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Community Open Houses


The School District would like to invite all members of the Western Springs community to see the new facility spaces and renovations during October. As the Laidlaw Gym Project and outside work east of Field Park are just nearing completion, we would like to invite all members of our community to the following Open Houses:


 October 28  6:00 to 8:00 pm at Forest Hills and Laidlaw

 October 30  6:00 to 8:00 pm at Field Park and McClure


We look forward to showcasing the new spaces that have already made an impact on the students and staff at our four buildings. It is refreshing to walk into our buildings and see students using beautiful spaces dedicated to special services, additional instruction, and fine arts classes, rather than hallways and converted storage areas.


You will see the difference, and we hope you can join us!


AUGUST 7, 2014

Laidlaw Construction Update


 Dear Laidlaw Families,

As you can see, the construction project at Laidlaw has come a long way in the past four weeks. We are incredibly excited about all of the opportunities that will be provided with the new and remodeled spaces.  We have received many questions from parents regarding the status of the project, so we thought it an optimal time to update you on our most current information, as we hit the one-month mark prior to the start of the new school year.

Our general contractor, Henry Brothers, and architects, DLA, have informed us that all primary instructional spaces - including the new kindergarten classrooms, Early Childhood Education (ECE) spaces, and the new second floor classroom (5-K) - will be completed prior to the first day of school (September 2). As well, all remodeled/updated spaces within the original building will also be completed in advance of September 2. This will allow all students to begin the school year in their primary classroom space as of the first day of school.

However, as expected, there are areas of the new addition which will not be ready for day one due to the six-week permit delay we experienced at the onset of the project – a delay we did not experience at Field Park, Forest Hills, or McClure. Because of this delay, we expect that the gymnasium, reading room/office, and building-wide air conditioning are unlikely to be fully usable prior to September 30. We do expect that all new building spaces and air conditioning will be completed some time prior to October 1.

If, for any reason, any of the new spaces noted above are not completed, we do have alternative plans at the ready, and we will communicate and implement them, as necessary. These alternative plans include keeping all of our students at Laidlaw in alternative spaces within the building.

You may be wondering what the impact of these plans will be on your child. We would like to reiterate that although we do foresee some delays with utilizing our gym space, school will start as scheduled on Tuesday, September 2nd.  We hope to continue the tradition where students come to Laidlaw and drop off supplies and meet teachers prior to the first day of school, but plans related to this will depend on construction progress over the next three weeks – plans which will be communicated to you as they become clearer to us. As well, physical educational classes will be taking place outdoors, and students will be eating lunch in their classrooms to start the year. But, as we noted above, we anticipate that these alternative plans will be very temporary, with normal operations and full building access beginning in early-October.

If you would like to see how the building is looking “up close and from the inside,” please go to our website and click on this link: Construction Movie Week by Week

We will continue to keep you abreast of the latest construction updates. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns. And, we look forward to seeing you and your child(ren) very soon in our new and improved building!


Erin DeBartolo-Principal

Brian Barnhart-Superientendent

JUNE 2014

June 16, 2014

Board of Education Meeting

Location Change


The June 16th School Board meeting will take place at McClure Junior High in the Library Learning Center at 7:00 pm

MAY 2014

2014-2015 Calendar


The 2014-2015 school calendar was approved by the Board of Education on March, 19th 2014.


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APRIL 2014

Notice of Public Meeting


On May 28, 2014 at 12:00, a meeting conducted by District 101, will be taking place at First United Methodist Church 4300 Howard. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district's plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who are home schooled within the district for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are the parent of a home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boudaries of District 101, you are encouraged to attend.

If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Virginia Sulek, Assistant Special Educaiton Coordinator, at 773-595-6550.


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