Community Consolidated School District 21 serves nearly 7,000 students in 13 schools across 6 communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Tarkington Elementary School serves students through 5th grade. School starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM daily.
February 2023 Family Newsletter
February 6, 2023
Dear CCSD21 Parents and Community Members
Dr. Michael Connolly
Superintendent of Schools
MARK YOUR CALENDAR WITH THESE IMPORTANT DATES
Friday, February 17, 2023 – School Improvement Day (No attendance for PK students; morning classes for others)
Monday, February 20, 2023 – Presidents’ Day (No classes)
Wednesday, March 15, 2023– Preschool (Pre-K) Non-Attendance Day
Monday, March 27, 2023– Spring Break Begins
For all other school calendar dates, click here.
BUSINESS OFFICE UPDATES
CCSD21 hosts ribbon-cutting for new administrative center
Community Consolidated School District 21 on Saturday, Jan. 21, officially celebrated the opening of its new Community Service Center and Administrative Office at 959 W. Dundee Road in Wheeling. Construction on the three-story, 39,700-square-foot facility began in December 2021 and wrapped over the winter break, with most district staff starting the transition from their old offices in the Gill Administration Center shortly after the new year.
IPA’s North Cook region elects Dr. Alyssa Shlensky Shapiro of Twain as Elementary School Principal of the Year
Community Consolidated School District 21 is proud to announce that Dr. Alyssa Shlensky Shapiro, principal of Twain Elementary School, was elected as the North Cook Region of the Illinois Principals Association’s Elementary School Principal of the Year. The Horace Mann/IPA Principal of the Year recognizes excellence among elementary and middle-level principals, and Shlensky Shapiro was honored due to her perseverance during the COVID-19 pandemic and her daily commitment to putting children first.
Kindergarten and new student registration opens Feb. 6!
Registration for students new to CCSD21, including new incoming kindergarten students, will open on Monday, Feb. 6.
A child whose fifth birthday falls on or before Sept. 1, 2023, is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year.
New registrants will need to provide the following documents:
Three proofs of residency
Birth certificate – official birth certificate issued by the county clerk in the county in which the child was born. Hospital certificates are not acceptable.
Depending on the child’s grade, additional forms may need to be completed.
To begin the registration process, please visit the CCSD21 Registration Webpage. If you are unsure what school your child will attend, visit our School Boundary Map and enter your address. After families complete the new student online registration and upload all required documents, an email will be sent to the family confirming that the child is registered for the 2023-2024 school year.
If you have a student currently enrolled in CCSD21, including a preschool student, registration for the 2023-2024 school year will begin in May. Returning student information will be sent out on a future date.
A group of Frost students sang at the Chicago Wolves game on Jan. 29. The organization had asked music teacher Emily Bochenek to bring a group back to sing at a game, which she had done prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Interested students in third through fifth grades were invited to take part.
Holmes student named finalist for ‘Local Letters for Global Change’
When Allison K. was called into Randy Peterson’s classroom in December, she thought maybe she had done something wrong.
Upon entering the room, the eighth grader at Holmes was instructed by Peterson to sit next to him.
Read the full story here.
Read Allison’s entry here.
‘Day of Play’ brings cardboard games to Tarkington’s gym
While many families tend to recycle their cardboard once finished, the students and families at Tarkington have a different idea: how to turn this into a playable game.
During the evening on Thursday, Jan. 26, the more than 40 games to result from that idea populated the school’s gymnasium for its “Cardboard Challenge Day of Play.”
Read the full story here.
Find out about the NEU Tarkington Scholarship here.
Twain’s White Cane Day celebrations aim to educate staff, students about people with vision impairments
Alex and Daniela are two first graders who are incredibly funny, value peer relationships, are independent and work every day to gain more independence. They work hard and do well in school and that is very important to both of them.
They both attend their home school, which is Twain. They receive vision itinerant services and orientation and mobility services through NSSEO. NSSEO has collaborated with Dr. Shapiro and Ms. Connolly on making sure the school building is accessible, but also how to educate the staff and students at Twain about people with vision impairments, which is what they have done with White Cane Day celebrations, being able to talk to staff at meetings, and teachers and students asking questions as they come up.
Read the full story here.
Watch the full video here.
Whitman celebrates annual ‘One Whitman’ event
On Nov. 4, 2022, Whitman Elementary School celebrated their annual “One Whitman” event. Created in 2020 by the Whitman PTO, this event brings Whitman families together to share food, culture, dance, music, singing and other ethnic experiences so that students and parents can learn from each other and learn about different cultures.
Check out the calendar of events for specific activities and times for the month of February. .
Our students take federally required assessments every spring. These assessments help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) assesses students in grades 3 – 8 in both English language arts and math.
IAR is computer-based and students will use Chromebooks to complete the test. Students will answer questions in a variety of ways. On the Math test, students may answer multiple choice questions, write an equation, or type an answer. On the English Language Arts/Literacy test, students will read multiple articles or stories, and sometimes even watch a video, before responding.
In addition, the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) is slated to be administered to all 5th and 8th grade students this Spring within the same testing window as IAR.
Our students will take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness between March 6 – March 24 and the testing window for Illinois Science Assessment is March 13 – March 24.
Here are some suggestions you can do to help your student:
Ensure your child arrives at school on time.
Have your child eat a healthy breakfast at home or at school.
Ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep.
Gently encourage them to do their best.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact your child’s principal.
Free Financial Workshop, “Simplify Your Spending and Saving Strategies” on Feb. 7
In partnership with Edward Jones, CCSD21 will offer a “Simplify Your Spending and Saving Strategies” presentation at 10-11 a.m. or 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Attendees will learn more about setting personal financial goals, balancing savings, strategies for controlling debt and improving credit scores, and savings options for now through retirement. Child care will be provided for the evening session. Both presentations are set to take place in Room B310 at the District 21 Community Service Center & Administrative Office at 959 W. Dundee Rd, Wheeling.
We had some wonderful new sub candidates that applied to work with us this past Fall. Many of these subs are right from our community! We’re excited for these additions to our sub group but we’re not done yet. We are continuing to hire subs each month. Please let your neighbors and friends know that we are still hiring throughout the school year.
Whether you want to help us out one day a week or every single day, the choice is yours.
Katie Gore, Kindergarten Teacher at Tarkington Elementary School
Kilmer teacher Katie Gore learned a lot from her parents. “My dad worked in sales but didn’t really care for his job. It was a way to make a living and support the family,” Katie says. “My mom was a math teacher at Wheeling H.S. for over 30 years and LOVED her job. In fact, she had a passion for it.”
Gladys Erdmannsdorfer, Family Liaison at London, Field, Riley and Tarkington
As a young girl living in Peru, Gladys Erdmannsdorfer’s mother took godchildren into her home who were in need, helping them with groceries, babysitting, transporting their children to school, or whatever else she could do to assist. Gladys never forgot those kind and generous gestures.
We are excited to now offer a new mobile device app option for families to access the Parent Portal. If you would like to install this app on your mobile device for quicker access to the portal, please follow the linked instructions.
IMPORTANT – If you have the old PowerSchool Mobile app (pictured on the right), please remove it. This app does not support the PowerSchool customizations we have made to meet the district’s unique needs, and will no longer connect to CCSD21 after Feb. 17.
This new app is just one way for families to access the Parent Portal. Like in the past, families can still access the CCSD21 PowerSchool Parent Portal website from any device at https://d21ps.ccsd21.org/public/
Some of the information available to you in the Parent Portal:
Grades and assignments
Student schedules and more
SUPPORT SERVICES & SCHOOL SAFETY UPDATES
Dental services event at Kilmer
CCSD21 hosted a free dental services event at Kilmer Elementary School in partnership with Mobile Care Chicago. Students were all smiles!
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Last Month’s Board Meeting The livestream video of the January 19 Board of Education meeting can be viewed here.
Next Board Meeting The next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting of Community Consolidated School District 21, Wheeling, Cook County, IL, will be held on February 23, 2023 7:00 p.m. at the District 21 Community Service Center and Administration Office, 959 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling, IL 60090.