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Dear District 157-C Families,

 

Small signs of a return to normalcy are becoming more and more noticeable. Hickory Creek hosted our first home track and field meet this week. Grand Prairie students have been enjoying outdoor recess, and Chelsea students have participated in Drop Everything and Read in the sunshine. It is my hope that we can offer an increased number of normal activities for our students in the last few weeks of school.

Last week, Hickory Creek Student Council members visited Silver Cross Hospital to deliver handwritten notes of appreciation and gratitude to the many hospital staff and volunteers. I cannot express enough gratitude for the frontline and essential workers that have made an enormous difference through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In May, we have many celebrations planned, and not just for students. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7 and our Family School Partnership (FSP) team of volunteers looks forward to thanking our wonderful teachers for their resilience, flexibility, and compassion, especially this past year. We also will honor our terrific school nurses on May 12 for School Nurses Day. From contact tracing and temperature taking to making your child feel better after they’ve scraped their knee, school nurses are part of the backbone of our schools.

We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our eighth graders during graduation on Saturday, May 29. The socially-distanced ceremony will be held at Lincoln-Way Central’s football stadium at 10:00 am. Please rest assured that this event will comply with all CDC and IDPH guidelines.
 
On Monday, May 30 Frankfort 157-C will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. The seventh and eighth grade bands have prepared a recording to be used in Frankfort’s Memorial Day Ceremony. The recording will be available on the Village of Frankfort’s website.
 
The last day of student attendance will be Friday, June 4. We look forward to ending the last few weeks of the school year on a positive note with field days and other exciting activities for our students. The summer will no doubt be a time of rest and recharge for everyone.
 
Last month’s regular Board of Education meeting was held Wednesday, April 21. At the meeting, the Board discussed the Chelsea Facility Master Plan and the amended budget for the 2020-2021 school year and approved a new AV club for middle school students beginning next school year. A full recap of the Board meeting can be viewed here.
 
As the weather continues to warm, it can be increasingly taxing to stay the course. Please remember to follow all CDC guidelines while gathering with others and continue to wear face coverings when in public. It is because of our community’s cooperation that Frankfort 157-C has been able to offer in-person learning for our students. I continue to encourage all of us to exercise mindfulness and caution in our choices, to continue to minimize the risk to our loved ones and community members.

Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation to help us finish the school year strong.
 

Dr. Maura J. Zinni,

Superintendent of Schools