District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

January 13, 2021

Reminder About January 18 and 19

No School Monday, January 18 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

No School for Students Tuesday, January 19 -- Institute Day

In this issue…

  • Message from Dr. K

  • Saliva Screening Data

  • Saliva Screening Schedule

  • How to Collect Saliva Samples

  • Sign Up for COVID-19 Screening

  • Band Program Happenings

  • Glen Ellyn DEI Project

Message from Dr. K

2020 was a hard year; 2021 is not giving us much of a break yet. I send my warm regards to all and a reminder to take care of ourselves, check in with colleagues, and remember that our kids are trying to process all of this difficult stuff too. Here's a resource that can help you navigate these tough conversations with children and teens.


Dr. K

Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski


Saliva Screening and Data

Thank you to all who participated in the COVID-19 saliva screening this week.

Click here for the dashboard to monitor the data from week to week.

COVID-19 Saliva Screening Schedule for the Week of Jan. 18

Due to no school on Monday and Tuesday next week, the saliva return schedule will be condensed for this week only.

All participating families/staff should already have their saliva collection supplies for next week. If not, please contact your school office and/or email Nancy Mogk at nmogk@d41.org.

Tuesday, January 19

Saliva sample drop off at all schools for all grade levels from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

Wednesday, January 20

All students who attend in the AM, in all grades, will bring their samples to school.

Thursday, January 21

All students who attend in the PM, in all grades, will bring their samples to school.

How to Collect a Saliva Sample Reminder

Click here for information about the COVID-19 Saliva Screening Program including a “How-to Video.”

Sign Up for COVID-19 Saliva Screening -- In Person Staff/Students Only

Although this program is voluntary, it is important to have as much participation in the saliva screening program as possible. The district’s goal is 90% participation to make the best evidence-based decisions. If you already consented and acknowledged the waiver for each of your children in Skyward, you will continue to be provided with test kits. Once you sign up you will be in the system and do not need to sign the waiver again.

Click here to sign the waiver in Skyward.

For information about disposal of saliva after testing, Click Here.

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District 41 Band Program Happenings

The District 41 Band Program is alive and well amid remote learning! Here are just some of the band program happenings in District 41:

  • The 5th Grade Beginning Band Program premiered a series of four band concerts featuring student solos and group performances.

  • The Hadley Band program showcased a virtual winter concert of holiday music from all six concert bands in grades six through eight.

  • Mrs. Pressly’s beginning band students also had the opportunity to have a virtual meet and greet with Mrs. Tribley and Mr. Cooper from the Hadley Band Program during student independent resource time. These students also had the opportunity to attend a virtual holiday party where they learned numerous holiday songs on their instruments.

  • Hadley Band students virtually connected with beginning band students through the Band Buddy program, sending letters and notes of encouragement to their 5th grade band friends.

Mrs. Pressly, Mr. Cooper, and Mrs. Tribley continue to be so proud of their students’ commitment and work ethic during this unique time. Everyone is doing a wonderful job keeping the music alive!

Be on the lookout for information about registering for Hadley Band for the 2021/2022 school year. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the district band directors with questions.

Elle Pressly epressly@d41.org, 5th Grade Beginning Band Chris Cooper ccooper@d41.org, Hadley Jr. High School Band Samantha Tribley stribley@d41.org, Hadley Jr. High School Band

Glen Ellyn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Project

District 41 is participating in a series of community conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), formally known as the 2021 Glen Ellyn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Project.

The purpose of this initiative is to provide a format for the residents of Glen Ellyn to learn more about the diversity, equity and inclusion activities taking place in their community and then to participate in open, facilitated conversations regarding their thoughts and ideas about diversity, equity and inclusion in Glen Ellyn.

To learn more, visit the Glen Ellyn Public Library calendar. Join us in the conversation!

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District 41 will use text messaging to share timely information and emergency communications. You can now opt in to receive these important text messages from District 41. Text Y or Yes to 67587.


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