District Weekly News November 4
October 21 Message to VVSD Families from Superintendent Kinder
Early this morning, we were alerted by VVSD Transportation about the possibility of staffing challenges that may cause delays in our bus routes and we shared that information with our families and staff. Thanks to an amazing job of adjusting and modifying routes by our entire Transportation team, and patience and flexibility from our families and students, we were able to run our morning and afternoon routes with minimal delays.
As in the case of several other service oriented organizations, VVSD Transportation is facing staffing challenges and operating with less than a full staff. Monitoring and adjusting on a daily basis has allowed us to continue to provide a high level of service; however, there may be instances where delays or other adjustments will be unavoidable. We will continue to communicate with our families and partner with our schools to limit disruptions as much as possible.
Join the VVSD Team
An additional way to help us in providing the highest level of service, in the transportation area and many others, is to spread the word about the availability of jobs, full-time, part-time or substitute in many areas--transportation, clerical, nutrition services, paraprofessional, supervision aides, security, and various certified educator positions.
If you, or if anyone you know is interested in joining the amazing VVSD team, please visit www.vvsd.org/jobs to view our opportunities and apply for the opportunity to serve our wonderful community of learners and families.
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 (WCHD) 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 High School on Sunday, Nov. 14th from 11 am- 3 pm. There are other sites and availability in the immediate area. Visit the Will County Health Department website for additional information or to book an appointment at Bolingbrook High School or other available locations.
Portrait of a Learner
Our VVSD Portrait of a Learner Design Team will meet for the second time next week. Last month, we discussed landscape shifts in the world, workforce, and society. Now we will shift the conversation to focus on the essential competencies--skills and mindsets--that learners need for success today and in the future. When completed in January and presented to community for input and the Board of Education for approval in February, the VVSD Portrait of a Learner will serve as our 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.
Assessment and Grading at the Secondary Level
Connected to the engagement and visioning process mentioned above, grading and reporting of our learner’s progress is currently a topic of conversation amongst some middle and high school parents, students, and staff. This is certainly a part of a larger conversation about what is working well, and what opportunities for improvement exist.
As with any system change we attempt to undertake, we will proceed in a collaborative and purposeful manner. Specific to assessment and grading, we will be developing a process to collect voice from our stakeholder groups and come together for a dialogue about how we will continue to improve systems and processes, build clarity around the purpose of assessment, feedback, and grading, and support strong implementation of the system.
Ultimately, we all share the goal of empowering our learners to own their learning, grow and reach high levels of achievement in relation to established standards, while also demonstrating work habits and mindsets that support the highest levels of success. Additional details about the timeline and process for engagement will be shared before the end of the current semester.
As with everything we do in Valley View, we are stronger together.
Thank you for your continued partnership,
Rachel Kinder, Ed.S
Superintendent of Schools
VVSD Staff Spotlight- Jodi Panici, Romeoville HS School Psychologist
In recognition of National School Psychologist Awareness Week, we visited with Romeoville HS School Psychologist Jodi Panici. Jodi is now in her third decade of service in meeting the social and emotional needs of Romeoville HS students.
In addition to her work with our students, Jodi is also the homeless student liaison and manages food and clothing pantries for families in the Romeoville HS community. When asked what she enjoys most about being a school psychologist, she explained how the assessment process reveals the avenues that are open to assist students in overcoming challenges in their path to learning.
Watch the Video!
VVSD, Will County Health Dept. Offering COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Ages 5-11
VVSD and the Will County Health Department are joining together to offer a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic open to all members of the community 5-11 years old. This clinic will administer the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccination. The first dose will be given on Sun. Nov. 14 from 11 am- 3 pm at Bolingbrook HS, 365 Raider Way, Bolingbrook IL.
To schedule an appointment, visit https://willcountyhealth.org/covid-19/vaccine-for-ages-5-11/ Walk-in appointments will not be accepted. The second dose of the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 for children ages 5 to 11 will be administered in three weeks. The use of the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 to 11 has the approval of the Centers for Disease Control.
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 9-11 am, 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 Back to Being Theatre Season in Valley View
The Performing Arts Students at Romeoville HS present Steven Stack’s play Ashland Falls Nov. 5-6, at 7 pm, Nov. 7 at 2 pm, and Nov. 10 at 6 pm in the Romeoville HS Little Theatre.
A school receives a mysterious script about a girl who died long ago. The director disappears. A new director arrives just in time and knows all about the story of the play. In fact, she seems to know it too well. And how did she get the dead girl’s ring?
You’ll need to determine if you are watching a high school play, or a play about a high school play!
All tickets are $5, patrons are asked to reserve their seat through EventBrite at https://tinyurl.com/rhsfallplay or pay at the door.
Watch the Video Preview!
The Students of the Brook Theatre at Bolingbrook HS present their fall play The 39 Steps Fri. Nov. 5 & Sat. Nov. 6 at 7 p.m., and Sun. Nov. 7 at 3 pm in the Pat and Roger Claar Family Auditorium. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps.
Tickets are $8 online - $10 at the door. To purchase tickets online, Click Here!
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.
Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements
The following VVSD students were selected as WILCO Area Career Center Students of the Month in their respective disciplines for the month of October: Phoebe Almocera, Romeoville HS, Early Childhood; Kylee Kasper, Romeoville HS, Early Childhood I; Sirena Heredia, Romeoville HS, Medical Assisting.
Seen Around Valley View This Week
Left- High levels of concentration were on display in the Skoff Elementary School Art Room as students were drawing pictures of planets.
Center- Jamie McGee Elementary School celebrated Crazy Hair Day.
Right- VVSD Community Schools Coordinator Leanne Lyons gratefully accepts a donation of 30 new and gently used coats collected by the congregants for Bolingbrook’s Friendship United Methodist Church. The coats were collected during a drive during October.
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.
Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates
Wed. November 10 Early Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)
Thu. November 11 Veterans’ Day- No Classes
November 24-26 Thanksgiving Break
Events for the Coming Week
Fri. Nov. 5 Romeoville HS Fall Play “Ashland Falls” 6 pm
Sat. Nov. 6 Romeoville HS Fall Play “Ashland Falls” 6 pm
Sun. Nov. 7 Romeoville HS Fall Play “Ashland Falls” 2 pm
Tue. Nov. 9 Bolingbrook HS Top 20 Academic Luncheon 11:30 am
Wed. Nov. 10 Romeoville HS USMCJROTC Marine Corps Birthday Celebration 10 am
Romeoville HS Fall Play “Ashland Falls” 6 pm
Bolingbrook HS Jazz Band Concert 7 pm
Thu. Nov. 18 Humphrey Fall Play “Secret Garden” 6 pm
Bolingbrook HS Evening of Honor Concert 7:30 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.
Thu. Nov. 4 6:30 pm
Thu. Nov. 18 6:30 pm
Thu. Dec. 2 6:30 pm
That’s All for This Week!