Dr.  Ehrman
Dear BESD #53 Family, We all recognize that returning to school this fall will be anything but normal. Even with the many safety modifications made which definitely will influence almost every aspect of the educational process, we all understand that Covid-19 will still shape this school year. For the time being the length of the school day has been modified as another safety measure to protect our students and staff, yet we all know that our schools are not immune to Covid-19. When the District receives notification that an individual whom was in our facilities has tested positive for Covid-19, we will work with the Health Department to provide all of the information we can to everyone that needs to know. We have new processes designed to assist with our ability to inform the Health Department for contact tracing purposes as well as to help us inform required individuals that have been in “close contact” as defined by the guidelines. I wish I could state that we will never have a case of Covid-19 at BESD #53, but that would be unrealistic. When we do have a case, it will most likely require some of our students to be isolated from in-person instruction for a bit of time. We have been working this summer to prepare processes that will hopefully minimize the educational disruption for these students whom require isolation from school. It is important to note that these students are only being isolated from in-person learning, not their ability to learn remotely. This is much easier said than done, but as we all go through the process I am confident that we will be able to drastically improve our organizational capabilities to remotely educate our students. Lastly, we know that Covid-19 has provided a thick layer of stress on all of us for an extended period of time. It has impacted people's lives in many different ways and it will continue to do so for the time being. I have seen many instances of people showing patience, grace, and a willingness to work together. These observed instances remind me that the only way we can all get through this crisis is if we do so together. Educationally Yours, Dr. Adam Ehrman Superintendent, Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53
about 7 hours ago, Dr. Ehrman
Director of Technology
Parents/Guardians, Two reminders (note: BOTH of these steps must be completed in order to be completely registered for the upcoming school year): If you have not been able to complete the election of either in-person or remote instruction for your student, here is the link to the form: https://forms.gle/GSKucJN9ZSHb8xNZ7 Also, if you have not completed online registration for your student (which must be completed for either in-person or remote instruction), please login to Skyward Family Access and complete online registration: https://besdskyward.besd53.org/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wsSky/fwemnu01.w Please complete these as soon as possible. Thank you!
6 days ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
Tuesday July 28th 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 (registration is limited to 100 attendees): https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_m7gSg8D6SbqDCRVkncvaLw
17 days ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Hola, tendremos un traductor disponible para apoyar a las familias de habla hispana en el registro hoy entre las 12:00 p.m. y las 3:00 p.m. La inscripción es en la Escuela Intermedia Liberty en 1690 Career Center Road. ¡Gracias!
21 days ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Recordings of the Virtual Board of Education meetings are now available on the District website under the Our District Menu - Board of Education - Virtual Board Meeting Recordings tab. Any future Virtual Board of Education meeting recordings will be posted here. https://www.besd53.org/o/district/page/virtual-board-meeting-recordings
25 days ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
WorldStrides D.C. Trip Information for incoming 8th Graders! Please view this link for information about the trip. https://tinyurl.com/y8b6flh2
28 days ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Kathy Saindon providing important professional development to our EC partners at Play Palz and the Bourbonnais Park District. They provide the language foundation to future kindergarteners!
about 1 month ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Wednesday July 8th will be a Special Session of the Board of Education for BESD53 at 6 pm. To attend this meeting virtually, please sign up using the link below (registration is limited to 100 attendees): https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BTmjB8_6TV6juAgUV5CDCQ
about 1 month ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
Tuesday June 23rd will be the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education for BESD53 at 7 pm. To attend this meeting virtually, please sign up using the link below (registration is limited to 100 attendees): https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kprE46V6S4-9VbYSFXcyDQ
about 1 month ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Hi, we are having an issue with the previous link for the special board meeting. Please use this link to view the meeting. Thanks! Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/99454744461
2 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, you might find this children's story helpful in explaining the events of the past week to your children. It is produced by the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. https://youtu.be/lcOhOFGcWm8
2 months ago, James Duggan
BESD 53
Food distribution continues at Shepard School 10 am - 12 pm, until June 30th, for all children living with the district boundaries. You may pick-up 3 days worth of meals on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and then 2 different meals on Thursday.
2 months ago, BESD 53
Director of Technology
If you did not return your student chromebook during the scheduled turn-in times, it MUST be turned in at our Central Office-281 W. John Casey Rd. Tech will collect them from there and assess them for damage or missing pieces. If there's a issue, a charge will be put in Skyward.
2 months ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
The Regular Meeting of the BESD53 Board of Education will be held online on Tuesday May 26th at 7:00PM. If you would like to attend this meeting virtually, please click on the registration link below: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5pLWfvXDQQasoTz-bSpxeg
3 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Good afternoon, In BESD 53 we are working hard to increase the access to language in the early years. Here is a talking tip for families with toddlers to increase language usage while playing outdoors. @lenatalk
3 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Good Afternoon, here is a flyer with the current food pantry offerings from the Salvation Army.
3 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Food Distribution: Shepard School is distributing 3 days worth of meals today (Monday) for all children ages 0-18 living within district boundaries. The hours are 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Thursday we will distribute 2 new meals.
3 months ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
We have been informed that families that have @hotmail.com email addresses are not always receiving emails from our district. We have determined that this is a hotmail.com issue and recommend that you verify with their support that emails from @besd53.org are going through.
3 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Good Morning, here is a great opportunity to join a webinar about the importance of play. Register by May 20th using this link. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7729548458408221711
3 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! #BESD53
3 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, please view this link for an overview of grading practices during the closure. Thanks and have a great weekend. https://tinyurl.com/y9775xnd
3 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Please read the directions for the Chromebook and WiFi Hotspot turn in. https://5il.co/fvok
3 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Good afternoon, please view this letter for more information about our plans for Cluster Grouping and SAIL in 20/21. Thanks https://tinyurl.com/ya5uc9jb
3 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Good afternoon, here is a flyer with information regarding food assistance during the pandemic.
3 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Good morning, in case you were wondering we do plan to have the straw bale garden again this year. We unloaded bales a few days ago and will be working to lay them out in a way that allows for plenty of distancing. We will share more once we start to see some relaxing of the current rules allowing only essential activities. Thanks and stay safe.
3 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Shepard School is distributing 3 days worth of meals today (Wednesday April 29th) for all children ages 0-18 living within district boundaries. The hours are 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Tomorrow we will distribute 2 new meals.
3 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Good afternoon, please take a minute to complete this short survey regarding remote learning. Buenas tardes, tómese un minuto para completar esta breve encuesta sobre el aprendizaje remoto. English:https://tinyurl.com/yclveu2f / Espanol:https://tinyurl.com/y9bdevd2
3 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Good morning! Just a reminder that tomorrow is a work packet pickup day for all buildings. The packet your students currently have includes work through Friday May 1st. This new packet would start on Monday May 4th. Pick up times are 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Thank you and stay safe!
3 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, here is a link where you can view last nights webinar regarding acceleration and cluster grouping. Within the webinar is information that will get you to the thought exchange and I will keep that open so you can participate in that as well. Thanks https://zoom.us/rec/share/_Zx2Jb6g-3FIR8_0q0_OX_d7F720eaa81Sca_aFcxE-Y56V8qg_PI32Hx17-ag1l Password: 2W!7033Q
3 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, we have rescheduled the webinar to share information regarding our academic acceleration plans. Please use the link below to register. Thanks You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Apr 27, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Topic: Acceleration and Cluster Grouping Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wGNGk3llQWatD6qzoivqyg After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
4 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, I apologize. Apparently the link for tonights webinar did not work. I would like to reschedule this for next Monday night (April 27th) at 6:30 pm. I will send out more details on this tomorrow. Again, my apologies!
4 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Don't forget to pick-up your Thursday/Friday meals at Shepard today until 12:00 p.m. No food distribution tomorrow.
4 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Hi. I am happy to share that Covid 19 testing is now available in Kankakee at the Aunt Martha's Health Center on Court Street. See the attached press release for details of the drive thru plan.
4 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
BESD53 Board of Education Regular Meeting - April 28, 2020 - 7PM Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eQIilqcQSN-2SDatre8KBA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
4 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Hi BESD Families, we are hosting a webinar to provide updates on our acceleration programming. The webinar is limited to 100 attendees but we will record it and post for later viewing. The registration link is below. You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Apr 23, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Topic: BESD 53 acceleration program update Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ABA8VWzASO26BCIH1xbUzg After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
4 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Letter to Parents and Community Members on School Closing - April 17, 2020 https://5il.co/f8dy
4 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Kankakee Project Sun is offering a very important webinar on suicide prevention titled "More Than Sad." It is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 from 5:00-6:30 PM. More Than Sad is designed to help parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members recognize signs of mental illness in teens. Further details can be found in the attached flier. Register online before April 23 at: bit.ly/AprilParentCafe2020.
4 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Dear BESD 53 Families, starting tomorrow morning we will have links to live helpers available every remote learning day for students in grades K-4. Here is a link to the page/schedule. https://www.besd53.org/o/district/page/zoom-student-help-line Click on the link during the time listed and ask your question to the teacher or teacher assistant. Please be patient as this is new for everyone:)
4 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Actualización familiar para el 8 de abril de 2020 https://tinyurl.com/v8qwerk
4 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, please view the the link for an update from BESD 53. https://tinyurl.com/qth5nk6
4 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hola, para obtener el desayuno y el almuerzo en la próxima semana, las horas de recogida de “Grab and Go” serán las mismas (del 6 al 9 de abril). Puede recoger comidas por 3 días, lunes, martes o miércoles de 10:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Estas comidas serán las mismas. A continuación, puede recoger 2 comidas diferentes el jueves. No habrá recogida de comida el viernes. Las comidas se distribuyen desde el Shepard MPR. Ingrese por el patio de recreo. Puertas más cercanas a Convent St. ¡Gracias!
4 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, breakfast and lunch Grab and Go pick up times will be the same next week (April 6th to 9th) You may pick up 3 days worth of meals Monday, Tuesday OR Wednesday between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. These meals will be the same. You may then pick up 2 different meals on Thursday. There will be no food pick up on Friday. Meals are being distributed from the Shepard MPR. Please enter through the playground.doors closest to Convent St. Thank you!
4 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi. A quick reminder that you can pick up a Chromebook today at BUGC between 5 and 7 pm. You can also pick up work packets and/or drop off completed packets at all schools between 5 pm and 7pm today. We strongly encourage you to use the electronic option if you can. Your student will get much quicker feedback and it is safer as you do not need to go out. All resources can be found on the remote learning page at www.besd53.org. Thanks!!!
4 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
You may pick-up 2 meals today (Thursday) for any child 0-18 years old who lives within BESD 53 boundaries. Pick-up is at Shepard School in the MPR, off of the playground, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. There will be no food distribution tomorrow (Friday).
4 months ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
Any child 0-18 years old, living within the district boundaries, may pick-up breakfast and lunch at Shepard School, Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-noon. Pick-up is in the MPR by the playground.
4 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Versión en español de información de aprendizaje remoto. https://tinyurl.com/tkpnjax
5 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Please read the linked document for important information regarding school closure and remote learning. https://tinyurl.com/wutrbp4
5 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Food pick-up for all district students will be at Shepard again starting Monday, March 30th. There are a few changes. The times will be 10 AM - Noon. You may pick-up 3 days worth of meals Monday, Tuesday OR Wednesday. These meals will be the same. You may then pick-up 2 different meals on Thursday. There will be no food pick-up on Friday. Meals are being distributed from the Shepard MPR. Please enter through the playground.doors closest to Convent St. Thank you!
5 months ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
Please read the linked document for BESD53's Shelter in Place information: https://5il.co/e03j
5 months ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
This is a reminder that tomorrow, March 20th, is a scheduled early dismissal day. We will be following the Schedule B dismissal times. Upper Grade and Liberty will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.. Shepard, Shabbona, and LeVasseur will dismiss at 2:00 p.m..
5 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Hi, we have asked our school secretaries to start working from home. Phone calls will be directed to them and they will respond to your messages promptly. The principals are still in the office if you need support from them. Thanks!
5 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
أولياء الأمور والأوصياء الأعزاء، نشكركم على دعمكم غير العادي خلال الأيام الأخيرة الماضية حيث عملنا معًا على حماية مجتمعنا من وباء فيروس كورونا/ كوفيد-19 المتنامي. لكي نحمي ولاية إلينوي بشكل أفضل من انتشار هذا الفيروس، قرر حاكم الولاية JB Pritzker إعلان إغلاق إلزامي لمباني المدارس كافة، العامة منها والخاصة، والتي تقدم الخدمات للطلاب من مرحلة ما قبل الروضة وحتى الصف 12. وقال الحاكم أن هذه الأيام ستعتبر أيام "كارثة طبيعية" ولن تكون هناك حاجة لتعويضها. يبدأ سريان هذا الإغلاق الإلزامي يوم الثلاثاء الموافق 17 مارس. في الوقت الحالي، نتوقع العودة يوم الثلاثاء الموافق 31 مارس. ستظل وجبات الغذاء والإفطار المجانية أو مخفضة الثمن متاحة لكافة الطلاب المؤهلين. ستكون هذه الوجبات جميعها مصممة لأخذها وتناولها في المنزل وسيتم توزيعها من خلال الغرفة متعددة الأغراض (MPR) في مبنى Alan Shepard. يرجى الدخول من الباب الخلفي لغرفة MPR والكائنة في الجهة الشرقية من المدرسة، من جهة ملعب الأطفال. مع جزيل الشكر د. دجن (Duggan)
5 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Thân gởi Phụ Huynh và Người Giám Hộ, Cảm ơn quý vị đã hỗ trợ đặc biệt trong nhiều ngày qua, khi chúng ta đang chung nhau bảo vệ cộng đồng của chúng ta trong đại dịch coronavirus/COVID-19 đang phát triển. Để bảo vệ Illinois khỏi bị siêu vi lây lan, Thống Đốc JB Pritzker đã tuyên bố bắt buộc đóng cửa trường học bao gồm tất cả các tòa nhà, cả công cộng lẫn tư nhân, phục vụ học sinh từ mẫu giáo đến lớp 12. Thống đốc tuyên bố rằng những ngày này là ngày "Đạo Luật của Chúa Trời" và không cần phải đi học bù. Việc bắt buộc đóng cửa này có hiệu lực từ ngày thứ Ba, 17 tháng Ba. Hiện tại, chúng tôi nghĩ sẽ mở cửa lại trường vào ngày thứ Ba, 31 tháng Ba. Các bữa ăn sáng và trưa miễn phí hoặc giảm tiền vẫn có sẵn cho tất cả các học sinh nào đủ điều kiện. Tất cả các bữa ăn sẽ được phân phối theo cách đến lấy rồi đi (grab and go) và sẽ được phân phối qua phòng đa mục đích (multi-purpose room, hay MPR) tại Alan Shepard. Xin vào từ ngõ sau của MPR nằm về hướng đông của trường học, gần sân chơi. Xin cảm ơn Tiến sĩ Duggan
5 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
STUDENT LOGIN INFO - UPDATE 3/17/2020 Parents/Guardians, If you need to know your student's login information, it can be found in Skyward Family Access in the PORTFOLIO tab under "Student Login Info." If you need further help, please contact your student's teacher. Thank you!
5 months ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
Parents/Guardians, If you need to know your student's login information, it is available to you in Skyward Family Access in the Online Forms section. If you need additional assistance, please contact your child's school. Thank you!
5 months ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
COVID-19 UPDATE - Sunday, March 15th Please check the News section on the district website for the full update. Thank you!
5 months ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
COVID-19 UPDATE 4:25 PM March 13, 2020 Hi, Governor Pritzker has just ordered that all schools close starting Tuesday March 17th and tentatively reopen on Monday, March 30th. Instead of using Emergency Days, we will put our remote learning plan in place so that students remain engaged and have the support of our staff during regular school hours. Starting Tuesday, you will see a link at www.besd53.org that will take you to grade and subject specific activities to be completed each day. I will send more information regarding this on Monday. If your child has medications at school, we ask that you pick them up on Monday the 16th between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. We want to make sure you have them available while they are out of school. We will continue to have breakfast and lunch available on school closure days for any student who qualifies for a free or reduced lunch. This will be available at Alan Shepard School only. Please use the back doors to the MPR which are off of the parking lot near the playground. This will be grab and go to limit large groups gathering to eat. Thank you very much for your patience during this most unusual and challenging time. I hope that everyone is well and remains so. Please do not hesitate to call me should you have any questions. This is new for everyone. -- James Duggan Ed. D. Assistant Superintendent Supplemental Interim Superintendent Bourbonnais School District 53
5 months ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
Hi, I wanted to inform you that we plan to have a regular school day on Monday. I am meeting with the area superintendents at 9:00 am Monday morning to assess the situation but no decisions have been made at this time. I would suggest you take a look at day care options in the event that we decide to close the schools. In the event that we close, we are getting prepared to provide remote learning for all the students. Many of the students were sent home with instructional materials today just in case as well as their Chromebooks. We also have a website ready to go that will be your guide for daily activities. Plans are also being made for increasing access to technology for those that do not have it. On a separate note, all after school activities as well as our parent information meetings for accelerated programming are canceled. We will reschedule those meetings for later in the Spring. Thank you very much for your patience and support! -- James Duggan Ed. D. Assistant Superintendent Supplemental Interim Superintendent Bourbonnais School District 53
5 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Dear BESD Families,  We are hosting informational sessions to share our plans for modifying and expanding our current academic acceleration program (SAIL).  These sessions will be at the Central Office on: Monday, March 16th. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Wednesday, March 18th. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday, March 30th. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thanks!
5 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Dear BESD 53 Students, Staff and Families, It is important to note that there are no identified cases of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) in our community. However, the health and safety of our students is our top priority, so we want to share with you information that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published for schools throughout the state. The good news at this time is that the health risk to the general public from coronavirus remains low. Currently, the IDPH recommends schools hold classes and events as usual, and follow routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures; no special measures are necessary. The IDPH also recommends the best way to protect against coronavirus is by taking the same everyday precautions against getting sick in general. These include: *Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. *Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. *Avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Staying home when you are sick. *Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. *Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. To see the complete recommendations to schools from IDPH, please click here. We will continue to closely monitor recommendations regarding COVID-19 and will update you as soon as there are any significant changes in recommendations for schools. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school community healthy. Thank You
5 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
This is a reminder that tomorrow, February 26th, is a scheduled early dismissal day. We will be following the Schedule A dismissal times. Upper Grade and Liberty will dismiss at 10:45 a.m.. Shepard, Shabbona, and LeVasseur will dismiss at 11:30 a.m..
6 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Thanks to the PTA for organizing the guest reader program. I enjoyed reading "Love and roast chicken" by Knutson to 4th graders at Shabbona.
6 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
This is a reminder that tomorrow, February 14th, is a scheduled early dismissal day. We will be following the Schedule B dismissal times. Upper Grade and Liberty will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.. Shepard, Shabbona, and LeVasseur will dismiss at 2:00 p.m..
6 months ago, Director of Technology
Jackie Hazzard
Hello, After school R. T. I. and math team have been cancelled for Thursday February 13th. Thank you
6 months ago, Jackie Hazzard
James Duggan
Hi, all schools are open today, Thursday February 13th. Thanks.
6 months ago, James Duggan
Jackie Hazzard
Dear Parents and Guardians, we want to alert you that the students from bus #10 will be arriving about 15 minutes late due to shortage of drivers. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
6 months ago, Jackie Hazzard
James Duggan
Hi. All schools are open today, February 6th. Thanks
6 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, please support the student's DC Fieldtrip Fundraiser event at Brickstone on Feb 12th!
6 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, here is a tip for reading to your very young children from the University of Chicago's Thirty Million Word Project. Reading to a young child can be frustrating for all sorts of reasons. Try Book Sharing instead: open a book and have a conversation. Describe the pictures; count the pages; talk about what your child is interested in. Watch how this parent does it: https://t.co/iWRtp6rRnR (https://twitter.com/TMW3Ts/status/1224754495395188739?s=03)
6 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Dear Parents and Guardians, I wanted to send a quick reminder to please remind your children that they should not approach any vehicle or individual that they do not know. This would be going to and from school but also any other times they are out in the neighborhood. Should they see anything that does not seem right, they should report it to you and the school as soon as possible. Thank you very much.
6 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Dear Parents and Guardians, there will be a Special Meeting of the Board of Education of Bourbonnais Elementary School District No. 53 on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM at the Administrative Offices, 281 W John Casey Road, Bourbonnais. This will be a Parent Informational Meeting for Feedback on start times for the 2020-2021 school year. The proposed start times are as follows. Full Day Schedule Liberty 7:45-2:45 Shabbona/BUGC 8:15 - 3:15 LeVasseur/Shepard 8:45-3:45 PreK AM 8:45-11:30 PreKPM 1:00 - 3:45
6 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
This is a reminder that tomorrow, January 17th, is a scheduled early dismissal day. We will be following the Schedule B dismissal times. Upper Grade and Liberty will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.. Shepard, Shabbona, and LeVasseur will dismiss at 2:00 p.m..
7 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Hi, Project Sun Kankakee is offering a free informational "Parent Cafe" on the topic of recognizing signs of children's behavioral health concerns. This will be held on Thursday, Jan 30th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at 202 N. Schuyler Ave in Kankakee. See the attached flyer for more information. Thanks!
7 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, this message was previously sent in English. Estimados padres y tutores: En la primavera de 2019, la Junta de Educación de BESD 53 aprobó un plan para aprender en casa en los días de emergencia climática. Sin embargo, la Junta de Educación del Estado de Illinois ha establecido nuevos requisitos en estos planes y aún no hemos cumplido con estos nuevos requisitos. Estamos trabajando con el Superintendente regional para garantizar que nuestro plan cumpla con los nuevos requisitos, pero en este momento no tenemos un plan aprobado. Hasta nuevo aviso, si tenemos un día de emergencia climática, se recuperará al final del año escolar. Les informaremos si esto cambia. ¡Gracias y feliz año nuevo!
7 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
A big thanks to Jackie Hernandez! She taught sign language to a group of 93 people tonight. The age span was 5 to 88. Way to go Jackie and thanks to all those who attended.
7 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi Parents and Guardians, I need to alert you to a bus service delay for this afternoon. Bus #21 will be 20-30 minutes late departing Liberty, Shepard and Shabbona. This delay is due to a driver shortage. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks
7 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, just a reminder that the first of nine sessions of the Basic Sign Language Class taught by Jackie Hernandez will begin Wednesday, January 8th at 6:15 at Liberty School.
7 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Dear Parents and Guardians, In the Spring of 2019 the BESD 53 Board of Education approved a plan for learning at home on weather emergency days. However, the Illinois State Board of Education has placed new requirements on these plans and we have not yet met these new requirements. We are working with the Regional Superintendent to ensure that our plan meets the new requirements but at this time we do not have an approved plan.  Until further notice, if we have a weather emergency day it will be made up at the end of the school year.  I will alert you if this changes. Thank you and Happy New Year!
7 months ago, James Duggan
BESD 53
Hi, here is a short video that demonstrates how you can use the straw bale garden to plant garlic or flower bulbs. If you enjoyed the garden this season, now is a good time to do some cleanup and remove the dead plants. Thanks! https://youtu.be/2d_6SuYawBw
8 months ago, BESD 53
James Duggan
Dear Parents and Guardians, we want to alert you that the students from bus #17 will be arriving about 20 minutes late due to shortage of drivers. Students normally riding bus#17 will be transported in bus #19 for this afternoon. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
8 months ago, James Duggan
BESD 53  PTA
Families - We have received a shipment of backordered items from the Yankee Candle fundraiser. All the items we have received have been delivered to each child's building. Please stop by your child's school on Monday or Tuesday to pick up the backordered items. You can stop by the elementary offices (Shepard, Shabbona and LeVasseur) from 8:00 - 4:00 or the other schools (Liberty and BUGC) from 7:30 - 3:30. We appreciate your patience as we have waited for these delayed items! Bourbonnais PTA
8 months ago, BESD 53 PTA
BESD 53
This is a reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4th, will be an early dismissal day for the Bourbonnais School District. We will be following the Schedule A dismissal with no PreKindergarten classes operating. Liberty and Upper Grade will dismiss at 10:45. LeVasseur, Alan Shepard and Shabbona will dismiss at 11:30. Thank you.
8 months ago, BESD 53
James Duggan
Hi, I wanted to share an opportunity to support an organization that is working to improve Kankakee County. The Theraplay Institute is fundraising to send 3 mental health practitioners from Kankakee County through full clinical level Theraplay Certification. Our district has provided Theraplay professional development to many of our staff members and we believe it is an important component of our social and emotional learning process. Here is a link to the site where you can donate whatever you are able to this cause. Thanks! https://www.ilgive.com/organizations/the-theraplay-institute
8 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Dear Parents and Guardians, we want to alert you that students that ride bus number seventeen will be arriving home approximately twenty minutes late. This is due to a shortage of bus drivers. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
8 months ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
This is a reminder that tomorrow, December 4th, is a scheduled early dismissal day. We will be following the Schedule A dismissal times. Upper Grade and Liberty will dismiss at 10:45 a.m.. Shepard, Shabbona, and LeVasseur will dismiss at 11:30 a.m..
8 months ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Hi, here a message from Mr. Chamernik regarding the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. Thanks Dear Parents and Students: I was able to reopen registration for the 2020 Washington DC trip for those who are interested in attending. We have forty-one attending now and have twelve more spots available for what will be the best trip Mrs. Carlton and I have ever put together. Here are some highlights of the trip: -Fly out Friday, March 20th to Charlottesville -Tour the University of Virginia which was founded in 1819 Thomas Jefferson (new this year) -Tour Monticello - the home of Thomas Jefferson (new this year) -Enjoy lunch at the historic Michie Tavern (new this year) -Tour the Luray Caverns (new this year) -Drive to Washington DC via a luxury tour bus -Tour the Tidal Basin Monuments - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, FDR Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and experience the Cherry Blossoms -Tour Arlington National Cemetery and experience the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier -Tour the Holocaust Museum -Tour the U.S. Capitol -Tour the FBI Experience (top security necessary, background checks required. Not even the tour companies can experience this tour. This was put in place by us!) -Visit and tour Mt. Vernon - home and burial site of George Washington -Visit and experience the National Zoo and Embassy Row -Visit the White House -Tour the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (new this year) -Experience and explore the Smithsonian Complex and the National Mall -Visit the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial and so much more! -Fly back to Chicago on Tuesday, March 24 in the late evening. The trip is five days / four nights and includes signature hotels, all meals, all transportation including our own secure luxury tour bus. Mrs. Carlton and I also have a fun evening of dinner, bowling and Bocce Ball planned at Pinstripes in Georgetown. (new this year) How do I find out the cost of the trip or to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime trip? Call Worldstrides at 1-800-486-5899 or go to www.worldstrides.com/signup to register. The trip ID# is 177335 (Please note this is for new registrants only.) If you have any questions, please email me at chamernikd@besd53.org or call (815) 929-5066. Thank you, Mr. Chamernik
8 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Buffalo Wild Wings Flyer.
9 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, see the attached flyer for details regarding the D.C. Trip Fundraiser this Friday at Buffalo Wild Wings. Hopefully you can come out and support this event.
9 months ago, James Duggan
Joan Bishop
REMINDER! Today is the day for Yankee Candle fundraiser pick up. Please stop by Shabbona Elementary to pick up fundraiser items between 4:00 and 7:00 today. All items must be picked up on November 21st. Items that were ordered online will be shipped directly to the buyer; however, if your child earned prizes from those online orders, you must pick up the prizes at Shabbona. If you have questions or need to work out alternate arrangements, please email bourbonnaispta@gmail.com.
9 months ago, Joan Bishop
James Duggan
Hi, Jackie Hernandez, our teacher for students that are deaf or hearing impaired is offering a basic sign language class for adults in the community. These sessions will begin in January. See the attached flyer for all the details.
9 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, some of you have asked about getting notifications on the BESD 53 App. Here is the process for adding the app and turning on notifications. 1. Search for the app in the play store or apple store by typing "Bourbonnais" and install the app. 2. Open the app and click the three lines on the upper left of the screen. 3. Select the "settings" option. The general notifications button should be on automatically but you need to choose the district office and the schools that you want to get notifications from on the bottom of the screen. Once you do this you should be all set. Thanks and have a nice weekend.
9 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Dear Parents and Guardians, due to a police situation in close proximity to Liberty Intermediate School the Bourbonnais Police Department advised us to place Liberty Intermediate on building restriction. This means that nobody comes or goes from the building but instruction continues as usual. This restriction was lifted after about ten minutes once the police were certain there was no threat to our students or staff. Everything is back to normal but I wanted to let you know about the situation and assure you that the safety of the children and staff is our number one priority. Thanks
9 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Dear BESD Families, we want to alert you that Bus #9 leaving Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center and Bus #12 leaving Shepard/Shabbona Campus will be running 15 minutes late today due to a shortage of bus drivers. We apologize for the inconvenience.
9 months ago, James Duggan
Dr. Margaret Longo
Veteran's Day 2019! Honoring our Veterans in Bourbonnais 53!
9 months ago, Dr. Margaret Longo
Dr. Margaret Longo
Veteran's Day 2019, Honoring over 80 of our Bourbonnais Family Member Veterans at BUGC!
9 months ago, Dr. Margaret Longo
Dr. Margaret Longo
A Bourbonnais Family Member You Should Know!
10 months ago, Dr. Margaret Longo
James Duggan
Congratulations to the boys and girls cross country teams. The girls placed 5th in the sectional and the boys placed 2nd. This qualifies the boys team for the state meet next weekend. A big thanks to Coach Buck and Coach Chamernik as well.
10 months ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, we are in need of bus drivers and substitute custodians. You can apply via the link below. Thanks! https://www.applitrack.com/besd53/onlineapp/default.aspx
10 months ago, James Duggan
Dr. Margaret Longo
Bourbonnais SD 53 Family Members You Should Know! Rob Rodewald serves as the Director of the Three Rivers Region of the IASB. Last night, Board Members Raef, McBarnes and Freedlund were honored as 'Master Board Members' in the State of Illinois. Congratulations!
10 months ago, Dr. Margaret Longo
Director of Technology
REMINDER: The Bourbonnais SD 53 Board of Education has commissioned the Illinois Association of School Boards to guide their superintendent search and selection process. IASB Consultant, Thomas F. Leahy will avail himself to our community and staff in an effort to accomplish the board’s intent to seek input prior to establishing selection criteria. The Board values your feedback and added this component to gather your thoughts and opinions. The meeting will be held on September 23, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the District Office Board Room at 281 W. John Casey Rd.
11 months ago, Director of Technology
Dr. Margaret Longo
A BESD 53 Family Member You Should Know! During her summer break, Shelby Wegforth (Kindergarten at Shabbona) spent her time teaching in Nicaragua working with pre-kindergarten through middle school aged students!
11 months ago, Dr. Margaret Longo
BESD 53
ONLINE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH SURVEY The survey can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G6MPNWD
12 months ago, BESD 53
James Duggan
Bourbonnais Elementary School District has openings for Teacher Assistants/Paraprofessionals. Please apply online at our website www.besd53.org. The application is under the Human Resource tab. You may also call our District Office at 815-929-5100 for more information. Thank you. #besd53
12 months ago, James Duggan
Dr. Margaret Longo
Bourbonnais SD 53 Family Members You Should Know! Bus Drivers Sue Palmateer and Mary Haynes have a combined 84 years of safely transporting our children. Thank you Sue and Mary!
12 months ago, Dr. Margaret Longo
Dr. Margaret Longo
Thank you to Christy Smith and her team from Dress Well Boutique for the generous donation of school supplies for our students. We appreciate our community partners!
12 months ago, Dr. Margaret Longo
Dr. Margaret Longo
BESD 53 Welcomes 18 new staff members to our Bourbonnais Family!
12 months ago, Dr. Margaret Longo
James Duggan
Hi. Our next registration date for new students is July 25th from 2 pm to 7 pm at the Central Office. If you cannot make this date we will release the details for other registration options after July 25th. Registration is open using the parent portal for returning students.
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Dear BESD 53 Family, In light of actions taken by the Board of Education at the meeting on June 28th, I will be serving as Superintendent of Schools in the near term. The Board of Education will be working in the coming weeks to select an interim superintendent who will complete the remainder for the 2019-20 school year. The Board of Education then plans to conduct a wide search of candidates to fill the position for the long term. In terms of my credentials, I have served as the Director of Instruction in BESD 53 for the past six years and have worked as an educator and school administrator for the past twenty years. I will work to ensure that all of the great things that you have come to expect in our school district continue during this transition. Further, we will continue to be leaders and innovators in education as this is what our children need. Feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions. We will keep you posted as more details become available. Sincerely, Jim Duggan Ed.D.
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
The kids really enjoyed the Google Computer Science class this week. Thanks to Mrs. Moulton for offering this.
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
EXPLORE CHICAGO! Family Math and Reading Night Tour Guide: Mrs. Brammer When: Monday, July 1, 2019 Where: Noel LeVasseur Elementary School 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm This special event is open to BESD 53 students who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade and their families. * Activities include math and reading activities tied to tourist attractions in Chicago and a Chicago themed raffle. Dress in your favorite Chicago sports attire. Space is limited to 150 participants. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To RSVP click the link below and complete the form. https://forms.gle/mTgKuWg62akw3KdA8
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, we are looking for at least 1 more creative person to join our August Quilting camp!! The class is 10 days from M-F August 5-9, 12-16 from 12:30-3:00pm at the Upper Grade Center. Last day to sign up is July 3! Use this link to sign up Beginning quilt camp or e-mail leddyn@besd53.org with questions or for help signing up! Thanks so much! We will be super excited if we can get it going!
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
The straw bale garden is doing well with all the rain. Gardeners, if your plants are looking a little yellow they may need a bit of fertilizer. Just ask if you need help.
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
There's still time to join our Beginning machine sewing class in the afternoons next week! 1:00-3:30pm, June 24-28. Deadline for signing up is Wed June 19 at noon. We also have a few spots left in the August Hand Sewing Class Aug 5-9 9:00-11:30am and Begninning Quilting Camp (10 Days) August 5-9 and 12-16 from 12:30-3:00. Deadline to sign up is Friday June 21st at noon. For more information or to sign up follow this link: Summer Enrichment Camps
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Students were busy building thier own computers at Liberty this week. These students are doing some programming on devices they built from scratch in just two afternoons. #besd53
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Parents, Starting this next school year, we are making some changes in our chromebook policies for students. You can read more about this here: https://5il.co/7xri. Thank you!
about 1 year ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Here is a nice short video of a five step process for building language in our your children. https://youtu.be/KNrnZag17Ek #besd53
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION DATES: May 21, 2019 June 20, 2019 July 25, 2019 All dates are from 2-7 PM at the District Office (281 W. John Casey Rd.). These are for NEW students to the district. Returning student registration starts June 6, 2019 online through Skyward Family Access.
about 1 year ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Thanks again to all the volunteers and willing community members who helped make our Community Garden Planting Day a success. It is not too late to get involved. Just e-mail me at dugganj@besd53.org if you would like to get a bale or two. It is very easy and we can help. #besd53
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Thanks to all the volunteers and gardeners who made the planting day a success. Thanks to the Bourbonnais Library for being great hosts. #besd53
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, it is going to be 80 degrees tomorrow and you are probably going to be thinking about getting in the garden. It is not too late to get involved in our Staw Bale Community garden! Here is the link to sign up for few bales. Our planting day is tomorrow between 9 am and 12 pm. https://forms.gle/aEzgPjntQMzJSUmt5
about 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Congratulations to 4th Grade Spelling Champ Urva Purohit and 2nd place finisher Jace Cousins! Thanks to everyone for their help with the event.
over 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Congratulations to our 3rd grade Spelling Bee Champion Lohita Gampala and 2nd place finisher Lane Clary. It took 39 rounds to decide! Thanks to Mrs. Flowers, Mrs. Kremer, Mrs Skeate, Mrs. Laskey, Mrs Langlois and Mrs O'Gorman for all the hard work.
over 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, we are just a few weeks away from our first planting day in the straw bale garden. Still plenty of bales available and no experience is needed to participate in this great community gardening project. Here is the link to sign up. https://forms.gle/wYyLEyKC8dVJiuH5A
over 1 year ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Thanks to the PTA and the Game Club Team for providing great experiences for our kids!
over 1 year ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BUGC Coach Todd Dersien named 8th Grade Boys Junior High School Co-Coach of the Year by the Illinois Basketball Coaches' Association (IBCA). Coach Dersien led our boys to a great season including Regional and Sectional Championships and a trip to STATE! #besd53 #proudofyou
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
Hi, we are canceling the grade 2-4 After School Program for Thursday February 21st. We have Reading Nights at LeVasseur and Shabbona that evening and teachers will be busy with last minute preparations. Thanks!
over 1 year ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53 invites all interested companies to respond to our Request for Proposals for new Copiers. The RFP can be found in the Documents section of our website or at this link: https://5il.co/6kcu
over 1 year ago, Director of Technology
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
School is open in BESD#53. Roads in town are clear, temps above freezing. Be careful on driveways and walks as patches of ice remain in some places.
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
A reminder that Friday is a half day, schedule A dismissal. This is a change from the original calendar. Also, there is no school next Monday for Presidents' Day.
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BUGC 8th Grade Boys' Basketball competes at state on Saturday!
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
Hi, the Bourbonnais Public Library will be closing at 5:00 pm today and will be closed all day on Wednesday January 30th. Stay warm and safe!
over 1 year ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BESD#53 will have school Tuesday, normal schedule. It will be very cold, but the dangerous windchills set in after 6pm. We will not have any after school events except for the 8th grade regional basketball game in Kankakee. As a reminder we will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Due to inclement weather and unsafe conditions BESD#53 will be closed today (Monday), Wednesday, and Thursday of this week.
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
We are still evaluating the storm and potential snowfall overnight. A decision on school will be made by 5:30am dependent on snow and road conditions. There will be no zero hour at BUGC tomorrow.
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BESD#53 is monitoring the upcoming week of weather. We use -30 windchill on weather.com as the threshold for canceling for the cold. As of now, we plan on holding school tomorrow. We will keep you updated. As we look at next week, it is unlikely that we will hold school Wednesday under the current forecast. Next week is Camp T week so we are preparing an alternate schedule with group one going to Camp Monday/Tuesday and group two going Thursday/Friday. This shortens the trip by a day each. We will continue to keep you updated. As always, parents should utilize their judgment with their specific situation even if school is in session. ~Dr. Hollowell
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
EARLY DISMISSAL! Due to heavy freezing rain from 2pm-4pm, BESD#53 will be dismissing at 12:30pm (BUGC/Liberty) and 1:15pm (K-4). There will be no PM preK today and all after-school activities are cancelled. All students will be feed before dismissal. Although this is inconvenient, we feel it is in the best interest of our students' safety for our buses to run at this earlier time. BBCHS is dismissing before us which will help with childcare needs. If you need to switch your student from bus to car pickup please call the school offices. We will have staff present to watch students until normal dismissal times if needed. ~Dr. Hollowell
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
We appreciate People’s Church for their generous donation to the students of Bourbonnais. Funds will be used for coats, gloves, and backpack meals for those in need. We appreciate their commitment to the community!
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Come out for the BUGC HOLIDAY CONCERT! Tuesday 12/4 7pm Band/Orchestra/Choir
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Comm Ed is working on a cut wire behind Central Office. There are several service trucks in the parking lot. BUGC student pickup will be slower due to vehicles in the lot. Please be patient and cautious.
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
November 15th is School Board Members Day in Illinois. We want to thank our school board for their voluntary service to the district! President Rob Rodewald, Vice Pres. John Hall, Secretary Jayne Raef, and members Rich McBarnes, Nicole McCarty, Mike Jurka, and Jamie Freedlund!
over 1 year ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
LATE BUSES! Due to an earlier auto accident on the Dan Ryan, bus #2, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 11 will be late returning from a field trip. We expect those buses to leave BUGC/Liberty at approximately 3:10pm and Shepard/Shabbona/LeVasseur at 4pm. Expect students on those buses to arrive home 20-30 minutes later than normal.
almost 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Director of Technology
This is a reminder that tomorrow is a scheduled early dismissal day. We will be following the Schedule B dismissal times. Upper Grade and Liberty will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.. Shepard, Shabbona, and LeVasseur will dismiss at 2:00 p.m..
almost 2 years ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Thanks to the Bourbonnais Police and Fire Departments for supporting our English as a Second Language (ESL) First Responder Family Night. It was a great success.
almost 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, Please take a few minutes to complete the 5 Essentials Survey for your child's school. This tool gives you a voice in the school improvement process. Link to survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
almost 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Due to a power outage in the area, LeVasseur School is operating on emergency power and natural light in the classrooms. Phones and internet are down. CommEd expects to resolve this by 11:30am
almost 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
Thanks to the PTA for this generous donation to our DARE Program! #Besd53
almost 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi, here is great resource to support any families with young children at home. "Smart Talk" supports quality back and forth conversations with your baby or toddler. https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/early-childhood-matters/early-literacy/
almost 2 years ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Skyward Family Access and Online Registration are back up and available now. Thank you for your patience!
about 2 years ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
On Wednesday, July 11th, Skyward Family Access and Online Registration will NOT be available due to a database upgrade. Everything should be back up Wednesday evening. Thank you!
about 2 years ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Mrs. Carroll and the Summer Orchestra with another great performance. #besd53
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Thanks to Mrs. Brammer and the Summer School Staff for a great month! #besd53
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Fun at Coding Camp
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Thanks to Mrs. Leddy for all the hard work in creating a great Hand Sewing Camp!
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
The Code A Pillars and Bee Bots are all ready for K-4 Coding next week!
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Thanks to Ms. Gamble for a successful Girls B-ball Skills Camp!
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Thanks to Ms. Crooks for a great Band Camp! #besd53
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Thanks to Mrs. O'Gorman and the entire team for a successful Camp Invention. #besd53
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Hi. The Community Garden is doing great! It will be hot this weekend so do not forget to water.
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
Director of Technology
Please read the important on-line registration information for returning students at the following link: http://5il.co/3m0f
about 2 years ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Thanks to everyone who donated to the crayons for hospitals drive led by the Manteno FFA. #BESD53
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Retirement Reception for Mr.Hodge, Tuesday, 5/29 4pm at Shabbona! Public is invited!
about 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Sculpture 1 class painted rocks and hid them around the local area. #k3CountyRocks #besd53
about 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Congratulations to 300 BUGC Alumni graduating tonight as part of BBCHS Class of 2018!
about 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Good Luck to our IESA State qualifiers in the Track meet today and Saturday!
about 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
We still have spots available for the following camps: Girls Robotics, Build A Computer (Rd 2), Get Your Game On, and Girls Basketball Skills. Use this link to learn more and sign up. http://www.besd53.org/enrichment-programs
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Listen to Author Nancy Gee at 3:30pm Tuesday on WVLI 92.7 and WIVR 101.7 then come out to Shabbona at 6pm for Reading is in Bloom!
about 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
Thanks to everyone who helped to make the garden planting day a big success! #BESD53
about 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
STRAW BALE GARDENING! Saturday 5/12 9am-12pm join BESD#53 and the Bourbonnais Library at our community garden for planting day! $5 a bale, plants will be available as well!
about 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Director of Technology
Just a reminder that flower pick up is TOMORROW morning from 9-11am at BUGC. Rain or Shine you MUST come and pick up your orders. This includes gift cards as well! Thank you for supporting the Bourbonnais PTA!!
about 2 years ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
Parents of 6th graders: Chromebook Turn In for 6th graders will be Monday, May 21st. For more information - http://5il.co/3596
about 2 years ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
Parents of 7th graders: Chromebook Turn In for 7th graders will be Tuesday, May 22nd. For more information - http://5il.co/3597
about 2 years ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
Parents of 8th graders: Chromebook Purchase or Turn In for 8th graders will be Wednesday, May 23rd. For more info - http://5il.co/3598
about 2 years ago, Director of Technology
James Duggan
Congratulations to the 4th Grade Spelling Bee Winners! 1st Place Lydia Hammond and 2nd Place Micah Randle-El. Thanks to Mrs. O'Gorman and everyone who participated. #BESD53
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
LAST CHANCE! Sign ups for Junior Boilermakers Football and Cheer are Thursday May 17th at the Bourbonnais library from 6-8pm!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Join Author Nancy Gee for Reading is in Bloom Tuesday, May 15th 6pm at Shabbona School
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
The Illinois FFA Service Project this year is called "The Crayon Initiative." This project takes donations in the form of used crayons, recycles them, and makes new crayons to be distributed to children's hospitals across the nation. Their goal this year is to collect 2,000 pounds of crayons. Bourbonnais Elementary would like to help the Manteno FFA organization to reach this goal. Starting on Monday, May 14th, collection bins will be placed in the front offices of our buildings including the central office. We want to encourage teachers, students and parents to donate used crayons to this cause. Often times crayons are thrown out when kids are cleaning their desks. Parents and community members are encouraged to drop them off at the Central Office. The initiative will continue through Thursday, May 31st. Thanks!
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Congratulations to 3rd Grade Spelling Bee Winner Jace Cousins and 2nd place finisher Kylie Veit. Thanks to all participants! #BESD53
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
SNAP available at Kankakee Farmer's Market!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Say thanks to a teacher this week!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Last night at BBCHS Senior Awards Night, Dr. Hollowell had the privilege of presenting the Todd Hildebrand Memorial Scholarship to former BESD#53 student Brandon Wray!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Warning! We have experienced several scam calls in the district today of missed jury duty. "Kenneth Cook" was the name given. This scam was reported last year in Iowa. Please beware! http://www.kcci.com/article/sheriff-warns-of-significant-increase-in-fraud-phone-scams/10002177
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
LeVasseur 4th Grade Math Team finishes 6th place in State ICTM Competition.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Director of Technology
Reminder PTA Flower Sales are due Friday, April 27th! No Orders will be accepted after Friday!
over 2 years ago, Director of Technology
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Visit the Curiosity Cube this Saturday!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
We have created seven different fun enrichment camps for BESD 53 students during the month of June. Please click this link for all the options. Use the Google Form links on the document to sign up for individual camps. You can sign up for more than one. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f4y72zE_x98SRpf1bEGCdGzhKWOaaHn0Rk2aMt1a1S4/edit?usp=sharing
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Liberty, LeVasseur, and BUGC are back to normal operations. Law enforcement has resolved the issue in the area. Schools were not at risk, simply putting student safety first at all times.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
There is no direct threat to BESD#53 schools, the building restrictions are a precaution due to a law enforcement investigation in the area.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Liberty, BUGC, and LeVasseur are currently on building restrictions (what we used to call soft lockdown). Instruction continues but no children outside, and no visitors admitted into the building.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BUGC Art Class learning face proportions selfie-style!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Mrs. Nims’ and Mrs. Sykes' Class at Shepard created houses for their Peeps using jelly beans and toothpicks. We ❤️ STEM learning!!!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Shepard's 3rd quarter perfect attendance bike winners and Mrs. Michals' class for having the best overall attendance for 3rd quarter.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BUGC Clothes Drive - Supporting Harbor House
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
Do not forget to sign up for your straw bales in the community garden while they are still available. It is a great way to meet your neighbors and learn about gardening. Here is the link to sign up. No experience necessary! https://goo.gl/forms/Wq8NxGdvzXXcUzT23
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
We would like to thank the volunteers of Central Christian Church, blessingsinabackpack.org, and a donation from Peoples Church for feeding our needy students on weekends. #besd53
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Please congratulate SRO Garcia on a career milestone! #bestsroever
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Alek, Max, Sam, Oliver & Aiden participated in St. Baldricks on the 17th and shaved their heads to support childhood cancer raising over $1000!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
Thanks to all the families that came out for our English as a Second Language Family Night last Friday at Shabbona. We had over 60 people in attendance.
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Preschool Screening Dates: Monday April 9th 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm Tuesday April 10th 8:30 am to 2:30 pm Wednesday April 11th 8:30 am to 2:30 pm Please call Mrs. Guebert at 815-929-4680 to schedule an appointment. #BESD53
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Fechas para evaluaciones de preescolar: lunes, el 9 de abril 12:30pm a 5:00pm martes, el 10 de abril 8:30am a 2:30om miércoles, el 11 de abril 8:30am a 2:30pm Por favor, llame al Marelyn Routsen al 815-929-5125 para concertar una cita
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Registro para estudiantes nuevos BESD53 Oficina Principal, 281 W John Casey Rd 15 de mayo 18 de junio (traductor al español disponible) 25 de julio Por favor, traiga prueba de residencia y certificado de nacimiento original. Gracias!
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
New Student Registration: BESD 53 Central Office May 15th June 18th (Spanish Translator Available) July 25th Please bring proof of residency and original county issued birth certificate. Thanks! #BESD53
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Just want to learn about straw bale gardening? Click here to register for a workshop at the Bourbonnais Library. https://goo.gl/forms/F2wWiTRKD9PUHFPx1
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Spring is close! It is time to reserve your bale(s) in our straw bale community garden. Click this link to get started. https://goo.gl/forms/6TcaxJMQTYCFl4ig1
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Please click the link to take a look at some of the new trends in education. http://5il.co/2xup #BESD53
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Here is a great family opportunity for parents of three and four year old children. A fun and free program offered by ONU and funded by PNC Bank. You need to act fast! Click for details http://5il.co/2wxp
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
How does a dream become reality?
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
The best thing you will see today! The Autusim Advantage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QixutorIyb8
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Follow us on twitter @besd53 or download our APP (on our website) for push messages of school closings and important updates.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BESD#53 is in session tomorrow, Monday, Presidents’ Day as the make-up for 1/8 snow day.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
Reminder that Monday Feb 19th is a regular attendance day but there is no Grade 2-4 After School Program.
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Schedule A dismissal today! 10:45am at BUGC and Liberty, 11:30am at the elementaries
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Due to poor visibility, all Bourbonnais Elementary School District after-school sports, practices, activities, and R.T.I. are cancelled for today, Thursday, February 15th.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Reminder that Friday is a Schedule A dismissal for parent conferences, and that Monday is a full day of school (1/8 makeup day).
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Follow us on twitter @besd53 or download our APP (on our website) for push messages of school closings and important updates.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Due to the uncertainty of this major storm, Bourbonnais Schools will be closed Friday.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BESD#53 is monitoring the coming winter storm. Models show us receiving from 1 to 14 inches. Due to this uncertainty, a decision on school for Friday will most likely be made at 5:30am tomorrow.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
There will be no zero hour at BUGC tomorrow due to the timing of the snow. As of now, school is open.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Looks like snow all week, but probably in small enough amounts to keep school open each day. Will keep you updated!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Follow us on twitter @besd53 or download our APP (on our website) for push messages of school closings and important updates.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Mr. Swilley and Dr. Hollowell in D.C. this weekend at the NSBA Advocacy Institute working one federal school policy
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BUGC TIGER PRIDE!! Tigers vs Bradley Central Basketball Regional Semi-Final on Tuesday, January 30th at 5:45pm at BC. Mr. Kohl and Mrs. Tingley what have you got??? Show us your Knight's Pride!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Follow us on twitter @besd53 or download our APP (on our website) for push messages of school closings and important updates.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Shout out to #besd53 Bus Drivers! Everyone to school safely, to Camp T in Indiana, back from camp in time for normal dismissal routes!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BESD53 will open at normal times today. Buses may be slightly delayed due to black ice. Please use caution when on the roads today.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Schedule B Early Dismissal today, end of the first semester.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Looking for the Cafeteria Menus? From the website, click menu at the top, For Families, Aramark Foodservice, and select Elementary or Liberty/Upper. https://besd.schooldish.com/Commerce/Catalog/EatWellHome.aspx
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
Hi, just a reminder that the grades 2-4 After School Program will resume on Tuesday January 9th. Thanks
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BESD#53 will make up today by holding school on Presidents' Day, February 19th.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
In the interest of student and staff safety in these icey conditions, BESD#53 Schools will be closed on Monday, 1/8/18.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BESD#53 opens for school tomorrow, Monday, January 8th.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
Hi, please join us for the official kickoff of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program on Thursday Jan. 11 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Bourbonnais Municipal Center Community Room.
over 2 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
The automated phone calls home when your child is marked absent malfunctioned Tuesday. Many of you received calls in error. This has been disabled for the remainder of the week for tech updates.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Peoples Church represented by Justin Caldwell donated $250 to BESD#53 to help outfit needy students with coats, gloves, and winter hats.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
PTA Yankee Candle pick up Thursday and Friday (12/14&15) from 4-7pm at Shabbona School!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Come out to the BUGC Winter Concert tonight at 7pm to hear the Orchestra, Band, and Choir!
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Follow us on twitter @besd53 or download our APP (on our website) for push messages of school closings and important updates.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Update on COLD days. Cold days will be called by 9pm the night before if the weather.com forecast is for windchills of -30 or below.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
As we head into winter, a reminder about snow days. Snow days will be called usually by 5:30am and sent out on our APP, Facebook, Website, phone call, and twitter @besd53.
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Director of Technology
Starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday December 6th, network and phone services at BUGC will be unavailable due to a network upgrade. Service should be returned by Wednesday evening.
over 2 years ago, Director of Technology
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BESD#53 offers our condolences to the family of former student Seth William Johnson who passed away last week in Mississippi
over 2 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Director of Technology
Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday November 21st, network and phone services at Shabbona and Shepard will be unavailable due to a network upgrade. Service should be returned by Wednesday afternoon.
over 2 years ago, Director of Technology
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Reminder: Bourbonnais Elementary #53 will be in session on Friday, November 10th. BBCHS is not in session this day.
almost 3 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
Por favor, disfrute la noticia de la Conneción entre Escuela y Casa por el mes de noviembre. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/103007/Home_Connection_Espa%C3%B1ol.pdf
almost 3 years ago, James Duggan
James Duggan
Please click the link to enjoy the Home School Connection Newsletter. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/103006/Home_Connection.pdf
almost 3 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
The BUGC band, choir, and orchestra hosted a Fright Night Concert which included music, costumes, and trick or treating!
almost 3 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Orchestra at Fright Night
almost 3 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
The water main break at Shepard has been repaired! Water was restored at 9 a.m.
almost 3 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Director of Technology
BESD53 School Board members reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at tonight's board meeting.
almost 3 years ago, Director of Technology
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
UPDATE: water break isolated to Shepard. Shepard/Shabbona RTI, Cheerleading, Y kids and Park District will all take place today at Shabbona!
almost 3 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
PTA Subway Fundraiser, Tuesday 10/24
almost 3 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
BUGC was certified as a drug free school today after a routine K-9 sweep! It was the 4th year and 14th consecutive drug free sweep!
almost 3 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
The Cub fans on staff will be wearing Cubs gear on Cub game days this month! We encourage our students to do the same.
almost 3 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
James Duggan
Hi, We are initiating a complete review of our Academically Talented and Accelerated Programs. Click on this link to learn more. http://5il.co/217a
almost 3 years ago, James Duggan
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
With our new website, we can post to our LiveFeed, Facebook, and tweet simultaneously. Download the app on the webpage, follow us @BESD53
almost 3 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
almost 3 years ago, Dr. Daniel Hollowell, Superintendent
Dan Hollowell
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Las Vegas, especially to the victims and their families.
almost 3 years ago, Dan Hollowell
Director of Technology
With the move to a new website, we also have a new mobile app for your smartphone. Please install it from the links at the bottom of our website.
almost 3 years ago, Director of Technology
Director of Technology
We are currently transitioning to our new website. During the transition, some links may not work. Everything should be live by Monday, October 2. Thanks for your patience!
almost 3 years ago, Director of Technology