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August 5, 2022 


Dear FSD 157-C Community, 


We are excited to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! Our team has prepared diligently over the summer months to kick-off another memorable school year here in Frankfort School District 157-C. Meeting our students in the first days of school will be an essential part of building positive relationships that will last a lifetime.  


Leading up to the first day of school, there is much for our families to review. First, please read an update on our continued commitment to providing safe and secure school environments for our children and families when we come back together in August. It is a lengthy update, but vital for our school community to understand our efforts to ensure the physical safety of all who enter our buildings. To organize our communication, I have separated that information into a message linked HERE.  


Next, our school plans related to the ongoing pandemic and student and staff health are linked on our website HERE. In short, masks are optional, and students will not be quarantined. Families should continue to notify their building nurse if their child is absent due to a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Students who are positive for COVID-19 can return to school after a 5-day period. 


Finally, the details that follow below will assist families in preparation for our first day of school, August 17. Please be sure to mark your calendars for all the outlined events.  


Class Placement 

On Monday, August 8, all families will receive an email from their building principal at 8 AM. For students in kindergarten through third grade, the message will contain the information about your child’s teacher for the year. For students in fourth through eighth grade, the email will provide notice that PowerSchool is open for all families to review their child’s class placement. These emails will also outline pertinent details specific to Grand Prairie, Chelsea, and Hickory Creek.  


Meet and Greet 

We are thrilled to welcome our students to our annual “Meet and Greet” events on the day before school, Tuesday, August 16. This is a perfect opportunity for students to meet their teacher and drop off materials ahead of the first day of school. Here are the times for those meetings: 

  • Chelsea- 8:30am – 10:00am 
  • Grand Prairie – 10:00am – 11:30am 
  • Hickory Creek– 11:30am – 1:00pm 
  • Preschool *Wednesday, August 17- AM Class: 9:30 – 10:30, PM Class 12:30 – 1:30 


First Days of School 

The first day of school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade is Wednesday, August 17. These are full days of attendance for students. All students should bring their lunch and water bottle. The first day for all preschool students is Thursday, August 18. School start and end times are outlined below: 

  • Hickory Creek: 7:45-2:10 
  • Grand Prairie: 8:25 – 2:50 
  • Chelsea: 9:05 – 3:30 
  • Preschool: AM – 8:20 – 10:50, PM 12 – 2:30 



Bus transportation for our students begins on the first day of school. Please review your child’s bus information in the building principal communications from August 8 and contact Brooke Hardt at 815-469-5922 or [email protected] in the District Office if you have questions.   


Curriculum Night 

Each school will host a Curriculum Night onsite for staff to meet their students’ families and outline learning objectives for the school year. This year, the dates of Curriculum Night are as follows: 

  • Grand Prairie: August 23, 5:30 – 7:00 
  • Hickory Creek: August 24, 5:30 – 7:00 
  • Chelsea: August 25, 5:30 – 7:00 


Picture Day 

All three schools will host their student picture day on Thursday, September 1. Ordering information will be sent out by each school in the first few days of student attendance. 

We cannot wait for our students to start with us in just a few short days. We look forward to creating many memories with your children through rich experiences in our schools this year. 



Doug Wernet, Ed.D. 

FSD 157-C Superintendent