Happy Holidays!
Winter break begins next week and school resumes on January 3. We wish all of our families a happy and safe break. Our students have been working very hard since the beginning of the school year and I'm sure they are looking forward to being home to enjoy the holidays. Thank you to our families, staff and school communities for the support this school year. District 41 is thankful for the amount of parent involvement in our schools and the support we receive from community members and our community partner organizations.

A special thank you to all involved in our District 41 PTA Council Community Outreach Holiday Sharing Program. This year, Holiday Sharing supported 160 families, over 300 children, with gifts for the holidays. It again reminds me that our District 41 community is incredibly generous and thoughtful. We teach and support every student and it is the children that truly are at the heart of it all. It makes me proud and honored to serve District 41. Thank you!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and happy new year!

Dr. Paul Gordon

School Improvement Planning (SIP) Day - Friday, Dec. 16

This Friday is a School Improvement Planning (SIP) Day. Students will have a half day of school. Dismissal is 11:30 a.m. Students in half day programs do not attend school on SIP Days.

SIP Days allow time for building staff members to work on school improvement activities. The remaining SIP Day dates this school year are: Feb. 24, March 24, April 13, May 5, and June 2.

Board of Education Special Meeting Tonight 

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting tonight, Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the District 41 Central Services Office to discuss summer 2017 capital projects and wording for a possible facilities referendum question on the April 2017 ballot. The Board is looking at building an addition onto Hadley Junior High to replace the temporary portable classrooms as well as some mandatory infrastructure projects at all five of the district schools.

All are welcome to attend the meeting. The meeting is also recorded and streamed live, Click HereTune in! 

Severe Weather Closings

In the event of severe weather, the decision to remain open or to close is made in conjunction with the other area school district superintendents. The superintendents take a lot of factors into consideration such as information from the bus companies, driving/walking conditions and weather reports. Student safety is the number one priority when making the decision.

When it comes to cold weather, in the past, the superintendents have monitored the temperature and started their discussions on closing schools when the
windchill was forecasted to be around -30 or lower.

If District 41 schools close due to severe weather, the district will notify parents and staff by email and voicemail as soon as possible. Also, if you included your cell number in the text notifications field in Skyward Family Access , you will also receive a text. If you need to make changes to your contact information, please contact your child's school office. The district will also post school closing information on the District 41 website, school websites, and will report to the Emergency Closing Center, www.emergencyclosings.com . The decision to close school due to weather is made no later than 5:30 a.m. that day.

When weather is severe and schools remain open, the district understands that some families will choose to keep their children home. In these cases, parents may call the school office and report a weather related excused absence for their child.

Hadley 8th Graders Spread Kindness 

Over the two weeks leading up to Winter Break, Hadley Junior High 8th graders are spreading kindness throughout the school building. Science teacher Allison Ritter asked her 8th grade students to choose one small thing they could commit to doing the last two weeks before break. Then they posted them in the hallway as a visual reminder to stay focused on spreading kindness.

"It is so important to remind 8th graders often that the 6th and 7th graders look to them as their role models and that even the tiniest act of kindness can spread through our school and create a ripple effect," said Ms. Ritter. "I have been checking in with them in class and they are sharing little stories with me about how it is going."

D41 Solo and Ensemble Festival - Save the Date, Feb. 11 

The District 41 Solo and Ensemble Festival is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Hadley Jr. High School. Students in the 5th - 8th District 41 Band Program participate and perform a solo or an ensemble in front of a clinician to showcase their talents and receive constructive feedback from their panel judge. Each year, the number of students involved increases, and we continue to hear wonderful feedback from our adjudicators and provide the students with rich musical experiences.

College of DuPage Adult ESL Program 

The College of DuPage offers an adult 16 week English as a Second Language (ESL) Program held at Churchill School in Glen Ellyn. All District 41 parents and the community are invited to enroll for the Spring 2017 semester. For more information, Click Here and/or call the College of DuPage ESL Office at (630)-942-3697.