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Dear 157-C Families,

As we enter into the last full month of school, I want to update you about a school calendar change and some reminders. Graduation will be held on Monday, June 5, at Lincoln-Way East High School at 7:00 p.m. The last day of school will be Tuesday, June 6, and schools will be dismissed early. Please check the district website for dismissal times,

Please plan to attend a performance of Hickory Creek's "High School Musical" May 19 at 7:00 p.m., May 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., or on May 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Hickory Creek. Our students, staff and many volunteers are working hard to put on a great show.

National Teacher Appreciation Week will be observed the week of May 8 and plans are underway by the Family School Partnership (FSP) to recognize the district's teachers for their dedication on behalf of the students. The FSP is looking for additional parents to help with some of the activities and they are also seeking donations for some of the special treats and meals. Please see their newsletter at to find out more. The FSP is also sponsoring a 157-C night at the Joliet Slammers game vs. the Windy City Thunderbolts on June 23 at 7:05pm. Tickets for registered 157-C students and teachers are free but you must submit an order form by May 15. At least one adult ticket must be purchased on the order form with any free student orders. Information and ticket order form can be found on the District website, under the "Virtual Backpack."

This year we are pleased to repeat our summer open library times on Tuesdays at Grand Prairie. We will continue with a weekly guest reader and grade level appropriate literacy activities. On Wednesdays, we are also offering a summer bridge for our second graders heading to Chelsea where students will engage in book talks and participate in an activity with Chelsea staff in the various areas at Chelsea School. The summer bridge primary activity at Grand Prairie Elementary School for preschool through second grade students will meet once a week for eight weeks from 9:00-11:00 a.m. beginning in June through August. The summer bridge extra-curricular activity for Chelsea Intermediate School for incoming third graders will meet six times for one hour beginning in June through August. Watch for a flyer for each program in your child's backpack and as an attachment to Grand Prairie's final newsletter.

A final reminder that if you are interested in using the new Camp Manitoqua Encounter Camp for students entering K-8 grades on August 17, 18 and 21, we need a minimum of 15 students registered by May 1. The camp will include age-appropriate games, adventure, teambuilding and more. It also offers optional early and late daycare. This camp is an option for parents needing childcare during the few days that Lincoln-Way East starts school prior to District 157-C's start. Our partnership with Camp Manitoqua is very important to us, and we are pleased that they are providing this service to our families who may rely on high school students for childcare during the summer months. Families can register at

Once again we ask you to please help us pass the word about kindergarten and new student registration to any parents you know who will have kindergarten age children or new students to our district who do not receive the school newsletters. Children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2017 are eligible for entry into kindergarten in the fall. Registration will be held by appointment only at the District 157-C Administrative Office, 10482 West Nebraska in Frankfort. Appointments should be made by calling 815-469-5922. More information is with the District Office and on our website,

Our administrators and staff at all three schools are working to make it a great end to the school year. I look forward to seeing you at our final programs and special events. Thank you again for your partnership with us on behalf of the students.


Dr. Maura Zinni
District 157-C Superintendent of Schools

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The mission of District 157-C is to prepare all students to be confident, life-long learners and productive citizens by challenging them to reach their fullest potential and by providing a quality educational environment in partnership with family and community.

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