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District Weekly News July 30

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District

July 30, 2020

 

July 30 Message to VVSD Community from Superintendent Rachel Kinder, Ed.S.

In This Together

We want to thank you for your support and patience with the continued planning efforts for our return to school this Fall. We appreciate your feedback and your flexibility in adapting to an ever changing landscape. Since the draft recommendations in the Return Together 365 Plan were presented to the Board of Education on July 20th, we continue to work diligently on a safe return to learning in the Fall for students and staff.

Thank you to all of you who expressed your choice for your child’s learning environment in the last week on the proposed options of hybrid or full remote. This information is being reviewed in the context of the proposed plans, many logistical considerations, as well as health and safety parameters.

In addition, the Illinois State Board of Education released updated 2020 Fall Learning Recommendations within the last week. We are currently reviewing this information to ensure our plans are in alignment with the latest guidance.

At the same time, we continue to monitor public health metrics and evolving health guidance. As we have been doing since COVID-19 joined our vocabulary at the beginning of the calendar year, we are closely monitoring the data in our region and county. We are also continuing our collaboration with school districts and public health partners in our region and immediate area.

While uncertainty seems to be the only constant as the pandemic continues, be assured that no matter the form student learning takes in the 2020-21 school year, we will be ready to educate and support the learners of Valley View. Final recommendations will be presented to the VVSD Board of Education on August 6th. This will be followed by immediate communication to our families and staff so that we can focus on moving forward together for a strong start to the new school year.

In partnership,

Rachel Kinder, Ed.S.

Superintendent of Schools

 

VVSD 2020-21 School Calendar Revisions

The following are the specific VVSD 2020-21 School Calendar revisions leading to the first day of classes for students:

 

Thu. August 20           Institute Day for Teachers

Fri. August 21             Institute Day for Teachers

Mon. August 24          Institute Day for Teachers

Tue. August 25           Institute Day for Teachers

Wed. August 26          First Day of Classes Grades Kindergarten-12th & STEP

Wed. September 2      First Day of Classes Early Childhood

Fri. June 4                   Last Day of Classes

 

VVSD Student Registration for 2020-21 School Year is Online!
Drop-Off Registration Replaces Walk-In Registration Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Registration for students currently enrolled in Valley View School District 365U for the 2020-21 school year can be completed online now at www.vvsd.org/registernow.  Drop-off registration will take place from August 3-7 with dates varying by school.  The Back-to-School booklet can be accessed on-line at vvsd.org

Due to restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, procedures will be in place to conduct a Drop-Off Registration at each school’s designated time.  Walk-in registration will not be available. Students who have already registered online or by mail will not be required to come to Back-to-School Drop-Off Registration.  Many tasks completed in the traditional walk-in registration will now take place either online or after the students have resumed classes.

The first day of school in VVSD is currently scheduled for Wed. August 26 for grades Kindergarten-12th & STEP, Wed. September 2 for Early Childhood. (Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, all schedules, procedures and dates are subject to change.)

Three Rivers EFE Receives $249,000 Education Career Pathways Grant

Romeoville HS AP Computer Science Students Leading Class

Students of the Three Rivers Education for Employment system that includes students attending the WILCO Area Career Center from Bolingbrook and Romeoville High Schools will be the beneficiaries of a $249,000 grant from Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Pathways Grants.  The purpose of the grant is to encourage students to pursue careers in education by creating early experiences in teaching and pathways into the teaching profession.

The CTE Career Pathways grants were awarded by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) from Governor JB Pritzker’s fiscal year 2020 budget.  Students in CTE Education Career Pathways will get a head start on teacher preparation through opportunities for hands-on learning, dual credit and credentials, as well as engaging in mentorship opportunities.

VVSD Director of Career and Technical Education Ms. Tammi Conn said, “VVSD is looking forward to expanding our partnership with our local institutions such as WILCO Area Career Center, Joliet Junior College, and Lewis University. Students in the program will receive experiences that will help prepare them through job shadow and practicum, opportunities to earn money for college through summer work with VVSD, earn scholarships, and be exposed to various programs through JJC and Lewis University that can potentially save money and time during their college programs. In addition, VVSD would be delighted to host students in the program as student teachers and will guarantee an interview for any student in the program with corresponding credentials to job vacancies.“

There are two ways for students to get involved in the program and engage in this opportunity. Students can sign up for the course “Teaching as a Profession,” or join the Future Educators of America/Educator’s Rising Career Technical Student Organization coming soon to both Bolingbrook HS and to Romeoville HS.

Two Important Reminders from VVSD Nutrition Services for the Coming Year

Two New Apps for VVSD Nutrition Services

MySchoolApp -Free/Reduced On-line Meal application is up and running.  Visit vvsd.org and apply on-line.  Application is available in English and in Spanish.  After application is received/processed, we inform your school and mail you a letter with your status.

MySchoolBucks -NEW THIS YEAR - No fees for depositing money on-to students meal accounts.  This means a contactless way to accept student meal payments.  MySchoolBucks makes it easy for parents to pay online while minimizing the amount of cash/checks that need to be handled by staff.  Easy to enroll, just visit our webpage at vvsd.org and go to the Nutrition Services Department page.  MySchoolBucks button is on the top right hand side.

VVSD Emergency Meals for Kids Wednesdays 9-11 am

Final Emergency Meals for Kids

Valley View School District 365U Nutrition Services is continuing the Emergency Meals for Kids program during the summer.  The program will supply free “Grab ‘n Go” meals to children under 18 years old on Wednesdays from 9-11 am.

Emergency Meals for Kids is a drive-thru service at five VVSD locations: Bolingbrook High School, Brooks Middle School, and Humphrey Middle School in Bolingbrook; and Romeoville High School and Lukancic Middle School in Romeoville.  Each car will receive enough breakfasts and lunches to feed two children until the next scheduled Emergency Meals for Kids day.  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.  The final day for the Emergency Meals for Kids program will be Wed. August 5.

 

Seen Around Valley View This Week

Romeoville HS Fieldhouse track Tibbott Elementary School Garden Emergency Meals for Kids

Left- The finishing touches are being put into place on the new track surface inside the Romeoville HS Fieldhouse.

Center- The regular rainfall we’ve received in July is helping the Tibbott Elementary School Garden show plenty of green foliage.

Right- Our VVSD Nutrition Services team is ready for the final Emergency Meals for Kids distribution on Wed. Aug. 5. At some point on that day, we will hand out our reach the one million mark in meals distributed since the program began on March 18.  A special thank you to the Nutrition Services staff and all the volunteers that made it possible.

Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Thursday, August 6, 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


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

(Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and directives from the Governor’s Office, ISBE, and IDPH, all dates are subject to change.) 

Wed. Aug. 26                            First Student Attendance Day (Grades K-12 & STEP)

Wed. Sep. 2                              First Student Attendance Day (Early Childhood)

Mon. Sep. 7                              Labor Day (Schools Closed, No Classes)

 

Upcoming Events for the Coming Week

Drop-Off Registration Dates & Times by School

Early Childhood and Elementary Schools
Dr. James Mitchem Early Childhood Center        Wed. August 5               8 am-Noon & 2-6 pm
B.J. Ward Elementary School                              Tue. August 4                10 am-1 pm & 3-6 pm
Beverly Skoff Elementary School                         Thu. August 6                2-6 pm
Independence Elementary School                       Fri. August 7                  9-Noon & 4-7 pm
Irene H. King Elementary School                         Wed. August 5               10 am-1 pm & 5-7 pm
Jamie L. McGee Elementary School                    Online and Mail-In Registration ONLY
John R. Tibbott Elementary School                      Thu. August 6                Noon- 3pm & 5-7 pm
Jonas E. Salk Elementary School                        Fri. August 7                  1-6 pm
Kenneth L. Hermansen Elementary School         Thu. August 6                9 am-Noon 3-6 pm
Oak View Elementary School                              Thu. August 6                Noon- 3pm 5-7 pm
Pioneer Elementary School                                 Thu. August 6                8-11 am & 4-7 pm
Robert C. Hill Elementary School                         Tue. August 4                8-11 am & 4-6 pm
Wood View Elementary School                            Thu. August 6                12:30- 5:30 pm

Middle Schools
A Vito Martinez Middle School                             Wed. August 5               8 am-Noon & 4-7 pm
Brooks Middle School                                          Fri. August 7                  9 am- 7 pm
Hubert H. Humphrey Middle School                     Tue. August 4                8 am-Noon & 3-7 pm
Jane Addams Middle School                               Fri. August 7                  8 am-Noon & 3-7 pm
John J. Lukancic Middle School                           Thu. August 6                8 am-Noon & 4-7 pm

STEP Campus
STEP Campus*                                                    Wed. August 5               8 am-Noon & 3-7 pm
*Outside placement students can register at their home school or the STEP Campus

Bolingbrook High School
Mon. August 3   All Students 2-7 pm
Tue. August 4   All Students 2-7 pm
Wed. August 5  All Students 9 am-1 pm
Thu. August 6   All Students 9 am-2 pm

Romeoville High School
Mon. August 3   Seniors 8-11 am & 4-7 pm
Tue. August 4   Juniors 8-11 am & 4-7 pm
Wed. August 5  Sophomores 8-11 am & 4-7 pm
Thu. August 6   Freshmen 8-11 am & 4-7 pm

 

News from Our Community Partners

Fountaindale Public Library

Fountaindale Public Library is open to the public for regular business hours. Please visit fountaindale.org to read about our new requirements for entering and using our building. And be sure to sign up for Summer Adventure to earn points and get prizes this summer!

 

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 being handed out 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. As of April 1, the pantry WILL NOT be giving out food on Tuesdays until further notice. 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  

 

New Hope Baptist Church Mobile Pantry

New Hope Baptist Church has resumed their Mobile Pantry conducted in association with West Suburban Community Pantry and the Northern IL Food Bank.  Due to the coronavirus and the need for safety, the new mobile pantry will be conducted in a drive-thru format to allow for minimum contact between volunteers and families.

In order to receive food, individuals/families will need to order their food selections online by visiting the West Suburban Community Pantry Store  (https://www.wscpstore.org)  by August 6 (24 hours) before coming to New Hope for pickup.  Shoppers will have the opportunity to select from four food categories: breads/bakery, meats, miscellaneous dry foods, and perishables.   The food will be boxed and labeled with the recipient’s name and placed in the trunks of the cars of the recipients.   The next Drive-Thru food pickup will occur on August 7 from 4pm – 5pm.

 

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 will be Published on August 13