District 70 Notes
Updated: September 17, 2012 6:06AM
Kindergartners to meet Aug. 22
A Meet & Greet for kindergartners will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 22 at Nicholas Dowden Park.
Teachers prepare for first day
As teachers prepare for the school year to open Aug. 22, they are already working in their classrooms.
On Aug. 20, teachers throughout the district will meet at Butterfield School at 11 a.m. for a “Welcome Back to School” session that will feature acclaimed author, international and motivational speaker Mawi Asgedom who will share his remarkable journey from a sandy desert and dusty refugee camp in Ethiopia to the ivy green and hallowed halls of Harvard University. Also speaking will be School Board President Maryann Ovassapian, Supt. Guy Schumacher and the Libertyville Education Association. On Aug. 21, teachers will be working in their own schools.
Parents to ride with kindergartners
Adler Park School will be hosting bus ride-alongs on Aug. 22 that will allow parents to ride along with their kindergartners on the bus.
Kindergartners attend school for the first day on Aug. 22. Full-time kindergartners will follow the morning schedule. The schedule is as follows:
• 9 - 9:45 a.m. - All A.M. kindergarten students and an adult will be picked up at their bus (approximate) stop and brought to school. (This will be their regular stop in the morning)
• 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. - All A.M. kindergarten students and an adult will attend an Open House in the kindergarten room. Good time to bring school supplies in)
• 10:15 - 11:00 a.m. - All A.M. kindergarten students and an adult will ride their appropriate bus home. (A.M. students normally leave school for home at 10:45 a.m.)
• 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - All P.M. kindergarten students and an adult will be picked up at their home (approximate) and brought to school. (P.M. students are usually picked up at their home between 11:25-11:55 p.m. each day)
• 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. - All P.M. kindergarten students and an adult will attend an Open House in the kindergarten room. (Good time to bring supplies in)
• 12:45 - 1:30 p.m. - All P.M. kindergarten students and an adult will be taken by bus to their regular bus stop. (P.M. students are normally dropped off at the regular bus route stop after school)
Copeland hosts kick-off dinner
A Copeland Manor School kick-off dinner featuring a variety of food vendors will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the school. There will be a DJ providing music with dancing and contests. Families will set up chairs and spread out blankets to enjoy this evening get together. Principal Erik Youngman and some Copeland teachers also will attend.
Kick-Off picnic set for Butterfield
Butterfield School parents, students and teachers will spend some social time together during a “Kick-Off Picnic” on Aug. 23. The event, to run between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., will feature entertainment, food and music.
Entertainment will include Dance, Dance Revolution, and illusions and magic by the John Measner Magic Show. Food for the event will feature Jersey Mike’s subs, Domino’s pizza, chips, a drink and ice cream. The picnic is hosted by the Butterfield Family Association.
Rockland welcomes back students Aug. 24
Rockland School will mix families and teachers with a “Welcome Back to School Picnic” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 24. The event, featuring food and fun, will be held on the playground, 160 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville. Look for a fun-filled night for the entire family as students and parents take time to mingle and chat with the Rockland teachers and Principal Jeff Knapp.
BBQ keeps with tradition at Adler
An Adler Park Family Association BBQ, which includes students, parents, staff and Principal Jon Bogie Jr., will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the school, 1740 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
The BBQ, which has become a quaint tradition at the school, will feature hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, and soft drinks.
attend Fall Preview
Libertyville Elementary District 70 sixth-graders and their parents were invited to attend one of two Fall Previews either on Aug. 13 or 14 in order to receive their class schedules and prove residency.
The special Fall Previews will allow parents to prove residency and then receive class schedules, allowing their children to take a dry run of getting to and from classes that same day. Falling in line with a trend with other area school districts, District 70 began checking residencies last year to make sure students were attending the proper schools. Two forms of proof are required.
Although not a major issue, every so often the district finds out-of-district students attending District 70 schools for a variety of reasons. District 70 must police itself as the district is responsible to make sure only district residents attend District 70 schools according to state law. To make sure taxpayer money is spent on taxpayer children, district residents with children going into sixth grade will need to provide proof of residency.
More and more school districts are requiring residents to prove they live within district boundaries through real estate bills, mortgage payments, leases and voter registration cards.
School doors open on Aug. 22
The doors to all five schools in Libertyville Elementary District 70 will welcome students back on Aug. 22, when the 2012-13 school year officially begins for a full day of school.
The school bell rings for elementary schools in Libertyville at 8:15 a.m., while the middle school bell rings at 8:50 a.m. School dismissal for the elementary schools will be at 2:45 p.m. School dismissal for Highland Middle School is 3:35 p.m.
Opening day at Adler Park School will feature school staff greeting the students at the buses by a newly created bus turnaround. There also will be a brief ceremony outside in the back as Principal Jon Bogie Jr. introduces the staff and everyone says the pledge of allegiance.
Butterfield School will host a Welcome Back assembly for students at 9 a.m. at the school. Principal Candice Kehoe and Assistant Principal Andy Elbert will greet students and introduce staff in the gym. Music teacher Jonathon Weppler will sing the National Anthem.
At Copeland Manor School, students will be greeted as they get off the bus at the school. The teachers and students will go to the cafeteria where a fifth-grader will lead the school in the pledge of allegiance and the Character Counts pledge. Principal Erik Youngman will then talk to the students about expectations of the Copeland Community and introduce the school staff before children head to their classrooms.
On opening day at Highland Middle School, Principal Jon Hallmark, Assistant Principal Kerri Bongle, and Dean of Students Lorenzo Cervantes will be greeting students as doors on the northwest and west sides of the school open for business. Seventh- and eighth-graders will gather on the basketball courts and enter in the back of the building at the northwest doors, while sixth-graders will use the west entrance and report to the lunchroom.
Rockland students, families and teachers will gather around the flagpole at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 22 to welcome the new school year. Principal Jeff Knapp will welcome students back and introduce the staff for the new school year. Then Rockland students will lead the pledge of allegiance and the school bell will be rung before students and staff enter the building.