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Home of the Glen Grove Gators - March 12, 2021

Glenview District 34

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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

March 8 - March 19

Read Across America

Monday, March 15

Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 pm on Zoom

March 22 - March 26

No School - Spring Break

Thursday, April 1

Last day of Hybrid Learning

Friday, April 2

No School - District Closed

Monday, April 5

No School - Staff Planning Day

Tuesday, April 6

No School - Staff Planning Day

Wednesday, April 7

First Day of Adapted In Person - Wednesday Late Start

View the full calendar at the District website

From the Principal's Desk

Hello Glen Grove Families,

It is hard to believe that it was almost exactly a year ago that my message to you addressed the anxieties and uncertainties with which we were faced as the global pandemic sent us on a course of uncharted territory as a school system and as a society. Therefore, the timing of this note gives me particular pleasure, because in addition to being almost a year after COVID closed our schools, it also comes on the brink of spring – a season that embodies a sense of renewal, hope and optimism, feelings that mirror what I think we are feeling as a society but also at Glen Grove as we prepare to have our students back full-time starting on April 7th!!!

Needless to say, we are super excited and very busy planning for our move to Adapted In-Person, so please look for an important newsletter to come your way the week of March 29 that will include information about what the move to full-time in-person learning will look like at Glen Grove. It is important to note that although our children will be back for full days five days a week, safety protocols necessitate that we make changes to many of our previously set routines, and school will look a bit different than it did pre-pandemic. My next newsletter will detail those routines and safety protocols.

We have also started planning for the 2021-22 school year, and part of that planning includes the very important responsibility we have of placing students into classrooms for the next school year. Look for detailed information about our student placement process to come your way in early April.

As noted in an email to you from Dr. Silverman, next week our students will begin taking the Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR), the official standardized assessment required by the State of Illinois. They will take three math tests and two English language arts tests, and our fifth graders will take three science tests in late April or early May. The Glen Grove IAR schedule is below.

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As you know, school will not be in session March 22 - 26, so we wish you a safe, relaxing spring break filled with fun and joyful moments, and we can’t wait to have all of our desks and classrooms filled with children all day, every day next month!


Helena Vena


If you are planning on taking a trip, please visit District 34's Health and Safety Protocols page for the latest travel guidance. Click on "+ Travel" under "Frequently Asked Questions." This page will be updated as conditions and requirements change.
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Thanks to All Who Participated in Kids Heart Challenge!

We did it!

Besides learning about how to keep their hearts healthy, our students raised over $21,000 to help others learn too!

Please enjoy these pictures of our PE teachers, Mrs. Marcotte and Mr. Roberts, receiving a celebratory SLIMING!

Mr. Roberts and Mrs. Marcotte getting slimed!

Westbrook + Glen Grove PTA

Check out these announcements from the Westbrook and Glen Grove PTA! For more information, visit or email

Read Across America!

The Westbrook and Glen Grove PTA, with the help of the LRC Directors, is presenting Read Across America, a fun event that will run March 8 to 19. During the two weeks, students at WB, GG, and GOAL will have an opportunity to track their reading minutes as we work to achieve school goals:

Westbrook EC-2 50,000 minutes and GOAL EC-2 50,000 minutes

Glen Grove 3-5 70,000 minutes and GOAL 3-5 52,000 minutes

Families can track the progress of each school by visiting the WB/GG PTA website. Students attending in person can look at the bulletin board at each school to see the school’s progress as we journey across the United States from New York City to Los Angeles.

During the event there will be fun dress up days and special read alouds that will be shared with students. There is also be a virtual book fair and a book collection to benefit Bernie’s Book Bank and our Little Free Libraries. Check out the flyers to learn more details!

Stay up to date on what’s going on with Read Across America at Westbrook and Glen Grove! And - check out the Read Across America map at
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Let's Document This Historic Year!

While it seems like a year full of challenges, we’ll want to remember our resilience during this historic year! Help our amazing parent volunteers -- Carmela and Kim -- create yearbooks for Westbrook and Glen Grove by submitting your photos of this year’s dress up days, your student’s e-learning spot, Halloween, and other school-related photos to the following emails: OR

Some students were not able to participate in photo day. Therefore our yearbook volunteers will not have their “class” photo from Color Portraits. If this is your situation and you would like to submit a headshot of your student, please clearly mark your email “Headshot Photo” and include your student’s full name, grade and teacher along with the photo. You can attach additional yearbook photos to your email as well - just make sure the headshot photo is clearly labeled. All photos will be included, although we have to work within the capabilities of TreeRing and headshots submitted this way may have to go on a separate page. We will do our best! We appreciate your understanding.

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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.

Mandatory Health Forms for 2021-2022 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 18, 2021. Your child will NOT be able to start 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.

Health Office Information

Students requiring any medications during school hours must file an "Authorization & Permission for Administration of Medicine" form with the health office. This form requires a physician’s signature as well as a parent’s signature. This form can be found here, under the Health section on the Forms & Documents page on the district website. 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.

All student absences should be called into the health office at (847) 657-2394! In addition, please call if you will be bringing your child in late or picking them up early. The school has voicemail so parents can call the health office to leave messages at any time.

Don't Forget to Self-Assess!

When your child comes to Glen Grove, the student self-assessment needs to be completed BEFORE YOUR STUDENT LEAVES FOR SCHOOL so that it shows up in our system by the time your child arrives.

Thank you in advance - this eliminates the need for your child to stand in line unnecessarily!

Log in to District 34's PowerSchool web portal to complete the self-certification tool.

Click on the SELF-ASSESSMENT link on the home page to submit your child’s temperature and answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Click submit. If you have multiple students in District 34 attending in-person on the same day, click on each student to fill out the self-assessment for them as well.

Please note that the question about domestic travel has changed.

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When students arrive at school, a staff member will scan their ipad barcode or bus pass barcode to confirm completion of the self-certification process.

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If it has not been completed, a staff member will conduct a temperature check and screening. If the screening indicates COVID-19 symptoms, the health office will immediately send the student to the infirmary and contact the parent or guardian to pick up the student.

Please be sure to send your child to school with their iPad, water bottle and mask.

Masks are required at all times when students are in our buildings. The District has provided cloth masks for every student and staff member; disposable masks will be available in our buildings for those who need them.

If your child rides the bus, they must wear their mask and remain in their assigned seat.

Thank you for helping to keep our school safe!

Do You Need a Thermometer?

Sign up now to receive your FREE smart thermometer.

  1. Text FLUENCY to 900900
  2. Open the link to download the free Kinsa app
  3. Finish signing up in the Kinsa app

Regístrese ahora para recibir un termómetro inteligente GRATIS.

  1. Textea la palabra FLUENCY al 900900
  2. Abre el enlace para descargar la aplicación gratuita Kinsa
  3. Regístrese a través de la aplicación Kinsa

Technology Support

If you need assistance with an iPad or other technology related resource during the school day, please refer to the D34 Tech Hub or the Tech Support while Remote sections of the District 34 website.

For immediate help during remote learning, call (847) 998-5075 between 9:00 am - 2:30 pm, Monday - Friday.

Touch Free Pick Up

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

Items scheduled for pick up will be placed on a cart in the vestibule at Door A (near the Office).

Pick Up Days: Monday - Friday (except school holidays)

Pick Up Times: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

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.

District 34 Important Forms and Information

2020-2021 District 34 Parent Calendar (English)

2020-2021 District 34 Parent Calendar (Spanish)

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

Contact Us

Attendance/Health Office: (847) 657-2394

Main Office: (847) 998-5030

Office Fax: (847) 998-5101