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Home of the Glen Grove Gators - October 29, 2021

Glenview District 34

Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.

Glen Grove Elementary School

3900 Glenview Road

Glenview, IL 60025

Phone: (847) 998-5030

Fax: (847) 998-5101

Attendance/Health Office: (847) 657-2394

School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 7:45 am - 2:40 pm

Wednesday - 8:45 am - 2:40 pm

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Important Dates

Friday, October 29

Fall Celebration

Last day to change your Shield testing option in PowerSchool

Monday, November 1

No School - Institute Day

Friday, November 12

Picture Retake Day

End of Trimester 1

Monday, November 15

Board of Education Meeting - Westbrook School, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, November 17

Last day to register for Battle of the Books - Glenview Public Library

Wednesday, November 24

No School - Institute Day

Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26

No School - Thanksgiving Break


Friday, May 27, 2022

REVISED Last day of student attendance


View the full calendar at the District website

A Note from Ms. Ellison

Dear Glen Grove Community,

I want to send a HUGE thank you to the PTA for all of their work the past few weeks. The Fall parties and photo area are a huge highlight for our students. Additionally, the Character Counts food drive is a really important part of who we are as a community. A community that gives back and helps the collective. I’m proud of the students for their dedication to this project and, in case you were wondering, they did select the inflatable unicorn for my Halloween costume!

I’d like to share some big news regarding our lunch procedures and protocols. With the support of the district and Glen Grove teachers, we were able to develop a plan to keep students six feet apart at lunch. This requires additional staffing and some students eating in classrooms. I am excited to share that with the financial support of the district and flexibility of the teachers, we will start this new procedure on November 2nd. This means that we will not have close contacts during lunch and we will be able to keep more students in school consistently.

Finally, I want to highlight a part of our newsletter that focuses on community and culture. A team of teachers is working with students, educators, and families to highlight the amazing diversity and traditions in our school. Please check out the Dia De Los Muertos section of the newsletter for some great read alouds and student videos on this tradition celebrated by some of our Glen Grove families.

Thanks for your partnership! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any comments, questions, or concerns.



TODAY is the last day to change your shield testing option

If you would like to change your selection for your child for weekly SHIELD testing, you can do so in PowerSchool. The selection window closes TODAY (Friday, October 29. Your new selection will take effect on Monday, November 8. If you don’t wish to change your selection, no action is required.

Visit our website for information.

Last Day of School is now Friday, May 27

At the October 18th Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the following change to the 2021-2022 calendar:

The last day of student attendance is Friday, May 27, the day before Memorial Day weekend (changed from Wednesday, June 1).

Due to construction projects which include renovations to half of our classrooms over the summer, the construction managers have told us that all classrooms and buildings must be vacated entirely on Friday June 3 to help ensure the on-time opening in the fall. The district has decided that May 31 - June 2 will be reserved for teachers and staff to clear out their work spaces and to identify items that need to be packed, labeled and stored. These days were chosen because the district does not want teachers to be without the materials they need for students while students are still in the classrooms.

From the Nurse's Office

If you need any help or support during this difficult time of the pandemic, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Hastings, RN, our Health Coordinator, at (847) 657-2394.

All student absences should be called into the health office no later than 7:45 a.m. at (847) 657-2394. The school has voicemail so parents can call the health office to leave messages at any time.

If your children come to school after 7:45 a.m. please have them come through the front office. This is for the safety of all of our students.

Don't forget to pack a water bottle!

Due to health and safety concerns, our water fountains have been replaced with state-of-the-art water dispensers. Please send a water bottle to school with your child every day!

Glen Grove Community Culture Team

The purpose of the Glen Grove Community Culture Team is to celebrate our diversity and recognize all the different kinds of celebrations and traditions our families celebrate. The team meets monthly to talk about how we can share our Glen Grove families' celebrations and traditions. Today they'd like to highlight Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
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Picture Retake Day - Friday, November 12

Did your child miss our original Picture Day? No problem!

Did your child's picture turn out ... ummm ... not what you were expecting? No problem!

Picture Retake Day is on Friday, November 12.

If you have a picture package and are getting a retake, please send the package to school with your child.

To place an original order, follow the instructions below.

Questions? Call Color Portraits at (847) 382-7505 ext. 7 (extensión 6 para español).

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News from the LRC

Pumpkin Character Contest

Thank you to all the students who participated in the contest. We had just about 50 entries. Everyone was impressed with the creative and unique approaches students took to represent book characters. Here are the winning pumpkins:

The most creative use of materials-

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Julienne Z. in Ms. Margolis’ class

The best representation of a character-

Hocus Pocus, the Sanderson Sisters by Melina O.-L. in Ms. Shapiro’s class

The best representation of a hero and villain-

Bark Knight from Dog Man Fetch 22 by Nathan C. in Ms. Borkowski’s class

The most unusual character representation-

Medusa from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Natalie K. in Ms. Burns’ class

The best representation of a book-

Smile by Iyla O. in Ms. Antzis’ class

If your child did not bring home his/her pumpkin today from school, please remind him/her to pick up the pumpkin from the library by next Friday, November 5.

Reminder for 4th and 5th Graders

The last day to register for Battle of the Books (BOB), a Glenview Public Library program, is Wednesday, November 17th. Parents, please register your child using the online form: Paper copies of the registration form are also available at the Youth Service at the library. Each student must register separately. Please include the names of all team members—as well as the team name—when registering. Teams should be complete at time of registration. Ideally, each team should have 4 members, but teams of 3 are also acceptable. Mrs. Duby and Glenview Public Library staff are happy to help interested students find teams. The Orientation Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 6, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Glenview Public Library. Teams compete in one meet each. Meet dates run from January 18 – March 10, 2022. Here is this year’s book list. Paper copies are available at the Glenview Public library. Glen Grove School has a collection on Destiny Discover for students.

Overdue Books

Overdue notices are sent weekly to students' email accounts. Students can check their Destiny Discover accounts at any time to see what they currently have checked out or overdue. Parents receive overdue notices once a month and do not need to respond to notice unless they have a question about overdues. Books that are 60 days overdue will be considered lost. We are asking parents to pay for lost books with a check payable to Glen Grove School. If the book(s) is found within the current school year, we are happy to refund the money. The cost of the book(s) is included in the overdue notices. Any questions, please contact the LRC Associate, Mrs. Pam Duby, she is happy to assist you.

Thank you, PTA, for the wonderful Fall Festival activities and photo booth!

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News from the Westbrook + Glen Grove PTA

Families, please submit your NOVEMBER teacher and staff shout outs here:

To learn more about WB/GG PTA please visit

Peachjar Digital Flyers

D34's Peachjar Digital Flyers share a range of community information, such as before + after school programming that might take place on-site at your school, online, or at a location in the Glenview area. You will also see flyers from Glenview community non-profit organizations like the Glenview Education Foundation (GEF) and Debra Gelfand Children's Foundation, both of which serve D34 families and students directly.

View Peachjar Digital Flyers here

or click on the logo above or at the bottom of our webpage

Peachjar Digital Flyers can be sent directly to your inbox so you can easily view the newest flyers every week.

Sign up here to receive Peachjar Flyers by email

Missing Something???

Our Lost and Found is located in the lunchroom. If your child is missing a medium-to-large sized item - a jacket, a water bottle, a pink and green beach towel - please ask them to check there. If they are missing a smaller or valuable item - eyeglasses, jewelry, keys, phone - please have them check in the office.

Please help us by writing your child's name on a tag on their jacket! Thank you.

District 34 Important Forms and Information

2021-2022 District 34 Calendar

Click Here for the following forms:

Authorization And Permission For Administration Of Medication

Bus Rider Reminders

Cell Phone Use Agreement and Permission Form

Dental Exam Form (completed for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades)

Dental Exam Waiver

District Policies/Handbook Info

Eye Exam Form

Eye Exam Waiver

Food Guidelines

Health Examination Form

Follow Us!

We invite you to follow us on Twitter @GlenGroveSchool and on Facebook @GlenGroveD34 for news on student, classroom and school accomplishments, important updates, informational items, and a glimpse at amazing moments of teaching and learning. We also encourage you to share your Glen Grove school pride using the hashtags #glengroved34 and #WeAreD34.

Contact Us

Attendance/Health Office: (847) 657-2394

Main Office: (847) 998-5030

Office Fax: (847) 998-5101