D34 Parent News
Timely news for District 34 families and the community
This Month's Highlights
Big news in this issue:
- Information about coronavirus and resources for parents to talk to children about it
- D34 ParentConnect hosts a program TONIGHT at Springman: Parenting Through Puberty
- Early voting has started; Glenview residents can vote at Village Hall before Election Day (March 17)
- Registration is open. Haven't registered yet? Do it now!
- Thursday & Friday, visit Culver's and mention the Gelfand Fund -- your purchase benefits students and families in need
Check off Registration from Your List!
We use our enrollment numbers to plan for sections for next year, so please register now! To encourage early registration, if you complete your registration by May 22, you'll receive a $50 discount!
If you have questions about registration, please contact the school office where your child will attend next school year.
Residency verification is required for:
- Students NEW to the district
- Students entering Early Childhood, Kindergarten, 3rd and 6th grades
- Families with a lease
- Families who have recently moved within the district
- Students living with another family/friend (Required Student Residency Affidavit)
If you have questions about registration or residency, or need help navigating the online system, plan to attend a Registration/Residency Night!
April 13 & May 19 | 4:30-7pm
D34 Administration Building
1401 Greenwood, Glenview
Computers and friendly staff will be on hand to help, and translation services will be provided.
Early Voting Is Open
Election Day: March 17, 2020
Early Voting: March 2-16
Glenview Village Hall
2500 E. Lake Ave.
Voter Registration: M-F, 8am-5pm
Glenview Village Hall
2500 E. Lake Ave
Bring 2 pieces of ID with legal name and address
Naturalized citizens: bring naturalization papers or passport
Vote by Mail: Anyone can request a mail ballot - it's not just for registered voters who will be out of town or who have mobility restrictions. Worried about the weather? Vote by mail! Visit mailvoting.cookcountyclerk.com by March 12 to apply.
D34 ParentConnect Discussion Groups
The D34 ParentConnect website has a comprehensive calendar of discussion groups and presentations. You can add items of interest to your personal calendar, and never miss a valuable discussion group!
This month's topic for age-specific groups is developmental expectations and helping kids increase competency and independence.
Food for Thought & Healthy Happenings
From District 34 food service and health staff!
Updates on the Novel Coronavirus
Last week, Dr. Delli and other local superintendents shared information worth highlighting:
- The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH), in an update sent on Wednesday, February 26, stated that the risk to Illinoisans of contracting the virus is low at this time.
- School nurses are closely monitoring student and staff illnesses and taking steps to be prepared.
- At this time, IDPH does not recommend canceling classes or mass gatherings, nor does it recommend the use of face masks.
- We follow the guidance of the IDPH, and remain in contact with the Cook County Health Department as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- We are working with our municipalities on contingency plans in case of an outbreak in our region or communities.
We follow IDPH’s protocols for common-sense practices to protect our students and staff (and their families) during every flu season:
- Staff regularly wipe down frequently used surfaces in the classroom.
- Custodial crews do additional disinfecting throughout the building during the day.
- Custodial staff use spray disinfectant nightly on desks, tables, handles, doorknobs, light switches, etc.
- School nurses monitor student illnesses and work with individual families, as needed.
- Students and staff are encouraged to wash their hands frequently during the day.
We ask that you take action -- for yourself and your children -- to help prevent the spread of illness:
- If your child is sick, please keep them home from school until they are fever-free for 24 hours.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The following resources provide additional information about COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control provides a broad range of background information, updates and travel information. Here are specific resources from the CDC and other health organization:
Resource from National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Your Child About Coronavirus
Remain calm and reassuring.
- Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
- What you say and do about COVID-19, current prevention efforts, and related events can either increase or decrease your children’s anxiety.
- If true, emphasize to your children that they and your family are fine.
- Remind them that you and the adults at their school are there to keep them safe and healthy.
- Let your children talk about their feelings and help reframe their concerns into the appropriate perspective.
Eat Right By the Bite
“National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, they invite everyone to focus on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating habits and physical activity habits.”
Keys to change and success involve including the whole family, taking things slow, and planning. Here is a weekly plan of action for March:
- Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day
- Choose nutrient foods from all food groups
- Choose the correct portion sizes
- Drink plenty of water
- Together, plan a healthy menu and take the family on a grocery shopping “field trip” to by the healthy food you menu
- Read labels before you buy
- Practice healthy eating while away from home (at restaurants, school and work)
- Keep healthy ingredients on hand for meals and snacks
- Share meals as a family
- Try new flavors and foods
- Thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition!
To find out more visit eatright.org.
For information regarding D34's Food Service, visit this website. Contact us at 847-486-7702, or by email:
Kimberly Cleveland, Director of Food Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Connor, Administrative Assistant, Food Service, email@example.com
From the Glenview Northbrook Coalition for Youth (GNCY)
Hungry? Help Support the Gelfand Fund
Be Counted: Complete the Census
It's important to our schools and community that every resident of Glenview participate in the 2020 Census. Our schools are funded based on the Census count -- so if fewer people respond, there are fewer dollars directed toward D34 schools, and many other community resources.
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure and protected by law. By law, your responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way. No other offices can access your Census information, including U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Click here for information about the 2020 Census and confidentiality.
Here are a few answers to questions about the Census:
- What is the Census? Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone living in the United States. In the U.S. Constitution, the 14th amendment states that every person should be counted, whether or not they are a citizen. Most importantly, the Census information helps make sure the government knows how many people live in different areas all across the country. It also affects the resources our communities get.
- What does the Census look like? What questions are on it? The United States Census Bureau website has a sample questionnaire for you to review.
- When can I complete the Census survey? Illinois residents can fill out the 2020 Census online beginning in March 2020.
- How will I complete the Census? There are three ways to fill out the Census: phone, mail, online.
Events, Programs & Activities Around the Community
This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. You also will be able to visit your school’s website to see school-approved digital flyers by clicking the Peachjar button on each school’s website.
Note: Peachjar is free to our schools because community partners pay a small service fee to post and distribute digital flyers (typically much less than the cost to copy and deliver paper flyers).