Lyon School Summer Newsletter

August 5, 2019

Glenview District 34

Our Mission

Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.

Lyon School

1335 Waukegan Road

Glenview, IL 60025

(847)998-5045 Phone/(847)998-9701 Fax

(847)657-2894 Absence Calls/Health Office


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Calendar of Events at Lyon and District 34

Back to School Dates

Friday, August 9

Class Placement Emailed to Parents

Thursday, August 15

New Student Orientation (1st & 2nd Grade) 9:00a.m. -10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, August 21

First Day for Students in Grades 1st & 2nd - 8:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Orientation - Student should attend with an adult

9:30 - 10:15/a.m. Kindergarten - Last Names beginning with A-L

10:30 - 11:15/a.m. Kindergarten - Last Names beginning with M-Z

1:00 - 1:45/p.m. Kindergarten - Last names beginning with A-L

2:00 - 2:45/p.m. kindergarten - Last names beginning with M-Z

Kindergarten First Day of School Without Parents!

Only 1/2 the class attend each day.

On Thursday, August 22, students whose last names begins with the Letter A-L attend school.

On Friday, August 23, students whose last names begin with letters M-Z attend school.

On Monday, August 26, students attend their regular class times.

Monday, August 26

District 34 Board of Ed Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 29- Curriculum Night


The evening is intended to provide parents with an overview of the curriculum. Look for more information coming home with your child. Save the date

Monday September 2

No School - Labor Day

Friday, September 20

Picture Day

Monday, September 23

District 34 Board of Education Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Monday, September 30

No School

Tuesday, October 1

No School - Institute Day

Thursday, October 3

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 4

No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

View the full calendar at the District website ( -- Parents -- Calendar).

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Lyon Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and fully enjoying summer with family and friends. In the following sections you will find a great deal of important information about Lyon and District 34, dates of upcoming events, and various school-related procedures and expectations. Thank you in advance for taking the time to carefully review this material. We invite your questions and comments, so please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We welcome ALL families at Lyon. We believe in doing our best work with our available resources to help each child attending our school grow and thrive in developmentally appropriate ways – social-emotional, intellectual and physical. Consistent with our Glenview District 34 mission to aspire, explore, discover and connect, our goal is to always foster maximum growth and development for every child while meeting the diverse needs of our students. This is a challenging and extremely worthwhile pursuit at this exciting and formative time in their young lives, and we look forward to doing this work with you.

We are excited to welcome Kim Williams, our new Assistant Principal for Student Services, to the Lyon community. Kim most recently worked at Henking and Hoffman (here in District 34) as their Student Services Administrator. She will be at Lyon full time, helping to lead and support our work across all of our K-2 programs. You will have the chance to learn more about Kim as the school year progresses.

Our school building and grounds are looking fantastic and (almost) ready for the 2019-20 academic year, thanks to the dedication and hard work of our outstanding custodial team over the past few months. Lyon teachers have started to return and begin preparations for students and their classrooms, having participated in a wide variety of professional learning endeavors this summer. We’re excited to continue the learning with our students soon!

Once we return to school, we will send out joint newsletters with our “cluster” partner school, Pleasant Ridge. Please be on the lookout for those as we share helpful information through that source on an ongoing basis.

We take very seriously the responsibility of creating a positive primary school experience for each and every child. Thank you in advance for all of your support and cooperation. When you’ve finished reading this newsletter, please give your kids a hug and tell them it’s going to be an awesome year at Lyon! Tell them we look forward to seeing them soon. Then get back to enjoying the remaining days of summer. We will see you at Lyon in a few weeks.


Kevin Dorken

Lyon School Principal

Before and After School Pick Up Procedures

The following procedures have been put in place to make the beginning and end of the day safe and smooth. We ask that all parents assist us in assuring that every child at Lyon is safe by following these rules. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

All parents are asked to remain in their vehicle and pull up alongside the canopy at the front of the building to unload/load their children on the curbside. The line for cars starts at the student loading area and continues around the outer perimeter of the bus lanes. Parents are not allowed to park and walk their children through the parking area to/from a vehicle. If a child is having difficulty and requires adult assistance, please pull your car into one of the 15 minute spaces.

All traffic should go around the bus lanes and remain in the car lane for drop-off/pick-up. Only a single lane of traffic will be allowed in the inner circle of the driveway along the front of the school. Anyone needing to enter the school for a a before/after school meeting or activity is asked to park in the outer lot and utilize the crosswalk near the building to cross. The only exceptions to this are vehicles with designated handicapped parking permits and the student services transportation vehicles.

Parents will not be allowed to park and wait in the school hallway or under the front canopy of the school for their child, but must remain in their vehicle before and after school. If your child is assigned a bus please use this service whenever possible. If you will be picking children up at the end of the day, please write a note indicating your child will be a car rider or a walker. Your signature, your child's teacher's name, along with the correct day/date, will help in making the correct changes. If on the rare occasion your transportation arrangements require a change for your child during the school day, please call the office before 3:00 p.m. This will allow the office staff ample time to notify your child’s teacher of the change.

Students are not allowed to ride any bus other than the one assigned. Thus, a child may not ride home on another bus for a play date or go to another child’s home if it requires a change from their assigned bus. Parents will need to make their own transportation arrangements for this purpose.

Finally, please observe and follow all directions of the Lyon staff. They are present to assist in a safe and efficient pick up for your children. Thank you again for your cooperation with these procedures.

Welcome Back from the PTA President

Hello Lyon and Pleasant Ridge Families!

As the newly elected Lyon/PR PTA President, I would like to welcome back returning families and extend a warm welcome to our new families! We look forward to working with our wonderful principals, teachers, staff and administration. We appreciate all that you do and will continue to work hard to support you!

I am honored to work with our dedicated and supportive Lyon/Pleasant Ridge PTA, which consists of a nine-person Executive Board, a 45-person General Board and over 300 parent, teacher and administrative members, all who advocate for our students, families and staff. Through the PTA fundraising efforts, we provide “additional” funds, programming, and resources to enrich our children’s educational experiences throughout the school year. We personally invite you to become an involved member of the LY/PR PTA. We will be hosting various sign-up opportunities soon. The annual dues are $20, which includes a hard copy of the Lyon/PR student/parent directory. Your contributions, whether it is your time, knowledge or resources truly make a difference.

The PTA works to continually improve communications with the LY/PR community. We utilize a mobile friendly website, which allows us to showcase event photos, volunteer opportunities and the PTA activity calendar. Weekly e-Blasts are sent to all families to inform them of upcoming events volunteer opportunities and provide links to newsletters.

As we embark on another exciting school year, we have outstanding educational assemblies, author visits, International night, Book Fairs and other programming. We look forward to sharing all of these opportunities with you. Here are a few great ways to get involved and make a difference:

International Night 2019

We are currently seeking co-chairs to assist in coordinating country hosts and volunteers. This wonderful annual event will be held in February at Pleasant Ridge. Please help us celebrate the diversity and cultural heritage of our students, faculty and community. Hosting a room allows you to showcase your heritage at the much loved and well attended event. Don’t miss this great opportunity to do something educational and fun with your kids! Visit the PTA website at, to see what has been done in previous years. For more information or if you are interested in being a co-chair contact me at

Room Parents

Our PTA Room Parent Coordinators, Whitney Langas and Jessica Plopper are seeking

two room parents for each classroom. Sign-up sheets will be available in the classrooms

during teacher meet & greets, or you can email them at

after class assignments have been received, until Friday, August 23rd by noon. Please provide your name, contact information, and please list all children and their assigned teacher. If there are multiple requests for the same classroom, a lottery system will be used to determine the assignments.

Fall Book Fair

Our first book fair will take place during the week of November 11 at Lyon School. Thousands of books will be available, including new and noteworthy titles, state and national award winners and favorite authors. Special family events will be held throughout. Contact Co-Chair Kristin Spieldenner ( for more information on how to volunteer.

Ways to Support PTA Programming From Your Home

Please consider donating 0.5% of your eligible Amazon purchases to the LY/PR PTA by setting up an AmazonSmile account and choosing Lyon Pleasant Ridge PTA as your charity. You get the same products, prices and service while helping our schools. Sign up today at

We look forward to making the 2019-2020 school year fun and productive. Please join

us for our first PTA meeting on Tuesday, September 17, at 9:15AM at Lyon School and stay for coffee and breakfast to meet fellow members after the meeting. Meetings will be held monthly on Tuesdays throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you!

Best Regards,

Alexis Falleroni

PTA President 2019-2020

Mother of Luca Falleroni (3rd grade)

Residency Reminder

Residency Verification

Proof of residency is required for all of the following students: those new to District 34; students whose families have moved within the district during the previous school year; those entering early childhood, kindergarten, 3rd and 6th grade; families with a lease and other families as determined by the district. Please use the following link to prove Residency online

If you require assistance, Residency clerks will be available at the District 34 Administration

Building, 1401 Greenwood Road, the following days in August:

August 5th - August 19 (Monday through Thursday) 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Important Food Service Information


Hello from District 34 Food Service! We've spent the summer preparing for a great 19-20 school year, and look forward to welcoming your children back to school. With new families joining us and increased student interest, this letter is meant to clarify our mission and procedures.

Glenview District 34 offers breakfast and lunch at all eight schools. Our mission is to provide safe, nutritious, tasty meals to all students. Good nutrition fosters proper growth and development to prepare students to learn at their optimal level during the school day. We participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program and meet all of the nutritional requirements of these programs. We offer healthy entree options that meet the calorie, fat and sodium guidelines set forth by the USDA. We offer a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable options daily, including local produce and all grains offered are whole grain rich. Our entree options are age appropriate portion size; fruits and vegetables are offered in half-cup portions and eight ounces of skim milk is offered in plain and flavored varieties with no sugar added. All students are welcome to participate in our meal program.

Free and Reduced price meals:Families may apply for assistance by completing a meal application for the current school year. FAMILIES MUST REAPPLY EVERY YEAR. Free and reduced price meals are provided to families that meet the established federal income guidelines. Students who qualify for free meals do not need to have money on their account unless they choose to purchase milk alone, or they choose to purchase ala carte items from the middle schools (Attea/Springman). Reduced price meals cost $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.

Lunch balances:The lunch account (student id card) is set up as a debit system. Students must have money in their accounts to purchase meals and ala carte items. Lunch is an important component in academic achievement and we want to ensure your child can access the daily lunch offerings. Therefore, parents need to make sure that their child's lunch account has money available in it. An automated email sends low balance reminders when a student lunch accounts fall below $10.00. Delinquent accounts will be addressed by contacting the parent through email, letter, phone or text message.

Lunch account deposits:​ ​Funds can be added to a student lunch account by check or cash sent directly to the school, or by credit card (​​). All payments require the student's full name and student id number to ensure the deposit is applied to the proper account.

Lunch/Student id cards:At the primary and elementary schools, lunch/student id cards are provided to the teachers and kept at school. Students retain their cards just prior to their lunch time, and have the option of just purchasing milk or purchasing a complete meal which includes milk. Middle school students are provided one student id card on the first day of school, which is used for lunch, bus and the school library. Replacement id cards can be purchased for $5.00.

Special dietary needs:Please contact Kimberly Cleveland, the Director of Food Service, if your child has any special dietary needs that require accommodations (​​ or (847)486-7711).

Please visit our webpage at ​​ for additional information.

Important Visitor Procedures

Please call your child’s teacher to arrange an appointment if you want to visit a classroom. Sign in at the office so that we know you are in the building. We ask that you wear a visitor lanyard when visiting. Please sign out and return the lanyard when leaving the building. If you plan to take your child out of the building during school hours, please sign him/her out in the office.

All visitors (including parents) will be asked to present valid state issued identication (drivers license or state i.d.) that will be entered into the system before gaining access to the school beyond the main office.

Authorization to Administer Medication at School

If your child needs to take any medication during the school day -- either prescription or over-the-counter (including ibuprofen or other pain reliever) -- you must submit this form with a doctor's signature to the health office at school (Aquí está la forma en español.). There are no exceptions to this policy. Students should not have medication in their backpack or pocket; parents must provide the medication indicated on the form, in original packaging, to the school nurse.

All health forms are posted on the District 34 website on our frequently used forms page. If you have questions, please contact the Lyon health office at (847) 657-2894 or the Pleasant Ridge health office at (847) 657-2794.

Student Supply Program

No Lists + No Kits + No Store = No Hassle

K-2nd Grade - $50

3rd Grade - $60

4th & 5th Grade - $85

No more purchasing school supplies from a confusing supply list or buying pre-packaged kits. Simply pay a single fee and your child’s classroom supplies are covered for the entire school year. Click the links below for PROGRAM DETAILS and PAYMENT FORMS. You can drop off the form with your payment to the Lyon School office or mail it to Lyon School, 1335 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 60025.

Food Service Menu and Cycle Calendar For Lyon and Pleasant Ridge

Please review this important food service information which includes the menu cycle and the cycle calendar. Click here for the Summer Food Service Newsletter.