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Freedom Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Vice President Amy Wilson and Principal Laurie Boyce show off signs the PTO gave to fifth graders on April 27, 2020.

Hello, District 202 Education Partners,


Here is this week’s selection of D. 202 news and information:

This Week's Highlights


  • We haven’t talked about the 2020 Census in a while, but it is still very important that everyone complete it.

Households should have received a letter with a personalized, 12-digit Census ID code.

Go to http://my2020census.gov, use that code to sign in, and you’re all set!

Census data help determine our legislative representation in Congress and our share of $675 billion in federal funding.


Thank you in advance for doing your part!

  • WTTW is partnering with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to provide programming that will open the doors to the city’s museums and cultural institutions to students and families staying at home across the city, offering “virtual field trips” behind the scenes.

In the first episode, Mayor Lightfoot heads to the Shedd Aquarium to visit the penguins, feed the sharks, and say hello to “Nickel,” the rescued sea turtle.

WTTW will air the series twice weekly on Fridays and Mondays, with the first episode on Friday, May 1 at 5:30 pm on WTTW (11.1) and on Monday, May 4 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime (11.2). WTTW will also stream all episodes on wttw.com/watch.


  • Our teachers, students and families continued to do a great job this week with Remote Learning.
Plainfield East HS, John F. Kennedy MS take part in poetry competition
May 1, 2020
Plainfield South HS juniors to run middle school computer programming club after founder graduates
Apr 28, 2020
MAY 11
Board of Education regular meeting
MAY 15
CAPE monthly meeting
MAY 20
Board of Education Committees
MAY 21
Middle School 8th Grade promotions
MAY 22
Tentative Last Day of School if NO emergency days are used - Early Release
MAY 25
Memorial Day
Kudos and Congratulations
  • Plainfield South High School special education teacher Jennifer Perez and PSHS English teacher Hannah Christie recently completed their doctoral work through the University of St. Francis (virtually, of course!). Congratulations Doctors Perez and Christie.
  • Thirty-nine District 202 high school students won several 2020 Wilco Awards including the:
  • Career Readiness Award (formerly the Wilco Citizenship Award)
  • Student of the Year
  • Wilco Scholarships and
  • Induction into the National Technical Honor Society


Week in Review


These District 202 social media posts got the most attention and feedback this week:
instagram image from instagram Grand Prairie Elementary School second grade teacher Laura Klima dropped off goodies to her students on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Klima wrote this about the adventure: “Sunday the 19th was special for me - I delivered little pick me up to-do bags to all of my students’ homes. I gave the parents a heads up through Class Dojo that I was coming, so many of them were outside on this gorgeous day and I got to chat (from a safe distance) with lots of moms and dads as well as my kiddos. The “parent-teacher working together” saying has truly come to light during this. I saw about 80 percent of my class and took distant pictures with a few, and opened Dojo to multiple sweet messages (Sunday night). I was able to sing Happy Birthday to one little friend, and my last kid on the route even ran inside and put on a superhero costume (our class theme!). Too cute. Huge thanks to Scout and Noah for helping me deliver! This was needed after a month away and still a month to go. Helped my heart.” Visit http://www.psd202.org/album/13/2132 to see more photos from her visits. #202proud #psd202strong #allinthistogether #grandprairiees

twitter image from twitter Celebrate @Aramark School Lunch Heroes Day on Wednesday when picking up your week's worth of food. Make a thank you card, dress up as a superhero, decorate your car. Photo on right taken before social distancing rules. #HeroesWearHairnets #202proud

facebook image from facebook When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Amy Simpson, a District 202 teacher of the visually impaired, and her husband Matt Simpson, searched for ways to help the community. It quickly became apparent there was a high demand for face masks and face shields, so the Simpsons researched ways to use their three, 3D printers to make face shields. The Simpsons focused on making face shields because they already had most of the materials needed and they last longer than face masks, Matt said. They researched different versions of face shields before landing on one using rubber bands rather than elastic, which is hard to come by because of the high demand for face shields, Matt Simpson said. “The use of rubber bands gives you the ability to adjust how the face shield fits your head size and hairstyle,” Matt added. “Our biggest concern was how well the face shields fit because some of the healthcare workers have to wear them for 10 hours, so we wanted them to be comfortable.” With the spike of demand for face shields, the Simpsons also invested their own money into a fourth 3D printer to increase production. For the first few weeks, the Simpsons covered the costs of materials for the face shields themselves. But as demand grew, they started a GoFundMe page to raise money strictly for materials, Amy said. As word spread, the Simpsons raised more than $1,500 to buy materials to make face shields and face mask ear guards. After raising enough money to cover materials for the next few weeks, the Simpsons turned off donations while they catch up on production, Amy said. “We did not expect the outpouring of support that we received from the community when we created the GoFundMe page,” Amy added. To date, the Simpsons have printed and donated more than 500 face shields and 200 face mask ear guards to frontline workers at 11 hospitals, three fire departments and three companies with workers that face the public, Matt said. The Simpsons will continue making face shields and face mask ear guards until there is no longer a need. #202proud


The District 202 Community Relations Department is traveling around the district taking pictures and videos. Check out what our students have been up to!

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Third grade teacher Marissa McGee sends postcards to students during remote learning
Third grade teacher Marissa McGee sends postcards to students during remote learning
Virtual Backpack
Thank You

…for your continued support of our students and staff.

PLEASE do everything you can to be safe and stay well, most especially practicing proper hygiene and washing your hands.


Have a good weekend.

Tom Hernandez

Plainfield District 202

Director of Community Relations

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer

(815) 577-4008

(815) 514-5409 (cell)

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Twitter: @d202schools

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