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Home of the Glen Grove Gators - September 1, 2023

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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


September 4 - Monday

NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

September 5 & 7 - Tuesday & Thursday

NEWA Testing (eat a good breakfast!)

September 5 - Tuesday

Board of Education Meeting @ Attea - 7:30PM

September 7 -Thursday

Curriculum Night - Fine Arts/PE at 6:00PM in the Multi-purpose Room and Classroom Presentations at 6:30PM in the Homerooms

September 13 - Wednesday

Crisis Drills during School Hours

Glenview Chess starts after dismissal

September 15 - Friday

High Five Friday!

September 18 - Monday

PICTURE DAY (See below for details)

View the full calendar at the District website

A Note from Ms. Ellison

Dear Glen Grove Families,

Happy Friday. It has been a fantastic week and a half of school. Our Gators have done an excellent job learning the routines and expectations of school, as well as having some fun too!

Our teachers have spent time building classroom communities, getting to know students, and teaching our Gator values of Being Respectful, Being Safe, and Being Responsible. We ended last week with an all-school assembly about kindness and gave each of the students a challenge to “spread the good” around Glen Grove School.

After the long weekend, we will start our NWEA assessments in math and reading. This assessment allows our educators to get a sense of how to best support our students and where their next edge of learning will be. This helps us differentiate for your learner and supports academic growth.

September 7th is our curriculum night. This is an important opportunity for teachers and families to connect with their child’s classroom. Our fine arts and P.E. teachers will be doing a program in the cafeteria at 6:00 for all families interested. Programming in your child’s classroom will begin at 6:30. Hope to see you there!

I value your partnership and participation in your child’s education. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns. We are here to work together to make this a great year for all!

In gratitude,

Kate Ellison


Hot Lunch

  • Monday, September 4 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 5 - Mini Chicken Bites or Plant Based Chicken
  • Wednesday, September 6 - Turkey Pepperoni Pizza or Cheese Pizza Slice
  • Thursday, September 7 - Meatball Sub w/Cheese (no Plant Based option available)
  • Friday, September 8 - French Toast with Turkey or Veggie Sausage

  • Monday, September 11 - Cheeseburger or Black Bean Burger
  • Tuesday, September 12 - Orange Chicken or Plant Based Orange Chicken
  • Wednesday, September 13 - Bosco Sticks w/Marinara Sauce
  • Thursday, September 14 - Beef or Bean Nachos
  • Friday, September 15 - Creamy Three Cheese Cavatappi Pasta

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

Everyday, the cafeteria offers the following cold lunch options:

  • Yogurt Pack with Granola Bites, String Cheese & Crackers
  • PB&J Uncrustable
  • Turkey Sandwich

*Offered every Friday: BYO Pizza kit with flatbread, marinara & mozzarella cheese

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!

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District 34 has launched a quick and easy way to see the most up-to-date lunch menus: Choosi!

You can access menus two ways through Choosi and you're sure the get the most up-to-date lunch menus -- menus are subject to change daily due to product availability:

Either way, search Glenview Ccsd 34 and then select your school (or just search for your school name). View live menus including nutrient and allergen info. This is available to all parents, students and staff with no login required.

K-5 schools’ monthly menus will be placed in each teacher’s mailbox each month this school year.


Glen Grove Attendance :

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

If you do not notify your Student's school of your child's absence your student will have an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE for the day,


If your student is sick please keep your child home until he/she is feeling well, symptoms have improved and fever free for over 24 hours without fever reducing medications and no vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours.

Student Medications kept at school:

New D34 Medication Administration and Emergency Action forms need to be completed for the 2023-2024 School year. The medication forms are valid if dated after June 8,2023.

You may drop-off medications at Glen Grove on or after August 22, 2023. Please be sure you have the D34 Medication Administration form completed and provide the medication in its original container. The medication should not expire before the end of the school year, May 31, 2024. If you have medication Administration questions please contact Jennifer Hastings, Glen Grove School Nurse.

If your student has a food allergy or asthma please provide a Food Allergy Action Plan or an Asthma Action Plan along with the D34 medication Administration Form.

Please be sure to sign section III of the medication administration form ( back of Medication Administration form) Also sign the parent portion Emergency Action form if applicable.



The Fine Arts/PE Educators will present at 6:00PM in the Multi-purpose room following by homeroom presentations in your student's classroom at 6:30PM.


On September 13th, we will have our schoolwide Crisis Drills - Fire, Shelter in Place and Lockdown with Options.


If you pick up your student in the car lane and find yourself in the queue of cars on Glenview Road waiting to turn into the parking lot, please do not block the crosswalk with the crossing guard. The guard needs to be able to safely guide our students across Glenview Road. We appreciate your cooperation.


Returning students should bring in their headphones from last year. If a returning student needs new headphones, forward these directions to families that need headphones.

1. Go to the District website, click on "For Student and Families" and then "Fees"

2. Then click on either Login or Create an account

3. Select E-Funds for Schools

4. Select Replacement Headphones $10

5. Pay via credit card or electronic checK


Inevitably, we all misplace things. To assist us in reuniting your student with his or her lost item (water bottle, lunch box, clothing/outerwear, gym shoes, etc), please label items with your students name. It can be first name & last initial or first initial & last name, whatever you prefer. This way, we can be of more assistance with locating lost items and maybe keep our Lost and Found less crowded!

Thank you for your cooperation!


All students should have their own reusable water bottle, labeled with their name. We do not have cups or others vessels to distribute to students without a water bottle. Thank you for helping keep your child hydrated!


Welcome Back Gators!

It’s hard to believe I am starting my 12th year at Glen Grove School. It seems just like yesterday I started. The library sure doesn’t look the way it did in 2012. We have a new check-out desk. The old one was removed over the summer. The lay out of the library has changed too. I encourage everyone to come take a look at the library at some point this year. The transformation aligns with our student centered learning spaces in the rest of our building.

Lost or Damaged Books

Last year the district decided to start including the replacement cost of lost and damaged library books on students’ PowerSchool accounts. No longer can we accept checks written out to the school for the replacement cost. During the year, if you know that your child has lost or damaged a book, please reach out to us in the library. We can have the replacement cost added to your child’s PowerSchool account. If a lost book is found during the same school year, we can request a refund for you from the business office.

Looking to Help in the Library?

We are always on the lookout for volunteers to shelve books throughout the day. If you have time, we are happy to show you the ins and outs of shelving. Make your own schedule, it can be once a week or once a month, we gladly accept any help.

Glenview Public Library

Zetta Elliott, author of the Dragons in a Bag series, will be in person at the Glenview Public Library on September 18th from 7- 8pm. Our Gator families will not want to miss the opportunity to listen to her speak! This event is free, but requires families to register with GPL. Please click the link to register online Zetta Elliott Visit Registration or call/visit Glenview Public library. A limited number of copies of Dragons in a Bag are available for Glenview students at the GPL, courtesy of District #34. Stop by and pick up a copy, while supplies last.
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Although social studies is how 3rd grade starts off the school year, we snuck a little science and engineering in with the Baby Yoda Bridge Challenge. Our budding engineers were introduced to the district's engineering/inquiry design process through this activity. Students were introduced to the problem, learned some new information to help them with their team planning, and then worked together to build bridges using only popsicle sticks and paper cups. Please ask your student to see pictures of their bridges, as most classes were able to capture evidence of this challenge on their iPads. It was great to meet our new Gators and see how well they work together!

Our 4th grade scientists were reminded of our engineering/inquiry design process this week with a super fun challenge. They were first asked to think like scientists and work together with a partner to make a clay ball float. Once that task was accomplished, we looked to see how much weight could be added to their clay boats in the form of pennies. Please ask your young engineers how they did, see if they captured evidence of their success on their iPad, and asked them how it felt to get messy in science! Stay tuned for more science news as classrooms begin to kick of Unit 1 very soon.

The experienced scientists of 5th grade were able to also kick off the new school year with the Bubble Wand Challenge. It was messy, it was fun, and it was a whole lot of teamwork in action. There were some interesting designs that students came up with, so please ask your student to see if they caught any pictures or videos of their wand tests. We had BIG bubbles, lots and lots of smaller bubbles, and long bubble snakes created by these fun designs. What a great way to kick off the year!


Please click here for complete information on 2023-2024 Band & Orchestra at Glen Grove!



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Glen Grove Community Culture Team

Below is the link to the first Glen Grove Community Project (GGCP) Newsletter of the year. For those new to Glen Grove, the GGCP is an ongoing initiative to learn about, celebrate, and highlight the traditions and customs of our students and families. We have a vibrant and supportive community, and we enjoy celebrating with them. We have funding this year from the Glenview Education Fund (GEF) to continue our work, and we have many exciting plans for the upcoming school year.

Glen Grove Community Project - August, 2023 Newsletter

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

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District 34 Important Forms and Information

2023-2024 District 34 Calendar

Calendario 2023-2024 del Distrito 34

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, #GlenGroveSchool and #WeAreD34.

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Contact Us

Attendance/Health Office: (847) 657-2394

Main Office: (847) 998-5030

Office Fax: (847) 998-5101