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 November 6, 2015
An Annual Miracle, 46 Years Strongchristmassharing
 
I can't think about my own Christmas plans, until Christmas Sharing is over. - Bill Davisson, 1969
 
As a District 200 school social worker, Bill Davisson was concerned about several less fortunate students and families in the Wheaton area and as a result, started Christmas Sharing of Wheaton Warrenville. Forty-six years later, this simple idea of thoughtfulness and compassion has grown into a completely volunteer program that provides food, gently used clothing and toys for families in need within District 200 during the holidays.  
 
Last year the program served 933 families and program organizers expect to serve around the same number this year. Families sign up to participate in the program through their school social workers. 

Along with eight local churches, ALL District 200 participate in the program. Schools collect food, gently used clothing, toys and household items in November of each year. Each year, our schools collect more donations than the prior year - all in the name of neighbor helping neighbor. 

District 200 social work department chair Donna Kozica knows first-hand how the Christmas Sharing Program is invaluable to District families. "Christmas Sharing takes the stress away from a parent who is wondering how they will provide for their family during the holidays," says Kozica. Not only does the program benefit the families it aims to support, but also is an amazing opportunity for our student's social and emotional well-being. "Students who collect for the program really experience the value of giving to others," says Kozica.
 
Members of the community are invited to the District's annual Pack the Gym Night on Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Hubble Middle School. Cheer on our Special Olympics basketball team as they take on Naperville 203. Fans are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy as their admission into the game and will be donated to Christmas Sharing. For questions about Pack the Gym Night, contact Erica Loiacono at erica.loiacono@cusd200.org.   
 
NEW 200 Foundation Awards $22,000 in Teacher Grants
During their fall grant cycle, the NEW 200 Foundation, the District's education foundation, awarded $22,000 in teacher grants to enhance the learning experiences of District 200 students and inspire them to become enthusiastic and engaged learners. You can read more about the impact on their website. 
 
From District 200, thank you to the Foundation, our PTAs, our Boosters, and everyone that generously supports our students, teachers and schools! 
 
Electronic School Bag
In the News...
Wed., November 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting
Jefferson Early Childhood Center
 
Wed., December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting
Washington Elementary  
 
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.
  
Fall Physics Program for Middle School Students - begins Oct. 20. Online Pre-registration is now open for the Fall 2015 Physics Club Program for Middle School Students. Link to online pre-registration and course information: http://goo.gl/4YFwV0. Contact: Esther at ewong@lsst-usa.org or 630-544-0680. Flier
 
Poinsettia Sale - From now through November 16, support the WWS Girls Basketball Team and buy a poinsettia. Order form and details.
 
Eat Chicken & Support the NEW 200 Foundation - Tuesday, November 10 from 6 am to 10 pm at Chick Fil Et in Wheaton. See the flier for details.  
 
WWS Presents: Defying Gravity - Nov. 12-14 at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets online here. Click here for the play's flier. 
 
Franklin Holly Jolly Market - Saturday, November 14 from 10am to 2pm at Franklin Middle School. For more information, or to participate as a vendor, please contact Michelle Rollins at 630.649.9588 or e-mail michelle.rollins@speakeasy.net. Event Flier
 
Gates 200 Meeting - Weds, November 18 at 7:30 PM at
Monroe Middle School. Details here 
 
Emerson School Turkey Trot - On Thanksgiving morning at 8am, join Emerson families for a 5K at the school. For more information about registration, see their flier
 
Pack the Gym Night - December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Hubble. Fans are asked to bring a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or a non-perishable food item for admission into the game. Come cheer on the District 200 Special Olympics basketball team as they take on Naperville 203, and help families in need! Event flier 
 
Community Engagement: Facilities Assessment - December 2 from 7-8:30 pm at Hubble. We’ve assessed our facilities. Come hear the results and let’s chart the path for our future. More information...  
 
WWS Winter Art Show - December 10th from 6-8pm at WWS library. This free event is open to the public. Student artwork displayed is from first semester painting, photography, architectural models, drawing, jewelry and more. For more information call 630-784-8641.
 
Bower Bobcat Holiday Craft Show - Saturday, December 12 from 10am to 3pm at Bower. Large selection of crafts, food, free goodies are available. See the flier for full details. 
Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations
ph 630-682-2469  e erica.loiacono@cusd200.org   erica.loiacono@cusd200.org
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