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Summer Update (6/25/20) // Actualización de verano (6/25/20)

June 25, 2020


Dear District 105 Staff and Families,


We hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. This past Tuesday, the Illinois
State Board of Education (ISBE) released a 60-page document developed to provide guidance for
schools for the 2020-21 school year. ISBE is recommending that schools reopen in some capacity
for in-person learning in August.


Although this news is exciting to many of us, we need to take some time to ensure that we move
forward with careful consideration of how we can do this safely for all of our students and staff.
While our District has been working on a transition plan for several months, this guidance will
accelerate those conversations. We are confident that our district will put forth a plan that
prioritizes the health and safety of our students while maintaining a dynamic learning environment.

Right now, we don’t have all the answers to those questions as this document was released to
school districts at the same time it was released to the public. Therefore, we kindly ask for your
patience as our staff thoroughly reviews this guidance and implements the suggestions into our
district’s own transition plan.


We are keenly aware of the urgent need to communicate to you about what to expect next school
year and anticipate releasing our own transition plan in the next few weeks. We would love to
promise an earlier notification date, but we need to ensure that every aspect of our Return to
School Plan is directed by the health and safety of all our staff and students.


Please keep an “eye out” for another survey regarding your input and thoughts about sending your
child(ren) back to in-person learning this fall. We fully anticipate that our plan will include both
in-person and remote learning components. Your input will go a long way in helping us implement
a safe environment while offering rigorous instructional programming.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as our entire community continues to
navigate a situation together that none of us could have imagined.


We will be in touch soon. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer.


Sincerely,


Dr. Dawn Green, Interim Superintendent
Dr. Brian Ganan, Superintendent, July 1, 2020


 

June 19, 2020


Families –

 


A few weeks into June and a few items to stay in touch about.

  • We are still waiting for Illinois State Board of Education guidance around the 2020-2021 school year. We hope to have d105 specific plans to you sooner rather than later. We realize how important it is for you to plan around if your child/children will be attending remotely, in-person, or a hybrid model of both of those scenarios
  • You should have received a text message about registration for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have already registered, thank you! If you still need to register, please do so as soon as you are able to do so. This is very important as we plan for social distancing, safety protocols, and so much more for next year.
  • Seventh Avenue social worker, Charlotte Arcus, put together some resources that we would like to share with you to support your families over the summer. With so much happening in the world, we wanted provide this resource to all of our families. See the links below:
    Spanish version here
    English version here

Summer School


Registration information has be sent home for students who have been recommended for our eLearning summer school and ESY program. Summer school will run July 6th – July 30th. Students will attend a virtual learning environment from 9am-11am every Monday through Thursday. Students will focus on math, reading and writing. During the two-hour time period, students may encounter activities that include teacher interaction with whole group instruction, small group work and independent activities. Registration forms were due back June 1st but will be accepted through June 26th. Please email Susan Calder at scalder@d105.net with any questions.


Summer Learning Opportunities for All


IXL For Families
We are thrilled to see students taking advantage of the diagnostic assessment to create a personalized learning path available for math and language arts on IXL. This will be available for all students that were enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th grade during the 2019-2020 school year. There are multiple options available through IXL to meet your summer learning goals. From personalized learning paths to pre-created worksheets, there is something for everyone. Detailed information can be found on the D105 website
under the elearning tab. Email elearning@d105.net with any questions. Here is the Family Letter sent home last week that will help get you started: English   Spanish

 


Summer CONNECT 2020 Summer Learning for All
District 105 Summer CONNECT 2020 Summer Learning for All is Full STEAM Ahead! This summer in our District 105 Summer CONNECT Program our focus is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The virtual learning experiences are hosted by District 105 teachers and will be posted on the District 105 social media platforms and on the Summer Learning for All webpage, which is also accessible under the eLearning button on the top menu. Each week we will post a Movement Monday activity, science experiments for you to try on Tuesday and Thursday, and we invite you to a Zoom Storytime at 2:00 on Wednesdays. The storytime link is in the Clever portal.


Families with students of all ages are invited to participate in our third District 105 Summer Family Book Club. The book is Who Was George Washington Carver? written by Jim Gigliotti. Participating families will be provided the book and related materials through the mail. We will meet virtually on Zoom on Wednesday, July 15 at 3:00 or Thursday, July 16 at 6:00. If interested, please sign up using this link: https://bit.ly/SFBC105