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Dear District 157-C Families,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of quality time spent with loved ones. As the holidays quickly approach, we continue to reflect on what we are thankful for here at District157-C and how we can share gratitude and kindness with our neighbors.

All three of our schools put an emphasis on giving back at this time of year, and each year, our students and staff amaze us by their generosity and the care they show for their neighbors and total strangers.

At Grand Prairie, students collected donations for U.S. troops overseas and at home, and put these items together in care boxes. Items collected included candy and treats, snacks, small holiday decorations and gifts, drink mixes, toiletries, socks, games and DVDs. Boxes also included handwritten thank-you cards from students. Students and staff helped organize, pack, address and mail a total of 102 boxes, ensuring the holidays of at least 102 service members will be special this year.

At Chelsea, students participated in the annual Stack the Stock event, in which members of the school community donate non-perishable food items for the Frankfort Township Food Pantry. Simultaneously, students stack these items to try to break the Guinness World Record for stacking. With the help of students, family members and staff, Chelsea had 1,175 people participate in the Stack the Stock event and collected more than 1,500 non-perishable food items for the pantry. It is always inspiring to see so many people come together for this event that benefits neighbors.

At Hickory Creek, students, families and staff are checking off the wish lists of children from Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Hickory Creek students receive letters written to Santa from pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students at Chavez and purchase gifts for them, ensuring they have happy holidays. The generosity that Hickory Creek students and families show for these children is always amazing and teaches our students a lifelong lesson about helping others.

As a reminder to all of our families, our district will begin Winter Break after a school day that is shortened by one hour on Friday, December 21, and students will return to school on Tuesday, January 8. A Teacher Institute Day is scheduled for Monday, January 7, and all of our staff will be focused on professional development and overall wellness. Teachers will participate in activities centered on mental and physical well-being, including mindfulness, yoga, exercise and healthy eating, ensuring they return from the break feeling healthy and ready to teach.

Before the joy and many activities of the holidays begin, please take a moment to visit and fill out the 5Essentials Survey for our district. We are asking all parents to help our district in its efforts to continually improve the learning environment by evaluating our schools on the Five Essentials for School Success effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. This survey will be available until Friday, January 18.

I hope your holidays are full of joy, excitement and rest. Have a great December and a happy New Year!

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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