East Maine Update
 December 23, 2016
Success Without Boundaries . . . .
Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world. 
Have a Great Winter Break

We wish all of our D63 families a wonderful break and a Happy New Year! 

Schools are closed Friday, December 23 - Friday, January 6; students return on Monday, January 9.

Our District Office will be open  December 28-30 & January 4-6, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Start the New Year with a New Job!
The Cook County Sheriff's Office is hiring crossing guards for Washington School!   Learn more about this great opportunity.
Coming Up:
December 2016 - January 2017
Friday, December 23
NO SCHOOL - Winter Break Begins
Monday-Friday, December 26-30
NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Monday-Friday, January 2-6
NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Find more at our District calendar -- or your school calendar.
East Maine School District 63
10150 Dee Road
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
Gembots Qualify for State FIRST LEGO League Competition

Not bad for beginners! Gemini's "Gembots" Robotics Team competed for the first time in a qualifier FIRST LEGO League Competition on December 10 in Mt. Prospect -- and walked away with multiple honors and awards!

Each year, the FIRST LEGO League releases a challenge based on a real-world scientific topic. Teams must program an autonomous robot to complete 13 "missions," scoring points on a themed playing field, guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values: celebrating discovery, teamwork, and gracious professionalism. 

This year's theme was Animal Allies. After two months of hard work, the eight-member team, competing against 34 other teams, won  Rookie of the Year and 3rd place overall in the Core Values Interview. 

The Gembots also qualified for one of two FIRST LEGO League State Competitions, scheduled for January 28 at the University of Illinois!
#63Success: News From Our Schools
Apollo celebrated winter with Spirit Week December 19-22! Themes included Sports Day, Crazy Hair/Hat Day, Winter Day, and Pajama Day. 
Gemini's  Band, Orchestra, and Idols Show Choir performed at Golf Mill Mall on December 9. A few days later, the Orchestra performed at Chicago's Boulevard Homeless Shelter (banner photo).
Mark Twain  hosts a monthly restaurant fund raiser. On December 13 families headed for Chipotle for some great food on a cold night and a chance to support the school!   
Melzer's winter concert on December 14 attracted a crowd of appreciative families. The PTO's gift card fundraiser supports a new water bottle filling station.
Nelson's  Holiday Boutique on December 13-14 was a hit! The school's PTO filled the gym with great gift options; students "shopped" throughout the day.  
Stevenson   also celebrated Spirit Week with Pajama Day, Hats and Gloves Day, Grade Level Color Day, and a New Year's "Countdown" yesterday!
Washington's  Barnes & Noble fund raiser on December 10 featured fabulous performances at the store by students including stories, songs, and more. 
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