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Home of the Glen Grove Gators - September 15, 2023

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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


September 18 - Monday

  • PICTURE DAY (See below for details)
  • Zetta Elliott author visit at GPL (see LRC News)
  • Board of Education Meeting - 7:30PM at Attea Middle School

September 22 - Friday


September 25 - Monday


September 27 - Wednesday

D34 Mental Health Matters - 7:00PM @ Westbrook

September 28 - Thursday

Celia C. Pérez author visit at GPL (see LRC News)

View the full calendar at the District website

A Note from Ms. Ellison

Dear Glen Grove Families,

Thank you all for your participation in our curriculum night. It was great to see so many of you engaged in your child’s classroom and partnering with us around your child’s education.

At Glen Grove, we are committed to supporting the whole child and are embedding social/emotional learning across our school. For the next few weeks, our teachers are using the Second Step curriculum to focus on growth mindset and student goal setting. We also continue to have a school-wide focus on kindness. Building a safe and supportive environment is our number one priority.

On September 18th the district office will be emailing out every child’s NWEA scores to families accompanied by a letter that explains the scores. Overall our students did an excellent job on this assessment, especially since it was the first time our third graders have taken it. If you have any questions about this measure, please feel free to reach out to your teacher or to me.

Often at this time of year, families start to reach out asking how they can help their child at home. We firmly believe that parents are a child’s first teacher and there is so much value to the home learning environment. First and foremost, you can encourage a love of reading and healthy reading habits at home. If your child needs a good book, they can check out as many as they want in our LRC! Additionally, there are many tools that your child can use to reinforce skills. If they have not already shown you IXL on their iPads, make sure to check it out. There are many literacy and math skills that can be practiced at home. Finally, families can help develop language and vocabulary through talking at home. Encouraging discourse at home about books, current events, and experiences helps students develop background knowledge and language skills.

Thank you for all you do to support your child and our school. Please know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns we are here to help.

In partnership,

Kate Ellison

Glen Grove Principal


Hot Lunch

  • Monday, September 18 - Mozzarella Sticks
  • Tuesday, September 19 - Chicken Tenders or Plant Based Chicken
  • Wednesday, September 20 - Turkey Pepperoni Pizza or Cheese Pizza Slice
  • Thursday, September 21 - Pasta & Meatballs or Plant Based Meatballs
  • Friday, September 22 - NO SCHOOL

  • Monday, September 25 - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, September 26 - Breaded Chicken Drumstick or Plant Based Chicken
  • Wednesday, September 27 - Bosco Sticks w/Marinara Sauce
  • Thursday, September 28 - Beef or Bean Nachos
  • Friday, September 29 - Pancakes & Turkey or Plant Based Sausage

All meals include milk and a variety of fruit and vegetable options.

Everyday, the cafeteria offers the following cold lunch options:

  • Yogurt Pack with Granola Bites, String Cheese & Crackers
  • PB&J Uncrustable
  • Turkey Sandwich

*Offered every Friday: BYO Pizza kit with flatbread, marinara & mozzarella cheese

Please note that, due to supply chain issues, all items are subject to change without notice.

The Food Services department is experiencing unprecedented staff shortages. To continue to provide meals to students in this environment, we may need to adjust to a limited menu, removing the hot entree option. This change may happen on any given day, at one or multiple schools. We will provide information to families at a particular school if this does happen, though communication may occur on short notice.

We appreciate your understanding!

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District 34 has launched a quick and easy way to see the most up-to-date lunch menus: Choosi!

You can access menus two ways through Choosi and you're sure the get the most up-to-date lunch menus -- menus are subject to change daily due to product availability:

Either way, search Glenview Ccsd 34 and then select your school (or just search for your school name). View live menus including nutrient and allergen info. This is available to all parents, students and staff with no login required.

K-5 schools’ monthly menus will be placed in each teacher’s mailbox each month this school year.


Glen Grove Attendance :

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

If you do not notify your Student's school of your child's absence your student will have an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE for the day,


If your student is sick please keep your child home until he/she is feeling well, symptoms have improved and fever free for over 24 hours without fever reducing medications and no vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours.

Student Medications kept at school:

New D34 Medication Administration and Emergency Action forms need to be completed for the 2023-2024 School year. The medication forms are valid if dated after June 8,2023.

You may drop-off medications at Glen Grove on or after August 22, 2023. Please be sure you have the D34 Medication Administration form completed and provide the medication in its original container. The medication should not expire before the end of the school year, May 31, 2024. If you have medication Administration questions please contact Jennifer Hastings, Glen Grove School Nurse.

If your student has a food allergy or asthma please provide a Food Allergy Action Plan or an Asthma Action Plan along with the D34 medication Administration Form.

Please be sure to sign section III of the medication administration form ( back of Medication Administration form) Also sign the parent portion Emergency Action form if applicable.

#BeWell34 News From Our Health Office

As we get closer to flu season, we want to remind families about our health and safety protocols. It is difficult for a child who is not feeling well to learn. It's best for them to stay home until they are well enough to have a positive, productive and healthy school experience. Please keep your child at home if they have:

  • Fever (temperature of 100.4°F or greater)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Communicable diseases
  • Pink eye
  • Head lice infestation (live head lice)
There are many reasons your child could be sick, from cold and flu to COVID-19, strep throat to RSV, and oh, so much more.We encourage you to have your child evaluated by a healthcare provider to determine the cause of and best treatment for their illness.

Before a student may return to school, he/she must be free of fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea (without fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours. If a student has been prescribed antibiotic medication for a rash, communicable diseases and/or pink eye they may return to school after completing 24 hours of prescribed medication.

You can find the full attendance policies and absence reporting information on the District 34 website.


Orland Park Dental

This News Has Teeth!

Dental health is an important part of a child’s overall health – we love to see our students’

healthy smiles!

In the first two-weeks of October, District 34 is bringing Orland Park Dental Services (OPDS) to

our schools to provide dental exams to any of our students who need it. As a reminder, the

State of Illinois requires students in grades K, 2 and 6 submit proof of a dental exam – but these in-school appointments with OPDS are open to any and all students! They provide dental services to children on public aid as well as those with private dental insurance.

The exams are provided by caring, licensed dentists, hygienists and dental assistants with

state-of-the-art portable dental equipment. OPDS has been providing in-school dental services since 1999 and their healthcare professionals ensure a clean, safe and comfortable

environment within the schools.

Parents and guardians who complete the consent form do not have to join their child at the

appointment (but you are welcome to come in). If you have questions or need assistance,

contact District Nurse Shari Stadler (

Sign up here

OPDS registration


If you pick up your student in the car lane and find yourself in the queue of cars on Glenview Road waiting to turn into the parking lot, please do not block the crosswalk with the crossing guard. The guard needs to be able to safely guide our students across Glenview Road. We appreciate your cooperation.


Returning students should bring in their headphones from last year. If a returning student needs new headphones, forward these directions to families that need headphones.

1. Go to the District website, click on "For Student and Families" and then "Fees"

2. Then click on either Login or Create an account

3. Select E-Funds for Schools

4. Select Replacement Headphones $10

5. Pay via credit card or electronic checK


Inevitably, we all misplace things. To assist us in reuniting your student with his or her lost item (water bottle, lunch box, clothing/outerwear, gym shoes, etc), please label items with your students name. It can be first name & last initial or first initial & last name, whatever you prefer. This way, we can be of more assistance with locating lost items and maybe keep our Lost and Found less crowded!

Thank you for your cooperation!


All students should have their own reusable water bottle, labeled with their name. We do not have cups or others vessels to distribute to students without a water bottle. Thank you for helping keep your child hydrated!


What Does Your Student Have Checked Out?

Students are always able to check their library account from their iPad. They need to sign in to the Destiny Discover shortcut (not an app). Using their username (lfunke) and their regular password (G2024-XXXX). Then go to the top of the page, under MY STUFF, then Checkouts. Students can also view their Hold, History, and Favorites. Students can even renew their books one time (for each title) from their account.

The Sora App

Students have this app on their iPads. They can check out audio and eBooks from the Glenview Public Library (which is called the Digital Library of Illinois on the app). At the start of each school year, students are given a lesson on how to log-in and use the app. If you have questions about Sora please email me at

GLP Author Visits

We are very excited about the three children’s authors visiting the Glenview Public Library this fall. Details about the first event are below. Please see the flyers in this newsletter for the other two events. I hope to see your children there!

Zetta Elliott Author Event

Date: Monday, September 18

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Event location: Glenview Public Library

Come meet the amazing Zetta Elliott, author of the popular Dragons in a Bag series.This author visit and books are funded by Glenview CCSD 34 with federal Title I, III, and/or ESSER III dollars. Registration closes on September 17 at 12:00am.

Register for Zetta Elliott Author Event

Virtual Author Visit

Register for this free virtual visit with the amazing children’s author Grace Lin.

Virtual Author Event: Grace Lin

on October 17, 2023

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Online event

Children's book author and illustrator Grace Lin discusses food, family, and folktales, along with a drawing demonstration. This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries. Registration required

Register for Online Visit with Grace Lin Author Event

Looking to Help in the Library?

We are always on the lookout for volunteers to shelve books throughout the day. If you have time, we are happy to show you the ins and outs of shelving. Make your own schedule, it can be once a week or once a month, we gladly accept any help.

Glenview Public Library

Zetta Elliott, author of the Dragons in a Bag series, will be in person at the Glenview Public Library on September 18th from 7- 8pm. Our Gator families will not want to miss the opportunity to listen to her speak! This event is free, but requires families to register with GPL. Please click the link to register online Zetta Elliott Visit Registration or call/visit Glenview Public library. A limited number of copies of Dragons in a Bag are available for Glenview students at the GPL, courtesy of District #34. Stop by and pick up a copy, while supplies last.
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Our 4th grade geologists have begun to explore how natural processes can change Earth's surface through 4 mini-lab activities. Please ask your students all about the clay, sand, ice and water-based mini Earth processes models they worked with. Next week we will be moving science outside to conduct a larger scaled lab activity using more sand, water, and stream tables before we take a break from the mess. At that point we'll transition to taking a closer look at home (Illinois) and how Earth processes have changed our state's landscape. Stay tuned for more!


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Glen Grove Community Culture Team

Below is the link to the September, 2023 Glen Grove Community Project (GGCP) Newsletter - Stories of Tradition. The GGCP is an ongoing initiative to learn about, celebrate, and highlight the traditions and customs of our students and families. We have a vibrant and supportive community, and we enjoy celebrating with them. We have funding this year from the Glenview Education Fund (GEF) to continue our work, and we have many exciting plans for the upcoming school year.

Glen Grove Community Project - September, 2023 Newsletter

Upcoming - Remembering Loved Ones Event

October's celebration will include setting up a community ofrenda to remember loved ones. If you have empty shoes boxes to donate for this display, please bring them to the Glen Grove office. Thank you!

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.

New classes are starting soon! Register now!

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

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District 34 Important Forms and Information

2023-2024 District 34 Calendar

Calendario 2023-2024 del Distrito 34

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, #GlenGroveSchool and #WeAreD34.

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Contact Us

Attendance/Health Office: (847) 657-2394

Main Office: (847) 998-5030

Office Fax: (847) 998-5101