- John J. Lukancic
District Weekly News October 7
This Week in Valley View
News and Notes from Around the District
October 7, 2021
October 7 Message to VVSD Families from Superintendent Kinder
With the successful completion of the first quarter of the school year, it is so important that we take time to acknowledge our entire VVSD Community--learners, staff, families, and partners--for your incredible effort to work through challenges, adapt, and ensure we get the wheels of learning and growth back in motion for every learner.
Thank you, VVSD Families, for your partnership; we are stronger together! Please join me in showing appreciation to your child(ren) and to school staff. Our people--from kids to adults--need reminders that we see them working hard and we appreciate their effort!
It is also a great time to pause, reflect, and take stock of what is working well and what are priority areas for continued growth--for individual learners and the District as a whole.
Communication with families about their child’s growth and progress is essential. In the upcoming weeks, families can expect to receive progress reports/report cards and also information about electronic sign-up for Parent-Teacher Conferences that will be held the evening of Thursday, October 28 and the morning of Friday, October 29. We will be offering a virtual option in response to feedback from parents and teachers as this format has provided convenience for many families and also helped to increase access and participation. An in-person option will be available by request for those who prefer that format.
Share your Voice
Learner, family, and staff voice is critical to our efforts to grow and improve together. If you’ve completed the VVSD Panorama Fall Family Survey, thank you so much for taking the time to share your voice with us. If you haven’t taken the survey, please do so quickly because the survey will close on Friday, October 8. To access the survey, simply go to your school website and look for the Panorama Survey button on the homepage. The survey has 12 questions and will take just a few minutes to complete.
Portrait of a Learner
While so many of our recent efforts in VVSD have been devoted to health and safety and the successful return of kids to school, we are now able to take the first steps to look toward the future, re-engage our stakeholders, and re-envision the future for our learners.
Later this month, VVSD will begin an engagement process with a diverse group of stakeholders to develop the “VVSD Portrait of a Learner” which will articulate our community’s aspirations for every student. The VVSD Portrait of a Learner will serve to guide the evaluation of our current systems and the development of a strategic plan to evolve the educational experience into the years ahead. We will provide periodic updates as we launch this effort
Enjoy a restful three-day weekend with no school on Monday, October 11.
Rachel Kinder, Ed.S
Superintendent of Schools
VVSD Staff Spotlight- Rebeca Maldonado, Humphrey Middle School Family & Community Liaison
VVSD continues to enhance the services it provides to support families in our community with the addition of seven Family & Community Liaisons throughout the District. The role of the liaisons is to provide another point of connection between students and their families with support services designed to help students succeed.
At Humphrey Middle School, Rebeca Maldonado provides an invaluable point of connection, especially because she grew up in a Spanish-speaking family in Bolingbrook. Rebeca’s knowledge and commitment provides a bridge between families and VVSD’s schools.
Watch the Video!
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, Romeoville Police Partner for National Walk & Bike to School Events
Left: Hermansen Elementary Students gather at the Wesglen Clubhouse for their Walk & Bike to School event. Center: Romeoville PD Ofc. Tom Dorsey leads students to Hermansen Elementary school on Wed. Oct. 6. Right: Irene King Elementary Students make their way to Atchley Park to school at their Walk & Bike School event.
On Wed. Oct. 6 students and families from Hermansen Elementary School and Irene King Elementary School participated in Walk & Bike to School events created through a partnership between VVSD and the Romeoville Police Department. Over 300 students and family members participated in the two events which were pilots for Walk & Bike to School events in Valley View.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Walk & Bike to School Day, a celebration highlighting the importance of safe and active travel for students.
Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements
Lukancic Middle School 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher Mark Levine will be the subject of an upcoming Teacher of the Month segment on WGN-TV 9 News. Mark was nominated by Lukancic 7th grade student Caitlyn Ries. The following is from the nomination submitted by Caitlin: “He treats everyone like a grown adult and doesn't water down the topics for us and treats everyone as equals and doesn't employ the regular teacher-student system but treats us like person to person.”
Seen Around Valley View This Week
Left- Romeoville HS Biology Teacher Eric Quas leads his physiology and anatomy honors students in navigating DNA and RNA codon tables.
Center- Students in Tammy Hornberger’s 2nd grade classroom at Jamie McGee Elementary learn about place value.
Right- October is National Principals Month, and Pioneer Elementary School Principal Bob Pinciak celebrated by taking up 2nd grade teacher Ronda Pulley on an offer to teach her class. Bob believes he has to be able to meet the same instructional standards and expectations he sets for the teachers at Pioneer.
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
Fri. Oct. 15 Bolingbrook HS Latin Music Festival (Food Trucks 5 pm, Concert 7 pm)
Wed. Oct. 20 Irene King Elementary Family Fall Fest 4:30-6:30 pm
Wed. Oct. 27 Wood View Fall Costume Parade 1:35 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!