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April 29: Student Art Expo at Oak Park’s Cheney Mansion
All community members are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Student Art Expo being hosted at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park on Saturday, April 29. More than 525 pieces of artwork created by local elementary and middle school students will be on display, including many pieces created by D181 students! This free event is open 10am-4:30pm and will feature not only art displays, but also live art demonstrations led by members of the Oak Park Art League. For more information, visit http://wscaeartist.weebly.com. See flyer here.

Community Encouraged to Attend May 2 Board Member Farewell and New Member Seating
All community members are encouraged to attend the District 181 Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 2 at HMS (7pm). The meeting will include a farewell to outgoing Board members, as well as the seating of new Board members. We encourage the community to attend and join us in thanking Mr. Clarin, Ms. Garg, and Ms. Vorobiev for their service and in welcoming Ms. Kleber, Mr. Lucht, and Ms. Patel to the Board of Education.

May 2-3: “Screenagers” Documentary Screening and Filmmaker Q&A
The third and final event in this year’s Community Speaker Series, presented jointly by D86 and D181, is a screening of the documentary “Screenagers” and a Q&A with filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston. This two-hour event takes place at The Community House on May 2 at 7pm and May 3 at 9:30am. “Screenagers” discusses how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower them to best navigate the digital world and find balance. In addition to a filmmaker, Dr. Ruston is a Stanford-trained physician and mother of two. This event is free but space is limited; please register online at www.d181foundation.org. See flyer here.

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April 18 Parent Event: “How to Support Language & Literacy for Preschoolers and Toddlers”
All community members are invited to a one-hour presentation on how to support language and literacy for preschoolers and toddlers. This event takes place Tuesday, April 18 at the D181 Administration Center (9:30-10:30am). No registration is needed. Current research shows the home literacy environment of young children have a measurable effect on later developing literacy skills. Come learn what you can do at home to set up your child for success! The presenter is Patricia A. Ward, M.S.,, CCC-SLP/BCBA, a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 35 years of experience working with children in the medical, education, and private sectors. See flyer here.

D181 is Changing IEP/504 Software Systems
Beginning on April 3, District 181 will be implementing a new online software program to manage IEPs and Section 504 Plans. The new system is called Power IEP/Power 504. Staff training on this system occurred during the March Institute Day. Parents may notice a difference in format, but all of the components in an IEP or Section 504 Plan will remain consistent. You can learn about the system online at www.poweriep.com.

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Nominations Due March 24 for “World Changer” D181 Employee Awards
Has your family been deeply and positively impacted by the actions of a D181 employee? The call for nominations is open now through March 24 for “The District 181 World Changer Awards: A Celebration of Exceptional Employee Achievements.” This is a new program that recognizes the above and beyond contributions of teachers, support staff, and administrators in District 181. Visit www.d181.org > Our District > World Changer Awards to access the Awards Overview for more information about eligibility and the nominating process. Then, if you have a staff member you would like to nominate for this honor, complete the online nomination form linked on the D181 website. Call 630-861-4924 with any questions. See flyer.

April 18 Parent Event: “How to Support Language & Literacy for Preschoolers and Toddlers”
All community members are invited to a one-hour presentation on how to support language and literacy for preschoolers and toddlers. This event takes place Tuesday, April 18 at the D181 Administration Center (9:30-10:30am). No registration is needed. Current research shows the home literacy environment of young children have a measurable effect on later developing literacy skills. Come learn what you can do at home to set up your child for success! The presenter is Patricia A. Ward, M.S.,, CCC-SLP/BCBA, a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 35 years of experience working with children in the medical, education, and private sectors. See flyer.

D181 Middle School Start/End Times Changing Beginning Next Year
Please note that during the March 13, 2017 Board of Education Business meeting, the Board approved the administrative recommendation that the start and end times for middle school change beginning next school year. The current times are 7:55am – 2:45pm. The new middle school times starting in 2017-18 will be 8:25am – 3:15pm. The elementary school times will stay as they are currently. The District thanks all parents and staff who responded to the recent online survey on this topic. For more information, please view the School Times Board Report available on BoardDocs. See flyer.

Learn More about the Board-Approved Tech Plan for D181!
Did you know that the Board of Education recently approved a Digital Learning Environment (DLE) Plan for the District? You are invited to learn more about this technology plan and how it will impact all students starting in the 2017-18 school year. Please visit www.d181.org > Learning > Digital Learning to access an FAQ and the complete proposal explaining which devices students will receive, which grade levels will be 1:1, and when a new technology fee will be coming, among many other key topics.

 

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Kindergarten Registration Begins Feb. 22-23; Preschool Registration Open Now
Kindergarten registration for 2017-18 will take place February 22 and February 23 at the child’s neighborhood elementary school (9am-3pm). All D181 parents also have the option of attending evening kindergarten registration at Prospect School on Wednesday, February 22 (5:30-7:30pm). Registration for returning students entering Grades 1-8 is slated to begin after spring break. We are now enrolling 2017-18 registrants for our three and four year-old D181 Preschool program. Preschool registration is accepted at Oak School during school hours. Space is limited; registrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please visit our website for more information about D181 registration: www.d181.org > Parents > Registration. Click here for flyer.

Community Invited to February 28 Heroin Education Event
We are hosting a Heroin Education event on Tuesday, February 28 at Hinsdale Middle School (7-9pm). D181 families and residents from all neighboring communities are welcome. The evening will include information on the heroin epidemic in DuPage County, signs and symptoms of addiction, early intervention strategies, current local statistics, and information on what is being done to address this issue locally. The event will conclude with the personal story of a D181 family who dealt with addiction challenges. This event is not recommended for elementary-age children. Registration is requested can be completed online at tinyurl.com/heroinedunight. Click here for flyer.

Simplify Summer Planning with the D181 Summer Camp Expo (March 9)
All community members are invited to the annual D181 Summer Camp Expo, taking place Thursday, March 9 at Prospect School (6-8:30pm). This is a one-stop-shop to meet with exhibitors one-on-one and learn about local and regional overnight camps, sports camps, fine arts programs, science and educational camps, recreation activities, and more. New exhibitors are added every year. Children are welcome, and no registration is needed. Click here for flyer.

5th Grade IEP/504 Parent Event Scheduled for March 14
If you have a 5th grade child with an IEP or 504 Plan, join us for the event “Transitioning into Middle School with an IEP or 504.” The program will include a panel discussion on the District’s continuum of services, classes, and level of support. We will also discuss what parents can do to help their child through this transition process.

 

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Community Welcomed to “Mindful Parenting” Speaker Series Event
The next event in the Community Speaker Series hosted collaboratively by District 181 and District 86 is “Mindful Parenting” with Dr. Kristen Race. She will be presenting on Tuesday, February 7 at The Community House (7pm) and Wednesday, February 8 at The Community House (9:30am). Registration is requested and can be completed online; visit www.d181foundation.org for details. Event Overview: “Between academic pressures, over-scheduled after-school activities, homework, and demanding careers, parents today find it difficult just to get dinner on the table. Dr. Race speaks directly to today’s busy families who make up what she calls ‘Generation Stress’ and presents an alternative – a mindful approach. Drawing on the latest research, Dr. Race shows how mindfulness helps us and our children feel happier, healthier, calmer, less anxious, less stressed, and more focused. This humorous and engaging talk provides simple solutions that move us from surviving in our family lives to thriving.”

Preschool Registration for 2017-18 Open Now; Kindergarten Registration Begins Feb. 22
We are now enrolling 2017-18 registrants for our three and four year-old D181 Preschool program. Benefits of our program include state-certified teachers, a high quality curriculum aligned to Illinois Early Learning Standards, competitive tuition, and low student-teacher ratios. Preschool registration is accepted at Oak School during school hours. Space is limited; registrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Kindergarten registration for 2017-18 will take place February 22 and February 23 at the child’s neighborhood elementary school (9am-3pm). All D181 parents also have the option of attending evening kindergarten registration at Prospect School on Wednesday, February 22 (5:30-7:30pm). Registration for returning students entering Grades 1-8 is slated to begin after spring break. Please visit our website for more information about D181 registration: www.d181.org > Parents > Registration.

Click here for Kindergarten and New Student registration flyer and here for Preschool.

D181 is Seeking Your Input on School Times and Special Education
We are interested in your feedback on two very important topics. Two online surveys are open now through February 7. (Check your email for the links.) The first survey is focused on the concept of potentially changing our school start and end times, with three options being presented for consideration, including an option to leave the times as they are now. Your input is essential in helping to inform a recommendation to the Board of Education. The second survey seeks feedback on services provided to special education students, as well as topics for future professional development and training. Your input is truly appreciated as we consider the best ways to invest time and resources in support of our students.

Community Invited to Heroin Education Event
We are hosting a Heroin Education event on Tuesday, February 28 at Hinsdale Middle School (7-9pm). D181 families and residents from all neighboring communities are welcome. The evening will include information on the heroin epidemic in DuPage County, signs and symptoms of addiction, early intervention strategies, current local statistics, and information on what is being done to address this issue locally. The event will conclude with the personal story of a D181 family who dealt with addiction challenges. This event is not recommended for elementary-age children. Registration is requested can be completed online at tinyurl.com/heroinedunight. Click here for flyer.

Simplify Summer Planning with the Summer Camp Expo
All community members are invited to the annual D181 Summer Camp Expo, taking place Thursday, March 9 at Prospect School (6-8:30pm). This is a one-stop-shop to meet with exhibitors one-on-one and learn about local and regional overnight camps, sports camps, fine arts programs, science and educational camps, recreation activities, and more. New exhibitors are added every year. Children are welcome, and no registration is needed.

 

Opt-In for School and District Text Message Alerts

District 181 now offers the opportunity for parents and staff to opt-in for text messages from the District and D181 schools. These texts will be limited to three types of important messages: (1) Transportation Alerts (e.g., bus delays), (2) Weather Alerts (e.g., snow days), and (3) Safety Alerts (e.g., power outage). Receiving a text is a fast and easy way to help ensure you don’t miss an e-mail with this type of timely news. Texts will be sent via SchoolMessenger, the same notification system used for automated e-mails and phone calls. To opt-in, simply text the word “YES” to 67587 from your cell phone number currently on file with the District, and be sure that you receive the auto-confirmation text that will be sent in response. If you need to add a cell phone number to the system, or if the number needs to be updated, that step will need to be completed first. Please view the one-page FAQ with information on that process and further detail regarding text messages from D181. Click here for flyer.

HMS Construction Update Community Event: January 24

District 181 is hosting a Hinsdale Middle School Construction Update event on Tuesday, January 24 at HMS (6:30-7:30pm). All community members are welcomed; no registration is required. This session will be an opportunity for the administration, construction partners, and Village leaders to meet with residents interested in learning more about all key aspects of the project, including timeline, budget, design, and site logistics, as the on-site work is scheduled to begin this spring. There will also be time for community Q&A. For more information, call 630.861.4924 or go online to www.d181.org > Our District > HMS Construction.

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D181 Welcoming Applicants for HMS Construction Advisory Task Force

District 181 is gathering a small team of parents, residents, and local business leaders who have expertise in architecture, commercial construction, facilities, or finance to form a task force that will serve in an advisory capacity for the administration during HMS construction. Specifically, the task force may be asked to perform tasks like monitoring expenditures, reviewing change orders, and making recommendations related to the schedule. If you have such expertise and are willing to volunteer your time, or you know a resident who may be interested, we invite you to access the Community Task Force overview and application, available online at www.d181.org > Our District > HMS Construction. Application materials are due by Friday, December 16.

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HMS Referendum FAQ of the Week

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Can I register to vote on Election Day? How do I check my polling place? What will be the ballot question related to the HMS Referendum?

Residents interested in learning more about any aspect of the voting process should visit their county election site – either www.DuPageCo.org/Election or www.CookCountyClerk.com. Both sites offer a tool to verify your polling place: www.DuPageCo.org/VoterLookup or www.CookCountyClerk.com/Elections/VoterProfile. If you have not yet registered to vote, please note that beginning this year, you can register to vote and vote at your local precinct on Election Day. You will need two valid forms of identification and must meet standard voter qualifications. Upon arriving at your polling place, the District recommends voters check that they have been given the correct ballot for D181 residents. The referendum question may be the last question on the ballot. The ballot language will read as follows, and a Yes/No response choice will be offered: “Shall the Board of Education of Community Consolidated School District Number 181, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois (located primarily in Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills, Illinois), improve the site of and build and equip a new school building and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $53,329,194 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?”

HMS Referendum FAQ of the Week

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What is the cost for building a new HMS, and if the referendum were approved, how would that impact my tax bill?

The referendum amount shown on the November ballot is $53,329,194. It is important to note that the project budget includes not only the cost of actually building a school, but also contingencies, an escalation factor, general liability insurance, temporary relocation of the mobiles and parking spaces, demolition of the current HMS, mandated storm water retention, asbestos-related environmental needs, and Construction Management fees, among a variety of other components. You can find a detailed budget estimate on our website. The referendum net debt service (cost with interest) is $83,454,225. If the referendum is not successful and a referendum for new construction is tried the following year, it is anticipated that the cost for delaying would increase by 3-5% due to escalation. If the referendum is successful, homeowners would see an increase in their tax payment in Calendar Year (CY) 2017 that would be sustained for the first seven years of the 20-year term. However, because the District’s existing debt will be paid in full by CY 2023, homeowners would see a decrease in their overall bond and interest tax payment in CY 2024, leaving just the payment for the HMS bonds for the remaining term. (The existing debt is primarily due to seven different bond series for renovations and/or additions at Madison, Oak, Monroe, Elm, and The Lane, and new construction of Clarendon Hills Middle School, Prospect, and Walker.) For a median home value ($765,400), it is estimated that the increase would be $100, the decrease would be $326, and the total amount paid over the 20-year life of the bonds for the HMS Referendum would be $9,089. On our website is a four-page “Cost and Tax Impact” document that provides these figures for home values up to $2.5 million, along with much more financial detail.

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HMS Referendum FAQ of the Week

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Did the District consider renovating the current building, instead of building new?

The Board of Education and Board Facilities Committee initially considered renovation / expansion and new construction both as viable options for a long-term solution for HMS. All three architecture firms that were initially considered for the HMS project (and the District’s architect of record) determined that renovation was not recommended. The Facilities Committee agreed, and the Board supported that recommendation in September 2015. Key reasons renovation was not chosen as the best option include:
• Educational Disruption: It was anticipated that in a renovation plan, students would have been displaced from some parts of the facility, and construction work would have been scheduled around them while school was in session.
• Safety Concerns: There were concerns about ensuring a safe school environment during a renovation project, as construction work would have taken place in the building during student occupancy.
• Lack of Community Support: In online surveys and a phone survey of residents conducted in September 2015, data confirmed greater community support for new construction over renovation.
• Cost Compared to New Construction: Architectural guidelines state that when the estimated cost of renovating a school approach 60% of the cost of replacing the facility, replacement is the more appropriate solution. Further, in a renovation plan, students would have been displaced from some parts of the facility, which would have likely required leasing more temporary classroom spaces (trailers / mobiles), which in turn would have added to the project cost.
• Added Construction Time: It was anticipated that at least one year would have been added to the project timeline for a renovation.

HMS Referendum FAQ of the Week

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What is included in the design for a new HMS, where would it be located, and when would it open to students?

The HMS new building design includes 34 core classrooms, a Media Resource Center (library), Applied Technology and Family/Consumer Science labs, small group and special education instructional areas, collaboration space, a gymnasium and fitness center, and cafetorium. The school would be built in the grassy area around the existing building, at the corner of Third Street and Garfield Avenue in Hinsdale. Our timeline has the school opening for the 2018-19 school year, with the final stages (demolition of the current building, re-seeding of Washington Street field, parking lot/deck construction) completed after the building opens in August. Current 6th graders would complete their 8th grade year in the new building. A detailed project timeline created by the construction manager is available on our website.

D181 Referendum FAQ of the Week

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How did the District change the proposal from March 2016 to November 2016?

This will be the second referendum attempt for a new HMS. The first referendum presented in March 2016 was defeated 56% to 44%. Thanks to the feedback of our D181 community, we were able to develop a revised proposal that took into account the data from 500 phone survey respondents, over 1,500 online survey respondents, conversations with the HMS staff and Board members, input from those who attended our engagement events, and best practices in education design and school construction. That input informed our decision making around adjustments to make for the November 2016 referendum, which include the following key changes:

• We reduced the cost from the prior proposal by 17%, from $65 million to $53,329,194.
• We selected a new preferred scenario for the sale of bonds.
• We eliminated the auditorium and instead have a cafetorium. The new design allows for the potential future addition of auditorium seating should there be a desire and funding to add it at a later time.
• We reduced the overall footprint from 160,000 square feet to 139,000 square feet.
• We reconsidered all internal spaces and compared them against our District space planning guidelines.
• We reduced one choral space to match the current number of choral spaces at HMS.
• We reduced the number of core classrooms from 38 to 34; every core teacher still has his/her own classroom.
• We eliminated artificial turf from the design and instead will re-seed / re-sod the Washington Street field with grass.
• The P.E. indoor running track will be bid as an alternate, meaning that it will be included only if project bids come in low enough for the track to be included and be within the project budget.

More information about the HMS Referendum is available online at www.d181.org > Our District > HMS Referendum.

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District 181 Invites Community to HMS Referendum Informational Events
The D181 Board of Education approved a resolution to place a referendum question on the ballot in the November 8, 2016 election. The referendum seeks authorization to sell up to $53,329,194 in bonds for the purpose of building a new school that would replace Hinsdale Middle School. The District is inviting the community to participate in any of several upcoming events to learn more about the referendum, ask questions, and explore the HMS building. All community members are welcomed, and no advance registration is required. Detailed information about the proposed design, cost, and timeline is available on the District’s website at www.d181.org > Our District > HMS Referendum.
• Thursday, October 13 (6:30-7:30pm at HMS) Informational Presentation, Q&A, School Tours
• Tuesday, October 18 (11:30am-12:30pm at Prospect School, Clarendon Hills) Informational Presentation, Q&A
• Monday, October 24 (9-10am at Walker School, Clarendon Hills) Informational Presentation, Q&A
• Tuesday, October 25 (6:30-7:30pm at HMS) Town Hall Meeting, School Tours
• Thursday, November 3 (6:30-7:30pm at HMS) Informational Presentation, Q&A, School Tours
• Sunday, November 6 (1-3pm at HMS) Open House, School Tours

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Rotary Run Registration Now Open
Registration is open for the 22nd Annual Rotary Run Charity Classic, taking place Sunday, October 16 at The Community House. This event benefits several local organizations, including our own D181 Foundation. The series of race events includes a 10K, 5K, 3K, walk-and-roll, and mutt strut. The day’s fun includes family activities like live music and pumpkin painting. The Mrs. B trophy will be awarded to the D181 elementary school with the highest student and staff participation percentage, and the Mr. K trophy will go to the middle school with the highest participation percentage. Additionally, the Rotary Club is offering up to $150 to support wellness-related activities to any D181 school that meets a set student and staff participation level. Learn more online and register today at www.rotaryruncharityclassic.org.

Parent Presentation “Providing for Your Loved One: How Can a Special Needs Trust Help?”
All D181 families are invited to attend a parent presentation taking place Tuesday, October 25 at Monroe (7-8pm) – “Providing for Your Loved One: How Can a Special Needs Trust Help?” This session will discuss proper planning when leaving a special needs child or other loved one with an inheritance or other funds and how to help ensure he/she will be eligible for supplemental benefits to which he or she is entitled. Leading this event will be Joseph Monahan, the founder of Monahan Law Group, LLC – a preeminent mental health law attorney in Illinois, professor, and advocate.

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Parent Presentation: “Fostering Childhood & Teen Success Without Compromising Mental Health or Losing the Joy of Learning”
All community members are invited to attend the first event in the 2016-17 Community Speaker Series hosted jointly by District 181 and District 86. Clinical psychologist Madeline Levine, Ph.D., the best-selling author of “The Price of Privilege” and “Teach Your Children Well” will speak candidly about what she feels are the current hot button topics for parents, schools, and kids. This event will be held Thursday, October 27 at The Community House (9:30-11am and 7-8:30pm). Registration can be completed online at http://conta.cc/2dA69Ca for the morning session, or online at http://conta.cc/2dA7UPW for the evening session.

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