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News From Marion Jordan Elementary


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Information from Mrs. Grosch

Hello Marion Jordan Families,

I hope you are all enjoying the change of pace and offering of activities summer has to offer. Summer is a great time to spend with family and friends, relaxing, reconnecting, and rejeuvenating. I myself have found time to explore beaches, lakes, books, and my garden. A few trips out to Arizona and down to Alabama were fun too! The calendar now reads August and the start of the 2022-23 school year is just around the corner.

While we may be questioning exactly what this year will look like and wondering how it could change as time progresses, we are entering this school year with excitement, enthusiasm, and hope. My number one hope is to be able to offer students a fun, memorable year of learning and growing in all senses of the word. I am confident that this will be accomplished this year as it has been in previous years, despite any challenges that may present.

Teacher assignments will be viewable by parents/guardians in Infinite Campus on/after August 4th after 4:00 pm. We are working hard on finalizing registrations and placing students appropriately into classrooms as needed. If you have not completed the registration process, please kindly contact our school office to finalize the process as soon as possible.

The Marion Jordan teachers would like to invite all of our students to our annual Meet the Teacher event on Tuesday, August 16th from 1:30-2:30pm. This is a great time for your student to bring in his/her supplies, navigate the hallways, and meet their classroom teacher. If you are not able to attend, your child should bring his/her supplies on their first day of school. School supply lists are linked HERE for your convenience.

The Marion Jordan staff is gearing up to welcome students back for an amazing school year! Both August 15th and 16th are dedicated to professional development for our teachers. We will be focused on preparing our students for academic, social-emotional, and functional success. We are committed to providing the best possible school experience for your child(ren). We will continue with professional learning the afternoon of Wednesday, August 17 as the first day of school for our first -sixth grade students is a half day of attendance for students.

In an effort to provide communications to ALL FAMILIES, the PTA will be including all emails and cell numbers on communications with MJ Families, regardless of membership in the PTA. Should you prefer to opt-out of this communication, please send an email to Mrs. Grosch @ stating you would like to opt-out of the MJ PTA communications.

We hope you embrace the remaining weeks of summer. Our school prides itself on the collaborative relationship we have with our parent community. Please know we are here to answer any questions you may have. You are welcome to call our school office at 847-963-5500 or email me (Mrs. Grosch) directly if I can assist or support you or your student in any way.

With the start of the school year quickly approaching, I want to thank you all in advance for your partnership. We have found over the last few years that we are Stronger Together and Better United!


Jenny Grosch


1st - 6th grade - Wednesday, August 17 from 8:25-11:25am


Kindergarten - Thursday, August 18 AM 8:25- 11:00 and PM 12:30 - 3:05pm

** Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

So that you are fully prepared and ready for the first days of school, here is a synopsis of our arrival and dismissal procedures. Our focus during these transitional times of the day has been, and continues to be, on accuracy as well as safety. In time, the systems will become more efficient as well. Thank you for taking a few minutes to watch the attached video that will provide you with a few updates on our procedures. As always, we thank you for your partnership in all we do for your student (s).

If your student takes the bus, he/she will be dropped off on the blue awning side (Harrison Road, East side) of the building. Staff will eagerly greet your student and assist them in getting to the right classroom. Upon dismissal, your student will board the buses in this same area. Each bus has a number and color associated with it and your child will quickly learn his/her color and number. While they are learning, adult supervisors are equipped with rosters to look up and verify your child's correct bus. Once the buses are loaded, they will depart from school and be on their way back to you. At the discretion of the driver, seats may be assigned on the bus.

If you drive your student to school, you will drop them off at Door #1, the main entrance to the school by the flagpole. Please come into the school area by driving up Clyde St. (one block east of the school). Clyde circles around to Wilson which joins up with Harrison. As you come up Clyde, you will likely see cars pulled over to the side - this is the line to join! When it is time, the cars will be waved into the parking lot where you will circle around and come to the area in front of Door #1. Please pull as far forward in the line as you can, this helps us to unload multiple cars at one time, thus expediting the wait time for all. Staff will be at this entrance as well to welcome and assist students to their classrooms. For pick up at the end of the day, follow the same procedure. Staff will be outside with the students waiting for rides and will help to match families after a great day at school. Every family will receive a family name sign - this will have your last name and your child (ren)'s names on it. Please display the name sign in your windshield at pick up to assist our staff in matching families efficiently and accurately.

We work very hard to ensure student safety and accuracy at both arrival and dismissal times. Efficiency will come and we appreciate your patience as we get the process underway.

Pick Up/ Drop Off Tips:

  • The school parking lot is a phone free zone. Kindly refrain from using your cell phone during drop off and pick up.
  • Students should exit and enter cars on the passenger side. Please adjust any booster seats or car seats that may be in the way of your child.
  • Pulling as far forward as you can in front of the building greatly helps with the timing of our arrival/dismissal.
  • Display your family name sign when picking up.
  • Students should be ready to exit the vehicle as you pull up at arrival - shoes on, certification card signed, backpack easily accessible.

What's happening at MJ?

Important Dates

Thursday, August 4th - Classroom / Teacher assignments viewable in Infinite Campus (after 4pm)

Monday, August 15th - Teacher Institute Day

Tuesday, August 16th - Teacher Institute Day

Tuesday, August 16th - Meet the Teacher from 1:30-2:30pm

Wednesday, August 17th - First Day of School for Grades 1-6 - Half Day Student Attendance from 8:25-11:25am

Wednesday, August 17th - Kindergarten Play Date - 9:30am - North Park - Inverness Park District

Thursday, August 18th - First Day of School for Kindergarten - Regular session times

Thursday, August 25th - Parent Orientation - Evening Event - Adult Only Attendance

Monday, September 5th - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Wednesday, September 14th - Picture Day

Kindergarten Play Date

Calling all incoming Kindergarten students and families! All are welcome to join us for a play date at North Park - located at the end of Highland Rd - on Wednesday, August 17th at 9:30 am. This is a great opportunity to meet a few classmates, see Mrs. Adamczyk and Ms. Ekiert, take a picture with Jay Jay our mascot, and enjoy a popsicle. We hope to see you there!

Introducing New Staff Members

Please join me in welcoming the following new staff members to Marion Jordan. Welcome to all of our new Blue Jay family members!

Anna Ekiert - Kindergarten AM

Catrina Fodor - Classroom Teacher - SIP Program

Jillian Sullivan - Classroom Teacher - SIP Program

Melissa Barker - Classroom Teacher - 3rd Grade

Michael Freitag- Itinerant Art Teacher

Rachel Kanalas - Itinerant Teacher (Building Based Substitute)

Lisa Bruno - Orchestra Teacher

Elizabeth Woodin - Occupational Therapist

Melissa Forde - Occupational Therapist - SIP Program

Meg Cusack - Occupational Therapist - SIP Program

Jennifer Glazbrook - School Psychologist

Jennifer Whitman - School Psychologist

Sheila Howard - Library Innovation Teacher

Rachel Thien - Speech Pathologist - SIP Program

James Kieliszewski - Adapted Music

Sharon Rusk - Adaptive PE

A cheery welcome back to the following staff members who will be with us again this year, but in a new role.

Mrs. Stephanie Padesky - Classroom Teacher - SIP Program

Mrs. Melissa Butera - 6th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Lizzie Falkenberg - Academic Interventionist

Kaitlyn Wiggins - 4th Grade Teacher

School Meal Information

As a result of the federal government deciding not to reissue the waiver that allowed us to provide free breakfast and lunch to all Illinois students during the pandemic, not all District 15 schools will be able to offer free breakfast and lunch this school year. Students at Marion Jordan have the option to purchase a school lunch each day. The cost of a student lunch is $2.60 for elementary students. Milk can be purchased separately for $0.40. Breakfast will not be offered. Lunch menus are available here. Students simply need to place their order for lunch with their teacher each morning. Families can complete the APPLICATION FOR FREE MILK/MEAL AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS to see if they qualify for free or reduced meal prices.

**Student Fees are now DUE

School District 15 charges a book rental, material, and technology fee to defray costs. Fees are payable at the time of online enrollment. Students who enroll late may pay the fees in the school office when they register. See below for more information regarding student fee payment procedures.

2022-23 School Year

  • Kindergarten (book/material fees): $90/student/year

  • Grades 1-6 (book/material/technology fees): $150/student/year

  • Grades 7-8 (book/material/technology fees): $165/student/year

Student fees are due June 1, 2022, for the 2022-23 school year. An invoice is no longer sent home. Please see below for ways to pay by cash, check, credit card, or e-check.

· Cash payments should be made by the parent in the office of the child's attendance school, where a payment receipt will be issued.

  • Check payments should be made payable to "CCSD15," and can be mailed to the District Office, Community Consolidated School District 15, 580 N. 1st Bank Drive, Palatine IL 60067-8110. Please note the student's name, amount paid, and parent's name in the payment envelope. Returned check fee charge is $25 per check.

  • Credit card or e-check payments may also be submitted through Infinite Campus: You will need your Campus Parent portal email address and a valid credit card number. If you need assistance with your Campus Parent Portal email address, please call your child’s school for assistance. Parents who do not have Internet access may come to their child's school to process their credit card payments. A small convenience fee is added for credit card processing.

If your child is approved for the Free & Reduced Lunch Program the fees will be waived. All Applications should be sent to the Nutrition Service Dept..

6th Grade Information

Please take a moment to read some information HERE about the exciting opportunity our 6th grades will experience this school year.

From the Health Office

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far! With the start of the new school year only a few weeks away, it is time to make sure your child’s health requirements are up to date.

  • All students entering Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grade require a dental exam.
  • All students new to District 15 will require a current physical exam with all immunizations up to date (Certificate of Child Health Examination), and students new to the State of Illinois, including incoming Kindergarten students, will require an eye examination. This form is available in the school office, online, and here: State of Illinois Eye Examination Report.

  • All students should provide proof of immunizations by October 15, 2021, or the student will be excluded from school. The list of current immunizations can be found on the district website here: IDPH Health Requirements.

  • Students with health conditions such as asthma, epilepsy/seizures, severe allergies, and diabetes require the emergency action plan completed by their physician along with the Medication Administration Forms, signed by the physician and parent, for any medications required at school. Please bring these forms and medications on or before the first day of school. These forms are available in the school office, online, and here

  • Asthma Action Plan

  • Seizure Action Plan

  • Allergy Emergency Action Plan

  • Medication Administration Form

  • Diabetic Medical Management Plans must be brought in along with medication and supplies prior to or on the first day of school in order for the student to attend.

If your child requires any of these health documents and you have not done so already, please kindly make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding the above requirements, you may reach me at I will be back in the office the week of August 8th to answer any phone calls. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your summer!


Sherin Thomas, RN BSN


Picture Day is Scheduled!

Picture Day for Marion Jordan Elementary School is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Ordering details to follow. Classroom teachers can share your student's picture time after the schedule is set.

Contacting Marion Jordan School

Welcome to Marion Jordan Elementary School, Home of the Blue Jays!

We are located at 100 N. Harrison Ave. Palatine, IL 60067

Our main office phone number is 847-963-5500. Our Absence Line is 847-963-5501.

Principal: Mrs. Jennifer Grosch 847-963-5505

Assistant Principal: Mr. Andrew Wilson 847-963-5504

School Office Staff: Ms. Jamie Wieckiewicz 847-963-5580 and Mrs. Kelly Wallin 847-963-5503

School Nurse: Ms. Sherin Thomas 847-963-5502