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February 2021



 District 20 E-Newsletter


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ESD20 Return to Learn Updates

  • D20 will continue the AM/PM Hybrid Learning Model for Trimester 3, with in-person and remote instruction. 

Please note that Monday, March 1 will be a REMOTE INSTRUCTION DAY for all D20 Students.  This means that there will be "live" remote instruction but no in-person instruction.  Please look for information to come from your school.

  • We encourage families to review the ESD20 Return to Learn Plan for Hybrid Learning for details relating to the health and safety protocols, AM/PM schedules, daily school schedule, and what to do if your child gets sick or is exposed to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.  For details and instructions on your school's safety protocols please visit:
  • All D20 staff and students continue to follow the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) Guidelines to keep our school community safe and healthy:  Wear a Mask, Wash Your Hands, Watch Your Distance

School Improvement - 5Essentials Survey

What is it?

The Illinois 5 Essentials Survey is an online comprehensive evidence-based tool designed to drive school improvement.  The survey is administered annually and helps to identify areas of strength and areas that are in need of support, by measuring five "essentials" that are critical for school success:

  1. Effective Leaders
  2. Collaborative Teachers
  3. Involved Families
  4. Supportive Environment
  5. Ambitious Instruction

A survey report is generated if the threshold response rates are met, allowing school leadership to be better positioned to drive improvement efforts for their individual school.  In order to receive a report, the school must have at least 50% response rate from students and/or staff, and at least 20% response rate of parents or guardians.

When is the survey open?

February 3 to April 2

Who takes it?

Parents/Guardians, Students (grades 4-12 only), and Teachers take a 5Essentials Survey with questions targeted for their role.

This is a confidential survey.  All information collected will be compiled into a system-wide report, with no names or unique identifiers connected with individual responses.

Where do I take it?

The survey is available online only and can be taken on any laptop, PC, tablet, or smartphone.

Available in English and Spanish.

Igniting the Power & Potential of Each Student!

D20 Students Honor Black History Month


Students across the District helped to honor the contributions and memories of historical figures during Black History Month by listening to stories, watching videos, conducting research, and creating projects.  Below are just some of the projects students worked on this month:

2nd Grade Students at Waterbury wrote about their "dreams" after learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


4th and 5th Grade Students at Waterbury read "The Undefeated" which highlights slavery, the civil rights movement, athletes, poets, musicians and others who have persevered and thrived.  The students also watched videos to learn how these heroes shaped history and give hope to all children of the future.


4th and 5th Grade Students at Greenbrook listened to the story "Let the Children March" and ordered time line events from the Civil Rights Movement that were shared in the story.


5th Grade Greenbrook Students shared their responses for "I have a Dream:"

  • For everyone to be treated equally.
  • Less pollution in the world.
  • To be a famous basketball player.
  • For world peace.
  • To end animal abuse
  • To help everyone.
  • For animals to have homes.
  • To end COVID-19.
  • To end racism.


7th Grade Advisory Classes chose a historical figure, watched a video and conducted research.  They wrote about their takeaways and brainstormed questions for a school-wide Kahoot Game about Black History Month.  Spring Wood hallways are also lined with posters and illustrations celebrating many Black Americans and their many contributions.


Celebrating Reading

Greenbrook recently hosted a virtual Family Reading Night to bring families together and encourage students to read.  The event had a winter snow theme and featured read-alouds, games and a fun sing-a-long.  Greenbrook will also celebrate Read Across America Week during March 1-5, with a "We are WILD about Books" theme.

Waterbury will hold their Read Across America celebration during the week of February 22 where parents and other guests can read stories to the class via zoom.  The week will be filled with special literacy activities for everyone to enjoy!

For additional read aloud videos for your student, please visit ESD20 Virtual Storytime and Greenbrook's Library Resources.

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ECC Students Learn About Community Helpers

The students at the Early Childhood Center have been learning about community helpers recently so on February 11th, the ECC held a virtual firefighter field trip for our students. Before the field trip, students received a firefighter bag, helmet, badge, coloring book, truck page to decorate with stickers, and a craft for them to do.

The students logged on to Zoom and were taken through images with activities and videos with the ECC teachers. Ms. Koldon’s husband, Cal Clark, who is a firefighter in the area, took videos to show the kids the different parts of his firehouse and answered questions our kids had on the live Zoom. We thank Firefighter Clark for his time and effort in helping make this day such a fun experience for our students!

Please enjoy this fun video to remember the fun virtual field trip!

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Kindergarten Traditions Continue

There are many traditions that take place in our buildings, which gives us a sense of comfort during challenging years like this one.  Kindergarten Students across the District celebrated 100 Days of School this year with in-person and remote students. 

Waterbury created "I am 100 Days Brighter" crowns and made 100 Day necklaces by counting out 100 fruit loops. 

Greenbrook classrooms celebrate 101 Days of School, with a nod to "101 Dalmations" as it's annual theme!

Enjoy this video of some of our youngest learners marking their 100th day of school!


PTO Spotlights

Joining a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a great way to support your child's education!  Each of our schools has an active PTO that helps to support the students, staff, and entire school community.  All parents and guardians are welcomed to join the PTO at your school, please contact your school office for details or visit D20 Parent Groups.  Take a look at some of the fun events coming up for your school's PTO and consider becoming a part of the team!

Greenbrook PTO

Contact Greenbrook PTO  to get involved and help support the school!  We are looking forward to activities this spring including teacher appreciate week.  We welcome any parents or guardians to join us!


Waterbury PTO

Contact the Waterbury PTO to get involved and help support fundraising and other fun events like these upcoming dine-to-donate events:

3/2 Lou Malnatis

3/24 Doctor Dogs

4/7 Cofelos

Spring Wood PTO

Contact the Spring Wood PTO to help coordinate many fun events like the Neon Ninja, Trivia Nights & more!  

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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, February 25, 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 January 28, 2021 Board Meeting

  • Superintendent Dr. Omar Castillo and School Principals gave a presentation of the Annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey Results from 2020.
  • Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations Wendy Flaherty presented the Finance & Operations Dashboard.
  • District and Building Administrators gave their Information Reports to the Board for the month of January.
  • The Board approved the contract for new Spring Wood Middle School Assistant Principal, Joseph Foege.


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