December 18, 2020

Dear Einstein Owls, 

Our All School Sing a Long was the absolute happiest way to end the week! It was great to see our families and students dancing and singing. Wishing you a fantastic holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year! All the best! 


  • Friday, 12/18: Winter Break Begins at the End of the Day
  •   Monday, 1/4:  Remote Learning Resumes
  • Monday, 1/11: IC classes restart hybrid learning (follow the same schedule as before the adaptive pause)      
  •   Monday, 1/18:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
  •  Tuesday, 1/19: Hybrid learning restarts, Cohort B in attendance
  •  Wednesday, 1/20: Remote learning for all students
  • Thursday, 1/21: Hybrid Cohort A in attendance
  • Friday, 1/22: Hybrid Cohort B in attendance
  • Wednesday, 1/27: AM Half-Day Remote Planning Day, PM Half-Day In-service, Student Non-Attendance Day

ACCESS testing for English Learners delayed until March
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced on December 17th that the testing date for the ACCESS test for English Learners (ELLs) has been delayed.  The federally required test, which measures the proficiency of English Learners in reading, writing, speaking and listening, was scheduled to begin in January.  The delay allows districts to wait until March 15th, at the earliest, to begin administering the test.    Additional information will be shared as it becomes available. 

New D54 Wellness Website
The year 2020 has been a difficult time for so many people. Throughout this year one thing that hasn’t changed is District 54’s commitment to the well-being of our community. This week we are launching a new online District 54 Wellness Space. This website includes videos, resources and links to valuable activities for students, for families and for staff. For example, the student pages include energizing videos and calming videos, read-alouds of books about feelings, and links to help children manage their emotions. The pages for adults include mental health webinars, COVID-related resources and links to support provided by District 54. We hope you will take the time to explore this self-care website and engage with the resources that best support your needs.

Optimistic Household Series: Module 6 Release
A decade’s worth of research on gratitude has shown us that when life is going well, gratitude allows us to celebrate and magnify goodness. But what about when life goes badly? The sixth, and final, Optimistic Household module, Restart Forward Progress, is now available for you to access with your family here: Optimistic Household homepage. You can also view the first five modules. Don’t forget to share your family’s experiences with us on social media with #OptimisticHousehold and #54Happiness or by sending photos and videos to [email protected]

Have a wonderful break, 

Julie Tarasiuk and Melinda Perez