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Department of Partnerships - Bits and Bites

 
 
November 2019

4th Annual Back to School Extravaganza

Thank you for all your support!

 

On August 22, we hosted our fourth Back to School Event. This year we grew the event to include District 33 schools and partners to share information with families about starting off the school year

  • 640 individuals attended the event

  • 448 District 33 students received new school supplies (more than double from last year!)

The following partners donated supplies and time to make the event successful: Domtar Corporation, PNC Bank, Graphic Packaging, SCARCE, Real Life Church, Pheasant Run Resort, Pivotal Home Solutions, and Cummins Sales and Service. A special shout out to Walmart in St. Charles for generously reducing prices to allow our resources to stretch as far as possible. Another big shout out to Midwest Conference Services for donating tables, chairs, and signs for the entire event.

 

We want to thank the numerous volunteers who made this event successful. We couldn't have done it without your support. We look forward to another successful event next year!

 

 

District 33 Community Schools

District 33 is a community school district, meaning all schools operate within a model that leverages strong partnerships between schools, families and the community. A community school is both a place and set of partnerships between the school and community resources. Although all schools in District 33 are community schools, no two look exactly alike. Each school is a reflection of the building's students, families, and community partners.  As a community school district, each building has a community school team that includes a Community School Coordinator, Family Liaisons, Community Mental Health Clinicians, and After School Coordinators. School staff, in partnership with these teams, work with families and community partners to create and implement a shared vision of student and school success. There are four pillars of a comprehensive community school model: 

The 4 Pillars of Community Schools in West Chicago

  1. Integrated Student Supports: Community schools pay attention to the whole needs of students. Services and supports offered include, home and community-based mental health services, Becoming a Man Mentoring (BAM), WeGo Together Community Market; a school-based food pantry, and access and linkage to community resources.

  2. Expanded and Enriched Learning Time and Opportunities: District 33 collaborates with community partners to provide high quality out-of-school and summer opportunities. This includes DREAM After school program, Puente del Pueblo After School Program, and various after school clubs. 

  3. Active Family and Community Engagement: Community schools prioritize meaningful and ongoing engagement of families and community partners. This includes family nights, parenting education workshops, Adult ESL classes, and family zumba. 

4. Collaborative Leadership and Practices: Community schools develop a shared vision and goals leveraging the expertise of residents and community partners.  We are looking to form a Community School Leadership Team. It will be an opportunity for parents, community partners and District 33 staff to identify needs and the implementation of the community school model at Leman. Be on the look out for more information!

 November 2017

 Emergency Preparedness

 District 33’s Readiness and Emergency Management Plan emphasizes that the safety of students, staff and visitors is of the utmost importance.  Therefore, safety is the responsibility of everyone and must be consistently integrated into our attitudes and daily routines. In order to support this, WeGo Together for Kids and District 33 work in close partnership with the West Chicago Police Department and West Chicago Fire, Winfield Fire Protection Districts , and DuPage County Sherriff’s Department, providing emergency preparedness sessions on evacuation, lock down, and severe weather to all District 33 building staff prior to the school year starting. Throughout the year our first responders assist the school in practicing drills to assure year round readiness

We want students and staff to be prepared during the school day, and we are encouraging everyone to create safety plans for their own homes.   Therefore, this year ,WeGo Together along with the West Chicago Police Department, West Chicago Fire Protection District, City of West Chicago, District 33, and District 94 will align social media efforts to promote West Chicago’s preparedness for emergencies. You can check out some of the posts by searching for the hashtag #wegoBprepared! 

 
 
October 2017

District 33 has utilized a community school philosophy for many years.

A Community School is a set of partnerships between:

  • school
  • families
  • community

that promotes:

  • Student achievement
  • Positive conditions
  • Well-being of families and communities.

While the student is at the center of the Community School, we also recognize that children grow up in families and that these families are an integral part of the community. The aim of the Community School is to provide the support and services needed in order to remove barriers that interfere with learning, support a strong family and healthy community.

The implementation of a community school as a place-based model means buildings are equipped with:

  • Shared Community School Coordinator,
  • Community mental health clinician,
  • Family liaisons.

Other resources such as fitness and nutrition classes and ESL classes are also accessible to families attending these schools.

District 33's goal is to have these resources available in every school over the next several years.

For more information and resources please contact Marjory Lewe-Brady at [email protected] or 630-293-6000 ext. 225.

District 33’s Readiness and Emergency Management Plan emphasizes that the safety of students, staff and visitors is of the utmost importance.  Therefore, safety is the responsibility of everyone and must be consistently integrated into our attitudes and daily routines. In order to support this, WeGo Together for Kids and District 33 work in close partnership with the West Chicago Police Department and West Chicago Fire, Winfield Fire Protection Districts , and DuPage County Sherriff’s Department, providing emergency preparedness sessions on evacuation, lock down, and severe weather to all District 33 building staff prior to the school year starting. Throughout the year our first responders assist the school in practicing drills to assure year round readiness

 

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