District Weekly News March 26
This Week in Valley View News and Notes from Around the District
March 26, 2020
All VVSD Schools Closed through Tuesday, April 7
In accordance with the directive of Governor Pritzker, all Valley View School District 365U schools closed beginning Tuesday, March 17. Classes are tentatively scheduled to resume on Wednesday, April 8.
In addition to our schools being closed:
- Extra-curricular school events including athletics are cancelled until further notice.
- Before and After School Care at VVSD schools is cancelled until further notice.
- Details about “At Home Learning” are posted at vvsd.org/athome
- Spring Break will still be observed March 30-April 3
- All facility usage by outside organizations is cancelled until further notice.
Message from Asst. Superintendent Rachel Kinder Regarding Remote Learning
As you know, Governor Pritzker has issued mandatory school closures currently through April 7th. Because this situation is continually evolving with updated guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and other government agencies, the district is still encouraging all students to engage in the voluntary activities posted online at www.vvsd.org/athome through the end of spring break on April 5th.
In order to flexibly meet the needs of our students going forward should further school closures occur, Valley View has prepared a formal Remote Learning (rLearning) plan. Remote Learning (rLearning) would be a transition from the current approach of optional activities. Students and staff would engage in teaching and learning on a daily basis utilizing online learning tools. Further details about the plan for Remote Learning (rLearning) will be communicated if and when we know of additional school closures beyond April 7th.
Families with students in elementary schools will receive additional information about device pick-up for students in Grades 2-5 and material pick-up for Grades K-1.
While nothing can replace face-to-face support and learning, we commend our staff and partners for their dedication and flexibility to support our learners and families from afar. Likewise, we appreciate the partnership of parents and community members to ensure our students continue to be supported and engaged learners during the school closure.
Rachel Kinder, Ed. S
Asst. Superintendent of Schools
Valley View CUSD 365U
Emergency Meals for Kids Program Adding Brooks Middle School as Pick-Up Site
The Valley View School District 365U Nutrition Services Emergency Meals for Kids program is expanding to include a fifth distribution site. The Emergency Meals for Kids program supplying free “Grab ‘n Go” meals will be available at Brooks Middle School, located at 350 Blair Ln. in Bolingbrook, beginning on Monday, March 30.
Emergency Meals for Kids is a drive-thru service available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11 am until school resumes in VVSD. Brooks Middle School joins Bolingbrook HS, Humphrey Middle School, Romeoville HS and Lukancic Middle School as the sites providing meals for children.
There will be no accommodations made for special diets or allergies and the meals may contain peanuts. For health, safety, and convenience, patrons are to remain in their car while in the drive-thru line.
Follow VVSD on Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram
The VVSD community is doing some amazing and creative things to ensure At Home Learning while our schools are closed. Make certain you follow VVSD on Facebook at @VVSD365U Twitter at @VVSD365U and Instagram @VVSD365U to see how our community is coping with this unprecedented situation.
Summer Theatre Season in Valley View
For the third summer in a row, VVSD middle school students will have an opportunity to come together and create a District-wide middle school musical through the Valley View STAGES program. Students will have the opportunity to perform on the stage or backstage in a production of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” Camp will culminate in up to two performances on Friday, June 12 at the Bolingbrook High School Auditorium.
Performances will take place on the final day of the camp. Dates for the camp are weekdays June 1-12. Tuition of $250 includes daily breakfast and lunch, camp T-shirt, and theatre instructions. Early Registration (before April 1) is $225. If you are registering an additional child, the tuition for a second participant is $175.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.bhsmusicboosters.org/stages/ Registration is only permitted for Valley View School District students and students who will attend a Valley View High School. Scholarships are available. Have questions? Contact Larry Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrew White at email@example.com
VVEEF Under the Big Top Rescheduled to Fri. April 17
The Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation’s Annual Dinner and Auction Gala is re-scheduled for Fri. Apr. 17 at 6 pm at Bolingbrook Golf Club. Join the VVEEF for a fun filled evening Under the Big Top. Grab your seat in the grandstand early, so you can witness The Greatest Show On Earth! The VVEEF raises money for grants that directly benefit VVSD students and teachers. You can walk the tightrope as you peruse auction items, or you can view and bid online via the [vveef.givesmart.com]givesmart site directly from your phone or device.
And don’t miss the rest of the spectacle of food, entertainment, and raffle prizes.
So jump on the bandwagon early and get your tickets today! To purchase tickets, visit [vveef.givesmart.com]vveef.givesmart.com (Use this link for donations AND to register for our online bidding system)
Listen to “The Count” and Make Sure You are Counted in the 2020 US Census
By now, you should have received mail from the 2020 Census asking you to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census. You'll be able to respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. If you do not respond by May, a census taker will come to your door.
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade there is a “count”— or a census—of America’s population. The census or “count” provides vital information for you and your community.
Watch the video and the Count will explain to you why the count is important!
For additional information about the US Census, visit www.2020census.gov
Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements
Three VVSD student-athletes are members of the 2020 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team. Romeoville HS senior Destin Whitaker and Bolingbrook HS junior Kai Evans are Third Team members, while Bolingbrook HS senior Darius Burford is a First Team member. Burford is also a first team member of the City/Suburban Hoops Report All-State Team.
Romeoville HS senior student-athlete Valeria Valles signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her education and her soccer career at the University of St. Francis.
Seen Around Valley View This Week
Left- The Bolingbrook HS Advanced Placement Human Geography Class of Ms. Colleen Guccione met for the Kahoot! learning game via a Zoom meeting.
Center- The team at Romeoville HS prior to Emergency Meals for Kids on Wednesday. The selfie was taken by Principal Mr. Derek Kinder (can you tell?)
Right- Independence Elementary School Supported Education and Resource Teacher Mr. Tony Santona gives the youngest member of the Santona family a head start on At Home Learning.
Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, April 20, at John J. Lukancic Middle School, 725 W. Normantown Rd, Romeoville IL. The meeting will be called to order at 6:30 p.m. and will move to Closed Session. The Public Session of the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. 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
Bolingbrook HS Music Boosters are hoping to spread a little happiness to our communities during this very stressful and challenging time. Typically, at this time of year the BHS Music Boosters host a plant sale fundraiser, but given recent events, they’re altering their plans. They are hosting a Plants for Hope event, where volunteer music parents will deliver beautiful patio pots and hanging baskets to friends or family members within a 15-mile radius of Bolingbrook/Romeoville. This would be a no-contact delivery. The hanging baskets and patio pots can be pre-purchased at Plants for Hope with all deliveries to occur on Sat. May 9 (the day before Mother's Day).
Each hanging basket or patio pot is $20, with any three items for $50, or six for $100. All proceeds benefit the music program at BHS. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Addams Middle School is hosting the 3rd Annual 3K Family Walk/Run Promoting Autism Awareness on Sat. April 25. Proceeds from the event benefit Team Gabe & Friends and their efforts to increase awareness of autism. Early Bird Registration, $15 per person and $50 for a family is underway and continues through Feb. 29. Registration after March 1 is $20 per person. Click here to register and for more information.
Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates
Mar. 30- Apr. 3 Spring Break
Wed. Apr. 8 Classes Resume
Fri. Apr. 10 Good Friday- Schools Closed
Wed. Apr. 22 Early Release (BHS 12:43, RHS 12:45, MS 1:20, Elementary 2:15)
Events for the Coming Week
All School Events are Cancelled through Tuesday, April 7
New This Week in the Community Bulletin Board
Lockport Township Park District Park News
News from Our Community Partners
Kiwanis Club Scholarship for Bolingbrook & Romeoville High School Seniors
The Kiwanis Club of Bolingbrook/Romeoville’s Debbie Bielawski Scholarship Award is granted to graduating seniors at Bolingbrook HS and Romeoville HS who will be enrolled at an accredited college, university or vocational school for the following school year. The scholarship is in the amount of $500. Applications are due by Fri. Apr 3. To apply, visit kiwanis4kids.org.
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
West Suburban Community Pantry in association with the Northern IL Food Bank will be hosting a Community Mobile Pantry in Bolingbrook every first Monday of the month. Each Community Mobile Pantry will offer fresh produce, proteins and staple items for those struggling to put food on the table. Different organizations from the community will also be present to connect community members and their families with services that can help put them back on your feet.
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)