Lyon & Pleasant Ridge Newsletter

December 6, 2019

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Glenview District 34

Our Mission

Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.

Lyon School

1335 Waukegan Road

Glenview, IL 60025

(847)998-5045 Phone/(847)998-9701 Fax

(847)657-2894 Absence Calls/Health Office


Pleasant Ridge School

1730 Sunset Ridge Rd.

Glenview, IL 60025

(847) 998-5050 Phone/(847)998-5532 Fax

(847) 657-2794 Absence Calls/Health Office


Lyon/Pleasant Ridge & District 34 Calendar

Wednesday, December 11

PR Winter Band Concert 7pm

Monday, December 16

Board of Education Meeting - 7:30p.m.

Tuesday, December 17

PR Winter Orchestra Concert 7pm

Wednesday, December 18th

PR Winter Chorus Concert 6:30pm

Thursday, December 19

Winter Program at Lyon School - 10:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Two tickets per family. Everyone attending the show must have a ticket (regardless of age).

Monday, December 23 - January 3

Winter Break

Monday, January 6

School Resumes

Friday, January 10

Lyon School Spirit Day

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


From the Lyon School Principal's Desk

Dear Lyon Families:

We are excited to present our 2019 Lyon Winter Program (“Explore Anything”) on Thursday, December 19th at 10:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. In advance of the show, there is some information that we wanted everyone to be aware of, both from a student learning perspective as well as some important logistical details. For veteran Lyon parents, some of this will hopefully sound familiar, and your spreading the word about our intentions each year is much appreciated! For parents new to Lyon, we hope this information is helpful.

Our program takes many months to come to fruition. Our Fine Arts team begins collaboratively planning for this program well in advance so that each year the final product represents a culminating event reflecting curriculum objectives and student learning in the areas of Drama, Music, Physical Education (Dance) and Visual Art. In other words, learning in these curricular areas does not take a pause to “get ready” for the Winter Program.

While it is typical for our Winter Program to carry messages and themes consistent with the spirit of the various holidays at this time of year, it is not a typical holiday-themed show. We wouldn’t want anyone’s enjoyment of this wonderful event to be lessened at all by mismatched expectations (e.g., “Where’s Frosty the Snowman?”). Having said that, there is always plenty that will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.

Anyone who has attended our shows in previous years knows firsthand how crowded our gym gets on this day. Capacity and safety issues are always serious considerations, and that is why we issue 2 tickets per family (individually numbered) to our program. The tickets can be used at either the morning or the afternoon performance, and everyone attending the show must have a ticket (regardless of age). Depending upon the percentage of tickets used, we still may not have a chair for every audience member. While we realize this is not the ideal scenario, please know that we do not make this decision lightly. We have found that this approach successfully and equitably addresses our space challenge, and we greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Tickets and a letter with more details will be received through email. Be on the lookout for this email from us!

Enjoy the month ahead, in whichever ways you celebrate, especially time with loved ones. We look forward to seeing you at Lyon soon!

Kevin Dorken

Lyon School Principal

From the Pleasant Ridge Principal's Desk

As we approach the ceremonial halfway point of the school year (Winter Break) it’s a good time to reflect on the progress we’ve made in implementing Writing Workshop. Every classroom at Pleasant Ridge is experiencing this curriculum and has dedicated, committed time to writing. I’m proud of our staff who have embraced this challenge, but truthfully, I’m even prouder of our students. The amount and quality of writing that I’m seeing in classrooms is terrific! One of the best aspects of this curriculum is that children have a lot of choice and voice in their writing. I’ve enjoyed reading students’ personal narratives, learning about their opinions, and watching their skills blossom and develop. I’m always thrilled to see the level of student engagement during writing. I can assure you that all of our students are growing as writers and this will become even more evident as the year goes on and as they progress through the grade levels at Pleasant Ridge.

Another area of focus at Pleasant Ridge is on our routines and procedures in the lunchroom. In particular, we are working on our transition from the end of lunch to the start of recess. The points of emphasis with our students are on quieting down for dismissal, cleaning up our space/table, and quietly exiting the lunchroom. You can support us by checking in with your child and asking how they are supporting these goals. I’ve told our students that it’s the ultimate exercise in teamwork to get approximately 200 students working together to make these routines work smoothly...and every individual needs to positively contribute to make it happen. We appreciate your support in emphasizing these expectations at home.

As we look towards the holiday season and the new year, I wish your family health, happiness, and all the best. I know how precious family time is and hope your family enjoys all the celebrations and festivities that are upcoming.

Erik Friedman

Pleasant Ridge Principal

Important Notes and Reminders:

  • Dressing for the Weather- The colder days are here. We make every effort to get outside for recess. It’s an important break during the day for students and being outdoors allows children to get increased movement and fresh air. Please make sure you’re sending your children to school with all the necessary outerwear for the elements. Hats, gloves, boots, snow pants...pack it all! We appreciate your support and thank you for preparing your children to enjoy outdoor recess comfortably.

Holiday Helper Food Drive & Pack up Party 2019

The Holiday Helper food drive ends Friday, December 6th. Please help us collect some more food for the 62 families by sending in your canned goods, pasta, cereals, soups, etc.

Grocery gift cards are also welcome and can be dropped off in the Lyon office!

Please join us for our Holiday Helper Pack-Up Party at Lyon Saturday, December 7th at 9:00 a.m. We will pack up the food and gifts for the families. This is a family event for children and their parents.

Thank you to all our generous sponsors and thank you to those who donated food, money and grocery gift cards. Your contributions made a difference for 62 families in need this holiday season within Lyon/Pleasant Ridge!

Lost and Found at Lyon and Pleasant Ridge

Is your child missing his/her gloves, backpack, lunchbox, water bottle, hat, scarf, coat, boots etc.? Lyon & Pleasant Ridge's lost and found is overflowing. If your child is missing an article of clothing, please stop by Lyon and/or Pleasant Ridge to look through all the lost items.

Lyon School Winter Program

December 19, 2019 is the Lyon School Winter Program. (“Explore Anything”)

Show times are at 10:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.. Each family will receive two tickets. Tickets and a letter with more details will be received through email. Be on the lookout for this email from us!

Pleasant Ridge Character Counts Poster Contest Winner

Congratulations to Eva K., first place winner of the Character Counts Poster Contest for 3rd and 4th Graders! Eva chose to highlight “Citizenship,” one of the Six Pillars of Character, in her poster. Overall, 350 posters from Glenview kindergarten through 4th grade students were submitted. Eva and the other winners were recognized at the November 21st Glenview Village Board meeting.

Eva is donating her prize money to the Campanella Children’s Choir, of which she is a proud member. Campanella helps kids find and expand their artistic self while playing an important role in cultural enrichment of the community. They perform at local and national music festivals, museums, libraries, and cultural centers, including Carnegie Hall! They have been invited to represent Illinois in the Summa Cum Laude Music Festival in Vienna, Austria in July 2020. If you would like to hear the Campanella Children’s Choir, they will be having a holiday concert, “Winter Magic,” on Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm at Glenview New Church. Information can be found at

Winter Weather

As the weather has started to get colder please remember to dress your kids appropriately. Children will go out for recess as much as possible (if the wind chill is above zero degrees). Please send your children in snow pants and boots if there is snow on the ground.

Important Visitor Procedures

Please call your child’s teacher to arrange an appointment if you want to visit a classroom. Sign in at the office so that we know you are in the building. We ask that you wear a 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.

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.

Food Service Menu and Cycle Calendar For Lyon and Pleasant Ridge

Please review this important food service information which includes the menu cycle and the cycle calendar. Click here for the Food Service Newsletter.

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