Dear District 57 Families,
I hope everyone had a good first week back after Spring Break. There is so much activity in the schools as we head into the home stretch. We look forward to all of the exciting year-end opportunities that we are able to hold in-person this year – including plays, concerts, and fun year-end events. Also, starting Monday, the entire District will celebrate Disabilities Awareness Week. Students will learn about a variety of disabilities throughout the week. Families will once again have an opportunity to support Gerry’s Cafe, which is getting close to opening an Arlington Heights coffee shop that will employ adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If you would like to make a donation in celebration of District 57’s Disabilities Awareness Week, please visit this link: https://bit.ly/D57Gerrys
. Thank you to Fairview Special Education Teacher Katianne Olson for her leadership in this work.
Please mark your calendar for two upcoming events:
- The D57 Ed Foundation is hosting their Road to the Derby Gala on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 6 p.m. at Victoria in the Park. Proceeds from this event benefit D57 Schools. If you would like to purchase tickets or make a donation, please visit the D57 Ed Foundation website.
- The annual Knots of Love event is on Thursday, April 14, from 4-9 p.m. at Prospect High School. Click here to see the event's Facebook page. Knots of Love is a special event organized by Lions Park Staff inspired by and in honor of D57 student Lauren Graver, who passed away in 2017, where D57 families can make blankets for pediatric patients at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge.
I wanted to let you know that Elise Dean, assistant principal of Lions Park, will be leaving her position at the end of the school year. She has accepted a district coordinator position in a community closer to her home. We thank her for her leadership at Lions Park this school year, and we wish her all the best! We have started the search for a new Lions Park assistant principal.
Also, as I announced before Spring Break, Lincoln principal Paul Suminski will be leaving at the end of the school year, and we are making progress in our search for his replacement. Thank you to the D57 families who have provided input to assist us in that search. If you haven’t yet submitted your feedback about the next Lincoln Principal
and would like to, the submission deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 5.
All of the District’s current openings can be found at this link: https://www.applitrack.com/d57/onlineapp/default.aspx
. Please share the information if you know someone who might be a fit for one of our jobs – including instructional assistants and substitute teachers, which are still needed.
Finally, the D57 Safety and Operation Guidance
has been updated to align with the latest guidance from IDPH and ISBE. Most notably, we will return to our pre-pandemic exclusion practices for symptoms. Additionally, if students have a positive COVID test result, they will be eligible to zoom into their classroom after 48 hours of notice to the school. The COVID dashboard
is continuously updated on the D57 Website.
In the spirit of education,
Dr. Mary Gorr
Superintendent of Schools, Mount Prospect District 57