mr. Mark Corey from Addison Trail High School, Mr. Philip Hash from Illinois State University, and Mr. Krik Hickman from Naperville North High School. Congratulations to all of the bands who attended the festival: Lace Elementary (Darien), Eisenhower JHS (Darien), Prairieview Elementary (Downers Grove), Lakeview JHS 6th Grade (Downers Grove), Woodridge 68 Elementary (Woodridge), District 111 (Burbank), District 58 Northside Band (Downers Grove), Indian Trail 6th Grade (Addison), O'Neill MS (Downers Grove), Herrick MS (Downers Grove), Jefferson JHS (Woodridge), Hauser JHS (Riverside), District 109 Elementary (Justice), and Wilkins JHS (Justice).

McTeacher's Night
On January 28 the Elizabeth Ide PTO, teachers, and staff partnered with the Darien McDonald's to present McTeacher's Night. Click here to read an article about this exciting FUNdraising event. Prairieview School will participate in their own McTeacher's Night on February 19, 2020. Come out to visit them at the Darien McDonald's at 809 Plainfield Road!
Ide McTeacher's Night McTeacher Night McTeacher Night

Winter ChallengeWinter Challenge
Are you looking for a fun and exciting challenge this winter? Is there any snow in our forecast? Well, if we ever get some more snow, put your winter gear on and get building with the Winter Challenge! The purpose of the CCSD66 Winter Challenge is to ignite a passion in our students and district residents for reconnecting with nature during the winter months, while also fostering collaboration and strengthening our sense of community! Build anything your heart desires! Take a picture of your creation and email it to one of the teachers listed on the Winter Challenge website or post your creations to #CCSD66WinterChallenge and #ccsd66Click here for more information!

A Note from the Prairieview PTO

Pumping Up Our Prairieview Playground
We are well on our way to install day for the new playground at Prairieview! We are over half way to our $45,000 goal thanks to the generous donations from many of our Prairieview Playground Panther Pals and successful PTO fundraising events! We still need the help of the District 66 family and local community to get our goal in! Do you have a business that you would like to promote to District 66 families? Please consider donating to our playground fundraising campaign to advertise locally and do good for the children of our district for many years to come. Are you a District 66 legacy family? Were you a student at Elizabeth Ide, Prairieview, and Lakeview and now your children are coming through the district? Celebrate that family legacy with your family name on the permanent signage at the Panther Power Pal and Panther Premium Pal levels. Our goal is to have fundraising completed by March 31st in order to purchase the playground equipment and have it ready for a Memorial Day 2020 weekend community-build install! Can we count on your support? Become a Prairieview Playground Panther Pal today! Click here for more information.

Current Prairieview playground:
current playground current playground

Images of new playground:
new playground new playground 

Team 66 and PTO Team 66 and PTO

KOHA - Turn Everyday Shopping into Fundraising for our schools
We are so excited to share that our District 66 school's are on KOHA! It's a free mobile app that helps turn your everyday shopping into fundraising for our schools. Just shop local businesses or services, snap a picture of your receipt, and the merchant donates a portion of your purchase back to us. It costs nothing extra and takes seconds to do! The more people who participate, the more we'll earn! Search KOHA Life in the App Store or Google Play, download, and get shopping! It's another great way for us to raise more funds and support our local community. For questions or more information about KOHA, please visit www.kohafundraising.com.

KOHA Fundraising

Community News

Have You Found Us on Twitter and Facebook?Twitter and Facebook
Stay connected with District 66. Follow us on Twitter at @ccsd66 and tweet to #ccsd66. "Like" us on Facebook at Center Cass School District 66.

Substitute School Registered Nurse 
If you are a registered nurse and are interested in becoming a substitute school nurse at Center Cass School District 66, please visit ccsd66.org/general/employment.

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 7: Preschool Screening at Prairieview
February 11: District Spelling Bee, 6:30 p.m. at Prairieview
February 11: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
February 14: No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 17: No School - Presidents' Day
February 26: Spartan Showcase, 6:30 p.m. at Lakeview
February 28: No School - County Institute Day

March 12: Early Dismissal - SIP Day
March 14: Parent University, 9:00 a.m. at Prairieview
March 15: Center Cass Community Band Concert, 4:00 p.m. at Lakeview
March 17: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
March 30: No School - Spring Break Begins (classes resume April 6)