- Bernard J. Ward
District Weekly News November 18
This Week in Valley View
News and Notes from Around the District
November 18 Message to VVSD Families from Superintendent Kinder
At this time of the year in which we reflect and give thanks, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the VVSD community for your continued support and your effort to adjust to school routines, implement health protocols, and work together to meet the needs of our learners.
Despite all of the challenges we have faced in the last 13 weeks, there are daily celebrations, big and small, in our schools and classrooms, which serve as reminders of the positive impact we can make for our kids and that encourage us to keep giving our best effort every single day. With only three more school days until a well-deserved break, please take a moment to reflect and show gratitude--to your child, family, school staff, and to yourself.
Please also be mindful of health and safety precautions. With a recent increase in positive COVID cases locally, in addition to typical cold and flu viruses this time of year, it is critical that we do everything we can to keep our students and staff healthy and together in-person at school. Thanksgiving Break begins on Wednesday, November 24 and we will gather again with our learners on Monday, November 29 with the goal of a strong finish to the Fall Semester. Please enjoy a safe and restful Thanksgiving Break with your family.
With gratitude and appreciation,
Rachel Kinder, Ed.S
Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent Kinder’s Every Learner Update at the November 15 Board Meeting
VVSD Superintendent of Schools Rachel Kinder provided an update to the Board of Education with an update on health and safety, and a preview of the Portrait of a Learner engagement process at the Regular Meeting of the Board on Monday, November 15.
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VVSD Staff Spotlight- Dana Kubinski, Physical Therapist, Mitchem Early Childhood Center
In addition to the education services provided by teachers in VVSD, we also have a team of professionals who provide additional support services to students. Some of these professions include social workers, counselors, speech and hearing pathologists, school nurses, and physical therapists.
During National Physical Therapy Month, we visited pediatric physical therapist Dana Kubinski who provides her expertise to assist the students at the James A. Mitchem, Jr. Early Childhood Center. As far as we know, Dana is also the only VVSD staff member who competed in women’s crew while attending college!
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Bolingbrook HS Honors Academic Top 20 Students
Following a one-year pandemic hiatus, the Top 20 Student Luncheon is another of the many traditions at Bolingbrook HS returning to the event calendar. The Bolingbrook HS Top 20 Luncheon honors the top 20 students in the sophomore, junior, and senior classes.
Invited students gather for lunch with their peers and parents. Bolingbrook HS senior Armaan Suga shared with us what an interesting four years it has been for the seniors. Consider this- high school seniors throughout the country are the only students currently in high school who have experienced a “normal” high school year, and that was back in their freshman year. Armaan shares what he has learned about resiliency, and adaptation, along with learning a few new things along the journey.
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The Season of Thanks and Giving is Upon Us
The students in the Newspaper Club at A.Vito Martinez Middle School organized a Socktober collection event that asked for donations of socks from their classmates. The club collected hundreds of pairs of socks and donated them to the VVSD Family Resource Center, who will distribute the socks to families in need in our community. The AVM Newspaper Club’s faculty sponsor is AVM Special Education Teacher Jill Adkins.
Thank you to our community partners from Menasha for their generous donation of $1800 to the VVSD Family Resource Center. The donation will be used to support families in need of coats and basic necessities. Menasha has generously supported the Center since it opened, providing money, school supplies, winter wear and pajamas. Dawn Scranton (left in photo) from Menasha Corporation presented the donation to VVSD Community Schools Site Coordinator Leanne Lyons.
VVSD Administration Proposes 2022-23 School Year Calendar
VVSD Administration presented a proposal for the 2022-23 School Year Calendar to the Board of Education on Nov. 15, 2021. The Board is expected to take action on the calendar at the December 13, 2021 Regular Board Meeting.
Click Here to view the proposed calendar.
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.
Fall is Back to Being Theatre Season in Valley View
Lukancic Middle School’s Drama Students present Bits & Pieces on the Lukancic Auditorium Stage 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.
Humphrey Fall Play Rescheduled to Dec. 9 & 10
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. Dec.9 and Fri. Dec.10 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.
Seen Around Valley View This Week- Veterans’ Day Edition
Left- John Davin and Greg Palmer from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1288 visited with students at Lukancic Middle School.
Center- VVSD Transportation continued their tradition of hosting a luncheon for their staff members who served in our nation’s armed forces. Front row left to right: Bus Driver Patricia Guilford, Bus Monitor Barbara Willems
Back row left to right: Mechanic John Petkiewicz, American Legion Post 52 member Art Arellano, American Legion Post 52 Commander Steve Daley, Director of Transportation Dave Richards, Bus Driver Calvin Wright, American Legion Post 52 member George Sanchez, Bus Monitor Lou Neel
Additional veterans in VVSD Transportation not pictured: Maintenance Assistant Ken Burgess, Bus Driver Eva Francis, Bus Driver Mark Thorson, Bus Driver Bill Wilson
Right- Oak View Elementary students participated in a Zoom assembly in which they were able to ask questions to local veterans about their service to our country.
Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, December 13, 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
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
Thu. Nov. 18 Lukancic Middle School Fall Play “Bits & Pieces” 6:30 pm
Bolingbrook HS Evening of Honor Concert 7:30 pm
Sat. Nov. 20 Lukancic Middle School Fall Play “Bits & Pieces” 6:30 pm
Mon. Dec. 6 Brooks Middle School 6th Grade Band Concert 7 pm
Tue. Dec. 7 Brooks Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert 7 pm
Thu. Dec. 9 Humphrey Middle School Fall Play “Secret Garden” 6 pm
Fri. Dec. 10 Humphrey Middle School Fall Play “Secret Garden” 6 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.
That’s All for This Week!
(Our Next Edition is Coming on December 2)