East Maine Update
 September 2, 2016
Success Without Boundaries . . . .
Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world. 
Get the Scoop: Join the PTO!

It's a new school year -- and a new opportunity to get involved, get the scoop, and stay in the loop through your school's Parent-Teacher Organization! 

Most schools hold kick off meetings this month (some held meetings in August, but it's never too late!). Check your school's website for details. PTOs are a great way to connect with other parents, get to know school leaders, and make a difference for our students. 
Coming Up:
September 2016
Monday, Sept. 5

Wednesday, Sept. 7
Thursday, Sept. 8

Friday, Sept. 9
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Find more at our District calendar -- or your school calendar.
PARCC Scores Coming Home

By Friday, September 9, families of D63 students who participated in PARCC testing last spring  should receive their child's scores and a letter from their school principal providing some insight and background on the test and how to interpret your child's performance.

This is the second consecutive year our students have participated in the PARCC test, which measures problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, and writing skills related to English language arts and math. But no test provides a complete picture of student performance; our skilled teaching staff uses many tools to assess student learning and achievement.

Check our PARCC webpages for more information and links to a range of parent resources.
#63Success: News From Our Schools
Apollo  welcomed its families to an all-school picnic last night, featuring face painting, bubble fun, a DJ spinning dance tunes, and lots of great food! 

Gemini  hosted a well-attended informational meeting to spread the word about this year's spring break trip, which will take in the sights of DC and NYC -- from the White House to the Statue of Liberty! 

Mark Twain  kicked off the year with a cool and delicious fundraiser at Yogli-Mogli Frozen Yogurt in Niles. A percentage of all sales that evening benefited the PTO!

Melzer's  PTO held a Back to School Bash on August 19 -- and Principal Jen Pacheco welcomed 11 parents for coffee last Wednesday, reviewing literacy and math goals, homework expectations, and more.

Nelson's  annual Back-to-School Picnic yesterday -- another smash hit. Hundreds of students and their families enjoyed great food, a friendship bracelet table, and games.
Stevenson   students have been busy getting into the swing -- and the school's PTO has been busy planning its Open House -- and first meeting -- on September 21. 

Washington  kicks off the PTO year with its first meeting on September 8. Students are busy preparing for a special assembly on September 12 that will feature the "Wildcat Rap" -- sure to be a hit!
East Maine School District 63
10150 Dee Road
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
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