District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

November 8, 2018

Safety Session for Parents - November 26

During a special parent program on Monday, November 26, 7 p.m., at Hadley Junior High School, District 41 and the Glen Ellyn Police Department will introduce new messaging and training that will be happening in all District 41 schools. Safety is our number one priority. This is a repeat of the safety session held last month. Please attend this important meeting to learn more and have a conversation about safety in schools.

Click here for an email message from Superintendent Gordon related to safety and the new training that will be taking place in all District 41 schools.

District 41 Finance Advisory Committee Seeks Two New Members

Members of the community who live in the boundaries of Glen Ellyn School District 41 are invited to express interest in joining the community-based District 41 Finance Advisory Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to advise the administration on financial matters. The committee meets monthly on Friday mornings at 7 a.m. The committee's focus is to examine the long-range financial plans and cost structure and identify ways that the district can improve its financial health and efficiency while maintaining quality educational opportunities for students. The committee will not participate in collective bargaining and is not intended to be political in nature.

The district is seeking two community members living in the District 41 boundaries (serving three-year terms).


  • Resident of Glen Ellyn School District 41

  • Undergraduate degree in finance and/or management, preferred

  • At least five years of experience in financial or operational management

  • Willing to commit to a three-year term.

Interested community members should submit a letter of interest and resume to edeporter@d41.org by November 15, 2018. Once selected, the new members will be invited to begin as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your interest in this important committee.

Your Input is Essential - 5Essentials Survey Coming Soon!

District 41 will be participating in the annual Illinois Board of Education 5Essentials survey. We want to hear from you! Your responses will impact the direction of the school district in many ways. We need at least 20 percent of parents at each school community to take the survey in order to receive data reports. Thank you in advance for your participation!

The District will send an email to all parents when the survey is open.

Fall Orchestra Concert

The Hadley Orchestras performed the annual fall concert on Friday, November 2, in the Hadley Gymnasium. Congratulations to all student musicians on another beautiful concert!

The 6th Grade Orchestra performed pieces entitled " Cable Car Crossing" by Robert Frost and "Pepperoni Pizza Rock" by Brian Balmages. The Hadley String Orchestra, consisting of 7th/8th grade musicians, performed the following pieces: "Time Machine" by Richard Meyer, featured student guest artists Sebastian Zysk & Anna Muller, "Ashokan Farewell" by Jay Ungar arranged by Calvin Custer, featured student violin soloist Francesca Di Domenico, and "A Rockin" Halloween" featured the songs Ghostbusters, Scooby-Doo, Where are You?, and Monster Mash arranged by Michael Story.

"It was wonderful to see a full audience with standing room only at our concert Friday night! I am extremely proud of all the hard work that the students put forth! Way to go Hadley Orchestras for a successful concert," stated Hadley Orchestra Director Ms. Georgia Alemis.

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Hadley Collects Needed Items for Homeless Veterans

As we approach Veteran’s Day, Hadley students are collecting needed items for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veteran in Wheaton. Each social studies teacher has a box in their room for collection. All donated items will be hand delivered to the Shelter on Friday, November 16. Click here for a list of the needed items. Thank you to all who have already contributed to this important cause!

Lincoln Students Donate Candy to the Troops

Students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School are donating candy to the troops! This is an annual tradition at Lincoln and is supported by the PTA and by Saylor and Murphy Orthodontics in Glen Ellyn. The activity was organized by Lincoln School's 5th grade student ambassadors. Thank you to all who donated and helped coordinate this candy drive. Great job students!

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Share your thoughts about Glenbard’s Profile of a Graduate

All District 41 students feed into Glenbard District 87’s Glenbard West High School. District 87 is hosting a Thoughtexchange community conversation as part of its process to develop a Profile of a Graduate, a collection of capabilities or qualities that characterize Glenbard graduates. Glenbard’s Profile of a Graduate will guide the school district’s work to prepare students for a bright future in a changing world. Glenbard is using Thoughtexchange, an online tool, to capture the thoughts of community members, parents, students and staff regarding what Glenbard graduates should know and be able to do when they graduate. The more responses received, the more the Profile of a Graduate will reflect the community’s perspective and expectations. Glenbard District 87 invites you to share your thoughts through Nov. 16. To participate, visit glenbard87.org and click on the Profile of a Graduate Thoughtexchange news item.

The Thoughtexchange process includes:

· Share: share your thoughts by responding to 2 open-ended questions

· Star: read thoughts shared by other participants, and rate thoughts from 1 to 5


· Discover: learn what matters to the group by exploring the thoughts and how they were rated