Girls on the Run

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Girls
Girls on the Run 
Online Registration
Now Open!!! 

February 1st - 28th
Click here to register!



Delta Sonic
Car Wash Fundraiser
Deadline to turn in orders & money is February 29th!

Box Tops: It’s hip to clip! Help us earn cash for our school and collect box tops. You can send them in with your child or drop them off in the Serena Hills foyer. Please submit your box tops by the February 22nd deadline!

Great News to Share

Valentine Snacks
Any snack/candy brought to school to share with a classroom must be from the district approved "Safe Snack List."
Click here to view the "Safe Snack List!"

During the month of February, we are focusing on Caring for Character Counts! 

Caring means:
  • Be kind 
  • Be compassionate  
  • Express gratitude 
  • Forgive others 
  • Help people in need 
  • Be charitable and altruistic

We would like to give a big SHOUT OUT to our community partner, "Its a Service Thing: Southland Women Committed to Service" for the food donation to help our families!

Mrs. Somer our "Blessings in a Backpack" coordinator helping us make a difference! EVERY STUDENT COUNTS!

Serena Hills Yearbook
Reserve your yearbook now for only $15.00 each at
Order Deadline: March 1, 2016

Ronald McDonald House Charities
Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana
Click here for more info!
Let's work together as a Serena Hills Team to make a difference for the sick children and their families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House!

2016 PARCC Information

Throughout the school year our teachers have been helping students develop the content knowledge and fluencies of the Illinois Learning Standards. As a part of the Illinois State Board of Education’s evaluation on learning progress, all children in grades 3-8 will be taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Assessment. A major change from the 2014-2015 school year is that this year there is only one assessment window. Flossmoor School District 161’s PARCC Testing window is April 4 through May 3, 2016. Your child’s teacher will share specific testing dates closer to the testing window.

Community Letter

Please take a moment to view this letter from District 161. 

Golden Apple Nominee

Janet Burke from Serena Hills School Named a Golden Apple Award Finalist

30th Anniversary of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

Golden Apple, a leading nonprofit committed to celebrating and developing great teachers with the ability and passion to make life-changing differences in the lives of students, proudly announced today that Janet Burke, 3rd grade teacher from Serena Hills School is one of 30 finalists for the 2015 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The awards recognize and honor outstanding teachers for their role in building a stronger, better-educated society. This year’s finalists were selected from a pool of more than 600 nominations, and represent Pre-K-3rd grade teachers throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs 


State of the District 2015

Annually, the Flossmoor SD 161 reports to the community on the direction and progress as it relates the strategic plan and other goals deemed important for the success of our learning community.  The presentation provides valuable information for all stakeholders to learn more about the District’s current state of affairs on key topics being implemented and addressed during the 2015-2016 school year. Learn more... 

District Survey

Flossmoor School District 161 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the fourth statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From January 11 through March 11, teachers, students, and parents will be asked to take a 20-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment.

Congratulations on Receiving the Apple Distinguished Program

Flossmoor School District 161 named Apple Distinguished Program (2015-2017)

Flossmoor School District 161 is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2015-2017 for its 21st Century Learning Initiative: Personalized Learning Using Digital Tools

The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.

The selection of Flossmoor School District 161 as an Apple Distinguished Program highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Read more...

To view the letter from Apple, please click here. 

Principal's Weekly Email Blast

Serena Shining Stars Magazine

Local Weather

Today, 2/12/2016
High: 23 Low: 4
Mostly cloudy
18% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 2/13/2016
High: 14 Low: 3
Partly sunny
8% chance of precipitation.

Upcoming Events

Mon, Feb 1 - Mon, Feb 29
Black History Month
Heart Awareness Month
Friday, February 12
School Improvement Day - Early Dismissal
4th Grade Parent Activity Day
10:00 AM
1st Grade Parent Activity Day
10:30 AM
2nd Grade Parent Activity Day
10:30 AM
Kindergarten Parent Activity Day
10:30 AM
Student Dismissal
11:15 AM

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Important Information

Lunch Times

 KG & 3rd Grade
11:30 a.m.

 2nd & 5th Grade
11:50 a.m.

 1st & 4th Grade
12:10 p.m.

Procedures for Entering Serena Hills School

To ensure the safety of students and staff in Flossmoor District 161 the following procedures have been implemented for the 2014/2015 school year:

Approved Safe * Snack List
For All Birthday and Classroom Celebrations
Allergen-Free Safe Snack List *As of 10/2015
Please check back regularly as list is subject to change.

Weather Procedures
All children will remain inside when any of the following exist:
*   Rain
*   Temperature below 20 degrees
*   Wind chill 11 degrees or below
*   Icy conditions
*   Extremely high winds