Contact Information

Mr Tom Martin, Principal

Mrs. Adriana Johnson, Secretary

R. E. Byrd School 8259 S. Lavergne Burbank, IL 60459 708-499-3049 Fax 708-499-1002


Byrd School Health Aide & Information

Byrd School Event Pictures are located at the bottom of this page




As you Scroll further down on this page you will find several links to pictures. Please enjoy them. You may find yourself smiling back!

Technology and creativity go together so well. Teachers have projects that allow students to extend their thinking and creativity. Please enjoy one of our 5th grade student's inventions he created during a unit on inventions.

During the school year students need to practice with you at home. Please sit with your child and have them read with you each day, they can read on their own and discuss events in the story or you can share reading with them by taking turns and each reading a page at a time. Always spend some time discussing the characters and events in the story, predicting what may happen next and why the author chose to write the story the way they did. Another activity to work on each evening is math facts! The support you show at home flows through at school! Thank you!

Here are the six main pillars of character we focus on throughout the year at Byrd School. Please assist us in discussing the importance of each character trait with your child:






February-Respect & Caring





Mission Statement

Richard E. Byrd School's mission is to empower students to strive for excellence, seek knowledge, live with integrity and persevere in an ever-changing world. This shall be accomplished through a challenging instructional program provided by a caring and talented staff within a safe and healthy environment in partnership with the community.

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Program Review

The Pass Program stands for Parental After-School Support program. Our students will attend the Pass Program at Byrd School along with students from Burbank School and Kennedy School. It will run each full day of school from until 6:00 pm. There is a weekly fee for the Pass Program of $27.00 per student which does not include a bus cost for students coming from another building. The weekly fee for the Pass Program with the bus fee included is $32.00. A charge of $8.00 per half day is open for currently enrolled Pass Program students. Registration forms are available at the school office. Students need to be picked up at or before 6:00 p.m. If you would like further information regarding the Pass Program, please contact the Program Director she can be reached at 708-499-3049 ext. 30237 after September 1st.

Breakfast and Lunch Programs Arbor Food Management Services will be providing a hot nutritious breakfast and lunch program for our children. Breakfast is $1.30, lunch is $2.45 and milk purchased without a meal is .55 cents. Please submit payments of any amount regularly to the office with your child’s name and room number on the envelope or make payments on line with a credit card to your child’s account. ( then click on EPay). We suggest you send payments for the week or month or make payments in larger increments and monitor when balance is low. Breakfast and lunch for a week would cost $21.50; a month would cost approximately $86.00. Breakfast will be served from 7:35-7:55 a.m. If you have questions regarding breakfast or lunch payments as well as balances, please call Mrs. Noto before 11:15 a.m. at 708-499-3049.

Children who go home for lunch need to have a letter in writing allowing them to leave the school for lunch, the name of the parent or guardian in charge, and a contact phone number. This will remain in our office. No child is allowed to leave the campus without a note on file. We highly recommend you pick up and drop off your child if you want them to go home for lunch. We can’t guarantee their safety to and from school. There are no crossing guards on duty at lunch. Lunch for all grades is from 11:05 – 11:50.

School Policy and Procedures  All families should have received a copy of the Burbank District 111 Student & Parent Handbook. Please read over this handbook with your child for an understanding of all procedures. Our School District Policy Manual is also located on the district web page for your convenience.

Daily Reading is encouraged at all grade levels. Have your child read silently, read together, or read orally to your child each day. This activity will bring the most success in raising their reading ability and their love for reading. Ask questions and encourage discussion about what they read. Oral conversation helps develop comprehension skills.

Attendance-Daily school attendance is essential for academic success. School begins at 8:05 a.m. After that point your child is considered late. When your child is late, he/she is missing academic time and disturbing the academics in session for the teacher and students in the classroom. Please have your child here and on time every day!

When your child needs to miss school or be late please call our school office between 5:00 A.M. and 8:00 A.M. at 708-499-3049. Speak slowly and leave a clear message including your child’s full name, classroom teacher, day of absence or tardiness and the reason for the absence or tardiness. If your child will be absent or tardy ONLY in the afternoon, the same procedure is to be followed and the call-in time is from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 noon. If a call is not received, the school will start a calling procedure to check on the status of your child. If you want your child’s homework for that day, please request homework when you call in no later than noon. It is the parent/child’s responsibility to check missed work with the teacher. Homework can be picked up at dismissal which is 2:35 pm from the office.

All students arriving late must first report to the school office. If you are picking up your child for an early dismissal, you will need to report to the office and we will dismiss your child to you.

A note is required upon his/her return to school after an absence, even though you called. In the note, please specify the reason for the absence. Any student with an undiagnosed rash or communicable disease must have a note from a physician releasing him/her to return to school. Any student absent for five or more consecutive school days must provide a note from a physician.

Behavior  All students will follow District 111 School Board Policy 7:190 – Level 1-2-3-4 Acts of Misconduct and Disciplinary Response. This policy will be posted in our school. This policy can be seen on the district home page for your convenience. Please refer to this policy and your Student & Parent Handbook, pages 13, and 27, go over all rules and district expectations with your children. This will ensure all students are aware of the importance of their actions at school.

Bicycles  Only children in Grades 3-6 may bring their bikes to school. Bikes are not to be ridden on the school grounds and they are to be locked. No child should lock their bike with another student. The school is not in anyway responsible for lost or stolen bikes. Any child who abuses the bicycle rules will not be allowed to ride a bike to school. No double or triple riding is allowed. Children should stay single file on the right side of the street. Finally, students should not ride a bike to school whenever the weather is inclement or the news calls for storms later in the day.

Crossing Guard  The crossing guard is on the south corner of 83rd & Lavergne. All students should follow the crossing guard’s rules and cross the street at that intersection.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures  Grades K - 6 - Breakfast 7:35 a.m., School Day hours are from 8:05-2:35 p.m. On early dismissal days school releases at 11:15 a.m.

All children who walk to school or are dropped off use the EAST DOORS (By Playground) (primary and intermediate) – 7:55-8:05 am

Emergency – Front Doors (83rd Street) – 7:30-8:00 am and after 8:15 am (Parent must bring child in and explain reason for the emergency drop off or late arrival)

Lunch is 11:05 -11:50 p.m. All after School Programs are dismissed at 3:35 p.m. Students may be picked up in the front of the school. A bus will also be provided for our bus students.

Children will be dismissed by their teachers at the end of each day. Students should go straight home from school. If your child has to be kept after school, you will be notified by your child’s teacher or the office. No child will be allowed to reenter the building for any reason after 2:35 p.m. without a parent/guardian. The responsibility for remembering to take books or other items home belongs to the child. In this respect, teachers and parents should encourage responsibility and self-discipline.

Dropping off and picking up children  Drop-off driveway - Byrd has received some upgrades over the summer. One in particular is the drop-off driveway. The drop-off driveway is a one way driveway that starts on Lamon Avenue and exits onto the north side of 83rd Street just across from Laporte Avenue. The driveway is for dropping off students. If you plan on parking and walking your students to one of the two east doors of Byrd School, please park on Laporte Avenue or on 83rd, west of the driveway. Please, do not park on Lavergne Avenue next to the school. This area is only for bus drop-off. All students who are walking to school or being dropped off should enter the two doors on the east side of the building.

Students are to go to their designated area to line up. Do not ever allow children to exit the car on the street side for safety reasons. Remind children 83rd street is a busy street. We need everyone’s cooperation in order to keep our children safe and pick up and drop off orderly. Parents of 1st-6th grade students who do not have a kindergarten student do not use Lavergne; this is for our drop off and pick for kindergarten students only.


Students who walk to school - If your child walks to school, he or she should enter one of the two east doors. That is, either the door that is closest to the technology room, or the door that is at the east end of the primary wing. If you plan on dropping your child off, please use the drop-off driveway. Parking and dropping off on 83rd, east of the driveway exit should be avoided.


Students who ride the bus - All students riding the bus will be dropped off and picked up on the west side of Byrd School (Lavergne Avenue). Only students who ride the bus will use that entrance.

Cars should never pass a school bus. Please be cautious driving with our many school buses. They make regular stops and will move as soon as children are safely away from harm. Never stop in the middle of the street or leave your car running while you leave the vehicle. State law for vehicle occupants mandates seat belts or car seats. Common courtesy and patience will help ensure everyone’s safety.

All students who walk or are dropped off should enter and exit through the east playground doors. If the children must cross the street, they are to do so at the corner of 83rd St. and Lavergne Ave. with the crossing guard. We do not want parents waving their children across the street in front of moving traffic and between standing automobiles.

Paying Fees  Please label all envelopes with your child’s name, teacher's name and list the reason for payment, (ex. school fees, breakfast and/or lunch program, field trip, etc. The fee for breakfast is $1.30 and the fee for lunch is $2.45. The supply fee this school year is $75.00 due by September 30th. Payments after September 30th will require a $25.00 late fee.

Market Day  Pick up dates for the 2013-2014 school year will be listed in the monthly newsletter. Thank you for supporting the PFC through your market day orders in the 2012-2013 school year.

Bank at School Day is on the second Friday of each month during lunch. This opportunity is provided by Archer Bank and is open to students in grades 2nd-6th.

School Dress  Students in K-6th grade are required to wear a school uniform. They may wear blue or black pants, a colored white or light blue shirt, jumper, skort, and navy blue or white sweater, and no hooded sweatshirts. Dress shoes must be closed and gym shoes must have matching laces. You will be able to see the uniform dress policy on the district web site at

The first and third Friday of each month will be School Spirit day. Students may dress in maroon and white or wear school spirit clothing on these days. No jeans, unless specified that students are able to wear jeans. PFC will be selling school spirit wear if you are interested.

Once again, I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your family.


Mr. Tom Martin, Principal

Thank You - From Your Byrd School Staff

Always remember our military! They are our true heroes!

Remembrance of September 11th

Patriot's Day


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Pictures for 2012-2013

Pictures for 2011-2012

Pictures for 2010-2011

Pictures for 2009-2010

Pictures for 2008-2009

Pictures for 2007-2008





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