Dear Friend of CCSD93,
CCSD93 Soccer Kicked Off Yesterday (9/6)! 
It's the inaugural season of interscholastic soccer in CCSD93, and yesterday Jay Stream and Stratford's boys teams met on the field for the first time ever! It was great fun to see the 7th and 8th graders from both schools compete over the course of two games. The event kicked
off with a World Cup style entrance, followed by a rousing rendition of the National Anthem by Jay Stream student Leticia C.! Both matches were hard-fought, and I'm thrilled that we've added soccer as another opportunity to engage students in organized physical activity and sportsmanship.

Thanks to Board of Education for approving the addition of soccer to our interscholastic sports offerings and the hard work of both schools' coaches, athletic directors, and principals for getting the program off the ground! Our first season of girls soccer with start in the spring! 
Here are some photos of the event. Be sure to check out the "ref cam" video linked below. The game's referee who graciously agreed to wear a body camera to capture unique views of the action!
CCSD93 1st Interscholastic Soccer Game (9/6/18) - Ref Cam!
CCSD93 1st Interscholastic Soccer Game - Ref Cam!
Cross Country Crosstown Classic Competition Completed 9/6
Jay Stream and Stratford competed in the annual Crosstown Classic cross country meet yesterday! The two schools squared off at Stratford, with races featuring 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls. It's always a festive atmosphere with students cheering on classmates and displaying tremendous school spirit. In all, nearly 200 middle schoolers participated. I always appreciate the outstanding sportsmanship and determination of our competitors! 
School Safety Reminders for CCSD93 Parents
Student safety is our highest priority in CCSD93. With the school year underway, I want to call your attention to a few safety notes for our parents.
School Entrance Procedures Keep Students Safe
Many parents know this, but for those who don't, when a parents or anyone else visits our schools during the school day, they are required to:
  • Ring a bell to gain access to the school.
  • Check in to our visitor management system in the front office with their driver's license or other state ID, which then checks their identity against the sex offender databases in all 50 states.
  • Wear a badge given to them by the secretary, which confirms to other staff and students that they have indeed been granted access to the school.
While at times some visitors may find this process tedious, it is in our students' best interest and helps to further ensure safe school learning environments.
Practice Caution While Driving in School Zones
Please avoid texting or interacting with your phone in any way while your car is running, especially when you are dropping off or picking up students from school. It's against the law, and it can be deadly. Please also be aware that speed limits are reduced in school zones.
Please Don't Idle Your Car in School Zones - #TurnItOff
We ask parents to be sure not to idle your cars when waiting to pick up students after school.

Did you know:
  • Children have an increased risk of developing asthma and other respiratory problems when exposed to toxins from car emissions?
  • Ten seconds of idling wastes more fuel than restarting?
Please learn more by watching this video.

CCSD93 Asks You to #TurnItOff
CCSD93 Asks You to #TurnItOff

By turning off cars while waiting to pick up students, we can all contribute to keeping air cleaner for our students. Please #TurnItOff for kids!
ECC Curriculum Nights Next Week
Every CCSD93 school holds Curriculum Nights to help parents become more acquainted with their child's education and this school year. Our elementary schools and middle schools have already held them, and the Early Childhood Center will hold them next week. Here's the schedule; be sure to attend!
Elementary Parents Invited to Math Info Nights
CCSD93's elementary classrooms are in the process of implementing new resources to better teach mathematics. During the month of September, each CCSD93 elementary school will hold a 30-minute Math Info Night for parents to learn key information about the new resources. CCSD93 curriculum specialists will share details about the changes, tips on how parents can help students with math, and answer parent questions. Please attend! See the image above for details.
Attend Free Glenbard Parent Series Programs
Next Week
CCSD93 has a partnership with Glenbard High School District 87 for its Glenbard Parent Series (GPS). GPS provides excellent FREE programming for parents throughout the entire school year, with a variety of topics that focus on raising a teenager in today's day and age. Most events don't even require registration. While "Glenbard" is in its name, the content is by no means exclusive for parents of high schoolers. CCSD93 parents are absolutely invited to attend GPS events, and I encourage you to do so.

GPS has a number of events scheduled for the next week. See this image for information, and visit the Glenbard Parent Series website for more details on any of them.
You're Invited to Taste of Bloomingdale:
50 Men Who Cook & Divas Who Dish Event on 9/15
Do you want to enjoy some delicious samples of meals cooked and served by community leaders? 50 Men Who Cook & Divas Who Dish is just the place for you. It's a wonderful community event hosted by the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce where prominent men and women from our local communities put their cooking skills on display to raise money for schools, including Stratford Middle School and the CCSD93 Early Childhood Center.

I invite you to attend! If you do, you'll be able to enjoy:
  • Raffles
  • Musical entertainment
  • Delicious home-cooked entries by the likes of Stratford Principal Patrick Dawson and former CCSD93 Board Member Dick Boyer, as well as many more community leaders!

The event will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday, September 15 at Stratford Square Mall in outdoor event tents! Check out this website for more info and to buy tickets.
Community Invited to Bloomingdale Septemberfest Tomorrow (9/8)!
Bloomingdale holds its annual Septemberfest tomorrow, Saturday, September 8, in Old Town Park at Bloomingdale Road and Lies Street. There will be a parade, car show, music, food vendors and more! You're invited to stop by! View this flyer for more.
9/13 Board of Education Meeting Preview
The next CCSD93 Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 13 at CCSD93's District Office, 230 Covington Drive in Bloomingdale. All community members are invited to attend! The following are among the agenda items.
  • Coaches of the Girls on the Run Club will present and speak briefly about their club and extend an invitation to the Board to attend their celebratory race on October 25 at Jay Stream Middle School.
  • The Finance Committee will provide a recap of the September 4 Finance Committee meeting.
  • There will be a public hearing and adoption of the 2018-19 Budget.
  • There will be a Tax Appeal Resolution to reconfirm authorization of the law firm of Canna & Canna to represent CCSD93 in tax appeals.
  • The Board will conduct a self evaluation.
  • CCSD93 Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Cathy Brennan will present to the Board on safety drills that the district's schools implement throughout the school year to be prepared in the time of crisis.
  • CCSD93 Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Crysta Morrissey will review how the CCSD93 develops 504 Plans for students with special needs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • The Board will review bids and choose a contractor to replace the intercom system at Stratford Middle School.
  • There will be three Revised Board Policies for 2nd Reading. They are:
    • Policy 710.07 - Student Appearance
    • Policy 715.11 - Unsafe School Choice Option
    • Policy 720.13 - Accidents & Injuries

Enjoy your weekend!


Bill Shields, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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