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  • 63 Online: What You Need to Know

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 9/10/2020

    online 63 Online - D63's remote learning program - is up and running! Students and teachers are connecting and learning together - even at a distance. We look forward to welcoming students back into our buildings when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

    In the meantime, here's how to find the information and assistance you need:

    • Quickly review 63 Online basics.
    • Find lesson plans past and present through the "63 Online" tab at the top of each school's website.
    • Submit a Help Desk ticket for technology challenges.
    • Review a wide range of information on remote learning, technical support, food service, metrics for returning to hybrid learning, and more on our Back to School 20/21 webpages.
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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/19/2020 6:00:00 PM

    welcome A warm welcome to our new and returning students! Although we all wish we could be together in our buildings, we’re excited to begin another year of learning, growing, and connecting. Each of our schools is ready to launch 63 Online, our remote learning program, and you'll find almost everything you need right here on our website. 

    To find lesson plans (past and present) and links to technical help, find the "63 Online" tab at the top of each school's website. And you can find more information on remote learning, technical support, food service, metrics for returning to hybrid learning, and more on our Back to School 20/21 webpages.

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  • Safely Back to School: 2020-2021

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/4/2020

    Safely  We hope all of our families have had a warm and wonderful break - and although our return to school will look very different this month, we look forward to welcoming our students back on  Thursday, August 20.

    All D63 schools will kick off the year with our distance learning program -  63 Online.

    Here's what you need to know:

    Online registration for retuning preschoolers, kindergarteners, new, and returning students (entering grades 1-8) is open. If you haven't already done so, be sure to register your student(s)!

    You can learn more about D63's remote start on our Safely Back to School 20/21 webpages

    On August 4, Superintendent Scott Clay put together an FAQ Video Presentation that responds to many parent questions. We hope you'll find it useful!

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  • Have a Great Summer!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 6/11/2020 8:00:00 AM

    summer Happy summer! After such a challenging spring, we hope all of our D63 families have a warm and wonderful break - we're looking forward to welcoming everyone back (although we're not yet sure how the 2020-2021 will shape itself) in August. In the meantime, here are a few useful dates:

    Online registration for retuning preschoolers, kindergarteners, new, and returning students (entering grades 1-8) is open. If you haven't already done so, be sure to register your student(s)!

    Beginning Wednesday, July 1, sign up for Expanded Learning's After School and Before School Programs.

    School offices reopen Thursday, July 30.

    The first day of the 2020-2021 school year for all grades will be a full day on Thursday, August 20 (regardless of whether or not learning is remote or in our buildings).

    Questions about the coming school year? Check our FAQ page - which will expand over the summer as we learn more. Enjoy all that summer has to offer -- we'll see you soon!

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  • All District 63 School Buildings Remain Closed Through the End of the School Year

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 3/16/2020 9:00:00 AM

    closed As directed by the Governor, all in-person learning is suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Our school buildings will remain closed through the end of the school year. Currently, the last scheduled day of the year is Thursday, June 11. If this changes, we’ll let families know as quickly as possible. 

    Find information and updates on our Coronavirus page.
    Visit our e-learning page.

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  • New School Arrival and Dismissal Times for 2020-2021

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 3/6/2020

    school times At its March 5 meeting, the District 63 Board of Education took a final vote on new school arrival and dismissal times for the 2020-2021 school year:

    Gemini: 8:25 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
    Elementary Schools: 7:55 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.

    A heartfelt thank you to the hundreds of D63 families and staff members who provided thoughtful feedback, giving our Board so many valuable perspectives as it considered this important issue.

    In making its decision, the Board took into account a wide range of factors, including what was best for our students, finanical implications, parent preferences and needs, state labor laws, logistical and operational implications, and staff feedback. 
    Learn more and find out what you need to know/Aprende más y averigüe lo que necesita saber.

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  • Winter Is Coming . . . Take a Minute to Review D63's Emergency Closing Information

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 11/14/2019

    snowflake The snowflakes are already falling - and that means in the coming months there may be times when D63 schools are closed due to weather-related conditions. Before you receive that phone call early in the morning or late at night, take a minute to review how - and why - the District makes the decision to close its schools.

    A few important facts:

    D63 doesn't make the decision to close schools alone! Instead, Districts 62, 63, 64, 79, and 207 make a joint decision. Notifications don't go out until agreement is reached.

    Our first priority is safety. But we know that closings create child care and work challenges. So we consult with experts and take our time before making a final decision.

    Stay informed! Once the decision is made, we post to this website, Facebook and Twitter. We send out phone calls, texts, and emails - and push the information out to the schools' digital signs as well. So like and follow us on social media - and make sure that your school has correct email and phone information for your family.

    Learn more - and stay warm!

     

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  • Washington in the News

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 10/23/2019

    WGN

    The week of October 21 was a busy one at Washington School, as WGN News and ABC7/WLS News stopped by to cover the story of 5th grade teacher Melissa Sagat and school nurse Terry Bauer - whose quick thinking and action saved the life of a choking student.

    Both stories aired on October 22, but you can catch the WGN story and WLS story online. We're incredibly proud of our entire Washington team for seamlessly handling a very scary situation - and very happy that Bella is back in school and just fine!

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  • NEW! D63 Family Resource Center Offers Something for Everyone

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 9/17/2019

    FRC D63's new Family Resource Center - located in the former Stevenson School - is up and running, with a wide range of engaging programs for parents and families. New classes and workshops launch every week throughout the school year. Visit the FRC Upcoming Programs Page to learn more and to register.

    Most programs are free - some carry a modest fee. From Yoga en Español and a Lunch Walking Club to ELL classes, Understanding IEPs, and in-depth parenting workshops, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy - and so many ways to learn!

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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/26/2019 7:00:00 AM

    welcome back On Monday, August 26 the doors opened at our D63 schools to welcome our K-8th grade students - followed by our First Step preschool students on August 27. We're excited to begin another year of learning - and this year will see some big changes; all part of our Building for Success Master Plan. 

    What's new this year? Here are a few hightlights:

    We wish all of our families a fabulous first day and a wonderful year - as all of us here at D63 pursue Success Without Boundaries!

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