District Weekly News April 1
This Week in Valley View
News and Notes from Around the District
April 1, 2021
A Spring Break Reminder to VVSD Families
The following are some brief reminders about key dates and also some important information if you and your family will be travelling during the break.
Important dates to note include:
Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5-9-No School
Monday, April 12-All students return from break to Full Remote Learning, Early Release Schedule
Tuesday, April 13- Hybrid Students in K-5th grade, 6th grade, high school freshmen and seniors begin attending four full days per week
Tuesday, April 20- Hybrid Students in 7th-8th grade, high school sophomores and juniors begin attending four full days per week
There are currently no Illinois or Will County state to state travel restrictions; however, IDPH recommends that individuals should avoid domestic travel to areas of higher risk. Continue to wear a mask over your nose and mouth, observe social distancing, and hand wash regularly. Please continue to monitor your health for 14 days upon return from domestic travel.
Staff and students who have traveled internationally to a location that is a CDC Warning Level 3 or 4 will be expected to quarantine for 10 days upon return and no demonstrated symptoms.
CDC currently recommends testing days 3-5 following all travel. Monitoring for symptoms should occur for 14 days. Please see the current CDC travel guidance. CDC travel guidelines have not been adjusted for those who are fully vaccinated.
Lukancic 8th Grader Combines Cookies, Community Generosity and Thanks to Teachers
Lukancic 8th grade student Meredith Ligeski created a novel approach in her annual Girl Scout Cookie sales. When it comes to sales, we all know the key is to find a way to get the buyer to say, “Yes”. At the suggestion of her mother, Meredith created just such a path to success.
One of the easiest ways to say “no” to a Girl Scout Cookies sales pitch are the time-honored excuses: “I’m watching my weight,” “I’ll only eat them myself’” and “I’m still trying to work off the after effects of the Holidays.” What was Meredith’s brilliant countering sales pitch? She offered buyers a chance to purchase a box which she would then donate to the teachers at Lukancic.
Watch the Video! to hear more details from Meredith and see her deliver one of the 61 boxes sold for donation to a teacher.
Member of Congress Rep. Bill Foster Makes a Virtual Visit to Bolingbrook HS
Students in the Bolingbrook HS Social Studies classes of Mr. Jared Ploger and Mr. Michael Rende visited with Illinois 11th Congressional District Rep. Bill Foster. He is the only member of Congress who holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Physics.
Students submitted their questions in advance and Mr. Ploger relayed a query as to whether Rep. Foster’s extensive background in science helps him as a member of Congress. Watch the Video!
VVSD Selects Care Solace to Provide Mental Healthcare Referrals for VVSD Community
Care Solace, an organization determined to calm the chaos of mental healthcare coordination, has been selected by Valley View Community Unit School District 365U to support behavioral and mental healthcare referrals for its students, families and staff members. Care Solace is equipping VVSD with a web-based tool that makes it easier for students, families and staff to connect with mental healthcare resources and providers in our community.
According to Child Trends, quick and easy access to evidence-based intervention offers the best opportunity to reduce the burden of economic and health costs associated with mental health challenges. Care Solace’s care navigation system uses proprietary technology and the largest database of behavioral and mental healthcare resources in Illinois to find carefully vetted local therapists and programs in just minutes.
VVSD families will also have access to an around-the-clock Care Concierge team, where experts guide families through processes related to insurance, provider availability, wait times and scheduling.
To connect with Care Solace on the VVSD website, visit https://caresolace.com/site/vvsd/
VVSD Accepting Applications for Current School Year and 2021-22 School Year
VVSD is accepting applications for the current school year and the 2021-22 school year for the positions of school nurse, substitute teacher, substitute teacher aide and substitute school nurse. We are also accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year for the positions of behavior analyst and bilingual Spanish speech pathologist. To apply, visit www.vvsd.org/jobs
Notice Regarding Application of Lawn Care Products
As part of Valley View School District’s annual lawn care program, a contractor will be applying weed control chemicals to the turf areas at each school beginning Fri. April 2 and continuing through mid-May. These chemicals are approved by the State of Illinois to be used in a school environment, and will be applied during weekends and after school hours when students are not present. As always, our goal is to provide the highest level of service to our schools with minimal disruption to our staff and students. We continue to assure you that safety is of the utmost importance. If you have any questions regarding the scheduling or application of these chemicals, please feel free to contact Tru-Green at 815-439-0469.
Meals2Go Curbside Pick-Up at VVSD High Schools Resumes Mon. April 12
VVSD Nutrition Services Meals2Go curbside pick-up will not be available during Spring Break. Following Spring Break. Meals2Go curbside pick-up will be available at Bolingbrook HS and Romeoville HS from 3-5:30 pm Mondays only.
All VVSD meal kits include breakfast and lunch for seven days and are offered each Monday for any child living in the household 18 years old and under. Children do not need to be present as the adult household member may pick-up the meals on their child’s behalf. Vegetarian Meal Kits are available upon request, but no accommodations are available for special diets or allergies.
Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements
Bolingbrook HS senior Kyonte Thomas is the 2020-21 Joliet Herald-News High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Thomas is the third consecutive Bolingbrook HS student to receive the award.
We Have Amazing Community Partners in Valley View
VVSD Career & Technical Education is teaming with the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce to create a speaker series in which community business leaders will speak to students about essential employability skills. The series is an addition to the Workforce Academy partnership between VVSD and the Chamber. Workforce Academy prepares students for life after high school, and gives them the skills that they will need to become impactful citizens as well as effective workers in the Bolingbrook Community
Bolingbrook Chamber Executive Director Mr. Kevin O’Keefe, Communication and Events Coordinator Grace Tucker along with Bolingbrook HS Career & Technical Education Teachers Mr. Shannon McCarthy and Mr. Bear Timmer created a two-semester curriculum for students that includes roughly 6-8 class sessions per semester for students to interact with local business leaders.
Seen Around Valley View This Week
Left- Wood View Asst. Principal Mr. Bob Israelson has living proof that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery thanks to one of his 5th grade students.
Center- Members of Humphrey Middle School’s GeneratioNEXT leadership visited Clow International Airport to learn about aviation and career opportunities in the aviation industry.
Right- VVSD’s Family Support Day on Sat. March 27 was an overwhelming success thanks to United Way of Will County, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and the Will County Regional Office of Education. Special thanks to the building operations staff at Bolingbrook HS who provided shelter from the cold and tied everything down to battle the blustery winds.
Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, April 19, 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
Beginning Mon. April 5, Bolingbrook area youth will be able to submit their story of kindness to be featured in the first Kindness Day Story eBook published by Fountaindale Public Library in honor of Kindness Day Bolingbrook. The deadline for submissions is Fri. April 30, and the book will be launched on Sat. May 15 which is when Kindness Day Bolingbrook will be celebrated this year in recognition of the overwhelming kindness Bolingbrook resident Samantha Yelenosky received from classmates, teachers, staff and her community when she returned to school after facing tremendous health challenges. Her parents wanted to share their gratitude for the kindness she received and express how simple acts of kindness were critical to their daughter's recovery. Samantha is currently and 8th grade student at Humphrey Middle School.
Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates
Fri. Apr. 2 No Classes, Schools Closed
April 5-9 Spring Break
Mon. May 31 Memorial Day- No Classes, Schools Closed
Events for the Coming Week
Thu. Apr. 15 Ward Elementary Virtual Family Fitness Night 6:30 PM
News from Our Community Partners
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
Fountaindale Public Library is open to the public for regular business hours. Please visit fountaindale.org/welcomeback to read about our new requirements for entering and using their building. The library has also pulled together a variety of resources for Valley View students, parents and teachers to use. Visit fountaindale.org/backtoschool for details.
West Suburban Community Pantry at B.J. Ward Elementary
The West Suburban Community Food Pantry offers a curbside food pantry at B. J. Ward Elementary School on the third Wednesday of the every month from 3:45-5:30. Families must place an on-line order each month. Visit www.wscpstore.org for more information.
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)
Our Next Edition will be on April 15