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Dear 157-C Families,

We are winding down to the last full month of school and want to update you about some school calendar changes and reminders. Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 26, at Lincoln-Way East High School at 7:00 p.m. The last day of school will be Friday, May 27, and schools will be dismissed early. For dismissal times, please check the district website. We will recognize our retirees and staff for their benchmark years of service at the annual End-of-Year Celebration on May 25. Also please be sure to catch a performance of Hickory Creek’s “The Music Man” May 13th at 7:00 p.m., May 14th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on May 15th at 2:00 p.m. at Hickory Creek. Our students, staff and many volunteers have been working hard to put on a great show.

National Teacher Appreciation Week will be observed the week of May 2 and plans are underway by the Family School Partnership (FSP) to recognize the district’s teachers for their dedication on behalf of the students. FSP is collecting small denomination gift cards to raffle off to the teachers at each school building in addition to items they have purchased. They are also planning a luncheon for each school building. Grand Prairie teachers and District staff will enjoy a Caribbean Lunch on Tuesday May 3 catered in from award-winning chef, Quentin Love. Quentin and his restaurant, Turkeychop Gourmet Grill won The Food Network’s, Guy’s Grocery Games. Chelsea teachers will be getting a Fresh Picked Spring Lunch featuring a sandwich buffet on Wednesday, May 4. In addition to their lunch, the FSP has some daily treats planned for them including fresh baked cookies and a treat cart. Hickory Creek teachers will have a festive Cinco de Mayo taco buffet lunch with all the toppings on Thursday, May 5 catered in from LA Cafe. FSP will also be donating some supplies to stock the teacher’s lounge. If you would like to contribute to these items for the teachers, please contact the FSP at

Please save the date of Monday, July 11, for our Education Foundation’s Fourth Annual Golf Outing. It will be held at Prestwick Country Club in Frankfort with a 10:30 a.m. registration and 12:00 noon Shotgun Start (4-Player Scramble.) Your $155 registration fee includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, a forecaddie per foursome, box lunch and dinner. All proceeds will benefit 157-C students through classroom grants. Sponsor opportunities are also available. For information contact Jen Dore, or 815-557-1909. This organization does so much to enhance education for our students and your strong parent participation is an integral part of what makes our district so successful.

Once again we ask you to please help us pass the word about kindergarten and new student registration to any parents you know who will have kindergarten age children or new students to our district who do not receive the schools’ newsletters. Children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2016 are eligible for entry into kindergarten in the fall. Registration will be held by appointment only at the District 157-C Administrative Office, 10482 West Nebraska in Frankfort. Appointments should be made by calling 815-469-5922. More information is with the District Office and on our website,

Our staff and administrators at all three schools are working to make it a great end to the school year. I look forward to seeing you at our final programs and special events. Thank you again for your partnership with us on behalf of the students.


Dr. Maura Zinni
District 157-C Superintendent of Schools

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The mission of District 157-C is to prepare all students to be confident, life-long learners and productive citizens by challenging them to reach their fullest potential and by providing a quality educational environment in partnership with family and community.

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