Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel
Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel

Community Unit School District 200

130 West Park Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60189

P: 630.682.2000 F: 630.682.2227

www.cusd200.org September 4, 2015
Expanding Preschool Opportunities 
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Did you know that more than 85% of brain development occurs within the first five years of life? Those early years in a child's life lay the foundation for everything that follows—learning, behavior, physical and mental health. Studies show that children who attend high quality preschool programs do better in kindergarten and in life.
 
At-risk children who do not receive an early childhood education are more likely to drop out of school, more likely to never attend college and more likely to be arrested for a violent crime. Early childhood programs and interventions are the most cost-effective way to ensure the healthy development of all children and offer a high level of return to our community.

Through a partnership between District 200 and Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, we were recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services to expand access to full-day preschool services to four year olds. 

Earlier this week, we opened our doors to 40 additional students in our community who will, as a result of this grant, be able to receive a high-quality early childhood education. 

A little over a two years ago, our partnership with Metropolitan Family Services began through the generous support of the DuPage Community Foundation's Bright & Early DuPage initiative. Together, we formed the Wheaton Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative. A group of more than 25 community agencies, the Collaborative works together to improve kindergarten readiness for those in under-resourced areas of the community.
 
Jefferson Early Childhood Center (ECC) is home to the District’s youngest learners, ages 3-5. Jefferson plays a critical and vital role in the collaborative by providing developmental screenings for children, staff development for partner organizations and parent education and family support through common messaging, materials and community connections. 
 
Jefferson Principal Stephanie Farrelly is thrilled to expand our preschool program to more students in the community. "This grant will support our district in closing the learning opportunity gap for our youngest and most at-risk children living within our community. Families who were unable to access preschool due to limited space and affordability are now able to enroll their child in a high quality preschool program at Jefferson," commented Farrelly.  
 
State of Our Schools 
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Join your neighbors for a conversation about our schools and how we are planning for our future.
 
On Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m., District 200 will host a State of Our Schools presentation at Hubble Middle School.

The State of Our Schools presentation kicks off the District's community engagement efforts of the school year: Planning for Our Future, and will be the first of four community engagement sessions.

Join District 200 for a presentation in Hubble's auditorium followed by conversation in the commons. For questions, please contact communications@cusd200.org or 630-682-2000. 
 
Support Our Students Grant Window - Now Open
District 200 staff can apply for "Support Our Students" grants offered by the NEW 200 Foundation . The goal of these grants is to enhance educational opportunities by supporting differentiated instruction, creative teaching methods, new programs and other innovative approaches. Deadline to apply is Thursday, October 1. Please see www.new200.org/Grants for details.
 
Electronic School Bag 
New Policy Postings for Public Review 
On August 12, the Board approved to post Proposed Revised Policy 8.25 DRAFT - Advertising and Distributing Materials in Schools Provided by Non-School Related Entities. Comments can be directed to Dr. Robert Rammer.
 
Upcoming Board Meetings 
Wed, September 16 at 7:30 pm.
Johnson Elementary 
Regular Meeting 
 
Wed., September 30 at 7:30 p.m.
School Service Center
Committee of the Whole 
 
To view Board Meeting Agendas, highlights from previous Board Meetings and more, click here.
 
Upcoming Events
Going out to eat? Support our local PTAs. Click HERE for a full listing of Cook’s Night Out events.
 
Wheaton North Future Falconette Dance Camps Two classes offered for students ages 4 -8th grade More info here. 
 
Art on the Prairie by Warrenville Park District - This two day annual festival is a FREE event held September 12th 10am-6pm and September 13th 10am-4pm that includes Fine Art for purchase, Artist Demos, Music, Performing Arts, a Children s station and more. More information...
 
Wheaton Warrenville South Dance & Cheer Clinic for 1st to 6th Graders - Sunday, September 13 from 1-4pm. See the flier for full details.   
 
Wheaton World Tour - Wheaton Reads, Celebrate Our Diversity - Sunday, September 13 from 1-4pm West Plaza, Wheaton Public Library. More details...
 
Blast Into Scouting - September 17th from 7-8pm. Boy Scout recruiting event at local schools. See the flier for details.
 
Technology Center of Dupage (TCD) Expo - Saturday, September 19 from 9am-12pm See how we connect education with the real world while preparing students for the postsecondary education they’ll need to get there! More info... 
 
State of Our Schools - Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Hubble Middle School. Presentation by Dr. Jeff Schuler, Superintendent.  
 
Light the Torch Run - Register now for the Light the Torch 5k Night Run. Friday, September 25.More information at wheatonparkdistrict.com/lightthetorc
 
Preschool Resource Fair - October 7 from 9:00am to 11:00am. Wheaton Public Library is the place to make choosing a preschool for your child much easier. Local preschools are invited to have a representative on hand to personally answer questions, hand out brochures or flyers, etc. More info...
 
Falcon 5K - Sunday, October 25 - Race begins at 9:00AM (registration begins at 8:00AM) Back by popular demand for those 8 years or younger - Are your faster than a Falcon race at 10:15AM. Please see the WN Booster site for more details.
 
Warrenville Library Programs - The Warrenville Library is offering to helpful programs for families with high school students, Welcome to High School and College Financial Aid Planning. Check them out! 
Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations
ph 630-682-2469  e erica.loiacono@cusd200.org   erica.loiacono@cusd200.org
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