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District Weekly News April 28

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District 

April 28, 2022


VVSD Staff Spotlight- Stefhanie Ulfig, Occupational Therapist

Stef Ulfig

As the month of April comes to a close, so does Occupational Therapy Month.  The occupational therapists who provide services to VVSD students are a vital support in our efforts to support all aspects of student learning.

Join us for a visit with Stefhanie Ulfig who gives us a look at her work with one of our students, and Stef also explains the role of occupational therapy in supporting and enhancing the student learning experience.

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Supt. Kinder's Update to the Board of Education at the April 25 Regular Meeting

April 25 Superintendent Update

VVSD Superintendent of Schools Rachel Kinder provided an update to the Board of Education on the opening of the Panorama Parent Survey and a reminder for continued diligence in monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms through the end of the school year at the Regular Meeting of the Board on Monday, April 25.

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VVSD School Librarians Celebrate National School Library Month

VVSD Loves Library

April is National School Library Month. School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and school libraries.  Of course, in the year 2022, school libraries and school librarians are much more than traditional definition. 

The actual job title of our school librarians is Learning Materials Center directors. They create gateways to learning to access all forms of media and resources that enhance student learning.

Our LMC Directors created this video to highlight the learning that take place in our school libraries. 

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VVEEF Nine and Dine Thu. June 9 at Bolingbrook Golf Club

VVEEF Nine and Dine

The Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation Nine and Dine Golf Outing is fast approaching, and you are invited to participate for an afternoon of golf for a great cause- supporting additional programs for our VVSD learners.  Past attendees know Nine and Dine is one of the most fun events of the year. You can help us support the staff and students of VVSD on Thu. June 9 at Bolingbrook Golf Club.  The shotgun start for the nine hole scramble is at 2 pm, with dinner and awards to follow.  A DJ, raffles, and on-course games and contests will all be part of the fun.  Spots fill up fast, so register early to secure your spot or your foursome.  There are dinner only and sponsorship opportunities available as well.  Follow the link below for registration and additional details.


VVSD and H2O Present Operation Snowball April 30 & May 1

Operation Snowball

Operation Snowball is a youth leadership program that gives students the knowledge, confidence and skills to live a drug and alcohol-free life. Snowball uses powerful energy and influences youth to create an atmosphere of positive peer support .Operation Snowball supports Social Emotional Learning as youth develop attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and cognitive skills that create healthy and competent adults.

 VVSD Operation Snowball takes place on Sat. Apr. 30 & Sun. May 1 from 10am-5 pm at Bolingbrook HS and is open to all 9th-12th grade students in VVSD or any neighboring districts with approval. This event is for students who are or want to be leaders in their schools and communities.  Attendees will hear from keynote speakers, attend four breakout workshops, participate in team building activities with their small group, and talk about mental health.

Registration is $20 per person with partial and full scholarships available upon request. Registration is open through Fri. April 22. Click Here for more information and to register through the Heart Haven Outreach web site.


Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements

The Bolingbrook HS Mathematics Team will compete in the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Math Contest on Sat. Apr. 30.  The contest is being conducted remotely and features the top student mathematicians from the entire state.


Bolingbrook HS Jr STARS BOBB Award

The Bolingbrook HS youth services organization Bolingbrook HS Junior STARS received a Best of Bolingbrook Business Award in the Youth Services Category.  BHS Junior STARS is sponsored by Selina Jones and the group participates in service projects and provides mentorship opportunities with the goal of empowering teens to develop the skills to become effective future leaders. In the photo, Bolingbrook HS senior Mikkayla Jones, Village of Bolingbrook Mayor Mary Alexander-Basta, and BHS Junior STARS Sponsor Selina Jones.

Leanna Pitsoulakis

Bolingbrook HS Math Teacher Leanna Pitsoulakis received quite a surprise in her classroom when United States Navy Petty Officer Ron Everett appeared to present her with the Navy’s Impact Influence Award.  Leanna was nominated for the award by former student and current member of the US Navy Antonio Perez. 


Seen Around Valley View This Week

Ramadan Bulletin Board at BrooksHydrant Painting at WardScience Class at Romeoville HS

Left- Brooks Middle School students at the informational bulletin board about Ramadan created by 8th grade math teacher Ghazala Manzoor.

Center- B.J. Ward Elementary Art Teacher Jonathan Moore and Family & Community Liaison Guadalupe Perez are partnering with a local artist and another community organization to turn fire hydrants in front of the school into works of art.  Students in the Ward 21st Century Program are doing the painting that will celebrate the school community and its diverse culture. The painted hydrants will be formally revealed at the BJ Ward Multicultural event on Tue. May 3. 

Right- Romeoville HS science students Kayla Norris and Josiah Abruzzi analyze the effects of different growing environments and the ability of seeds to sprout. They are focusing on how those environments might effect the plants having albino characteristics.


Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, May 9, 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

Wed. May 18    Early Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)

Thu. May 19     Romeoville HS Graduation 6:30 pm

Fri. May 20       Bolingbrook HS Graduation 6:30 pm

Fri. May 27       Last Day of School (If no emergency days are used)


Events for the Coming Week

Thu. April 28    Humphrey MS National Jr. Honor Society Induction 6 pm

                        Brooks MS Incoming 6th Grade Social 6 pm

Fri. April 29      STEP Multicultural Celebration 10 am

                        Brooks MS Multicultural Game Night 5:30 pm

Sat. April 30     Bolingbrook HS Latin Fever 6 pm

Tue. May 3       Ward Elementary Art Around the World/Multicultural Fair 5:30 pm

Thu. May 5      Romeoville HS VVSD Middle School STEMCathlon 4 pm

                        Humphrey MS Band Concert 7 pm

Fri. May 6        Wood View Elementary Student Council Dance 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:

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 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 

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  

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:  

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.

Illinois Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Webinars

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force offers training to children, teens, and parents/guardians that provides valuable information on how to stay safe and avoid online risks.  The ICAC is offering the following upcoming webinar:


Thursday, May 5   6:30 pm Building Online Resilience

Click Here to Register


Click Here for More Resources and to Watch Recorded Webinars

That’s All for This Week!