District Weekly News April 15
This Week in Valley View
News and Notes from Around the District
April 15 Message to VVSD Families from Superintendent Rachel Kinder
This week brought the successful transition of hybrid learning students (grades K-6, freshmen, and seniors) to four days per week in-person learning. The positivity and energy from our staff and students filled our school buildings and it seemed as close to “normal” as we have felt in more than a year!
On Tuesday, April 20, we are looking forward to completing our transition to four day per week in person attendance for hybrid learning students when our 7th and 8th grade students along with high school sophomores and juniors begin attending four full days per week.
The combination of the students attending classes in person and the continuation of full remote learning sets us on the steady path to wrap up the school year and Finish Strong over the next seven weeks!
The following are some key dates to note in our push to Finish Strong:
Mon. May 10 Final Remote Planning Day (No Classes for Students)
Wed. May 26 STEP Campus Exit Ceremony
Mon. May 31 Memorial Day (Schools Closed)
Thu. June 3 8th Grade Promotion
Fri. June 4 Last Day of Classes (Early Release Schedule)
Sat. June 5 High School Graduation
As we focus on a strong finish to what has been an incredibly difficult year, we are hopeful that the end of year celebrations will bring closure and also help us to look forward. In the upcoming weeks, families can expect information on summer programming to be communicated as well as the opportunity to provide feedback via a parent survey to assist in solidifying plans for the upcoming school year.
A strong and healthy closure to the school year, summer programming and full fall opening are all dependent on the effort of the larger Valley View Community. Thank you for doing your part to take safety precautions in the community on a regular basis. Vaccinations for residents 16 years of age and older are becoming more readily available and are strongly encouraged as another important measure to minimize risks for our students, families, and staff.
Our Community has ongoing opportunities for residents to receive COVID vaccinations: Village of Bolingbrook information can be located online here; Village of Romeoville information can be located here. You may also visit the Will County Health Department website for vaccine distribution locations.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership to create a safe school environment to support Every Learner. Every Day.
Rachel Kinder, Ed.S
Superintendent of Schools
VVSD Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Michael Fogarty, Lukancic Middle School Band Director
One can assume VVSD’s music teachers are the most enthusiastic staff members to see students returning in greater frequency to our classrooms. The inability to see and hear their students perform together, along with the audio challenges of Zoom meetings, have required creativity and patience.
As more students return, music teachers such as Lukancic Middle School Band Director Mr. Michael Fogarty also must help students learn how to play their instruments while wearing masks, and navigate additional hygiene protocols resulting from the simple fact that many musical instruments are played by students blowing through the instruments.
It is a challenge Mr. Fogarty is taking in stride as he has found creative ways to move forward with instruction while also continuing music program traditions such as Holiday concerts. His work with our students is a continuation of his passion for music that developed when he was a VVSD student at West View Middle School, now A.Vito Martinez Middle School.
Watch the Video!
VVSD Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee Presents Parent Workshop
Stress: It’s Effect on Physical and Mental Health
El Comité Asesor de Padres Bilingües (BPAC) Te invita a participar en un taller para padres.
ESTRÉS: SUS EFECTOS EN LA SALUD FÍSICA Y MENTAL
El estrés en la vida diaria y sus consecuencias. (cómo afecta a nuestro cuerpo, a nuestra mente, a nuestra satisfacción con la vida y relaciones con los demás.) Acompáñenos el miércoles 28 de abril de 6 a 8 pm a través de un seminario web por Zoom con el Dr. Mario Guzmán.
(This workshop will only be facilitated in Spanish)
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/
Spring Is Theatre Season in Valley View!
Romeoville HS is proud to present “There Will Be Light: A Spartan Revue” featuring 19 different musical numbers from 19 different musicals! This show will be presented as a drive-in event on Sat. April 17 at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at romeovillehschoir.ludus.com.
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 Now on Mondays
Meals2Go curbside pick-up is 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
Two Bolingbrook HS Advanced Placement Chemistry students have qualified to take the national test in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad conducted by the American Chemical Society. BHS sophomores Armando Jaquez and Nikki Sheth qualified through their scores on the local stage of the Olympiad conducted on March 27. Also qualifying for the local level of the competition were sophomore Tammy Kwok and junior Ruby Huerta.
Bolingbrook HS junior Brayan Solis scored a goal against Homewood-Flossmoor in a boys’ varsity soccer game that was featured on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays for April 2. Watch the video!
Seen Around Valley View This Week (4 Day Per Week Hybrid Instruction Edition)
VVSD hybrid learning students in grades kindergarten through 6th, along with high school freshmen and seniors returned for four-day per week in-person instruction on Tue. April 13. On Tue. April 20, hybrid learners in grades 7th & 8th along with high school sophomores and juniors will return for four-day per week in-person instruction.
Top Left- Science class at Romeoville HS
Top Center- 6th grade math and Jane Addams Middle School
Top Right- 5th grade and Irene King Elementary School
Bottom Left- 3rd grade at Independence Elementary School
Bottom Center- 6th grade science at A. Vito Martinez Middle School
Bottom Right- Passing period at Bolingbrook HS
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
Bolingbrook area youth are invited 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
Mon. May 10 Final Remote Planning Day (No Classes for Students)
Mon. May 31 Memorial Day- No Classes, Schools Closed
Thu. June 3 8th Grade Promotion Ceremonies
Fri. June 4 Last Day of School (If No Emergency Days are Used)
Sat. June 5 High School Graduation Ceremonies
Events for the Coming Week
Thu. Apr. 15 Ward Elementary Virtual Family Fitness Night 6:30 PM
Mon. Apr. 19 Salk Elementary Virtual Author Visit: Nicole Kear 11:30 am & 1:05 pm
Thu. Apr. 22 Bolingbrook HS Cap & Gown Distribution
Fri. Apr. 23 Bolingbrook HS Cap & Gown Distribution
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)