Culver Update - 1/22/21

We hope you and your families are all safe and healthy.

Return to Hybrid Learning Plan 

We are looking forward to welcoming more students back to our building! Please see our tentative plan, below:

  • Monday, January 25th - 3rd, 4th, 5th grades return to the building. 
  • Monday, February 1st - 6th, 7th, and 8th grades return to the building. 
  • All hybrid parents must attend a Zoom meeting regarding the safety of and commitment to our community as we work to build a long-lasting hybrid learning program.
  • The arrival and dismissal plan remains the same.

January 25th:  K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and Students in Special Education

February 1:  All K-8th Grade Hybrid Students

Hybrid Learning Safety Meeting 

We will be having safety meetings for all families participating in the hybrid learning program. The grades 6/7/8 safety meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 28th at 4:00. The video conference link will be sent to you prior to the meeting.

Revisions to the 2020-2021 School Calendar

The Illinois State Board of Education has granted schools with 5 additional professional development days to use this school year. As a result, the following revisions have been made to our school calendar.

Instructional Kits 

Our next round of instructional kits will be for our remote students only. Please pick up your child’s bag from the main front foyer. 

Monday, January 25th - PreK/K/1st grade 

Tuesday, January 26th - 2nd/3rd/4th 

Wednesday, January 27th - 5th/6th 

Thursday, January 28th - 7th/8th

5:00-7:00 pm - All Grades 

Friday, January 29th - All Grades- Catch up day
1:00-4:00 - all grades 

From the Art Department 

Please save the date for the Niles West Visual Arts Department Young Creatives Art Show.  This online event will include presentations by the Niles West High School Art teachers about their amazing Art program and a gallery show featuring outstanding middle school artwork created by students from Culver, Fairview and Lincoln Hall.  Please see the invitation for more information. We hope to see you there on Wednesday, January 27th from 7:00-8:00pm.

From the PTA

We’ve all heard of Where’s Waldo but how about Where’s Culver? Got a Culver winter hat? It's red, black, and white - and the stripes are very noticeable. Please take a picture of yourself in your Culver hat and send it to  We can’t wait to see all of your Where’s Culver hat photos!

Love Bingo?

Mark your calendars for our first PTA Virtual Bingo Night!
Friday, March 19th - 7:00 pm. 
More details to follow!

Early Learning at Home Opportunity 

Please see the flyer detailing an opportunity for early learning, at home. 

From the Health Office 

Please see the letter, full of information regarding healthy requirements for the 2021-22 school year. (new year 2021)

Benchmark Assessments in January

The Illinois State Board of Education has postponed the ACCESS Test for students in the English Learning Program until March 15th. 

Beginning January 25th the students in grades 3-7 will take the MAP test remotely so that we can have current data on our students’ progress. These assessments will be taken in both reading and math throughout the week.


The Culver School 2020-2021 yearbooks are now available for pre-order! This year we will offer a 40 page, all-color, yearbook for $16.00 per book. If you would like to order your child/ren a yearbook please go to our website and process your online payment through our E-Pay portal ( → click on parents → click on epay on the left hand side).  

To ensure your child receives a yearbook this year, please place your order no later than Friday, March 12th.  Picture Days will be scheduled during March, and that information will be forthcoming. Please contact Kim Gordon if you have any questions. 

Weekly School Meals

Weekly meals are distributed from 12:30-1:30 each Wednesday, from our west lot. All families are welcome to receive meals.

Principal’s Bookshelf 

Each week, Dr. Smolinski will highlight and recommend a book for our community. Then, she raffles it to a family. Please email if you would like to enter the raffle. 

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi - Goodreads describes this book, “Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from...On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it—Yoon-Hey.”

Upcoming Calendar Reminders:

Monday, January 25th:

  • First Day Back for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Hybrid Students
  • Instructional Kit Pickup for Remote PreK, K and 1st Graders from 1-4PM
  • MAP Testing for Grades 3-7
  • CBM Assessments Continued for select K-2 students

Tuesday, January 26th:

  • Instructional Kit Pickup for Remote 2nd, 3rd and 4th Graders from 1-4PM
  • MAP Testing for Grades 3-7
  • CBM Assessments Continued for select K-2 students

Wednesday, January 27th:

  • Instructional Kit Pickup for Remote 5th and 6th Graders from 1-4PM
  • Niles West Visual Arts Department Young Creatives Art Show from 7-8PM
  • Weekly Meal Pickup in the West Lot from 12:30-1:30PM
  • MAP Testing for Grades 3-7
  • CBM Assessments Continued for select K-2 students

Thursday, January 28th:

  • Safety Presentation for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Hybrid Families @ 4:00PM
  • Instructional Kit Pickup for Remote 7th and 8th Graders from 1-4PM
  • Instructional Kit Pickup for All Remote PreK-8th Graders from 5-7PM
  • MAP Testing for Grades 3-7
  • CBM Assessments Continued for select K-2 students

Friday, January 29th:

  • Instructional Kit Pickup for All Remote PreK-8th Graders from 1-4PM
  • MAP Testing for Grades 3-7
  • CBM Assessments Continued for select K-2 students

Appreciation & Final Thoughts

If you or your family are experiencing any hardships or are in need of assistance, please be sure to email Dr. Smolinski at Our staff is available to help. 

The pandemic is a fluid situation, resulting in uncertainty which makes it difficult for families to plan for the next school year and has required us all to be patiently persistent.  We appreciate your continued support, as we all work toward the ultimate goal of returning all of our students to in-person instruction as soon as safely possible.