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Home of the Gators - September 13, 2019

Glenview District 34

Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.

Glen Grove Elementary School

3900 Glenview Road

Glenview, IL 60025

Phone: (847)998-5030/Fax (847)998-5101

Attendance/Health Office (847)657-2394

Important Dates

Monday. September 16

3rd Grade Chorus - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 17

Art Club/Painting - 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, September 18

Advanced Band - 7:10 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

4th & 5th Grae Chorus - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Monday. September 23 - PTA Fall Book Fair at Westbrook School

3rd Grade Chorus - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Student Council - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

School Board Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 24 - PTA Fall Book Fair at Westbrook School

Art Club/Painting - 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25 - PTA Fall Book Fair at Westbrook School

Advanced Band - 7:10 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

4th & 5th Grae Chorus - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 26 - PTA Fall Book Fair at Westbrook School

Monday, September 30

No School

Tuesday, October 1

No School

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

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Glen Grove Families,

I’d like to start this message by stating that the opening of the 2019-2020 school year was nothing short of fantastic. As I’ve been walking the hallways and visiting classrooms over the last three and a half weeks, I’ve observed students and teachers making connections and building strong classroom communities. The time, effort, and creativity our teachers put into planning for the arrival of our students was obvious. Our students have also been getting to know Mrs. Shefler, our new Assistant Principal, who has been a wonderful addition to our school community. She and I have been sharing leadership and functioning as a cohesive partnership with a common set of values and goals to better serve the students, families, and staff of Glen Grove School. I can say with certainty that the tone for another successful school year has been set!

Our fall assessment cycle is behind us, with all of our students having completed the NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) testing in reading and math. Teachers use information gleaned from this assessment data along with other information to help them identify student strengths as well as areas of need allowing for the differentiated approach to instruction necessary to ensure all students learn and grow. Please note that your child’s individual NWEA scores will be sent home in the near future.

To begin to address our annual goal of helping students “demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal and school contexts” we have also begun teaching our students the content of the Glen Grove Student Handbooka set of guidelines developed by student leaders. If you would like to review our school-wide behavior expectation with your child, you can do so by accessing this handbook by using the link provided on the “Students” page of our the Glen Grove School website. As you look through it, remember that our handbook was written by kids and for kids, so the children’s “voice” is evident throughout.

The start of the school year is also the perfect time to emphasize the importance of communication between the school and home, as effective lines of communication foster the partnership necessary for us to work together on behalf of your children. Please take a few minutes to review the important information reflected in the Frequently Asked Questions page located under the “Families” tab of the Glen Grove School Website, as consistency in adhering to the routines and procedures reflected there helps us maintain order and, above all, safety at school.

Social media is also influencing the way in which we communicate, and this year we’ve made a commitment to increasing our presence on both Twitter and Facebook. So, please do follow us on Twitter and Facebook to catch glimpses of the students throughout the day, and PLEASE also make it a point to like our brand new Glen Grove School Facebook page. We have set goals in these areas and appreciate your help in meeting them. To find us, please search for the following usernames and hashtags:




Finally, you are your children’s biggest advocates and we are your partners in their education, so please do not hesitate to phone or email me with any questions or concerns. Welcome back, and on behalf of all of us at Glen Grove, we look forward to another GREAT school year!


Helena Vena

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LRC News

Using the NEW Library System

Students now have the opportunity to place up to 3 holds at any time on wanted titles. A student must be signed in to Destiny (the library catalog) in order to place a hold. When a hold is ready to be picked up and checked out, the student will see a red circle at the top left side when he/she is logged into his/her account. Students may also mark off favorite titles simply by clicking on the Favorite button when logged in to his/her account. It is a great way for students to keep track of the books they want to read in the future.

Parents, help your child return their library books on time so others may check them out.

5th Grade Author Visit

Chicago writer Kate Hannigan, author of A Lady Has the Floor and The Detective's Assistant, winner of the 2016 Golden Kite Award for Middle Grade Fiction is visiting the fifth graders on Wednesday, September 25 courtesy of The Book Stall in Winnetka. Ms Hannigan will be celebrating the release of her new novel, Cape, the first book in the League of Secret Heros series with us. You can learn more about the author and her work at If you would like to purchase signed and personalized copies of her books for your child, please see the order form below. Orders are due to the library by Tuesday, September 17. Books will be delivered to the students at school on the day of the visit.

Are you interested in volunteering? The Glen Grove library is looking for people to help shelve books, organize the Celebrating With Books program, decorate the window displays and other special activities. There is no experience necessary to volunteer. We will teach you all you need to know to help in the library. Volunteer once a week or once a month, it’s up to you! We welcome any and all the help that fits your schedule. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Funke, the librarian at or call the school at 998-5030.

Follow the LRC happenings on Twitter @GGMrsFunke

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Click here to print the order form.

What's Happening in Physical Education?

What’s Happening In Physical Education?

Welcome back Glen Grove students and parents! We enjoyed meeting a few of you at Curriculum Night and anxious to meet more of you as the school year progresses. We are off to a fabulous start in PE this year. It is always nice to see returning students as well as getting to know the new ones.

There are two full-time Physical Education teachers. Mr. Preston Roberts and Mrs. Lori Marcotte are the full-time Physical Education teachers. They have been teaching together for fourteen years at Glen Grove. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions. Preston Robert’s email address is:, and Lori Marcotte’s email address is:

We started off the school year reviewing procedures, expectations, and learning the routines for PE class. We are encouraging students to eat healthy and stay active outside of school.

We started the year off with the Frisbee Unit. We will be working on the skills of throwing and catching, as well as playing Ultimate Frisbee. Students will be given the opportunity to pick the field they are most comfortable with: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Next up is our soccer unit. Students will learn how to dribble, pass with various parts of their feet, shoot, and perform throw-ins. Students will learn when to use either a corner kick or goal kick. Students will engage in several stations emphasizing the different skills of soccer.

During the morning PE classes, the grass field is generally pretty wet because of the dew. Students’ shoes and socks may get wet so please feel free to have your children bring an extra set of shoes and/or socks. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please feel free to contact one of the Physical Education teachers. We look forward to working with you and for another exciting year in PE!

Lori Marcotte 847-657-2349

Preston Roberts 847-657-2346

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From the Nurse's Office

Students requiring any medications during school hours must file a medication form with the health office. This form requires a physician’s signature as well as a parent’s signature. This form can be found under the Parents Tab on the district website in the health and wellness file. All medication brought to school must be in an appropriately labeled pharmacy container. This also includes over-the-counter medicine such as Tylenol, Advil, Cough Drops, etc.

Just a reminder....if your child is out sick with a fever or vomiting please make sure they do not return to school until they are fever free or symptom free for 24 hours.

If your children come to school after 7:45 a.m. please have them come through the front office. This is for the safety of all of our students.

All student absences should be called into the health office no later than 7:55 a.m. at (847) 657-2394! The school has voicemail so parents can call the health office to leave messages at any time.

Parent Visits and Our Security System

We welcome any parents who would like to visit our school and we ask that you:

  • Please call your child’s teacher to arrange an appointment if you want to visit a classroom.
  • All visitors (including parents) will be asked to present valid state issued identication (drivers license or state i.d.) that will be entered into the system before gaining access to the school beyond the main office.
  • Sign in at the office so that we know you are in the building. We ask that you wear a District 34 visitor lanyard when visiting.
  • Please sign out and return the lanyard when leaving the building.
  • If you plan to take your child out of the building during school hours, please sign him/her out in the office.
  • We invite you to eat lunch with your child at school. Please call ahead of time to make arrangements with your child’s teacher.

Change In Dismissal Arrangements

​If you need to change the after school pick-up arrangements for your child, please send a note to you child's teacher. If you need to change arrangements at the last minute, during the school day, please make sure you call our office before 2:00 p.m. to inform us of the change. There is a lot going on in a school office both at the beginning and the end of the school day. By calling before 2:00 p.m., you are giving the front office staff the time needed to locate classroom teachers and communicate the message regarding the pick-up arrangements for your child in a timely manner.

Cell Phone Usage Form

All students that carry a cell phone to school must have a cell phone usage form on file with the front office. Please fill out the attached form and send it to the Glen Grove Office. The guidelines are included in this attachment.

Cell Phone Usage Form

Food Service Menu and Cycle Calendar For Glen Grove

Please review this important food service information which includes the menu cycle and the cycle calendar. Click here for the Summer Food Service Newsletter.


Follow Us on Twitter
We are always looking for ways to improve communication and to increase engagement with our parent community, so we have launched a Twitter account. We invite you to follow us@GlenGroveGators for news on student, classroom, and school accomplishments, important updates, informational items, and a glimpse at amazing moments of teaching and learning. We also encourage you to share your Glen Grove school pride on Twitter using the hashtag #glengroverocks.

Glen Grove School


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