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Winter Weather Reminders

The change in the weather brings conditions that call for us to be extra cautious when driving.  We ask that you please follow procedures and directions given by our arrival and dismissal staff when dropping off or picking up your child from school.  Our procedures are put in place not only for efficiency, but for the safety of you, your child, and our staff members. 

The cold temperatures and the snow are here to stay for the next few months.  Often times, the winter weather limits the children’s outdoor activities. Barring any unsafe situations and adverse weather conditions, we WILL have the children go outside each day for recess, provided they have the necessary clothing items to keep them warm and dry.   Hopefully, there may even be some snow for them to enjoy in the process!

When we have accumulated snow, the children who wear snow pants, boots, hats, gloves and warm coats will be permitted to play in the snow during recess time.  Children who do not have those items will play on the blacktop area only - so they don’t get wet or dirty.

In an effort to improve communications between parents and school, District 117 has instituted a telephone broadcast system that enables school personnel to notify all households and parents by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal, school cancellation or late start. This service is provided by SchoolMessenger, which specializes in school-to-parent communications. District 117 will continue to report school closings due to snow or weather on WGN radio and TV stations and will use this system as an overlay to the public announcement.

When used, the service will simultaneously call all listed phone numbers in our parent contact list and will deliver a recorded message from a school administrator. The service will deliver the message to both live answer and answering machines. No answers and busy signals will be automatically retried twice in 15 minute intervals after the initial call.


  1. This requires NO registration by the parent on the SchoolMessenger website.
  2. To be included in this service, it is imperative that you let your school know any changes in your phone number.
  3. All information and contact numbers are strictly secure and confidential and are only used for the purposes described herein.

Search by phone number: 708-598-5500

Parents will be notified in the event of an emergency closing during school hours. In the event that students would be dismissed early due to an emergency, students should know where to go if parents are not home.