March 31, 2020 Dear Storm Families and Staff, On Tuesday, March 31st, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an extension of his “Stay-at-Home” order for the entire state, which started Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. The order has now been extended through the end of April. This order essentially commands residents to stay in their homes as the officials take measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Residents can still shop for groceries, put gas in their cars, take walks outside, and collect prescriptions from pharmacies. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well. Under the governor’s directive, schools will continue to be closed and use Remote Learning through Thursday, April 30th. Schools will tentatively reopen Friday, May 1st unless otherwise mandated by the governor, Illinois State Board of Education, or local health agencies. This mandated closure also extends the canceling of all school activities and events, including sports, meetings, etc. Food services will continue to be available during the school closure. For more information on Food Distribution, please read our Meal Distribution Information. Our District has worked extremely hard to prepare Remote Learning opportunities for the students in order to maintain a continuity of education. Each building is unique; therefore, you will receive or have already received directions on how to access your child’s materials either online or by paper, depending on your preferred method of delivery. Teachers have and will continue to develop learning activities that are engaging and meaningful, not work that may add additional stress for students and families. And, to ensure that these tasks can be accomplished successfully by all students, teachers will be available via email to answer questions related to all coursework. Since we understand that this time may be difficult for some families and will require all to be flexible, we will also have school counselors available to help navigate students and families through these stressful changes; if needed, please contact your school or visit the counseling resources provided on the district’s webpage. It is with the guidance and mandates of state officials that we work to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the Bureau Valley family. We strongly encourage our population to follow the advice of officials in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. This is a new experience for all of us. We thank you in advance for your patience and support while we move through these unchartered waters together. Sincerely, The Bureau Valley CUSD #340 Administrative Team
Dear Storm Families and Staff, On Friday, March 20th, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a “Stay-at-Home” order for the entire state starting Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. This order essentially commands residents to stay in their homes as the officials take measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Residents can still shop for groceries, put gas in their cars, take walks outside, and collect prescriptions from pharmacies. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well. Under the governor’s directive, schools will continue to be closed through Tuesday, April 7th. Schools will tentatively reopen Wednesday, April 8th, unless otherwise mandated by the governor, Illinois State Board of Education, or local health agencies. This mandated closure also extends the canceling of all school activities and events, including sports, meetings, etc. Next week is our regularly planned spring break, and, therefore, most school functions were already scheduled to be off and district employees were to be given the time off. As a result, food services will not be available from March 21st through March 29th. Additionally, families and staff are strongly encouraged to take time for themselves as they normally would during spring break. If students or parents desire educational opportunities during their break, please check out the parent link on the district website for “Supplemental Educational Resources”. After our scheduled spring break, the district is confident that it will be able to provide meals during the extended school closure. As arrangements are made, we will communicate the hours and distribution process for meals from March 30th through April 7th. We will also communicate further opportunities for students’ learning for March 31st through April 7th after the Illinois Board of Education provides clarity and direction. It is with the guidance and mandates of state officials that we work to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the Bureau Valley family. We strongly encourage our population to follow the advice of officials in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus to get everyone back to school as soon as possible to continue our communities’ drive for Unity, Excellence, and Pride. Thank you for your continued support, flexibility, and patience. Sincerely, The Bureau Valley CUSD #340 Administrative Team
Dear Parents/Guardians, On Friday, March 20th, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a “Stay-at-Home” order for the entire state starting Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Due to this order, we are extending chromebook pick up in Manlius an extra day and will be on hand Saturday, March 21, from 9:00-12:00, for any junior high students that have not had the opportunity to sign one out yet. If you have any questions please call the office during these hours or email me directly.
Update on BVJH extracurriculars and events: The following activities and events have been cancelled or postponed. We will update you as things change with our current situation. -All practices cancelled March 16th-March 30th -3/16 Scholastic Bowl @ Peru -3/17 Scholastic Bowl @ LaSalle -3/19 Scholastic Bowl @ Streator -Track meet for March 30th at BV -Track meet @ JFK March 31st -Track meet @ Streator April 1st -JH Play April 3rd will be postponed
Junior High Chromebooks The primary concerns right now are for the health and safety of our Bureau Valley families and following the social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC. Please stay safe and be patient while a new plan is put in place to distribute chromebooks to our junior high students. All recommendations for learning activities and educational sites are voluntary at this time and solely for your student‘s benefit. In the meantime, if you need anything from your student’s locker or want to pick a chromebook up, please call the office to arrange a pick-up time and a chromebook can be signed out at that time also. Thank you for your patience and understanding. ================================== Julie Platz, Principal BVJH/Elementary - Manlius Manlius, IL 61338 phone: 815-445-2121 email: email@example.com
Bureau Valley is canceling school on Monday, March 16th due to recent developments related to the COVID-19 Virus. Our curbside lunch program will begin tomorrow, Monday, March 16th between 10:30 and noon at the designated sites. If you need any supplies from your student’s locker or medications, please call your child’s school to set up a time to pick up these items. We will continue to communicate regularly with updates as this situation remains fluid.
March 13, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. Dear Bureau Valley Parents & Community, On Monday, March 16th Bureau Valley Schools will be in session. Students will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. and all evening activities will be canceled. In preparation for the impending closure and the E-Learning program, student attendance is beneficial and needed to ensure Chromebooks, books, papers, and other materials can be distributed. Effective Tuesday, March 17th through Monday, March 30th, schools in Bureau Valley School District #340 will be closed, as ordered by the governor due to the emergency declaration in response to COVID-19. Schools will tentatively reopen Tuesday, March 31st, unless otherwise notified. During school closures, all activities (practices, competitions, clubs/organizations) are postponed or canceled. As we come together in times like this, we appreciate the support and flexibility of the Bureau Valley communities. Go Storm! Sincerely, Mr. Stabler, Superintendent
The Junior High volleyball regional championship game scheduled for tonight (3/12/20) has been cancelled. There will be volleyball practice after school until 5:00pm.
Printmaking in the art room! Seventh grade artists are creating relief prints from their shoe drawings. They are now mastering inking their block, pressing their print, and pulling the print. They are also responsible for taking care of the printmaking equipment, studio space, and helping each other. I am so proud of the hard work they are putting into their art! Mrs. Amy Knapp Art Educator Bureau Valley Elementary & Junior High
Bureau Valley 3rd-8th grade students enjoyed another excellent presentation by the Arts Power National Touring Theatre this week called Four Score and Seven Years Ago. BVJH Drama Club members and Speech Team members were able to meet the cast and join them on stage for a photo after the performance.
We would like to inform you that the Bureau Valley Manlius Campus went on a medical lockdown for a short time this morning while the Bureau County Sheriff’s K9 unit was in the building. All students remained in their classrooms and teachers continued their instruction. This process is part of an ongoing effort to ensure a safe, drug-free environment, which also includes academic curriculum that discusses healthy habits. We appreciate your support of the process and willingness to reinforce these messages at home.
Due to forecasted inclement weather, the following activities and events have been changed: All junior high and high school evening/afterschool activities, including Brainstorm, have been canceled. Friday’s home boys basketball vs. E-P has been postponed until Saturday, February 8th. Friday’s girls basketball game at Kewanee has been canceled. Saturday’s Storm Sweeties practice has been postponed until Monday, January 20th at 9:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday’s freshmen boys basketball tournament at Newman has been canceled. Saturday’s 8th grade volleyball tournament at Annawan has been postponed until Saturday, February 15th. At this time, the sophomore and varsity girls basketball bus will leave at 1:00 on Saturday to compete in the MLK tournament in Kewanee.
The BVJH Volleyball Tournament for tomorrow, Saturday 1/18, in Annawan has been cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday, February 15th, at 10:00 in Annawan.
The SRC Boys Basketball Tournament has been rescheduled for Monday, January 13th at Streator Northlawn. Schedule: 4:15 Ottawa 8th vs Bureau Valley 8th 5:30 LaSalle 7th vs Bureau Valley 7th
Way to go 8th and 7th grade girls basketball teams!!! They promised me a pair of W’s this morning when they headed to Streator for the first round of SRC Tournament play and they kept their promise! They will play in Streator on Tuesday and we will post game information as soon as we receive it. ⚡️🏀⚡️
Congratulations to this year’s BVJH Student Council Officers. President - Elizabeth Backer, Vice President - Ella Thacker, Secretary - Toby Behrends, Treasurer - Ashlyn Ledergerber. Can’t wait to see the great things ahead this year!!!
Congratulations to Bureau Valley Junior High's first ever Student Council Members! 6th Grade: Lexi Butler, Karlee Dykstra,Presley Guerrero, Abby Jamison, Ashlyn Ledergerber, Emerson Ledergerber, Morgan Mahnesmith and Andrew Roth. 7th Grade: Toby Behrends, Justin Moon, Colin Stabler and Ryan Wasilewski 8th Grade: Elizabeth Backer, Jordan Britt, Josie Edlefson, Blake Helms, Payne Lind and Ella Thacker.
Congrats to our BVJH Boys Baseball team on their victories tonight against LaSalle. Way to go STORM players and coaches! ⚡️⚾️⚡️
This morning, August 27, 2019, the school district was made aware of an alleged threat to the school from a student who was not on school grounds. The Bureau County Sheriff's Department was notified immediately. The administration and staff then performed safety protocol steps to ensure the safety of all students and staff in the building. The Sheriff’s department swiftly contained the situation by placing the student into custody. The situation will continue to be monitored by the Sheriff’s department and school administration. The District takes all threats seriously and will continue to investigate any and all allegations to ensure that we provide the safest environment possible for everyone in our district.
Softball Update - there will be NO practice this Wednesday after our 11:00 Dismissal.
Bureau Valley Junior High Softball game for Monday, August 26th vs Putnam County has been cancelled. No practice for tonight! This week: Tuesday- Practice 3:15-5:00 (Shuttle at 5:15) Wednesday- Practice 12:30-2:00 (Shuttle 2:15) (Girls can stay after 11 am dismissal in Storm Gym with Mrs. DeBrock, bring lunch or snack) Thursday- Game at Kewanee/NorthEast Park (Bus at 3:15) Friday- Practice 3:15-5:00 (Shuttle at 5:15) Saturday- Day off
Reminder: Bureau Valley Junior High/Elementary's new phone number is 815-445-2121 and our new address is 9080 2125 North Ave, Manlius IL 61338
Important Dates to put on your calendar: Bureau Valley JuniorHigh/Elementary Open House - August 10th from 8:00-12:00. Please drop in to tour the new addition and see the amazing transformation in Manlius. Coffee, juice and cookies will be served in the Multi-Purpose Room. Manlius Back Pack Night - Come to Manlius on August 15th from 6:00-7:00 to unpack your school supplies in your locker, see your new classrooms and meet your teachers!
WOW! We had so many amazing volunteers show up to help us finish our Manlius Playground Build today! Many thanks to Geronimo, Michlig, BV Staff members and everyone else who braved the heat, rain and mud for our students’ benefit! Finishing touches area still needed, so the playground is not open yet, but here is a sneak peek!
8-10 Volunteers needed! Anyone who can help Monday at 3:00 in Manlius we are hoping to get the first piece of equipment installed! Please call 815-445-3101 to let us know if you can help or email firstname.lastname@example.org. THANK YOU!
Playground Build Monday, July 15th 15 Volunteers needed at 3:00 p.m. The company will provide tools but here is a list if you would like to bring your own. T-27 Torx bit T-45 Torx bit 9/16 Socket 3/8 Nut Driver Cordless Impact or drill T45 with a security hole in the middle Tuesday, July 16th 30 Volunteers needed at 7:00 a.m. We will have the new playground installed by noon and then work on putting up the relocated playground from Buda. Lunch will be provided. Same tool list as Monday. If you can volunteer please contact District office at 815-445-3101 so we can plan accordingly.
During the second semester of school this year, Mrs. Salisbury's and Mrs. Kuelper's 5th grade classes participated in the DARE program. DARE.’s curricula, as well as its enhancement lessons, focus on bullying, internet safety, and over-the-counter prescription drug and opiates abuse. DARE is made possible for our students due to the support of the Bureau County Sheriff's Department, Officer Cliff Morse, and the the Bureau Valley South PTO. Congratulations to all of our DARE students, their teachers, and their parents. It is our hope that you will always be drug-free and violence-free role models for others.
Congrats to our 2019 BVS Track State Qualifiers: Long jump - Emily Norsworthy 100 - Trevor Cambron 100 - Emily Norsworthy 4 x 2 - Isabelle Hollis, Kate Salisbury, Mallory Endress, Emily Norsworthy, alt-Camryn York 4 x 4 - Isabelle Hollis, Kate Salisbury, Mallory Endress, Emily Norsworthy, alt-Krysten Walowski 8th grade girls won 2nd place overall 7th boys placed 6th place overall 7th girls placed 5th place overall 8th boys placed 4th place overall WAY TO GO BVS!!!⚡️⚡️⚡️
BVS Track Meet at Wethersfield for today 4/11/19 has been cancelled. Athletes are to go home or can go to Brainstorm if they are enrolled. No practice tomorrow, a schedule for next week will be emailed tomorrow.
Birthday Book Assembly Students with birthdays in January, February and March were sent home for break with a new book to read thanks to Walnut Rotary. Interact students set up and tear down each assembly and our Sign Language Exploratory students signed Happy Birthday while we sang to everyone! Have a great break everybody!
BUILDING BRIDGES IN MANLIUS! Mr. Schisler’s HS Leadership Class has partnered with Mrs. Shipp’s 7B English class to chronicle all the exciting changes happening in Manlius this year from their own perspectives. This was their first team building day creating a bridge out of newspapers that was strong enough to support a dictionary! I can’t wait to see what they do next!
18 girls from 21st CCLC BV Brainstorm After School Program went to St. Ambrose University to Girls in Engineering Night in February. The hands on activities encourages girls to become interested in STEM. 21st CCLC BV Brainstorm is a partnership between the Regional Office of Education and Bureau Valley South. 18 girls from 21st CCLC BV Brainstorm After School Program went to St. Ambrose University to Girls in Engineering Night in February. The hands on activities encourages girls to become interested in STEM. 21st CCLC BV Brainstorm is a partnership between the Regional Office of Education and Bureau Valley South.