Reduced rate for internet

Comcast Internet Essentials is a high-speed, low-cost Internet service available in our area for eligible low-income households for as little as $9.95 a month. To qualify, your household must:

  • Receive federal and/or state assistance.
  • Not have any level of Xfinity Internet service now or within the last 90 days.
  • Not have an outstanding Comcast balance that is less than one year old.

Including meeting all of the above, your household must also be eligible for or receive public assistance like:

  • Medicaid: Federal Healthcare Program.
  • NSLP: National School Lunch Program.
  • SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • Housing: public housing assistance including HUD, Section 8, Housing Choice Vouchers, etc.
  • TANF: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
  • SSI: Supplemental Security Income.
  • LIHEAP: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
  • WIC: Women, Infants, and Children.
  • VA: Veterans Pension eligibility determination letter from the Veterans 

To learn more about Internet Essentials you can visit


Bus Riders

Dear parents of bus riding students:

Safety of our students is our number one priority.  In order to keep our students safe, we are asking for your cooperation.  If your student(s) will not be riding the bus, please contact the school.  If we do not hear directly from you with a phone call or note, students will be required to ride the bus home.  A growing number of students are reporting alternate transportation without parent notification to the school. We have had several incidents were students have reported that their parents said they could go to the library or other locations and parents thought their child was on the bus. So, to be proactive for the safety and welfare of all students, please contact the school with any changes to your transportation plans.  Thank you for your help in this matter.


Curt Rheingans


September 12, 2019


Dear Parents:


A quick note to thank everyone for making this year start off on such a positive note. We at school are very appreciative of all the efforts the parents are doing to make sure that their child comes to school ready to learn each day. Here are some upcoming at the school. Please remember the calendar of events is also online at


September 27th                 Picture Day. Order forms will be coming home soon.

October 4th                         Breakfast with a buddy

October 11th                       No School

October 14th                       No School

October 16th                       End of 1st quarter

October 17th                       2:00 release

October 24th                       Parent-Teacher Conferences




Curt Rheingans, Superintendent

September 12, 2019


Welcome Back

August 5, 2019
Welcome, Creston Families to the 2019-2020 school year. We are very excited for the start of another strong year and we are sure your child is as well. The first day of school is August 15th and it will be here before we know it! While the end of the school year seems so far away, we all know how quickly the school year will go. Every day is extremely valuable, and we are committed to making each day full of important learning experiences. Again this year, we ask parents to make attendance a priority. If your child is not at school, they do not have the opportunity to learn and grow. We want them here! Thank you for your efforts in this capacity.
The area of focus for our staff in their professional development will be to make sure that each child shows one year of growth in reading. As a staff, we will continue to study what research based strategies are best practices in reading and literacy. As we put forth our focused efforts to increase reading growth, we need your support at home. Studies show reading at night is the single most important factor to increase reading comprehension. Please find time each night to listen to your child read or to sit down and read with your child. We know your schedules are busy but please partner with us to work on literacy. We are confident that with your support from home, we will reach our goal to see that every student shows one year of growth in reading comprehension. It takes a village!
As you know, we like to be involved with our students and families. Please know that we are always available to meet with you, to listen to your concerns and to work with you to meet the needs of all our students. It’s an honor to work in our amazing Creston Community School District. Here’s to another great school year! Remember, you are always welcome in our school!
Important Dates:
August 14, 2019
4:30-6:00 Unpack your Backpack
5:45 Parent and student meeting in the gym
August 15, 2019
First day of school. 2:00 Dismissal
August 16, 2019
2:00 dismissal
Yours in Education,
Nicole and Curt

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Dear Families,

Over the next 2 weeks, your child will be taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness Test. This assessment will help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. The state and Creston School use this information to determine what areas need more support and resources. Again all students in grades 3-8 will be taking the IAR.  Let’s work together and make your child’s experience a positive and successful one! We’ve been preparing at school. Here are some suggestions you can do to help everyday:

*Ensure your child arrives at school on time.

*Have your child eat a healthy breakfast.

*Ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep.

*Gently encourage them to do their best.

Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your child during testing.

Curt Rheingans

Reading Survey

Dear Parents,

Later today you will receive a text message with a survey attached. With new ESSA reporting requirements, each district is required to get parent feedback regarding the curriculum. Please take time to fill out this quick survey as we do  listen to and value all input from all stakeholders as we make curriculum decisions.


Thank You,

Curt Rheingans, Superintendent

2018-2019 Calendar Changes

Please see the updated calendar changes due to the winter weather we have had. Any questions please call me at 563-210-4948

18-19 School Calendar Changes


Thursday, April 18, 2019-    No School Teacher Institute Day (moved from June)


Thursday, May 23, 2019- 8th Grade Graduation


Monday, May 27, 2019- No School Memorial Day


Tuesday, May 28, 2019- Regular Attendance Day (Emergency Day 1)


Wednesday, May 29, 2019- Regular Attendance Day (Emergency Day 2)


Thursday, May 30, 2019- Regular Attendance Day (Emergency Day 3)


Friday, May 31, 2019- Regular Attendance Day (Emergency Day 4)


Monday, June 3, 2019- Regular Attendance Day (Emergency Day 5)
Tuesday, June 4, 2019- Report Card Day/ 10AM dissmissal (former TI day)