District Update – Aug. 18
Posted on 08/18/2023

We are so excited to welcome our students back to school next week on Wednesday, August 23! We hope summer was fun and relaxing for you and your family, and that all are eager for a great new school year ahead. If you need anything as you prepare for the start of school, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school or our district office. We are here to help! We wish you a wonderful and joyful start to the school year.

School Safety

As always, the safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. Our schools have comprehensive plans in place that are reviewed and updated annually in partnership with the Wilmette Police and Wilmette Fire Departments. We are extremely proud of the strong, collaborative relationship that we have with both the Village of Wilmette and our Wilmette Police and Fire Departments. As part of these plans, please know that all exterior doors are locked at all times and visitors can only enter our school buildings by being buzzed in through the main entrance. In addition, review and training of our plans and protocol is an ongoing and critical part of our annual work. For more information and valuable resources on school safety and security measures, please review the message sent to families on Tuesday, the information provided on our School Safety and Security page, and/or watch the recording of our first parent education event of the year, Feeling Safe in District 39 Schools.” School safety is a collective responsibility and we sincerely appreciate your support and partnership in helping to ensure our schools and communities are safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for all.

Student Attendance is Critical to School Success

We believe that students are most successful in achieving their personal and academic goals when they are present in school. Research supports this too! A successful school experience starts by supporting students in coming to school regularly and on time. This fall, we will be reminding families of the importance of attendance. Students and families will receive increased communication from the school as absenteeism increases. Attendance can be viewed by parents at any time by logging on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and clicking ‘attendance history’. If you have specific questions about attendance records in PowerSchool, please reach out to your child’s school office. Additional information regarding student attendance and a variety of other important topics is available within the District 39 Parent Handbook

Looking For Fulfilling Work? Join Our District 39 Team!

As we continue to make our final preparations ahead of the 2023-24 academic year, we are looking for caring and qualified individuals to join our D39 team. We are accepting applications for paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, substitute nurses, substitute cooks, maintenance/custodial associates, and a soccer coach for our coed 7th and 8th grade team (one team)! If you are interested, or know of someone who may be interested in working as part of a dynamic team in a vibrant and welcoming setting, please visit our D39 employment webpage.

Parent Education Events 

We are proud to host a variety of Parent Education Events for our D39 families throughout the school year. These events target topics of interest specific to our D39 parent community and all are welcome to join us live or to watch the recordings as your schedule permits. We have compiled a fantastic lineup for our series this year and these sessions will be filled with great tips, guidance and support for our parents! Our first Parent Education event of the year, titled “Feeling Safe in District 39 Schools,” was held yesterday. The recording and slide deck are available for those who were unable to join us for this outstanding presentation. Please check out our Parent Education page for our full schedule of Parent Ed events and registration links. 

Board of Education Meetings

Our Board of Education will come together for its first regular business meeting of the 2023-24 school year on Monday, Aug. 28 at 7 pm at the Mikaelian Education Center. Materials for the meetings will be posted here the Friday prior to the meeting.

Follow District 39 On Social Media!

Make sure to follow our District 39 social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram for fun and engaging content and events from around the District!