The District Digest The Official Newsletter of Orland School District 135

Back to School 2021!

Welcome Back!

To all new and returning Orland School District 135 families, welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We cannot wait to see what all of our students and staff accomplish this year. Below is information regarding registration, important dates, and first day of school information. Check out all the links and if you have any questions regarding the 2021-2022 school year, please reach out to your child's school!

Return to School Plan

Recognizing the integral part that schools play for our students, staff and families, Orland School District 135 is committed to providing full-day in-person learning to our students for the 2021-2022 school year. Throughout our planning for the new school year, we kept in-person learning in a safe environment for students and staff our primary goal. Reflecting on our experiences and referencing information and guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE), and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), we designed a plan with a focus of meeting the needs of our families and staff. As information, guidance and data changes, components of the plan will adjust accordingly. It is our hope that through ongoing monitoring, we will be able to maximize the amount of time students are in school as well as provide our community with as much advance notice as possible when necessary changes are needed. For more information regarding the mitigations in place, please view the 2021-22 Start of School Plan.

Registration Reminder

All families must register and verify residency for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have not registered or completed proof of residency, your child will not receive a teacher assignment. If you have any questions regarding this process, please reach out to your child's school they will attend in the fall.

Background Picture: Soccer players practiced their throw-ins at the very first soccer camp hosted by District 135!

School Supply Lists

Please check out your child's school supply list. They are specific to schools and grades. All lists can be found on the District Website.

Background photo: Evita Griskenas, a 2015 Jerling graduate, competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in rhythmic gymnastics! She stopped by Jerling over the summer to walk the halls and share her experience!

Recess & Lunch Monitors Needed!

The District is looking for recess and lunch monitors. If you are interested in becoming a lunch/recess monitor, please reach out to your child's principal.

STARS (Before & After School Care) Program

STARS is a high quality, district-sponsored program designed to provide safe, structured and nurturing before and after school care for K-8 students attending Orland 135 schools. The philosophy of STARS is for students to remain with their peers before and after school while having access to resources that reinforce learning from the school day, build valuable social skills and promote activity through a series of planned recreation and free play. Learn more about STARS and register your child on the District website. The STARS Program is also hiring Program assistants. Apply to work with the STARS Program!

Important Back to School Dates

  • August 19th: 6th Grade & New Jr High Student Orientation - All new Jr High Students are welcome from 9:00 - 3:00 pm to walk the halls of their new school.
  • August 19th: Special Board of Education Meeting - Orland Jr High, 6:00 pm
  • August 23rd: Early Childhood & Kindergarten Open House - 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
  • August 25th: First Day of School! This is a full day for all students!

School Hours

  • Kindergarten - 5th Grade: School Starts at 8:00 am - 2:30 pm.
  • 6th Grade - 8th Grade: 8:30 am - 3:15 pm., Zero Hour begins at 7:42 a.m.

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Background Photo: OSD135 hosted their first outdoor graduations in June with all three junior highs graduating on Carl Sandburg's football field!

Welcome New Staff!

Orland School District 135 welcomed over 40 new staff members to our buildings this summer! Check out the new staff members that your child may get the pleasure of meeting this school year!

Staff Not Pictured:

  • Arlene Boomsma will be a 5th grade teacher at Liberty School.
  • Madison Grosskopf will be a 5th grade teacher at High Point School.

Background Picture: Orchestra camp had students practicing with their instruments before school even began!

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Allison Kaleta