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Dear 157-C Families,

With the change in seasons, it is time to review our practices for closing school due to inclement weather. In collaboration with the Village of Frankfort, the high school and our transportation department, we monitor the conditions closely to determine the need to close school. If the roads are impassable and/or the buses are not operable, the 157-C schools will be closed. As you know, in recent years we have experienced extremely cold temperatures. If the roads are safe for driving, the corners are safe for students to wait for buses and the buses are running, our schools will be open.

In the event we do need to close the schools, you will be alerted using our new parent notification system. The phone numbers and email addresses provided to us by our parents at school registration have already been imported into the new system which gives us the ability to call home and email the first two contacts listed. In addition, we can also initiate a call to the home number, the first two cell numbers listed, as well as the first two emails. Our students' welfare is our top priority and we believe in timely and effective communication with our families. We are pleased that we have implemented new technology to facilitate rapid parent notification and we look forward to continuing to work with you on behalf of the children.

Just a reminder that our new Tiger University is an opportunity for Lincoln-Way area parents that is being offered by District 157-C in collaboration with its Family School Partnership (FSP) organization. Our first Tiger University program, "Safe, Smart & Social" was a big success with over 100 parents in attendance. They learned tips from presenter Josh Ochs about keeping children safe when they are online and ways to help them build a positive online presence before they complete their college applications. If you were unable to attend, the presentation was video recorded and will be made available to 157-C families and staff in early November.

We invite all of our parents to join us on November 10 for the second in the series of Tiger University events being presented at Hickory Creek Middle School from 6:00-7:00 p.m. featuring Dr. Todd K. Roach of Inspire Family Wellness. Research continues to support the impact of food choice, nutrition, and how the gut processes everyday foods on the brain. Inattention, brain fog, difficulty in school, behaviors and symptoms associated with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other childhood disorders have all been associated with the gut. This workshop will offer insight to the connection between food and behavior, as well as provide helpful information into what you can do.

For more information about Tiger University and to register for any of the programs being offered, go to, in the Virtual Backpack section for the District Office. Please watch for information on additional programs that will be offered throughout the year on a variety of topics that can empower parents to raise confident, educated children.

Finally, we also invite you to participate in our American Education Week observation at all three schools on Wednesday, November 18. The National Education Association's American Education Week presents an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. This year's theme is "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." On November 18, Hickory Creek parents are invited to visit classrooms between 8:00-9:30 a.m., Chelsea parents are invited to visit between 9:30-11:00 a.m. and Grand Prairie parents are invited to visit from 1:15-2:45 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!


Dr. Maura Zinni
District 157-C Superintendent of Schools

Mission Statement

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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