Country Meadows Principal's Message - November 6th

Country Meadows Principal's Message - November 6th

Country Meadows Families,

Happy November! It was so refreshing to see students enjoying friendly conversations and fun games this week during their lunch time (even if happening remotely).  We are so grateful to our support staff for providing this opportunity for students, and we are so glad that students are enjoying the experience!  We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and we look forward to seeing students again next week!          


Meghan Bird - Principal

NEW *November Artistic Contest*

We had a GREAT turn out for our October artistic challenge.  We have so many creative and artistic students at Country Meadows!

Our incredible PTO is sponsoring another fun challenge this month!  Please see this flyer for information regarding our November Artistic Contest!  We can't wait to see all of the student creations!

NEW *Materials Pick Up*

On Friday, November 13th, we will be hosting another Materials Pick-Up from 8:00am-4:30pm for all grade levels.  As a reminder, 11/13 is a half day for all students.  Materials will be organized by classroom teacher and labeled specifically with your child's name.  We will have tables set up so that you are able to get out of your vehicle and quickly grab the materials for your child(ren). 

If you have any questions regarding this process, please call the front office at 353-8600.

NEW *Library Book Drop Off*

If your child still has library books that were checked out in the  2019-2020 school year, we are still collecting them!  Books can be dropped off in the main area vestibule or on November 13th during our upcoming Materials Pick Up. 

If you are curious about if/what books/titles your child needs to return to our school library, please contact [email protected] for details.

NEW *Schedule Reminder, Friday 11/13*

Please note that Fri., Nov. 13, is a Half Day for Grades 1–8. See the revised elementary Half-Day SCHEDULE.

Willow Grove will not be in attendance on November 13th.

NEW *Academic Enrichment Fun Hosted By Stevenson Students*

Mark your calendar for creative learning on Sun., Nov. 15, from 1–3 PM. 

Stevenson High School National Honor Society students have planned a virtual Academic Enrichment Exposition–fun Zoom activities to help students in grades 3–5 explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. 

Engaging opportunities will include academic design challenges, coding projects, virtual field trips, scavenger hunts, and more–as well as the chance to win a $25 gift card. 


NEW *Food Donations & Availability*

The season of giving is upon us and more important than ever this year.  Drive-up meals continue to be available for our families.  If you would like to make a food donation to help those in need, you can drop off items at the Exceptional Learners Collaborative at 990 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills Mondays through Fridays from 8am - 3pm.  Shipping food items directly to the ELC is welcome too.  If you you have any questions, please call Kristen Bordonaro at 224.513.6448.

NEW *Creative Holiday Card Design Opportunity for Grades 4 and 5*

Fourth- and fifth-grade students are invited to submit original artwork for a holiday greeting card competition sponsored by Congressman Brad Schneider, Illinois 10th District. The winning artwork will be the cover design of Congressman Schneider’s annual holiday card.

The theme this year is Winter Wonderland–favorite outdoor winter activities enjoyed on cold snowy days. No artwork entry size is specified (the winning artwork will be scaled to fit).

Submissions are due by Wed., Nov. 25, and Congressman Schneider’s staff will announce the winner in early December.

Please submit all entries electronically to Robert Perez at [email protected]
Questions? Call 847.383.4870.

NEW *Specials Materials*

Here is the updated Specials Materials Schedule.  Please reach out to specific specials teachers with any questions.

NEW *PTO Blog*

We are excited to announce that our Scholastic Online Book Fair will begin next Monday (November 9th) and run through Nov. 22!  View more information

Please take a moment to read the updated PTO blog for November 6th!

REPEATING *Newcomer Invitation - November 12th*

Has your family recently moved to the United States, or are you and your student(s) new to our area/school community?

On Monday, November 16th at 10AM, any parents that are new to our area /school community and have students who attend Country Meadows are invited to a casual virtual conversation.

This is an opportunity for parents to meet some D96/Country Meadows staff, ask questions, share their thoughts, and also meet D96 parents that may have similar experiences or have been in the district for a long time.

This is an informal opportunity for parents who, like their students, are experiencing our D96 social customs and practices of teaching and learning for the first time.

REPEATING *Yearbook Photo Submission*

Please upload your photos of your child(ren) engaging in Zoom sessions while learning remotely or in their remote learning environment.  We would love to add them to our yearbook this year! 

Option 1:  Download the HJ eShare app, enter the school code: CM2021 tag and upload your pictures

Option 2: Go to, enter the school code: CM2021, tag and upload your pictures

Option 3: Go directly to tag and upload your pictures

REPEATING *ComEd Bill Payment Assistance Options*

ComEd has provided bill payment assistance options for families experiencing financial hardship.

REPEATING *Updated COVID-19 Metrics*

This UPDATED COVID-19 METRICS is the information “dashboard” that maintains transparent and open communication around COVID-19 metrics. As a user of the dashboard, the District has access to COVID-19 data as recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium. We review this data daily, update the dashboard weekly, and consider this data in making many decisions.

REPEATING *Family Tradition Survey*

Last year, families filled out a form to share their family traditions with us. We shared those traditions in a daily slideshow for students and the kids absolutely loved reading about themselves and other students in the school. We would love for you to participate again this year!

Read more about how you can share your family traditions this year. It will show you a QR code and a link you can use to participate.