5th Grade Experiences Pioneer Life at The Grove

rope making demonstration

During the end of September, each 5th-grade class at Rutledge Hall visited The Grove in Glenview to experience pioneer life in 1856. Students' hands-on activities included candle making, churning butter and cooking. They also learned about rope making, tin punching and weaving at the Historic Kennicott House.

The field trip is a unique experience that is a tradition at Rutledge Hall. The program is operated by the Glenview Park District and is aligned to state learning standards in social studies of gaining understanding of individuals and the history of Illinois.

The Grove was a designated National Historic Landmark in 1976 and was the home of visionary horticulturist and educator Dr. John Kennicott. His accomplishments include an exhibition of his specimen collection at the Smithsonian and the founding of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, according to the park district's website.


For more photos, view the slideshow, taken Sept. 24.

Pioneer Living from Lincolwood SD74 on Vimeo.

Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Reinforcing positive behavior is part of school culture

Rutledge PBIS assembly

Professionals Believe In Students!  No, this is not what the acronym PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) stands for, but it is certainly the case in District 74!  

PBIS is the system we use to maximize academic and social behavior outcomes for students ensuring they are successful, respectful, responsible, and safe.

On Thursday, August 21, we kicked off our program by rotating classrooms through 10-minute stations led by specialists and teachers to remind students of school expectations including everything from appropriate bus behavior to using manners with the lunch ladies. 

Subsequently, we finished off the first week with a PBIS ‘pep’ assembly at the end of the day where it was Principal Carmody, gym teacher Brandon Koenig, and art teacher Debby Barabasz vs. students Caleb K., Jack M., and Aiden D. in a heated game of PBIS Jeopardy. 

After responding correctly to questions such as, “What is the first thing you do when you get on the bus?” (Put on your seatbelt!), the students easily took home the victory, creating an energizing atmosphere for all!

Our PBIS program continues throughout the year with students earning both class awards and individual ‘Rutledge Reward’ tickets for a job well done in categories ranging from helping other students to walking quietly in the hallways.  Every month, students will have the opportunity to use their tickets to participate in exciting activities, including an exciting game of Minute to Win It, prize raffles, and classroom adventures. 

Here’s to another fantastic year of building a community of learning that inspires curiosity, compassion and actively engaged students striving for excellence!

Rutledge students at PBIS assembly

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Buddy Benches to sprout from students’ inspiration


Students present Buddy Bench proposal to BOE
Mrs. Shankar, Tood Hall principal, introduces the students who researched and proposed
the idea of bringing
Buddy Benches to the school.

A group of third grade students learned how turning inspiration to action can lead to big results when the Board of Education approved the purchase of Buddy Benches for each school.

Lillian Flood, Emma Bennett, Max Spector, Brandon Pieczka, Mara Smith and Gabriel Mandal were inspired by a magazine article they read in Mrs. Cook’s 2nd grade class last April. They learned about a Buddy Bench, which is a safe place for kids to sit if they feel lonely, sad or isolated. A student sitting on a Buddy Bench during recess is an invitation for another child to come sit with them or invite them to play.

The students had asked Mrs. Cook how they could bring a Buddy Bench to Lincolnwood. “I told them if they wanted a Buddy Bench, make it happen,” Mrs. Cook said.

The students met with the Todd Hall Principal Mrs. Shankar to share their idea. They wrote a letter to her explaining the concept, and reporting on their research on bench prices and where to install them. Finally, they presented their proposal to the Board.

“Seeing them up there (in front of the Board) was one of my proudest moments in teaching. .. seeing them empowered,” Mrs. Cook said.

“These are the kinds of things that build character,” said Rupal Mandal, Gabriel’s mom.

Gabriel was a little more in the moment. “It’s cool because we get to be on TV,” he said, referring to the live stream of the board meeting.

When the benches arrive, the students will continue their project by teaching the students how to use them.

Watch the video of students presenting their proposal to the Board of Education.

Posted on Saturday, September 6, 2014
Updated Bus Routes for Rutledge and Lincoln

school bus

We are pleased to see that bus service overall is improving and more bus drivers are assigned permanent routes. The District administrative team is working closely with the bus company to improve trouble spots.

With the guidance of our retired longtime transportation planner and longtime dedicated parents, we have reconfigured Rutledge and Lincoln morning routes 1, 3, and 5 to more evenly distribute riders. The links below provide the revised routes with updated bus stops and pickup times as well as a map of each route. Please review carefully.

Routes 2 and 4 will stay the same because they have been running smoothly. 


A few reminders:

  • Please wait at the designated stop for the bus before it arrives. Bus routes will run late if students are not ready to board the bus when it arrives. There are some mid-block stops, but no home stops.
  • As we make improvements, we still want to know if there is something that doesn’t make sense and/or about routes that are not running well.

Rutledge Hall new a.m. routes

Rutledge Hall a.m. Route 1

Rutledge Hall a.m. Route 3

Rutledge Hall a.m. Routes 5

(Rutledge a.m. Route 2 and Route 4 are unchanged)

Rutledge p.m. routes 

No changes to Rutledge p.m. routes

Lincoln Hall new a.m. routes

Lincoln Hall a.m. Route 1

Lincoln Hall a.m. Route 3

Lincoln Hall a.m. Route 5

(Lincoln Hall a.m. Route 2 and Route 4 are unchanged)

Lincoln p.m. routes

No changes to Lincoln Hall p.m. routes

Todd Hall routes

Todd Hall a.m.

Todd Hall p.m.

Free Busing for Full School Year

The District is offering free busing for the full school year. The reduced traffic around campus has made a significant difference in improving student safety during the Crawford Avenue construction. Parents who already paid the bus fee will be mailed a check for the full amount by September 8. Thank you to all the parents who have signed up so far. There is still time to register for the bus. Simply complete the online registration form.

We thank all the parents who are participating in free busing this fall.


If you have any questions or comments regarding busing, please complete this online comment form or send an email to: transportation@sd74.org. The District will work to respond within 24 hours or as soon as possible. You may also call the district office at 847-675-8234. Thank you for your support!

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014
Club Kid Provides After School Care

The Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to partner with School District 74 to offer Club Kid, a popular after school program for K-5th grade. Club Kid provides fun, organized activities in the Rutledge Hall Multipurpose Room from 2:45 - 6:15pm, including:

* Homework help
* Arts and crafts
* Athletics, and more

Easy and Flexible Scheduling

Club Kid follows the School District 74 calendar, meeting every day that school is in session. And to make it easy to fit your schedule, you can choose from one to five days per week.

Click here for more information, including pricing & payment options

Ready to Register?

To register, or if you have any questions, please contact Aryn Fletcher at afletcher@lwd.org or (847) 677-9740.

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Lincolnwood, IL 60712
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