May 28, 2021
Hi folks,

Well, for some reason Mother Nature didn't want us to spend this final Friday outdoors. Regardless, we plan to make the most of it as our 6th and 7th graders wrap up their studies and clean out their backpacks, and our 8th graders will walk the NBJH halls for the final time as they prepare for Sunday's graduation ceremony. 

We can't say enough about how supportive our NBJH families have been this year as we navigated through fairly rough spots along the way. "A year like no other" as I've heard said many times...but hopefully it was still a year of growth and development for your child. We look forward to more of a typical school year next year, and we will certainly share our plans as we make decisions this summer. 

We wish all of our families a safe, happy and healthy summer. 

Take care,
Scott


Shout Outs
A HUGE thank you to Cari Raymond, our PTO and all of our parent volunteers for their efforts in helping our 8th graders celebrate their last few days here. Even though we won't have inflatables and a dunk tank today, the lunch, blizzards, movie and T-shirts will be a nice way for our kids to spend their last Friday with their classmates.

Materials Return
Our 8th graders should have their materials returned by today. For most that includes a math textbook, library books, iPad, charger and sleeping bag. We will not distribute yearbooks until materials are returned.
Our 6th and 7th graders are returning their materials today and Tuesday. They also need to return any textbooks, library books, iPad and sleeping bag. Students who are returning to NBJH next year do not need to return their charger.

Trojan Times
Our 6th graders in the Publishing with Purpose class finalized our second semester edition of our school newspaper. Families can read the Trojan Times here.

Digital Art Show
Mr. Hay has created a display of artwork from his in-person and RLA students this year. Please check out the NBJH Digital Art Show when you get a chance. There is some really impressive artwork here!


Important Dates

05/30 - 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony at GBN Football Stadium- 3p.m. Students should report by 2:30p.m. to the north entrance of the stadium (scoreboard).
05/31 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
06/01 - Full Day of School - 6th & 7th Grade Field Day
06/02 - Last Day of School - Dismissal 11:30 a.m.

PTO News
Help Wanted! PTO Exec Board Needs a Treasurer
The NBJH PTO is still looking for someone to fill the vacant Treasurer position for next year. Please contact Nicole Woods (nicole_walter@hotmail.com) or Jenny Beban (nicole_walter@hotmail.com) if you are interested.
Order School Supply Kits Through May 28
Save money and time by ordering school supply kits for the 2021-22 school year through the NBJH PTO. The PTO receives a discount for purchasing in bulk, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the PTO programs. Get all the details.
District News
District Orchestras Perform
'Ode to Joy' as One on Video

Please take a moment to enjoy the work of our orchestra students playing 'Ode to Joy'. Many thanks to Jennifer Lee-Stewart for overseeing and editing the video and to all the orchestra directors, including Mike Govert, Debee Peterson and Sarah Stanley for keeping music alive for our students this year!
Glenbrook South Vaccination Clinics Open to All
There are still appointments available for vaccination events taking place today and next Friday at Glenbrook South High School. These events all utilize the Pfizer vaccine. 
If you need Dose 2 you can also walk in for your second dose. Also, if you want dose 1 and cannot make dose 2 as scheduled below, they will arrange for your 2nd dose at their facility for another time and date.
 
This event is open to the entire community with extra vaccinators so even walk-ups can participate with minimal wait times.
Use the links below to view available appointments:

  • Friday, May 28, 2021 - 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Dose 1) and Friday, June 18, 2021 (Dose 2)
  • Event coordinated with Passport Health.
  • Click here to sign up.

County Sites Have Pfizer Vaccine for Ages 12+ *Repeat*

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for all children age 12 and older.
Beginning on Thursday, May 13, Cook County Health is offering everyone age 12+ the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine free of charge at eight vaccination sites across the suburbs.
  • Locations are in Des Plaines, Matteson, South Holland, River Grove, Forest Park, Thornton Fractional, West Leyden and Summit
  • You can make an appointment or just walk-in to any site. 
  • If you would like to make an appointment, visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov

Remote Learning Academy News
Dear RLA Parents, 

You are a special group of parents who have lived the ups and downs of an entire school year literally beside your children. We are grateful for everything you did to help at home, while juggling all of your regular responsibilities, to ensure we could provide a new way to educate your children.  

Thank you for helping to teach your child perseverance. Thank you for stepping in when needed and stepping back as required to help your child grow into a more independent learner. Thank you for your ever-present support for our staff so that they could do magic with your children. None of us were sure how this year would go (since living through a pandemic was new for all of us), and none of us could have imagined how extraordinary our teamwork would be. 

We wish you a wonderful summer and well-earned break for you and your children. We look forward to seeing you back at school next year! 

Gratefully,

District 28 Administrators and RLA Staff
Important Date - 6th & 7th Grade Families
Materials & Device Drop off: Thursday, June 3
Please plan to return your child’s technology devices and school materials to your child’s home school on Thursday, June 3 from 8:30-11:30 AM. You will need to return your child’s iPad charger along with their device. Teachers will be communicating other materials, such as textbooks, that will also need to be returned.

*If your child will be attending Summer School or Extended School Year, they will keep their devices/chargers and do not need to return at this time.
Virtual Backpack
District 28 shares local non-profit and community partner flyers here in the District's "Virtual Backpack." Please note that District 28 is making this information available as a courtesy and to provide information about local events and programs in our community. Materials posted on this page are the responsibility of the organizations represented. You can always check the Virtual Backpack webpage as a handy reference!
Library Reopens to the Public June 7
The library is excited to welcome the public back into its newly remodeled lobby starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 7. The lobby construction, which began in February, involved moving the Circulation department to the 2nd floor and includes improvements to the lobby and the Circulation workroom, including new collections and the installation of an automated sorting machine. Renderings and photos can be seen here: https://www.northbrook.info/remodel

Summer Reading Kick-Off June 5 & 6
The Northbrook Public Library invites you to a Drive-Through Kick-Off Event in its parking lot, featuring giveaways for youth and adults. Come drive through to pick up your goodies without having to leave the car on Saturday, June 5 from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday, June 6 from 9 a.m.- noon.  www.northbrook.info/summer-reading
Let Them Eat Cake...After They Read
Nothing Bundt Cakes in Deerfield is sponsoring a summer reading program from June 1 to September 1. They will celebrate each child's reading accomplishments with a free "bundtlet" and an award certificate. More Details

Summer Virtual STEAM Camps at Oakton Community College
Supercharge your child’s passion for learning with cutting-edge courses in coding, game design, eSports, virtual reality, and more. See details
Y Offers Transport to After-School Classes
The North Suburban YMCA is offering transportation from NBJH to after-school classes. click for details
Learn how to talk to kids about alcohol & drugs
Parents are invited to a free live webinar at noon June 23 to learn how to have conversations and get tips on how to answer difficult questions. Register today.

Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook offers a group for 6th-8th grade girls who may benefit from a space to discuss everyday challenges and connect with peers in order to build a sense of belonging and support. More information
 Dr. Scott Meek, Principal | Northbrook Junior High | 847-498-7920 | www.northbrook28.net