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Dear School of Fine Arts Parents and Community,

Welcome Back! We are so excited to begin the new school year here at the School of Fine Arts. The Dolton School District 149 focus theme for this school year is ‘Moving Students Forward.’ After an entire virtual school year, we are eager to return to full in-person instruction. It is our goal to move our students forward in their academic endeavors. We plan to work hard, meeting our students where they are and moving the needle of their success forward.

Our district team has worked hard all summer to plan for a safe reopening of our schools and to implement best practices established by the CDC to mitigate the risks associated with Covid-19.Our classrooms have been modified to increase social distancing, signage has been installed throughout the building to guide our students, we are mandating the wearing of masks for everyone, regular handwashing and/or access to hand sanitizers.   

Middle school is a very exciting time for students and parents. The middle school years provide acquisitions of new skills, as well as a time of transformation between elementary school and high school. As we enter the 2021-2022 school year, the faculty and staff are committed to increasing our student’s academic achievement, promoting a positive school climate, as well as building collaborative relationships with our parents, families, and community partners.

The School of Fine Arts will continue to focus on collaborative learning. This will be done through the implementation of our balanced literacy program and our new math initiative partnership with Math PDPlus. We will also continue to provide students with opportunities to address academic deficiencies and to build numeracy and literacy skills.

We are pleased to inform you that Dolton School District 149 will continue the implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs for 2021-2022 school year. Schools that participate in CEP can provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for all students enrolled in that CEP school.

The first day of school will be a half day on Monday, August 30, 2021. All students are required to wear the school approved uniform. Enclosed you will find the transportation form, an information verification form, school supply list and your student’s schedule. Please complete the bus transportation form, check the information verification form for accuracy, and make changes if needed. Please return both forms to the school by August 13, 2021. You may also fax your forms to 708-868-7589 or scan and email them to my administrative assistant Ms. Kimberly Eldridge at eldridgek@sd149.org.

Once again, I am overly excited as we get closer to coming back together as a school community.  


Yours in Service,


Mrs. Christal Washington



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