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 District 20 E-Newsletter

APRIL 2021

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ESD20 Return to Learn Updates

In-Person Learning For All

We have now completed four weeks of full day, in-person learning, and we want to thank our families and staff for following the District 20 health and safety protocols which are aligned with state and local COVID-19 guidelines.  We are very pleased that since we began in-person instruction in October, we have seen a low number of students with confirmed cases of COVID-19.  We need to continue to work together to maintain a safe school community as we finish out the remaining weeks of the school year.

Importance of Daily Health Certification & COVID-19 Testing

It is essential that you complete your child(ren)’s health assessment and certification card, each and every day. If your child has any of the COVID-19 related symptoms below within the previous 24 hours, your child must stay home, and you need to report the absence and reasons to your school:

  • Fever of 100.4F or higher
  • New onset of moderate to severe headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • New cough or sore throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Fatigue from unknown cause
  • Muscle or body aches from unknown cause

If your child experiences symptoms during the school day, the nurse will conduct an evaluation and contact you to pick-up your child if needed.  We continue to strongly recommend seeking medical care and/or testing if the symptoms appear to be related to COVID-19. 

Please see the D20 COVID-19 Protocols & FAQs for current procedures, which are consistent with recently updated IDPH, ISBE and DCHD guidelines.

Registration for 2021-2022 School Year - OPENS MONDAY, MAY 3 @ 9AM

All Families Must Prove Residency in District 20 (including all grades, new & returning students)

Proof of Residency & Registration will be an online process.  Families will submit their documents to prove residency by submitting a scanned copy or picture of the documents into Skyward. Step-by-step instructions for how to submit your residency documents can be found here.  Please contact your school office or email for help.

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT (for Grades 1-8 only) and register your student(s) NOW!  If you register in the Month of May, there will be NO $150 REGISTRATION FEEThis discount ends on May 31, and there will be no extensions this year.  Each student will still need to pay the $50 Technology Fee.

Classroom Spotlight

Third Grade Students Use Their "KID POWER" to Help Others!

Ms. Rutke's Third Grade Class at Greenbook has truly made a difference!  The class participated in a Learning A-Z reading challenge this month, which partnered with the UNICEF Kid Power Program to make a positive impact on the world around them while engaging in reading.

The students were given the exciting opportunity to read, earn stars, which they could turn into meals and clean water for needy families.  Students selected books from a large offering of materials, answered comprehensive questions, and earned reward stars for their hard work!

What a fantastic way to encourage students to read, work toward an important goal, and help others at the same time!

Ms. Rutke's 3rd Grade Readers earned 240,000 stars this month and donated 34 meals to families in need!

Igniting the Power & Potential of Each Student!

Greenbrook Celebrates Autism Awareness Month

Greenbrook School celebrated Diversity, Inclusion, and Education in April by incorporating Autism Awareness throughout their classroom activities and by wearing blue every Wednesday.  Students learned about what autism is and how to show kindness, respect, empathy and acceptance to anyone who is different.  Students  engaged in a variety of writing, reading, and art projects relating to Autism Awareness Month.

The image below shows student work relating to the story "All My Stripes" in which Zane, a zebra with autism, worries that his differences make him stand out from his peers.  Zane learns that autism is only one of many qualities that make him special.  After hearing the story, Greenbrook Students created zebras that show one of their special qualities.

First page of the PDF file: AutismAwareness

ESD20 Honors Earth Day

Classrooms across the district honored Earth Day on April 22 and throughout the week.  Teachers led students in a wide variety of assignments, art projects, scavenger hunts, innovation projects and clean-up activities to celebrate the beauty of our earth.  It was a fun and educational week for everyone!  

Please enjoy this video showcasing our ESD20 Students as they Celebrate Earth Day.


Waterbury Kids Got Talent!

Waterbury School hosted a virtual talent show this month, inviting students to audition, practice their talents, and record their performances for a final showcase held on Zoom, which can be viewed here.

The show was called "Waterbury WOW Factor" and was hosted by students and celebrated the many, many talents of our Wildcats!  Student performances were recorded at school, home, or wherever the talents could be recorded.  Some teachers even shared their talents with everyone!  The night was filled with smiles, laughter, and fun!

Spring Wood 7th Graders Host Outsiders Day

Seventh Grade students recently completed the novel "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton that tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes he is an outsider.  An "Outsider Day" this month gave students the opportunity to dress-up like a "Greaser" or a "Soc" or other 60s attire.  During classes that day, students listened to 60s music while working and wrote mini-skits to scenarios from the book in groups and performed them to the entire Language Arts class.  To wrap-up the fun day, students brought a goody bag home.

The entire SWMS community was invited to participate in a Dine-to-Donate Fundraiser hosted by the SW PTO at Portillos that evening.

District 20 Board of Education

The Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 Board of Education holds regular board meetings monthly at 7:00pm on Thursdays in the Spring Wood Middle School Innovation Center.  The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

During the pandemic, Board Members meet in person when it is safe to do so.  Public Participation is held virtually via Zoom to ensure the safety of our community.  If you would like to attend a School Board Meeting virtually, please sign-up on our website at Attend Board Meeting so that we can send you the log-in credentials prior to the meeting.  We ask that Public Comments follow Board Policy and are emailed to

Meeting information and minutes are located on the website.  You can also view recordings of the meetings on the Keeneyville YouTube Channel.


Highlights of April 29, 2021 Board Meeting

  • Student Ignite Awards were presented by teachers and staff to 4th-8th Grade Students at Greenbrook, Waterbury and Spring Wood.  This award recognizes students who have gone above and beyond in the classroom effort or achievement, exhibit excellent social emotional competencies, or who have participated and excelled in co-curricular and athletic programs.  Seventeen Students were honored this month at the Board Meeting and they attended with their supportive families via zoom.
  • Board Salute Awards were presented to Colleen Flores, Director of Student Services;  Mike Glosson, Spring Wood Middle School Teacher;  Vince Ramirez and Bill Cole of Illinois Central; and Kim Zaprzalka and Jennifer Ramirez of Aramark.
  • Recently re-elected Board Members were sworn-in for their new term, and the Board reorganized with an election of officers including President, Vice-President and Secretary. 
  • The Board is currently seeking interested applications for a Board Member Vacancy for 2021-23.  For more information click here.
Thank you to Darletta Anderson for your service as a D20 School Board Member! Pictured with Superintendent Omar Castillo and Board President Heather Weishaar.
Congratulations on the swearing-in of re-elected School Board Members Terry Walloch and Jennifer Kuban.  Pictured with Board President Heather Weishaar.

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