Valley View School District Briefs
Last updated 2/28/2020 at 4:57pm
Valley View Schools Kindergarten Open Enrollment March 3-13
Valley View School District will welcome the Class of 2033 when Kindergarten Open Enrollment takes place March 3-13 (with the exception of Sun. March 8). Students residing in the District who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020 are eligible to enroll. Visit our website for complete enrollment information including a checklist for required enrollment documents and forms. The Open Enrollment hours are as follows: 7:30- 4 pm, except for Sat. March 7 (8:30 am - 1:30 pm), Tue. Mar. 10 and Thu. March 12 (8:30 am - 6pm).
During Open Enrollment, we will have extra staff on hand to expedite the wait time. Please enroll March 3-13 to avoid long wait times in August. Enrollment will take place at the Valley View Administration Center, 801 W Normantown Road, Romeoville IL.
A student must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020 to enroll in Kindergarten for the following school year and is required to be enrolled by their legal guardian. If your child already attends the Valley View Early Childhood Center, they do not need to be enrolled for Kindergarten.
Valley View School District offers full day Kindergarten at all elementary schools and a half-day program at Oak View Elementary in Bolingbrook.
Ms. VaLarie Humphrey Visits Romeoville HS for Black History Month
Ms. VaLarie Humphrey has journeyed from college flunk out, to teacher, to education administrator, to one of the most sought-after education consultants in the country.
As part of the events at Romeoville HS for Black History Month, Ms. Humphrey spoke to the students in the junior class and explained they should take a cue from Harriet Tubman. While Harriet Tubman’s main accomplishment was delivering slaves out of the South, Ms. Humphrey emphasized to students Ms. Tubman’s legacy is also this: While we follow our own journey, we can always go back where we came from and help lift someone else. Watch the video on vvsd.org
Brooks Middle School Welcomes Guest Readers to Read Aloud to Students
The practice of reading aloud to young children is one of the most important activities leading to language skills development. However, by the time students reach middle school age, they rarely get to enjoy the experience of having someone read to them aloud.
Recently, Brooks Middle School participated in World Read Aloud Day by inviting VVSD staff members to read aloud to students in their classrooms. We enjoyed hearing Brooks Student Resource Officer Jenna Swendsen read the beginning of The Unteachables by Gordon Korman. Watch the video on vvsd.org
Spring is Theatre Season in Valley View
Romeoville HS Presents “Beauty and the Beast”
The performing arts students at Romeoville HS present the Broadway Musical version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” March 6-8 at 7 pm and March 8 at 2 pm in the David Carlson Auditorium at RHS. All children under 3 years old admitted for free. Tickets for children over 3 years old and students through college with an ID are $5. Tickets for adults are $10 when purchased online. Visit https://romeovillehschoir.ludus.com/ to purchase tickets.
In addition, the cast is offering an added bonus of Story Time with Belle prior to the matinee show on Sun. March 8. Story Time begins at 12:30 pm and will run for an hour with an opportunity to take photos with the cast. Adults and children under 3 years old are admitted for free, while children older than 3 and students through college with a student ID are $5. Whether you attend the Sunday show or not, you are welcome to be our guest at Story Time with Belle.
Bolingbrook HS Presents The Drowsy Chaperone
The Brook Theatre will present a parody of 1920’s musicals as “The Drowsy Chaperone” hits the stage. Performances are 7 pm on March 20-21, 27-28 and 3 pm on Sun. March 22 in the Roger and Pat Claar Family Auditorium.
Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door. To purchase tickets online, visit http://www.thebrooktheatre.org
Summer will also be Theatre Season in Valley View
Beauty and the Beast Jr.
For the third summer in a row, VVSD middle school students will have an opportunity to come together and create a District-wide middle school musical through the Valley View STAGES program. Students will have the opportunity to perform on the stage or backstage in a production of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” Camp will culminate in up to two performances on Friday, June 12 at the Bolingbrook High School Auditorium.
Performances will take place on the final day of the camp. Dates for the camp are weekdays June 1-12. Tuition of $250 includes daily breakfast and lunch, camp T-shirt, and theatre instructions. Early Registration (before April 1) is $225. If you are registering an additional child, the tuition for a second participant is $175.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.bhsmusicboosters.org/stages/ Registration is only permitted for Valley View School District students and students who will attend a Valley View High School. Scholarships are available. Have questions? Contact Larry Fisher at [email protected] or Andrew White at [email protected]
VVSD Early Childhood Online Registration for Community Based Tuition Program Closes Feb. 28
Valley View School District’s Early Childhood Program will be offering a limited number of placements for the half and full-day Community Based Tuition pre-school program for the 2020-21 school year.
The Valley View Early Childhood Center offers a diversity of experiences for students, with a focus on pre-academic skills, social and emotional development, and hands-on activities. Music and movement are also key attributes of the curriculum, which focuses on the development of the whole child and their self-esteem.
Full Day Community Based Tuition Program Pre-School students will attend 6 hours and 15 minutes per day at a cost of $600 per month, which includes breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Before and after school care is also available through the Romeoville Recreation Department. Community Based Tuition Half Day Pre-School is for 2 1/12 hours per day at a cost of $245 per month. Valley View’s Early Childhood program offers early childhood education for children three years old by the first day of school and no older than five years old on Sept. 2, 2020. This program is open to all Valley View 365U residents and outside residents, with families who reside within VVSD boundaries given first priority.
To register online for the lottery for available placements in either the Community Based Tuition Full Day or Half Day programs, visit http://www.vvsd.org/ec Online lottery application closes on Fri. Feb. 28. The lottery drawing will take place on Tue. March 3. Parents will be contacted via email on Wed. Mar. 11 if their child has been selected through the open lottery system. If you have any questions, please call 815-886-7827
Support the VVEEF Under the Big Top on Fri. March 20
The Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation’s Annual Dinner and Auction Gala is coming on Fri. Mar. 20 at 6 pm at Bolingbrook Golf Club. Join the VVEEF for a fun filled evening Under the Big Top. Grab your seat in the grandstand early, so you can witness The Greatest Show On Earth! The VVEEF raises money for grants that directly benefit VVSD students and teachers. You can walk the tightrope as you peruse auction items, or you can view and bid online via the [vveef.givesmart.com]givesmart site directly from your phone or device. And don’t miss the rest of the spectacle of food, entertainment, and raffle prizes.
So jump on the bandwagon early and get your tickets today! To purchase tickets, visit [vveef.givesmart.com]vveef.givesmart.com (Use this link for donations AND to register for our online bidding system)
A New Decade is Time for the U.S. Census- Everybody Counts
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade there is a count— or a census—of America’s population. The census provides vital information for you and your community.
A sample of the upcoming census can be found by visiting the following links.
Get a preview of the kinds of questions that will be asked so you are ready to answer.
For additional information about the US Census, visit http://www.2020census.gov
Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements
Bolingbrook HS Chess Team
The Bolingbrook HS Chess Team had their best ever showing at the IHSA Chess Championships in Peoria. Team members include: Adrian Castillo, Alyssa Correa, Albert Huynh, Lexi Ingram, Josh Knott, Francisco Mariscal, Katelyn Mensik, Andres Morante, Uy Pham. The Raider chess team is coached by Ms. Catherine Tallon and Mr. Mike Papes.
Romeoville HS senior Alyson Young qualified for the IHSA Girls Bowling Championships that begins Fri. Feb. 21 in Rockford. Alyson placed 6th among all the individuals at the Plainfield North Sectional and advanced as one of the top five individuals who were not members of a qualifying team.
Bolingbrook HS will be represented by four wrestlers at the IHSA Boys Class 3A Individual Wrestling Championships Feb. 20-22 at the State Farm Center in Champaign. Luis Bazan (120), Cam Hargrove (145), Jack McDermott (132), and Joe McDermott (113) will compete for the Raiders.
Ms. Tammi Conn
VVSD Director of Career and Technical Education Ms. Tammi Conn is the recipient of the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year Award. Ms. Conn was presented with the award at the IACTE annual conference at the Bloomington Normal Marriott.
This award is given to an administrator, program specialist, coordinator, or other CTE personnel. It is given for making significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective career and technical education programs.
The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, February 24, at John J. Lukancic Middle School, 725 W. Normantown Rd, Romeoville IL. The meeting will be called to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Board will vote to go into Executive Session. The Public Session of the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, the Agenda for the meeting will be posted no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting. Go to vvsd.org to view the Agenda
The Bolingbrook HS Child Development Class Little Raiders Pre-School Lab for kids ages 3-4 begins on Thu. Feb. 27. The pre-school lab offers a safe and educational environment for kids and instruction, which includes activities that encourage intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15 a.m.- 1 p.m. through Thu, May 8.
This will be the 10th year the program has provided a positive experience for the preschoolers and the Bolingbrook HS high school student-instructors too. The program supports the District’s Career and Technical Education investigation. For more information contact Ms. Debra Taylor at (630) 679-3696 or [email protected]
Jane Addams Middle School is hosting the 3rd Annual 3K Family Walk/Run Promoting Autism Awareness on Sat. April 25. Proceeds from the event benefit Team Gabe & Friends and their efforts to increase awareness of autism. Early Bird Registration, $15 per person and $50 for a family is underway and continues through Feb. 29. Registration after March 1 is $20 per person. Go to vvsd.org to register and for more information.