News from the District

Community Welcomed to “Mindful Parenting” Speaker Series Event
The next event in the Community Speaker Series hosted collaboratively by District 181 and District 86 is “Mindful Parenting” with Dr. Kristen Race. She will be presenting on Tuesday, February 7 at The Community House (7pm) and Wednesday, February 8 at The Community House (9:30am). Registration is requested and can be completed online; visit for details. Event Overview: “Between academic pressures, over-scheduled after-school activities, homework, and demanding careers, parents today find it difficult just to get dinner on the table. Dr. Race speaks directly to today’s busy families who make up what she calls ‘Generation Stress’ and presents an alternative – a mindful approach. Drawing on the latest research, Dr. Race shows how mindfulness helps us and our children feel happier, healthier, calmer, less anxious, less stressed, and more focused. This humorous and engaging talk provides simple solutions that move us from surviving in our family lives to thriving.”

Registration for returning students entering Grades 1-8 is slated to begin after spring break. Please visit our website for more information about D181 registration.

D181 is Seeking Your Input on School Times and Special Education
We are interested in your feedback on two very important topics. Two online surveys are open now through February 7.  The first survey is focused on the concept of potentially changing our school start and end times, with three options being presented for consideration, including an option to leave the times as they are now. Your input is essential in helping to inform a recommendation to the Board of Education. Click here to access the School Start Time Survey. The second survey seeks feedback on services provided to special education students, as well as topics for future professional development and training. Click here to access the Special Education Survey. Your input is truly appreciated as we consider the best ways to invest time and resources in support of our students.

Simplify Summer Planning with the Summer Camp Expo
All community members are invited to the annual D181 Summer Camp Expo, taking place Thursday, March 9 at Prospect School (6-8:30pm). This is a one-stop-shop to meet with exhibitors one-on-one and learn about local and regional overnight camps, sports camps, fine arts programs, science and educational camps, recreation activities, and more. New exhibitors are added every year. Children are welcome, and no registration is needed.