Dear District 57 Families,
Our School Board has chosen Chris Lettow to fill the open Board position. We welcome him and thank him for his willingness to serve the community in this important capacity! Chris replaces Kevin Bull, who recently resigned due to moving out of state. Chris will serve until the next general election in April 2023, when the seat will be added to the ballot for a two-year term.
The Board received multiple applications for the open position and conducted interviews over two evenings. Board president Eileen Kowalczyk says all of the candidates were strong and had a desire to serve, and she thanks everyone who applied. She says Chris had a strong knowledge of the District, great enthusiasm, and that Board members believe he will be a great addition. Chris has two children in our schools, and he and his wife are D57 graduates as well. Chris will be officially sworn in as a school board member during the March 17 Board Meeting.
Welcome to New Board of Education Member, Chris Lettow!
I also want to take this opportunity to recognize our school social workers as we celebrate National School Social Work Week. We are grateful to our social workers for the support they provide to students, families, and their entire school community, especially during these challenging times. Please join me in thanking: Lisa Ryno, Katherine Ciruelas, Gail Valentini, Monique Maman, and Daniel Raftery.
On another note, as we all try to process the tragic news coming out of Ukraine, I am proud to share an effort that D57 families have organized to help those who are suffering, as well as other information from the schools. We could all use a little good news right now!
Helping Ukraine: Lions Park and Lincoln have been collection sites for items that will be donated to families in Ukraine. We thank the organizers and those who so generously donated food, clothes, and other needed items. That drive is wrapping up today, and the donations will be sent via a Ukrainian shipping company to an accredited charity. Next week, the organizers will be collecting baby items and blankets only. Watch D57 social media for more information.
Spreading Goodness: Today Fairview took part in Spread Goodness Day, a global movement to spread kindness. Students and staff have been doing kind acts all week and making videos to inspire each other. We’re so proud of them for helping to make the world a better place!
Making Music: I attended the 5th/6th-grade Band Concert Tuesday night, and it was amazing to hear beautiful music filling the school once again! Last weekend, Lincoln’s 7th/8th-grade Advanced Orchestra performed at the Illinois Grade School Music Association Band Contest. Our student musicians and their directors have worked hard, and it’s evident in hearing their performances
These are just a few examples of the wonderful things we see in our schools every day. It’s all made possible thanks to the hard work of students and staff and the support of families!
Thanks to the staff for their hard work and collaboration during our institute day this afternoon. We greatly value these opportunities to come together for professional learning on behalf of our students.
In the spirit of education,
Dr. Mary Gorr