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Home of the Glen Grove Gators - February 18, 2022

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

School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 7:45 am - 2:40 pm

Wednesday - 8:45 am - 2:40 pm

Important Dates

Monday, February 21

NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

Monday, February 28

Trimester 3 Starts

Tuesday, March 1 - Thursday, March 3

Illinois Science Assessment - 5th Grade

Wednesday, March 2

Cyberbullying Assembly on Zoom

Friday, March 4

No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Ongoing through February 25

Kids Heart Challenge

Ongoing through March 11

Service Club Stuffed Animal Drive

View the full calendar at the District website

A Note from Ms. Ellison

Dear Glen Grove Families,

Despite all that is swirling around us, at Glen Grove we continue to center our Gator Values of Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being Safe. I am amazed how each and every day our students show up and are able to demonstrate these values. As we embark on another change in the school and shift to a mask-recommended, but optional, environment, I am confident that our school community will continue to move forward with care and respect for family decisions. We will be talking to all of our students about change and respect throughout this next phase of pandemic schooling.

Your voice matters! Please take a moment to fill out the Five Essential Survey for Glen Grove. I know that we get lots of surveys in our lives these days, but this one very much matters. In addition to being part of our school report card, our Glen Grove leadership team will analyze the response data for the school to make decisions on how we can continue to improve the school. Also, remember that both caregivers can fill out the survey which helps increase participation rates and gives us more information. Please take a moment to fill out the survey here.

As you know, we are scheduled for parent-teacher conferences in two weeks. If you have not already signed up for a time, please do so. We are going for 100% participation! This is an important time to connect with your child’s teacher and work together so that both home and school can support their growth.

I hope that you enjoy a three-day weekend filled with family, friends, and joy! As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. It is important to partner together so that we can support your child!


Kate Ellison

Lunch Menu

Hot Lunch

  • Monday, February 21 - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, February 22 - *NEW* Macaroni & Cheese Bowl with Cornbread
  • Wednesday, February 23 - Wild Mike's Cheesy Bites with Marinara Sauce
  • Thursday, February 24 - Chicken (Nuggets, Tenders or Popcorn) with Dipping Sauce
  • Friday, February 25 - *SPECIAL* Waffles and Bacon

  • Monday, February 28- Hamburger
  • Tuesday, March 1 - Breaded Chicken Patty on a Bun
  • Wednesday, March 2 - Cheese Pizza
  • Thursday, March 3- Chicken (Nuggets, Tenders or Popcorn) with Dipping Sauce
  • Friday, March 4 - Mozzarella Stuffed Bosco Sticks with Marinara Sauce

Everyday Choices

  • Turkey Sandwich
  • Yogurt or Cheese Stick and Muffin
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustable Sandwich

All meals include milk and a variety of fruit and vegetable options.

Please note that, due to supply chain issues, all items are subject to change without notice.

The Food Services department is experiencing unprecedented staff shortages. To continue to provide meals to students in this environment, we may need to adjust to a limited menu, removing the hot entree option. This change may happen on any given day, at one or multiple schools. We will provide information to families at a particular school if this does happen, though communication may occur on short notice.

We appreciate your understanding!

2022 - 2023 Math Placements

Math placements for students who will be in 4th through 8th grade next year will be viewable in the parent portal of PowerSchool starting on March 1st. Once you are logged into your child’s account, click on “Math Placement.” If you have any questions, please email the District Math Coach, Jennifer Bergeron, at . You can find more information about student identification on the Math Program Information page of the District website.

From the Nurse's Office

If you need any help or support during this difficult time of the pandemic, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Hastings, RN, our Health Coordinator, at (847) 657-2394.

All student absences should be called into the health office no later than 7:45 a.m. at (847) 657-2394. The school has voicemail so parents can call the health office to leave messages at any time.

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.

Mandatory Health Forms for 2022-2023 Incoming 6th Graders

All incoming 6th grade students MUST have a physical examination (within the last 12 months), including required vaccinations, turned in prior to August 25, 2022. Your child will NOT be able to start middle school until the physical form is turned in. If your child's health forms are already complete, you can turn them into the Glen Grove health office any time between now and the last day of school. They will be forwarded to your child's middle school with their health file. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Hastings, Health Coordinator, at (847) 657-2394. Click here for the health exam form.

Car Lane Safety Reminder

We know that the car lane is long - especially in the winter! - but PLEASE follow our safety procedures when dropping off and picking up your child. We have staff stationed at Door B at the far end of the parking lot to supervise children getting in and out of cars. Door B is open and staffed until 7:45 am for arrival and until 2:45 pm for dismissal. DO NOT park your car and walk to meet your child. Walking between cars is hazardous to both pedestrians and drivers.

If you are late dropping off or picking up your child, please use Door A by the office.

DO NOT USE THE CIRCULAR DRIVE WHEN THE BUSES ARE THERE! The circular drive is off-limits to cars from 7:15 to 7:45 am and 1:45 to 2:50 pm.

Thank you for helping us keep arrival and dismissal times safe!

Dress for the Weather Every Day

Be sure to check the weather report to make sure your child has everything they need to be warm and dry!

Please note that if there is snow on the ground, recess is as follows:

  • Boots and snowpants - may play in the fields
  • Boots only - must stay on the woodchips (can play on equipment if conditions permit)
  • No boots - must stay on the blacktop

If your child wears boots to school, don't forget to pack gym shoes.

Kids Heart Challenge

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There's one week left! Help us reach our goal!

Click here for Glen Grove's Kids Heart Challenge website.

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Service Club Stuffed Animal Drive

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Glen Grove Community Culture Team

The purpose of the Glen Grove Community Culture Team is to celebrate our diversity and recognize all the different kinds of celebrations and traditions our families celebrate. The team meets monthly to talk about how we can share our Glen Grove families' celebrations and traditions. Today they'd like to highlight:


We are looking for birthday pictures and blurbs about special birthday traditions to be included on our board at school! Please send them to
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28 Birthday Traditions From Around the World - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.201)

News from the LRC

Overdue Books

Overdue notices are sent weekly to students' email accounts. Students can check their Destiny Discover accounts at any time to see what they currently have checked out or overdue. Also, students can renew titles one time on Destiny. If a title needs to be renewed more than once, the student needs to bring the book to the library so that we can renew it for them. Parents receive overdue notices once a month and do not need to respond to the notice unless they have a question about the overdue title(s).

Books that are 60 days overdue will be considered lost. We ask that parents pay for the lost book(s) with a check payable to Glen Grove School. If the book(s) is found within the current school year, we are happy to refund the money. The cost of the book(s) is included in the overdue notice. Any questions, please contact the LRC Associate, Mrs. Pam Duby, she is happy to assist you.

Need a Book?

Please stop by Glen Grove School at any time to visit our Little Free Library located outside the school to the right of the front doors. Take what you need, feel free to just borrow or keep the books. Do you have books you don’t need anymore? Feel free to donate to the Little Library. We just ask that the books are in good condition for others to enjoy.


Principal Thursdays

The PTA invites all Gator families to join these Principal Thursday meetings to hear the latest Gator updates from Principal Ellison! Our next Principal Thursday is on March 17 at 9:00 am. Find the Zoom link for each meeting in your weekly PTA email!
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Shout Outs

Say something nice about anyone in our schools! Submit your Shout Out here:

To learn more about WB/GG PTA please visit

Thanks to the PTA for the Valentines Treats!

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So many lost items. Please help them find their way home.

Our Lost and Found is located in the lunchroom - and it's filling up! If your child is missing a medium-to-large sized item - a jacket, a water bottle, hats, gloves, boots - please ask them to check there. If they are missing a smaller or valuable item - eyeglasses, jewelry, keys, phone - please have them check the Little Lost & Found in the office.

Please help us by writing your child's name on their belongings whenever possible! Thank you.

Staffing Shortages: How You Can Help

District 34 still is experiencing critical staffing shortages and the need for substitute teachers continues to be high. Becoming a short-term substitute teacher is one easy way to help our schools and students. A short-term substitute teacher only needs:

  • 60 university/college credits in any content area
  • To complete a required three-hour training ($25)
  • Get a Short-Term Sub license with ISBE ($25)

The North Cook Intermediate Service Center (our regional office of education) is hosting a session of the required training on March 4, 2022 from 12:00-3:30 p.m on Zoom. Preregistration is required. Register here.

Once you have your license, fill out the substitute application here.

Please contact Veronica Kagan if you have any questions regarding the District 34 application.

Check out the After-School Activities on our Peachjar Digital Flyers Page

D34's Peachjar Digital Flyers share a range of community information, such as before + after school programming that might take place on-site at your school, online, or at a location in the Glenview area. You will also see flyers from Glenview community non-profit organizations like the Glenview Education Foundation (GEF) and Debra Gelfand Children's Foundation, both of which serve D34 families and students directly.

New classes are starting soon! Register now!

View Peachjar Digital Flyers here

or click on the logo above or at the bottom of our webpage

Peachjar Digital Flyers can be sent directly to your inbox so you can easily view the newest flyers every week.

Sign up here to receive Peachjar Flyers by email

District 34 Important Forms and Information

2021-2022 District 34 Calendar

Click Here for the following forms:

Authorization And Permission For Administration Of Medication

Bus Rider Reminders

Cell Phone Use Agreement and Permission Form

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

Follow Us!

We invite you to follow us on Twitter @GlenGroveSchool and on Facebook @GlenGroveD34 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 using the hashtags #glengroved34 and #WeAreD34.

Contact Us

Attendance/Health Office: (847) 657-2394

Main Office: (847) 998-5030

Office Fax: (847) 998-5101

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