District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

March 16, 2023

In this issue…

  • Calendar Reminders
  • Upcoming Board Meetings
  • Registration
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Spanish Camp in June
  • GECRC Summer Program
  • D41 Kids Foundation Summer Musical "Moana"
  • Hadley Band Students Selected for Prestigious Honor
  • 5 Essentials Survey Deadline

  • GPS Offerings

Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, March 24 SIP Day - 11:30am dismissal for all schools (No Pre-K or Kindergarten attendance on this day)

  • March 27 thru 31 Spring Break

Upcoming Board Meetings

  • Monday, March 20, 2023, Regular Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at Hadley Jr. High

  • Monday, April 17, 2023, Regular Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at Hadley Jr. High

- View Board meeting agendas HERE | Watch live and recorded Board meetings HERE

- Board meeting schedule HERE

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2023-24 School Year

Registration for incoming kindergarteners and current Pre-K to 7th grade students is now open.

Click here for information and registration.

Preschool Registration Starts April 5

The District 41 Preschool Program immerses children in a play-based, student-centered environment to maximize student learning, growth and development. Daily instruction targets all areas of development with a strong focus on literacy, math, language and social-emotional development. The classroom experience engages 3-5 year old children of all abilities, to thrive in an academic setting for a lifelong passion of learning.

Click here on or after April 5 to register! Your child must complete a preschool screener before they are eligible to start. Deadline to register is July 14 to start on the first day of Pre-k. If registration is completed after July 14th, students may start after the first day of school.

Program Details

  • Tuition is $250 per month

  • Offered to all families residing within the D41 boundaries

  • Tuition waivers for families in need based on the severity of risk factors and space availability

  • Bus transportation may be available for some (ask for details during registration)

  • Service providers work within classrooms, e.g. Speech, Occupational therapy, Physical therapy, and Social work

  • Special education supports and services available based on each student's individual need

Program Highlights

  • Blended classroom experience

  • Small student teacher ratios

  • Five day-a-week program

  • Two sections offered daily (8:50am - 11:20 am and 12:40pm - 3:10pm)

  • Research-based creative curriculum

  • Follows the District 41 school calendar

All Preschool Classes for all D41 students are held at:

Forest Glen School

561 Elm Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Therapy Dogs Visit Lincoln School

Dogs and handlers from Therapy Dogs International (TDI) come to Lincoln on a weekly basis to visit with students and staff, and often even have a book read to them. This program started as an additional way to support the social emotional needs of the students at Lincoln.

Thank you, TDI, for sharing your special furry friends with us!

Spanish Camp for FLES and Dual Students - Save the Date

Save the date for the District 41 Spanish Camp for FLES and Dual Language Program elementary students (FLES 1-5 & Dual K-5), Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16, at Churchill School. Morning and afternoon sessions will be offered. More information is coming soon!


GECRC Summer Program Registration Now Open

The Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center (GECRC) Summer Program is a 6-week summer enrichment program that uses Project Based Learning, Essential Skills, and Social Emotional Learning to support students during the summer months. Students will participate in engaging projects focused on STEM, Literacy, and Art. Students will also go on field trips to further hands-on learning. Transportation will be provided.

  • Dates: June 27, 2023 - August 3, 2023

  • Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm, Tuesdays-Fridays

  • Location: Churchill Elementary School (240 Geneva Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137)

    • Camp Week (August 1st - 3rd, Tuesday - Thursday) will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn. Transportation will be provided.

  • Who can enroll?: Students currently in Kindergarten - 7th grade that qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch

To register your student(s) please click the link below!

District 41 Student Registration for GECRC Summer Program 2023

If you have already registered your student, don't worry! I will be sending out confirmation emails starting next week!

If you have any questions, please contact Lizzy Doty at edoty@gecrc.com.

D41 Kids Foundation Summer Musical - Moana

D41 Kids Foundation invites all children in grades K-8 to participate in the summer musical, Moana. Auditions will be held on May 22 and 23 with callbacks taking place on May 24. This is a no-cut program, everyone who auditions will have a role in the show! Show dates are July 21-23. Scholarships are available - contact theatre@d41kids.org. To register your child, click here.

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Hadley Band Students Selected for Prestigious Honor Jazz Band

The Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) offers the wonderful opportunity to audition for an honor jazz band where talented middle school students come together for one day to rehearse and perform a concert. ILMEA District 9 is made up of many school districts from our surrounding area. Out of all the students auditioning, approximately 50 from across the region will participate in the honor jazz band. Auditioning for ILMEA takes dedication and hard work.

Congratulations to Hadley Jr. High Band musicians selected to participate in this prestigious festival: 7th Grader Simon Ellis (euphonium) and 8th Grader Adam Manzke (trumpet). These students will participate in the ILMEA District 9 Jazz Band Festival on Saturday, April 15th at Monroe Middle School. This is also the first year Hadley is participating in ILMEA, so to have our students represent Hadley in the inaugural occasion is something to be remembered!

Congratulations to all the students who prepared and recorded auditions. Everyone should be very proud of their hard work in preparing for this rigorous audition. Hadley Band Directors Samantha Tribley and Chris Cooper are so proud of their student’s dedication and musicianship. Way to represent Hadley Jr. High and District 41!

Feedback Opportunity! Take the Illinois 5Essentials Survey

All parents are encouraged to participate in a brief survey to help District 41 gather valuable data to inform school improvement. The Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey is administered annually by the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey is open through March 31, 2023.

Please CLICK HERE to take the survey and choose “Parent Survey.” The deadline is March 31.

Each school needs at least 20 percent parent participation for a data report to be provided for the school. For more information about the survey, see below. Thank you in advance for your participation. Your feedback is very much appreciated!


The 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that lead to improved outcomes for all students, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

The five indicators that positively affect school success are:

  1. Effective Leaders

  2. Collaborative Teachers

  3. Involved Families

  4. Supportive Environments

  5. Ambitious Instruction

Research derived from the Five Essentials for School Success has proven that schools strong on at least three of the 5Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student outcomes.

For questions regarding the survey, please call Department of Wellness at (217) 782-5270 or email 5Essentials@isbe.net​.​​​​​​​​​

Glenbard Parent Series Offerings

Stay up to date on the upcoming offerings from the Glenbard Parent Series HERE

Dr. Lourdes Ferrer-Allen
La preparación para la excelencia: Una academia para padres/Grooming for Excellence: A Parent Academy

Thu, Mar 16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Click for more details

Liz Fosslien - Distinguished Glenbard Alumna
BIG Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay

Tue, Apr 4, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Click for more details

NOTE: Some speakers will present multiple times. See GPS website for all dates/times available for each presentation.