515 East Merle Street
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

Phone: 847-520-2785



CCSD21 a school is comprised of 13 schools across 6 different communities in Illinois.


Community Consolidated School District 21 serves nearly 7,000 students in 13 schools across 6 communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Twain Elementary School serves students through 5th grade. School starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM daily.

Principal's Message 2/27/22

February 28, 2022

Topic: Unassigned

Principal’s Message

Dear Twain Families,

Wow!  On Friday, we finished up our second trimester of the 2021-2022 school year.  Time is surely flying!  This year has certainly been another roller coaster, but we are so appreciative of the incredible Twain community for sticking together to help keep each other safe, healthy, growing, and learning.

Thank you to our families for working with us to improve the drop off and pick up procedures.  As mentioned in the letter from the district, it is important to follow the guidance to keep all of our students, staff, and families safe.  Here is another copy of the Twain Parking lot procedures in both English and Spanish.

Technology is an incredible tool for our world to use to help us learn and grow; however, too much can be negatively impacting our children.  Here are some tools that families can use to help set limits and have productive conversations regarding the use of technology.  Check out these great resources in English and Spanish.  You can also text “kids” to 21555 to receive great tips from Common Sense Media about great tips for tech at home. Please have conversations with your children about what they are watching/doing on their devices.

This upcoming week kicks off Read Across America week, where as a nation, we celebrate diverse readers.  Congratulations to all of our reading medalists who have completed the library reading challenge.  We are so proud of our Twain readers and can’t wait to continue to see the growing wall of readers!

During the last trimester, we want to really emphasize the importance of attendance.  We have been working hard to make sure our students are in school learning everyday and we need your help.  Addressing chronic absence is a key component of improving graduation rates, increasing academic achievement and giving young people a good chance for success in their adult life.  Please help our Eagles to prepare to soar.

We appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement throughout another challenging year.  Our students have accomplished so much in the first two thirds of the year and we can’t wait to see what is coming!


Alyssa and Mónica

School News
5Essentials Survey

Every year, schools across Illinois participate in the 5Essentials Survey.  Our staff, 4-5th graders, and our families provide feedback about our schools.  Please take a moment to complete the survey HERE.


Please remember that attendance is critical for student learning and growing!  Help your students by making sure they are at school every day!  Student attendance matters– from PK through high school.  Help prepare our Eagles to soar.

Around The Campus
Pop Tabs

Throughout the district, we are collecting Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House.  Please help Twain and CCSD21 students collect as many pop tabs as possible.  You can send the tabs with your student and they can put them in the designated box in the office.

Spring Testing

The time for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness will be coming up soon for 3-5th graders.  Students across Illinois will complete the assessment.  Please be on the lookout for additional information.

SHIELD testing
As a reminder, once your student is fully vaccinated, they will no longer participate in weekly SHIELD testing.  If you would like your student to continue testing, please let Alyssa Shlensky or Colette Byrne know- [email protected]

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