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The District Digest The Official Newsletter of Orland School District 135

May 2021

Teacher Appreciation Week

Did you know that May 3rd - May 7th is Teacher Appreciation Week and Tuesday, May 4th is National Teacher Day?! District 135 wants to thank all teachers and staff within District 135 for their hard work during this year. Your perseverance is inspiring and we appreciate you! Students from across District 135 wanted to let you know how much you mean to them!

Virtual Concerts

During this school year, in-person concerts and music performances have been put on hold but that did not stop the junior high music departments from being able to showcase their students' talents. Check out the videos below from Orland Jr High's orchestra and choir as they pay tribute to America and highlight some tunes from "Hamilton"!

Background Picture: Olivia, a student at Jerling Jr High, explored new heights over spring break!

April District Wide Challenge

Spring has finally arrived and with the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, District families got outside and showed us how they are enjoying the warmer weather!

Celebration of Stars- Kara Bonfitto

Celebration of Stars - Brenda Feltman

New Faces of District 135

As the school year starts to wind down, we are sad to see some faces leave District 135 but we are also excited to welcome new staff members into the 135 family! Below are some of the new employees who will be joining the District for next school year!

Background photo: Kaleb, a student at Centennial, shows off his number skills!

Dates to Remember

  • May 3rd: Special Board of Education Meeting @ Century Jr High (Reorganization Meeting)
  • May 10: Regular Board of Education Meeting @ Century Jr High
  • May 13: Non-Attendance Day - No School
  • May 28: Professional Learning Day - No Afternoon Learning
  • May 31: Memorial Day - No School

Background Picture: Lana, from Centennial, shows off all the books she has read this year!

Staff Shout-Outs!

Congratulations to all staff members who have been recognized by their peers during the month of April!

Dan Prorok and Sara Kash - Liberty

Dan Prorok and Sara Kash are recognized by Jennifer Hayes, "for always going above and beyond to make staff feel appreciated. Whether it was the Liberty masks, room service, Stan’s, Chuy’s, newborn Liberty onesies and many more examples, your extra effort brings fun and positive energy to the workplace."

Debbie Schrank and Diane Berls - Liberty

Debbie and Diane are recognized by Jennifer Hayes, "Thank you for managing the Liberty office with professionalism, proficiency, and a smile!"

Kathy Margetis - Meadow Ridge

Kathy is recognized by Dana Karczewski and Lisa Weston, "Kathy went above and beyond to help coordinate the IAR tests. Kathy is organized and always willing to help out all staff and students who need technical assistance."

To recognize a colleague, email Allison Kaleta at akaleta@orland135.com. Please include the following items in your submission:

  1. The staff member's name
  2. Their position within OSD135
  3. What they are doing that deserves recognition (please be as detailed as possible)
  4. Who is nominating them

Background Picture: Andie (JJH) , Nicole (Liberty), and Kendall (Liberty) welcomed the first warm day of spring at the Morton Arboretum!

Special Recognitions - ABCDE

Congratulations to the following OSD135 employees for being nominated for an ABCDE Award during the month of April:

  • Leanne Brown: High Point, Compassion
  • Cathy Burns: Orland Jr High, Outstanding Achievement
  • Lauren Bushwaller: Orland Jr High, Inspiration
  • Brian Fogarty: Park, Inspiration
  • Lisa Gartlan: Orland Jr High, Outstanding Achievement
  • Nancy Heuser: Center, Inspiration
  • Julie Lehnhardt: Park, Outstanding Achievement
  • Kim Moriarity: Park, Compassion
  • Jim Mukite: District Office, Outstanding Achievement
  • Sylvia Olivo: Liberty, Compassion
  • Dan Prorok: Liberty, Compassion
  • Brittany Stefanos: Orland Jr High, Outstanding Achievement
  • Kim Vollan: Park, Effective Communication
  • Kim Vollan: Park, Inspiration
  • Aimee Weglewski: Liberty, Inspiration
  • Samantha Witczak: Liberty, Compassion
Team Fogarty: Park staff nominated Principal Brian Fogarty for an ABCDE Award and rocked matching shirts in support at the Board meeting.

Background Picture: Kim Vollan was nominated for two different ABCDE Awards during the month of April!

Want to share good news? Promote a peer? Bring attention to a topic?

The District Digest is always looking for positive stories to share from around the District! Reach out to Allison Kaleta at akaleta@orland135.org or call 708-364-3335 with information that you believe should be shared.

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