Welcome to Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124

Our website is your gateway to information about Evergreen Park public schools grades Pre-K through 8. We invite you to visit frequently for the latest news and information.  
Kindergarten/New Students/Change of Address

Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2014. Student registration for Kindergarten and students new to District 124 should call the district office to schedule an appointment.

Please bring your childs original birth certificate (with county seal), social security number, and a “student in good standing form” from your childs previous school along with the docu- ments listed below. Returning Students

This year we are continuing our residency verification pro- cess and fee payment days. Registration packets were sent home with students, to parents/guardians on June 6th. The packets contained a fee worksheet and an emergency infor- mation/residency verification form. The fee worksheet and emergency information/residency verification form, along with the acceptable proofs of residency from the list below, must be presented at registration.

Required Documents for Kindergarten and New Students:

You will need one of the following: current mortgage papers, current homeowners insurance policy or apartment lease listing all tenants, receipt from last months payment and a certificate of inspection. Additionally, residency Illinois photo ID card, and two (2) additional proofs of residency from list below must be presented at registration.

Acceptable Residency Verification for All Students:

One (1) utility, credit card, telephone bill, or water bill and one (1) bank statement, mortgage statement, or pay check stub (with address). A valid Illinois photo ID card of parent/guardian must be presented. In addition to the above verification, all renters must also bring in a current lease and a current certificate of inspection.

WHERE Administrative Center, 2929 W. 87th St., Evergreen Park, IL 60805

WHEN Important school information (class assignments/schedules etc.) may be picked up in all buildings on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 11:30-3:00 p.m. and 4:30-6:00 p.m. Your child’s information will not be made available to you without residency confirmation. Parents must attend one of the dates listed below prior to August 14, 2014 to avoid delays on that day.

*Translators will be available at the time of registration.

Monday, August 4 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 5 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 6 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, August 11 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

August 25 – 11:45 dismissal First day – Grades K-8, Before School Program
August 26 First day for After School Program
August 27 First day – EC, PreK


Physical examinations – Required by the first day of school for students entering pre-kindergarten, early childhood, kindergarten, first graders entering the school system for the first time and sixth graders, children entering an Illinois school for the first time.

Eye examinations - All children enrolling in kindergarten, and any child enrolling in an Illinois school for the first time, are required to have an eye examination before October 15, 2014.

Dental examinations - Students in kindergarten, second, and sixth grade must have a dental exam prior to May 15, 2015.

Early Childhood $70.00
Half Day Kindergarten $80.00
Full Day Kindergarten $90.00
Grades 1-6 $90.00
Grades 7-8 $100.00
Technology Fees per Child Grades K-8 $20.00
Maximum Technology Fees per Family $60.00
Activity Fee Grades 7-8 $15.00
Graduation Fee Grade 8 $40.00


Student Lunches Grades 1-6 $2.45
Student Lunches Grades 7-8 $2.70
Milk .50
Breakfast (Northeast & Southeast Only) $1.25

Band $35.00
Chorus $25.00
Sports (each) $25.00
Clubs $10.00
Maximum extracurricular fees per student $75.00

No student will be allowed to charge a lunch. WAIVER OF FEES/FREE & REDUCED LUNCH

The Board of Education will waive all fees for eligible students. The Waiver of Fees and Free and Reduced Lunch Applications can be found on the district website (www.d124.org), at registration, or at your school office after August 8th.

School fees must be paid at the time of registration or arrangements must be made for payment.

EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM FEES (participation is optional)

Annual Enrollment Fee (non-refundable) $50.00 – One Child $60.00 – Family Rate
Before School Care*:

7:00 a.m. – 8:20/9:20 a.m. Optional breakfast

Daily Rate Per Child

$ 4.00

$ 1.25

After School Care: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Daily Rate Per Child

$ 4.00

$ 7.50


* Registration will occur on-line. For more information about registration and PLC day fees, please refer to the 2014-2015

Extended Day Program flyer on the district website,


Board of Education Board Members Kathleen Rohan, President • Dawn McNamara, Vice President Kimberly Leonard, Secretary • Gina Canon • Julie Egan

Mary Pniewski • Raymond Richter


Dr. Robert J. Machak, Superintendent Kathleen Hatczel, Assistant Superintendent Tim Kostecki, Director of Business Services

Veda Newman, Director of Student Support Services

Administrative Center 2929 W. 87th Street

Evergreen Park, Illinois 60805 (708) 423-0950

Fax (708) 423-4292 www.d124.org


Message From State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch

Thanks to all of you who took time last week to attend our Back-to-School Webinar for educators. Nearly 800 participants joined us for a look at some of the key issues we're facing and asked some thoughtful questions. We recorded the webinar, so you may still watch it even if you were unable to attend. You can view it as time allows at www.isbe.net/asx/2014/Back_to_School_081914.asx

Like you, I am excited about the possibilities this year holds for our students. We have posted a communications toolkit on our website for you to use in providing information to your staff, parents and other constituents. The materials include fact sheets, talking points and other materials in Word format that you may print out or personalize and adapt for your own use. You may access the communications toolkit on our hot topics page at www.isbe.net/hot-topics2015.htm.

Last week, ACT released its nationwide results for the Class of 2014. Here in Illinois, the Class of 2014 achieved a composite score of 20.7 on the ACT, giving us the second highest score among the 12 states that tested 100 percent of their graduates. In addition, the percentage of Illinois students meeting all four of ACT's College and Career Readiness Benchmarks increased to 26 percent from 25 percent last year.

We are making the ACT available to districts, even though students will no longer be required to take it as part of the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE). We are also moving forward with the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments that are aligned to our new learning standards in English language arts and math. Additional information about PARCC and ACT can be found on our hot topics page listed above.

If you plan to administer the ACT this year, please let us know by Sept. 2. Information on how to opt in to the ACT/WorkKeys administration follows this column on page 3. In addition, we're asking you to complete a technology readiness survey. The information from this survey is necessary to give us the best possible information on technology needs and assist us in planning for PARCC administration. This information will also help to inform our decisions in the event that technology funding becomes available in the future. Information has been sent to your local technology coordinator and the area Learning Technology Centers. More information will be sent via IWAS by the end of this week.

Last week, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan indicated that he was willing to give some states additional flexibility in their timelines for implementing teacher evaluations that include student growth. The secretary pointed out that he would be willing to delay implementation to the 2015-16 school year for those states that had previously agreed to an earlier timeline. Illinois is not one of those states that agreed to an earlier timeline. You may recall that Illinois' waiver from some aspects of No Child Left Behind was delayed in its approval primarily because we were unwilling to move our state timeline for new teacher evaluations. Our timeline currently set out in law has the lowest 20 percent of districts implementing in the 2015-16 school year, with the rest implementing in 2016-17.

Finally, at last week's Board meeting in Springfield, we recognized Doris Edwards of Macomb for her 73 years of service as an educator with a resolution. Doris began her career in 1939 teaching all subjects for grades one through eight in one-room schools in McDonough County before moving to Pekin and then Beardstown. She served as both a teacher and administrator for a record 61 years. While working in Beardstown, Doris served as a teacher or principal - or both - at four of the five schools in the district before retiring in 2000. She then returned to the classroom as a Title I aide in 2001 and spent another 12 years working with students until officially retiring in 2013.

At our Board meeting, she indicated that she wished she could still be in the classroom! She is truly an inspiration for all of us.

Have a great week!

2929 W. 87th Street     Evergreen Park, IL 60805     P 708.423.0950     F 708.423.4292
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