May 26, 2016

Last Days of School - June 1 and 2 

Summer break is almost here! The last day of school is June 1 for preschool/kindergarten and June 2 for grades 1 - 8.

District 41 Central Services Office is open during the summer. Office hours, starting June 13, are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12 noon.

We wish all of our school families a happy and safe summer!

Board Vacancy Update 

Thank you to the 19 community members who submitted applications for the Board of Education vacancy. The Board will interview all of the candidates over the next couple of weeks. A candidate to replace Dean Elger will be chosen by June 17.

Bus Changes Next Year 

back-school-bus.jpg Next year, the District 41 bus company will be First Student. We look forward to working with First Student to provide safe and timely transportation of our students. In addition, we will again partner with Septran for transportation coordinated through the District 41 Student Services office. Out of district special education transportation will be provided by Hopewell. 

Click Here for more information regarding First Student.

Click Here for more information regarding Septran.

Click Here for more information regarding Hopewell.

Forest Glen Students Publish Books

Throughout the month of April, Forest Glen students in Ms. Schumutz and Ms. Kostner's L2 Literacy classes went through the process of writing informational books on topics specific to their interests. They read books on the topics and collected research. Each book has 4 chapters and some have a fun facts page. They wrote their stories on special paper that was provided by the publisher Student Treasures Publishing.  The students were excited to receive their published work back and celebrated with their classes over the past couple of weeks. Congratulations, student authors! 


Lincoln School Teachers Host Writing Summer Camp in Galena
District 41 students in Grades 2 through 7 are invited to sign up for a unique summer camp experience! The Belden Boy Writing Camp takes place in July at the restored Belden School in the deep woods of Galena, Illinois. During the camp, Abraham Lincoln Literacy teachers Kathleen Brennan, Kim Mason and Kelley Vail will assist the young writers with their story writing and illustration skills. They do so without the use of technology. Students write in the quiet of the Belden one-room schoolhouse with pencil and paper. Student stories and illustrations are then sent for publication to be made into a hardcover book for the students and their families to enjoy. The writing camp was created by Lincoln School's Pattie HarteNaus, the award-winning author of the 'Belden Boy' book series which is set in the 1800's at the very school the camp takes place.

To sign up or to find out more information about the camp or the Belden Boy book series go to


pictured with Ramiro are Churchill PE teachers Mary Lou Katarzynski and Brent Barker
Churchill Student Runs 100 Miles

Churchill 4th grader Ramiro Chavez has reached the ultimate running goal as a participant in the Churchill Movers Recess Running Club. Last week, Ramiro completed his 100th mile! He has been running in the running club since second grade and has continued to show his determination and effort to the running club.

Congratulations, Ramiro! 


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