Farewell 2020

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Farewell 2020


Dr. Elaine Aumiller

May 28th, 2020

A Message from your Superintendent

Before we head into summer break each year, I write a farewell message that fondly looks back on the many events and activities that make spring at District 57 schools such a special and exciting time. Unfortunately, the past couple of months looked quite a bit different. Even so, there is still MUCH to celebrate in this year-end message! When we left school on March 13, we could never have imagined that we would not be able to return for the rest of the year. But I’m filled with pride as I look back on the ways that we adapted and were there for each other, and how we ensured that the time away from school could be as meaningful and productive as possible.

I thank my administrative team for the long hours and hard work that went into planning and refining our remote learning approach, as well as the well-coordinated efforts to map out our complex year-end procedures. I thank our staff members for quickly and creatively changing the way they teach and making sure students continued to learn, progress and feel motivated. I also thank the parents and guardians who have been essential partners in remote learning. I know it wasn’t easy, especially given the many challenges that families are now experiencing. Finally, I thank our wonderful students. They each faced their own worries and disappointments but have persevered and have become more resilient along the way. I hope they look back on this experience with gratitude for the positive ways their family, schools and community came together during a worldwide pandemic.

Before the school year officially ends today, I have some new information and reminders to share:

=      Survey: Please participate in the remote learning survey by June 3 so we can take your feedback and ideas into account as we plan for next school year.

=      Year-End Celebrations and Procedures: The schools have been emailing important updates as we close out the year. The principals sent instructions for returning Chromebooks, textbooks, etc. on June 1 and 2. We will celebrate the first graders leaving Westbrook and fifth graders leaving Fairview/Lions Park with Clap Outs on June 3. And we look forward to honoring the eighth-grade graduates on June 8.

=      Summer Learning: We have consolidated all the remote learning menus in one place so families can easily access lessons they would like to review throughout the summer. Please note that some hyperlinks may be inaccessible due to teachers’ Google Classrooms being archived in preparation for next year. Students can also access their IXL (Reading and Math) and BrainPOP online accounts until July 24, when scheduled online maintenance will occur.

=      District Communications: Be sure to read the special edition of the District 57 newsletter, a recap of remote learning and District news. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, where we will post updates this summer. We don’t yet know what next school year will look like, but we will be monitoring guidance from the state and making our own contingency plans, and we will keep you informed via email and social media when there are updates to share.

=      Retirees and Service Anniversaries: I congratulate the valued staff members who are retiring and thank them for the many years they have been members of the District 57 family. I also congratulate those who are celebrating service anniversaries. We would normally be paying tribute to these staff members at the Retirement and Recognition Breakfast next week. Please see their names at the end of this message and join me in virtually honoring them.

I hope you and your family stay healthy and safe throughout the summer. Thank you, again, for your partnership during this extraordinary school year.

Dr. Elaine Aumiller
Superintendent of Schools



Jan Anderson, Westbrook Instructional Assistant

Barb Bertolucci, Lions Park Kids’ Corner Assistant

Lisa Loeffler, Fairview Music Teacher

Cathy O’Donnell, Fairview Literacy Support Teacher/Coach

Jung (Sue) Sulik, Westbrook Kids’ Corner Assistant Supervisor

Service Anniversaries

35 Years:

Mary Cunningham, Westbrook Kids’ Corner Supervisor

Michele Logar, Fairview 2nd-Grade Teacher

30 Years:

Mary Hunt, Lions Park 2nd-Grade Teacher

Kathy Winters, Westbrook Speech Pathologist

25 Years:

Carly Fergus, Westbrook 1st-Grade Teacher

Karen Noll, Fairview 5th-Grade Teacher

Laura Stamison, Administrative Assistant for Teaching and Learning

20 Years:

Dave Cole, Lincoln Physical Education Teacher

Jimmy Finley, Lions Park Custodian

Elaine Ionas, Lincoln Social Science Teacher

Julie Jezuit, Lincoln Spanish Teacher

Don Lett, Lions Park Facility Supervisor

Lisa Loeffler, Fairview Music Teacher

Elin Lonergan, Fairview Instructional Assistant

Lynn Reihart, Fairview Instructional Assistant

Kathy Skowron, Fairview Kids’ Corner Assistant Supervisor

15 Years:

Eileen Carpenter, Westbrook Early Childhood Teacher

Julie Hirsch, Lincoln Speech Pathologist

Loretta Rose, Lincoln Science/Social Science Teacher

Roseann Schmitz, Lincoln Special Education Teacher

Darshana Shah, Westbrook Instructional Assistant

Elizabeth Straczek, Lincoln Project Lead the Way Tech Education Teacher

Leslie Thomas, Lincoln Music Teacher

Penny Urell, Westbrook Instructional Assistant

Virginia Webster, Administrative Assistant for the Superintendent

Kristi Zakula, Westbrook Kindergarten Teacher

10 Years:

Sara Cilia, Lions Park Instructional Assistant

Laurie Feinstein, District 57 Occupational Therapist

Kristen Kaage, Lincoln 7th-Grade Science/Social Science Teacher

Kendall Roberts, Fairview Literacy Support Teacher/Coach

Kathleen Schafer, Lions Park Speech Pathologist
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