East Maine Update
 November 25, 2016
Success Without Boundaries . . . .
Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world. 
Gemini Shifts from Late Arrival to Early Dismissal

Beginning in January 2017, Gemini will eliminate its late arrival days and shift to early dismissal - coordinating with the D63 elementary schools. Start time on early dismissal days will be 7:40 a.m., school will be dismissed at 10:42 a.m. 

The goal is to help families with students in both the elementary schools and the junior high coordinate their schedules -- and to give our teachers a chance to collaborate more easily.

The Gemini calendar has already been updated with the changes. You can also find the changes marked in red on our 2016-2017 Yearly Calendar at a Glance.
Coming Up:
November-December 2016
Saturday, November 26
Monday, November 28
Tuesday, November 29
Wednesday, Nov. 30

Friday, December 2
Gemini Music Program Tour of Golf Mill Mall, Nursing Home.
Nelson Lighted School House Grades 4-6

Saturday, December 3
Washington Holiday Bazaar
Monday, December 5

Tuesday, December 6
Wednesday, December 7
Thursday, December 8
Find more at our District calendar -- or your school calendar.
District PTO Meeting

Join parents from all seven D63 schools for our next District PTO meeting! Four times a year, we gather to share information, connect, and strengthen the D63 community.

This month, get the scoop on digital learning in our classrooms, resources PTOs can share, and what's happening throughout our District.

Wednesday, November 30
6:30 p.m.
Melzer School
9400 North Oriole,  Morton Grove 

Free childcare; refreshments served. We hope to see you there! Questions?  Email us.
Take the 5Essentials Survey!

Be a part of the 5th annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey! Designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school, the survey gathers statewide feedback on a wide range of school-related effectiveness measures. All responses are anonymous.

Our District 63 teachers and 6th - 8th grade students will also participate; these report results will be sent to schools and districts in May 2017 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.
#63Success: News From Our Schools
Apollo's Bulldog TV News Team showcased their fun and fact-filled program at the November Board of Education meeting. The school's Life Skills Class invited parents for a special Thanksgiving Feast last week. 
Gemini's  Band is putting the finishing touches on their program for the Village of Niles Holly Jolly Market and Festival. Don't miss this special performance on Saturday, November 26! Showtime: approximately 3 p.m.

Mark Twain  put out a call for photos of Twain students reading over the break. The goal is to include a few in the next newsletter! Send photos to Principal Roberts or bring them to the school office next week. 
Melzer's Student Council spearheaded a food collection drive for the Maine Township Food Pantry. Students donated an astonishingly generous amount of food, helping to make a difference in the community.
Nelson  held a fundraiser at Cici's Pizza on November 15. Student artists of all ages have been creating beautiful work: from kindergarteners tracing autumn leaves to 6th graders creating colored chalk drawings. 
Stevenson   families took a field trip to the Niles Park District IceLand Skate on November 15. Students and their parents/guardians had a chance to get out onto the ice and explore this great community resource! 

Washington  kicked off a Donors Choose.org campaign to raise funds for water bottle refilling stations at the school. The goal is to reduce the use of bottled water and reinforce lessons about protecting the environment. 
East Maine School District 63
10150 Dee Road
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
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