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  • Ankit Patel Appointed to East Maine School District 63 Board of Education

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 9/20/2022

    PatelOn September 19, the East Maine School District 63 Board of Education appointed Morton Grove resident Ankit Patel to fill the Board seat left vacant by former member Krystal Zec, who stepped down in August. The appointment runs through April 2023, when the seat will be filled through local elections.

    A District resident since 2014, Patel has two children – one of whom attends the District’s Melzer School. Currently Vice President of Operations for First Look Appraisals, his career in real estate appraisal and analysis spans more than 12 years. Patel holds a BS in accounting from DePaul University.

    "We received applications from 15 highly-qualified candidates to fill this vacancy," noted Board President Alexandra Brook, “and it was a tough decision. In the end, we were impressed with Mr. Patel’s deep interest in supporting the District’s commitment to helping every student achieve success without boundaries. His professional background brings a financial perspective to the Board that will help us expand our skill set, and he is a thoughtful, open minded listener. We look forward to working with him.”

    “I’m truly excited about joining D63’s Board of Education,” added Patel. “The District does an incredible job of putting our kids first, offering an excellent educational system, prioritizing their safety, providing them with all the tools they need, and building an exceptional team of teachers and staff around them. My hope, simply put, is to contribute to this success and make a real difference.”

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  • Welcome to District 63

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 9/3/2022

    twainEast Maine School District 63 offers a rich learning environment and multicultural perspective to more than 3,500 students in the diverse communities of Des Plaines, Niles, Morton Grove, Glenview, and Park Ridge at its First Steps Preschool; Apollo, Mark Twain, Melzer, Nelson, and Washington elementary schools (serving grades K-5); and Gemini Middle School (serving grades 6-8).

    Committed to providing all students with the specific opportunities they need to succeed and thrive, District 63 schools, its Expanded Learning enrichment program, and Family Resource Center - serving parents and students - foster each child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral growth and achievement.  

    Take some time to explore our website and learn more about D63, working to achieve "Success Without Boundaries" for every student.

     

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  • Optional SHIELD COVID Testing Begins This Week

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/26/2022 3:45:00 PM

    SHIELDOptional unobserved SHIELD testing will be available to students beginning the week of August 29. Here's what you need to know:

    • If you would like your child to participate, contact your school nurse. You'll be provided with a test kit and instructions; tests will be taken at home.

    • Test samples will be picked up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (the first pick up day will be August 30). Samples - taken that morning - must be in your school office's collection bin no later than 9 a.m. on those days.

    • Results will be available in 24-48 hours; as was the case last year, no news is good news: the school will contact you if the test is positive.

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  • District 63 Board of Education Seeking Applicants

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/23/2022

    board searchHelp District 63 achieve success without boundaries! D63’s Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill a recent vacancy. Interested? Board members must be:

    • a United States citizen.
    • at least 18 years of age.
    • a resident of Illinois and the District for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment.
    • a registered voter.

    Learn more and apply; deadline for submission is Friday, August 26. Interviews will take place during the weeks of August 29 and September 5 and the individual selected will serve through the next election in April 2023. 

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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/9/2022

    welcome backOn Tuesday, August 16 the doors of our D63 schools will open to welcome 3,500 PreK-8th grade students - old and new. We're excited to begin another year of learning!

    A few last minute reminders:

    Be Sure to Register Your Student. Students will not be permitted to attend school unless they are registered.

    Attend Your Open House. Check the dates and mark your calendar!

    Check Your Student's Bus Information (If Appropriate). Bus stop, time, and number information for most bus-riding students is available on the Parent Portal. If you registered very recently, it might take a few days before the details are posted. 

    Review our COVID-19 Protocols. You can find information throughout the year under Health Services Information.

    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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  • Have a Great Summer - School Begins on August 16

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 6/1/2022

    summer

    The first day of the 2022-2023 school year for all grades will be a full day on Tuesday, August 16. 

    Happy summer! After such a challenging school year, we hope all of our D63 families have a warm and wonderful break - we're looking forward to welcoming everyone back in August. In the meantime, here's some key information - and useful dates: 

    Online registration for all new and returning students is open. If you haven't already done so, be sure to register your student(s)!

    Mark your calendar for your school's Open House

    Sign up for Expanded Learning's 2022-2023 Before and After School Programs.

    Enjoy all that summer has to offer -- we'll see you soon!

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  • Safely Back to School

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 9/2/2021

    back to schoolAs District 63 moves forward with the 2021-2022 school year, we are guided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) - and by our commitment to keep our school buildings open. Click the link below to learn more about how we're keeping our schools safe. Of course, as has been the case since March 2020, decisions are subject to change based on circumstances. 

    District 63, Expanded Learning, and buses are mask-recommended environments for students and staff. Learn more and find answers to FAQs.

    Visit our Safely Back to School COVID-19 21/22 School Year webpages.

    Did you know? If your student had both of their COVID-19 vaccination shots it's easy to upload a copy of their vaccination card into the Parent Portal. Learn more and find step-by-step instructions. 

    Share your comments and questions.
    Comparta sus comentarios y preguntas.

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  • Join Us: Early Learning Center Community Open House

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/23/2021

    ELC Open House

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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/13/2021

    welcome backOn August 16 we opened our doors to all of our students for the first time since March 2020 and we were excited to welcome everyone back. As we navigate this year, our primary goal will be to keep our schools open, and our students and staff safe. A few things to remember:

    All students, staff, and visitors are required to wear face coverings inside buildings.

    Some schools and grades still have Open Houses coming up - be sure to mark your calendars if this applies to your school or student.

    Don't forget to turn in required health forms! If you have a child entering kindergarten or 6th grade - or you're new to D63 - physical examination and immunization records must be submitted in order for your child to attend school. Learn more about the requirements and download appropriate forms. If your Gemini student has been vaccinated for COVID-19, we also encourage you to upload a copy of the vaccination record.

    Finally, be sure to bookmark our Back to School webpage and check frequently for updates. You may also visit our COVID-19 21/22 School Year webpages for additional information throughout the year.

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  • Have a Great Summer!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 6/10/2021

    summerHappy summer! After such a challenging school year, we hope all of our D63 families have a warm and wonderful break - we're looking forward to welcoming everyone back in August. In the meantime, here's some key information - and useful dates: 

    Online registration for all new and returning students is open. If you haven't already done so, be sure to register your student(s)!

    Sign up for Expanded Learning's 2021-2022 Before and After School Programs.

    The first day of the 2021-2022 school year for all grades will be a full day on Monday, August 16. At this time, D63 plans to fully re-open schools, reversting to a normal schedule at full capacity. Learn more about COVID-19 health and safety protocols and review the latest updates. 

    Enjoy all that summer has to offer -- we'll see you soon!

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