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July 12: Heavy rain and flooded roads continue to be a big problem in and around Lake Bluff. We have been in close communication with the Lake Bluff Police Department, and have been advised that the viaducts in both Lake Bluff and Lake Forest are unlikely to be clear by tomorrow morning. In order to ensure the safety of our students and families, Summer School will be cancelled again tomorrow, July 13. Thursday, July 13 was scheduled to be the last day of summer school and the District is adhering to that schedule. Make-up days for Summer School will not be scheduled, so this cancellation means that Summer School has officially ended.
Posted by comm  On Jul 17, 2017 at 3:01 PM 128 Comments
 Fifth grade students of Lake Bluff Elementary School will present Show Time 2017 on Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the school gym. A dress rehearsal for the student body is scheduled for 1:30 pm that afternoon. The four original one-act plays were written by third and fourth grade students during their drama classes this school year. The four plays are: • "Amusing Candyland Problem" written by Miss Eder's 3rd grade class and performed by Mr. Nilles' fifth graders • "Frazzle in the Forest" written by 4th grader Phoebe Twitchell and performed by Mrs. Strauss' fifth graders • "Hot Dog War" written by 4th grader Anastasia Tegel and performed by Mrs. Lenox's fifth graders • "Here, Doggy, Doggy, Doggy" written by 4th graders Gabby Heintzelman and Lauren Vrioni, and performed by Mr. Ellis' fifth graders For information, phone Lake Bluff Elementary School at 847-234-9405.
Posted by comm  On Jun 17, 2017 at 1:14 PM
The Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) has honored Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65 third grade teacher Samantha Marshall with its Best Practice Award. The award, given for “Creating an Affirmative and Inclusive Classroom,” was presented on May 16 by Lake Bluff Elementary School (LBES) Principal Margaret St. Claire, Reading Specialist Anna Morris, and English Language Learner teacher Jen Prozument. Members of Ms. Marshall’s family were on hand for the ceremony. Also recognized were LBES Learning Behavior Specialists Kim Novak and Lynn Perschke, who were both nominated for the NSSED Dave Peterson Outstanding Educator Award for their outstanding work in meeting the individual needs of Special Education students.   The Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) is a special education cooperative that provides programs, services and coaching and consultation to 18 member school districts on the North Shore.
Posted by comm  On Jun 01, 2017 at 1:59 PM 95 Comments
The Lake Bluff Middle School will perform GREASE: School Version in two performances: Friday, April 21 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 pm. Grease: School Version is directed by Adrienne Olmstead with musical and artistic direction by Ann Cvitkovic. This dynamic duo has co-directed the past six musicals together. The production tells the story of love-struck teenagers: cool Danny, played by Cole Joseph, and girl-next-door Sandy, played by Julia Birmingham. It details the complexities of high school love and life in the 1950’s. The school version retains the fun-loving spirit and catchy tunes that have made the show a favorite among rock and roll fans of all ages. Song highlights include: Summer Nights, Greased Lightning, We Go Together and others. The production runs approximately two hours with one intermission. It is truly a school effort with almost two-thirds of LBMS students participating as cast, crew, set design and more. General admission tickets are available for $10 at the Lake Bluff Middle School Main Office, 31 E. Sheridan Place and Bluffington’s, 113 E. Scranton Ave. Lake Bluff. A limited number of tickets may be on sale before the performances if not already sold out.
Posted by comm  On Apr 21, 2017 at 4:31 PM
On the Bluff community newsletter, spring 2017 Dear Fellow Community Members: There is much to report since the last newsletter in the fall. The Board and staff have been hard at work and I am happy to report that it’s time to update the strategic plan nearly a full year ahead of schedule. The process begins with the recruitment of a diverse cross section of volunteers from across the community. Are you interested in helping to chart the future course of education in Lake Bluff? Please contact Dr. Jean Sophie at jsophie@lb65.org or phone 847-234-9400. I am also happy to share that the Board and staff recently completed the multi-year bond refinancing work, bringing the total savings due to refinancing under the current board to over $4 million. We also continue to sharpen our fiscal pencils every year at levy time, working very hard to balance the educational needs of the District with the impact to taxpayers. As a result, the operating expense levy was increased by 2.1%, while our debt service levy decreased by 3.2% – keeping our total tax increase to 1.4%. Finally, I would like to bring awareness to a financial challenge regarding busing costs. Due to unavoidable contractual changes it is expected that transportation costs will increase by about 30% in the next academic year and beyond. Over the past four years the District has not charged any fees for transportation, and in some years before that, fees were modest and covered only about 15% of the total cost. Unfortunately, after next school year we will no longer be able to afford this practice, and there will need to be a fee. Staff is in the process of studying this issue along with the impact of uncertain state aid, and will bring recommendations to the Board in the near future. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you, and let’s keep in touch. Happy Spring! Warm regards, Mark Barry, Board President
Posted by comm  On Apr 21, 2017 at 4:28 PM
On The Bluff community newsletter, late autumn 2016 Dear Fellow Community Members: Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. Despite the planned late start, by now all our students, families, teachers and staff are settled back into their academic routines.  Life at the newly renovated Middle School is bustling with excitement. The amount of energy created by the new layout is incredible. The smiles on all the faces of people seeing the new interior are a joy to observe. Every day teachers and students alike are discovering even more exciting ways to use all the new learning environments. The collaborative learning in all the open spaces is an inspiring glimpse into the future of education.  Over 100 community members came to the open house and tours in October, and your feedback to the Board has been very positive. We hope that you feel as though we have spent your money wisely. The project came in on time and under budget.  If you would like to tour the renovated facility, please don’t hesitate to schedule a visit by contacting the District office staff at 847-234-9400 ext. 1603. Why don't you come in to see your new Middle School for yourself? Thank you, and let’s keep in touch. All the best, Mark Barry, Board President  
Posted by comm  On Apr 21, 2017 at 4:28 PM
On the Bluff community newsletter, spring 2017 Middle School Director of Choral Activities Ann Cvitkovic has been named a 2017 Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction for excellence in teaching. Congratulations to Ms. Cvitkovic and the Lake Bluff community for this prestigious recognition.
Posted by comm  On Apr 21, 2017 at 4:24 PM
On the Bluff community newsletter, spring 2017 On January 24, the District 65 Board of Education completed the final leg of its bond refinancing program with the refunding (replacing) of the remaining $6.6 million in general obligation debt.  Though the interest rate environment is becoming more challenging, the successful bond transaction locked in an additional $220,000 in interest reduction for a rate of return of 3.6% on the transaction. Since 2013, the Board has restructured over $22 million in debt for a total of $4.1 million in interest savings for taxpayers.
Posted by comm  On Apr 21, 2017 at 4:23 PM
On the Bluff community newsletter, spring 2017 Helping others comes naturally in Lake Bluff. At Lake Bluff Elementary School, students get an early start by augmenting their studies with projects that encourage them to grow into well-balanced citizens who thrive on making a positive impact on the world. In February, the LBES Student Council held a school-wide event at Bernie’s Book Bank. Students families and staff filled 100 volunteer slots, helping to sort, label and package books for children throughout Chicagoland. The group’s next fundraiser revolved around shipping supplies to members of the Armed Forces. Postage for shipping was raised during three Friday Hat Days, with students chipping in $1 each for the ability to wear a hat that day. Other initiatives have included a fleece blanket for charity fundraiser, singing at the veteran’s hospital, writing letters to active military members, and more. During the school day, students in 4th and 5th grades visit younger students in their classrooms to provide positive role models while practicing their own skills, and three times each school year, they mentor 3rd graders from neighboring communities with reading/ writing/thinking skills through the local one-to-one “Read With Me!” program.
Posted by comm  On Apr 21, 2017 at 4:22 PM
On the Bluff community newsletter, spring 2017 It’s a sure sign of spring when students start bringing medals and certificates back to Lake Bluff after distinguishing themselves in creative problem-solving, science, math and technology. The “hands-on, minds-on” competition season kicked off in March with 15 Lake Bluff Middle School students taking part in the Illinois state Odyssey of the Mind competition. This year for the first time, the event was hosted at LBMS. Working together on three teams, the LBMS students all won medals, with one of the teams named State Champion, and two teams qualifying to represent Illinois at the World Finals in May. Parent volunteers and teachers assisted with preparations, which were done outside school hours. Next on tap was the Science Olympiad, a regional team competition. Like an academic track meet, teams competed across disciplines of earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, and mechanical engineering.The Lake Bluff Middle School team medaled in five of the 23 events, including a first place. Later in March came the regional You be the Chemist challenge, an academic competition where three individual students went head to head with area peers on their knowledge of chemistry concepts and scientific discoveries. Each of these activities complements the incorporation of STEAM learning into the Lake Bluff curriculum. STEAM stands for the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and creativity, and Math into one educational experience. This often comes in the form of projects where students work as teams to solve real-world problems. Strong skills in single subjects are vital; putting them together this way does an even better job of preparing Lake Bluff students for the future. “Competitions like these offer our students another great way to be challenged,” explains District 65 Superintendent Dr. Jean Sophie. “Students get valuable practice working together while devising creative solutions. At the same time, they’re learning to think like innovators, whether it’s in science, technology, engineering, arts or math, or a combination of any of these fields.”
Posted by comm  On Apr 21, 2017 at 4:21 PM
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