D34 Parent News

Timely news for District 34 families and the community

January 2018

Stay in the Know!

District 34 values our connections with parents and community members -- this monthly newsletter is designed to strengthen those connections! D34 Parent News is your source to learn about initiatives, activities and programs across the District, and out in the community. Look for it in your inbox during the first week of every month.
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The Strategic Plan

Members of the Strategic Planning Team will present the final strategic plan at the January 14 Board of Education meeting. Once the Board approves the plan, it will set in motion the future of D34!


Thanks to all who contributed through surveys and engagement sessions, and who followed the plan development over the last few months. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year you will see evidence of the plan in action everywhere. The District will ensure clear communication about the progress toward the goals - and hope that you'll see it clearly in the growth and success of your children, and of each and every D34 student.

"SnapChat" for Parents: Parenting in a Digital Era

Mark your calendar for January 30, 2019, and plan to attend A “SnapChat” for Parents: Parenting Children & Adolescents in the Digital Era. You'll take home a better understanding of your children’s digital experience, as well as tips to help you help your children successfully navigate the digital world in which they live.


District 34 administrators and teachers will discuss:

  • How devices and technology are used as positive tools for teaching and learning

  • What online resources students access while at school, and safety and security measures that monitor student use

  • What students learn at school about digital citizenship

Renee Dominguez, PhD, and Robin Lake, MA, LCSW, from Family Service Center (FSC) will discuss:

  • The risks and benefits of digital communication and social media use, including its impact of on social and emotional development and functioning

  • Practical considerations prior to introducing a smartphone

  • Supporting your child’s digital development through mentoring

  • Resources for parenting in the digital era

Officer Joel Detloff from the Glenview Police Department will share the considerations for youth online behavior, how the GPD addresses child online safety, and how they can serve as a resource for parents.
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Visit D34 Early Childhood at the Glenview Public Library Preschool Fair

Drop in and learn about District 34's early childhood program this Saturday at the Glenview Public Library's preschool fair!


Saturday, January 12, 10am-Noon • Community Room

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We're Begging: Please Take the 5Essentials Survey!

The results of the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will give a clear picture of our schools' climate and culture, and D34 will use them to help create the most effective environment for student growth, well-being and success. But, the state will provide reports only to schools who have at least a 20% parent response rate. Right now, our response rates are hovering around 5%.


Please click here or the button below to take the parent survey. As the survey is specific to the school, if you have children in more than one D34 school, please click again (and, maybe again) to take the survey for each school.


We will be pleasantly persistent in the coming weeks as we hope to reach at least 20% (but always hoping for 100%) participation before the survey closes on February 15, 2019.

Take the 5Essentials Parent Survey Now!

The survey will be open until January 18, 2019.

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All Are Welcome to the Pleasant Ridge Science Fair: January 26 from 8-11am

The Lyon/Pleasant Ridge PTA is proudly sponsoring the 2nd Annual Pleasant Ridge Science Fair on Saturday, Jan. 26th from 8-11am at Pleasant Ridge School. All are welcome to stop in and see what the budding scientists have been preparing and take a look at their research.


Thanks to D34 Instructional Coach for Science, Tommie Arons, for her planning! Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Dr. Matt Silverman will lead hands-on science demonstrations in the Pleasant Ridge Gym.


Students will present their Science Fair projects in the multipurpose room. Volunteer judges from the community will be on hand to listen to the student presentations and provide feedback to our future scientists! Join us in celebrating Pleasant Ridge School’s Science Fair 2019!

Glenview Youth Services Hosts DACA Renewal Clinics

The Highland Park Highwood Legal Aid Clinic in partnership with Glenview Youth Services and Astellas will be holding a DACA Renewal Clinic on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 1pm-3pm in Glenview.
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Community Health Needs Assessment

NorthShore University HealthSystem conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years to determine the needs of the community and to ensure that its programs align with those needs.

NorthShore asks that District 34 parents take this online survey so that they can gain a robust and inclusive perspective of the wellbeing of the individuals and communities it serves.

Glenview Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy (Only a Few Spots Left!)

Are you interested in getting an up-close look at what police do?

Applications are being accepted until February 1, 2019 for the Glenview Police Department's 2019 Citizen's Police Academy. A group of up to 30 "students" can participate in 10 information sessions touching on patrol functions, dispatch operations, traffic issues, investigations, crime lab operations, community relations and police training.


The Academy, which is presented at no cost to the participants, will start Thursday, February 28, and meet weekly through May 2. Sessions are three hours each, and begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Glenview Municipal Center, 2500 East Lake Avenue. Participants will enter through Village Hall's main lobby.


Applicants must be at least 18 years old and reside or own a business in Glenview. Here's the application. (The first 30 applications will be accepted. All applications above 30 will be placed on a waitlist.)


Applications should be returned to the Glenview Police Department, 2500 East Lake Avenue, Glenview IL 60026, either in person or by mail by February 1, 2019. For more information, contact Community Relations Officer J. Detloff.

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From GNCY: How do you REALLY keep kids safe from addiction?

Here are 10 things parents can do:


  • Talk early and often
  • Support healthy activities
  • Set clear expectations of no use
  • Establish clear consequences
  • It’s not your job to be cool
  • Do not provide alcohol or drugs to your teens
  • Pay attention
  • Make time for your child
  • Prioritize sleep
  • Intervene early


And, you can make connections with and get support from other parents...GNCY has an upcoming opportunity to learn and connect: Taco Tuesday with Teens. Learn more about Taco Tuesday, and about GNCY, at gncy.org.

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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:


  • Congress on Your Corner on 1/12
  • Homework Help at the Glenview Public Library


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