• October 15, 2021

    Dear Families, Staff, and Community Members,

    Restoring Connection and Belonging has been our return-to-school focus this fall. When students feel connected, they are more confident and motivated to learn.  As learners, we thrive on positive relationships that help us feel safe to learn from and socialize with others. This concept is equally true for adults, including our staff and families. 

    Our community’s commitment to reconnect is a powerful catalyst as we restore beloved traditions and gatherings we missed over the past two years. Currently, teachers and families are in the midst of conferences, which offer another valuable opportunity to connect on behalf of our students. Our PTOs and families have been tremendous partners in making sure connection occurs both in and out of the classroom.

    Thank you to all who helped make the following events a reality this school year…

    • Greeley families gathering for a PTO-sponsored movie night out on the blacktop at Greeley School
    • Kindergarten students engaging in our beloved annual Butterfly Migration
    • Washburne students raising over $3,000 together on behalf of Pickles Group at the return of Autumnfest 
    • Skokie students and staff building a sense of school spirit with a new Pep Rally tradition
    • Hubbard Woods families and staff celebrating at their Parent Party
    • Over 300 families attending Crow Island’s annual Runathon in support of Misericordia

    From the educators who helped Kindergarten students paint their monarch wings to the PTO members who served teachers lunch this week, our daily efforts to support each other make a lasting difference in our inclusive school community.


    Dr. Trisha Kocanda