D34 Parent News

Timely news for District 34 families and the community

June 2019

Thanks for Reading!

District 34 values our connections with parents and community members, and hope that you found D34 Parent News a good way to connect with information you needed during the school year.

Look for the first issue of the 2019-2020 school year to come your way in August. Meantime, read this issue to find a fun way for us all to stay connected this summer!

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Fall Enrichment Programs: Registration Is Open!

Beginning next year, enrichment programs will be offered directly through the organizations that provide the classes. They'll still be the same programs offered in the past, and will be housed at each primary and intermediate building. Program sponsors are your source to contact if you have questions about the programs, schedules and registration - their contact information is listed on their fliers.

The District is working with enrichment organizations on a communication process that will ensure that all families get all the information they need about enrichment programs each session. Meantime, check the new enrichment section of the Community Fliers page for details of the programs offered for the first fall session.

Fall 2019 Enrichment Programs

Check the Community Fliers page for information about fall enrichment programs -- as well as summer happenings around the community!

A Future Referendum: The Board of Education Needs Your Input

In the coming weeks and months, the District 34 Board of Education will consider putting a referendum to voters. The Board's decisions will influence the character of our schools and community for years and decades to come.

At the May 2019 Board of Education meeting, FGM Architects presented the results of an in-depth space utilization study. That study followed the master facilities assessment conducted over several months throughout in 2018. Those studies show great needs of District 34 facilities, and where there are opportunities to make improvements.

Before making any decisions on how to address those needs, the Board wants to understand the desires and perspectives of current, past and future D34 families, as well as community members at large. To make it easy for you to provide that input -- and to make sure the results are clear, valid and reliable -- the District is using Polco, a civic participation platform. Polco not only allows you to respond to questions, it also provides you with information to learn about the District's key initiatives.

Right now, the District is asking for general thoughts about our facilities and programs. Later, we'll ask more specific questions as the Board considers facility and financing options based on your early input. It will be an ongoing, progressive feedback opportunity.

How Polco Works

To give input, go to polco.us or download the Polco app for iOS or Android. You’ll enter your name, zip code, and email address. We ask for that information to ensure the reliability of our surveys (the District can count your input as coming from a registered voter), and so you can receive notifications when the District asks new questions.

You and all of your responses are anonymous. The District sees only aggregate results, and cannot ever see how you as an individual respond.

District 34 will post links about Polco -- and links directly to survey questions -- on Facebook and Twitter too. Please share those messages with your friends and family, or share directly from any question on Polco.

FAQs About Polco

Why do you ask for my name, email, and ZIP code? Why do I have to create an account? By entering your name, email address, and ZIP code, you create an account on Polco. Polco uses your name and ZIP code to count you as a registered voter in the area that you report to live in by checking that information against public available voter information in your state. The purpose of creating an account is to ensure no one responds on your behalf and to provide you a personalized experience so that you can easily provide feedback on the topics that are important to you.Your personal information is never shared with anyone.

Where can I see the privacy policy? Click here to read Polco's privacy policy.

Who is Polco? Polco is a company that focuses on helping residents give input to their local government entities - including school districts - to better inform decisions that impact constituents. Using Polco allows the District to ensure accurate data, and allows a broad range of people to give input through the app and website.

Why am I receiving weekly emails? After you register with Polco, you receive an email weekly if you live in a city, village, county, etc. that has posted a question on Polco within the past 30 days that you have not answered. You can opt out of these emails at any time. At the bottom of each weekly email there is a link to stop receiving emails. Please click on the link there and follow the instructions.

I’m a registered voter. Why am I not verified? Sometimes Polco isn’t able to match the information that you give against the voter file. This can be because of one or more factors: a recent change of address (the voter files Polco checks against are updated every three months on average), data inconsistencies (Mike vs Michael, for example) Or because someone is not correctly registered to vote. If you think you should be verified and are not, contact Polco at hello@polco.us.

Will I see questions from groups that aren’t District 34? Polco exists to build and sustain a healthy dialogue about public policy in communities nationwide. If other local government agencies in your voting area partner with Polco, you will see questions from them as well. (Currently, no other local entities use Poclo.)

Report Cards: The End of One Year...

Report cards will be available in PowerSchool on Thursday, June 6. There will be a “Report Card” icon on the left navigation bar when report cards are posted (that icon is not visible now). Please log into PowerSchool using a web browser (you can't access report cards through the PowerSchool app).

If you have trouble logging into PowerSchool, click here for help.

Once logged in, click on the “Report Card” link on the left navigation bar. Report cards will be translated into Spanish, Korean and Mongolian. You’ll see the language tabs at the top of the screen on the ReportCard page in PowerSchool. After you’ve reviewed the report card, check the signature checkbox at the bottom of the screen and click Submit.

...The Start of the Next

Class and team placement information for the 2019-2020 school year will be sent to parents on August 9. You also will be able to log into PowerSchool on that day to see your child's placement.

If you have not registered, paid fees, and/or provided proof of residency, you will not receive that information.

Registration and Residency - Check it Off Your List!

If you haven't yet registered for the 2019-2020 school year, please visit the registration page of the website for a step-by-step guide on how to complete registration.

Click for information about fees and instructions on setting up your account in e~Funds for Schools, the new D34 payment processor.

We encourage you to complete registration and residency verification online. If you need help with registration or providing proof of residency, you can come to the District 34 Administration Center (1401 Greenwood) during the following times:

Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 28 from 8:30-4:30

Monday, August 5 through Thursday, August 22 from 8:30-4:30

Don't Miss the First Day of School!

District 34 students entering kindergarten and sixth grade - as well as those who are new to D34 - must have a physical and updated immunizations prior to the start of next school year. Your child will not be able to begin the school year without this being completed.

See details and forms here.

Summer Enrichment for Grades 5-8 from the Glenview Park District at Attea

This summer, the Glenview Park District offers many enrichment opportunities for District 34 students in grades 5-8. Click for the list of classes, and information on registration. There are spots available!

Summer Meal Programs Nearby

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will provide healthy meals and snacks to children and teens age 18 and younger at hundreds of sites across Illinois this summer.Families can find their nearest summer meals site by calling (800) 359-2163, texting “FoodIL" to 877-877, or visiting summermealsillinois.org.

If a household’s income falls within or below the guidelines listed below, a family member should contact the site’s sponsor to learn the benefits of the program. If the site does not meet area eligibility, families may be required to complete an application and provide income, TANF, or SNAP information. Please contact ISBE at (800) 545-7892 or at cnp@isbe.net for possible alternative methods to meet site eligibility.

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Summer Athletic Camps at GBS/GBN

District 225 offers a range of summer sports camps for D34 students. Check out the catalog for a complete list and registration information.

Join Character Counts! in the July 4th Parade

Character Counts! extends an open invitation to D34 students and families to join their float in Glenview’s July 4th Parade. Students age eight and above can attend without a parent or other adult. Students under eight should attend with an adult. Participants will receive a Character Counts! T-shirt.

Join students from all Glenview schools (in both D34 and District 30) in showing just how much Character Counts! If you are interested, please fill out this form.

Staying Near? Traveling Far? Think of 34 Wherever You Are!

We want to keep our community connected this summer, and learn about the great adventures of our staff and families. Each Thursday will be #ThinkOf34 Thursday on Twitter and Facebook. We will share pictures and stories of summer fun from staff and families. You can use the hashtag yourself on Twitter, share as a response to the Thursday post on the D34 Facebook page, or send pics and tales to Cathy Kedjidjian to post! (If you post or send photos of children other than your own, please confirm that you have permission to share from their parents.)
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Events, Programs & Activities Around the Community

District 34 posts information about events, programs, and activities of interest to our students and their families on the Community Fliers page of the District website.

This month, look for fliers about fall enrichment programs, as well as:

  • GBS/GBN Summer Athletic Camps
  • Glenview Public Library Summer Reading Program
  • Center for Gifted Summer Programs
  • AYSO Registration
  • Glenview Park Center Junior Triathlon
  • Programs and Events at The Grove
  • And so much more!

Check back to the website regularly - we update the page as we receive new information.