East Maine Update
  February 17, 2017
Success Without Boundaries . . . .
Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world. 

All District 63 schools will be closed on Monday, February 20 in honor of the holiday.
Coming Up:
February-March 2017

Monday, February 20

Tuesday, February 21
Gemini PTO Meeting
Thursday, February 23
Apollo Breakfast After the Bell

Friday, February 24
Washington Family Movie Night 

Saturday, February 25
Nelson PTO Fun Fair
Monday, February 27

Tuesday, February 28
Nelson Music Concert
Second Trimester Ends for K-6 Grades
Wednesday, March 1
Thursday, March 2
Washington PTO

Find more at our District calendar -- or your school calendar.
East Maine School District 63
10150 Dee Road
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
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Building for Success: the D63 Facilities Master Plan
District 63 is kicking off a  Facilities Master Plan to address several long-term space-related challenges.  Ultimately, these changes will enable the District to better serve its families and the community. 

Some of our elementary schools -- Stevenson, Nelson, and Apollo no longer have adequate capacity, while enrollment at Washington is steadily decreasing. Enrollment in First Step Preschool continues to grow, and due to space constraints, D63 is unable to offer full-day kindergarten. Finally, there is limited space to further expand our Dual Language Program.

To address these challenges, will move ahead with several projects:
  • Adding an addition to Gemini and shifting 6th graders to this school.
  • Constructing a freestanding preschool.
  • Redrawing elementary school attendance boundaries to better distribute the K-6 population.
The District has adequate funds to cover plan costs, which will not require additional property tax revenues. 

Find out more about costs, timelines, and what this means for your family at the Building for Success webpage. This spring, Superintendent Scott Clay will also be attending PTO and parent meetings to share information. If you've missed your school's meeting, join us for the District PTO meeting on March 9 for a repeat.
#63Success: News From Our Schools

Apollo celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week this week. Monday's "Kindness Kick Off Day" was followed by "Compliment Crazy Day," and "Care for Your Community Day" -- complete with a canned food drive. 

Gemini  thespians auditioned this week for the spring play, How the Other Half Dies, a murder mystery parody . Mark your calendar for  April 7-8, when the curtain rises at Apollo's Galaxy Theater! 
Mark Twain  students enjoyed a movie night on Thursday. Younger children enjoyed Finding Dory, while 4th-6th graders screened The Secret Life of Pets.

Melzer welcomes the Morton Grove Baseball & Softball Association tonight for Friday Night Frenzy in the gym. Participants will enjoy kickball, dodgeball, and other fun and challenging games.
Nelson 3rd graders have been researching health topics for their science unit -- while 4th graders are busy learning about animal characteristics and habitats as they prep for their Animal Expo later this year. 

Stevenson's Student Council wrapped up a Friendship Gram fund raiser this week. Each friendly message (complete with a Valentine's Day pencil) cost 50 cents each, and the "Grams" were delivered on February 14! 

Washington students raised funds for the American Heart Association through Jump Rope for Heart. And a special thanks to the PTO for purchasing hundreds of books for kindergarten and 1st/2nd grade classrooms.