Week of May 18, 2020

Posted by Anabel Nieto Mentado on 5/15/2020 6:00:00 AM



In light of Governor Pritzker's recent announcements of a phased plan to re-open Illinois amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made a decision to hold a virtual graduation.  We understand that this cannot replicate a traditional in-person graduation, however, we remain committed to recognizing and celebrating every graduating senior while ensuring the health and safety of the Leyden community.

The East Leyden 2020 Virtual Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The virtual graduation will closely follow our traditional program which includes student speeches, commencement remarks from the superintendent, Board of Education, and administration and the reading of our graduates' names.  We are excited to announce that as part of this unique ceremony we will have a special guest speaker, former Chicago Bear great Charles “Peanut” Tillman!

As a way to celebrate the Class of 2020, we would love to see you and your student post pictures in their cap and gown and a video of them throwing their cap at the end of the virtual ceremony on June 30!  Please share your pictures on our District Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages @leydenpride212 using the hashtags: #leydenpride and #LeydenClassof2020 

You and your student can also help us celebrate the Class of 2020 by customizing your Facebook profile photo with a “Congratulations 2020 Leyden Grads” or “Proud 2020 Leyden Grad” Facebook frame. You can find the Facebook frame by searching #leydenpride.


Next week you will receive a letter in the mail and students will receive an email regarding senior pick up and drop off. Every student will be assigned a time and date. At that time students will be able to pick up cap and gown, any supplies left at school, and turn in school property including textbooks and Chromebooks. 

In addition, this letter will contain information regarding outstanding fines for your student. The total amount includes current material/items that your student may still have in his/her possession. Once those items are returned on the specified day, you do not have to pay for those items. If you choose to pay these fines online through MySchoolBucks, please make sure to do it only for the items that cannot be returned or fines that are outstanding. 


As you know today is the last day of Senior attendance.  This is a special day for many of our students and especially special for our Seniors who have completed the Leyden’s Educator Prep Sequence over the past four years. These students have shown hard work, dedication, and passion in the field of education.  From running our preschool to writing and teaching lessons at our partner schools our students have had authentic experiences that solidify post-secondary plans. Each of these students has signed a pledge to teach!  Please join us in welcoming the next generation of educators!


The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) application for families on May 1, 2020, at ​https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/​.

P-EBT is a new special benefit that can help families buy food for their school-age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. All families with school-age children who attend schools approved for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible for the benefits as they receive NSLP meals at no charge. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

El Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois (IDHS), lanzó la solicitud de Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos (P-EBT) para las familias el 1 de mayo 2020 ​https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/.

P-EBT es un nuevo beneficio especial que puede ayudar a las familias a comprar alimentos para sus hijos en edad escolar quienes normalmente reciben comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido del Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares (NSLP) cuando las escuelas están en sesión. Todas las familias con niños en edad escolar que asisten a escuelas aprobadas para la Disposición de Elegibilidad Comunitaria (CEP) son elegibles para tales beneficios, ya que reciben comidas NSLP sin ningún costo. SIGA ESTE ENLACE PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN.

1 maja 2020 r. Wydział ds. Usług Społecznych (Illinois Department of Human Services - IDHS) rozpoczął proces przyjmowania rodzinnych wniosków o przyznanie pomocy w czasie pandemii, tzw. “Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)” ​https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/​.

“P-EBT” jest to specjalne świadczenie mające na celu pomoc rodzinom w zakupie żywności dla dzieci w wieku szkolnym, które, w czasie trwania nauki, tradycyjnie otrzymują wsparcie z programu “National School Lunch Program (NSLP)” w zakresie bezpłatnych i zniżkowych posiłków. Rodziny posiadające dzieci w wieku szkolnym, które uczęszczają do szkół zakwalifikowanych do programu “Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)” mogą ubiegać się o przyznanie tego świadczenia. ŚLEDŹ TEN LINK, ABY UZYSKAĆ ​​DODATKOWE INFORMACJE