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Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15, 2020 - October 15, 2020.

posted Sep 14, 2020, 6:26 AM by Stephen Geraci   [ updated Sep 14, 2020, 6:29 AM ]

Sept. 15 – National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)/14th Sunday  after Pentecost - UMC Giving

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Cada año, los estadounidenses celebran el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, celebrando las historias, culturas y contribuciones de los ciudadanos estadounidenses cuyos antepasados vinieron de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur.

La observación comenzó en 1968 como Semana de la Herencia Hispana bajo la presidencia de Lyndon Johnson y fue ampliada por el presidente Ronald Reagan en 1988 para cubrir un período de 30 días que comienza el 15 de septiembre y termina el 15 de octubre. Se promulgó como ley el 17 de agosto de 1988. sobre la aprobación de la Ley Pública 100-402.

El día 15 de septiembre es significativo porque es el aniversario de la independencia de los países latinoamericanos Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua. Además, México y Chile celebran sus días de independencia el 16 y 18 de septiembre, respectivamente. Además, el Día de la Raza o Día de la Raza, que es el 12 de octubre, cae dentro de este período de 30 días.

Patriot Day - September 11, 2020

posted Sep 6, 2020, 1:09 PM by Stephen Geraci

Patriot Day 2020 - Holidays Today

Patriot Day is a United States national observance that honors the memory of those who were killed in the September 11 attacks. On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched a series of coordinated terrorist attacks upon the United States, killing almost 3,000 people. A year later, September 11 was made a national day of mourning referred to as Patriot Day. This observance has been proclaimed annually since 2002. El Día del Patriota es una celebración nacional de los Estados Unidos que honra la memoria de aquellos que murieron en los ataques del 11 de septiembre. El 11 de septiembre de 2001, al-Qaeda lanzó una serie de ataques terroristas coordinados contra Estados Unidos, matando a casi 3.000 personas. Un año después, el 11 de septiembre se convirtió en un día nacional de luto conocido como Día de los Patriotas. Esta observancia se proclama anualmente desde 2002.

Student/Family Self Certification Form

posted Aug 23, 2020, 8:20 PM by Stephen Geraci

Student COVID-19 Self-Certification Form

School Supply List

posted Aug 19, 2020, 3:01 PM by Stephen Geraci

Burnham Virtual Back to School Meeting - Tuesday 8/18/2020 7pm

posted Aug 13, 2020, 3:05 PM by Stephen Geraci

A chance to ask any questions about our upcoming school year with Superintendent Stephen Geraci.
Please submit any questions to so that we may address it during the meeting.
All participants will automatically be muted to ensure a smooth online meeting but questions can be asked and answered in the online chat. 
We look forward to hearing from you!

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Back to School Safely

posted Aug 7, 2020, 2:02 PM by Stephen Geraci

Dear Burnham Families, 

I hope that everyone is happy, healthy, and doing well at home. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community are of utmost importance. After assessing information available to the District at the federal, state, and local levels, and collaborating with other area schools, Burnham School District 154.5 has made the decision to start the 2020-2021 school year in a fully remote learning environment for students. The District is committed to providing resources to families with the goal of facilitating a productive and interactive learning environment for our students during remote learning. The same is true of providing additional support and resources for individual students. We will continue to monitor and assess the data related to COVID-19 and make data-driven decisions with the goal of transitioning to either a blended learning model or in-person instruction later in the fall semester. The District will reassess the fully remote learning environment by the end of the first quarter.

During the first week of school, there will be opportunities provided for in-person orientations for students whose parents feel comfortable sending their children to
school. Orientations will be scheduled on a specific basis during the first week of school. In order to meet the needs of our students in a remote learning format, the District will utilize its eLearning/remote learning plan. The District’s eLearning/remote learning plan can be found on the District’s website.

Successful implementation of this plan depends on the cooperation and active participation of all members of the District community. Together, by caring for ourselves and one another, we can ensure a safe and successful academic year. The remainder of this communication is intended to provide an overview of our back to school transition plan including the possibility of what a partial in-person blended learning plan may look like later in the school year.

Please click on the link below to review our Transition Plan. 

Back to Safely Transition Plan                                                                                                                                                              

Special meeting of the Board of Education - August 6, 2020 - 6:30 pm

posted Jul 23, 2020, 8:58 AM by Stephen Geraci   [ updated Aug 2, 2020, 8:00 PM ]

13945 Greenbay Avenue
Burnham, IL 60633

Notice of Special Board Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Board of Education of School
District 154.5 in the County of Cook, State of Illinois, that a Special Meeting
will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. to:
1. Approve Consolidated District Plans, Elementary & Secondary
Relief Plan and ESEA 1965 as Amended Plan.
2. Updates on returning to school.
3. Paying Prelists & Vacation Pay
4. Adjournment
The public is invited to attend online by logging into the Burnham
Elementary School website at: and follow the link


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Food and General Assistance Resources

posted Apr 21, 2020, 7:37 AM by Stephen Geraci   [ updated Apr 21, 2020, 7:50 AM ]


posted Apr 13, 2020, 9:14 AM by Stephen Geraci


There is no denying these times are unprecedented in our global and personal experience, and taking care of our families also means taking care of ourselves. 

The State of Illinois has set up the CALL4CALM program as a way to get in touch with a mental health professional if Covid-19 is causing you or others anxiety. You just text “TALK” (“HABLAR” for Spanish assistance) to 552020. You can also use this text number for “UNEMPLOYMENT” (“DESEMPLEO”), “FOOD” (“COMIDA”), and SHELTER (“ABRIGO”). This service is free of charge service

Burnham Remote Learning Plan

posted Apr 8, 2020, 11:32 AM by Stephen Geraci   [ updated Apr 13, 2020, 9:28 AM ]

Burnham Remote Learning Plan

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