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Home of the Glen Grove Gators - October 1, 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

School Hours

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

Wednesday - 8:45 am - 2:40 pm

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Important Dates

Saturday, October 2

PTA 3rd Grade Park Meet-Up, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Roosevelt Park

Monday, October 4

Bus Evacuation Drills

Tuesday, October 5

Mongolian Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm on Zoom

Friday, October 8

Glen Grove Spirit Day - wear blue and green or a Glen Grove shirt!

Friday, October 15

No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Sunday, October 17

PTA 4th Grade Park Meet-Up, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Flick Park

Monday, October 18

Board of Education meeting, 7:30 pm, Westbrook School

Thursday, October 21

PTA Meeting/Principal Thursday, 6:00 pm on Zoom

Monday, October 18 - Friday, October 22

Pumpkin Book Character Contest Submissions accepted in the LRC

Monday, November 1

No School - Institute Day

View the full calendar at the District website

A Note from Ms. Ellison

Dear Glen Grove Families,

I am incredibly proud of your children and their hard work at Glen Grove. They have truly integrated the routines of school and are deep in the heart of learning. This week we had grade level planning meetings and every single team shared how the students in their classes were motivated and engaged readers!

We successfully completed our first round of SHIELD testing. The staff from the third party vendor shared that it was one of the most successful “school first days” that he observed. The students and staff did a great job! We know that it will only get easier with each time that we do it.

Monday morning will be another busy day. Not only will we be doing our second round of SHIELD, but we will also be doing our bus evacuation drill. During this drill students practice bus evacuation so that they are prepared if there is an emergency in the future.

Additionally, I want to thank each of you for your support with arrival and dismissal. We have observed students doing a much better job of sitting in their assigned seats on the bus and our car line has been much more orderly. Thanks for your ongoing support in making this a safe transition for our students.

Finally, I would love to hear some feedback from you on how you feel the school year is going. Home/school partnership is critical to our success and your ideas and suggestions are valuable to our school community. If you have any feedback (positive or constructive), please take a moment to fill out the Glen Grove family feedback form.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, comments, or concerns.


Kate Ellison

Glen Grove Principal

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.

Friday Lunch Specials

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School Pictures are In!

Check your child's backpack for their school picture! Please note that class photos and keepsake orders have not been delivered yet.

Love it and want to order more? Visit Click on "After Picture Day" and enter your child's Ticket Code.

No so happy? Picture Retake Day will be on Friday, November 12. Have your child return the original package at that time.

Was your child absent on Picture Day? They can have their picture taken on Friday, November 12.

Is your order missing or wrong? Please visit the Color Portraits Help Desk or call (847) 382-7505, Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Please note that class photos and keepsake orders are yet to be delivered.

News from the LRC

Optional Pumpkin Book Character Contest!

Who: GG students, families and GG staff

When: Turn in your decorated pumpkin by the morning Friday, 10/22nd.

Where: To the school library

What to do: Do a Google image search for “book character pumpkins” to get some ideas. Decorate (do not carve) a pumpkin (real or fake) to look like your favorite book character. Unable to get a pumpkin, please talk to Mrs. Funke. Students can do this with their family or by themselves. Bring the decorated pumpkin to school with the completed section below. Pumpkins will be on display in the library starting October 18th. Glen Grove students will vote during their LRC scheduled time on 5 different categories:

1. The most creative use of materials

2. The best representation of a character

3. The best representation of a hero or villain

4. The most unusual character representation

5. The best representation of a book

It is the responsibility of the student to come back to collect the pumpkin character by Friday, November 5.

Student name: _______________________________________________

Classroom teacher:___________________________________________


Name of book character(s) or book represented

5th Graders Apply for LRC Volunteer Positions

This year the 5th graders have the opportunity to volunteer in the library two ways, by being a Book Shelver and/or Turtle Care Giver. That is right, we have a new patron in the library, Boxer, the Boxer Turtle. Students who applied for the volunteer positions will be training during Open Library (7:30-8:00). Applications for the positions will open at the start of each trimester, giving everyone the opportunity to participate who are interested.

Thank You!

A big thank you to PTA for purchasing a portable microphone for the library. It will be perfect when we return to in-person author/illustrator visits some time in the future. It will be helpful when we are able to gather as a grade level for library events as well.

News from the Westbrook + Glen Grove PTA

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To learn more about WB/GG PTA please visit

Peachjar Digital Flyers

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.

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

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee

BPAC Goals

  • Advocate for students in the bilingual and EL programs
  • Help make decisions regarding the bilingual and EL programs Connect with other parents
  • Support the social emotional learning and academic achievement of EL student(s) by attending workshops, conferences and other events for parents of multilingual students

Mongolian BPAC meeting - October 5, 6:30-8 pm on Zoom


Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook

Elementary Adventures

Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook offers an Elementary Adventures Social Skills Group, which starts 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, 3080 W Lake Ave, Glenview. Masks are required.

Click here for more information or contact Nelida Figueroa at
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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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