June 2018

June 2018
Posted on 06/05/2018
Superintendent MessageDr. Tim Arnold

District 66 Parents,

I am excited to announce the close of another successful school year! Our students did a phenomenal job this year and we couldn't be more proud of their accomplishments!

As I spoke to students on the last day of school about summertime, I asked them to be sure to play in the dirt, ride their bikes, read a stack of books, play in the sprinkler, and be safe. Hopefully they do all of those things and more before returning in the fall!

2018-19 Staff Changes:
With the end of a school year comes some inevitable changes for next year. Please join me in saying "goodbye" to a few of our staff members who are either moving or retiring! 

Amy Beseth - 4th Grade Teacher
Lisa Boyer - 8th Grade ELA Teacher
Mary Bucklin - 4th Grade Teacher
Diane Micek - Paraprofessional
Cathy Minarik - Paraprofessional

Internal Transfers
Tania Forsman - from 3rd Grade Special Education to Instructional Coach K-2
Shannon Hayes - from 6th Grade to 8th Grade ELA Teacher
Steve Mandru - from 1st Grade to 4th Grade Teacher
Colleen Nino - from Special Education 6-8 to 4th Grade Special Education 
Julie Krasnodebski from 4th Grade Special Education to 3rd Grade Special Education
Jennifer Olsen - from Kindergarten to 4th Grade Teacher

Sheryl Sulima - from Instructional Coach K-2 to 1st Grade Teacher

Brendan Golden - Tech Assistant (moving out of state)
Tiffany Hitt - Art Teacher 6-8 (moving out of state)
Chelsea Schlagbaum - Kindergarten (moving out of state)
Betsy Russo - 1st Grade Teacher
Meg Will - Social Worker K-2

New Staff for 2018-19
Jamie Lesniak - Kindergarten
Scott Dunning - 2nd Grade Teacher

Carrie Fitzgerald - Kindergarten Teacher
Kristina Pankow - 6th Grade ELA Teacher
Mary Sopha - Social Worker K-2

Finally, I look forward to seeing you at our 2nd Annual Community Band Summer Performance on Sunday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. on the north lawn at Lakeview!


Tim Arnold, Ph.D.

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District News

2018-2019 Student Registration is Still Open
If you haven't already done so, please register your student(s) today. Registration instructions for returning and new students can be found by clicking here. Registration fee forms and payments are due by August 1, 2018. For your convenience, a registration drop box is located in the entryway at Prairieview School. Or if you prefer, payments and paperwork may be mailed to: Center Cass School District 66, 699 Plainfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL 60516.

Nurse's Notes
In preparation for the 2018-2019 school year, please remember that physical, dental, and vision exams (if required per your student's grade level) are due prior to the first day of school, which is August 22nd. The dental exam date must be on November 15, 2017 or later. The vision exam date needs to be on August 22, 2017 or later. For more information and medical forms click here. Have a wonderful and safe summer everyone!

Student Highlights

Congratulations Lakeview Junior High School 2018 Graduates!
Class of 2018

Academic Excellence Award Winners
Congratulations to the Lakeview Academic Excellence Award winners for earning straight A's all three years at Lakeview. (Back row: Brendan Gibbons, Allison Ford, Anabella Chlada, Lauren Topp, Jenna Majchrak, Jason Huang; Front row: Gillian Krughoff, Anna Bastuga, Emma Lopez, Cassandra Repole)
Academic Excellence

Lakeview Presents Oklahoma!
Lakeview Jr. High School students performed Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! on May 17 & 18. The cast and crew worked very hard to put together an amazing production.
Oklahoma! cast  Oklahoma! cast

Lakeview Memory Makers
Lakeview students involved in the Memory Makers Club visited residents of Sunrise in Reminiscence twice a month this past school year. Residents and students worked together to make decorations, do party prep, crafts, and assemble care packages. The Memory Makers Club received this message from Sunrise, "Since the students visit us so often, we decided it was our turn to visit them - at school! Many of the Memory Makers performed in the school musical and we wanted to show our support. The students are so talented and we loved watching them perform. We can't wait for the club to come back in the fall for the next school year. See you soon!"
Memory Makers Club  Memory Makers

Field Day 2018
​Students at all three schools enjoyed beautiful weather for Field Day 2018. Have a great summer everyone!
2018 Field Day   
2018 Field Day   2018 Field Day   2018 Field Day   2018 Field Day 

District PTO News

Shopping 4 Students/School Rewards Program at Bolingbrook Promenade
Congratulations to Center Cass District 66 for being awarded 2nd place in the Shopping 4 Students/School Rewards Program at the Bolingbrook Promenade. The school district received an award of $1,500 which will be used to benefit the school! Thank you to all the families and staff that submitted their receipts and participated in the program.

Amazon Smile Program
District 66 PTO would like you to consider supporting the schools while you shop on Amazon. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Just 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 link below to begin your shopping and make a donation without spending anything extra! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3056059

TEAM 66 News

TEAM 66 - Education Foundation
We can hardly believe that the 2017-18 school year has come to a close. What a tremendous year it has been with so many wonderful achievements. First, and foremost, the Team 66 Education Foundation would like to thank our entire district for their ongoing support throughout this past school year. Due to everyone's generosity and time, Team 66 raised over $8,000 this year that will go towards Teacher Grants which will be awarded later this summer. We can't wait to announce the new programs that we will help fund and directly benefit your students.

Commemorative Bricks

Looking for a great birthday or special occasion gift idea that will certainly get your student's "stamp" of approval and commemorate their time spent at CCSD66 schools? Consider giving your student the gift of a personalized brick located in front of the bell at Prairieview. This is an excellent opportunity to create a remembrance of their positive experience at our school district. The bricks will be engraved with their name and graduation year, and are available in 4 x 8 or 8 x 8. Each brick can be custom engraved with 3 lines consisting of 13 characters. A perfect gift from parents, guardians, siblings, and grandparents! Visit www.team66ef.org to place your order today.

The Circus is Coming Back to Town
TEAM 66 is excited to announce that the 2nd Bi-Annual Kelly Miller Circus is coming back to town on Friday, September 14, 2018. There will be 2 shows - 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the grounds of Prairieview and Lakeview. Please click here for the save-the-date flyer and stay tuned for further details. We look forward to seeing you under the Big Top!

Community NewsConcert on the Lawn

Save the Date: Concert on the Lawn - June 24, 2018

Bring the entire family out for an afternoon of great music provided by the Center Cass Community Band. This year we will be joined by the Aurora American Legion Band. Join us on the lawn of the Lakeview Jr. High School campus on Sunday, June 24th at 4 p.m. This "Pops" concert will feature traditional concert band music as well as music from "Star Wars", "Mary Poppins", patriotic favorites, and much, much more. There will be food and drinks available to purchase. So...grab your lawn chairs, invite your family and friends, and come out and enjoy the Concert on the Lawn!

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 District 66 Events

June 1: Online Student Registration Due
June 4:
Last Day of School - Early Dismissal
June 6-26: District 66 Summer Enrichment Classes
June 12: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview June 24: Center Cass Community Band Concert on the Lawn, 4:00 p.m. at Lakeview
July 24: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
August 1: 2018-2019 Registration Fees Due to District Office
August 14: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
August 16:      Substitute Teacher Safety Training (contact dgoldstein@ccsd66.org for details)
August 21: Open House
August 22: First Day of School
August 28: Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview

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