- Kenneth L. Hermansen
District Weekly News October 21
This Week in Valley View
News and Notes from Around the District
October 21 Message to VVSD Families from Superintendent Kinder
Photos from the October 20 VVSD Portrait of a Learner Design Team Meeting
Last night we launched an exciting engagement and visioning effort with the introduction of the “VVSD Portrait of a Learner” process. More than 100 diverse stakeholder representatives, including current and former students, parents, staff, community partners, and community leaders, came together to begin a dialogue that will culminate in the development of a “VVSD Portrait of Learner”. These stakeholders comprise the Portrait “Design Team” and are charged with:
- Considering landscape shifts in the changing world: workforce, pace of change, global shifts, and human interaction
- Giving input on our collective aspirations for every learner in VVSD
- Considering critical competencies (skills, habits of mind) that we want our children to develop, in addition to strong academic skills
- Giving input to develop a shared vision to develop the “VVSD Portrait of a Learner”
The Portrait process will conclude in January, and then in February, we will present the proposed VVSD Portrait of Learner to the community and seek approval from the Board of Education. The VVSD Portrait of a Learner will then serve as a catalyst for strategic planning, system improvement, and an even greater ability to provide meaningful and equitable experiences and outcomes to prepare every learner for postsecondary success in a changing world and workforce. Please stay tuned for periodic updates.
Here are a few important reminders:
- Take a moment to make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. This is the most direct way we use to communicate with you. This will ensure you receive important information in the event of transportation delays/adjustments, emergency ELearning notifications, or other important safety messages.
- Remind your children to stay vigilant with personal health hygiene practices and monitor your child’s health daily. As a school community, we are doing a commendable job with COVID mitigations to reduce risk of spread; however, more time indoors in cooler weather, plus cold and flu season will present us with additional challenges in the upcoming months.
- Parent-Teacher Conferences will be next Thursday evening and during the day on Friday. There are no classes for students on Friday, October 29. If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up for a conference online.
Thank you for your continued partnership,
Rachel Kinder, Ed.S
Superintendent Kinder’s Every Learner Update at the October 18 Board Meeting
VVSD Superintendent of Schools Rachel Kinder provided an update to the Board of Education with an information on health and safety, and a preview of the Portrait of a Learner engagement process at the Regular Meeting of the Board on Monday, October 18.
Watch the Video
VVSD Staff Spotlight- Cathy Besler, Bolingbrook HS Dean of Students
Our Deans of Students in VVSD are a vital component of our student services staff who respond to the needs of our students in, and outside of our classrooms.
Bolingbrook HS Dean of Students Cathy Besler began her career in education as an English teacher. Her colleagues noticed that she had a gift for being able to connect with students who were struggling in school because of non-academic issues.
That led her to become a dean, a career in which she has the opportunity to use her talents to serve, and make a positive impact upon, greater numbers of students.
Watch the Video!
Registration for VVSD Parent-Teacher Conferences Now Open
VVSD Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on the evening of Thu. Oct. 28 and during the day on Fri. Oct. 29. Parent teacher conferences offer great opportunities to communicate with your child's teacher. The main webpage used for scheduling conferences is: VVSD Parent Teacher Conference Website Login. For more information, visit www.vvsd.org/conferences
Please visit your school web page for more information on Parent Teacher Conference times.
- All meetings with teachers will default to a Video Conference. Zoom conference links for each teacher will be posted for each school. You will have the option to change the conference to an In Person meeting when you log into the Parent Teacher Conference system to schedule your appointments.
- Guardians will now log into the Power PTC website with their Infinite Campus username and password (see instructions below). If you do not have an Infinite Campus Portal account, please visit our Infinite Campus Portal help page for assistance creating an Infinite Campus account.
- Guardians can utilize their students' District issued device to access the Infinite Campus family portal and attend a Zoom conference(s) if they wish to do so. Please work with your student to access the device, the portal and the Zoom link(s) that will be posted prior to the start of conferences.
Bolingbrook HS to Present “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.
VVSD Curbside Family Support Event Sat. November 6 9-11 am
Valley View School District, in partnership with the United Way of Will County and the Will County Regional Office of Education will host a Curbside Family Support Day at Bolingbrook HS on Sat. November 6 from 9-11am, or until supplies last.
Curbside Family Support Day brings school and community resources together in one location to support families in need of assistance. Groceries and hygiene supplies will be distributed, along with information about rent assistance and affordable housing.
The event begins at 9 am, visitors should enter the Bolingbrook HS campus from Lily Cache Lane, just to the northwest of the main BHS building. Volunteers will provide guidance to Door 17. For safety, supplies will be placed in your car via curbside delivery.
Fall is Once Again Back to Being Theater Season in Valley View
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. 19th 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
Left- Bess the Book Bus visited the kindergarten and 1st grade students at Irene King Elementary School, allowing each student to select a book to keep. Bess the Book Bus is a Tampa based mobile literacy outreach supported by CITGO. Bess builds home libraries and a love for reading by making the joy of book ownership a reality for our kids.
Center- Our warm and pleasant autumn has extended the mowing season for our VVSD Operations staff. While they’ll probably mow a couple of more times, let’s hope it is at least a little while before they swap the mowers for snow removal equipment.
Right- There is no being in VVSD more prepared for Halloween than Bolingbrook HS library assistant Skelly. In addition to the eye mask, Skelly is also following COVID-19 facial covering protocols.
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 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.
Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates
Wed. October 27 Early Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)
Thu. October 28 Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
Fri. October 29 Parent-Teacher Conferences (No student attendance)
Wed. November 10 Early Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)
Events for the Coming Week
Thu. Oct. 21 BJ Ward Elementary Fall Family Dance 4:30-6 pm
Fri. Oct. 22 Mitchem Early Childhood Fall Fest 1 pm
Pioneer Elementary PTO Fall Festival 5 pm
Wed. Oct. 27 Wood View Elementary Fall Costume Parade 1:35 pm
Thu. Oct. 28 Pioneer Elementary Fall Parade 2:15 pm
RC Hill Elementary Halloween Parade 2:30 pm
Salk Elementary Fall/Halloween Parade 2:45 pm
Sat. Oct. 30 McGee Elementary Trunk or Treat 4 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.
That’s All for This Week!