Book Study Opportunity! Caste: The Origins of our Discontent. By Isabel Wilkerson. Have you ever wondered why the racial divide persists? Join us for an 8 week virtual book study to explore the history of racial injustice. Thursday evenings: 6 pm to 7 pm. (Virtually) Begins on Thursday, Jan. 14th Register using this link: https://forms.gle/MZFDqzETfkBtWXFJ7.
4 months ago, James Duggan
Caste
Here is the corrected link to register for the Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Regular Meeting of the BESD#53 Board of Education at 7pm: https://besd53-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YQWD2t3aRzizlRi0MCFRqw
4 months ago, Director of Technology
This month we will mail 503 books to children in the school district under the age of 5! However, we assume there are about 1500 children in the district that are eligble for this. Please let your friends and neighbors know they can get an application at all 5 schools or just email Denise Curtis-Reiniche curtisreiniched@besd53.org to get an application. Thanks #BESD53
4 months ago, James Duggan
books
Hi, we have pasted a link to the recording of our presentation from Dr. Arshad at Riverside. The presentation focused on mental health challenges and strategies during the pandemic. We also had a short presentation from Dr. Baron from Project Sun for what they can offer during the pandemic and beyond. https://youtu.be/4tJXfQ5tHSU
4 months ago, James Duggan
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project sun s
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Dear BESD #53 Families and Community,           As previously communicated, the administrative team has been closely monitoring Liberty Intermediate School and BUGC to make sure we can return, as scheduled, to in-person learning on December 7th.  As promised, we have been assessing our known data to help make an informed decision by today (December 3rd). Based upon currently known information, BUGC and Liberty will be returning to in-person learning on December 7th as scheduled. We have made this decision as our data indicates, at this time, we can properly and safely staff our schools.  We have maintained a foundational belief that we must do our absolute best to safely provide students with an opportunity for in-person learning.  We continue to focus on the safety of staff and students which is why we will continue to monitor our data. Due to the constant change in the data, everyone should be prepared for another adaptive pause (switch to remote) at any time.  While we can not predict the future, we can assure you that we will continue to rely upon guidance from the AAP, IDPH, CDC, peer-reviewed research data, and our stringent Covid-19 safety protocols to make our decisions.   We are aware that every time we must make a decision regarding in-person vs. remote there are strong reactions to those decisions. These decisions are not easy and always made for what is best for students and staff. Once again, we can not thank our Teachers, Nurses, Support Staff, Bus Drivers, Administrators, and Parents enough for rising to the occasion during a pandemic. Sincerely,  Dr. Adam Ehrman Superintendent, Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53
4 months ago, Dr. Ehrman
update
A communication intended for only BUGC went out District wide. Nothing has changed with our current plans. BUGC and Liberty will remote learning on Nov. 30 and our other schools will continue with in-person learning. We apologize for any miscommunication.
4 months ago, Dr. Ehrman
We are thankful for our students! We salute 4th grade remote STAR Student Landon Johnson!
4 months ago, James Duggan
Landon Johnson
We are thankful for our students! We salute 4th grade remote STAR Student Ryder Guimond!
5 months ago, James Duggan
Ryder Guimond
We are thankful for our students! We salute 4th grade remote STAR Student Jason Nguyen!
5 months ago, James Duggan
Jason Nguyen
We are thankful for our students! We salute 4th grade remote STAR Student Alex Lyle!
5 months ago, James Duggan
Alex Lyle
Dear BESD #53 Families and Community, As previously communicated, we have been closely monitoring Liberty Intermediate School and BUGC to make sure we can return as scheduled. Unfortunately, we can not properly staff those schools at this time as a result of our strict Covid-19 safety protocols which require isolating individuals for periods of time. We will need to push back the date to return to in-person learning to December 7th. We will conduct another review on December 3rd to determine if we can return safely for our students and staff. We are aware that key health organizations have put an emphasis on schools remaining open as we relied upon guidance from the AAP, IDPH, and CDC to create our Return to Learn Plans. We realize that the CDC Director just recently stated “there's extensive data to confirm that K-12 schools can operate with face-to-face learning and they can do it safely and they can do it responsibly”. We understand that every time a school closes to in-person learning it only exacerbates the inequities that exist for students and creates tremendous hardships on families. While we concur with the emphasis on trying to remain open, staffing will continue to be a challenge. I am aware this decision is frustrating for many people. I truly empathize with those reactions. I can not thank our Teachers, Support Staff, Administrators, and Parents enough as we have only been able to rise to this Covid-19 challenge due to a wonderful collaborative effort of all involved. Sincerely,  Dr. Adam Ehrman Superintendent, Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53
5 months ago, Dr. Ehrman
update
Dear BESD #53 Families and Community, I want to wish everyone a safe and socially distanced Happy Thanksgiving. While Covid-19 has tremendously impacted our community and our school district, I am so proud of our successes this school year. I want to remind everyone to please be safe and keep your child’s school informed of any Covid-19 related information as that open line of communication has been a key part of our ability to operate safely. While all schools are scheduled at this time to continue with in-person instruction on November 30th, we are closely monitoring Liberty Intermediate School and BUGC to make sure we can return as scheduled. Our need to switch to remote learning for BUGC and Liberty Intermediate is a good reminder that everyone should be prepared for a scenario in which their school must quickly switch to remote learning. Sincerely, Dr. Adam Ehrman Superintendent, Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53
5 months ago, Dr. Ehrman
Dear BESD 53 Families, please take a minute to complete the free/reduced lunch application in Skyward Family Access. While the state is currently waiving the lunch charges for all families, this application is critical for several federal funding resources. This application also determines your eligibility for registration fee waivers. Thanks and stay safe! #maskup!
5 months ago, James Duggan
Tuesday November 24th will be a Regular Meeting of the Board of Education for BESD53 at 7 pm. To attend this meeting virtually, please sign up using the link below: https://besd53-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Rw3v1ybYQQWr0uyd8nLCMg
5 months ago, Director of Technology
IMPORTANT UPDATE Dear BESD #53 Families and Community, As you know, we have successfully managed COVID-19 for a good portion of this school year. It has been an extremely difficult time for everyone involved. We are truly thankful for the combined partnership between the District, the Teachers, the Support Staff, and our parents which has been a foundational part of our success. Clearly, the rising Covid-19 rates have severely tested our Return to Learn plans across the District. Ultimately, Liberty Intermediate and BUGC had to utilize an Adaptive Pause for different reasons. While we are hopeful (not a guarantee) that all three of our Elementary buildings can make it three more student attendance days to get to Thanksgiving Break, those schools are each being tested with the issues that arise from this level of an increase of Covid-19 numbers. As we have already communicated, Liberty Intermediate and BUGC are scheduled to return on November 30th. We are very concerned about our ability to adequately operate (specifically staffing levels) if we are seeing these levels of Covid-19 numbers. We will be assessing our ability to keep in-person learning between Thanksgiving and Christmas Break for ALL of our schools. This communication is intended to merely provide an early notification that we are particularly concerned about the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas Break. Please know that it is with a heavy heart that I write this communication, but I believe that it is only right to forewarn parents so they may start to arrange for back-up childcare if we are forced to utilize an Adaptive Pause. Sincerely, Dr. Adam Ehrman, Superintendent
5 months ago, Dr. Ehrman
update
In partnership with Riverside Behavioral Medicine we are offering a remote Behavioral Medicine Family Wellness Night. Join us remotely on Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:30 pm to learn how to recognize the signs that someone might be struggling and learn important proactive wellness strategies. Here is the link to register: https://forms.gle/uCu4jheL5nmNbEbz8
5 months ago, James Duggan
Wellness
Dear BESD #53 Families and Community, In order to provide the District with the best chances of maintaining in-person instructional opportunities, we are reluctantly moving all parent teacher conferences to a virtual format. Our ability to properly staff schools is at the center of this decision. This strategy definitely reduces the “close contact” probability for teachers and thereby increases the probability in-person learning for the District. Thank you for your flexibility with this change. Sincerely, Dr. Adam Ehrman, Superintendent
5 months ago, Dr. Ehrman
conferences
IMPORTANT UPDATE- BUGC Switching to Remote Learning Dear BESD #53 Families and Community, As you know we have successfully managed COVID-19 for over 55 school days for all of BESD #53. Like our community, BESD #53 is not immune to COVID-19. COVID-19 has made the District’s ability to adequately staff a daily stressor for us. There comes a point in time that it is impossible to properly staff with the quarantine restrictions that we operate under regarding COVID-19. Therefore, Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center will be utilizing an Adaptive Pause from in-person learning, by switching to full remote learning on November 12th (student instructional times/schedules/attendance expectations will remain the same during this remote period). Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center will return on Monday November 30th for in-person learning. I truly had hoped to avoid having to utilize an Adaptive Pause to switch our in-person students to full remote learning, but our staffing limitations due to COVID-19 became insurmountable. We absolutely realize this decision will negatively impact many people’s lives. I do not make these decisions lightly and thank you for your support during this difficult time. Sincerely, Dr. Adam Ehrman, Superintendent
5 months ago, Dr. Ehrman
remote
Please read the linked letter regarding Liberty Intermediate School. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ge74vwwKhDACPMlSgisH3FBt7BrSexQxD3CHN49wxqs/edit?usp=sharing
5 months ago, Director of Technology
Attention - Important Notice!
Please join Mr. Shannon Swilley (BUGC Principal) for an opportunity to engage in a conversation examining the patterns of our racial divide and our role in the healing process. Click on this link to sign up for all three sessions. https://tinyurl.com/y3kud3ap You can also view the attached flyer for details. Thanks
5 months ago, James Duggan
Bridging the Gap