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June 5, 2020


Happy Summer Break! We made it! Thank you all so much for your partnership and hard work as we navigated through a very difficult situation for students, families, and staff during an unprecedented time. Below is information regarding materials drop-off, summer activities and programming. Please continue to check your email, as we will be sending communication this summer as plans for the 2020-2021 school year are made.

End of Year Materials Drop-Off

We are coordinating the drop-off of items that belong to the district. Please follow the directions and procedures below for the week of June 8th. ALL DROP-OFF TIMES WILL BE AT McCRACKEN.

Items the need to be returned include the following: 

  • Library books
  • Chromebooks (students attending District 73.5 Summer School can keep their Chromebook)
  • Chromebook chargers (students attending District 73.5 Summer School can keep their charger)
  • Internet MiFis (students attending District 73.5 Summer School can keep their Internet MiFi)
  • Textbooks
  • Any classroom books/materials
  • Band instruments
  • Athletic uniforms (McCracken)

Please drop off the items during the appropriate grade level date and time. If you have children in multiple grade levels you can bring all items to ONE of the drop off times. 

  • Monday, June 8th
    • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. / 8th Grade
    • 8th Grade families will receive student diplomas and graduation pictures, if ordered, when they drop off student materials on Monday, June 8th. Eighth grade parents only: Please write your child’s first and last name on a sign. Print this sign or make your own: STUDENT PICK UP SIGN. Place the sign on your car’s front dashboard, on the passenger side.
  • Tuesday, June 9th
    • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. / 7th Grade
    • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. / 6th Grade
  • Wednesday, June 10th
    • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. / 5th Grade
    • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. / 4th Grade
  • Thursday, June 11th
    • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. / 3rd Grade
    • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. / 2nd Grade 
    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / 1st Grade
  • Friday, June 12th
    • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. / Kindergarten
    • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. / Pre-K

Please make sure to label all items. Write your child’s last name, homeroom/advisory teacher’s name, and grade level on the label. You can print this label or make your own STUDENT LABEL. Place the label somewhere visible on the item. There is no need to add a label if the item already has one.

Once you arrive at the drop off location please exit your vehicle and place all items in the correct storage bin (technology, books, other). Remember the Drive-Thru is one lane only. Do not drive around to pass other cars. More information will be emailed once we get closer to the week of June 8th.   

District Devices

After thoughtful consideration, the district has decided that devices will be collected at the end of the school year for a variety of reasons. The technology team will need to complete the following to ensure that we have a successful roll-out during the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Check the operating condition of Chromebooks and upgrade the OS
  • Update firmware on all hotspot devices and wipe data
  • Clean all the devices
  • Replace devices that will be refreshed over the summer; this will be a total of three grade levels
  • Restock testing and loaner carts throughout the district
  • Ensure enough devices are in working order to begin the new school year and confirm the total number of assets

With all the necessary tasks listed above, we will need the entirety of the summer to complete them. Students enrolled in the District 73.5 summer school program will be able to keep their devices until the end of the summer session, but those will need to be collected, as well, on the last day of summer school. If you are looking to secure an internet connection over the summer, please visit the community resources document created by the district.

Summer Suggested Learning Activities and Resources

During the summer, families may choose to have their children engage in learning activities at home. If interested, click here. We have also included useful information related to internet access and community resources.

Summer School

Emails regarding summer school have been sent to families of students who qualify. If your student is participating in summer school or Extended School Year (ESY), they may keep all of their technology for the duration of the program. If you have questions regarding summer school, please contact summer school coordinators Marty Behm, [email protected], or Marty Heffner, [email protected].

Summer Lunches

Lunches will continue throughout the summer. Skokie School District 73.5 would like to remind the community that the district is delivering lunches every TUESDAY at the locations and times listed below. Families will receive five lunches per child. If needed, vegetarian lunches are available.

  • Christiana & Lee - approximately 12:03 p.m.
  • East Prairie & Lee - approximately 12:06 p.m.
  • Harding & Lee - approximately 12:07 p.m.
  • Keystone & Lee - approximately 12:09 p.m.
  • Keeler & Lee - approximately 12:12 p.m.
  • Cleveland & Keeler - approximately 12:14 p.m.
  • Cleveland & Keystone - approximately 12:16 p.m.
  • Cleveland & East Prairie - approximately 12:18 p.m.
  • Keeney & East Prairie - approximately 12:20 p.m.
  • East Prairie & Kirk - approximately 12:22 p.m.
  • Keystone & Kirk - approximately 12:24 p.m.
  • Keeler & Kirk - approximately 12:26 p.m.
  • Lowell & Kirk - approximately 12:28 p.m.
  • Kilbourn & Kirk - approximately 12:30 p.m.
  • Kostner & Cleveland - approximately 12:32 p.m.

The Food Pantry will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In addition, the Food Pantry will continue to be open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, which provides convenience to many Food Pantry clients.
I hope you all have a good summer and enjoy time with family.  Thank you for another amazing school year!

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