School News

News From Marion Jordan Elementary

Big picture

Important Dates

Monday, September 6th - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, September 8th - Board of Education Meeting 7pm @ WRS Jr. High

October 11th - Columbus Day - No School

October 12th - Student Non-Attendance Day - No School

Information from Mrs. Grosch

Hello Marion Jordan Families,

The 2021-22 school year is off to a great start! Each classroom community has taken time to develop a positive climate and culture where all students feel comfortable and safe, therefore available for instruction. I am so very proud of our students for their adaptability, flexibility, and resilience as we once again ask them to comply with things that we know are cumbersome and difficult for them. Kudos to you for supporting our efforts and promoting the positives with both your words and actions. Our home / school partnership is invaluable to us and we appreciate the efforts you have made to help keep us in school.

Please keep in mind that despite our efforts, there remain variables that are out of our control. We have all seen the direction the metrics are heading and many of us have heard about mitigations that may be introduced on a more global level. While school is the best place for your child to be, there may be occasions when your child could be excused from attending. Please consider your options and devise a plan for your children should they be in quarantine or isolation. Also, as a remider, “students will only be offered concurrent learning if testing positive for COVID-19, if deemed a close contact to a positive case by the school nurse, or if presenting a letter from the health department indicating that the student is a close contact to an individual outside of school.”

In keeping with the practice of keeping our studetns safe, District 15 schools conduct safety drills during the school year. We will be practicing drills for fire/evacuation, inclement weather, bus evacuation, and hard and soft lockdowns. All drills will be announced and presented in an age appropriate manner to all students. If you anticipate your child to have difficulty participating in any of our drills, please contact your child's teacher. Our first fire drill is scheduled on Tuesday, September 14th.


Jenny Grosch

Volunteers at School

We place a high value on welcoming volunteers into our classrooms at Marion Jordan. We have found ourselves in the circumstance where we have had to reduce volunteers to put safety and everyone's well being above all. We are happy to once again be able to open our doors to volunteers but need to comply with the parameters of the governor's mandates. Any visitors/volunteers coming into the building will need to adhere to the following:

1. Volunteers who do not have a child attending that school must be approved volunteers, meaning they have gone through the district's Human Resources department and a background check process.

2. Parents and other volunteers must follow the Illinois Mandates - meaning they wear a mask in the building and either prove vaccination status or present a negative COVID test result dated in the 7 days leading up to their volunteer date. We will not be making copies of any of these pieces of information. Rather, we will simply ask you to show your vaccine card or negative results from a covid test taken within the last 7 days.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation with these guidelines as they are for everyone's safety, primarily the safety of your student.

District 15 Career Fair

District 15 will be holding a Career Fair on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 12:00-3:00pm at the Palatine Library, 700 N. North Ct. in Palatine. Please encourage anyone you know looking for employment to come apply onsite. Available positions include:

- Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

- Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

- Full time Program Assistants

- Office and Library Clericals

- Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

- And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at with any questions.

Big picture

Bus Transportation

We thank you all for your patience as we work through ironing out the wrinkles related to transportaion that accompany the start of each school year. Our transportation department is busy working to solidify routes and safely transport your student(s) each day. The paving of Palatine Road west of the school has had a significant impact on routes as well as travel times. We are committed to communicating delays to you when we are aware of them. The school bus is a safe, convenient means of transportation for children. If your child is riding the bus, know that they have assigned seats, arranged in order of the route working from the back to the front of the bus. In the case of siblings, families are seated together when possible to reduce their exposure to others as well as others' exposure to them. We remind students frequently about sitting in the correct seats and demonsrating good behavior so the drivers can do his/her job of getting everyone to/from school safely. A reminder from you as a parent goes a long way as well and we appreciate your collaboration. The transportation department did ask for parents who are able to provide transportation for their child(ren) to consider doing so. On behalf of the transportaion department, thanks for considering this option.

Car Drop Off and Pick Up

We have a large, energetic group of staff members welcoming your children to school each day in the car drop off line. To help us streamline our process further, we ask that you pull as far forward as you are able to in the drop off line to allow multiple cars to unload simultaneously. Children should be ready to exit their vehicle - certification card signed, shoes on, backpack handy- when it comes to a complete stop. Please ensure your children get out of the car on the passenger side. The parking lot is a busy place and the sun brings a blinding glare when it is out. For safety purposes, all students should enter/exit cars on the passenger side. We have been staring our morning routine by allowing cars into the lot at 8:20am. Please note, we will be pushing drop off time to 8:25am after the Labor Day weekend. School begins at 8:35 and staff members use every minute leading up to the start of school to put the finishing touches on their lesson plans.

Students and families alike are doing a great job at dismissal time, too. Again, the system works most efficiently if cars pull up as far forward as possible so we can load multiple vehicles at the same time. When you have your family car sign visible, it is easier for us to commandere your students and direct them to you. Again, students should only be entering cars on the passenger side.

Traffic Directors on Duty at Arrival and Dismissal - Be Alert!!

Parent/Student Handbook

The 2021-22 Parent/Student Handbook is now available online! You can view it here.

  • The annual handbook is a summary of Board of Education policies governing District 15. The complete School District 15 Board of Education Policy Manual is available for public review at the District office and on the District 15 BoardDocs website. State and federal laws require school districts to notify parents and students about certain rights, responsibilities, and procedures; you will find that information in this handbook. This handbook may be amended during the year.

  • The handbook offers information pertinent to the District as a whole. Some programs and procedures may differ from school to school, based on the size and location of the building, the grades served, the facilities available, and the programs conducted at the school. Your school administrators will inform you of these additional procedures. The handbook is intended to be a handy resource, but is not meant to take the place of personal communication between home and school. Please feel free to call your child’s school if you have any questions on programs or procedures, or consult your school’s website.

School Safety Drills/Lockdown Opt Out

District 15 is strongly committed to school safety. Each year, school are required by by Illinois School Code to conduct the following drills:

  • Three evacuation drills. One of the three evacuation drills must be supervised by the fire department.

  • One bus evacuation drill.

  • One severe weather/shelter-in-place drill.

  • Two law enforcement (lockdown) drills. One of these two law enforcement drills must be a staff initiated lock-down. The schools also conduct an annual drill review meeting with principals and representatives from police and fire departments to continuously improve each school’s readiness to respond to an emergency and/or crisis situation.

House Bill 2400 (The School Safety Drill Act) states:

  • All lockdown drills will be announced to all school personnel and students prior to the commencement of the drill.

  • Schools will provide sufficient information and notification to parents and guardians in advance of any lockdown drill that involves the participation of students.

  • Schools will provide parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill.

  • Schools will provide alternative safety education and instruction related to an active threat or active shooter event to students who do not participate in a walk-through lockdown drill to provide them with essential information, training, and instruction through less sensorial safety training methods.

Building administrators will notify families of upcoming drills at least one week in advance of the drill. If you prefer your child does NOT participate in the yearly required lockdown drills, please complete this form. Please submit one form for each of your children you are opting out.

Contacting Marion Jordan School

Welcome to Marion Jordan Elementary School, Home of the Blue Jays!

We are located at 100 N. Harrison Ave. Palatine, IL 60067

Our main office phone number is 847-963-5500. Our Absence Line is 847-963-5501.

Principal: Mrs. Jennifer Grosch 847-963-5505

Assistant Principal: Mr. Andrew Wilson 847-963-5504

School Office Staff: Ms. Jamie Wieckiewicz 847-963-5580 and Mrs. Jeri McWard 847-963-5503

School Nurse: Ms. Sherin Thomas 847-963-5502

Thank an MJ Staff Member

Teachers in general love this time of year. Marion Jordan teachers and staff members take the prospect of beginning a new year to a whole new level. They prepare their classrooms, plan lessons, organize schedules, review student records, and think about all of the possibilities the year ahead holds. As much as we recognize their efforts and successes here at school, nothing means more to a teacher or staff member than a kind word from a student or his/her family. As we get the year underway, I invite you to take notice of the things you see your child's teacher do, hear your child's teacher say, or the things you hear your child gush with excitement about related to their teacher. We've included this simple form for you to submit should you feel so inclined to do so. Children in full day school spend more of their waking day with their teacher than they do with their parents. We thank you for entrusting your child with us and look forward to a great year.

Thank A Teacher Form

From the Health Office

COVID Protocol 21-22 (as of 9/3/21)

We are delighted to have our students in the building and are working diligently to keep them healthy, safe, and here. The updates below are effective as of 9/3/2021 and we will continue to keep you updated as information is shared with us. Thank you for taking the time to review the information below.

Please refrain from sending your child to school if they have any of the following symptoms:

-fever (100.4 or higher)

-moderate to severe headache

-new cough/shortness of breath

-sore throat

-vomiting or diarrhea

-loss of taste/smell

-fatigue from an unknown cause

-body aches from an unknown cause

*Important note: household members no longer have to be excluded from school if asymptomatic.

Return to school protol:

-Negative PCR test (no rapids accepted)

-MD note indicating there is no clinical concern for COVID-19 and an alternative diagnosis

Please email any documentation to Nurse Sherin Thomas at, or fax directly to 847-963-5506. You must wait for clearance from the school nurse prior to sending your child back to school.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding this school year as we do our best to keep our schools in accordance with safety guidelines.