Virtual Backpack

Welcome to the "Virtual Backpack!"

District 28 posts local non-profit and community partner flyers here in the District's "Virtual Backpack." This approach allows us to provide information about community programs in a way that is environmentally friendly and cost-effective. Please note that District 28 is making this information available as a courtesy and to provide information about local events and programs in our community. Materials posted on this page are the responsibility of the organizations represented.  Principals offer links to new events in their weekly e-news. You can always check back as a handy reference! 

PTO Events

Be sure to check out the new Paperless PTO websites to stay in the know about upcoming school PTO Events.

Cheers to 28 save the date

Cheers to 28

The PTO Council presents Cheers to 28 - A Parents' Night Out to benefit teacher grants from 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 26 at Fields BMW Northfield. Purchase tickets or become a family sponsor! Download the flyer for details.


District  Events

Screenagers the movie

'ScreenAgers' Showing Jan. 15

Back by popular demand, the documentary film, 'ScreenAgers' will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Greenbriar School Auditorium.  If you missed the first screening in October, this is your chance to get tips to help your child navigate digital life. This a documentary about growing up with smartphones, gaming and social media. The event is open to parents and all students in 5th grade and older. The 65-minute film will be followed by a group discussion. More information on


 Jackie Rhew

Student Anxiety: How Parents Can Help

Many children experience school-related anxiety at one time or another. For some, school anxiety will lead to school refusal or impact academic performance, social interactions and even their health. Parents are invited to learn about warning signs as well as coping strategies during a special program at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Northbrook Junior High with renowned behavioral counselor Jackie Rhew.


Community Events

Northwestern U camps 

Basketball/Soccer Camps for Girls

Northwestern University offers basketball and soccer summer camps for girls, from kindergarten through 8th grade. Registration is open now at and there is an early bird discount of 15% until February 1.

 Wonka the musical

Kidstage Holds Auditions for Wonka

The local children's theater group Kidstage is holding auditions for its spring show, "Wonka" Jan. 16 and 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. Auditions are open to boys and girls in grades 1 to 6. Download the audition flier for more information. There will also be an opportunity for 5- and 6-year-old boys and girls to participate in the production as Little Loompas. Download the Little Loompas flier for details
 Piven theater

Sign Up for Theater Workshops

PivenTheater in Evanston offers theater workshops for students in grades 3-12. Check out their spring semester of course offerings.
Taco Tuesdays teen program   

Taco Tuesday with Teens

GNCY is hosting an event on February 12th, "Taco Tuesday with Your Teens" held at the GBN cafeteria. This presentation is a new format requested by parents that will involve both parents and their teens in a world cafe setting. We are looking forward to this new style enabling both parents and their teens to discuss the dangers of JUULs and vaping. Download the flier for more details.