Strategic Planning a Success!

img_0156On Saturday over 30 participants joined together for the day to actively plan for Lake Villa 41’s future.  The group was lead by Barb Toney from the Illinois Association of School Boards.  Happily, over half of the participants were parents and/or  community members.  This was especially important because the district improves when all stakeholders have a voice.

Throughout the day participants worked in small groups to identify core values and beliefs, articulate both the district’s mission and vision and create high-end district goals.  Participants also completed an analysis of the district’s strengths and weaknesses in the areas of student achievement, programs/services, curriculum, facilities, finances, and community relations.  A great deal of work was accomplished in a little under seven hours. The board will use all of this input in the upcoming months.

A special THANK YOU to all of those willing to give up their Saturday to help make our district even better for our students!  

We Need Your Help

We are looking for parents and community members help us with our district’s download-1Strategic Planning on Saturday , February 11 from 8:30 – 3:30 PM.  Your input is vital in moving our district forward.  Please sign up using this link RSVP Strategic Planning

It is critical that all stakeholders in the district are represented and have a voice.   As it stands we are in need of a larger group of both parents and community members.  Your support of our district is greatly appreciated!

 

Please Join Us!

download-1Every organization needs a road map to advance from where it is now to where it wants to be in the future.  Residents and community members now have a direct opportunity to shape Lake Villa 41’s future.  On Saturday, February 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. our board will be hosting a Strategic Planning Event at Palombi Middle School’s Library.  This event is aimed at engaging community members, business leaders, residents, recent graduates, and staff in planning the direction of the district.  It is a time for everyone’s voice to be heard. This meeting is open to the public.

The strategic plan is the driving force for the district’s actions. It guides all planning, fiscal decision-making and student achievement efforts.  A good strategic plan can improve student outcomes, keep great teachers and involve the community in the business of the schools.  If you are interested in joining us, please let the district know so we can be sure to have lunch for you and send you materials a week before the event.   Simply call the district office at 847-356-2385 or use this link to register   http://evite.me/u6CXxU7PQg

Hands-Only CPR Saves Lives

download-1Did you know cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States?  Each year, over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur and about 90% of the people experiencing such an event die.

Hands-only CPR, especially if done immediately, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.  Please take 2 minutes to watch this short video to learn how.  Hands Only Training video – IHSA

Here is also a link to more information from the American Heart Association. 2016 Hands-Only Fact Sheet

(And for those of you who may be wondering, all Illinois public school districts are mandated to share this information with parents and staff.)

Remembering Those Who Served

 

download-2Tomorrow is a day for our country to pause and remember the sacrifices made by those
who served in the Armed Forces.  Tomorrow also happens to be a day that school is in session.   Consequently, our schools have an excellent opportunity for our students to learn about service, citizenship and patriotism.  It is also an opportunity to demonstrate gratitude to those who have ensured our freedom.

Lake Villa 41 students will be observing Veteran’s Day tomorrow in a multitude of ways.  Students have already been busy preparing for tomorrow by designing cards and decorating bulletin boards.  Thompson School will be hosting a Veteran’s breakfast and a recognition assembly at 9:15 AM following which veterans will be visiting individual classrooms.  Martin School also has veterans visiting individual classrooms and grade levels throughout the day.  At 11 AM Hooper first graders will parade walk to the Lindenhurst Veterans Day Honor Service where they will be handing out cards thanking veterans for serving.  Hooper School also has an assembly this afternoon where students will be able to honor those who served.  Tomorrow at Palombi students will have a number of opportunities to interact with service men and women from the Airforce.

I know I am personally looking forward to attending some of these events. If you would like more information about what is happening in your child’s school, please contact your child’s teacher.

Strategic Planning Rescheduled

download-2The board believes it is critical that all stakeholders have a voice in moving the district forward.  As many of you already know,  November 5th was a conflict for a number of our parents because of their involvement in our wonderful PTO Holiday Extravaganza that same day.  Rather than push forward with a small parent group, the board has elected to reschedule the Strategic Planning Event to encourage more participation.                                                                                                          download-1

The new date is Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Please mark your calendars!   We hope you can join us!
Once again, thank you for your support and we will see you at
the Holiday Extravaganza!

Help Shape LV41’s Future!

download-1Every organization needs a road map to advance from where it is now to where it wants to be in the future.  You now have a direct opportunity to shape Lake Villa 41’s future.  On Saturday, November 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. our board will be hosting a Strategic Planning Event in the  board room at Palombi Middle School.  This event is aimed at engaging community members, business leaders, residents, recent graduates, and staff in planning the direction of the district.  It is a time for everyone’s voice to be heard. This meeting is open to the public.

The strategic plan is the driving force for the district’s actions. It guides all planning, fiscal decision-making and student achievement efforts.  A good strategic plan can improve student outcomes, keep great teachers and involve the community in the business of the schools.

If you are interested in joining us, please let the district know so we can be sure to have lunch for you and send you materials a week before the event.  You can simply fill out the form below and we will do the rest!

Our board is committed to gathering ideas from community and staff representatives to guide our school district’s planning activities.  Our board believes that by working together we can strengthen our efforts to continuously improve our schools.  On behalf of all the students in the community, the board and I appreciate your contribution to this effort.

Achieving excellence takes everyone!

Help our Kids Feel Safe

 

download-2You may have heard news reports about “creepy clown” sightings across the country, and recently in nearby school districts. We know that some of our students and parents have heard these reports as they have expressed concerns to each other and to school staff.

The safety of our students and staff is our priority and we work closely with the Lake Villa and Lindenhurst Police Departments to ensure that safety. Although there have been no “creepy clown” sightings around our schools, please know the police are taking the growing phenomenon very seriously and are on alert. In our schools, we always closely monitor visitors to our buildings.  Staff continue to watch around the buildings during recess, outdoor gym time, and during arrival and dismissal.

We ask for your help in keeping our community safe and in helping children who are concerned or anxious. If you see any suspicious activity, report it to the Lake Villa or Lindenhurst Police Departments and to your building principal. Please reinforce digital citizenship lessons with your children (i.e., do not “friend” or communicate with strangers at any time online or through text messaging, and always share messages of concern with an adult). Remind them to play outdoors in groups and always walk with a buddy.  This is a perfect opportunity to talk about “Stranger Danger” with your child.  Finally, reassure your children that school is a safe place and that there are lots of adults watching and taking good care of them.  If your child seems particularly anxious or afraid, please know our social workers and psychologists are available to meet with them. 

We will continue to monitor media reports to understand concerns in nearby communities, and will be in close contact with our own police departments.

Upcoming Parent Workshop

images-1I normally don’t promote workshops for parents because there are so many good ones, but here is one I don’t think you will want to miss, especially if you have teens (or tweens) in your house.  From Use to Abuse is being held at the  Warren-Newport Public Library on October 27th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. then again at 6:30 – 8 p.m.   Flyer

Not only will you learn about local drug trends and why prescription opiates are so harmful, but how to safeguard your own home.  There will also be an interesting interactive traveling exhibit of a teen bedroom that contains over 100 items that may be indicative of risky behavior.  I encourage all parents to save the date!

Gearing Up for a Great Start

50b0a1c5ebee49c6bfe772e19cef0bd6It is hard to believe, but the First Day of School is right around the corner.  Our staff is busy putting the final touches on classrooms, hallways and playgrounds.  We are looking forward to welcoming 2,700 smiling faces into our schools next Tuesday.

I am optimistic and confident that this year will be an outstanding year for all of our students.  Talking with a number of teachers and administrators over the summer, I have picked up on a sense of renewed excitement and enthusiasm  for the upcoming school year.

Recently, a number of staff volunteered to meet at Panera for a book study on a school 518+7JOSZmL._AC_UL320_SR210,320_transformation process.  (Seriously,  it MUST  be interesting for people to give up vacation time to talk shop.) The book that has folks buzzing is The Leader in Me by Sean Covey. It teaches leadership skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child (and every person) can be leader.  The Leader in Me is not an event and it is not a curriculum.  It is an integrated approach of leadership training that involves the entire school.  In fact, schools cannot become a Leader in Me school unless there is a commitment from 90% or more of the staff that this is something the entire school wants to do.  It simply won’t work if it is top down or administratively directed.  This year our schools are just beginning the initial exploration stage. Principals will be trying to gauge if this is something their schools support.  (By the way, every one of our principals is very excited about the Leader in Me.  Feel free to ask them about the Leader schools they visited.)   If you want to see what the excitement is about check out  The Leader in Me.

Picture3Finally, for those of you who are interested in how my Great Pyrenees puppy named  Jeep is doing with her training, I have started a new blog for students, staff and families to follow.  You can see Jeep in action at  Jeep the Dog    Become a follower!  I have posted some videos and articles that I know the kids in particular will enjoy watching.  I plan to add new photos and updates throughout the year. Hard to imagine that Jeep is now 7 months old and weighs over 75 lbs!

 

I am looking forward to a fantastic year ahead!!