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As a prelude to National Reading Month in March, staff and students of Mechanics Grove School recently celebrated their love for reading through several exciting events.  On February 20th, Chicago author and illustrator, Tom Watson, was extremely well received during his visit to the school.  He is known for his writing of the precocious adventures of Stick Dog!  Students in each grade level sprawled on the big gym floor with paper and pencil as Mr. Watson spoke about the process of his craft and gave a “stick dog” drawing lesson.
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Catching a few extra Z’s on the weekend has not been an option for many children in Mundelein School District #75 who have been participating in the enrichment program named SATURDAY STEAMers. Motivating the kids to eagerly get out of bed and brave the winter weather has been their excitement to participate in classes, like: K’NEX Construction, Journey to the Center of a Seed, Break Out! Escape Room, Musical Food, and more! Fifth grade Mechanics Grove student Lauren Gibbons who has been attending the program says that she “enjoys getting up early to take the classes with her friends,” and that, “learning about materials, their uses, making things, and seeing the final end results is very exciting for her!”
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War was declared.  Forces were united.  Tactics were discussed.  Strategies were formulated.  Students were armed and ready for battle.  Why?  Because when it comes to granting wishes, Mechanics Grove students don’t mess around!  From January 26th through February 13th, MG students battled for top rank in a “Penny Wars” competition to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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Congratulations to the cast and crew for Beauty and the Beast Junior!

What a huge success! Thank you to all of our students for your hard work the past 4 months! Thank you also to our parents, volunteers, teachers, school organizations, admin and community members for supporting such a wonderful endeavor. Whether you donated money to purchasing professional microphones, donated a basket or fog machine or donated time to help put on makeup and curl hair, your efforts are not unnoticed. Such a huge part of this success is the magic that happens behind the scenes. My sincerest thanks for your involvement. Thank you for being a part of District 75 history! Congratulations again!

Mrs. Moulee Gupta
Mrs. Carol Holck
Mr. Mark Pilut
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Students in District 75 schools celebrated World Read Aloud Day on February 1 by engaging with authors/illustrators via a live video chat. Thirty-three authors and illustrators spanning all genres and reading levels participated in free 20-minute sessions. Every student in grades Kindergarten - eighth grade had the opportunity to interact with an author during this special event.
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School Closed 2/9/2018

District 75 Lincoln, Washington, Mechanics Grove, and Carl Sandburg will be closed tomorrow, Friday, February 9. The musical Beauty and the Beast will still open Friday evening. The make up day for this snow day will be May 24, 2018.
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Every child is inherently valuable.  Every child needs validation.  Every child deserves to read books that reflect one’s own identity, culture, and dreams back to them.  The Libertyville High School students in Emily Koerner’s Spanish class understand this need and have decided to take action.  On Thursday, January 25th, the LHS students visited Mechanics Grove and were paired with Spanish-speaking students in 3rd and 4th grade bilingual classrooms.
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On January 25th Mechanics Grove School hosted a family hour called Hot Chocolate and Habits.  The creative title perfectly summarizes the event!  Members of the school Lighthouse Team organized the gathering with the intent of providing families specifics on how to put the 7 Habits into action at home.
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