Updated: March 28, 2013 6:12AM
Fund-raiser: The Hillcrest Elementary School’s Fun Fair will be held March 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 433 E. Depot St. The event is a carnival themed family fund-raiser with bounce houses, face painting, games, cake walk, photo booth and more. Details, (847) 477-4136 or www.hillcrestfunfair.webs.com.
Orientation: Kindergarten Orientation for the 2013-2014 school year will be held March 7 at 7 p.m. at River Trail School, 333 N. O’Plaine Road. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2013 to be eligible for kindergarten. Call the school office now at (847) 662-3701 to verify that you are a resident of District 56 and to let the school know about your child. The orientation is for parents only. The purpose of this evening will be to share all of the information you will need to know in order to enroll and prepare you and your child for kindergarten. This orientation will also be presented in Spanish.
Show: Lake Forest High School Talent show titled “Across the Universe” will be performed March 6 at 4:30 p.m. and March 7-9 at 7 p.m. at 1285 N. McKinley Road. Tickets are $5. Details, www.lfschools.net.
Preschool preview: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the free family night and preschool preview March 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Millburn Church Early Learning Center, 19073 W. Grass Lake Road. Details, (847) 356-5237.
Exhibits: Several art projects and shows are scheduled for Libertyville Elementary District 70 students. March is Youth Art Month, as well as Libertyville Fine Arts Month. Artwork from District 70 students will be displayed at the David Adler Music & Art Center at 1700 N. Milwaukee Avenue through March with an opening reception to be held Feb. 28 at the center. District 70 student artwork also will be displayed at Cook Park Library from March 6 through April 1, with an opening reception to run from March 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave. Details, (847) 362-9695.
Orientation: The four elementary schools in Libertyville Elementary District 70 will hold Kindergarten Orientations on March from 7 to 8 p.m. at Adler Park School, 1740 N. Milwaukee Ave. and at Butterfield School, 1441 W. Lake St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Copeland Manor School, 801 S. Seventh Ave. and from 6 to 7 p.m. at Rockland School, 160 W. Rockland Road, During the orientations, students and their parents will be introduced to administrators, teachers and the school building. While parents will be told what their children will need in order to begin school in the fall, including vaccinations, students will get an idea of what to expect during the school year. Questions on school boundaries should be addressed to the district office at (847) 362-9695.
Survey assistance: Waukegan School District No. 60 will offer parents assistance with the Illinois 5Essentials Survey Feb. 27, March 5, 12, 13 and 21 at 6 p.m. at the Welcome Center, 742 W. Greenwood Ave. Parent and Community Partnership Coordinator Tim Kirschner and ELL Parent Educator Vilma Laracuente will be available in the computer lab to help parents with the survey in both English and Spanish. Parents should have received letters and phone calls in recent weeks explaining the 5Essentials Survey. Between now and the end of March, teachers, students and parents are being asked to take a 15-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their schools’ climate and learning conditions. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive assessment of school organizational culture with actionable reports that help drive school improvement on five indicators or “essentials.” Those essentials include: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment and Ambitious Instruction. The data generated by the Illinois 5Essentials help schools target resources and make decisions that help to accelerate learning and test score gains. To make an appointment during business hours, call (847) 360-5511 or (847) 249-6484. Details, illinois.5-essentials.org.
Competition: Heather Richey, a senior at Grayslake North High School, will speak at the Illinois American Legion State Oratorical Competition on March 2 with her formal reflections on American citizenship and the Constitution. She qualified for the state competition after delivering a series of two speeches at the 10th District American Legion competition, held at Grayslake Central High School on Jan. 12. The purpose of the contest is to develop deeper knowledge of the Constitution and what it means to be a citizen among high school students. Heather’s speeches focused around her understanding of what it means to be a good citizen, which she sought to understand from a young age because strangers would often approach her mother and thank her for her service. Heather’s mother is a military officer with 26 years of service in the Marines and Air Force.