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Dear District 157-C Families,

It is hard to believe how fast this busy school year has flown by! The last day of school will be Tuesday, June 6, and schools will be dismissed early. Please check the district website for dismissal times,

Our students and staff were excited to participate in a number of special events as we come to the end of a very positive year. Some of these events included Grand Prairie’s Juvenile Diabetes Walk and Field Days, Chelsea’s Step Up Nights, Colonial Days and Field Days, and Hickory Creek’s Spring Musical, fine arts and athletic student participation in regional, sectional and state competitions and the Cystic Fibrosis walk, just to name a few. In addition, our Tiger Band will again pay tribute to our fallen heroes as part of the Village of Frankfort’s annual Memorial Day ceremony. Graduation will be held on Monday, June 5, at Lincoln-Way East High School at 7:00 p.m.

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. Registration will be held by appointment only at the District Office. Appointments should be made by calling 815-469-5922. More information is with the District Office and on our website,

Looking for fun things for the children to do during summer to help maintain their skills? The district will again offer our summer open library times on Tuesdays at Grand Prairie. We are also offering summer bridge opportunities at Grand Prairie and Chelsea. Grand Prairie 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. Chelsea’s program 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.

Please remember that the new Camp Manitoqua Encounter Camp for students entering K-8 grades will be held on August 17, 18 and 21. 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. Details and registration forms are available on the district website at Payments are to be made through RevTrak, also on the district website.

We thank you for the great partnership we have with you and we always appreciate your input. Your feedback on our parent satisfaction survey was important to us in developing new learning opportunities for the students. We are excited to announce that this fall we will implement Spanish instruction for grades 3-5, all students will have additional technology opportunities and 1:1 laptop computers will be provided to our fifth graders as defined in our 21st Century Continuous Learning Plan. Along with new classroom technology, after-school STEM clubs are also being offered to students to help prepare them for what will be demanded of them when they leave our district.

The District Administrative Office will be open during its regular summer hours. Over the next few months, we hope you will stay connected with us by watching for the District’s summer newsletter in the mail and checking our website. We wish all of our 157-C families a wonderful summer!

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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