District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

January 26, 2023

In this issue…

  • Next Board Meeting
  • Calendar Reminders

  • Feedback Opportunity

  • Winter Weather and E-Learning

  • Maintaining and Promoting Bilingualism

  • De-Stress Event Feb. 16

  • D41 Educator of the Year Nominations

  • GPS Offerings

Next D41 Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, February 21 - Regular Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., at Hadley

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

- Board meeting schedule HERE

Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, February 17 - SIP Day (11:30 a.m. dismissal for grades 1-8. No PreK/EC or Kindergarten student attendance)
  • Monday, February 20 - President's Day (No School)

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 January 24 - 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.

Schools across Illinois participated in the Ninth annual 5Essentials Survey of Learning Conditions: Organizing Schools for Improvement this past academic year. This survey generates valuable data that districts can use to guide their ongoing efforts to improve schools and to offer students an excellent education. The survey is another improvement tool that allows districts and the state to share data as a means to inform parents and community members about the school’s learning environment. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by Chicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. Data and indicators are a result from an anonymous administration of the survey instrument.

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

Winter Weather and E-Learning

Being Prepared for Possible School Closures

Every winter, District schools face the possibility of school building closures due to inclement weather. In order to be prepared for this possibility, please note the following: In the event that schools need to close for the day, District 41 will communicate the weather-related closure to families and staff as early as possible. If you need to update your contact information in Skyward CLICK HERE.

School closures due to weather will be communicated in the following ways:

Email, robo call and text message (To sign up, CLICK HERE)

D41 Website

Facebook and Twitter


E-LEARNING DAYS: A decision about e-learning due to weather would be communicated to students and families that day as well. During e-learning students will follow their daily schedule corresponding to the day of the week the emergency day falls on. Students will be provided access to the Google Classroom from the teachers they were assigned to see on the missed day from multiple subject areas that equate to no more than 5 hours of participation. Core teachers will either livestream or provide recorded video of the lesson in Google Classroom. Specials teachers will provide an assignment for the students that day. Information about e-learning will come directly from the teachers to the students and parents.

"Maintaining and Promoting Bilingualism" February 9th

Come and join the "Maintaining and Promoting Bilingualism" event to learn how we can promote bilingualism and learn how we can communicate in other languages.

WHAT: Maintaining and Promoting Bilingualism with Dr. Kim Ptowski

WHEN: Thursday, February 9th 6:30 PM

WHERE: Churchill Elementary School 240 Geneva Rd, Glen Ellyn Rd IL 60137

Services: Spanish, Vietnamese and Urdu

Childcare will be available.

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"Change Distress to De-Stress" Presentation Feb. 16

Please consider attending this important event sponsored by the District 41 PTA Council. Neuropsychologist and founder of Marvelous Minds Dr. Kymberly Larson will present this program to help parents of K-8 students recognize signs of distress and how to cope with them.

WHAT: "Change Distress to De-Stress" presented by Neuropsychologist Dr. Kymberly Larson

WHEN: Thursday, February 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hadley Junior High Library, 240 Hawthorne Blvd., Glen Ellyn

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D41 Educator of the Year

Nominations for the Glen Ellyn Community Awards recognizing the exceptional contributions of the Glen Ellyn community during 2022 is now open.

Nominate your choice for the District 41 Educator of the Year! The submission form is open until Friday, February 10.

CLICK HERE to submit your nomination.

Glenbard Parent Series Offerings

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

Zaretta Hammond

- Motivating, Supporting and Expanding the Capacity of All Students

Wed, Feb 1 -- 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Click for more details

Dr. Catherine Newman
- Essential Communication and Life Skills: A Kid’s Guide to Growing Up

Wed, Feb 8 -- 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Click for more details

Gina Biegel

-Take in the Good: Skills for Staying Positive, Reducing Stress and Living Your Best Life

Wed, Feb 15 -- 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Click for more details

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