East Maine Update
 September 30, 2016
Success Without Boundaries . . . .
Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world. 
Advantage 63: An Event for Realtors

Are you a local realtor? Join us for this free luncheon to learn more about what D63 has to offer. 
Advantage 63:
Success Without Boundaries
Friday, October 21
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Gemini Junior High 

RSVP required - deadline October 17.  Learn more about this exciting event!
Coming Up:
October 2016
Monday, October 3

Wednesday, October 5
Thursday, October 6
Monday, October 10

Tuesday, October 11
Gemini PTO Meeting
Mark Twain PTO Meeting
Wednesday, October 12

Thursday, October 13
Find more at our District calendar -- or your school calendar.
East Maine School District 63
10150 Dee Road
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
One District-One Author Reveal: Andrew Clements!

After a week of clues and mystery, D63 revealed its One District - One Author pick on September 26: award-winning writer Andrew Clements !  Author of dozens of books beloved by young readers, Clements has penned works ranging from the 2.5 million bestseller Frindle to No Talking and  Things Not Seen : the books our D63 community will be reading this fall.

It's boys versus girls in No Talking - our elementary school book - as the "unshushable" 5th graders compete to see which team can say the fewest words a day. At Gemini, Things Not Seen will keep students on the edge of their seats as Bobby Phillips races against time to figure out why he woke up one morning . . . invisible.

Throughout the month, families will read the books together at home - and can visit our
One District - One Author website for discussion questions, a reading schedule, and even a letter form Clements himself! Students can also view video recordings of both books - each chapter read by a "D63 star" and even a few local celebrities.

So let's get reading! And mark your calendar as we wrap up this exciting program with a visit from Clements himself on Wednesday, October 26. Open only to D63 families, this special evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Gemini.
#63Success: News From Our Schools
Apollo  students in all grades have begun Stop, Walk, and Talk, the bully prevention curriculum that gives students tools to handle problem behavior. Coffee with the Principals kicked off on September 28.

Gemini  PTO's cookie dough fundraiser is underway and will run through October 6. The English Language Arts Department has launched its "Forty Book Challenge": students select books from a variety of genres to read. 

Mark Twain  held a successful PTO Culver's fund raising night this week. The school also hosted the September 22 District PTO meeting, giving some D63 parents the chance to see Twain for the first time!

Melzer  students are enjoying the school's two new EZH2O water bottle filling stations - made possible by generous gifts from the PTO and an anonymous donor. Last week's Culver's fund raiser brought in $400! 

Nelson  has kicked off its Lighted Schoolhouse evenings and Kindergarten Fun Nights -- always popular with students (and parents!) The school also held a special parent meeting to introduce its 100 - Book Challenge.
Stevenson's   PTO Open House and first meeting on September 21 attracted about 20 interested parents. In the library, 3rd - 6th grade students are taking a tech survey and learning about Internet safety.

Washington  teachers "staffed" McTeacher's Night at the September 28 McDonald's fund raiser. Students are learning about this year's Illinois Children's Choice book awards. Voting will take place next spring.
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