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  • 4th Quarter Newsletter 2021-2022



July 27, 2021

Dear District 163 Families,

Thank you for your partnership during our iLearn Summer Academy.  We had 590 Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students for in-person six-week summer school. On July 26, 2021 our Board of Education voted to open all schools for in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year.  We are looking forward to reconnecting with all students for the 2021-22 school year on our first day of school, Friday, August 20th.

We will communicate detailed reopening protocols for families to help with our transition to in-person learning.   Our focus will be to elevate excellence in our school community through:

  • Engagement in meaningful teaching and learning experiences

  • Creating communities of care centered around the whole child and connected families

  • Empowering our classroom and school leaders and all learners to renew academics and social emotional well being

Please register your child for the new school year!  Registrations will be held August 5th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th.  More information is on our website. Please view our Welcome Videos for our newly reconfigured 4th and 5th Grade Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM HERE and our 6th – 8th grade Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts HERE. 

Our 8th Grade Leadership Ambassador Program will continue to support the genius in each student, develop young leaders, and prepare them for transition to high school with excellence in academics, service, character and leadership.  Remember to order or purchase your leadership apparel for all 8th graders!  We look forward to seeing you at our Back to School Fair on Saturday, August 14th. A pop up uniform shop will be on site at our Back to School Fair. We are excited to provide school supplies for all students in kindergarten through 8th grade. A list of the supplies that will be provided for your child is one our website.  Students will receive supplies the first day of school in his/her classroom. 

Let’s all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19!  Wear our masks, wash our hands frequently, watch our distance, and get vaccinated. A vaccination clinic for all students age 12 and older will be on-site at the Back to School Fair.  We look forward to seeing you soon! Stay well! Stay connected!

Be excellent,

Dr. Caletha White

“Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of education.” Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.