Just before the Winter Break, Melzer students gathered to celebrate the season and delight family and friends with a special concert, "This Magic Season."
The School's Intermediate String Ensemble ably performed "Tallis Canon," while the youngest singers, Melzer's 1st and 2nd graders, belted out "Better Bundle Up" with gusto. From the Intermediate Wind Ensemble's rendition of Haydn's "Austrian Hymn" through the 3rd/4th grade performance of "Ugly Sweater," there was something for everyone.
Thanks to the 57 D63 students who submitted entries for our first Winter Card Design Contest! Representing all seven of our schools, our young artists created whimsical, beautiful, wintery scenes that filled the District office with holiday cheer.
Top honors went to Melzer 5th grader Isabella Rozenbergas, whose winter scene graces the front of the D63 2016 card. Congratulations are in order also for the rest of our "Best in Grade" winners, who were honored at the December 7 Board of Education meeting. You can find all of the winning entries in our online photo album (just click the "i" in the top left-hand corner of each picture for details.)
To catch a glimpse of all contest entries, stop by the Niles Public Library District throughout December. You'll find a beautiful display case (pictured above) on the first floor showcasing our students' fine work!
Thanks to all of our families who participated in the One District-One Author survey! Your feedback is valuable as we begin planning for next year. Stay tuned for more information and news about the 2017-2018 school year program.
Join parents from all seven D63 schools for our next District PTO meeting! Four times a year, we gather to share information, connect, and strengthen the D63 community.
This month, get the scoop on digital learning in our classrooms, resources PTOs can share, and what's happening throughout our District.
Elizabeth Ley, 3rd/4th grade teacher, was delighted to learn that her name had been drawn from a pile of “Successory” forms to receive a special gift honoring her contribution to student success at Melzer. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”
Ashley thanked Ms. Ley for "helping me learn math like multiplication, division, and other stuff in math." Principal Jennifer Pacheco added her congratulations.
Superheroes, witches, butterflies, ghouls – and an assorted selection of Frozen characters – took over the school halls on Halloween. Students geared up for an evening of trick-of-treating with an afternoon of parades, parties, and fun! This year, Star Wars characters were popular choices, with a sprinkling of classic Halloween costumes and even a few outliers like a giant T Rex!
Principal Pacheco and the office staff dressed as the classic "See No Evil/Speak No Evil" monkeys -- and some parents even got into the act, dressing as giant chickens!
After a week of clues and mystery, D63 revealed its One District - One Author pick on September 26: award-winning writer Andrew Clements! Author of dozens of books beloved by young readers everywhere, Clements has penned works ranging from the 2.5 million bestseller Frindle to No Talking and Things Not Seen: the two books our D63 community will be reading this fall.
It’s boys versus girls in No Talking – our elementary school book – as the “unshushable” 5th graders compete to see which team can say the fewest words a day. At Gemini, Things Not Seen will keep students on the edge of their seats as Bobby Phillips races against time to figure out why he woke up one morning . . . invisible.
Throughout the month, families will read the books together at home – and can visit our One District - One Author website for discussion questions, a reading schedule, and even a letter from Clements himself! Students can also view video recordings of both books – each chapter read by a “D63 star” and even a few local celebrities.
So let’s get reading! And mark your calendar as we wrap up this exciting program with a visit from Clements himself on Wednesday, October 26. Open only to D63 families, this special evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Gemini Junior High.
In September, the first of two planned drinking fountain/water bottle refilling stations opened for business at Melzer. Underwritten with a generous gift from the School's PTA, the fountain helps keep students well hydrated and makes it quick and easy to refill water bottles with a special spigot. And that, in turn, reduces waste as there's no need to open a new bottle of water every time they're thirsty. The second fountain, made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor, will be up and running shortly.
On August 16 more than 500 students came through Melzer's doors – and we’re preparing for a fantastic year. District 63 is committed to providing a diverse learning environment that ensures each student’s unique pathway to success within a caring, connected community – and here at Melzer, our teachers and school staff are ready to go!