Principal's Message 3.12.21

Principal's Message 3.12.21

Dear Families,

Thank you so much for attending our Spring Family Educator Conferences this week.  Students were so excited to participate and celebrate the learning they have engaged in so far this school year.  We are looking forward to another great week of learning as we near our Spring Break 2021.  As stated in Julie Schmidt’s March 10th Superintendent’s Message, we are currently finalizing operational plans to announce the start date for an expansion of in-person learning.  Please look for more information next week as specific details and dates are forthcoming.


Christine Pfaff - Principal

New *Notice of 5Essentials Student Survey Administration*

We are writing to inform you about a student survey for 4th–8th graders that will be administered at your child’s school. 

Students will take the survey during the day on March 19th. 

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is based on 20 years of research at the University of Chicago. The survey asks students about their experiences in school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.

Students will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions. Instead, they will receive only aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material, for example.

Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions your student(s) are asked. If you do not want your son or daughter to participate, please contact your child’s principal, Dr. Christine Pfaff.

NEW *Yearbook News*

We need more photos for the yearbook.  Send in a picture of your child in their favorite mask, or reading their favorite book.  Please send them to us at [email protected].  In your email please include your child’s first and last name and teacher.

NEW *Early Release - Tuesday, March 16th*

This is a friendly reminder that Tuesday, March 16th is an Early Release.  Students will be dismissed at 2:00pm and will follow this schedule.  Please let us know if you have any questions.


Our District 96 nurses are closely following the Illinois Department of Public Health school exclusion decision tree to determine when students are eligible to return to turn school. Thank you for your patience with students who have had to isolate or quarantine due to illness, household, illness, positive COVID-19, and/or close contact status. The building nurse will request appropriate documentation for students to return to school. While you may receive this documentation outside of school hours, the nurse will contact families regarding a return date upon receipt during the next school day. 

If you would like to be in touch with one of the District 96 nurses, please note the hours that they are available. 

Country Meadows, Ivy Hall, Kildeer, Prairie, Willow Grove: 8:00-3:15 

Twin Groves, Woodlawn 7:30-2:45

REPEATING *2021–22 Registration Emails Were Sent Thurs., Mar. 4*

Please check for registration email(s) for the 2021–22 school year, sent Thurs., Mar. 4.

Each registration email includes a link and a unique “snapcode” needed for access to register your returning student for 2021–22. EVERY student returning to District 96 for the school year ahead must be registered.

Information you provided previously will appear in your student’s online registration record. Please check that information carefully and update it if it is not accurate.

Completing and submitting online registration and making payment no later than Apr. 15, 2021, will save families $20 in registration cost per student. Fees increase after Apr. 15.

Questions? Please send email to [email protected] or call 847.459.4260, ext. 8022.

REPEATING *Obtaining Free Meals*

Pre-order free meals for in-person students by 6 PM on Thursday for the week ahead. Order at only for your student's in-person days.

Pick up meal supplies for 5 days for remote students on Wednesdays from 11 AM– 2 PM at Twin Groves or Woodlawn. No pre-ordering needed.

Please direct questions to the public info coordinator [email protected].

REPEATING: Kindergarten and 2nd Grade Parents Dental Screening Reminder 

The Illinois School Code requires all children in kindergarten, second and sixth grades to have a dental examination by May 15th of each year in compliance with the rules adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  If you have not already done so, please submit your 2nd-grade child’s dental exam form to our building nurse. To see a complete list of the health forms required for students, please visit our Student Health Section of our Web page.