District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

September 1, 2022

In this issue…

  • Calendar Reminders

  • D41 Preschool Achieves Gold Circle of Quality

  • Committee of the Whole Presents Chief Norton

  • Referendum Information and Info Session

  • Second Saturday Coffee with the Board

  • Park District Scholarship Program

  • Mental Health Resources

  • PEP Foundation Family Event

  • Walk Your Wheels

Calendar Reminders

  • Monday, September 5 - NO SCHOOL/Labor Day
  • Friday, September 9 - School Improvement Plan (SIP Day)
    This is the first scheduled SIP Day in District 41. On eight SIP Days throughout the year, students in 1st through 8th grade will have early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. to allow time for building staff members to work on school improvement activities. Kindergarten and PreK students will not attend school on SIP Days. For the full list of SIP Day dates and information CLICK HERE.
  • Saturday, September 10 - Second Saturday with the D41 Board of Education will take place at Hadley Junior High School, 10 a.m. Come enjoy coffee and conversation with two Board representatives.

D41 Preschool Program Earns Gold Circle of Quality Rating

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Preschool for All program at Glen Ellyn School District 41 has achieved the Gold Circle of Quality awarded by ExceleRate Illinois. The D41 Preschool program is currently based at Forest Glen.

ExceleRate Illinois is anchored by a set of standards that focus on early learning and development and places a high priority on instructional excellence, family services, staff qualifications, professional development, and program administration. Central to its design is the recognition of multiple forms of evidence to meet the universal standards. Evidence is obtained through the monitoring visits conducted through National Louis University’s contract with the Illinois State Board of Education. To learn more CLICK HERE.

Pictured below are Forest Glen Principal Scott Klespitz, Assistant Principal Sarah Taitel, Preschool Parent Teacher Coordinator Mayra Rojas along with the teaching staff of the D41 Preschool program.

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Committee of the Whole Meeting Presents Chief Philip Norton

The Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, September 6, will include a presentation and engagement opportunity with Glen Ellyn Police Department Chief Philip Norton. Chief Norton will share information about safety of schools and the police department’s on-going partnership with District 41.

Committee of the Whole

Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 p.m.

Hadley Junior High School

240 Hawthorne Blvd, Glen Ellyn

All are welcome!

Referendum Information - Vote November 8

The Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education voted to proceed with a referendum seeking voter approval to solve the District’s significant space issues. This consensus $49 million plan would build a new K-5 Elementary School on our Spalding property and a new Early Learning Preschool Center addition to our Churchill School. This will open up space at the elementary schools providing more space for all.

If successful, the referendum will allow the district to:

  • Keep Class Sizes Small in Our Neighborhood Schools

  • Offer Full-Day Kindergarten for All Families in their Home School

  • Continue Building Innovative Opportunities for Kids

Financial Investment

Estimated Cost to Taxpayers: $49 million

*The District will also draw $18 million from their existing fund reserves to complete the total project which is estimated to be $67 million.

Estimated Tax impact is $276/year (Based on a $400,000 home)

For more information go to, www.d41.org/referendum

Virtual Referendum Information Sessions

To learn more about the proposed plans, all are welcome to join the following virtual information sessions:

  • Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to these sessions online at D41.org/referendumsessions or contact Erika Krehbiel, Chief Communications Officer at (630) 534-7218, ekrehbiel@d41.org

All sessions are virtual. A zoom link will be sent the week of the meeting as well as directions about how to submit questions in advance.

Next Second Saturday with the D41 Board - Sept. 10

The next Second Saturday/Coffee and Conversation with the Board will take place Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. in the Library Media Center at Hadley Junior High School, 240 Hawthorne Blvd., Glen Ellyn in Glen Ellyn. All are welcome!

Come check out the school and engage the Board in conversation. Two Board members will host the session and the session is open to the public. No rsvp required.

September 10 - Hadley Junior High School, Library Media Center
240 Hawthorne Blvd., Glen Ellyn *Spanish translator will be in attendance

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Glen Ellyn Park District Scholarship Program

The Glen Ellyn Park District provides programs and activities for all kids! The Park District Scholarship Program is available to all Glen Ellyn Park District residents that qualify. Scholarship funds can be used for non-contractual camps and classes, pool passes, trips, preschool, fitness, athletics, etc., where fees are required. Funds are not eligible for equipment purchases or rental fees. Residents and students who qualify are eligible to receive up to $400 maximum per person per calendar year (January 1-December 31) based on need and availability of funds. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

If you have further questions, call (630) 858-2462.

Visit the Park District online

Mental Health Resources

Are you having a mental health crisis? Help is available 24/7 from the DuPage County Health Department. You can find resources specific to your personal needs. CLICK HERE for contact information and details, or click the below infographic from DCHD.

PEP Hosts PEP Rally for Families

In celebration of the Partnership for Educational Progress’ (PEP) 30th anniversary, all District 41 families and staff are invited to a PEP Rally from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn.

This event will feature food trucks, fun activities and the talents of students across seven school districts. The PEP Rally also will fund three new PEP programs:

  • Ready to Learn Grant Program - ensures students at Glenbard community schools are arriving with their basic needs met and skills developed so they are ready to learn.
  • Experiential Learning Grant Program - supports project-based learning and business incubator programs throughout Glenbard community schools.
  • Equity in Educators Scholarship Honor Program - in honor of exemplary leadership in education, scholarships will be awarded to students of color seeking a career in education.

To learn more about PEP, click here.

A Reminder To Walk Your Wheels When Visiting the Downtown Glen Ellyn Business District. Thank you!

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