Lyon & Pleasant Ridge Monthly News

November 5, 2021

Glenview District 34

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Lyon School

1335 Waukegan Road

Glenview, IL 60025

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Pleasant Ridge

1730 Sunset Ridge Road

Gelview, IL 60025

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Important Dates

Thursday, November 10 - 13

LY/PR Book Fair

Friday, November 12

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

Tuesday, November 16

PTA Meeting - 9:15 a.m. at Pleasant Ridge

Friday, November 19

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

Wednesday, November 24

No School - Institute Day

Thursday, November 25

No School

Friday, November 26

No School

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

Message from the Lyon Principal

Dear Parents,

November is here, and it is only natural to reflect on the themes of gratitude and thankfulness as we move deeper into the fall season. This year, it would be impossible to take for granted the reasons for which I am grateful for the work of Lyon staff, the presence of our incredible students, and the support of our wonderful family community.

Despite the obvious changes found in schools due to the pandemic, it has been gratifying to observe the sense of normalcy and routine in our building this school year. Everywhere you look there is evidence of student learning, and relationship building. Staff continue to collaborate in the best interest of students, often with a focus on differentiation to meet student needs. Our most recent staff institute day, allowed Lyon teachers to dig into our responsive Multi-Tiered Systems of Support at the building level, with an emphasis on differentiation for all students, within literacy and the Units of Study workshop model.

The learning focused, safe, and welcoming environment in our building is possible because of all the efforts of the incredible teachers and support staff at Lyon.

Thank you as well, to you, our Lyon families for your support as we continue to navigate safety mitigations and guidelines, while also doing our very best to provide your children a strong educational foundation, and a sense of belonging and social-emotional skill building during these invaluable primary years.

We look forward to continuing forward with a meaningful and growth-oriented year for your child, in all realms of their development, in line with our philosophy and focus of educating the whole child.

Have a wonderful November!

Stefanie Shefler

Thank you Parents/PTA/Volunteers

To continue on our theme of “thankfulness”, a large thank you to our PTA for the multiple projects just completed, as well as ones that are currently taking place.

Thank you for:

  • A successful Character Counts Food Drive!

  • Spending hours placing packages of outdoor wear together for Holiday Helper families.

  • Providing the ability to hold a book fair virtually. If you haven’t already, head to to shop!

  • Snacks in our staff lounge bi-monthly!

  • Coordinating upcoming gift purchasing and pick ups for Holiday Helper families.

  • Conference evening dinner for staff!

  • Your ongoing support!

Thank you also to our incredible SHIELD volunteers, who have ensured a smooth and seamless process for our students! This weekly event would not be moving smoothly without them. Our students who are testing finish within minutes due to our volunteers’ organization and efforts!

6 Feet at Lunch

Dear Lyon Families,

In an effort to keep close contacts and school exclusions to a minimum, Lyon School will be moving to a lunch plan which allows students to sit 6 feet apart at lunch. We will implement this change beginning on November 8th.

Our ability to transition to this plan was dependent on the creation of a sustainable model, which involved the hiring of additional lunch supervisors, as well as creatively rearranging space usage within our building. We will be training students and staff in our new lunch routines in the coming week, so we are ready to seamlessly move forward on November 8th.

Please note the following:

  • Students will eat lunch in the LRC, as well as the MPR. Classes will rotate lunch locations each month (at minimum).

  • Students who eat in the LRC will be seated 6 feet apart on the floor, and be given elevated trays.

  • Regardless of where students eat, they will be able to order and receive a school-provided lunch option.

  • Our lunch menu options will be switching to a two week rotation beginning on 11/8 (updated menu attached).

This change allows for the exciting opportunity to minimize student absences and increase safety mitigations. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Construction Update at Lyon

If you have driven by Lyon School, you may have noticed that our addition is truly beginning to look like a building! A few updates on the current progress:

  • The roof will be complete by mid November

  • All exterior openings are boarded up and temporary heat is ready for construction site staff so they can continue work throughout the winter.

  • Brick work has begun on the exterior of building

  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection work is continuing on an ongoing basis.

Report Cards

Report cards will be available for parent viewing on November 19th.

What Belonging Looks Like at Lyon

Lyon School…Where I Belong

By Alison Keller, Lyon Instructional Innovation Specialist

Using the inspiration of the district wide belonging theme, we are diving in and focusing on ensuring all students feel a sense of belonging at Lyon. After going through a belonging presentation together at our Building Council, teachers have taken the theme in many directions.

We started the year with Belonging Bingo - a chart of options and examples for fostering a sense of belonging. This allowed teachers and students to engage in new ideas and build on existing routines with a lens for ensuring all kids feel seen and valued. Here are some of the ongoing structures and routines in place to support this work:

  • Starting our day with a soft start so every child chooses how to begin their day. During this time teachers make a special effort to connect with each child over the course of a week, and to observe and support developing friendships.

  • Establishing a morning meeting routine. An early goal of this time is making sure everyone knows the names of all of their classmates (and knows that their classmates all know their name!) so they feel significant in their classroom.

  • Learning about identity and sharing things about who we are. Some classes have shared identity bags with items that represent important parts of our identity. Classes are also creating and sharing identity maps. When we know one another, and feel like our authentic selves can be seen and valued, we are more likely to feel like we belong.

  • Naming and noticing belonging (or the absence of it) in books we read and in situations in our school day.

  • As a Fine Arts focus, we asked the kids questions about what it means to belong to connect their learning in the fine arts. They will use these ideas to communicate messages about belonging using their arts tools throughout the year.


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 191 kids in our Lyon/Pleasant Ridge school district this week!

If you are sponsoring a child or family with holiday gifts, the gifts, book for each child and grocery gift cards are due Tuesday, November 30th. If possible, please drop off on Tuesday, November 30th between 9:00 -11:00 am in the Lyon vestibule. If this time does not work for you please contact or to arrange a different drop off.

Thank you.

Message from Principal Friedman

Happy November!

It’s hard to believe but we are only 3 weeks away from Thanksgiving. I’m sure we are all looking forward to the break. I know everyone in our PR community has been exerting a lot of energy this fall. We are still building our stamina, and working hard to get the most out of every day. Given the different learning platforms we experienced over the past couple of years, our school improvement team has been working hard to identify our areas for growth and ensure we are helping all students acclimate back to our new normal.

I wish your family a relaxing and rejuvenating Thanksgiving break. I hope you all can slow down and enjoy the company of family and friends. I appreciate all the positive support over the last three months and please know that every single staff member is thankful for the opportunity to be with children all day, every day.

Have a great month of November!


Please see below for some timely notes and information:

  • End of Trimester 1- Please note that the first trimester ends on November 12th. Parents can view report cards in Powerschool on November 18th. If you have any specific questions around your child’s report card, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher.

  • Lost and Found- Our lost and found is overflowing! Please encourage your child to check it if they are missing any clothing items.

  • Character Counts! Poster and Video Contest- In the coming weeks you’ll be hearing about the Character Counts! Contest that happens annually in Glenview. Our K-4 students are invited to create a poster that reflects the Character Counts values and our 5th graders can submit a video. Our homeroom teachers will be sharing information about the contest with students next week, and how they can participate if they choose to do so.

  • Dress up for the Weather- As the temperatures drop I want to remind families that we are making every effort to be outside for PE and we will always go out for recess unless it is raining or below 10 degrees (I don’t think we have to worry about those temps yet!). So please make sure your child/ren are dressed comfortably for outdoor PE and recess. Thank you.


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.

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Character Counts

Hand draw, paint, and/or color your poster. Only original artwork will be accepted.

Keep original artwork. Scan and upload a high-quality image using the link below. Entries will be judged in two grade categories: K-2 and 3-4.

The entry deadline is Wednesday, December 1, 2021 CHARACTER COUNTS! celebrates and reminds us of our power to dogood. Great character has been on display as our community, country, and the world continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19. This year, we will continue partnering with the local Hero Hustle Run that annually recognizes heroes!

Who is your hero? What qualities make this person a hero? How can you take those qualities and use them in your life? Show us by creating a poster that illustrates your hero’s character using one or more of the Six Pillars of Character.

Entries will be reviewed by judges and a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be chosen in each of the two grade categories K-2 and 3-4. Gift card prizes will be presented to the winners at the January 18, 2022 Village of Glenview Board of Trustees meeting. Parts of one of our winning posters will also be featured on next year’s Hero Hustle Run shirt!

Poster Contest Rules

****Submit artwork via Google Form HERE *****

By submitting an entry, permission is given for its use, publication, or display, for or on behalf of CHARACTER COUNTS! in Glenview and The Hero Hustle.

Elementary Adventures - Youth Services

We still have room in our Elementary Adventures Social Skills Group which is starting on October 5th. This activity based group for 3rd-5th graders focuses on social skills and friendship making. It will take place on Tuesday nights from 6pm-7pm at Youth Services. Masks are required.

Click here for more information or please contact Nelida Figueroa at

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News from the Lyon Health Office

All Illinois children in kindergarten, and 2nd grade are required to have a dental examination complete by May 15th of the current school year. Please have your dentist fill out the dental form and return to your child's health office prior to the due date.

All Illinois children entering kindergarten or upon first entry into an Illinois school beyond kindergarten, are required to have an eye examination by October 15th of the current school year.

All required forms can be found at the following link under the “health” tab.

Please refer to the link below for additional information.

2021-2022 School Calendar

Click here to download the 2021-2022 school calendar!

Important Forms

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