Lyon & Pleasant Ridge Monthly News

October 2, 2020

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

1730 Sunset Ridge Road

Gelview, IL 60025

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

(847)998-2794 Absence Calls/Health Calls


Calendar of Events at Lyon and District 34

Friday, November 6

Lyon School Spirit Day (Wear your Lyon School gear or blue & yellow, the Lyon School colors.)

Friday, November 20

Lyon School Spirit Day - (Wear your Lyon School gear or blue & yellow, the Lyon School colors.)

Friday, November 13

Lyon School Spirit Day-(Wear your Lyon School gear or blue & yellow, the Lyon School colors.)

Friday, November 27

Lyon School Spirit Day - (Wear your Lyon School gear or blue & yellow, the Lyon School colors.)

Monday, November 2

No school - Institute Day

Tuesday, November 3

No School - General Election day

Monday, November 16

School Board Meeting - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25, 26, 27

No School

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

A Message from Mr. Dorken

We have thoroughly enjoyed our first week with students in our Hybrid schedule! It is wonderful to have children at school for more time, learning together with their teachers, and doing so in as safe a manner as possible. We appreciate everyone’s support and flexibility as we have made this progressive and significant movement forward in this school year. With all of the different aspects of our year to this point (remote learning, small group visits to school by grade level, Hybrid schedule), we are now very well positioned for whatever may come our way in the coming weeks. Depending upon health trends, any steps forward will build on what we’ve put in place thus far, and any steps backward will be something we have already experienced from an instructional and scheduling perspective. Of course, our goal throughout this dynamic set of circumstances is continued well-being, learning and growth for all of our students. While this picture has likely looked different than in a “typical” school year for each child, we have seen many great examples of student resilience, new applications of age-appropriate responsibility and independence, creativity, and other beneficial outcomes in addition to academic progress. While we fully recognize this challenging time, we look forward to continuing to work with you to make our students’ experiences as positive and enriching as possible.

We have some important reminders/requests:

  • If you have a student bus card and have not attached it to their backpack, please do so. All students, even those who do not ride the bus, have been issued a card. This is the most efficient way to scan students into the building each day (confirming that the self-certification has been completed at home). While we have a backup system for scanning in students without a card, their transition to their homeroom is much quicker with the card attached to their backpack. Thank you!

  • Please continue to complete the self-certification, every day, for students before they come to school. Ideally, these are completed daily by 8am (but no later than 8:30am). Students for whom the self-certification has not been completed are not able to enter the building and proceed to their homeroom until a Lyon staff member is able to check them in. See the District 34 Health & Safety Protocols for more details.

  • Please continue to communicate in advance with your child’s teacher regarding student transportation plans. Teachers direct students at the end of their day to the bus, car line, or to meet an adult to walk, and we rely on accurate information from you to get students safely where they need to go. Teachers are unable to check email regularly during their time with students, so changes in transportation plans during the school day are discouraged. In the event of an unavoidable change for a student, please call our main office (847-998-5045) to share that information.

Conferences with your child’s teachers are soon approaching! These meetings will be held online this fall. Be on the lookout for more details to come directly from your child’s teacher. These valuable conversations are an important milestone in our year, and we appreciate you setting aside this time to connect with your child’s teacher. A simple list of questions and answers related to conferences can be found in this month’s newsletter.

Thank you for all of the ongoing kind words and support - they are greatly appreciated! Take care and stay well.

A Message from Mr. Friedman

Pleasant Ridge Families,

Happy October! We have an important month of school ahead of us. The truth is that every moment we have with students and time to connect with you is important. But, given our recent entry into Hybrid and with parent conferences on the horizon, many things are lining up to strengthen and solidify our support for students.

First, Hybrid thoughts. I couldn’t be more excited to have our students back in the building. I know many of our teachers and students were feeling Zoom fatigue and the increase of in person time was welcomed by all. As I greeted students outside the building and in the hallways, the chorus of “school is much better in person” was music to my ears. From my perspective, it was a toss up on who was more excited about Hybrid starting; was it the students, teachers, or parents? I think we were all excited about some aspect of normalcy returning to our lives. What I am most excited about is the opportunity to work with kids in person and continue to support their development in core subject areas with the close observation and support of a teacher. I’m so proud of our students who have come to school with a positive mindset and are doing their best to follow the safety procedures at school. There will be lots and lots of reminders for everyone, but it’s been a great start so far.

Fall conferences are always an important touchpoint with parents to discuss students’ adjustments to school as well as setting goals for the upcoming months. Given our Remote start and the shift to in person learning opportunities, I see this time as sacred. We all recognize that kids have had a non traditional school experience since last March. Our desire is to continue supporting children through the grade level standards and expectations that we’ve set forth. Our partnership is such a key component to doing so. As much as I would like to say we were able to get to know our students through Zoom, we all know that we will have a richer experience together in person. I imagine our teachers are learning new things and seeing different sides to our students now that we are spending time together in person. We welcome your feedback and insight at conferences as we look to better understand how we can support both you and your child throughout the school year. And thank you for your continued support during the remote part of their school day.

On a personal note, with summer fading I know we need to think about how we all stay balanced and sane. Throughout the course of this Pandemic we’ve had to navigate new rules for socializing and engaging with others. Summer provided many of us safe opportunities to socialize and participate in outdoor activities. So, as we move into Fall I hope you can continue to find safe and healthy ways to connect with others and be active. It’s important we do so. The more we can maintain our balance as adults, the better suited we are to be there and present for our children. So, with golf season vanishing before my eyes...believe me when I tell you that I’m thinking of ways to stay active and engaged with others this Fall.

Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate everything you do on a daily basis to support your child!


Important Notes

  • Social/Emotional Learning Corner- Please open the link below to view view our monthly newsletter from Eva Ginis, Social Worker, and Lizzy McCarthy, School Psychologist

Social Emotional Learning Corner

Holiday Helper

It’s that time of year again! We are kicking off our annual Holiday Helper program! The Holiday Helper program assists families in need within Lyon and Pleasant Ridge by providing children with outerwear and holiday gifts. Each family also receives a grocery store gift certificate and box of food collected during our Holiday Helper food drive.

We are now seeking child and family sponsors! Sponsors provide outerwear for each child during the first week of November. Then, during the first week of December, sponsors provide a book and holiday gifts for each child, and a grocery store gift card for the entire family. Sponsor a child, family, or consider teaming up with your friends or neighbors to sponsor a large family! Look for other Holiday Helper updates in the coming weeks for more ways to help!

For questions or interest in sponsoring a child or family contact:

Ramie Robbins at:
Christa Willits at:

Please click below to sign up to help a family or provide gift cards.

LY/PR Conference Information October 2020

In advance of our first round of parent/teacher conferences this school year (to be held online via Zoom), we wanted to share information that we hope will help make your experience a productive and positive one. We thank you in advance for making every attempt to schedule your conference during the designated conference times as shared by your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher will be in touch with sign up information. We hope you find conferences at Lyon and Pleasant Ridge to be informative and enjoyable.

Conferences are important milestones in our school year, but hopefully serve as a confirmation of information you have gathered thus far about your child’s growth and progress (e.g., from ongoing conversations with your child, your child’s teacher, classroom newsletters, student work samples, etc.). As you look ahead to these conversations with your child’s teacher(s), we hope you find the following questions and answers helpful.

What is the main purpose of the fall conference?

These meetings are intended primarily to share our observations thus far regarding your child’s growth and progress at this early stage in the school year. The first month or so of school has established a baseline from which to work, and the conversation with you at the conference really improves our understanding of your child. If there is specific information you would like to receive or address at the conference, please let your child’s teacher know in advance.

How long will the conference be?

This will vary a little from teacher to teacher, but a typical conference will be scheduled for 20 minutes. This amount of time adequately allows for a focused discussion to occur and creates a manageable conference schedule for teachers.

How can I make the most of my conference time?

Arriving promptly for your appointment (via Zoom) helps ensure a smooth start. Coming with questions prepared in advance and taking notes to share later with your child are helpful strategies as well.

What should I do if I’m running late or can’t make the conference?

Please email your child’s teacher. They will follow up to reschedule.

We value this time for reflection and celebration. Conferences, combined with ongoing communication between home and school, help us to strengthen our collective effort to meet the needs of every child at Lyon and Pleasant Ridge and to work in genuine partnership with you.

PTA News

News from the PTA:

Hope everyone had a great first week of hybrid! I know my children were all excited to be back in school with their friends and teachers! As a thank you to all our teachers and staff members for working so hard to make both remote and in person learning work, we provided Marla’ lunchbox for everyone on Friday. Each staff member was able to select a sandwich or salad that was labeled with their name, we also provided individual bags of chips, cookies and water for everyone. Your support of the PTA made this possible. Please remember to register for the PTA, our registration is really low this year and as of now this is our major source of funding, so please register today. Please go to and follow the directions to register.

Holiday Helper is in its beginning stages. If you are interested in sponsoring a family or donating please go to to see what the needs are, more information will be out next week in our eblast. If you would like more information about Holiday Helper please reach out to Ramie Robbins

Spirit Wear Chairs Laura Fruend and Whitney Chango have been working hard on getting a new store up and running. We hope to have the online store up and running next week, please look for information regarding later next week.

Virtual Book Fair: Our book fair will be virtual this year. You will have the opportunity to order books online and they will be delivered to school. We will coordinate either getting books to teachers or a drive thru pick up date.

Eblasts and Facebook are the PTAs main ways of communicating. If you haven’t been receiving the eblast please go to our website and click on the link to register.

Lasty, THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to come to our first zoom PTA meeting last month. We had 25 people log in! The October meeting will be on the 27th at 9:15 a.m. the zoom link and agenda will be sent out on Monday.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions,

Crosbie Lind

PTA President

Pleasant Ridge Calendar -Calendario de Pleasant Ridge

Friday, October 16th is a non student attendance day in order accommodate Parent Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be done over Zoom and your student's homeroom teachers will contact you be email to make arrangements soon.

El viernes 16 de octubre es un día sin asistencia de estudiantes para poder acomodar las conferencias de padres y maestros. Las conferencias se realizarán a través de Zoom y los maestros de aula de su estudiante se comunicarán con usted por correo electrónico para hacer arreglos pronto.


Log in to District 34's PowerSchool web portal before leaving for school, to complete the self-certification tool for each student who is attending school in person. Click on the SUBMIT SELF-ASSESSMENT link on the home page to submit your child’s temperature and answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Click submit.

Inicie sesión en el portal web PowerSchool del Distrito 34 antes de irse a la escuela, para completar la herramienta de autocertificación para cada estudiante que asiste a la escuela en persona. Haga clic en el enlace ENVIAR AUTOEVALUACIÓN en la página de inicio para enviar la temperatura de su hijo y responder preguntas sobre los síntomas y la exposición al COVID-19. Haga clic en enviar.

Student Supplies For Hybrid Learning

It's Not Too Late...

If you have not done so already, please submit payment for 2020-21 Student Supplies at the PTA website by using the link below. Classroom teachers have purchased student supplies directly so that each student has all the same high quality supplies on the first day of school. In order to maintain the program throughout the year we need our Hybrid families to participate.

No es Demasiado Tarde...

Si aún no lo ha hecho, envíe el pago de los útiles para estudiantes 2020-21 en el sitio web de la PTA mediante el enlace a continuación. Los maestros del salón de clases han comprado materiales para estudiantes directamente para que cada estudiante tenga los mismos materiales de alta calidad el primer día de clases. Para mantener el programa durante todo el año, necesitamos que nuestras familias híbridas participen.

Student Supply Fee/Cuota de Ùtiles Para Estudiantes

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Teacher Coverage During Remote +

We have limited substitute coverage in Remote + therefore we wanted to highlight scenarios that might make teachers unavailable and our solutions for that.

Meetings and Other Professional Obligations for Teachers during Remote +

Just as during a typical school year, teachers sometimes need to attend meetings (e.g., IEP, 504) and other professional obligations (e.g., training from an outside organization) for which they do not have control of the scheduling. As this school year progresses, if a professional obligation of this nature comes up, teachers will communicate with their students and families about any change in plans for the given time period. This could include asynchronous work for students, another Lyon or Pleasant Ridge staff member checking in with students and/or being available for “office hours” to answer questions and provide guidance.

Teacher Absences during Remote +

Illness or personal obligations out of school (e.g., funeral) may lead to full-day absences for teachers. When these absences occur, teachers will communicate with their students and families about any change in plans for that day. This could include asynchronous work for students, other Lyon or Pleasant Ridge staff members checking in with students and/or being available for “office hours” to answer questions and provide guidance. Student schedules with teachers not absent that day (e.g., Fine Arts, PE, small group English language instruction, etc.) would continue as usual.

Technology Support during Remote +

If a student or family needs assistance with an iPad or other technology related resource during the school day, please refer to the D34 Tech Hub for EC-2nd grade students or the Tech Support while Remote section of the D34 website.

PR Fine Arts Newsletter

Greetings PR Parents and Guardians:

We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we embark on new creative adventures in Drama, Visual Art and Music this year! In order to streamline communication, we will be sending out this Encore Smore communication once a month.

Fine Arts Smore Newsletter


In support of the health and safety of our students and staff, PR is now offering Touch Free Pick Up.

Items scheduled for pick up will be placed on a cart just outside Door A in the South Circle drive (near the PR Office).

Pick Up Days: M-F (except school holidays)

Pick Up Times: 8am-3:30pm.

Residency Reminder

Residency Verification

Proof of residency is required for all of the following students: those new to District 34; students whose families have moved within the district during the previous school year; those entering early childhood, kindergarten, 3rd and 6th grade; families with a lease and other families as determined by the district. Please use the following link to prove Residency online

Authorization to Administer Medication at School

If your child needs to take any medication during the school day -- either prescription or over-the-counter (including ibuprofen or other pain reliever) -- you must submit this form with a doctor's signature to the health office at school (Aquí está la forma en español.). There are no exceptions to this policy. Students should not have medication in their backpack or pocket; parents must provide the medication indicated on the form, in original packaging, to the school nurse.

All health forms are posted on the District 34 website on our frequently used forms page. If you have questions, please contact the Lyon health office at (847) 657-2894 or the Pleasant Ridge health office at (847) 657-2794.

Important Forms

2020-2021 District 34 Calendar

Click this link for the following frequently used forms:

Authorization And Permission For Administration Of Medication

Cell Phone Use Agreement and Permission Form

Classroom Party Menu Options

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

Dental Exam Waiver

District Policies/Handbook Info

Eye Exam Form

Eye Exam Waiver

Food Guidelines

Health Examination Form