January 2018

January 2018
Posted on 01/11/2018

​District 66 News

Building Our Future - Open House January 23, 2018 

Please join us at Elizabeth Ide School on Tuesday, January 23 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for an update on our plans for construction, renovations, repairs, and security updates at each of our schools scheduled for 2018 and 2019. Remember to check back weekly on our District website for the Building Our Future blog posts and to see an update on the Elizabeth Ide design plans click here.


Preschool Screening - February 2, 2018
Center Cass School District 66 will hold an Early Childhood Screening for children ages 3-5 who reside in District 66 on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Prairieview School, 699 Plainfield Road, Downers Grove. The purpose of the screening is to identify students who may need special services prior to entering Kindergarten. Areas to be screened are speech, language, vision, hearing, and coordination. 

To schedule an appointment, please call the Department of Student Services at 630-783-5168 by Friday, January 26, 2018.

Save the Date: Parent University - March 10, 2018
Mark your calendars now! Saturday, March 10 from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Prairieview, District 66 will be offering a Parent University! The topics will include Cyber Safety and Social Emotional Learning. Detective Richard Wistocki is a Naperville Police Office and Child Crime Expert who has dedicated his career to helping children by tirelessly pursuing, apprehending and prosecuting child predators. As an active Cyber Crimes Detective he educates Law Enforcement using cutting edge investigative techniques and parents and students on responsible digital activity. Detective Wistocki concentrates on teaching parents how to manage their children's online activities. Detective Wistocki will not only address concerns with cell phones, but also online gaming (such as XBOX Live), and social media apps (such as SNAPCHAT, Instagram, Facebook). You will not want to miss this event, no matter what age your children are currently.

Spotlight on Our Schools and Students

News from Elizabeth Ide:

Second Graders Help Create an Elizabeth Ide School Song
On November 16th, the second grade students performed an amazing music concert. A considerable amount of time and energy has been put forth by Mrs. Crows and our second graders since the start of the school year. The second graders also took part in creating Elizabeth Ide's very own school song, which was premiered at their concert. To read the lyrics to our school song, "We are the Lions, Hear Us ROAR", please click on the following link - Elizabeth Ide School Song.

News from Prairieview:

A WONDER-ful Event for Prairieview Panthers
A Prairieview holiday tradition returned as our entire staff and student body traveled to Seven Bridges Cinemark Theater on December 19th for a showing of the movie WONDER. A truly inspirational movie focused on kindness and appreciating our differences, WONDER fits perfectly with our building-wide theme of "throwing kindness around like confetti". Thank you to our Prairieview PTO for sponsoring such an awesome opportunity for our Panthers!

News from Lakeview:

Lakeview Student Celebrations
Seventh grader, Amanda Colip, entered an essay contest sponsored by 41st District Illinois State Senator John Curran. Amanda was one of the winners of the contest and was presented her award in front of the entire school at our Veterans' Day Recognition assembly. The theme of her essay focused on the importance of Veterans' Day.

Eighth grader, Abigail Durkin, entered a national poetry contest she heard about from Mrs. Burrows, her ELA teacher. Abigail won first place for her grade and third place overall. Her work has been published in a book that will be coming out this month.

Adam Rosignal

Eagle Scout Gives Back to Prairieview Band
Adam Rosignal is a 2014 graduate of Lakeview Jr. High School. Now a senior at Downers Grove South High School, he is in the final stages of earning his Eagle Scout status as a member of Boy Scout Troop 99. He was an active student at Lakeview, including playing French horn in the band. Adam has continued his love of playing music in high school as a member of the Marching Mustangs, Pep Band, and Concert  Bands.

When it came time to choose a project for his Eagle Scout honors, he chose to give back to the place where he started his band experience. After discussing some options with Mr. Tedeschi regarding the needs of the Prairieview Band Program, it was decided to replace an old mailbox/filing system with a new music system. This project took several months of planning, preparation, and then production. Adam presented the gift to Mr. Tedeschi in early December. The District 66 Band Program at Prairieview School is grateful for this beautiful addition to the band room.

Eagle Scout Project

District 66 PTO News

trivia night

District 66 PTO Trivia Night
District 66 PTO invites you to a staff and parents' night out on January 19, 2018 for their annual Trivia Night. Hurry - there are still spots left! Don't have a full team? Don't worry - we will add you to a team! Prizes will be awarded for best themes and highest trivia scores. Doors open at 7:00 and trivia begins at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own food; cash bar (no cards accepted). Click here for the flyer. Forms are due by January 12, but tables are limited so send your forms in ASAP. Forms paid in full will be accepted in the order they are received. Contact trivianight66@gmail.com with questions.

District PTO January Eat Out Fundraiser
​Our next District eat out fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, January 16th from noon - 10 p.m. at Panda Express located at 2423 75th Street in Darien. 20% of sales that day will be donated back to the school district! Don't forget to print out the flyer or have it available on your phone that day! Click here for the flyer.

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.

Shopping 4 Students/School Reward Program at The Promenade Bolingbrook
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 your school. Every time you shop, dine, enjoy services, or see a movie at The Promenade Bolingbrook, submit your receipts online: shopandlog.com/bolingbrook


TEAM 66 News

Commemorative Brick Path
Happy Holidays Center Cass families from the Team 66 Education Foundation. Are you looking for unique gift ideas for your student or a Center Cass alum?
TEAM 66 Education Foundation has installed a commemorative brick path from the sidewalk in front of Prairieview to the Center Cass 66 bell to give families the opportunity to create a remembrance of their positive experience in our school district. The bricks will be engraved with a family name or student name(s) and graduation year(s). This is the gift that keeps on giving for years to come. If interested, visit www.team66ef.org for additional information and ways to purchase. Alternatively, we invite families to pay it forward with a donation to the Team 66 Education Foundation. These generous donations will directly help fund 2018 teacher grants for innovative programming in our students schools. Donations can be made by visiting our website or checks can be made payable to Team 66 Education Foundation. 

We wish all of our district families and community a healthy, happy and safe holiday season and New Year. We are excited about all of the wonderful happenings that 2018 will bring us all. 


Community News


Center Cass Community Band Rings in the Holidays!
On Sunday, December 17th, under the direction of Mr. Tom Tedeschi, the Center Cass Community Band performed a holiday concert for a packed audience at Lakeview Jr. High School. The concert featured such classics as "We Need a Little Christmas”, “Sleigh Ride”, “The Polar Express”, “Happy Holidays”, “White Christmas”, and other seasonal favorites. The performance concluded with an appearance from Santa himself greeting children of all ages after the performance. Dr. Tim Arnold also got involved with his dramatic reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. The audience was treated to hot chocolate and Christmas cookies after the show. There were plenty of smiles all around. 

In cooperation with the West Suburban Food Pantry, the Community Band and District 66 bands collected nonperishable food items at all of their concerts. It is estimated that over 900 pounds of food and a few hundred dollars from donations and raffle tickets were collected. A great connection was made to help those in need during the holiday season and beyond.

Join us on March 18th for Center Cass Community Band's next performance (time and location are TBD). The CCCB is comprised of adults from the Center Cass Community and those who have a connection to District 66. There are currently 65 active members of the group with varying levels of experience. The goal of the CCCB is to provide adults a place to reconnect with music through the band experience. 
For more information about the Center Cass Community Band, please go to our website at www.communityband66.weebly.com. If you or someone in our community is interested in joining the Community Band go to the website and click on the "Sign Up Here" tab and follow the link. If you would like to be put on our email list, please go to the "Contact" tab on the website and send us an email requesting that you be placed on the email list. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/communityband66/.

Santa     Dr. Arnold

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
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Upcoming District 66 Events

January 8:  Classes Resume
January 8: Special Session Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
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, 7:00 p.m. 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

February 1: Early Dismissal - SIP Day February 2: Preschool Screening, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Prairieview February 6: Special Session Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview February 12: Elizabeth Ide and Prairieview Parent/Teacher Conferences February 13: Elizabeth Ide and Prairieview Parent/Teacher Conferences February 13: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview February 16: No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences February 19: No School - Presidents' Day February 27: Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieveiw

March 1: Lakeview Parent/Teacher Conferences March 2: No School - County Institute Day March 8: Spartan Showcase, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Lakeview March 10: Parent University, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Prairieview March 13: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview March 26: No School - Spring Break Begins (classes resume April 3)


District 66 Mission

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