March 2020

March District Newsletter
Posted on 03/03/2020

District News

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, so we want to share with you information that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published for schools throughout the state. The health risk to the general public from coronavirus remains low. Currently, the IDPH recommends schools hold classes and events as usual, and follow their routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures. The IDPH also recommends the best way to protect against coronavirus is by taking the same everyday precautions typically taken to avoid getting sick. These include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To see the complete recommendations to schools from IDPH, please click here. We will continue to closely monitor recommendations regarding coronavirus. You may also wish to read information on the IDPH coronavirus web page here and the Center for Disease Control web page here. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school community safe and healthy.

District 66 Parent UniversityParent University
Child crime expert Detective Richard Wistocki, from Be Sure Consulting, will return to District 66 on Saturday, March 14 at 9:00 a.m. at Prairieview School to provide parents with the latest cyber safety tricks, warnings, and suggestions. The presentation will cover important issues including:

  • Cyber bullying
  • Monitoring your child's computer and cell phone
  • The dangers of online gaming and popular phone apps

Detective Wistocki 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 on cutting edge investigative techniques, as well as parents and students on responsible digital activity. 

Detective Wistocki previously presented to District 66 parents during the Winter of 2018 and feedback was very positive. You will not want to miss this important presentation! All District 66 parents, neighbors, and staff are invited. (Please, no children). On March 16, 2020, Det. Wistocki will present to students in grades 5-8 on cyber safety. This presentation will occur during school hours.

March Board of Education Meeting - Date Changed
The Board of Education meeting originally scheduled for March 10 has been rescheduled for March 17, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview School.

2020-2021 School Calendar and Student Fees
On February 11, 2020, the Board of Education approved the Center Cass School District 66 2020-2021 School Calendar. Additionally, for the 9th year in a row, student fees for 2020-2021 will remain the same, at $140 per student.

Are You Ready for Kindergarten?
Kindergarten Orientation and Registration will be held on Friday, May 1 at Elizabeth Ide School. More details will be forthcoming about this exciting opportunity. Our kindergarten round-up for children who will be entering kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year has begun. We treasure every opportunity to meet you and your child prior to the new school year! Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020, are eligible to begin kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year. Registering your kindergartner early is critical as decisions regarding the number of kindergarten sections needed and the resulting class sizes are based on registration numbers. Parents should contact Elizabeth Ide School by emailing Mrs. Regan at 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.

Student and School Highlights

Spelling BeeDistrict Spelling Bee
Prairieview and Lakeview grade-level spelling bee winners advanced to the District Spelling Bee that took place on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Twelve finalists participated in the bee ranging from grades 3-8. After sixteen rounds of competition, our District 66 Spelling Bee Champion was Shivang Patel and our runner-up was Eliana Yong, both fifth-grade students. Best wishes to Shivang as he represents District 66 at the upcoming DuPage County Spelling Bee! Congratulations to all of our finalists and thank you to the families and teachers who came out to support them!
Spelling Bee

District 66 Band Students Shine at Annual Solo Festival

On Saturday, February 8, District 66 hosted their annual solo festival. Lakeview and Prairieview band students took part in the festival. Also participating in this event were 124 band students from Eisenhower Jr. High and Lace Elementary. In all, over 250 soloists performed throughout the day. 

Solo FestivalSolo FestivalThe Solo Festival is designed for students to present a piece they have worked on as part of the instrumental music curriculum. Each soloist performed for an independent adjudicator. Students received written feedback regarding aspects of their playing to help them become aware of their strengths and areas for improvement. Through this process, we hope that students build self-pride in their work, self-confidence in their playing, advanced understanding of musical concepts, and preparation and organizational skills. For their efforts, students were recognized with ratings of Superior, Excellent, or Good depending on their evaluation score.

Several students were awarded a Superior rating. This means that their performance on that day included all of the musical aspects of a performance at a high level and it was memorized. Congratulations to the following students for this recognition: Lauren Bukey, Aubrey Cervantes, Lucas Ciocan, Paige Dennis, Jonas Frangella, Richard Gasmen, TJ Harvat, Josh Howard, Lydia Jayne, Isabel Lopez, Arianna Mastny, Adam Milad, Theresa Milad, Eliza Monjes, Julianna Padavic, Cherlys Parish, Ava Pecoraro, Evan Rossi, Isabella Salvino, Niko Stamenkovich, Silvana Sypien, Max Tylka, Amelia Varkalis, Amanda Wiseman, and Brayden Wozny.

Solo FestivalIn addition to the Superior ratings, the judge from each of the instrumental rooms selected students who they felt were the Best of the Day from all of the performers in the room. The students did not have to receive a Superior rating to be selected for this recognition. Congratulations to the following students who were Best of the Day:
Room 1: Juliana Padavic, Josh Howard
Room 2: Lucas Ciocan, Aubrey Polasek, Gabby David
Room 3: Isabella Salvino, Rozlyn Stafford Richardson
Room 4: Amanda Wiseman, Eliza Monjes
Room 5: Theresa Milad, Jessica Ford
Room 6: Evan Rossi, Aubrey Cervantes
Room 7: Jonas Frangella, TJ Harvat, Lydia Jayne

Congratulations to all of our student musicians for their hard work. Their individual improvement will result in an improved ensemble. For more band information visit our website or

Lakeview Spartan Showcase
On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, Lakeview Jr. High hosted their 9th Annual Spartan Showcase. This year's open house included showcases for STEM, art, consumer education, music, and Spanish, as well as projects from the 7th grade History Fair and 8th grade Science Fair. See a few of the highlights from Spartan Showcase 2020 below.

Spartan Showcase Spartan Showcase
Spartan Showcase Spartan Showcase 
Spartan Showcase Spartan Showcase

Prairieview Students Participate in Spirito! Choral RetreatChoral Retreat
On Saturday, February 29, eleven students in fourth and fifth grade participated in the Spirito! Choral Retreat in Elmhurst with Prairieview Music Teacher, Carey Crows. Spirito! Singers is a girls chorus organization that serves students in the western suburbs. Students in western suburban schools were invited to participate in a full-day workshop that involved learning three new pieces under the direction of three renowned conductors, including Christopher Bell, the acclaimed conductor of the Grant Park Symphony Chorus in Chicago. The three clinicians also lead professional development sessions for educators during the retreat, in which Mrs. Crows was an active participant. At the end of the day, the 200 girls participating in the event performed a concert for community members at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. Participants from Prairieview included Francesca Bakacsi, Theresa Boling, Elaina Burton, Nana Cann, Ohemma Cann, Haley Cerny, Kayla Dimitriou, Lucy Dlugo, Ella Forsman, Kaitlyn Parker, and Aubrey Polasek. 

Best-Selling Author Visit at Lakeview
Through our community partnership with Anderson's Bookshop, the Lakeview IMC has arranged for an awesome opportunity to host a whole-school visit from best-selling author Tui Sutherland on March 10th! Mrs. Sutherland is the author of over 40 published books, including the well-known, 14-book Wings of Fire series. She will present on her writing process and her publishing journey. Students will also have the opportunity to order a personalized, signed copy of several books offered. We are so excited to share such an amazing experience with our students!

McTeacher NightPrairieview McTeacher Night
On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, thirty teachers and support staff from Prairieview volunteered at the Darien McDonald's for McTeacher Night. Teachers and staff worked behind the counter and in the drive-thru, helping customers and selling apple pies. Many district families came out to participate in this exciting FUNdraiser which raised funds for a new playground at Prairieview School. To read an article with more information, click here.

McTeacher Night McTeacher Night

A Note from the Prairieview PTO

Thank you to everyone who joined us at McDonald's for McTeacher Night! It was a super successful event with lots of fun and fundraising! Thanks to the generosity of our families, we raised $1,900 for the playground! Currently, we are 69% to our $45,000 goal. If you haven't already become a Panther Pal, please consider making a donation. We have many levels of support to choose from. Thank you to the families and businesses that have already become a Panther Pal! Our playground community build is scheduled for May 23, 2020! Click here for more information.

Prairieview Playground

TEAM 66/District PTO News

Casino Night

Casino Night - March 14, 2020

Team 66 is planning our 3rd Annual Casino Night on Saturday, March 14th from 6:00-10:00 p.m. This year's adults-only event comes with lower ticket prices and includes $25 in gaming chips as well live as a live cover band, photo booth, and food provided by Zazzo's. Please see the attached flyer for more details! Remember, all proceeds from this event are returned to the schools to better enrich our children’s education!

Turn Everyday Shopping into Fundraising with KOHA and AmazonSmile!
KOHA FundraisingWe 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

Now you can support TEAM 66's mission every time you shop through Amazon when you do your shopping at! Simply connect to the "TEAM 66 Education Foundation" with AmazonSmile through this link: **Please note, if you previously selected "District 66 PTO" as your charity through AmazonSmile, you will need to update the charity to "TEAM 66 Education Foundation" using this link. TEAM 66 and District 66 PTOs have merged, now operating under the same 501c3.

Community News

Community Band concertCenter Cass Community Band Presents March Madness 
It's March Madness with the Center Cass Community Band! Come celebrate March Madness with us and some of our March all-star composers on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. at Lakeview Jr. High School. It will be a toe tapping event with marches of all styles. Wear your favorite college gear and get in the March Madness spirit. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. 

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

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 Events

March 12: Early Dismissal - SIP Day
March 14: Parent University, 9:00 a.m. at Prairieview
March 14: TEAM 66 Casino Night
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
April 6: Classes Resume
April 10: Non-Attendance Day
April 14: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
April 24: Early Dismissal - SIP Day