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Dear District 157-C Families,

Now that January is behind us, I hope the coldest days are, too. In this month’s E-newsletter, we are looking to what’s ahead for the district.

We are inviting all district families who have children eligible to begin kindergarten this fall to attend kindergarten registration between noon-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Grand Prairie Elementary School, 10480 W. Nebraska St. in Frankfort.

Children must live within district boundaries and be at least 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019, to be eligible to begin kindergarten next school year.

Parents are asked to bring their child’s legal birth certificate and three proofs of residency, one primary and two secondary, to the registration. Primary proofs of residency include a most recent real estate tax bill, signed lease or closing statement. Second proofs of residency include a driver’s license, utility bill, public aid card, voter registration card, home insurance certificate, auto registration or telephone bill. Parents will need to provide the required documentation before registration.

Additionally, during registration, from 5-5:30 p.m. and from 6-6:30 p.m., Grand Prairie Principal Kirsten Frankovich and Assistant Principal Barb Shanahan will provide a presentation on what to expect in kindergarten. We welcome all families to attend one of these presentations to learn more about the year ahead and to welcome them to the district.

The information gathered from kindergarten registration provides the district with the data required to plan for the upcoming school year. Registration numbers are used to determine class sizes and the number of required kindergarten sections. We ask that all families who intend to enroll their children in District 157-C kindergarten next school year attend the registration day or contact the district so that the district may adequately prepare for the year ahead. Please share this message with any of your friends or neighbors who have kindergarten-age children in the district.

For families who already have students at our schools, we would love to hear your feedback. There is still time to complete the 5Essentials Survey for our district, which collects feedback on the Five Essentials for School Success — effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. This survey is available until Friday, February 15 at Your feedback will help us improve our learning environments.

Recently, the administrative team at District 157-C presented the State of the District for community members to hear an update about the district’s progress in meeting and exceeding goals set in its 21st Century Continuous Learning Plan. We are very proud to share our progress with the community. If you have not yet seen the presentation, you may view slides from the presentation by clicking HERE. Additionally, Frankfort Community Television Channel 6 will air a recording of the presentation, and it will soon be available online at

For more information about the kindergarten registration process, the State of the District or for any other questions, please contact the District Office at 815-469-5922.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and district.

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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