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Home of the Glen Grove Gators - September 30, 2022

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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

School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 7:45 am - 2:40 pm

Wednesday - 8:45 am - 2:40 pm

Important Dates

Wednesday, October 5

No School - District Closed

Thursday, October 13

PTA Principal Thursday Meeting - 7:00 pm, Zoom

Friday, October 14

No School - Conference Day

Monday, October 17

Board of Education Meeting, 7:30-9:30PM @ TBD

Thursday, October 20

Marquee Community Event: It's Time for a Reset - Empowering our Kids to Lead a Meaningful Life, 7:00PM @ Glenbrook North Sheely Center for the Arts

Wednesday, October 26

D34 ParentConnect - Empowering Parents for Today's World: Mindsets and Skills for a Successful School Year - 7:00PM-8:30PM @ Springman/Wildcat Commons

View the full calendar at the District website

A Message from Ms. Ellison

Dear Glen Grove Families,

Fall is here and learning is in full swing! It also means it is conference time. If you have not already signed up for a conference, please reach out to your child’s teacher to sign up for a time. This is an important time for connection and partnership around your child’s educational experience.

As you know social/emotional learning and building relationships is an important part of the work we do at Glen Grove. The curriculum we utilize is called Second Step. This month all of our grade levels have been focusing on growth mindset and goal setting. Make sure to ask your child about what they are learning during Second Step.

We are very excited for our first assembly of the year on October 6th. Danzas Ceremoniales de Mexico will dance for our students. They will present pre-Hispanic traditions of central Mexico through dance. They will also explore how we are all connected through the arts, food, language, and people. Thank you to our PTA for sponsoring the important event!

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns.

In partnership,

Kate Ellison

Glen Grove Principal


Hot Lunch

  • Monday, October 3 - All Beef Natural Hot Dog w/oven fries
  • Tuesday, October 4 - Mega Minis Chicken Bites w/dipping sauce
  • Wednesday, October 5 - NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, October 6 - Beef Taco Nachos
  • Friday, October 7 - TBA

  • Monday, October 10 - All Beef Hamburger or Cheeseburger w/oven fries
  • Tuesday, October 11 - Chicken Tenders w/dipping sauce
  • Wednesday, October 12 - French Bread Cheese Pizza
  • Thursday, October 13 - Wild Mikes Cheesy Bites w/marinara sauce
  • Friday, October 14 - NO SCHOOL

Everyday Choices

  • Turkey & Cheese Sandwich
  • Yogurt or Cheese Stick and Muffin
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustable Sandwich

All meals include milk and a variety of fruit and vegetable options.

*Please note that, due to supply chain issues, all items are subject to change without notice.

The Food Services department is experiencing unprecedented staff shortages. To continue to provide meals to students in this environment, we may need to adjust to a limited menu, removing the hot entree option. This change may happen on any given day, at one or multiple schools. We will provide information to families at a particular school if this does happen, though communication may occur on short notice.

We appreciate your understanding!

From the Nurse's Office

If you need any help or support during this difficult time, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Hastings, RN, our Health Coordinator, at (847) 657-2394.

All student absences should be called into the health office no later than 7:45 a.m. at (847) 657-2394. The school has voicemail so parents can call the health office to leave messages at any time.

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.

Westbrook/Glen Grove Health Office Newsletter

Click above for more information from the Glen Grove and Westbrook Health Offices.

News from the LRC

Did you ever think a pumpkin reminded you

of a character in a book?

Well, now is your chance to showcase your imagination.

It’s time once again for…Glen Grove School Library’s

Optional Pumpkin Book Character Contest!

Who: GG students, families and GG staff

When: Turn in your decorated pumpkin from October 17 to October 21st.

Where: To the school library

What to do: Do a Google image search for “book character pumpkins” to get some ideas.

Decorate (do not carve) a pumpkin (real or fake) to look like your favorite book character. Unable to get a pumpkin? Please talk to me. You can do this with your family or with friends. Bring your decorated pumpkin with the completed section below by Friday, October 21st. Pumpkins will be on display in the library for Glen Grove students to vote on 5 different categories during their LRC scheduled time the week of October 24th.

5 Pumpkin Book Character Contest categories:

1. The most creative use of materials

2. The best representation of a book character

3. The best representation of a book hero or a book villain

4. The most unusual book character representation

5. The best representation of a book

It is the responsibility of the student to come back to collect the pumpkin entry by Friday, November 4.

Good luck and have fun!

Mrs. Funke, GG LRC Director


Glen Grove School Library’s

Pumpkin Book Character Contest!

Student name: ___________________________________________

Classroom teacher:________________________________________


Name of book character(s) or book represented



Hi! I'm Jill Burns, the Science Instructional Specialist here at Glen Grove. I hope to be able to provide fun science updates for you periodically. Here is what's been happening around school in science:

Young budding chemists have been exploring physical and chemical properties in 5th grade. They've been practicing their observation making, direction following, and safety skills in various chemistry experiments. We are moving on to chemical reactions, and using evidence to determine if chemical changes have occurred. It's been exciting to see them working together in so many different hands on activities. More to come with this unit!

Our 4th grade Earth scientists have been actively looking at how different natural forces shape and change our landscape. I think it's safe to say that each 4th grade classroom has been sprinkled with a fine coating of sand as we look at how wind, water, and ice erosion can move sediments and change Earth's surface. We've all wrapped up our stream table outdoor lab, and have moved on to exploring how Illinois has been affected by all of these types of erosion over time. Soon we will shift our focus a little closer to home with a final assignment focused on erosion in Chicago, so stay tuned!

3rd grade is getting the ball rolling (no pun intended...or is it?) with science this week and next, looking at forces and motion. More to come!

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Click here for the Glen Grove Community Project's September Newsletter. You'll find information, videos and resources about National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Diwali, Project World Kid Lit Month, and more!

News from the Westbrook + Glen Grove PTA

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Parent Programs

EVENT: "It's Time for a Reset - Empowering Our Kids

to Lead A Meaningful Life

WHO: Best Selling Authors : Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson - authors of "The Self Driven Child" and "What Do You Say?"

WHEN: October 20, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Glenbrook North Sheely Center for the Arts

Moderator: Bryan Simmon, LCPC and Director of the Adolescent Program at Compass Health Center, has graciously agreed to be the moderator for the evening's event. Bryan is a GBN graduate, very familiar with our community and looking forward to this opportunity.

Resource Fair: In addition, alongside The Book Bin that will be selling "The Self Driven Child" and "What Do You Say?," all sponsors will be hosting tables in the lobby with giveaways and resources before and after the presentation.

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Empowering Parents for Today’s World: Mindsets and Skills for a Successful School Year

Dear District 34 Families,

Please join us on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00pm (new date, changed from 9/28) in the Springman Wildcat Commons for “Empower Parents for Today’s World,” our first in-person D34 ParentConnect program since March 2020! You’ll leave with actions that you can put into place immediately to make a difference for you and your child.

Professional counseling staff from Family Service Center and members of the D34 student services team will guide parents in supporting their children’s academic and social emotional success. Through quotes and clips, D34 teachers will share their perspective on the student experience and offer thoughts on how teachers and parents can work together.

Interpretation in Spanish, Korean and Mongolian will be available upon request; please fill out this form.

District 34 Important Forms and Information

2022 - 2023 District 34 Calendar

Calendario 2022-2023 del Distrito 34

Click Here for the following forms:


-Authorization And Permission For Administration Of Medication

-Dental Exam Form (completed for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades)

-Dental Exam Waiver

-Eye Exam Form

-Eye Exam Waiver

-Child Health Examination Form


-Bus Rider Forms


-Personal Mobile Device Authorization (Cell Phone Use Agreement and Permission Form)


-District Policies/Handbook Info


-Food Guidelines

Glen Grove Student Handbook

These are the student expectations that have been shared with your children.

Follow Us!

We invite you to follow us on Twitter @GlenGroveSchool and on Facebook @GlenGroveD34 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 using the hashtags #glengroved34 and #WeAreD34.

High 5 Friday!

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Contact Us

Attendance/Health Office: (847) 657-2394

Main Office: (847) 998-5030

Office Fax: (847) 998-5101