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District Weekly News November 11

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District 

 

Bolingbrook HS Students Help Memory Care Patients by Creating Music Playlists

Memory Care Patients Music Playlists

Following inspiration provided by a viewing of the movie “Alive Inside”, Bolingbrook HS students recently took part in a project through Music & Memory DuPage to assist memory care patients.

Music & Memory helps people in nursing homes and other care organizations who suffer from a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges to find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music. 

We all have songs in our lives that when we hear them, mentally transport us to different times and places.  The BHS students, with the guidance of Music & Memory and the supervision of band teacher Bob Hanerhoff, connected with area memory care patients.  The students interviewed the patients to learn about their lives and their music memories.  The students then created playlists based on the interviews that were loaded into mp3 players and then given to the patients.

Watch the Video to learn more about this amazing community contribution by our students.

 

 

Romeoville HS Marine Corps JROTC Celebrates US Marine Corps Birthday

US Marine Corps Birthday at Romeoville HS

No organization on Earth can top the United States Marine Corps when it comes to tradition and ceremony.

November 10 is the USMC birthday and throughout the world, Marines gather to honor the legacy and history of the Corps. Watch the video to witness the Romeoville HS Marine Corps Junior ROTC celebrate the 246th anniversary of the founding of the Marines.

 

 

VVSD Teacher Spotlight- Eric Frederick, 4th Grade Teacher, Irene King Elementary 

Eric Frederick

In recognition of all those we honor for serving our country on Veterans’ Day, we present a profile of one of our many VVSD staff members who have military service on their life’s resume.

Eric Frederick has travelled quite a route to end up right back where he started.  As a student, he attended Irene King Elementary School, A.Vito Martinez Middle School and then graduated from Romeoville HS in 2009.  Eric then served in the United States Army and saw infantry duty in Afghanistan.  He returned home, graduated from Illinois State University, and he began his teaching career.

Eric is a 4th grade teacher at Irene King and his classroom as a teacher this year, is the very same classroom he sat in as an Irene King student 20 years ago.

Watch the Video!

 

VVSD High School Madrigals Team Up to Prep for Upcoming Madrigal Dinners

Madrigals Workshop

Among the traditional events returning after last year’s hiatus are the immensely popular Holiday tradition of the Madrigal Dinners staged by both of VVSD’s high schools.

First up is the 26th Annual Bolingbrook HS Madrigal Dinner.  The dinner will take place at Ashton Place in Willowbrook on Sat. Dec. 4. Doors open at 4:30 pm, dinner will be served and the show will begin at 5 pm.  Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for those 18 years old and younger.  Click here to purchase tickets. 

The following night, Romeoville HS presents their 37th Annual Madrigal Dinner “A Royal Wedding”. The dinner will take place at Ashton Place in Willowbrook on Sun. Dec. 5. Doors open and the pre-show music begins at 4 p.m. with dinner and the main show beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for children.  Click here to purchase tickets.

In preparation for these events, the madrigals from both schools attended a workshop at Romeoville HS to work with a clinician on enhancing their skills.  Watch the Video for an example of their work and a little mood music for the approaching season.

 

 

 

VVSD Transportation Employment Opportunities Available 

As in the case of several other service-oriented organizations, VVSD Transportation is facing staffing challenges during the pandemic.  So far, our transportation staff has been able to satisfy all our commitments.  However, there have been times since the start of the school year we’ve been forced to alter routes and find creative solutions to provide the level of safety and service that VVSD’s students deserve and parents, guardians, and the entire community have come to expect.

We are approaching a point where we might be forced to limit our services simply because the demand for services cannot be met by our current supply of drivers.

The simplest solution to this challenge is to increase our supply of personnel by adding new members to our transportation team.

In addition to competitive wages, VVSD is currently offering a signing bonus of up to $1000 and you’ll be eligible for insurance benefits, a pension plan, and a six-hour per day guarantee.  VVSD maintains a modern bus fleet (all buses are under five years old) and you’ll have the option of earning additional wages for field trips and co-curricular activities.  We especially encourage our community’s seasoned citizens who might be looking for a well-paying way to spend a few hours each day while also helping our current learners.

If you, or if anyone you know is interested in joining our team, please visit www.vvsd.org/jobs to view our openings and apply for employment.  

 

Will County Vaccination Clinics

The use of the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 for children ages 5 to 11 has the approval of the Centers for Disease Control.  The Will County Health Department will begin administering this vaccine beginning Mon. Nov. 8.The Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine will be given in a two-dose series given three weeks apart.

The WCHD will conduct a vaccination clinic at Bolingbrook HS on Sun. Nov. 14 from 11 am- 3 pm.  There is one additional upcoming site convenient to the VVSD community:

  • Joliet West High School, 401 N. Larkin Ave. Joliet - 11 am- 3 pm Sat. Nov. 13.

 

Bolingbrook HS to Present “Evening of Honor” Concert

Evening of Honor Concert

After a one-year hiatus, Bolingbrook High School’s 5th “Evening of Honor” Concert is coming on Thu. Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Bolingbrook HS.  The Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will perform Patriotic songs to honor Bolingbrook's veterans, current members of the military and first responders. General admission is $5. Veterans, current military members, first responders, and members of the Bolingbrook HS Band Boosters will be admitted for no charge.

 

Fall is Back to Being Theatre Season in Valley View

The Brooks Middle School Theatre students present 30 Horrible Catastrophes of Middle School Fri. Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Brooks Middle School Auditorium.  This one-act comedy is about fitting in and finding acceptance during middle school. While poking fun at teenage insecurities and superficial stereotypes, this fast-paced vignette-style play examines the obstacles and pitfalls of middle school and reminds all those who have already traversed that world that nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

Tickets are $4 if purchased in advance, $5 if purchased at the door.

Secret Garden at Humphrey Middle School

The Humphrey Middle School Drama Club will present their production of one of the classics of children's literature live on the Humphrey stage. The Secret Garden follows Mary Lenox, Dickon Sowerby, and Colin Craven as they discover the magic of a garden and its ability to bring hope and new life into everyone they touch, including each other. 

The Secret Garden will be performed live on Thu. Nov. 18 and Fri. Nov. 19 at 6 pm in the Humphrey Cafeteria Theater. Tickets are $5 per person or a family 4-pack is available for $16. The Drama Club produces two shows each year, a fall play and spring musical, and is open to all HHH students with an interest in theater.

 

Lukancic Middle School’s Drama Students present Bits & Pieces on the Lukancic Auditorium Stage Thu. Nov. 18 and Sat. Nov. 20 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available for $5 for adults, $4 for students grades kindergarten through college, while children under six years old will be admitted free of charge.

 

VVSD Family Engagement Hosting “7 Home Strategies to Help Students Achieve Success in a Post-pandemic School Environment”. 

Experts in the field of education all agree that parent involvement is the leading indicator of student academic success. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our students in many ways emotionally, socially, and academically. This is concerning and requires immediate action! Therefore, we need parents to join us in helping our students “catch up” and even excel. Dr. Lourdes, who is an expert in Parent Empowerment and Student Academic Achievement will virtually share with parents the 7 Home Strategies to Help Students Achieve Success in a Post-pandemic School Environment. Join us! This is a parent workshop that you can not miss! 

English Version: Tue. Nov. 16 6-6:30 pm Click Here to Register

En español: Tue. Nov. 16 6:30-7 pm Pulse aquí para registrarse

Since this parenting seminar is ONLY 30 minutes long, we request parents to join us at least five minutes before the presentation.

 

Seen Around Valley View This Week

Romeoville HS Go GameFamily Support DayJaclyn Crusor Classroom

Left- Our high school World Language Chinese courses began November with a guest teacher, Xinming (Simon) Guo, who taught students all about Go. Go is a traditional Chinese strategy game. Mrs. Chen, our Chinese teacher, planned for students to learn about the cultural elements relating to the game and language associated with the game as well. It’s all about the qi ()!

Center- Thank you to all the volunteers and all our partner community organizations who helped make last Saturday’s Family Support Day event at Bolingbrook HS a success!

Right- Students in the Oak View Elementary School kindergarten classroom of Jaclyn Crusor use “picture power” to determine new vocabulary words.

 

Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, November 15, at John J. Lukancic Middle School, 725 W. Normantown Rd, Romeoville IL.  The meeting will be called to order at 5:15 pm, at which time the Board will vote to move to Closed Session. The Public Session of the meeting will begin no earlier than 5:30 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

Tickets are available now for the 26th Annual Bolingbrook HS Madrigal Dinner.  The dinner will take place at Ashton Place in Willowbrook on Sat. Dec. 4. Door open at 4:30 pm, dinner will be served and the show will begin at 5 pm.  Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for those 18 years old and younger.  Click here to purchase tickets. 

The following night, Romeoville HS presents their 37th Annual Madrigal Dinner “A Royal Wedding”. The dinner will take place at Ashton Place in Willowbrook on Sun. Dec. 5. Doors open and the pre-show music begins at 4 p.m. with dinner and the main show beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for children.  Click here to purchase tickets.



Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

 

November 24-26    Thanksgiving Break

Wed. December 8   Early Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)

Tue. December 21   Second Grading Period Ends

 

Events for the Coming Week

Fri. Nov. 12             Brooks Fall Play “30 Horrible Catastrophes of Middle School” 7 pm

Thu. Nov. 18           Humphrey Fall Play “Secret Garden” 6 pm

                              Lukancic Fall Play "Bits & Pieces" 6:30 pm

                              Bolingbrook HS Evening of Honor Concert 7:30 pm

Sat. Nov. 20            Lukancic Fall Play "Bits & Pieces" 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

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.

 

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.

 

Bolingbrook Operation Christmas

This Holiday Season will be the 48th Bolingbrook Operation Christmas will serve families in Bolingbrook and Romeoville.  Registration is open for individuals and families who can benefit from the generosity of all those who support Bolingbrook Operation Christmas.  Accepted families with children aged newborn through 17 years old will receive new gifts and a food basket. Registration closes on Fri, Nov. 19. Click here for more information.

Romeoville Operation Christmas
The Village of Romeoville is accepting registrations for the 2021 Operation Christmas program from both those who are seeking assistance from the program, and those who would like to adopt a family. For full details on the program visit http://www.romeoville.org/811/Operation-Christmas/

The deadline to register is Thu. Nov. 18.

Illinois Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force offers training to children, teens, parents & guardians that provides valuable information on how to stay safe and avoid online risks. The following are webinars available to the public. Click on the topic to access the webinar registration page.

 

Maintaining A Safe Online Environment

Thu. Nov. 4 6:30 pm

 

Commonly Used Apps (Part I): Snapchat & YouTube

Thu. Nov. 18 6:30 pm

 

Commonly Used Apps (Part II): Instagram & TikTok

Thu. Dec. 2  6:30 pm




That’s All for This Week!