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                           View this message online September 9, 2016
Greer's Story greer  

The start of a school year is an exciting time, especially for little ones beginning kindergarten. Greer Sonntag began kindergarten at Pleasant Hill this fall. Prior to that, she attended Jefferson Early Childhood Center from 2013-2016.

Greer's story is a beautiful example of the power in early intervention services for children. Watch a video on her story to learn more. 
At the age of 18 months, Greer was showing behaviors that are commonly associated with autism spectrum disorder. She began attending Jefferson shortly after her third birthday to address significant delays in speech, expressive language and other sensory issues. A few weeks ago, as a result of the services she received at Jefferson, Greer entered kindergarten and will not need any special education services. 
Jefferson Principal Stephanie Farrelly believes Greer was so successful at Jefferson due to her own hard work, the support of her family and the high level of expertise of the school staff. "Greer's educational team developed a targeted, educational program that integrated speech/language, social and occupational therapies designed to meet her unique learning style and developmental needs," says Farrelly. 
Krista Petrilli was one of Greer's teachers at Jefferson and is so proud of how far she's come. "When Greer first came to Jefferson, transitions were very difficult for her, sitting in a large group, sharing toys, waiting her turn and a lot of echoing of what was said to her, versus responding appropriately," says Petrilli. "Stopping and starting activities and the fear of what was next caused Greer great anxiety. Learning how to be flexible gave her the ability to focus and learn new things. Greer has taken responsibility for her learning and enjoys school. She is reading with comprehension and understanding, and understands math concepts, vocabulary, and problem solving skills." 

Fall Mobile Pantries 
Each month District 200 and the Northern Illinois Food Bank will host at least one mobile pantry at various places in the community that are open to all District 200 families A complete list of mobile pantries can be found on our website

September 7 - Immanuel Food Pantry - 10 to noon
September 29 - Johnson Elementary - 4:15 - 6:15 p.m.
October 13 - Washington Elementary - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
November 12 - Marian Park, 2126 W. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton
Foundation announces new grant program
Just a quick reminder that our education foundation, NEW 200, changed their name and is now the Student Excellence Foundation
Attention Educators - The Student Excellence Foundation has two funding options available for the 2016-2017 school year.

Student Excellence Grants Program
The Student Excellence Grants program (formerly Support Our Students) is the same as last year. You may submit applications between Aug. 10 - Sept. 15, 2016. They will offer another grant cycle starting in Jan/Feb, exact dates TBD. Last school year they awarded 40 grants totaling almost $60,000.

Fund-a-Classroom Program - NEW this year!
With the support of the Wheaton-Warrenville PTA Council, they are adding a new Fund-a-Classroom (crowdfunding) option that can benefit your classrooms or Library Learning Center (LLC). Educators may submit project requests between Sept. 1 - Sept. 23, 2016. If the projects are approved, they will be put online and ready to accept donations in early October. There is a chart on their website that outlines the differences between the two programs.

If you have any questions, please email

Electronic School Bag (E-School Bag)
Lincoln Fundraising Event - Potbelly
The Kiwanis Family Event - Fish Release Program
Wheaton Warrenville PTA Council Parent Workshop - Protecting Children in a Hyper Digital Age
WWSHS Theatre Presents: A Year With Frog and Toad
Warrenville Park District Wilderness Youth Adventure Race
U of I Extension - Programs with 4-H in DuPage County, Fall 2016
WWSHS - Varsity Dance/Cheer Clinic
DuPage County - Smart911 Fact Sheet
Northwestern Football School Days at Ryan Field
Carol Stream Park District - Barks Dog Festival
Carol Stream Park District - Fall into Fitness - September $0 Enrollment Fee
Carol Stream Park District - Zumba Family Fitness Day
Carol Stream Park District - Destination Bike Ride
Carol Stream Park District - Health & Wellness Seminars
Carol Stream Park District - Recycle for Recreation
Carol Stream Park District - Springers Gymnastics Team
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In the News...
Check back next week!
Upcoming Board Meetings 
Weds.,  Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Franklin Middle School
Regular Meeting 
Weds., Sept 28 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.
Important Notices
Upcoming Events
Going out to eat? Support our local PTAs. Click HERE for a full listing of Cook’s Night Out events.
Falconfest - Saturday, September 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The Festival will take place at Wheaton North High School and is a daylong festival of amazing performances from local high school bands.
WWS Trivia Night - Saturday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion. Enjoy a fun night with your friends and support South students! Online registration will close soon. Register here.   
State of Our Schools - Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Hubble Middle School. Read more here...
WWS Presents, A Year with Frog and Toad - Sept 22 at 7:00p.m. & Sept. 24 at 2:00p.m. and 7:00p.m. For more details, see the flier.  
Parenting Workshop: Protecting Children in a Hyper Digital Age - Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Monroe Middle School. Presented by the PTA Council. See flier for more details. 
Free College Planning Workshop - Tuesday, September  27 at 7:00 p.m. at Wheaton Warrenville South. Open to all parents and students. Attend this 60 minute presentation to learn key steps in college planning and career success. Register here. 
Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations
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