District 96 December Communications

December 20, 2017

Dear District 96 Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that another calendar year is almost over! 2017 provided us with many opportunities to learn and grow together. Although social media can be a mixed blessing in schools, we love having you as our social media partners to share the great things that take place in D96! Here are some of our recent Tweets and Facebook posts demonstrating some of the examples of how our fantastic students and staff continue to #d96inspires:

  • Ames 2nd Grade “weather experts” presented their Extreme Weather projects to our families. We are very proud of your hard work and all of the knowledge you gained about weather. Thank you for sharing your projects with our families…..nice work 2nd graders!
  • 3rd graders culminated their Social Studies unit on Early Explorers by selecting a project from a “choice board” and researching an explorer of their choice. They loved being in charge of their own learning and demonstrating their knowledge by sharing their work with each other!
  • Fourth graders have taken on the responsibility of helping Ames be earth friendly. They come in the morning once a week and help teachers with emptying their recycle bins!
Blythe Park:
  • Blythe Park's first ever Rainbow Run- what a fantastic community event!
  • Second Grade had Student Led Math groups. They worked on two and three-digit subtraction with and without regrouping as well as building upon leadership skills and cooperation with their peers.
  • 4th and 5th grade students use WeVideo to record, edit and customize videos. Student voice at work!
  • The Central School Community had a great time celebrating our hard work in raising money to support animals displaced by the storms in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. A few pies in the face for Mr. Gatz topped off a fun lunch hour at Central! Way to go everyone!
  • The Central Science Fair was a huge success. 203 young scientists participated in the event. Congratulations!! Thank you to the Central PTO for spearheading the event and to all of the volunteers for making it a huge success.
  • All students at Central learned about the building wide expectations of being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe. At each of the learning stations, students were reminded about what these expectations look like throughout different locations in the building.
  • Husky News staff designs their layout for the 2017-18 school year and publishes their first issue.
  • 5th grader students use Google Maps to create digital stories of geographic places.
  • Thank you to all of our community members who wrote letters. Students LOVED receiving them and learned so much about the writing process.
  • The Fenwick Math Contest saw 13 of Hauser’s Pride this weekend. Our team of six was awarded 3rd place overall, and our pairs team was awarded 1st place.
  • Hauser LRC's Teen Advisory Board: Recently, a group of Hauser students helped launch a teen advisory board for the library. Their goal this year is to help promote diversity and bring awareness to the many perspectives that make up the Hauser community.
  • The Hauser Fall Play, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, was a smashing success! Our students do not disappoint! We are so grateful to have the support of so many to make this production experience possible for our students.
December has already greeted us with cold weather. Please take a look at our Emergency Weather Closing procedures. The safety and well being of students and staff members is our top priority.
In the case of inclement or threatening weather conditions, we will work with Riverside Brookfield High School, Komarek District 94, Brookfield District 95, and Riverside Public Works. Timely and thoughtful decisions that support our children, and the stability of the learning community while addressing weather, travel, safety and facilities will be carefully considered. When possible, we will make every effort to communicate school closing decisions to you the evening before a closing. If conditions are changing, we will strive to make the best possible decisions by 6:00 am the day of the closing. Late arrival, provided weather and road conditions are expected to improve, may be an option.
There are a number of resources available to you to learn about our decisions:
  • School Messenger will inform you by phone and email
  • School Messenger will connect to our website and to the Facebook pages of our schools
  • Information will be posted at www.emergencyclosings.com
  • We will also report information to WGN and WBBM television and radio.

As the Winter Break approaches, please accept our sincere wishes for a wonderful holiday break. This time of year is rich in tradition, regardless of how you celebrate—we wish you a very joy-filled, relaxing, refreshing break with friends and family.


Martha Ryan-Toye