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Dear District 157-C Families,

It’s hard to believe that the month of October is already here. So much has already been learned and accomplished by our students since the beginning of the school year.

While the students and teachers are making great headway in their respective grades this year, the district is planning a free educational and informational opportunity for parents and guardians this month. In partnership with Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, our district will host a presentation from New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. October 18 at Lincoln-Way East High School’s auditorium. The author will sign and sell copies of her bestselling book “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success” prior to the presentation, from 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Lythcott-Haims’ presentation is based on her book and will draw on her insights as a mother and as a student dean at Stanford University to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, parents, and society at large. Her presentation will inspire audiences to encourage and allow children to develop the resourcefulness, resilience, and inner determination necessary for success.

We at Frankfort School District 157-C are proud to partner with Lincoln-Way District 210 to bring such a highly regarded national speaker to our community. Lythcott-Haims has presented at schools throughout the country and presented a TED Talk in 2016 on “How to Raise an Adult.” I encourage you to join us on October 18 for this informational, inspirational presentation.

For all of our Grand Prairie Elementary School and Chelsea Intermediate School families, we are excited to offer another exciting educational opportunity with a nationally recognized educator. Family Math Nights with Greg Tang Jr. will be offered at both schools. The event at Chelsea will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on October 3, and the event at Grand Prairie will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on October 4.

Greg Tang Jr. is a game developer, programmer, math night expert and favorite among kids, teachers and math specialists across the United States. His events offer rotating stations designed to help students find excitement in math and to help parents think about math in new and different ways to support their child at home and in the classroom. These events are open to all family members of Grand Prairie and Chelsea students, respectively, and we would love to see you there!

It has been a great experience watching students grow during this first month of the school year. The School Board approved additional class sections in grades 1-8 this year to help decrease class sizes, and this has had a positive impact on teaching and learning throughout those grades. While the addition of these sections was not cost-neutral for the district, I am proud to say that it had little impact on the district’s finances because of staff and School Board members’ fantastic financial stewardship.

At its September meeting, the School Board passed a balanced budget for fiscal year 2019, allowing us to continue to focus on putting the education of our students first.

Dr. Maura J. Zinni,
Superintendent of Schools

Mission Statement

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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