January 2021 Letters

January 29, 2021

Dear New Trier Families,

New Trier is considering a new bell schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. A schedule committee has been working on options throughout the year. The District's priorities include creating a schedule that reduces student and staff stress, provides similar course-taking options for students, and provides time for professional collaboration and student opportunities.

We are examining three schedules:

  • ·the traditional 9-period day in which each class is 40 minutes
  • a rotating 8-period block in which half the classes meet each day, generally for 80 minutes, and lunch is not a separate period (thus maintaining the same course-taking options as the 9-period day for the vast majority of students)
  • a blended block in which all classes meet three days a week and on the other two days half the classes meet for extended learning opportunities

Please fill out this survey by Friday, February 5 to share your priorities and preferences for next year's schedule. We will use this feedback to inform our decision-making process.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. We appreciate your time and input.


January 22, 2021

Dear New Trier Families,

We are excited to move into our second semester next week following our 50% Hybrid Model. Under this model, students with last names A-K attend in-person classes every week on Tuesday and Wednesday, while last names L-Z attend in person every Thursday and Friday.

Please read on for important information about:

  • First Semester Grades in PowerSchool
  • Allowing Students to Leave Campus During Lunch and Free Periods
  • More Food Service Options for Students
  • Grey Day Support
  • Saliva Screening Reminders
  • Student Parking
  • Safety Reminder

First Semester Grades in PowerSchool

First semester grades will be visible in the PowerSchool Parent Portal beginning Tuesday, February 2 . For more information about how to access grades in PowerSchool, read this online guide .

Allowing Students in Grades 10-12 to Leave Campus During Lunch and Free Periods

Students at the Winnetka Campus may now leave campus during their lunch or free periods and return for classes. Parents who do not want their students to have this option, please log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal , click on forms on the left side Navigation bar, and choose "Opt-Out: Student Many Not Leave Campus." Forms due by January 26, 2021. Students will scan in and out of campus using their student IDs.

More Food Service Options for Students

We are excited to introduce expanded menu options for students. The menu each school day will include up to four of the following selections:

  • Cold sandwich option
  • Non-meat option (may be hot or cold)
  • Warm meal (ex: pizza, pasta, panini )

We strongly encourage students to pre-order their meals using these instructions . Students will use their student ID for payment. Please pre-load IDs via Revtrak , as we are trying to avoid cash handling at this time. The snack cart will also return with limited items like cookies, candy bars and potato chips for purchase with student ID. All food pre-orders and the snack cart will be available on the first floor outside the McGee Theatre.

Grey Day Support

Grey Days (generally Mondays) are student support days focused on increasing teacher to student contact, where students can get help from teachers or access schoolwide academic and social-emotional resources. Grey Days are a regular school day, but aside from scheduled meetings, they are asynchronous to give students a break from Zoom and to allow them to work independently at their own pace. Families and students can learn more about Grey Day guidelines and accessing schoolwide services on the Grey Day Support web page.

Saliva Screening Reminders

Weekly COVID-19 saliva screening is mandatory for all students coming on campus for hybrid learning, extracurriculars/athletics, or on-campus appointments. Saliva collection tubes are available at the security vestibules at both campuses. If you need additional bar codes, please fill out this form and they will be available at the Northfield West Entrance (D Building) the next school day. Collection days (by first letter of last name), times, and other information can be found on our COVID-19 Screening web page.

Student Parking

Senior students with a parking permit must park in the student parking lots located at Elder Lane and Sheridan Road and the Indian Hill train station lot. Drivers must pay close attention to the parking signs located in each parking lot as they are subject to ticketing. Students may also park at the Northfield Campus and take the free shuttle to the Winnetka Campus.

Safety Reminder

To keep our campuses safe and open, we need everyone to do their part. Please answer the Ruvna health screening questions honestly, have students stay home if they feel ill or have participated in an activity that puts them at risk of COVID-19, avoid large gatherings, and turn in weekly saliva samples on time. Together, we can keep our school and community safe.

We look forward to having students back on campus next week.


Denise Dubravec
Winnetka Campus Principal