- A. Vito Martinez
District Weekly News September 30
This Week in Valley View
News and Notes from Around the District
September 30, 2021
VVSD Early Childhood Center Dedicated to Honor Former Supt. Dr. James A. Mitchem, Jr.
Dr. James A. Mitchem Jr. served as VVSD Superintendent of Schools for a decade, and during that time, he was the driving force behind establishing a building whose sole purpose is to serve VVSD’s youngest learners. His vision came to fruition in 2017 when the newly remodeled Valley View Early Childhood Center opened.
In recogntion of Dr. Mitchem’s vision and commitment, as well as his leadership in a VVSD career that covered four decades, the building is now known as the Dr. James A. Mitchem, Jr. Early Childhood Center. The JMEC was officially dedicated in a ceremony at the entrance to the school on Sept. 30.
“Dr. Mitchem lives his belief that in order to inspire student’s minds, we must first touch their hearts,” said VVSD Board of Education President Steve Quigley. “He has done more than just express those words; he has lived them every day to the benefit of the Valley View community.
“In addition to his commitment to our youngest learners,” Quigley continued, “during his 40 years of service, Dr. Mitchem always demonstrated his dedication to all VVSD students, families, and educators.”
The Dr. James A. Mitchem, Jr. Early Childhood Center is located at 753 Dalhart Ave. in Romeoville. The building was expanded in 2017 under Dr. Mitchem’s leadership and now serves over 600 pre-kindergarten students. The Early Childhood Center provides a high-quality and engaging learning environment and is recognized as an ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality pre-kindergarten program.
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Dr. James A. Mitchem, Jr. Early Childhood Center on Sept. 30. Pictured from left to right VVSD Board of Education President Steve Quigley, VVSD Board of Education Vice-President Victor Zack, Dr. James A. Mitchem, Jr., VVSD Superintendent of Schools Rachel Kinder, Ed.S
Superintendent Kinder’s Every Learner Update at the Sept. 27 Board Meeting
VVSD Superintendent of Schools Rachel Kinder provided an update to the Board of Education with details on case numbers, updating health and safety, and sharing information on next steps at the Regular Meeting of the Board on Monday, September 27.
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Lukancic Student Keon Walker Receives a Surprise
Lukancic Middle School 7th grade student Keon Walker is certainly used to the demands required of his mother as a soldier in the United States Army. For his entire life, Keon’s mom has been serving our country.
However, none of us ever really get used to a loved one being away from us. Last week, Keon received a surprise right in the middle of his math class when his mom, Army Staff Sgt. Shantae Walker came home for the first time since August 7.
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VVSD Staff Spotlight- Dalizy Beltran, 5th Grade Teacher, Skoff Elementary
During Hispanic Heritage Month we continue to feature our teachers of Hispanic Heritage. This week, we visited Dalizy Beltran’s multilingual 5th grade classroom at Skoff Elementary.
Dalizy is a first-generation American of Puerto Rican parents who continues to be inspired by her mother’s missionary work. Dalizy is multilingual because of her mother’s insistence that English was to be used outside of their home, but inside the home, it was Spanish language only!
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VVSD Panorama Parent Survey Continues through October 8
Panorama is the family survey VVSD offers twice a year to gather your feedback about our schools and our instructional programs. The survey is currently open and will end on October 8. We are hoping for an even larger response from our community than we had last year. To access the survey simply go to www.vvsd.org The survey has 12 questions and will take approximately five minutes to complete.
VVSD & State of Illinois Teaming Up for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Valley View School Community Unit School District 365U and the Illinois Department of Public Health are joining together to offer a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic open to all members of the community age 12 years old and older. This clinic will administer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the first dose will be given on Sat. Oct. 2 from 10 am- 2 pm at the VVSD Administration Center, 800 W. Normantown Rd., Romeoville IL.
Appointments are not needed and walk-ins are welcome. The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be given on Sat. Oct. 23 at the same location.
If you would like to receive the vaccine and cannot attend this event, you can find a clinic near you by visiting www.coronavirus.illinois.gov or calling the IDPH COVID hotline at 833-621-1284. Do you have questions about COVID-19? Call 1-800-889-3931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the IDPH website www.dph.illinois.gov
Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements
Five VVSD high school seniors are Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. From Romeoville HS Andrew Gura and Maya Ramos. From Bolingbrook HS Aaron Preimesberger, Armaan Suga, and Connor Wasik.
The Illinois Association of School Boards is recognizing three VVSD Board of Education members for their master board member status. Board Member Diane Parro earned Master Board Member status. Board Secretary Debbie Sykora earned Level Two Master Board Member status. Board Member Elizabeth “Liz” Campbell maintained her Master Board Member status.
Seen Around Valley View This Week
Left- Brooks Middle School staff members presented goodie bags to bus drivers in appreciation of their kindness and help with keeping our students safe.
Center- Students in the Tibbott Elementary Maker Space learned about working with closed circuits.
Right- A generous donation from Petland in Bolingbrook to support R.C. Hill’s favorite friend Allie gives us an excuse to use Allie’s picture!
Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, October 18, 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 High School presents the Bolingbrook HS Latin Music Festival as a wrap-up to Hispanic Heritage Month on Fri. Oct. 15 at Bolingbrook HS. The Festival begins at 5 pm in the main parking lot of the high school where several food trucks offer a wide range of delicious food items especially focused on Latin cuisine. At 7 pm, the event moves into the Roger and Pat Claar Family Auditorium for a concert celebrating the influence of Latin music. The event is made possible by Bolingbrook HS choirs, BHS Latinx, The Bailadores, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and BHS World Language Honor Society.
Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates
Mon. October 11 Indigenous Peoples Day (No Classes)
Fri. October 15 First Grading Period Ends
Wed. October 27 Early Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)
Events for the Coming Week
Wed. Oct. 6 Hermansen Elementary Bike & Walk to School Day 8:15 am
King Elementary Bike & Walk to School Day 8:15 am
RC Hill Elementary Curriculum Night/Welcome Picnic 5:30 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
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!