Lyon & Pleasant Ridge Monthly News

November 10, 2020

Glenview District 34

Our Mission

Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.

Lyon School

1335 Waukegan Road

Glenview, IL 60025

(847)998-5045 Phone/(847)998-9701 Fax

(847)657-2894 Absence Calls/Health Office


Pleasant Ridge

1730 Sunset Ridge Road

Gelview, IL 60025

(847)998-5050 Phone/)(847)998-5532

(847)998-2794 Absence Calls/Health Calls


Calendar of Events at Lyon and District 34

Wednesday, November 4 - Wednesday, November 11

Virtual Book Fair - Go to and put in our efair code Z1RW7.

Friday, November 13

Lyon School Spirit Day - (Wear your Lyon School gear or blue & yellow, the Lyon School colors.)

Monday, November 16

Virtual School Board Meeting - 7:30 p.m

Friday, November 20

Lyon School Spirit Day- (Wear your Lyon School gear or blue & yellow, the Lyon School colors.)

Wednesday, November 25, 26, 27

No School

Thursday, December 3

Picture Re-take Day

View the full calendar at the District website ( -- Parents -- Calendar).

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Picture Retake Day

Picture retake day is Thursday, December 3 for Lyon School students.

A Message from Mr. Dorken

Our daily experiences with Lyon students in Hybrid continue to be so positive! Children have acclimated to the routines of the in-person portion of their days, they are enthusiastically engaged in learning activities with their teachers and classmates, and they have appeared, overwhelmingly, very happy to be at school each day. We are grateful for all of these developments, and we continue to appreciate your cooperation and support to make all of this possible.

The daily safety measures that are so critical to our continuing to provide a healthy school environment rely on EVERYONE’S cooperation. Please remember that the steps we ask of each family (e.g., daily health self-certifications for every student, mask wearing, informing school of illness/symptoms, informing school of travel out of state) are both protections for your loved ones and for your neighbors. It takes the commitment of our entire community to successfully navigate the challenges that this pandemic has presented, and thus far, we are doing a fantastic job! Please stay committed, every day, to these cooperative efforts, and we will continue to enjoy a healthy school environment.

To that end, we remind you of the following:

  • Please continue to complete the self-certification, every day, for students before they come to school. Ideally, these are completed daily by 8am (but no later than 8:30AM). Students for whom the self-certification has not been completed are not able to enter the building and proceed to their homeroom. See the District 34 Health & Safety Protocols for more details.
  • If you have a student bus card and have not attached it to their backpack, please do so. If you change backpacks, please move the card to the new backpack. All students, even those who do not ride the bus, have been issued a card. This is the most efficient way to scan students into the building each day (confirming that the self-certification has been completed at home). While we have a backup system for scanning in students without a card, their transition to their homeroom is much quicker with the card attached to their backpack. Thank you!

On another subject related to community cooperation, we are once again humbled and appreciative of the generosity the Lyon/Pleasant Ridge cluster has shown toward our Holiday Helper program. We thank you for your kindness and willingness to help those in need. It is heartwarming to see the results of this program and to be a part of such a caring community.

Thank you for frequently sharing your kind words, feedback and support - it is all greatly appreciated! Take care and stay well.

A Message from Mr. Friedman

Pleasant Ridge Families,

Enjoying Halloween last week with our students and staff was one of my favorite moments this year. We all know the obstacles and challenges we’ve all faced this year so it was fun to let our hair down and have some fun together. I’m thankful for our families and teachers that pulled together to make this a memorable day at PR. Even though I couldn’t see it behind their masks, it was hard for kids and teachers to hide their smiles. It’s moments like these that reaffirm all the hard work we’ve put in this year to make in person learning experiences possible. It’s all very worth it!

Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to observe instruction both in person and over Zoom. And while we would all agree that in person instruction is more desirable, I’m amazed at how resilient both our students and teachers are in using Zoom. I’ve seen a level of creativity and problem solving emerge that has amplified during the pandemic. Teachers (and students) have found creative ways to engage each other and use the tech platform to communicate and learn together. Just last week I got to observe some 5th Graders share their Cooking Videos with each other in Drama. They were so creative and well done. And I’m certain that as they put these shows together they learned many valuable skills that will serve them well in the future. Collaboration, communication, writing skills, editing, and imaginative use of technology. I’m amazed how we continue to persevere and move forward with teaching and learning. I’m proud of all our Eagles.

On a personal note, I wish your family a safe Thanksgiving this year. I’m sure it will be different than usual. My typical trip to Michigan is not happening and we are scaling back on plans for Thursday the 26th. Like we’ve been doing since March, we’ll all adjust and make the best of it. But, however you end up spending it, I hope it's a special time with your family. I also hope you can take a moment to reflect on what you are thankful for, even in the midst of these challenging times. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

Important Notes

Spirit Days- This year we’ve handed over spirit day to our students! Every 2 weeks a classroom in our building is choosing the theme for our school wide spirit day. We started an Alphabetical list with our homeroom teachers and so far Mrs. Beyer’s and Mrs. Brottman’s classes have treated us to Pajama Day and Fun/Crazy Socks Day. Ms. Cyz’s class is up next for Friday, November 20th...let’s see what they have in store for us. You can always see upcoming Spirit Day dates on our calendar, please encourage and support your child in joining us for Spirit Days.

Pleasant Ridge Calendar -Calendario de Pleasant Ridge

Lyon/Pleasant Ridge Spiritwear

Check out the new PTA spirit wear site. You can order anytime and it ships directly to you.

There are lots of cool new logos and items to choose from.

Holiday Helper Thank You

Holiday Helper would like to THANK our community for their generosity in sponsoring families and providing gift cards. THANK YOU also to everyone who made cash donations. We were able to provide outerwear for 173 kids in our Lyon/Pleasant Ridge school district this week!

If you are sponsoring a child or family, the gifts, book for each child and grocery gift cards are due December 2nd. If possible, please drop off on December 2nd between 10:00 - 12:00 pm in the back lot at door H. If this time does not work for you to drop off, please contact or to arrange a different drop off.

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Log in to District 34's PowerSchool web portal before leaving for school, to complete the self-certification tool for each student who is attending school in person. Click on the SUBMIT SELF-ASSESSMENT link on the home page to submit your child’s temperature and answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Click submit.

Inicie sesión en el portal web PowerSchool del Distrito 34 antes de irse a la escuela, para completar la herramienta de autocertificación para cada estudiante que asiste a la escuela en persona. Haga clic en el enlace ENVIAR AUTOEVALUACIÓN en la página de inicio para enviar la temperatura de su hijo y responder preguntas sobre los síntomas y la exposición al COVID-19. Haga clic en enviar.

Teacher Coverage During Remote +

We have limited substitute coverage in Remote + therefore we wanted to highlight scenarios that might make teachers unavailable and our solutions for that.

Meetings and Other Professional Obligations for Teachers during Remote +

Just as during a typical school year, teachers sometimes need to attend meetings (e.g., IEP, 504) and other professional obligations (e.g., training from an outside organization) for which they do not have control of the scheduling. As this school year progresses, if a professional obligation of this nature comes up, teachers will communicate with their students and families about any change in plans for the given time period. This could include asynchronous work for students, another Lyon or Pleasant Ridge staff member checking in with students and/or being available for “office hours” to answer questions and provide guidance.

Teacher Absences during Remote +

Illness or personal obligations out of school (e.g., funeral) may lead to full-day absences for teachers. When these absences occur, teachers will communicate with their students and families about any change in plans for that day. This could include asynchronous work for students, other Lyon or Pleasant Ridge staff members checking in with students and/or being available for “office hours” to answer questions and provide guidance. Student schedules with teachers not absent that day (e.g., Fine Arts, PE, small group English language instruction, etc.) would continue as usual.

Technology Support during Remote +

If a student or family needs assistance with an iPad or other technology related resource during the school day, please refer to the D34 Tech Hub for EC-2nd grade students or the Tech Support while Remote section of the D34 website.

PR Fine Arts Remote Learning Expectations

Dear PR Families,

We hope this finds you healthy and enjoying this beautiful fall season! The end of the trimester is approaching and report cards will be sent home soon. Students are expected to participate in all of their Encore classes.

The expectations for Visual Art, Drama and Music are the following:

1: Zoom attendance, and participation, every week during your scheduled class time.

2: Work completion: If you have not been attending Zoom meetings, or haven’t been turning in your assignments, your grade will be impacted.

Please check with your Encore teachers for any missing assignments. If you have any questions please contact:

Ms. Astorino (Visual Art):

Mrs. Dada (Drama):

Ms. Partyka (Music):

We look forward to ending Trimester 1 with participation from all of our students!

Thank you,

Ms. Elissa Astorino, Mrs. DeWanna Adesuyi-Dada and Ms. Julie Partyka

Estimadas Águilas de PR y sus familias,

¡Esperamos que esto lo encuentre saludable y disfrutando de esta hermosa temporada de otoño! Se acerca el final del trimestre y pronto se enviarán a casa las boletas de calificaciones. Se espera que los estudiantes participen en todas sus clases de Encore.

Las expectativas para las artes visuales, el teatro y la música son las siguientes:

1: Asistencia en Zoom y participación todas las semanas durante el horario de clases programado

2: Finalización del trabajo: si no ha asistido a las reuniones de Zoom, o no ha entregado sus tareas, su calificación se verá afectada.

Por favor, consulte con sus maestros de Encore si le faltan tareas. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con:

Srta. Astorino (Arte visuales):

Sra. Dada (Drama):

Srta. Partyka (Música):

¡Esperamos terminar el primer trimestre con la participación de todos nuestros estudiantes!


Srta. Elissa Astorino, Sra. DeWanna Adesuyi-Dada and Srta. Julie Partyka


In support of the health and safety of our students and staff, PR is now offering Touch Free Pick Up.

Items scheduled for pick up will be placed on a cart just outside Door A in the South Circle drive (near the PR Office).

Pick Up Days: M-F (except school holidays)

Pick Up Times: 8am-3pm.

Authorization to Administer Medication at School

If your child needs to take any medication during the school day -- either prescription or over-the-counter (including ibuprofen or other pain reliever) -- you must submit this form with a doctor's signature to the health office at school (Aquí está la forma en español.). There are no exceptions to this policy. Students should not have medication in their backpack or pocket; parents must provide the medication indicated on the form, in original packaging, to the school nurse.

All health forms are posted on the District 34 website on our frequently used forms page. If you have questions, please contact the Lyon health office at (847) 657-2894 or the Pleasant Ridge health office at (847) 657-2794.

Important Forms

2020-2021 District 34 Calendar

Click this link for the following frequently used forms:

Authorization And Permission For Administration Of Medication

Cell Phone Use Agreement and Permission Form

Classroom Party Menu Options

Dental Exam Form (completed for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades)

Dental Exam Waiver

District Policies/Handbook Info

Eye Exam Form

Eye Exam Waiver

Food Guidelines

Health Examination Form