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District Weekly News February 11
This Week in Valley View
News and Notes from Around the District
February 11 Message to VVSD Families from Superintendent Rachel Kinder
Partnership is at the core of serving every learner and the entire Valley View Community. I continually stress how appreciative we are of our partnership with families, staff, and students. This has allowed us to make major adjustments together and continue to thrive despite many challenges. Community partnerships are just as vital to our ability to thrive as a community and overcome any obstacle together. Every day in VVSD, community partners assist us to give our whole heart and our best work for our children and families.
This week, we were able to successfully accomplish a major undertaking in the area of health and safety and provide a major service to our staff. Through a partnership with Will County Health Department and the tremendous support of countless Valley View team members, Edward Hospital Emergency Medical Services System, including paramedics from the Bolingbrook, Romeoville, and Naperville Fire Departments, along with staff and students from the Rasmussen College of Nursing, we were the first school district in the county to provide an in-district COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. By the end of the day tomorrow, nearly 1,700 VVSD staff members will have received the first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine! This is a major step forward for us in our ability to work safely toward even greater levels of in-person instruction, support, and opportunity in the future. We are extremely grateful for everyone who made this possible!
There is so much to celebrate this week with the successful completion of our final transition of hybrid learners at the high school level, the return of winter sports, and vaccinations for staff. All of this is possible because of our shared commitment to health and safety as well as our ability to be flexible and adapt once again to support our kids, at home and on-site. Thank you for your vigilance to health and safety precautions and protocols and for your continued support.
Please stay safe (and warm!) this weekend and remember there will be no school on Monday in observance of Presidents’ Day.
Rachel Kinder, Ed.S
Superintendent of Schools
We Have Amazing Community Partners in VVSD
This week, VVSD distributed the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations to nearly 1700 staff members. This was a major exercise in planning and execution which would not have been possible without the Will County Health Department, Edward Hospital EMS, local paramedics from the Bolingbrook, Romeoville and Naperville fire departments and volunteers from the Rasmussen College of Nursing.
We are deeply indebted to all our community partners who contribute to helping us fulfill our mission to educate the children of the VVSD community.
Supt. Kinder's Return to Hybrid Learning Update at the Feb. 8 Board Meeting
VVSD Superintendent of Schools Rachel Kinder provided an update to the Board of Education on the where VVSD stands in the phased return of students to hybrid learning at the Regular Meeting of the Board on Monday, February 8.
Watch the Video
VVSD Staff Spotlight- Mrs. Stephannie Wade, Bolingbrook HS School Literature Teacher
Mrs. Stephannie Wade acquired a love for reading when she was young that led her to set a path to becoming a teacher after she graduated from Bolingbrook HS in 1999. She also had a passion for writing she combined with her love of reading after being introduced to literary analysis while in college.
As part of celebrating Black History Month, we introduce you to Mrs. Wade, who in addition to teaching Freshman Honors English, also teaches African-American Literature. Watch the Video!
Bolingbrook HS Students earn Industry Certifications
Three aspiring Bolingbrook HS students celebrated February National Career & Technical Education Month by enhancing their resumes, college applications, and professional networks. Amiri Bradford, Daniel Bohnert, and Trisha Patnaik were able to earn their TestOut Desktop Pro certification identifying them as highly qualified in Microsoft Office's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint programs. The students earned their certification during the first semester while taking the Honors level course Student Helpdesk.
The Student Helpdesk course allows students to gain valuable experience while assisting the BHS Chromebook Care Center. The duties performed by the students include repairing student Chromebooks, tracking devices through the District's inventory software, and developing customer service skills.
Illinois 5Essential Survey Now Open
The Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Survey for Parents and Guardians is now open through April 2. Click Here to take the survey.
This survey generates valuable data that districts can use to guide their ongoing efforts to improve schools and to offer students an excellent education. The survey is another improvement tool that allows districts and the state to share data as a means to inform parents and community members about the school’s learning environment. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education.
Welcome Class of 2034! VVSD Online Kindergarten Registration Begins Mon. Feb. 22
Online Kindergarten enrollment for the VVSD Class of 2034 begins on Mon. Feb. 22. To be eligible to register, a student must be five years old on or before Sept 1, 2021. Families of current VVSD students will be able to register via their Infinite Campus Parent Portal account, while families new to the District will be able to online register at www.vvsd.org/enrollment
After an application for enrollment is submitted, you will be contacted for an enrollment appointment.
Meals2Go Curbside Pick-Up Available Evenings at VVSD High Schools
To avoid a scheduling conflict with hybrid learning for students, VVSD Nutrition Services Meals2Go curbside pick-up will only be available at Bolingbrook HS and Romeoville HS from 3-5:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.
All VVSD meal kits include breakfast and lunch for multiple days and are offered each Tuesday and Thursday for any child living in the household 18 years old and under. Children do not need to be present as the adult household member may pick-up the meals on their child’s behalf. Vegetarian Meal Kits are available upon request, but no accommodations are available for special diets or allergies.
Get 3 Free Program for Students Who Bring Their Lunch from Home
For the remainder of the school year, VVSD Nutrition Services is offering free breakfast and lunch to all students. Students who bring their own lunch from home can get a free combo pack of milk, fruit, and vegetable at no cost. (No items are being sold a la carte.)
Supervisando y Suplementando la Educación de los Hijos
Support and Supplement Children Academic Goals
Wednesday, February 24th from 6-8 pm
(This Workshop Will Only be Facilitated in Spanish)
Esta conferencia ayudará a los padres de familia a entender la importancia de supervisar y suplementar las metas académicas de sus hijos. También aprenderán como mantenerse al día con las nuevas tecnologías y desarrollarán conciencia de la importancia de involucrarse en la educación de sus hijos.
This conference will help parents understand the importance of monitoring and supplementing their children's academic goals. They will also learn how to keep up with new technologies and develop an awareness of the importance of getting involved in their children's education.
Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements
The Bolingbrook HS Chess team will have eight representatives at the IHSA Virtual Chess Championship. Matthew Chacon, Trevor Fisher, Albert Huynh, Joshua Knott, Uy Pham, Ruth Garcia Sanchez, Connor Tynan & Aval Zaucha will all be part of an historic event this weekend as the IHSA Chess tournament will be conducted virtually for the first time ever.
Seen Around Valley View This Week
Left- Under the winter hat, mask, gloves, and winter coat is A. Vito Martinez Middle School Principal Mrs. Sarah DeDonato (trust us, it’s her!) leading the AVM staff in handing out Valentine’s Day carnations to parents before school. The Vikings staff had Viking weather for this event, it was 8 degrees outside!
Center- Kindergarten students at Irene King Elementary School celebrated the 100th Day of the School Year.
Right- Jane Addams Middle School 6th Grade Math Teacher Dr. Tammy Rotelli was the first VVSD staff member to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the VVSD Vaccination Clinic.
Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, February 22, 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
Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates
Mon. Feb. 15 Presidents’ Day- No Classes
Mon. Mar. 1 Casimir Pulaski Day- No Classes
Fri. Mar. 19 Third Grading Period Ends
Mon. Mar. 22 Remote Learning Planning Day- No Classes
Events for the Coming Week
Wed. Feb. 24 Bolingbrook HS Wheels and Reels 6 pm
Supervisando y Suplementando la Educación de los Hijos (Virtual Event) 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
Fountaindale Public Library is open to the public for regular business hours. Please visit fountaindale.org/welcomeback to read about our new requirements for entering and using their building. The library has also pulled together a variety of resources for Valley View students, parents and teachers to use. Visit fountaindale.org/backtoschool for details.
West Suburban Community Pantry at B.J. Ward Elementary
Beginning on Wed. Feb. 17, the West Suburban Community Food Pantry will be offering a curbside food pantry at B. J. Ward Elementary School on the third Wednesday of the every month from 3:45-5:30. Families must place an on-line order each month. Visit www.wscpstore.org for more information.
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)