Weekly Update - April 9, 2021
Return to Full In-Person - Thank You!
Thank you to all of our staff, students, and families who made our first week back to full in-person a success! We loved seeing our students back in the buildings and bringing energy to the classroom and appreciate the hard work of everyone as we continue to enforce our safety protocols and create a safe and healthy learning environment.
School Celebrations
Students in Mrs. Sackley's Remote Kindergarten Class enjoyed a special spring project this week!
D181 fourth-graders took part in a virtual opera performance of Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" the week of March 22. The opera was adapted and performed by Opera for the Young, an opera company committed to helping children experience the genre and joy of opera.

For five weeks, students dug deep into this musical genre, learning about opera singing, sets, costumes, voice types, and production. Students learned six songs and choreography with the help of the OftY singers and performed them with a video production of the opera. Students were able to create their own costumes and students on Zoom set the stage with virtual backgrounds. 
Surveillance Testing - Reminders
Help keep our schools safe by signing up for surveillance testing today! Testing is a quick and easy process. Your kit will be delivered to your school with 6 weeks worth of kits on the Wednesday following your signup date. Then, once a week, just bring a completed saliva sample to school for dropoff. Signups are open through the end of the school year:

  • Families sign up by logging in to Skyward and clicking on "Forms" to access the sign-up form. Please fill out the form on a desktop/laptop instead of a mobile phone/tablet to ensure your form is received and the final checkbox is checked.
  • Staff sign up through the staff signup form.

There is no cost to participants for this extra layer of safety for our students and staff.
If you have any questions, please email communicationsdepartment@d181.org. More info can be found in our Surveillance Testing Information Booklet.
Save the Date - Oct. 3, 2021 Rotary Run
Mark your calendars for the 2021 Rotary Run Charity Classic! The annual Rotary Run, which benefits local nonprofits and organizations including District 181, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. For more information or to register, visit www.rotaryruncharityclassic.com.
Community Speaker Series Event - April 20
Presented by The Community Speaker Series, D181 and D86:
"Nicholas Epley: Mindwise - A Guide to Understanding the Minds of Others"
You are a mind reader, born with an extraordinary ability to understand what others think, feel, believe, want, and know. It's a sixth sense you use each day in every professional and personal relationship but how well do you really know what your coworkers, employees, competitors, or customers want or are thinking? How good are you at knowing the minds of others? How well can you guess what others think of you, your business, or your product?
In this illuminating exploration of one of the great mysteries of the human mind, University of Chicago award-winning psychologist Nicholas Epley introduces audiences to what scientists have learned about our ability to understand the most complicated puzzle on the planet - other people - and the surprising mistakes we often make. Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others? Why do we so routinely believe that others think, feel, and want what we do, when in fact they do not? In his presentation modeled after his book, Mindwise, Epley will not turn other people into open books but will give you the wisdom to revolutionize how you think about them - and yourself.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
  • Format: Zoom Webinar
  • Register: Click here or visit www.d181foundation.org

The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required as each viewer receives a unique link. This event will be recorded and will be available ONLY to those who register for the event. If you are unable to attend the live-stream, but will want to view the recording, please register.
2021-22 Registration Information
In keeping with our COVID-19 protocols, all 2021-22 registration processes will be completed online this year, with the following dates for the following groups.

  • Kindergarten and New Students: Opened Feb. 8 at www.d181.org/registration
  • Current Students: Detailed instructions will be sent to families by email on Monday, April 12
  • Summer Learning: The catalog and registration information for the 2021 D181 Summer Learning Program will be sent to all families by email at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 12. Our 2021 session runs from June 14 through July 2 and will be held at Hinsdale Middle School. Classes are at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and students can sign up for all four hours if interested.
Teacher of the Year & Those Who Excel Nominations
The success of our students is a byproduct of the outstanding teachers and staff who influence them every day. In an ongoing effort to promote their outstanding work, we are asking all individuals from our school community to please consider submitting a nomination for a D181 teacher, staff member, administrator or community volunteer for: ISBE’s 2022 Teacher of the Year award (teachers only) and/or the Those Who Excel awards (staff/administrators/volunteers, etc.).

Nominations are due to the District by April 15. See more details below and submit your nomination today!
Meal Pickup Schedule - Now on Wednesdays at HMS Only
D181 meal pickup for all families in the community (with children ages 0-18) will continue throughout the rest of the school year on Wednesdays only at Hinsdale Middle School, Door 902B on Washington St., from 4-6 p.m. The free meal packages include 7 days' worth of breakfast, lunch, and a snack.
COVID-19 Report
The D181 Positive Case Report Spreadsheet is updated daily on student attendance days at 4 p.m. To view the latest dashboard, click here.
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