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Dear 157-C Families,

Special thanks to our families, students and staff for their great support of our recent food drives at Grand Prairie and Chelsea. We got a huge response, filling numerous shopping carts and boxes with food donations for the Frankfort Township Food Pantry. Thanks, too, to the Hickory Creek Student Council members for packing and unloading the donations. All schools are participating in this effort with Hickory Creek's food drive being held later this year.

The Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 school calendar at its January 19 Board meeting. Camp Manitoqua has offered to run an Encounter Camp for students entering K-8 grades on August 17, 18 and 21 and also offers optional early and late daycare. The camp will include age-appropriate games, adventure, teambuilding and more. It is an option for parents needing childcare during the few days that Lincoln-Way East starts school prior to District 157-C's start. If your family is interested in this camp, please keep in mind that we need a minimum of 15 students registered by May 1, 2017. Families will register via RevTrak on the District website, www.fsd157c.org, and the camp will handle everything else as it relates to registration. 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 daycare during the summer months.

Please mark your calendar for our annual Lincolnway Special Recreation Association (LWRSA) wheelchair basketball game on March 23, 6:30 p.m., at Hickory Creek, 22150 W. 116th Avenue. All 157-C families are invited to see LWSRA athletes compete against our teachers and students. Donations are encouraged, but optional, and all donations support LWSRA. This is our final Charitable Giving Committee event for the district this year. We hope to see you there to support this great cause!

As you know, this time of year gets very busy. Please note these other important dates. Spring Break will be held from March 27 to March 31. Our eighth grade graduation will be held on June 5, 2017, 7:00 p.m., at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Avenue. If you have a child eligible for kindergarten but have not yet registered, please call 815-469-5922 to make your appointment. Our "Kindergarten Here We Come" program will be held on March 2, April 27 and May 18 for parents and incoming kindergarten students. Some of our kindergarten teachers and staff members will be available during the presentations. The children experience activities with teachers at each event, while the parents hear pertinent information to help them prepare for next year.

Please give some thought to working with our parent organizations next year as a volunteer at events or serving on a board. These organizations and their volunteers provide so much support for our students. The current Family School Partnership (FSP) board will not be seeking re-election for the 2017-2018 school year. The election for a new board will take place during the FSP meeting on April 4 and the current board will be available to assist in making the transition easier. Volunteers are also welcome to help with our Education Foundation, Athletic Boosters and Choir/Band Boosters. Working with these organizations is a wonderful way to meet new friends with the common goal of continuing excellence in education for our schools and students. You can learn more from our regular Parent Organization News emails.

Finally, if you have not yet had an opportunity to see this year's "State of the District" presentation by our Administrative Team, you can see a video of the presentation at FCTV "On Demand" and the link will also remain on our website at www.fsd157c.org.

Sincerely,

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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