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District Weekly News November 17

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District 

November 17, 2022


November 17 Message to VVSD Community from Supt. Rachel Kinder

Thankful for you

As Thanksgiving week approaches, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the entire VVSD Community for your continued partnership to support your child, our children, our schools, and each other. We have so much to be thankful for, most notably our children and all the adults who build such a strong community around them. 

With the past two years behind us, our collective energy is focused exactly where it should be- on how to best meet the needs of our learners and how to best support educators and staff in their respective roles working hard for our kids and families. 

We are incredibly grateful for our strong community of support. VVSD is blessed with an outstanding team of staff and a multitude of community partners and resources. For information on available family and community resources, visit  

Enjoy a safe and healthy break with your family and loved ones. Thanksgiving Break begins on Wednesday, November 23 and we will welcome back our learners and staff on Monday, November 28. 

With gratitude and appreciation, 


Rachel Kinder, Ed.S

Superintendent of Schools

VVSD Staff Spotlight- Bolingbrook HS and Romeoville HS Girls’ Volleyball Coaches

Bolingbrook HS vs Romeoville HS Girls Volleyball

On Thu. Oct. 27, the Bolingbrook HS and Romeoville HS Girls’ Volleyball Teams met on the court in an IHSA Class 4A Regional Championship Match. 

Among the many noteworthy items about this match was the fact the coaching staffs for the two teams featured five VVSD alums.  Three of those coaches are now coaching at the opposite school from which they graduated!

We visited with the five coaches before the game about their fondest memory as a student-athlete, what they want their players to take away from their high school experience, and why athletics are an important part of the overall student experience.

Watch the Video!


VVSD Administration Proposes 2023-24 School Year Calendar


VVSD Administration presented a proposal for the 2023-24 School Year Calendar to the Board of Education on Nov. 14, 2022.  The Board is expected to take action on the calendar at the December 19, 2022 Regular Board Meeting.

Click Here to view the proposed calendar.


VVSD is Thankful for Our Amazing Community Partners

Community Partners Breakfast

On Wed. Nov. 16 at Fat Ricky’s in Romeoville, VVSD welcomed various community partners to the quarterly VVSD Community Partners Breakfast.  VVSD Student Services works tirelessly to connect families in the District with a wide range of available community services.  In the photo at left from left to right are Stacy Baumgartner, Director of Operations for the Will County Community Health Center; Susan Meier, Day Camp, Reach, and Enrichment Programs Director, Bolingbrook Park District, Enrichment Program Supervisor, Bolingbrook Park District; and Kelly Cassani, Student Services Executive Secretary, VVSD.  

Enchanted Backpack Donation at BJ Ward

Students at B.J. Ward Elementary gladly accepted a delivery of books, games, and playground equipment from Enchanted Backpack, an organization based on their belief that all children deserve to have the tools they need to learn and excel and that all teachers deserve to have the support and materials to make their classrooms exciting learning centers. Enchanted Backpack also delivered at check for $20,000 in response to a grant request submitted by the school.

The grant money will be used for new shelving in the library to make student browsing for books more inviting. The new shelves will display books with the book cover facing out, as opposed to the way the books are now shelved with only the spine of the book being visible.

Reminders for Cold and Flu Season

In a span of five short days, we went from temperatures in the 70’s and wearing shorts when we were outside to several inches of snow on the ground and winter coats, hats and gloves.  The rapid change in the weather drove us all back indoors, so here’s a reminder on best hygiene practices during cold & flu season.

  • Avoid close contact with those who are ill and keep your distance from others if you are ill

  • Those who are ill should stay home from school or work

  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

  • Wash your hands. Frequently.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

  • Get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, eat nutritious food, stay physically active, manage stress 


Fall is Theatre Season in Valley View

Humphrey Middle School Presents “Dress Rehearsal Disaster” November 17 & 18

Humphrey Middle School Fall Play

What happens when the teacher doesn't show up to rehearsal and a group of students are left on their own, will anything get done? Find out at Humphrey Middle School’s fall production of Dress Rehearsal Disaster, playing at 7 pm on Thu. and Fri. Nov. 17-18. Tickets can be purchased at the door are $5, family packs are also available.

Lukancic Middle School Presents “One Stoplight Town” November 17-19

One Stoplight Town is the story of a small town and its quirky residents over the course of 20 years. At the center of this heartwarming comedy is the town’s single stoplight, causing controversy between residents and a backdrop for friendships, rivalries, and the challenges of everyday life. The Lukancic Middle School Drama club will present One Stoplight Town Thu.- Sat. Nov. 17-19 in the Lukancic Auditorium. Showtime each night is 6:30 pm and tickets are sold at the door (cash only) $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Bolingbrook HS Madrigal Dinner, Sat. December 3

The Bolingbrook HS Music Department presents their 27th annual Madrigal Dinner on Sat. Dec. 3 at Ashton Place in Willowbrook.  A Secret Admirer features a cast of characters portrayed by the BHS Madrigals.  Seating opens at 4:30 pm with dinner and the show beginning at 5 pm.  Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for those under age 18 years old and are available at through November 19.


Romeoville HS Madrigal Dinner, Sun. December 4

The Romeoville HS Music Department presents their annual Madrigal Dinner on Sun. Dec. 4 at Ashton Place in Willowbrook.  Sleepless in the Castle features a comedic cast of characters portrayed by the RHS Madrigals supported by RHS band members.  Seating and the pre-show begin at 4 pm with a multi-course dinner served at 5 pm.  Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children and are available at through November 18.


VVSD Family & Community Connections November Parent Events

VVSD believes in the power of family and community engagement as a lever to equitable outcomes for our students.  Our goals are to cultivate a welcoming learning environment for families and the community as well as support culturally responsive relationships between our staff, families, and the community and build family agency.

Commonly Used Apps: Snapchat & YouTube with the Illinois Attorney General's Office

Illinois Attorney General Office

Tue. Nov. 29 6:30-7:30pm

The Internet Crimes Against Children task force educates students and parents on ways to stay safe and avoid online risks. This webinar discusses the functionality, features, and safety concerns of both Snapchat and YouTube, along with resources to learn more. Click Here to Register

El desarrollo social del adolescente con el Dr. Mario Guzmán

Dr Mario Guzman

miércoles 30 de noviembre

6 - 7:30 pm

Escuela Secundaria Brooks


Online Gaming: How Parents Can Level Up

Illinois Attorney General

Tue. Dec. 6 6:30 – 7:30pm

In this webinar parents can learn about popular online games, their functions, and risks that are posed among young children and teens in the gaming world. Click Here to register.


Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements

Three Bolingbrook HS student-athletes are members of the 2022 Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Association All-State team.  Seniors Cydney Anderson and Madison Shroba are members of the team for the second consecutive year.  Junior Sarah Harvey is a first-time member of the all-state team.

Three VVSD student-athletes are members of the 2022 Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State team. Romeoville HS has two All-State team members, seniors Joseph Duarte and Lucas Ortiz.  Bolingbrook HS senior Jason Hufnagle is also a member of this year’s All-State team.

Diane Parro and Debbie Sykora

VVSD Board of Education Member Diane Parro (left in photo)  and Secretary Debbie Sykora (right in photo) are both being recognized by the Illinois Association of School Board’s Board Leader Recognition Program. Diane is recognized as a Distinguished Board Member, Debbie is recognized as an Established Board Member.


Seen Around Valley View This Week

HVAC Replacement at BrooksHumphrey and Addams Choirs at Tree LightingVVSD November 16 Job Fair

Left- Our VVSD Operations HVAC team took advantage of warm weather and a day when students were out school on Election Day to remove an old roof top unit at Brooks Middle School, crane a new one into place, and hook up the gas and electric to provide heating and cooling for the front office zone.Team members left to right: Rich Miller, Mike Bekielewski, Steve Bogdan, Steve Johnson, Jake Bogdan, and Jesus Mendoza.

Center- The Humphrey Middle School and Jane Addams Middle School Choirs performed at the Bolingbrook Promenade’s tree lighting ceremony on Sat. Nov. 12. The choirs performed flawlessly under the direction of music teacher and choir director Ken Kleager, III. 

Right- VVSD says “thank you” to everyone who attended the VVSD Job Fair on Wed. Nov. 16 at the White Oak Library Romeoville Branch. We look forward to welcoming the new staff members joining our team as a result of the Job Fair.

Quick Notes

The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, December 19, 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

Bolingbrook HS Key Club Toy Drive

The Bolingbrook HS Key Club is conducting a Holiday Toy Drive through December 9 for patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. To make a donation, scan the QR code to the left and make your donation through  

Romeoville HS US Marine Corps JROTC will host the 12th Annual Romeoville VFW Post 52 Thanksgiving Luncheon from 12:30-3 pm on Sat. Nov. 19. All Romeoville veterans (plus one) are invited to attend.  The Romeoville HS USMCJROTC will post the colors and perform a drill team exhibition. RSVP by Wed. Nov. 9 to  or call/text: (815) 905-1202. 

The Jane Addams Middle School Band Booster Association invites everyone to the 31st Annual Craft Fair and Cookie walk on Sat. Dec. 3 from 9 am-3 pm at Jane Addams Middle School.  There will be a live musical performance by Jane Addams students at 1 pm along with a raffle and dozens of craft vendors and delicious cookies for sale.

Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the Jane Addams Middle School Band Program.

Additional vendors are welcome click here for more information about registering to be a vendor at the Jane Addams Craft Fair & Cookie Walk.

The Will-Grundy Transition Planning Committee in conjunction with VVSD and other schools, agencies and not-for-profit organizations who band together to improve vocational transition from education to jobs for all learners, but particularly for individuals with disabilities is hosting parent transition presentations throughout the 2022-23 school year.

These presentations are for people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities. The monthly presentations allow the opportunity to provide information, education, and connection with support resources in the Will-Grundy County service area for the parents/guardians and students we serve in our community school districts. Virtual Presentations will be held on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.

Tue. Jan. 17 DRS

Tue. Feb. 7 Connect to Your Future/Joliet Junior College

Tue. Mar. 14 Guardianship & Advocacy Commission

Tue. Apr. 18 Service, Inc. (PUNS)

For more information, visit the  Will Grundy TPC Website


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates


November 23-25   Thanksgiving Break- Schools Closed

Wed. Dec. 7          Early Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)

Tue. Dec. 20          Second Grading Period Ends


Events for the Coming Week

Thu. Nov. 17          McGee Elementary Turkey Trot 3:30 pm

                               Oak View Elementary Book Fair 5:30 pm

                               Independence Elementary Family Reading Night 6 pm

                               Wood View Elementary Family Reading Night at Barnes & Noble 6 pm

                               Brooks Middle School Family Reading Night 6 pm

                                Humphrey Middle School Fall Play “Dress Rehearsal Disaster” 6:15 pm

                               Lukancic Middle School Fall Play “One Stoplight Town” 6:30 pm

Fri. Nov. 18             Lukancic Middle School Fall Play “One Stoplight Town” 6:30 pm

                               Humphrey Middle School Fall Play “Dress Rehearsal Disaster” 7 pm

Sat. Nov. 19            Lukancic Middle School Fall Play “One Stoplight Town” 6:30 pm

Mon. Nov. 21          Bolingbrook HS VVSD Choir Festival 8 am

Tue. Nov. 22           Tibbott Elementary Fall “Shine Bright” Concert 9:15am & 1:30 pm

Thu. Dec. 1             Humphrey Middle School Winter Band Concert 7 pm

Fri. Dec. 2               Independence Elementary Winter Concert 9:15 am

Sat. Dec. 3              Jane Addams Middle School Band Boosters Craft Fair & Cookie Walk 9 am

                                Bolingbrook HS Madrigal Dinner at Ashton Place 5 pm

Sun. Dec. 4             Romeoville HS Madrigal Dinner at Ashton Place 4 pm

News from Our Community Partners

Romeoville Operation Christmas

The Village of Romeoville is accepting registrations for the 2022 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: The deadline to register is Thurs., Nov. 17th.

Fountaindale Public Library

Your Fountaindale Public Library card is your greatest back-to-school tool! Now is the perfect time to discover all of the library's excellent resources for students. Whether you’re looking for homework help, a new book, exciting technology, study rooms or computers, Fountaindale Public Library has you covered. Learn more at

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:

West Suburban Community Pantry

West Suburban Community Pantry provides emergency food services to people in Dupage and Will Counties through both our in-person and virtual food pantries. We also connect families with other vital resources so they can pursue a brighter future. We are breaking down barriers that prevent our neighbors from getting the nourishment they need to succeed by offering a variety of services. Find out more at, or shop for groceries online 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.

That’s All for This Week!

(Our Next Edition will be Published on December 1)