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Home of the Gators - September 27, 2019

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

Important Dates

Monday. September 30


Tuesday, October 1

NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institue Day

Wednesday, October 2

Advanced Band - 7:10 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

4th & 5th Grae Chorus - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Friday. October 4

NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday. October 7

3rd Grade Chorus - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Student Council - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8

Art Club/Painting - 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, October 9


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

Halloween at Glen Grove

The Glen Grove Halloween Parade will take place on Thursday, October 31st at 12:55 PM. After returning from Pumpkin Caroling at the Abington Senior Center, our 4th graders will lead our school in the annual costume parade. We will exit the back doors of Glen Grove, snake around the grassy area behind the school and re-enter our building through the front doors. Parents are welcome to attend the parade. If you would like to be a spectator, please position yourself on the fields behind our school.

If it is raining on Halloween, the parade will be cancelled. Students will participate in a small, modified version of the parade in our gym for students ONLY, as it would be a very serious breech of fire department safety regulations if we were to have our entire student body and all of our guests in our gym at one time.

CLASSROOM PARTIES: The wonderful room parents of the Westbrook/Glen Grove PTA are busy eliciting volunteers to help organize the classroom Halloween parties. Please note the following:

In alignment with our other District 34 schools, there can be no more than eight room parents/volunteers who will attend classroom parties. We very much appreciate the room parents who plan these parties and organize the volunteers, and all of us want to ensure that our classrooms are not overcrowded and that the adults present are there to assist with activities and supervision. Please look for a communication from your room parent team regarding our Halloween parties in the near future, and be sure to sign up to assist with one of the fun activities that the room parents have planned. If you have not received a communication from your room parents, please feel free to reach out to your room parent team and express your desire to volunteer.

COSTUME INFORMATION: - To ensure our activities are safe and appropriate for the school setting please note the following:

  • Avoid costumes portraying violent characters or monsters.
  • NO weapons (real or look-alike) may be brought to school as part of a costume.
  • Masks are NOT allowed.
  • Aerosol containers are NOT allowed on school premises.
  • Students are NOT allowed to wear costumes to school. They will change into their costumes after
    lunch/recess and before the parade.
  • Students who require things like hair spray, make-up, hair color, etc. may have those items pre-applied so they
    can be worn to school.


  • PARKING - The parking lot at Glen Grove will not be able to accommodate all of our guests as we must keep our circular drive and loading zones completely free of vehicles during the school day and during dismissal. So, please consider walking or carpooling. Once our lot is full, you may park on neighboring side streets.
  • DISMISSAL- To avoid the congestion in the hallways that all of the extra bodies cause, guests are encouraged to be out of the building by 2:20 PM. You must exit through the FRONT doors, only.
  • SIGNING STUDENTS OUT BEFORE DISMISSAL – If you are taking your child home with you before dismissal, you must sign them in your student’s classroom. If you are taking your child with you at dismissal, there is no need to sign him/her out. Please just inform the classroom teacher that your child is leaving with you, especially if they normally ride the bus.

Finally, please note that to ensure the same level of safety on a party day that we expect in our schools every day of the year, we are asking that all adults who enter the building sign in through the front office and obtain a sticker identifying them as a volunteer.

Please click here for Classroom Menu Options

Please click here for Food Guidelines

Fall Festival For Students Who Do Not Celebrate Halloween.

If your family does NOT celebrate Halloween, we want to encourage you to please send your child to school that day. All children will spend the morning engaged in typical learning activities followed by lunch. After lunch, students who do not celebrate Halloween will attend the Fall Festival in our Learning Center, where activities are planned that focus on the season of autumn with its emphasis on harvest and giving thanks. Please let us know if your child will be attending the Fall Festival by completing the form below and returning it to school office.


FALL FESTIVAL FORM (Please return to school with your student by October 25th)

My child DOES NOT celebrate Halloween and will therefore attend the Fall Festival on

Thursday, October 31, 2019.

Child’s Name _______________________________________________

Homeroom Teacher’s Name __________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________________


LRC News

New in Destiny

Destiny (the library system) is now emailing students overdue and hold notices. Please make sure your child is checking his/her email each day. The system will email overdue notices each day. The check out period is 3 weeks with one renew. If your child needs a book longer please have him/her speak with Mrs. Funke. Parents will be emailed overdue notices if a title is overdue more than 30 days. Glen Grove School Library does not charge fines. Hold notices will be emailed to students when a title is ready to be picked up and checked out just like at the public library. We ask that if a student no longer wants a hold to please email us or let us know in person so that we can put the title(s) back on the shelf for others to check out.

A Double Thank You!

The fifth grade would like to thank The Book Stall for bringing Chicago writer Kate Hannigan, author of A Lady Has the Floor and The Detective's Assistant. Ms. Hannigan celebrated the release of her new novel, Cape, the first book in the League of Secret Heros series with us. If you would like to learn more about the author and her work visit

A special thank you to the PTA for purchasing the fifth grade classrooms a copy of 2 of Ms. Hannigan’s chapter books, The Detective's Assistant and Cape. The students are excited to have these titles in their classroom libraries. We appreciate the PTA support of literature.

Are you interested in volunteering? The Glen Grove library is looking for people to help shelve books, organize the Celebrating With Books program, decorate the window displays and other special activities. There is no experience necessary to volunteer. We will teach you all you need to know to help in the library. Volunteer once a week or once a month, it’s up to you! We welcome any and all the help that fits your schedule. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Funke, the librarian at or call the school at (847)998-5030.

Follow the LRC happenings on Twitter @GGMrsFunke

What's Happening in Physical Education?

The P.E. Team at Glen Grove is excited to continue to use Standards Based Progress Reports. Each trimester students will be assessed using the National Standards for Physical Education. Each trimester, all students will be assessed in their engagement and personal responsibility.

The student friendly definition of engagement that we have used with all students is a “high level of focus, attention and effort.” If a student demonstrates a high level of focus, attention and effort (engagement) all of the time the student would earn a “M” for meeting this standard on the progress report.

The student friendly definition of personal responsibility that we have used with all students is “the ability to stay positive and react appropriately.” If a student demonstrates the ability to stay positive and react appropriately (personal responsibility) all of the time the student would earn a “M” for meeting this standard on the progress report.

The overhand throw has five essential components for a mature pattern. The following components make up a mature throwing pattern;

  • Side to target (turn body)

  • Arm back and extended

  • Step with opposite foot

  • Rotate hips

  • Follow through across body

A third grade student is required to demonstrate three of these five components, a fourth grade student is required to have all five components, and a fifth grade student is required to have all five components using a variety of throwing objects. If a student is able to demonstrate the required components the student would earn a “M” for meeting this standard of the progress report. This will be assessed during trimester 1 and trimester 3 only.

In trimester 1 ONLY, students will be assessed on their ability to dribble a soccer ball with control. Control is defined as dribbling at a speed faster than a walk, using the sides or top of your foot, and keeping the ball no more than three feet away. A third grade student is required to dribble with control. A fourth grade student is required to dribble with control while increasing and decreasing speed. A fifth grade student is required to dribble with control during 1-on-1 practice tasks. If a student is able to demonstrate control for their grade level standard the student would earn a “M” for meeting this standard of the progress report.

In trimester 2 ONLY, students will be assessed on their ability to dribble a basketball with control. Dribbling with control has five essential components. The five essential components of dribbling with control are;

  • knees bent

  • opposite foot forward when dribbling in space

  • finger pads contact ball

  • ball is kept at waist or below

  • eyes and head up(not looking at the ball)

A third grade student is required to demonstrate three of these five components, a fourth grade student is required to have all five components and increase and decrease speed and a fifth grade student is required to have all five components during 1-on-1 practice tasks. If a student is able to demonstrate the required components the student would earn a “M” for meeting this standard of the progress report.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact any P.E. Teacher.

Lori Marcotte 847-657-2349

Preston Roberts 847-657-2346

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From the Nurse's Office

Students requiring any medications during school hours must file a medication form with the health office. This form requires a physician’s signature as well as a parent’s signature. This form can be found under the Parents Tab on the district website in the health and wellness file. All medication brought to school must be in an appropriately labeled pharmacy container. This also includes over-the-counter medicine such as Tylenol, Advil, Cough Drops, etc.

Just a reminder....if your child is out sick with a fever or vomiting please make sure they do not return to school until they are fever free or symptom free for 24 hours.

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.

All student absences should be called into the health office no later than 7:55 a.m. at (847) 657-2394! The school has voicemail so parents can call the health office to leave messages at any time.

Parent Visits and Our Security System

We welcome any parents who would like to visit our school and we ask that you:

  • Please call your child’s teacher to arrange an appointment if you want to visit a classroom.
  • 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.
  • Sign in at the office so that we know you are in the building. We ask that you wear a District 34 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.
  • We invite you to eat lunch with your child at school. Please call ahead of time to make arrangements with your child’s teacher.

Change In Dismissal Arrangements

​If you need to change the after school pick-up arrangements for your child, please send a note to you child's teacher. If you need to change arrangements at the last minute, during the school day, please make sure you call our office before 2:00 p.m. to inform us of the change. There is a lot going on in a school office both at the beginning and the end of the school day. By calling before 2:00 p.m., you are giving the front office staff the time needed to locate classroom teachers and communicate the message regarding the pick-up arrangements for your child in a timely manner.

Cell Phone Usage Form

All students that carry a cell phone to school must have a cell phone usage form on file with the front office. Please fill out the attached form and send it to the Glen Grove Office. The guidelines are included in this attachment.

Cell Phone Usage Form

Food Service Menu and Cycle Calendar For Glen Grove

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


Follow Us on Twitter
We are always looking for ways to improve communication and to increase engagement with our parent community, so we have launched a Twitter account. We invite you to follow us@GlenGroveGators 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 on Twitter using the hashtag #glengroverocks.

Glen Grove School


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