Message From The Principal

We have thoroughly enjoyed our first week with students in our Hybrid schedule! It is wonderful to have children at school for more time, learning together with their teachers, and doing so in as safe a manner as possible. We appreciate everyone’s support and flexibility as we have made this progressive and significant movement forward in this school year. With all of the different aspects of our year to this point (remote learning, small group visits to school by grade level, Hybrid schedule), we are now very well positioned for whatever may come our way in the coming weeks. Depending upon health trends, any steps forward will build on what we’ve put in place thus far, and any steps backward will be something we have already experienced from an instructional and scheduling perspective. Of course, our goal throughout this dynamic set of circumstances is continued well-being, learning and growth for all of our students. While this picture has likely looked different than in a “typical” school year for each child, we have seen many great examples of student resilience, new applications of age-appropriate responsibility and independence, creativity, and other beneficial outcomes in addition to academic progress. While we fully recognize this challenging time, we look forward to continuing to work with you to make our students’ experiences as positive and enriching as possible.

We have some important reminders/requests:

  • If you have a student bus card and have not attached it to their backpack, please do so. All students, even those who do not ride the bus, have been issued a card. This is the most efficient way to scan students into the building each day (confirming that the self-certification has been completed at home). While we have a backup system for scanning in students without a card, their transition to their homeroom is much quicker with the card attached to their backpack. Thank you!
  • Please continue to complete the self-certification, every day, for students before they come to school. Ideally, these are completed daily by 8am (but no later than 8:30am). Students for whom the self-certification has not been completed are not able to enter the building and proceed to their homeroom until a Lyon staff member is able to check them in. See the District 34 Health & Safety Protocols for more details.
  • Please continue to communicate in advance with your child’s teacher regarding student transportation plans. Teachers direct students at the end of their day to the bus, car line, or to meet an adult to walk, and we rely on accurate information from you to get students safely where they need to go. Teachers are unable to check email regularly during their time with students, so changes in transportation plans during the school day are discouraged. In the event of an unavoidable change for a student, please call our main office (847-998-5045) to share that information.

Conferences with your child’s teachers are soon approaching! These meetings will be held online this fall. Be on the lookout for more details to come directly from your child’s teacher. These valuable conversations are an important milestone in our year, and we appreciate you setting aside this time to connect with your child’s teacher. A simple list of questions and answers related to conferences can be found in this month’s newsletter.

Thank you for all of the ongoing kind words and support - they are greatly appreciated! Take care and stay well.

Lyon Elementary

Principal, Kevin Dorken

Principal, Kevin Dorken