District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

December 15, 2022

In this issue…

  • Calendar Reminders

  • Steve Diveley, Principal of the Year

  • New Preordering Process for Lunch

  • PTA Holiday Sharing

  • Keep Kids Warm

  • 2022-2023 Band Buddy Winter Concert

  • Feeding Families in Need

  • We Are Hiring!

  • GPS Programs

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Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, December 16 - SIP Day
  • December 19 through Monday, January 2 - Winter Break

Congratulations to Middle School Principal of the Year Steve Diveley

School administrators from across the state were recently recognized by the Illinois Principals Association, broken out by county. Congratulations to Hadley Junior High School Principal Steve Diveley for being named the Middle School Principal of the Year for the DuPage Region of the Illinois Principals Association. Mr. Diveley is now eligible for consideration as Illinois Middle School Principal of the year. Representatives from the Illinois Principals Association attended the D41 Board of Education meeting last Monday to present Mr. Diveley with the award.

“On behalf of the D41 Cabinet Team and staff, I am thrilled that Principal Diveley has been selected for this award. Hadley Junior High is not only high achieving but also a student-centered school,” said Superintendent Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski. “Steve’s leadership along with the commitment of the Hadley staff has made Hadley a point of pride for the district and for this community. Steve demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement and works very hard to stay current in the field of middle level learning and leadership.”

Mr. Diveley has been in education for 30 years and has served as a principal for 18 years. This is Mr. Diveley's 10th year in District 41. Prior to being a principal, he was a science and social studies teacher and has held various other administrative positions. He earned a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and a master's from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Mr. Diveley lives in Naperville with his wife and three children.

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New Preordering Process for Lunches

Effective January 9th, District 41’s food service partner Quest will require preorders for all elementary school lunches. The preordering process will allow Quest to better provide the accurate number of lunches to each school building. This process is required for all elementary students including families who have approved fee waivers.

The first round of preorders will need to be completed by midnight on January 5th for lunches during the following week starting on January 9th.

Preordering will be through an app/website called MyMealOrder.com (MMO). In order to get started with MMO you must complete the following steps:

Step 1: Go to mymealorder.com to login Click here

Step 2: Click here for instructions on how to locate your student’s ID. You will need your child’s school ID number to set up myMealOrder.

Step 3: Place your order by midnight on Thursday night for the following week.

Click Here for step by step instructions and screenshots of the process to preorder. (clic para espanol)

If you miss the preorder window and your child doesn’t have lunch from home, your child will be served a Sunbutter sandwich along with a snack and drink. The menus will be up in advance and families may preorder for more than one week at a time.

Please note, the above process is being used solely to collect lunch orders. The charges related to your orders will be automatically transferred to your PushCoin account and applied against your existing balance.

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PTA Holiday Sharing Program Brings Holiday Cheer

Since 2005, District 41’s PTA has been organizing a holiday gift program for hundreds of children. This year the program provided gifts for kids as well as gift cards to purchase groceries and other needed items to over 245 families. Community members Karen Winter, Jennifer Huard, Erica Nelson, and Annie Murphy coordinate the program along with a large number of volunteers.

Erica Nelson and Jennifer Huard attended the Board of Education meeting this past Monday to provide information about the history of the program and talk about how the program helped families in need this holiday season. Click here for their presentation.

The program has grown over the years and now includes a number of community partners including:

  • D41 School PTA’s, our parents, our teachers, our staff members

  • D41 administrators and staff at the Central Services Office

  • Operation Christmas

  • Glen Ellyn Junior Women’s Club

  • St. Petronille Church CCW

  • Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center Board of Directors and GECRC Staff members

  • Glen Ellyn Bookstore

Thank you to our partners and to all who provide gifts and donate their time. Special thank you District 41 Registrar Marylou Gehringer and Churchill Elementary Head Custodian Herion Syziu.

Help Keep Kids Warm this Winter

D41 PTA Council's Community Outreach is lucky to be able to provide NEW winter outerwear through a partnership with Supplies 4 Success and Karen’s Closet to students identified by the school social workers. Help stock up for winter by shopping their Amazon Wish List HERE.

Prefer to just make a donation? You can make a monetary donation to Supplies 4 Success HERE To learn more about Supplies 4 Success, click HERE

Thank you to all who donate to help keep all kids warm this winter season!

2022-2023 Band Buddy Winter Concert

Mrs. Pressly’s 5th Grade Band students received their first “band buddy letters'' from students in the Hadley Jr. High Bands! The middle school musicians send notes of support and encouragement to the 5th Grade Beginners, just in time for their first Winter Band Concert which was held on December 13th. Additionally, the Hadley 8th Grade Jazz Band performed alongside the 5th Graders and at the Dessert Social following the 5th Grade Band Concert. CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS

Feeding Families in Need

The generosity of the community is heartwarming this holiday season. One example is all of the donations provided and volunteering happening at the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. District 41 Chief Communications Officer Erika Krehbiel saw it first hand as she helped organize the abundance of food at the pantry with the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club this week. Please note the Winter Wishes list below for items most needed at the pantry. Thank you to all who help feed our District 41 families in need.

Glen Ellyn School District 41 is Hiring!

Glen Ellyn School District 41 has openings for full and part time Special Education Aides at both the elementary and middle school level.The full time aide positions have benefits including paid dental and health insurance. Special Education Aides work with classroom teachers to support students, or a group of students with specific educational needs. You can learn more and apply for open positions by clicking here.

Glenbard Parent Series Offerings

Dr. Carla Naumburg
- You Are Not a Bad Parent: How to Practice Self-Compassion and Give Yourself a Break

Thu, Jan 5, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm
Click for more details

Michelle Garcia Winner
- Strategies to Foster Kids’ Social Skills

Wed, Jan 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Click for more details

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