District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

February 17, 2021

In this issue…

  • Saliva Sample Collection Schedule
  • Institute Day
  • 5Essentials Survey
  • Returning & Kindergarten Registration
  • K Dual Language Program Information
  • 5th Grade Engineering Challenge
  • Hadley Orchestra
  • Glenbard Parent Series

Saliva Collection Schedule for Next Week

Monday, February 22

8th, 5th, Kindergarten

Tuesday, February 23

7th, 4th, 1st

Wednesday, February 24

6th, 3rd, 2nd, PreK/Early Childhood

Institute Day - Friday, February 26 - No School for Students

On February 26, students will be off school, but our teachers and staff will be busy learning! District 41 elementary teachers will be engaged in work on data analysis and differentiation. Teams will be utilizing student data to determine next steps in instruction from now until the end of the year. Support staff will be learning instructional strategies to work with diverse learners. Hadley teachers will be engaged in professional development relative to their content areas to increase student engagement and learning.

5Essentials Survey for Parents

District 41 relies on parent feedback when planning for the future. Please share your thoughts about your school community through the annual Illinois 5Essentials survey! Taking this survey allows you to share your views on school effectiveness. The survey is administered by UChicago Impact and is based on the Five Essentials for School Success, an evidence-based framework developed by the University of Chicago.

  • The 5Essentials are:
  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction
Each school needs a parent response rate of at least 20% to receive a results report. Thank you for your participation!

CLICK HERE to take the survey!
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Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22 School Year

The District 41 online kindergarten registration process for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. We ask that you enroll and register your student by Thursday, March 25 to ensure you will be included in future communications for the 2021-22 school year.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2021 to register.

The process to enroll and register is as follows:

New Families

1. Go to www.d41.org/registration and click on the Kindergarten Registration button

2. Submit your Online Enrollment Account Request

3. Use your emailed login and password to complete the Kindergarten (New Student) registration process

Current Families

1. Sign into Skyward Family Access (contact your school if you need sign-on assistance)

2. Click on the Returning Student Registration button to complete the process

Your Kindergarten registration will be complete only after you have completed the online process and provided the school with the appropriate documentation. This includes birth certificate information, residency information and health records. Please CLICK HERE for more details.

Returning Student Registration for 2021-2022

Returning Student registration for District 41 is now open. Any student currently enrolled in District 41 or is receiving services in the district is considered a returning student. We ask that returning student registration be completed by Thursday, March 25, 2021 in order to be able to plan and to schedule for next school year. Please visit your Skyward Family Access account to register your student. For help CLICK HERE.

Dual Language Information and Application

Parents of incoming kindergartners who are interested in applying for the District 41 Dual Language Program may now access the Dual Language information video and related forms through the following links or on our Dual Language webpage

Dual Language Packet/Forms

- English

- Spanish

Kindergarten Parent Information Meeting Video

- English

- Spanish

Printed copies of the forms will also be available at Abraham Lincoln Elementary, Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Churchill Elementary, Forest Glen Elementary, or the District 41 Central Services Office, located at 793 North Main St, Glen Ellyn. More details about the Dual Language Program and the application process can be found in the video and on the forms.

5th Grade Engineering Challenge at Benjamin Franklin School

Using collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills along with creativity, Mr. Bower's Benjamin Franklin 5th grade steamologists used limited resources to design towers strong enough to hold a binder clip. During the engineering-build students also used metric measurement and estimation review. The students were challenged with a deadline while practicing social distancing requirements. After collaborating and learning new techniques all of the student tower heights increased in Round 2. Student Anna H. now holds the new free-standing tower record of 86 CM!

Hadley Orchestra Notable News

The Hadley Orchestra students recently performed in small group ensemble presentations online in Google Meets classes. They connected playing a stringed instrument with composing a creative writing story. The students were excited to display powerpoint presentations, singing, dancing, computer sound effects, a winter storyline and making the story come alive with playing their stringed instruments. “It was so exciting to see what the students composed,” said Orchestra Director Georgia Alemis. “Congratulations on such creative and dynamic presentations orchestra players!”

In early March, the Hadley orchestra students will be performing in a solo recital in Google Meets classes. The students have been working very hard learning their solo pieces which correlate with the computer music program called Smartmusic. The Smartmusic program will play the piano accompaniment while the student performs their solo piece. The two musical parts will be synced together so it simulates a real live performance without any sound delay. Students have been learning various musical attributes to help improve their performance skills. Thank you for all of your hard work and practice orchestra members!

The Hadley Orchestras also have a new website!


If you have any questions about the Hadley Orchestra Program, please feel free to contact Ms. Georgia Alemis at galemis@d41.org.

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Live Life Well Week: Being T.H.E.R.E. – Five Ways to Engage Young People

Shaun Derik

Thu, Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm MORE HERE

Community Read – Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover, author

Tue, Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MORE HERE

Uplifting All Children to Cultivate Critical Wellness: Race and Culture Matter

Dr. Tyrone Howard - Black History Month Special Event

Thu, Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MORE HERE
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