District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

February 8, 2023

In this issue…

  • Board Meetings
  • Calendar Reminders

  • Invite the D41 Board to Engage With You

  • Language Programs Featured at Rotary

  • Ag in the Classroom

  • Ben Franklin Students Show their Love

  • Pep Band Night

  • Maintaining and Promoting Bilingualism

  • GPS Offerings

Next D41 Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, February 21 - Regular Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Hadley
Monday, March 6 - Committee of the Whole Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Hadley

- View Board meeting agendas HERE | Watch live and recorded Board meetings HERE

- Board meeting schedule HERE

Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, February 17 - SIP Day (11:30 a.m. dismissal for grades 1-8. No PreK/EC or Kindergarten student attendance)
  • Monday, February 20 - President's Day (No School)

Invite the Board to Engage

The Board of Education understands the importance of formal and informal engagement with the community and are committed to broadening the opportunities for two-way communication. If you belong to a group or organization, please invite the Board to engage with your membership about District 41. Board members are looking for opportunities to attend meetings, neighborhood gatherings, or simply meet for coffee with a small group. To invite Board members to an engagement opportunity, please contact Chief Communications Officer Erika Krehbiel at ekrehbiel@d41.org.

Language Programs Featured at Rotary

District 41 Director of Language Programs Juan Suarez presented to the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn last week about the language programs offered across the district. He shared details about the District 41 Dual Language Program as well as the Foreign Language in Elementary Schools (FLES) program. The Rotarians were most surprised to learn that District 41 offers a half hour of Spanish every day to elementary students starting in first grade. Thank you to Mr. Suarez for representing District 41 at the Rotary Club.

3rd Graders Learn about Agriculture from DuPage County Farm Bureau Expert

Third Grade classrooms across the District are partnering with the DuPage County Farm Bureau for an “Ag in the Classroom” presentation at each of the schools. The Farm Bureau is sending a presenter to all the schools with the purpose of talking about the importance of agriculture to our state’s economy. As part of this lesson, students learned that pumpkins are one of the special crops grown in Illinois, which then led to an exciting hands-on activity…creating “pumpkin” launchers! Additionally, the presenter taught about some of our state symbols, and then invited students to add items they connect with Illinois. Thank you to the Farm Bureau and 3rd grade teachers for bringing social studies to life for students!

Students Show their Love in the Community

Benjamin Franklin School students are focusing on giving back this Valentine's Day. Instead of hosting typical Valentine's Day parties in the classrooms, all students will be working on service projects as a way to spread love to others.

4th-5th graders will be making and filling birthday bags for the People's Resource Center. Students are collecting elementary level book donations to include in the bags and the PTA will also be providing small items for the bags, like boxes of crayons.

2nd-3rd graders will be customizing composite bags for Meals on Wheels.

Kindergarten-1st graders will be making birthday cards for the DuPage Senior Citizens Council.

All students will also be making a kindness/inspirational bookmark for a fellow Ben Franklin student, which will be distributed with the One Author, One School Books this spring.

Way to go, Franklin students! Thank you to the PTA for planning and supporting these service projects.

Hadley 8th Grade Band Plays at Pep Band Night at Glenbard West

The Annual 8th Grade Pep Night at Glenbard West was a huge success! Hadley 8th Grade Band members got to be a part of the action from the start, enjoying a free pizza dinner, rehearsing with the high school musicians and their drum majors, and performing all together at a varsity girls basketball game. This was a collaborative event between Hadley Jr. High, Glenside Middle School, and Glenbard West High School. It was such a highly attended event -- there were just as many middle school students in attendance as there were high school students! Hadley Band Directors Samantha Tribley and Chris Cooper saw so many of their former students (Hadley Alumni) continuing to play and make music a part of their lives at Glenbard West. Way to go, Hadley and Glenbard West!

JOIN US! Bilingualism Event at Churchill TOMORROW Feb. 9

Come and join the "Maintaining and Promoting Bilingualism" event to learn how we can promote bilingualism and learn how we can communicate in other languages. This event will be presented in English and is hosted by the Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee.

WHAT: Maintaining and Promoting Bilingualism with Dr. Kim Potowski

WHEN: Thursday, February 9th 6:30 PM

WHERE: Churchill Elementary School 240 Geneva Rd, Glen Ellyn Rd IL 60137

Translation services offered in Spanish, Vietnamese and Urdu.

Childcare will be available.

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Glenbard Parent Series Offerings

Stay up to date on the upcoming offerings from the Glenbard Parent Series HERE

Dr. Catherine Newman
- Essential Communication and Life Skills: A Kid’s Guide to Growing Up

Wed, Feb 8 -- 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Gina Biegel

-Take in the Good: Skills for Staying Positive, Reducing Stress and Living Your Best Life

Wed, Feb 15 -- 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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