January 15, 2021
A Message from the Principal

Dear Everett Families,

It was an exciting week with our Everett Eagles back at school! Thank you for helping your child prepare for their return by bringing back all their materials, completing the daily self-certification and being on time and ready for learning! The beautiful, freshly fallen snow made outdoor play with friends extra fun!

We sure hope you will be able to join us for the next APT meeting this coming Wednesday, January 20th. The meeting will start at 5:00 pm and Mrs. VanDerveer has invited a group of students to share their thoughts about their experience this school year. The following evening at 4:30 pm we will hold a District 67 Town Hall with student participation. Hope you can tune into each of the exciting remote events!

Enjoy the special holiday on Monday and then we'll see everyone back at school on Tuesday.

Thank you!


Angela Sopko, Ed. D.
Everett School Principal

PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF FOURTH GRADERS: Be sure to check out the information below on the upcoming DPM World Language Presentation for your soon-to-be middle schooler!

Spread the word! Please let your neighbors of incoming kindergartners for the 2021-2022 school year know about the upcoming KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT on February 9th. More details can be found below in the School News section.
Click on the following link for
shared by Mrs. Schiyer, Everett Librarian

Photos below: Fourth graders reflecting on readings about Martin Luther King Jr.

School News
Upcoming Dates to Know:
January 18th- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
January 20th- Everett APT Meeting 5:00 - 5:30 pm NEW TIME meet.google.com/gfi-phqk-kaj
January 21st- NEW DATE District 67 All-Student Town Hall 4:30 - 5:30 pm NEW TIME
February 1st- CII Day Asynchronous day of learning
February 3rd- World Read Aloud Day
February 9th- Kindergarten Information Night 6:00 - 7:00 pm
February 15- Presidents' Day No School
February 16- CII Day Asynchronous day of learning
February 26- Tri-District Day No School
March 19- CII Day Asynchronous day of learning

Prior to arrival each school day, parents must complete the student self-certification survey form.
Parents will need to complete the certification by 7:00 am each morning for Cohort A; 11:00 am for Cohort B.

Arrival/Dismissal Process: 
This Change in Transportation form must be completed on the day a temporary change is necessary for your child’s dismissal. This electronic form replaces the goldenrod Temporary Transportation Change form.

COVID Notifications:
Contact Dr. Sopko immediately to report COVID-related information. It is required that relevant information is communicated with the appropriate District staff including our school nurse as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation for the safety of our school community.

Student Work during Quarantine:
Due to the circumstances of the school year, students may be unable to attend in person for extended periods of time. In these cases, students should continue to access and attend the remote part of their day online, which includes synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. Teachers will provide work for students to complete during the absence, and staff members will check in with students on a weekly basis to see how the students are doing and if they need any support.
Non-essential travel is highly discouraged as it may result in the need to quarantine upon return, which creates a loss of true instructional time for students to benefit from and an additional workload on teachers and staff.

Social Emotional Support:
This is a uniquely challenging time for many of our students as they navigate both in-person and remote learning. Some of our students might be struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, or a significant lack of motivation. We are grateful for the daily encouragement and reassurance our teachers provide their students and appreciate the strong partnership between home and school. In addition, there are additional members of our staff who are available to offer support and provide resources to help parents navigate those challenges. Below please find the contact information for Mrs. Brown, our School Social Worker and Dr. Kenyeri, our School Psychologist. 
Our school is so fortunate to have the social emotional support and expertise of Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, School Social Worker and Dr. Nancy Kenyeri, School Psychologist.

Parents of 3rd Graders - Math Update:
If you have a child in 3rd grade, please read this letter about our plan for Math 3/4 for the remainder of this year. 

4th Grade World Language - DPM World Language Presentation
On Thursday, January 21 from 7:00-7:45 p.m., 4th graders and their parents/guardians are invited to attend a remote presentation and Q&A session to learn about all four languages offered at Deer Path Middle School. In advance of the evening, please read this letter for details about the language selection process. If you still have questions after reading the document, please add them here and we will try to address them during the January 21 presentation.

Pre-School and Kindergarten Registration:
Pre-School and Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 school year will be open on January 26th. The pre-registration link for both programs will be located on the district web site. Parent information meetings will be held virtually on the following dates:
Pre-School- January 27th, 10:45 am PK Google Meet Link

Kindergarten- February 9th, 6:00 pm Everett Google Meet Link

Students must be residents of Lake Forest to enroll in either program. Pre-school is open to students between the ages of 3-5. Students must be 5 years old by September 1st, 2021, to enroll in Kindergarten. For questions, please contact your child’s home school, or Dr. Michelle Shinn, Director of Student Services and School Improvement (847-604-7440).

District 67 All-Student Town Hall - "Celebrating Our Connective Community"
New Date: January 21, 2021, 4:30-5:30PM
Due to scheduling of the District 67 and District 115 Joint Board of Education meeting now booked for Thursday, January 14 at 5:00 PM, the District 67 All-Student Town Hall has been rescheduled.
Parents and guardians are invited to tune in with their students on Thursday, January 21 for our first-ever All-Student Town Hall, moderated by APT Executive Board President Kristen Lee. A link to join the Town Hall will be shared by email prior to the event!

For Tech Assistance: d67learns@lfschools.net

Updated COVID-19 Dashboard
District 67 has launched an updated COVID-19 Dashboard that includes Core Indicators that will inform decision making regarding movement between in-person, hybrid, and remote learning during the pandemic. The updated Dashboard is the result of the work of the Metrics Advisory Council in an effort to keep the community more informed about school, district, and county-level metrics. More information about the updated Dashboard can be found in this short presentation. Questions and/or comments regarding the information can be directed to Dr. Michelle Shinn.

All classes are virtual

Bucket Drumming 101 (Grades 3-4)  
by Mrs. Prestipino and Mrs. Thornton
Do you love to play the drum? Do you love to read, perform, and create rhythms?! With some simple items, you will create your own drum set. As a special treat, this set will be turned into a “glowing” drum experience. (See Video)
  • All elementary students in 3rd and 4th grades
  • Wednesdays, February 3 - March 10, 3:30 - 4:15 pm
  • Minimum: 8 Maximum: 20
Equipment: 5-gallon bucket (to be supplied by parent), Pair of drumsticks and glow sticks for final performance supplied by Brainstormers (sent home with the student or picked up at home school for AVA) Optional item: Light up drum sticks-link

Virtual Drama Class (see class for grades 1-2 and 3-4)
by Mrs. Thornton and Mrs. Clack (DPM 7/8 Drama Teacher)
This engaging class will provide a creative outlet for elementary students focusing on drama games and activities that focus on developing self-awareness skills and building greater self-confidence. 

All elementary schools
  • Grades 3-4, February 9 - 25, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-4:50 pm
  • Grades 1-2, March 2 - 18, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-4:50 pm
  • Minimum: 8: Maximum: 20

Virtual Stop Animation - 10-day intensive class (Grades 3-4)
by Mrs. Seymour (iCoach)
This class is for students that enjoy creating stop motion animation on the iPad. Students will learn how to take their thumbnail drawings and ideas and turn them into a stop animation film. We will be using iMotion and iMovie on the iPad.

All Elementary Schools
  • February 1-12
  • M/W/F Synchronous Instruction, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • T/R Asynchronous Lessons and Office Hours (4:00-5:00 pm)
  • Project Presentation - February 12
  • Minimum: 6 Maximum: 16
District News & Events
Next in Our BRAVE SEL Series
Overcome Overwhelm: The Parent Edition 5 Steps to Building Your Toolbox - Wednesday, January 20 7:00-8:00 PM
Parents are responsible for managing a lot of emotions throughout the day - not only their own, but also their entire family! This can be overwhelming, especially when given all of the other responsibilities in life. In this presentation, Simply Bee Owner & Therapist Audrey Grunst, MSW will teach five foundational tools for building emotional wellness through The Growth and Resiliency Model™. Our mission is to provide parents the necessary skills that support emotional growth during challenging times.
Please join us for the presentation by registering in advance. After registration you will receive a confirmation email containing information to join the meeting, as well as a digital copy to review for 14 days post-presentation.

Board of Education Meeting
The next Board of Education Meeting for District 67 will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. The regular business portion of the meeting will be held 7:00 p.m. An Executive Session may be held prior to the regular business. Please check the District 67 Board of Education webpage for additional information.
APT News & Events
Make sure you’ve saved the new date for our first-ever District 67 Student Town Hall! 
Brought to you by your District 67 Administration and APT
Thursday, January 21 at 4:30 pm (Live stream link to follow)
Check out the preview by clicking on the picture below!
Hello Everett Eagles!  
Our next APT meeting is coming up! Wednesday, January 20th from 7-8pm (link shared below.) A group of students will be joining the meeting and sharing their thoughts about the school year. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Google Meet Info: meet.google.com/gfi-phqk-kaj
To Join by phone:
(‪US‬)‪+1 818-514-3985‬
PIN: ‪422 339 516#‬
If you have an Incoming Kindergartener for the 2021/22 school year, save the date for Kindergarten Parent Information Night scheduled for February 9th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Details to follow!
APT Nominations:
Our Executive APT Nominating Committee will begin work this month. If you have any nominations for the roles listed below, please feel free to forward their names to me by January 25th. The roles that will be filled this year are:
APT Executive Board President
APT Executive Board Communications Coordinator
Everett APT Building President
DPM APT Building President
Spirit of 67 Grants:  
Do you have an innovative idea that fills a need at Everett? Don’t forget about our wonderful fundraising partner – The Spirit of 67 Foundation! They are currently accepting grants for the 2021-2022 school year (deadline January 28th at 3pm). Please see their website (https://spiritof67foundation.org/grants/application-process/) for information and the application for grant submission.
**Don’t forget to join our “Everett Eagles-APT” Facebook Group and our Instagram page @everetteaglesapt so you can stay in the know!**
Have a wonderful weekend!
Jacey Rhoads
Everett APT President 2019-2021
(847) 800-9264
Spirit of 67 News & Events
It is that exciting time of year where the Spirit of 67 Foundation prepares to start our annual grant process!  Since our foundation in 1985, The Spirit of 67 has funded 700 grants totaling almost $5.7 Million, enriching and enhancing the educational and cultural experiences of students, faculty, parents and staff of District 67 in ways that might not otherwise be provided. Each year grant requests vary greatly in amount and scope and anyone who has an idea is encouraged to write one. Please note that the deadline for submitting grants is on January 28th at 3:00 pm. You can find a grant application as well as descriptions of grants we have funded back to 2002 on our website under the "Grants” tab to spur ideas. https://spiritof67foundation.org If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Spirit of 67 Foundation, VP of Grants, Colleen Berto via email at colleenberto@yahoo.com. We look forward to receiving your grant applications!
Community News & Events
For more information, please visit the Green Backpack online.
CROYA virtual Middle School meetings are in full swing! CROYA Middle School meetings will be every Tuesday from 4:00pm-4:30pm. Middle School meetings include CROYA updates, upcoming programs, and a game! All 5th-8th grade students are welcome! Zoom link can be found on the CROYA website.
Scouts BSA Troop 48 (follow us on FB) is hosting a Mini-Klondike Derby Saturday 1/30 at 1PM at Northcroft Park. This is a free event for community elementary and middle school youth (K-8) featuring fun outdoor winter activities! RSVP is mandatory, event is pending IL restrictions at the time and subject to reschedule for this reason or weather. Please see the electronic signup for more information!
Lake County Haven Embrace Winter Challenge - Get ready to embrace winter by participating in activities and helping local homeless women & their children all at the same time! This event will take place February 7th - 21st. Visit: https://lakecountyhaven.salsalabs.org/2021embracewinter or contact heidi@lakecountyhaven.org to learn more.
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