District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

January 19, 2023

In this issue…

  • Next Board Meeting
  • Calendar Reminders

  • Feedback Opportunity

  • Hadley Band Student Selected to Perform

  • Officer Joe Honored for his Service

  • De-Stress Event Feb. 16

  • D41 Educator of the Year Nominations

  • GPS Offerings

Next D41 Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, February 21 - Regular Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., at Hadley

- View Board meeting agendas HERE | Watch live and recorded Board meetings HERE

- Board meeting schedule HERE

Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, February 17 - SIP Day (11:30 a.m. dismissal for grades 1-8. No PreK/EC or Kindergarten student attendance)
  • Monday, February 20 - President's Day (No School)

Feedback Opportunity! Take the Illinois 5Essentials Survey

All parents are encouraged to participate in a brief survey to help District 41 gather valuable data to inform school improvement. The Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey is administered annually by the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey is open January 24 - March 31, 2023.

Starting January 24 please CLICK HERE to take the survey and choose “Parent Survey.” The deadline is March 31.

Each school needs at least 20 percent parent participation for a data report to be provided for the school. For more information about the survey, see below. Thank you in advance for your participation. Your feedback is very much appreciated!


The 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that lead to improved outcomes for all students, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

The five indicators that positively affect school success are:

  1. Effective Leaders

  2. Collaborative Teachers

  3. Involved Families

  4. Supportive Environments

  5. Ambitious Instruction

Research derived from the Five Essentials for School Success has proven that schools strong on at least three of the 5Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student outcomes.

Schools across Illinois participated in the Ninth annual 5Essentials Survey of Learning Conditions: Organizing Schools for Improvement this past academic year. This survey generates valuable data that districts can use to guide their ongoing efforts to improve schools and to offer students an excellent education. The survey is another improvement tool that allows districts and the state to share data as a means to inform parents and community members about the school’s learning environment. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by Chicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. Data and indicators are a result from an anonymous administration of the survey instrument.

For questions regarding the survey, please call Department of Wellness at (217) 782-5270 or email 5Essentials@isbe.net​.​​​​​​​​​

Hadley Band Student Selected To Perform

Hadley’s own Autumn Sury, who plays percussion in the Hadley Band, was selected to participate in the Northshore Concert Band Lifetime of Music initiative performance on February 19 at 3 pm at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Campus of Northwestern University. Autumn was celebrated at District 41 the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 17. The Board congratulated her on this accomplishment and asked her questions about her musical interests.

The Northshore Concert Band (NCB) is a 100-member symphonic band active in the Chicago metropolitan area. Northshore Concert Band is deeply dedicated to music education and offering performance opportunities for musicians beyond high school and college. Part of their mission is to foster and promote wind music and to assist in the music education of young people. Through this event, they hope to demonstrate to younger musicians that there are opportunities for them to play and enjoy their instruments their entire lives, regardless of whether they choose a musical vocation — music truly is for a lifetime.

Students were nominated by their directors and chosen by a panel of musicians based on their qualifications. Selected students will participate in one rehearsal with the group prior to their performance. We invite all members of the community to join us for this performance and recognition of Autumn Sury. Hadley Band Directors Samantha Tribley and Chris Cooper are extremely proud of Autumn for her dedication and musicianship!

Pictured below from left to right: Board President Dr. Robert Bruno, Autumn Sury, Superintendent Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski

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Glen Ellyn Police "Officer Joe" Honored for his Service

After five years serving in District 41 schools, Glen Ellyn Police Department Officer Joe Nemchock was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation at the January 17 Board of Education meeting. Officer Nemchock has retired from the Police force after more than 20 years of service. A big thank you to Officer Joe for all he has done for our District 41 staff and students!

Pictured below from left to right: Board President Dr. Robert Bruno, Officer Joe Nemchock, Superintendent Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski

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"Change Distress to De-Stress" Presentation Feb. 16

Please consider attending this important event sponsored by the District 41 PTA Council. Neuropsychologist and founder of Marvelous Minds Dr. Kymberly Larson will present this program to help parents of K-8 students recognize signs of distress and how to cope with them.

WHAT: "Change Distress to De-Stress" presented by Neuropsychologist Dr. Kymberly Larson

WHEN: Thursday, February 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hadley Junior High Library, 240 Hawthorne Blvd., Glen Ellyn

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D41 Educator of the Year

Nominations for the Glen Ellyn Community Awards recognizing the exceptional contributions of the Glen Ellyn community during 2022 is now open.

Nominate your choice for the District 41 Educator of the Year! The submission form is open until Friday, February 10.

CLICK HERE to submit your nomination.

Glenbard Parent Series Offerings

Stay up to date on the upcoming offerings from the Glenbard Parent Series HERE

Michelle Garcia Winner

- Strategies to Foster Kids’ Social Skills

Wed, Jan 25, 2023 @ 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Click for more details

Zaretta Hammond

- Motivating, Supporting and Expanding the Capacity of All Students

Wed, Feb 1 @ 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Click for more details

Dr. Catherine Newman
- Essential Communication and Life Skills: A Kid’s Guide to Growing Up

Wed, Feb 8 @ 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Click for more details

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