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Book Fair

Book Fair is coming to CEL.  In person shopping will start May 10th-May 14th.  The Book Fair will be open after school for students and parents to shop from 2:00-2:30 Monday-Friday.  There will be no shopping times during the school day. It will be set up in the library.

Would you like to shop early and without the crowds?  Try the online book fair.  It is so easy!

  • Click the link below and it will take you to the CEL’s Book Fair Homepage.The Book Fair Homepage has information about the book fair, a calendar of events, and the option to shop online.You can see what will be at the fair and even order before the fair starts!Online Book Fair starts May 5th and will close on May 18th.
  • You order the books you want, pay with a credit or debit card, and 5-7 days the books will be delivered to the library.  Mrs. Bender will deliver the books to students that ordered online. 


What an easy way to shop.  The more you shop the more our school will get for the library and for the teacher’s classrooms!  If you have any questions about the online book fair or fair in general call CEL 217.732.4136 and ask for Mrs. Bender or email her at sbender@cel61.com.  Thank you in advance for making this another great book fair!

Ps- Don’t forget to have your CEL student bring in change next week.  Our ALL FOR BOOKS challenge is back! The class that collects the most money will earn a special prize from Mrs. Bender!

Notice of Public Meeting

On May 19, 2021 at 8:30 a.m., a meeting conducted via Zoom at the following web address Meeting ID: 771 5065 2873 Password: J53063 or via phone by calling 217-732-4136.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2021-22 school year. If you are the parent of a home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of Chester-East Lincoln CCSD #61, you are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Mrs. Laura Irwin, Superintendent, at 217-732-4136.

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR 2021)

IAR 2021 - Schedule

Dear Parents and Guardians of Students in Grades 3 through 8,

Chester-East Lincoln students in grades 3-8 will take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), the federally required assessment, again this spring. This is an important test for our students, teachers, and district and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards.

The testing window is March 15-May 14. Your student will take the IAR after Spring Break. The schedule will be available on our on the homepage and will be shared on Facebook. The IAR includes a combination of 5 units (3 Math & 2 ELA).

On the days your child is scheduled to test, please make sure they eat a healthy breakfast and are well-rested. Please try to avoid scheduling appointments or being absent on the days your child is scheduled to test. Be positive about the test and encourage your students to do their best. We use the assessment results to place students in math classes in 7th & 8th grade, and based on the results, students could have the opportunity to participate in Spanish I in 8th grade.

If you have questions about the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, please reach out to the teachers and/or administrators at (217)732-4136. As always, we encourage our students to do their best every day. Thank you for your partnership in your student’s academic success.

Kindergarten Survey

Chester-East Lincoln CCSD #61 would like to determine approximately how many kindergarten students to expect for the 2021-2022 school year. Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2021 to be eligible for kindergarten or qualify for early entrance under the district’s Advanced Placement Program. If your child is eligible to enter kindergarten for the upcoming school year, please complete the form below and return it to Chester-East Lincoln CCSD #61 at 1300 1500th Street as soon as possible. Registration will be in July.

Kindergarten Survey Form

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