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Home of the Gators - October 11, 2019

Glenview District 34

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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, October 14

Student Services Coffee, Muffins & Conversation -

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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

Tuesday, October 15

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

Wednesday, October 16

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

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

Monday. October 21

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

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

Tuesday, October 22

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

Wednesday, October 23

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

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

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

From the Principal's Desk

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.

If your child will be attending the Fall Festival, please print THIS FORM, fill it out and have your child return it to the Glen Grove school office by October 25th. Hard copies of this form are also available in the office; please have your child pick one up, if needed.

LRC News

Pumpkin Character Contest

The library will be hosting the Pumpkin Character contest again! This year pumpkins are due by Tuesday, October 29th so they are ready for the classes to view them on the 30th and 31st.

If you are not familiar with this contest do a Google image search for book character pumpkins. We ask that you do not carve your pumpkin but rather decorate it with anything you would like to use (like paint, markers, fabric, etc.) Students can work together as partners or in small groups or even with their family members.

Don’t forget to bring your decorated pumpkin to school with your name, teacher’s name and the name of your pumpkin. The pumpkins will be on display in the library. Glen Grove students will vote on 5 different categories. It is the responsibility of the students to come back to collect their pumpkin characters by Friday, November 1st.

Celebrate Literacy Night

On Wednesday, October 23 from 6-8 pm there will be 5th annual celebration of literature at Glen Grove School! There will be a Scholastic Book Fair for families to purchase titles. Each current Glen Grove student will receive a FREE coupon for $5.99 to purchase books at the fair! Current students will also receive a FREE raffle ticket. The raffle prizes will be a variety of books and STEM kits. Students do not need to be present to win. One prize per student. We will have a variety of activities at the event. Come for any amount of time and enjoy this family friendly event.

We are looking for volunteers for the event, if you are available for any amount of time that evening please contact Julie Moon or Jen Crouse

Are you interested in volunteering in the library?

We are always 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 998-5030.

Follow the LRC happenings on Twitter @GGMrsFunke

Glen Grove School Library’s Pumpkin Book Character Contest!

Did you ever think a pumpkin reminded you of a character in a book? Well, now is your chance to showcase your imagination. Turn in your decorated pumpkin by October 29th. Click here for the entry form.

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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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