Monday, November 20, 2017


Upcoming Calendar Events:

November 22 - Local Holiday- NO SCHOOL
November 23 - Thanksgiving Day - NO SCHOOL
November 24 - Local Holiday - NO SCHOOL

December 3 - Winter Concert 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
December 8 - Guitar Concert 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
December 20-22 - Semester Finals
December 23-January 8 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Mansi Bodalia - District 207's Best for Community Service

District 207's Best: Mansi is a strong role model who consistently demonstrates a positive outlook on life, and enables all those who come in contact with her to feel at ease. She will undoubtedly be successful in college, and ultimately in whatever career she decides to pursue. She is an outstanding representative of Maine East, her family, and our community at large. We congratulate you for being one of “207’s Best”!

The Maine East Kids Closet is set to open on Monday November 13th, and will be available to students in need every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30.  Any student who qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program is eligible to receive five free items during the school year.

The ME Kids Closet is stocked with backpacks, coats, jeans, dress pants, dress shirts, tee shirts, sweatshirts, leggings, sweatpants, dresses, trendy tops, scarves, socks, shoes, and more.  Many of these items are brand new.  The complete list of inventory is shown below, and it is located in the basement of Maine East near the School-Based Health Center, Room 035D.  If a student is involved in after school activities and is unable to visit during open hours, he/she may also contact for an appointment before or during school hours.

The creation of the Maine East Kids Closet has truly been a community effort.  If you would like to help support the Maine East Kids Closet…

  • Go to, and search for “Kids Closet Startup.” Add a tax-deductible gift to Mrs. Hughes future projects.  All dollars go to support the Kids Closet purchase of new clothing; you will receive notification from DonorsChoose indicating what your gift dollars helped to purchase.

  • Donate your gently-used, teen-friendly clothing.  Simply drop off your used goods to Maine East or contact for more information.

Social Science: Maine Historical Society held its annual Pumpkin Carving Contest on October 31st.  Thirty pumpkins were entered into the contest and they represented all areas of Social Sciences.  As always, there were many visitors throughout the day who admired the historic touch to these special pumpkins.

And the winners are...

Fine Arts: On Saturday, November 11th, Mr. Phil Ash and his students participated in the inaugural Student Silent Film Festival which was hosted at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington. Twelve schools in the Chicago and Wisconsin area were selected to participate in the festival which screened original student  films.  All entries were screened and featured original piano compositions, and the three winning entries were re-screened with accompaniment from the organ. 

Maine East's submission was a film called "When I'm with You," starring Myrrh Gobenciong and Cecylia Selwocki. It was produced and directed by Kacper Cebula, Danny Tenezaca, Suzan Georges, Emma Diez, Margot Mattenson, Lloyd Trinidad, Ana Iliopoulous, and Paolo Yanga.

Participants were also allowed to tour the 40,000 square foot estate; which houses a world renowned collection of restored music machines, phonographs, and arcade machines, as well as a spectacular European salon carousel. The silent theater in the private residence of the Sanfilippo Estate houses the world's largest silent theater organ, featuring 8000 individual organ pipes. It was truly a memorable evening for our students.

ME Cares Auction for Hurricane Harvey

About Our Auction
This year we have been raising awareness and financial support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. So far this school year, a dedicated group of student volunteers have been planning a wide variety of fundraising events to support those in need. We have set a huge goal to raise $10,000 to support this valuable cause. We are about halfway there. With your support of this auction, our club hopes to get even close to reaching our goal!
Please join us December 2-10 on 32Auctions to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey Relief. Great Holiday gifts available, so please check the Auction Website, or use the QR code below, to see the wonderful and unique items you can bid on. We are still taking donations, so it's never to late to help us reach our goal!

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myOn Reading Challenge: On November 15th, fifteen students were awarded certificates and gift cards for completing the Maine East myON Scary Story Challenge.  To date, Maine East students have read more than 850 hours independently on myON.  The goal is for students to read at least 20 minutes per day.  

The next challenge is to complete 10 hours of independent reading before December 15th.  Those who do will be rewarded with a special lunch.  

If you need login and/or password assistance or have questions about myON, please contact Ms. Mecca Sadler at

From Left To Right:  Andjelija Protic, Mariam Sawa, Shane Paz, Aurniella Daniel, Dr. Mike Pressler, Juan Martinez, Zakharia Babu, Alexander Arriaga Ortega, Abdulla Bajraktari, James Youssef, Nicholas Solano

Not Pictured:  Daniel Tinoco, Jude Jimmychan, Merin Biju, Parthkumar Rana, Sagarkumar Patel

The Dean's Corner: Parents and students, if students want to park on the Maine East campus during the regular school day, they must have a Maine East Parking Permit. If you park on campus during the school day without a parking permit sticker, you will be ticketed by the Park Ridge Police Department. The parking ticket is $75. The Maine East Parking Permit is now $90, so please be sure to get a permit for your car. Applications are available in the Dean's Office.