News from 97

News from 97

"News from 97" is an email newsletter published by District 97 every Monday morning. It contains important news and information from around the district, as well as links to our digital backpack and social media channels.

Beginning in April 2019, all messages will be archived on this page. To join our mailing list and have the news delivered directly to your inbox, please visit

June 24, 2019

During the summer months, we plan to scale back the number of update emails we send to the community. With that said, we will continue to use this resource during that time period to share important, time-sensitive information. We will also post this information on our website and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

If your child is not returning to District 97 in the fall (e.g., he/she is attending high school next year) and you no longer wish to receive these emails, you can unsubscribe via the link at the bottom of this message or by clicking here.

Early Childhood Blended Classrooms

We have had an incredible response to the call for applications for our early childhood blended classrooms, and appreciate the community's interest in this opportunity. Due to this response, any applications we receive above and beyond the total number of slots we have available will be put on a waitlist. Placement on this waitlist will be based upon the order in which the applications were received (the form we are using issues a timestamp for each completed application). If you have any questions, please contact Michele Suedbeck at 708-524-3030 or [email protected]

Project Lead the Way Distinguished School logoProject Lead the Way

Brooks and Julian were among the 148 middle schools in the nation to be named Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools for the 2018-19 school year. This is the second consecutive year both buildings have earned this recognition, which honors schools that "provide broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway" and "are committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs." You can learn more about this accomplishment by visiting

C.L.A.I.M. Committee

District 97 is seeking dedicated individuals from the community who are interested in taking an active role in shaping the future of our schools by applying to serve in a voluntary capacity on our Committee for Legislative Action, Intervention and Monitoring (C.L.A.I.M.). You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting

97 in the News

The Wednesday Journal published an article last week about District 97's partnership with the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry to help ensure that the students who participate in our summer academic programs have access to the nutritious food that is critical to their growth, development and learning. Read the article >

July Board Meeting

During its meeting on June 11, the District 97 Board of Education approved a motion to change the date of its next meeting from July 9 to July 16. This meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the administration building (260 Madison Street). 

Residency Upload Days

We will be holding several sessions this summer during which families can get help scanning their proof of residency documents and submitting their online registration. The first of these sessions will be held at the administration building on Thursday, June 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Learn more >

New Student Registration

The final two scheduled summer registration events for new District 97 students will be held on July 10 and 17. You can access additional information about these events and the new student registration process by visiting

Oak Park Public Library 

The ownership of the Dole Learning Center was recently transferred from the Village of Oak Park to the Park District of Oak Park. The Dole branch of the library, which includes the Multicultural Collection, will continue to operate out of the center. The center will also be home to new senior programs being offered by the park district. To help prepare for the transition, the entire building, including the library, will be closed from June 22 through July 8 for facility repairs and improvements. The Dole branch will resume its regular hours on Tuesday, July 9.

Oak Park Township

The Oak Park and River Forest Townships Youth Services Department is partnering with the Oak Park Public Library and River Forest Public Library to collect school supply donations for students in kindergarten through high school. Learn more >

Village of Oak Park

Oak Park has an upgraded emergency alert system, which means residents who had previously registered with the village will need to re-register to ensure that they continue to receive notifications. New registrants are also welcome. If you want/need to register or re-register, please visit, click on the green Sign Up for Alerts button and follow the instructions. You can choose the type of alert you want to receive - text, email and/or voice message. The village only distributes messages when deemed important, such as alerts about weather and mosquito spraying.

Park District of Oak Park

The Park District of Oak Park is offering a number of free family events in July in honor of National Park and Recreation Month. Learn more >

Helpful Links

Below are links that feature important school and district-related information and resources.