Principal's Message

  • Naper Families,


    Welcome Back! 


    In this letter you will find some important information to ensure everyone has a positive start to a new year!  Click here to access our calendar of important dates!


    I am excited for a new school year! Last year I truly fell in love with Naper School: the charm and traditions, the amazing families, the students who are so happy to enter each day and the staff who are so dedicated to helping ALL students learn and grow! I am confident that we are going to have an amazing year at Naper!  Our teachers and staff have been very busy preparing Naper School for your arrival.  If you are new to our community, WELCOME!  Naper School is a special community with amazing students, teachers and parents!  We are so glad you are here.


    We have some fabulous new staff members joining us this fall!  Please join us in welcoming the following new staff to the Naper community:


    • Nina Stephanides will join us in kindergarten.
    • Jo Volkening will serve as our school nurse again!
    • Kendall Willis will teach first grade.
    • Ryan Carrizales will our new third grade teacher.
    • Abby King will be our Math Specialist.



    You will be able to access your child’s classroom placement on August 8 at 3:00pm through Infinite Campus.  Our staff worked diligently to ensure all classrooms are well balanced and will meet student needs.   


    New family tours for students in Grades 1-4 will be held at Naper on August 9 from 9:00-10:00am. Please plan to meet at Naper School in the lobby! Our fabulous Home & School members are excited to show you around our beautiful school.  Kindergarten parents will have a separate event on August 14.


    The certified school nurse, Mrs. Volkening, will be available for medication intake on a first come, first served basis on Wednesday, August 14, from 10:00 to 12:00 in the Naper health office.  Please reach out to her if you are a new family with any significant health concerns. Her email is


    Kindergarten Crash Course for parents will take place on August 14 at 6:00pm.  If you are a new kindergarten parent please plan to attend to have all your questions answered!  Please plan to meet in the Learning Commons at Naper. 


    Curriculum Night is Thursday, August 29!  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  This night is for parents only.  We look forward to meeting with you and creating strong partnerships!


    Project Idea


    Honors Math


    Grades 3-4




    Grades 1 & 2




    The first day of classes for students in grades 1-4 is August 15.  Fourth grade should line up at Door 2. First grade should line up at Door 1 and 2nd and 3rd grade should line up at Door 8.   All teachers will be wearing staff t-shirts and will have signs to assist you in getting your child to the correct line.  


    On August 16, all students can enter the building through assigned doors beginning at 8:00am.  The bell will ring at 8:15 and we will have announcements and the pledge before instruction begins. 


    For dismissal, 4th Grade will exit out of Door 2.  Students in 2nd and 3rd grade will exit from Door 8.  All Kindergarten and 1st Grade students will exit from Door 7 (located off the gym).  Teachers will ensure all students get on the correct bus, assist walkers in locating parents and help our youngest students to find parents in the carpool lane.  


    Kindergarten students will have Sneak Peek on August 15 and will not attend a full day of school.  Parents will attend a brief session with your student to ensure everyone feels comfortable and has an opportunity to have their questions answered!  See below for times:



    Thursday, August 15, 8:30-9:00am


    Thursday, August 15, 9:10-9:40am


    Thursday, August 15 9:50-10:20am


    Thursday, August 15 10:30-11:00am



     On Friday, August 16, kindergartners will have a full day of school. They will meet their teachers outside Door 1.  Kindergartners should always enter the school through Door 1.  Parents should plan to pick up kindergartners outside Door 7 (located outside of gym) after school or we will ensure they get on the correct bus and get home safely to you!  Staff will stay with kindergartners and first graders while they wait for parents in the car pool lane in a designated waiting area.



    If you have questions, do not hesitate to call the school office at 630-420-6345.  Julie Strang and Suzy Olson will be happy to assist you!  It is going to be an amazing year!



    We are better together,


    Tracy Dvorchak


    Principal, Naper Elementary


    Better Together