5th and 8th Milestone Celebrations Planned

5th and 8th Milestone Celebrations Planned
Posted on 05/19/2020
Class of 2020Northbrook District 28 principals and staff have developed plans to celebrate 5th-grade promotion and 8th-grade graduation as this school year of Remote Learning comes to a close. With the help of school PTOs and parent volunteers, the community is coming together to commemorate these elementary and junior high milestones.

5th Grade Farewell
Each elementary school – Greenbriar School, Meadowbrook School and Westmoor School -- is planning a 5th-grade Farewell Car Parade on May 29. Teachers will stand socially distanced along the route to wave to students. Families are encouraged to decorate their cars and follow village and state guidelines for social distancing.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to give our 5th-grade students a proper farewell by hosting car parades at all of the elementary schools. Obviously, we've really missed the end-of-year celebrations, and this is one small thing we can give our students to help with the transition to NBJH," said Mary Sturgill, Westmoor School principal, who planned the event with Principals Pat Thome and Dr. Ginny Hiltz.

"It's been a very challenging end to the school year for all of our students and teachers. This event allows us to celebrate our fifth-grade students and send them off to Northbrook Junior High School in a fun way," Mr. Thome said.

8th Grade Graduation

Northbrook Junior High will honor the class of 2020 both virtually and on-site. The school is creating a video compiling many aspects of the traditional ceremony, including two student-delivered reflections, a commencement address by Dr. Larry Hewitt and closing remarks by NBJH Principal Dr. Scott Meek. The video will also include the 2020 Northbrook Rotary Volunteer Service Award and the American Legion Citizenship Awards announcements and conclude with a photo of each graduate. The Virtual Graduation Program will be posted on the NBJH YouTube Channel at noon on June 1.

Families may sign up to participate in a diploma presentation and photo opportunity at NBJH on Monday, June 1, from 3 to 6 p.m. Families will sign up for a time slot to limit cars on the school property. One car is allowed per student. Cars will circle the back of the school and form a single-file line at the front of the school. NBJH staff will spread out to share congratulations at a safe distance.

When instructed to do so, the graduate will exit the vehicle, pick up his or her diploma and a graduation program from a table, and then walk up the school stairs for a professional photo. After the photo, the graduate will return to his/her vehicle, and the family will exit the parking lot.

If any family chooses not to participate in this event, the school will deliver the child's diploma to his or her home.

"This Class of 2020 is a special group of young men and women, and we didn't want forces outside of their control to dampen their final weeks in District 28. They had already missed out on so many of our traditional end-of-year events, so we were determined to find a way to celebrate one last time with them before they move on to high school," said Principal Dr. Scott Meek.