District Weekly News September 9
This Week in Valley View
News and Notes from Around the District
Superintendent Kinder’s September 9 Message to VVSD Families
In many ways, in-person learning has taken on a familiar look with connection, learning, and support for our learners. There is so much to celebrate on a daily basis despite the challenges present with navigating the health and safety challenges.
Partnership, communication, and transparency are crucial to our ability to do everything possible to meet our goal of physical and emotional safety of everyone in our learning community and focus our efforts on learning and support for our children. With that in mind, this message contains some important reminders and information about health and safety efforts.
- Monitor your child’s symptoms daily and report the following to your child’s school: presence of COVID-like symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or a family member awaiting test results.
- Families will be directly notified if their student has been identified through the contact tracing process as a close contact and is subject to quarantine protocols. Universal school-wide communication of an individual case will not be made; rather this will be targeted to those directly impacted.
- Information as it relates to overall positive cases in a particular building and across the District can be found on our website under Health & Safety on the VVSD Public COVID Dashboard. This data is updated nightly.
We are still in the midst of one of the greatest challenges our society has encountered. Each of us is facing a variety of challenges, and at some point, may find the need for additional support. Please keep in mind there are a variety of community supports available. Our Family Resources webpage provides a wealth of information and we encourage you to reach out for support if needed.
Thank you for continuing to be an active partner in supporting the well-being of our entire school community.
Rachel Kinder, Ed.S
Superintendent of Schools
VVSD Teacher Spotlight- Erin Clifford, Career & Technical Education Bolingbrook HS
In addition to offering her students classroom instruction, Bolingbrook HS Child Development Teacher Erin Clifford also delivers a lab experience to her students through the Little Raiders Program. Erin was called to teaching career and technical education because of her admiration of her parents who pursued career paths as opposed to college, and in Erin’s words, “are the two smartest people I know”.
During her career as a teacher, Erin has taught a wide range of family and consumer science classes such as foods and nutrition, resource management, early childhood clinical, and preschool learning at the high school level and families in crisis, aging in the family, and apparel, textile, and merchandising budgeting at the university level.
If you are interested in enrolling a future VVSD student in the Little Raiders program, there are spaces available for the fall session which begins on Wednesday, September 15. Fall sessions of Little Raiders will run on Wednesdays at Bolingbrook HS from 11am-1pm and there is no cost to attend. To be eligible to enroll, a child must be a VVSD resident between the ages of 3 and 5 and must be potty trained. Spring session of Little Raiders will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-1:30pm from February through May. Tuition is $40 per child per month. For more information, contact Erin Clifford at firstname.lastname@example.org
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VVSD College Admissions Tailgate, Sat. September 18 Registration Now Open!
This is not like your typical college fair - the purpose of this event is for current Bolingbrook HS and Romeoville HS seniors to receive actual, on-the-spot admission to colleges and universities, potentially receive scholarships, and to establish their Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID), that is the first step to prepare to complete the FAFSA for financial aid, starting on October 1.
This outdoor event with a tailgate atmosphere will be held in the south parking lot at Bolingbrook HS from Noon- 4 pm on Sat. Sept. 18. There will be food, prizes, and, most of all – meeting with the college reps. There are 13 colleges and universities confirmed who are excited to see our seniors and have them walk away with admission letters, scholarships, and of course – college swag!
Click here to register online for the event or access registration through the QR Code.
NY Times Best-Selling Author Nic Stone to Visit VVSD Wed. September 22
VVSD in partnership with the Fountaindale and White Oak Libraries is pleased to announce an in-person visit by New York Times Best-Selling young adult novels author Nic Stone to the Romeoville Athletic Center on Wed. Sept. 22 from 7-9 pm.
Nic is the author of a succession of wildly successful novels including Clean Getaway, Odd One Out, and Dear Martin. In her literature, she boldly addresses topics teens face in America.
Nic Stone’s visit is free of charge and open to all members of the community who wish to attend. Concessions will be available during the event and there will also be prizes available through a raffle.
For more information on Speaker, please visit www.prhspeakers.com
Free Adult English and HSE (GED) Online Classes
Valley View Public Schools and Joliet Junior College are partnering to offer you Free Adult English and HSE (GED) Online Classes
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Classes begin September 21, 2021
Enroll online and select Valley View School District! To register, visit www.jjc.edu/adult-education
Seen Around Valley View This Week
Left- We just loved the headphones being rocked in Chris Southard’s Hermansen Elementary School 3rd Grade classroom!
Center- The Romeoville Police Department is the proud sponsor of the Buddy Bench at Irene King Elementary School, so the officers paid a visit to the school to officially dedicate the Buddy Bench.
Right- Jamie McGee Elementary School received a donation basket for each classroom from New Life Lutheran church in Bolingbrook. Items in the basket included school supplies, books, wipes, fidgets etc.
Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, September 13, at John J. Lukancic Middle School, 725 W. Normantown Rd, Romeoville IL. The meeting will be called to order at 6:30 pm, at which time the Board will vote to move to Closed Session. The Public Session of the meeting will begin no earlier than 7 pm. In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, the Agenda for the meeting will be posted no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting. Click here to view the Agenda The Meeting is available via live stream on the VVSD YouTube Channel, VVSD365U
Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates
Wed. September 29 E arly Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)
Mon. October 11 Indigenous Peoples Day (No Classes)
Fri. October 15 First Grading Period Ends
Events for the Coming Week
Thu. Sept. 9 Ward Elementary School Curriculum Night 5:30-7 pm
Pioneer Elementary School Curriculum Night 6 pm
STEP Open House 6-7 pm
Jane Addams MS Open House/Curriculum Night 6:20 pm
Lukancic Middle School Open House/Curriculum Night 6:30 pm
Tue. Sept. 14 Wood View Elementary Virtual Curriculum Night 6 pm
Thu. Sept. 16 Hermansen Elementary Curriculum Night 5:15- 7 pm
Mitchem Early Childhood Virtual Curriculum Night 6 pm
Salk Elementary Curriculum Night 6-7 pm
McGee Elementary Curriculum Night 6-8:15 pm
Brooks Middle School Curriculum Night 6-7:35 pm
Tue. Sept. 21 Oak View Elementary School Curriculum Night 6-7 pm
Thu. Sept. 23 Tibbott Elementary School Curriculum Night 6:30-7:30 pm
News from Our Community Partners
Village of Bolingbrook
The 56th Annual Bolingbrook Pathways Parade and PathFest is Sun. Sept. 12. The Parade begins at 1 pm at the intersection of Lily Cache Ln. and Plainview Rd. The parade route from that point is east on Lily Cache Ln. turning north onto Schmidt Rd., then proceeding north on Schmidt and then turning east onto Briarcliff Rd. to the conclusion of the route at the Village Center where PathFest will take place until 6 pm.
Village of Romeoville
The Annual Founders’ Day Entertainment Weekend is Sept. 16-19 at Deer Crossing Park. Each day will have a specific theme (Thu. Viva Mexico, Fri. Celebrate Romeoville, Sat. A Day of the Arts, Sun. Be Your Own Superhero) to celebrate Romeoville and will conclude with the Founders’ Day Parade on Sun. Sept. 19. For more information, visit www.romeoville.org/foundersday
Bolingbrook Park District
Bolingbrook Park District residents and Valley View School District students are now able to register for the REACH All-Day Care program. All of the information and how to register is located at the following: http://www.bolingbrookparks.org/en/programs/reach-extended-school-care/
Fountaindale Public Library
The library has compiled a variety of resources for VVSD students, parents and teachers to use this school year. Whether you're looking for homework help, a new book to read or exciting technology to learn, you can use your Student Success library card to access all that Fountaindale has to offer! Please visit fountaindale.org/backtoschool for details.
White Oak Public Library-Romeoville Branch
Every Friday from 9:00 – 9:30 am, the Romeoville Branch Library will have an outdoor program (weather permitting) in the library parking lot. All storytimes during the months of June and July will have a specific color theme and they will remain as virtual events.
West Suburban Community Pantry
West Suburban Community Pantry’s Virtual Food Pantry makes it easy for people facing tough times to order free groceries online so they can make ends meet. You can place your order anytime from a phone or computer with internet access. There are no crowds and no reason to feel rushed. Shop when you want by simply choosing your no-cost groceries and a convenient pickup time and place. Just be sure to place your order a couple of days before you need food. The Virtual Food Pantry is a quick and private way to get a little help with groceries so you can get back on your feet. Start shopping today at VirtualFoodPantry.net.
Romeoville Community Pantry
The Romeoville Community Pantry has updated their procedures and days of operation due to social distancing regulations. Instead of being a “choice pantry,” food is distributed in boxes in a drive-thru style. Clients remain in their cars and check in through the window glass as workers place food into their trunks. The pantry WILL be open the first four Saturdays of the month 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Please check the Romeoville Community Facebook page for any further updates http://www.facebook.co/romeovilleconnunitypantry/
Northern Illinois Food Bank
The Northern Illinois Food Bank is conducting mobile food banks and micro pantries in the vicinity in the near future. Please bring bags or boxes. Micro Pantries are designed to allow anonymous food pick-up for those in need and a drop-off point for those who wish to help. Micro pantries are accessible 24 hours a day. To find a Micro Pantry near you visit: http://arcg.is/04LijC
Will County MAPP Food Micro Pantries
Will County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships conducts micro and mobile food pantries throughout Will County. Click here for more details and a map of locations.
That’s All for This Week!