Resources for the 2017-18 School Year

Welcome to another exciting school year here in District 97. Below is a list of resources we thought you might find helpful throughout the year.

Please email us at [email protected] if you have questions or need more information.

You can access the 2017-18 calendars for all 10 of our schools and the district by visiting You also have the ability to export these calendars to your personal calendars. To export any of our online calendars, please and click on the export button next to the calendar you want to share with your own.

Community Listerv
The district has an e-mail listserv that we will use to share important information with the community on a weekly basis. If you are interested in signing up for this listserv, please visit You can also automatically unsubscribe from the listserv at any time by visiting

District 97 Board of Education
The District 97 Board of Education meetings are open to the public, and are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the administration building, which is located at 260 Madison Street. You can access the dates, agendas, packets of materials and approved minutes for these meetings by visiting You can access the email addresses for all seven board members by visiting

Digital Backpack
District 97’s digital backpack is used to keep families informed about what is happening in our schools and the community, while also reducing the amount of paper we use. A link to each school’s backpack is featured in the main navigation of the school website, as well as on the district’s site. You can access a screen shot example of what the navigation looks like for each school site by visiting

If you do not have the means to receive weekly packet information electronically, please contact the front office staff of your child’s school so that arrangements can be made to provide you with this information in a hard copy format.

Fee Payment
Families can pay student fees online via the district’s web store, which can be accessed by visiting They can also use the online portal for MealTime to view their children’s lunch transactions, history of meal purchases and account balances, to receive automated low balance notifications and to deposit money into their children’s lunch accounts. Please visit to access MealTime’s online portal. 

Food Allergy Management Program
In accordance with state law, District 97 has developed and implemented a Food Allergy Management Program with the assistance of families and staff members that aligns with the Guidelines for Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Illinois Schools and will help preserve and protect the health and safety of our students. You can access the district’s program by visiting

If you have a child with food allergies, we recommend that you share that information with the principal and school nurse at your child's school. 

Food Service Menus
You can access the August breakfast and lunch menus for all 10 of our schools by visiting You can also download the breakfast and lunch menus for August and September by visiting the digital backpack.

Google Translate
The district added Google Translate to all of our websites. Google Translate is a free, online language translation service that instantly translates text and web pages. To view our websites in another language, please scroll to the bottom of any page, click on "Select Language" and choose your preferred language from the pop-up list. Once you have chosen a language, a message will appear near the top of your browser window to remind you about what language you selected and give you the option to revert back to the original language. You can view a screenshot of the Google Translate feature by visiting

We are in the process of finalizing the district’s Effective Student Behavior Handbook and Parent Handbook for the 2017-18 school year. These documents will be shared with families electronically and/or in hard copy formats. They will also be posted on the district’s website.

Let's Talk
Last year, District 97 launched a resource called Let’s Talk that students, faculty, staff, families and community members can use to communicate with us about our departments and services, and share feedback on a variety of important issues and topics. Please visit to learn more about Let's Talk. 

Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs)
Every school has an active Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) that helps raise much-needed funds for school programs, and also provides parent education workshops, art and cultural programs, and expertise on a multitude of committees that help children excel both in and out of the classroom. You can access the websites for each school's PTO by visitng

You can access the district’s policy manual by visiting

RSS Feeds
The district and school websites feature RSS feeds that people can use to subscribe to the digital backpack, news/announcements and calendars. RSS, otherwise known as Rich Site Summary, allows individuals to stay informed/updated by retrieving the latest content from their subscription sites. You can subscribe to any of these feeds by visiting those sections on the school or district sites and selecting which option you would prefer to use to receive updates. Please visit to view a screenshot of the subscribe button you will see on these pages.

School/Classroom Visits
The Board of Education values the partnership of our stakeholders and welcomes their interest in our academic process. To facilitate that partnership, every effort will be made to accommodate requests to visit our facilities. To ensure appropriate access and minimize disruption to the learning environment, the district has developed procedures and protocols for visits to our schools and classrooms that can be accessed by visiting

Social Media
The district uses Facebook and Twitter to help keep the community updated on what is happening in our schools and the district as a whole. You can access the district’s Facebook page by visiting and the district’s Twitter account by visiting

You access information about bus transportation and the Village of Oak Park’s Safe Walking Routes for each school by clicking on the link titled Transportation that is located in the main navigation for each school website.