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The News You Use: November 16, 2018

November 16

Dates to Remember

Monday, November 19: 12:00-8:00pm Conferences, No School

Tuesday, November 20: 12:00-8:00pm Conferences, No School

Wednesday, November 21-Friday, November 23: No School, Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 26: School Resumes


Report Cards

Report cards were sent home in backpacks this week. If you did not receive your child’s report card, please contact your child’s teacher. Report cards are a snapshot of time in your child’s educational journey, and are just one of the many ways we communicate progress to you. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions.


Local Fundraiser during Conferences

A few weeks ago, the daughter of two of our district teachers fell ill. Each school is supporting this local family as their daughter fights to regain her health. Our students made beautiful wall vases and filled them with strawflowers. During conferences, our vases will be on sale in the Ravinia School lobby to help raise money for the Funke family. They will sell at $5 apiece and make wonderful gifts for a cause. We hope you find them as beautiful as we do!


Please see the note below from our Fifth Grade Student Leadership Group


Day of Giving

The Day of Giving is when students and staff collect and donate food, clothing, household items, and toiletries for families in need. The Day of Giving originated at Elm Place Middle School in 2010. This year, the Ravinia Community has decided to collect diapers and wipes to contribute. We are hoping to continue this tradition of helping over 400 families in Highland Park and Highwood. Northwood Junior High is very proud to be hosting Day of Giving on Saturday, December 1st. Our families are relying on your generosity. PLEASE BRING DIAPERS OF ALL SIZES AND WIPES TO RAVINIA AND LEAVE THEM IN THE VESTIBULE OUTSIDE THE OFFICE anytime prior to 11/29/2018. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  


Lost and Found Table

It is that time of year! If you have been wondering about that one sweatshirt, coat, or water bottle that didn’t come home, stop by the lost and found table outside the main office during conferences.

Morning Drop Off Reminder

If you drive your child to school, please drop them off at the sidewalk on Baldwin so they can have easy access to the playground. Do not use the parking lot as a drop off, as staff will be pulling in to park, and the lane is for emergency vehicle access and must remain open. Please remember that the circle drive by Millennium Hall is for buses only. The two exceptions to this are rain, or the windchill being below 15. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your children safe.


End Of Day Procedures

Please be patient during pick up routines. Parents of older students may arrange for pick up along Baldwin to ease traffic along Dean. If there are no legal spaces to pull into, please drive around the block instead of double parking or blocking the right of way for other traffic and buses. In light of recent tragedies involving children in the news waiting at bus stops, we truly appreciate your patience and commitment to the safety of the children.


Cold Weather Mornings and Recess


As a reminder, North Shore School District 112 highly values outdoor physical exercise and the opportunity for daily outdoor play for all students. All schools in the North Shore School District engage in outdoor recess unless temperatures are at or below 15 degrees (including wind chill) or if there is precipitation. Students will also be allowed to come into our buildings before school when the temperature is at 15 degrees or below including wind chill. If the wind chill is above 15 degrees at 8:30, we will have outside recess before school.


Drop Off Procedures

In order to provide the safest environment for children at the beginning of the school day, please follow the procedures listed below.

If the windchill reading is ABOVE 15 degrees and it is not raining:

Students may NOT be dropped off in the lane outside Millennium Hall. Students must be dropped off between 8:30-8:40 and should go to the playground. Please form a line along Baldwin and drop off at the gate opening so we do not create a blocked roadway.

If the windchill reading is BELOW 15 degrees, or it is raining:

Students may be dropped off in the lane outside Millennium Hall, and will go directly into the school and wait for the bell to ring. The procedures will be as follows:

  • Please enter the drive and pull all the way up to the stop sign at the end of the drive. DO NOT STOP IN FRONT OF THE DOOR if there is no one in front of you. All students that are being dropped off should only leave a car that is along the curb. Please do not pull your car into a second line and expect your child to walk in front of, or between cars. Our intention is to eliminate small children from walking in front of moving vehicles to the school. In order for this to be as efficient as possible, we request that you stay in your car at all times. In addition, we ask that you wait in line at the curb to drop off your child, and do not drive around other cars until your child has exited the car.

As a reminder, we do not have supervision available for children until 8:30 a.m. Buses cannot unload until this time, and children should not leave their cars parked along Baldwin until the staff member arrives outside. After 8:45, you will need to park your vehicle in a legal parking space, enter through the front doors, and sign your child in through the office.


We appreciate your patience as we implement safe procedures for student arrival at Ravinia. With everyone working together, we anticipate a quicker drop off procedure and a safer environment for all children!


Winter Weather

Please remember to send your child appropriately dressed for the weather. We have several students who are not coming to school with coats, and the outside temperature is below 40. Tis the season for hats, coats, and gloves! Once snow hits, students will not be able to play in it unless they have snow pants and boots as well.