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Home of the Glen Grove Gators - October 14, 2022

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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

Important Dates

Monday, October 17

Board of Education Meeting, 7:30-9:30PM @ TBD

Thursday, October 20

Marquee Community Event: It's Time for a Reset - Empowering our Kids to Lead a Meaningful Life, 7:00PM @ Glenbrook North Sheely Center for the Arts

Friday, October 21

Celebrating Ways We Remember Loved Ones, 5:30-7:30 @ Glen Grove

Wednesday, October 26

D34 ParentConnect - Empowering Parents for Today's World: Mindsets and Skills for a Successful School Year - 7:00PM-8:30PM @ Springman/Wildcat Commons

View the full calendar at the District website

A Message from Ms. Ellison

Dear Glen Grove Families,

Wow! What fun we had celebrating our school community and wearing our spirit wear t-shirts yesterday. THANK YOU to the PTA for providing a t-shirt for every single student at Glen Grove School. We look forward to seeing our Gators wear their spiritwear on each Friday!

On October 21st, we have a very special event planned by our Glen Grove Community Project. Our Gators and families are all invited to join us in learning about and creating an ofrenda. This promises to be a fun night where we celebrate and learn about Hispanic culture and ways of honoring our loved ones. We will have supplies for you to build your own ofrenda in a shoebox. If you bring a picture of a loved one, you can add it to your ofrenda. It is helpful to know who is attending, so if you are able please fill out this RSVP form.

I hope that everyone had a productive parent/teacher conference. The home/school partnership is critical to student success. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about your child’s school experience.

In partnership,

Kate Ellison

Glen Grove Principal


Hello Glen Grove Families,

Our school community is invited to participate in an evening of cultural activities as we learn about and celebrate the Latinx tradition of Day of the Dead. This tradition is a festive way to honor the memory of deceased loved ones.

On Friday 10/21 from 6:00-7:30 we will enjoy traditional arts and crafts and assemble a shared community ofrenda (altar).

Additionally, if you and your student would like to create your own small ofrenda (altar) to honor a loved one (and to take home), you may create one that evening. We will make these ofrendas in a shoebox. We will have supplies for you. All that you will need to bring is a photo (4 x 6 inches or smaller) of your loved one.

We look forward to sharing this special evening of culture and crafts with you and your family!


The Glen Grove Community Project

The Bilingual Parent Association Committee

Glen Grove PTA

14 de octubre 2022

Estimadas familias de Glen Grove:

Nuestra comunidad escolar está invitada a compartir una noche de actividades culturales para celebrar la tradición latinx del Día de los muertos para honrar la memoria de los queridos fallecidos.

El viernes 10/21 de las 5:30-7:00 disfrutamos de artesanías tradicionales, y armaremos una ofrenda comunitaria.

Además, si guste armar una ofrenda chiquita para su ser querido, puede hacerla en esta noche (y se lo puede llevar a casa). Las haremos usando una caja de zapatos. No más tiene que llevar una fotografía de su ser querido (que sea 4x6 pulgadas o más chico). Los otros materiales los proveemos nosotros.

¡Esperamos con ganas compartir esta noche tan especial con todas las familias de Glen Grove!


El Proyecto Comunitario de Glen Grove

El comité de familias bilingües (BPAC)

La PTA de Glen Grove


Hot Lunch

  • Monday, October 17 - Breakfast for Lunch - Pancakes and Sausage
  • Tuesday, October 18 - Chicken Tater Bowl
  • Wednesday, October 19 - Wild Mike's Cheese Pizza
  • Thursday, October 20 - Pasta w/Meat Sauce
  • Friday, October 21 - Breaded Mozzarella Sticks

  • Monday, October 24 - Beef Hot Dog w/over fries
  • Tuesday, October 25 - Mega Minis chicken Bites w/dipping sauce
  • Wednesday, October 26 - Deep Dish Cheese Pizza
  • Thursday, October 27 - Beef Taco Nachos
  • Friday, October 28 - Mini Corn Dogs

Everyday Choices

  • Turkey & Cheese 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!

Food & Nutrition Service in D34: Supporting Student Health & Wellness

The District 34 Food & Nutrition Services team is dedicated to making sure every D34 student has a positive and nutritious lunch experience. We follow the the guidelines of of the federal government’s National School Lunch Program, which allows us to provide meals to all children, including providing assistance to low-income families through the free/reduced breakfast/lunch program.

We want to hear your ideas and experiences as families of our customers, District 34 students! Click the link below to complete a survey from Food Services.


Your input will help us make the best choices in food options and in programming to make a positive impact on the health and wellness of your children.

From the Nurse's Office

If you need any help or support during this difficult time, 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.

Westbrook/Glen Grove Health Office Newsletter

Click above for more information from the Glen Grove and Westbrook Health Offices.

News from the LRC

LRC NEWS 10/14/22

Lost Library Books

This year the district is changing how families pay for lost and damaged books. Parents will pay online through Powerschool instead of writing a check to the individual school. The district will assess fees in January and June. Parents will be notified about lost or damaged books the month before the fee is placed in Powerschool. Books that are paid for and found can be returned to the school. The district will refund the money if found in the same school year.

Calling All 4th and 5th Graders

Battle of the Books (BOB) is a Glenview Public Library (GPL) program where 4th and 5th graders form teams of 4 members, read 20 selected books, and participate in one meet after school to test their knowledge of the books. Parents need to register their children on the Glenview Public Library’s website. The last day to register is November 15. Each student must register separately. When registering please include the names of all team members, as well as the team name. Meets will be scheduled by the GLP. Need more information

It’s time once again for…Glen Grove School Library’s

Optional Pumpkin Book Character Contest!

Who: GG students, families and GG staff

When: Turn in your decorated pumpkin from October 17 to October 21st.

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 me. You can do this with your family or with friends. Bring your decorated pumpkin with the completed section below by Friday, October 21st. Pumpkins will be on display in the library for Glen Grove students to vote on 5 different categories during their LRC scheduled time the week of October 24th.

5 Pumpkin Book Character Contest categories:

1. The most creative use of materials

2. The best representation of a book character

3. The best representation of a book hero or a book villain

4. The most unusual book character representation

5. The best representation of a book

It is the responsibility of the student to come back to collect the pumpkin entry by Friday, November 4.

Glen Grove School Library’s

Pumpkin Book Character Contest!

Student name____________________________________________

Classroom teacher:_______________________________________


Name of book character(s) or book represented


Hello Gator Community! Mrs. Burns here with a quick science update for you all.

  • Why do objects move? What causes objects to stop moving? What kinds of forces can act upon an object? These are all questions that 3rd grade has spent time on exploring in science lately. Lots of great hands on discovery happening in each classroom from flying balloons, to flicking index cards, to Slinkies, and more. Now we learn how to predict the future using science! It isn't's learning how to recognize and use patterns to make sense of what we're observing in our activities.
  • 4th grade is wrapping up their 1st unit of science by putting on their engineering hats and getting creative with solving a real-life problem: erosion along Chicago's lakefront. From shrinking beaches to a damaged lakefront recreation path to the gradual breakdown of Lake Shore Drive, the students are able to choose their own focus for this final assignment. They are comparing various examples of how people currently try to prevent erosion in other waterfront locations, creating their own proposal for how they think Chicago could solve this problem locally. I have seen some very creative ideas so far that the Chicago city planners may want to consider!
  • 5th grade also is wrapping up their 1st unit of science, moving on soon from chemistry to social studies. They have done ALOT of hands on chemistry labs in this unit, as well as their fair share of writing. We've recently finished exploring how to recognize a chemical change when mixing substances, as well as diving in to the concept that matter is neither created nor destroyed. The Law of Conservation of Mass is a big idea, but through a few teacher demonstrations and small group lab activities I believe these budding scientists have a good handle on it. More fun to come in Unit 2!
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Click here for the Glen Grove Community Project's October Newsletter. On Friday, October 21, we are taking a special look at different ways our community remembers loved ones. We are creating a community ofrenda, a display traditionally part of Dia de los Muertos. An ofrenda often has pictures of loved ones displayed with items that they like- their favorite foods, toys, trinkets, and more. We will also be highlighting other holidays that commemorate others. Come and learn with us!




News from the Westbrook + Glen Grove PTA

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Parent Programs

EVENT: "It's Time for a Reset - Empowering Our Kids

to Lead A Meaningful Life

WHO: Best Selling Authors : Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson - authors of "The Self Driven Child" and "What Do You Say?"

WHEN: October 20, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Glenbrook North Sheely Center for the Arts

Moderator: Bryan Simmon, LCPC and Director of the Adolescent Program at Compass Health Center, has graciously agreed to be the moderator for the evening's event. Bryan is a GBN graduate, very familiar with our community and looking forward to this opportunity.

Resource Fair: In addition, alongside The Book Bin that will be selling "The Self Driven Child" and "What Do You Say?," all sponsors will be hosting tables in the lobby with giveaways and resources before and after the presentation.

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Empowering Parents for Today’s World: Mindsets and Skills for a Successful School Year

Dear District 34 Families,

Please join us on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00pm (new date, changed from 9/28) in the Springman Wildcat Commons for “Empower Parents for Today’s World,” our first in-person D34 ParentConnect program since March 2020! You’ll leave with actions that you can put into place immediately to make a difference for you and your child.

Professional counseling staff from Family Service Center and members of the D34 student services team will guide parents in supporting their children’s academic and social emotional success. Through quotes and clips, D34 teachers will share their perspective on the student experience and offer thoughts on how teachers and parents can work together.

Interpretation in Spanish, Korean and Mongolian will be available upon request; please fill out this form.

District 34 Important Forms and Information

2022 - 2023 District 34 Calendar

Calendario 2022-2023 del Distrito 34

Click Here for the following forms:


-Authorization And Permission For Administration Of Medication

-Dental Exam Form (completed for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades)

-Dental Exam Waiver

-Eye Exam Form

-Eye Exam Waiver

-Child Health Examination Form


-Bus Rider Forms


-Personal Mobile Device Authorization (Cell Phone Use Agreement and Permission Form)


-District Policies/Handbook Info


-Food Guidelines

Glen Grove Student Handbook

These are the student expectations that have been shared with your children.

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.


THANK YOU to the PTA for sponsoring the Aztec dance group Nahui Ollin as part of our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!

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And THANK YOU to the PTA for the wonderful Gator t-shirts for all students and staff!

Now EVERYONE is ready to celebrate our Glen Grove Spirit Days every Friday!

Contact Us

Attendance/Health Office: (847) 657-2394

Main Office: (847) 998-5030

Office Fax: (847) 998-5101