Lyon School Summer Newsletter

July 30, 2021

Glenview District 34

Our Mission

Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.

Lyon School

1335 Waukegan Road

Glenview, IL 60025

(847)998-5045 Phone/(847)998-9701 Fax

(847)657-2894 Absence Calls/Health Office


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Calendar of Events at Lyon and District 34

Back to School Dates

Thursday, August 5

Principal Meet and Greet - Lyon Playground 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP! Google Form RSVP

Tuesday, August 10

Principal Meet and Greet - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP! Google Form RSVP

Board of Education Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 11

NEW Kindergarten Information Session/Tour 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

NEW 1st/2nd Information Session/Tour 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

PTA Park Play Date at Cole Park - 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (see flyer below)

Friday, August 13

Class Placement Emailed to Parents

Monday, August 16

1st Grade Meet and Greet 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

2nd Grade Meet and Greet 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 18

First Day for Students in Grades 1st & 2nd - LATE START 9:45 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarteners will attend school with an adult (parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt, etc.) for 45 minutes. Kindergarten families will enter through the office at their child’s assigned AM or PM “orientation” time.

AM Families ONLY

10:15 am-11:00 am- Kindergarten - Last Names beginning with A-L

11:15 am-12:00 pm- Kindergarten - Last Names beginning with M-Z

PM Families ONLY

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Kindergarten - Last names beginning with A-L

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. kindergarten - Last names beginning with M-Z

Please enter the office, and we will direct you to your child’s classroom.

Thursday, August 19, 2021 Ease into Kindergarten - Last names A - L

Kindergarteners' will attend school without an adult, please note only half the class attends each day. Students may begin to take the bus to school on this day!

AM 8:45 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

PM 1:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Friday, August 20, 2021 Ease into Kindergarten - Last names M - Z

Kindergarteners will attend school without an adult, please note only half the class attends each day. Students may begin to take the bus to school on this day!

AM 8:45 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

PM 1:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

August 23, 2021


District 34 Board of Ed Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 26

Curriculum Night

This Event is for Parents Only! - 6:30 - 7:30 P.M.

The evening is intended to provide parents with an overview of the curriculum. Look for more information to follow. Save the date

Monday, September 6

No School - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7

No School

Thursday, September 16

No School

Tuesday, September 21

PTA Meeting at Lyon 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, September 24

Picture Day

View the full calendar at the District website ( -- Parents -- Calendar).

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you well, enjoying summer, and looking ahead with excitement to the 2021-22 school year at Lyon! This communication contains information that will help you navigate the start to this upcoming year, important dates, procedures, and more. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read through all of this information, and please reach out to us with any questions you may have.

There is much excitement surrounding the upcoming school year. We are thrilled that our students will have the opportunity to begin in person, with full days of instruction, social interaction with peers, and the consistent routine of coming to school. At Lyon, we will be focusing on ensuring a smooth transition for all children. We realize that students are entering the approaching school year with a range of recent educational experiences, whether they followed D34’s remote to adapted in person continuum, attended school in a fully remote setting, or perhaps, they were still in preschool. Knowing this range of experiences exist, we want to ensure a smooth start for all, and know each student will benefit from a focus on social emotional support, routines, and relationships, in addition to our continued focus on academics.

The primary years of education are a time of wonder, curiosity, whole-child development, and growth. This moment in time is when we have the opportunity to begin to teach our students to love learning, encourage their understanding of the world through hands-on and interactive activities, and help them to develop the interpersonal skills to become compassionate and problem solving individuals. This is the age band where students realize print has meaning, and they truly launch into motion their journey as readers and authors, scientists, and problem solvers. Primary learners come to us at varying levels, with a range of interests, and it is part of the art of teaching, to meet our learners where they are, and help them to flourish as individuals. At Lyon school, we look forward to helping your child thrive and grow, in partnership with you, their parents.

While last school year was unlike anything we have experienced prior, District 34 continued to keep its focus on our strategic plan, as well as our mission to “Aspire, Explore, Discover, and Connect.” From the first day of school onwards, these words truly encompass our work with students. Additionally, our pursuit to support the development of the “whole child,” differentiate for learners so we may foster growth in each individual, and provide a strong “core” experience for all students, has continued, and will persist.

Following this newsletter, you will receive monthly newsletters in a joint collaboration between Lyon and Pleasant Ridge. These communications will provide ongoing and useful updates that will be helpful to you as we move through the school year.

We very much look forward to providing your child with a positive school experience as we enter this new school year. As mentioned previously, the primary years are a truly unique and special time in your child’s schooling experience. Here at Lyon School, we pledge to give our most exceptional effort to ensure it is a positive, warm, and growth-oriented time for your child.

As a new principal to Lyon School, your input is valuable and important to me. Please fill out the linked survey, to share some of your thoughts on the year ahead, as well as your hopes for Lyon School in the future!

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we look forward to seeing you in August!

Stefanie Shefler

First Day Procedures for First and Second Graders

First and Second Grade Families- On the first day of school, parents who will typically use the carpool lane, may park, and walk their child to the blacktop on the south side of the building. Here, your child’s teacher will be available to greet your child outside of the school. They will have a sign with their name, so you can easily identify where to go. Children will be lined up, and escorted into the building by their teacher.

If you are unable to park and accompany your child to the blacktop, you may use the carpool lane to drop your student (following the procedures mentioned earlier in this newsletter), and staff will be available to assist your child, and guide them to their teacher.

Please remember, following the first day, all parents are asked to utilize the carpool lane, and will not be able to park and get out of their vehicles.

If your child takes the bus, there will be adults available to help them find their teacher on the first day of school.

On the second day of school, we will resume carpool lane drop off, and normal entry procedures, where students enter the building immediately upon drop off.

Drop off and Pick Up Procedures

The following procedures have been put in place to make the beginning and end of the day safe and smooth. We ask that all parents assist us in assuring that every child at Lyon is safe by following these rules. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

All parents are asked to remain in their vehicle and pull up alongside the canopy at the front of the building to unload/load their children on the curbside. The line for cars starts at the student loading area and continues around the outer perimeter of the bus lanes. Parents are not allowed to park and walk their children through the parking area to/from a vehicle. If a child is having difficulty and requires adult assistance, please pull your car into one of the 15 minute spaces. We will follow this same carpool lane procedure for mid-day Kindergarten pick up as well, following the AM session.

All traffic should go around the bus lanes and remain in the car lane for drop-off/pick-up. Only a single lane of traffic will be allowed in the inner circle of the driveway along the front of the school. Anyone needing to enter the school for a before/after school meeting or activity is asked to park in the outer lot and utilize the crosswalk near the building to cross. The only exceptions to this are vehicles with designated disabled parking permits and the student services transportation vehicles.

Parents will not be allowed to park and wait in the school hallway or under the front canopy of the school for their child, but must remain in their vehicle before and after school. If your child is assigned a bus please use this service whenever possible. If you will be picking children up at the end of the day, please write a note indicating your child will be a car rider or a walker. Your signature, your child's teacher's name, along with the correct day/date, will help in making the correct changes. If on a rare occasion your transportation arrangements require a change for your child during the school day, please call the office before 3:00 p.m. This will allow the office staff ample time to notify your child’s teacher of the change.

Students are not allowed to ride any bus other than the one assigned. Thus, a child may not ride home on another bus for a play date or go to another child’s home if it requires a change from their assigned bus. Parents will need to make their own transportation arrangements for this purpose.

Finally, please observe and follow all directions of the Lyon staff. They are present to assist in a safe and efficient pick up for your children. Thank you again for your cooperation with these procedures.

Covid Safety

Please continue to read guidance that will come from the district in regards to safety protocols and processes. As needed, we will send follow up information. As always, information in regards to Covid guidelines is ever changing, and is accurate at the time it is being shared, but is always subject to change.

Please note the following information for this school year:

-We will be adhering to 3 foot social distancing whenever possible. Contact tracing will continue to take place this school year.

-This year, self- assessments will not be filled out each school day by parents. We ask for everyone’s cooperation by adhering to guidelines of keeping symptomatic students home, and returning to school upon your receipt of a negative Covid test result.

-Information in regards to mask use in our building, will be known as we get closer to the start of the school year. We currently know that masks will be required on buses, and will not be required outdoors.

-We will continue to have an additional infirmary space for students who are exhibiting Covid like symptoms.

-Custodial staff will continue to disinfect surfaces regularly.

Meet and Greet - August 16th

First Grade- 10:30-12:00pm

Second Grade- 2:30-4:00pm

First and second grade families, please join us for an “open house” opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, and see their classroom prior to school! Kindergarten families, you will have an opportunity to see your child’s classroom and visit with their teacher during the Kindergarten “soft start” days reflected in the letter you have previously received (dates and times included once again in this newsletter).


An exciting happening at Lyon School is the current construction taking place on the North side of the building. This incredible work is the creation of a full day kindergarten wing, to be completed in time for the 22-23 school year. We will continue to keep you updated on anything you may need to know in regards to this topic. Currently, it is important to know that Lyon will be making use of only our South playground, and will have limited field access while this project continues. We will be creating organized plans that ensure a safe recess and physical education environment, whenever your child is outside. Safety is of the utmost importance to us, while this project occurs.

New Additions to our Lyon Staff

We have several new teachers joining us this year at Lyon School. Please join me in welcoming the following individuals to the Lyon Family!

Mrs. Katie Balogi joins Lyon as a 2nd Grade teacher. She is coming to us from Park Ridge School District #64, where she has most recently taught 3rd grade. Mrs. Balogi has 11 years of teaching experience.

Ms. Ashley Beres comes to Lyon as our Social Worker. She has six years of experience as a school social worker, and most recently comes to us from Mundelein school district where she worked with kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students.

Mrs. Michelle Dorsey joins Lyon as School Psychologist, from Indian Prairie School District, where she has served as the school psychologist for the past five years. She received her degree from The Chicago School of Psychology.

Ms. Kayleigh McInerney is new to Lyon, but is not new to District 34! Ms. McInerney comes to us from Henking School, where she has taught as a special education resource teacher. This year, she will teach at Lyon as a special education resource teacher, and also at Westbrook School as an Instructional Life Skills co-teacher.

Mrs. Sue Sirvinskas will become a familiar friendly face in the front office, and will be Lyon’s part time Senior Secretary. She joins us from Park Ridge School District #64, where she was previously in a similar administrative office role.

Curriculum Night, August 26th, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Save the date! We will be confirming if this event will be virtual or in person in the near future.

Message from Our Assistant Principal

Hello and Welcome Back Lyon Families:

My name is Dr. Amanda Spychalski, also known as Dr. Spy, and I am the Assistant Principal for Student Services at Lyon. Although I started working at Lyon last year due to the pandemic and the unprecedented year we experienced, I did not meet many of you in person. I am eager to welcome our primary students back to school and see all the learning and growth that will take place this year. Being back in person will provide ample opportunities for us to work together while allowing our youngest learners a school experience that focuses on developing the whole child (i.e. academic, social, and emotional skill development). Prior to Lyon, I worked as an Assistant Principal in Park Ridge-Niles District 64 for five years and taught in a variety of grade levels/settings for ten years before going into administration. Working with young children to lay the foundation for future learning is my passion. It is truly an honor to be part of District 34 and the Lyon family; I look forward to an exciting 2021-22 school year.

See you soon,

Dr. Spy

Welcome Back from the PTA President

Dear Lyon and Pleasant Ridge Families,

My name is Crosbie Lind and I am the returning PTA president this year. For those of you new to the school this year we wish you a warm WELCOME!!! We are so happy to have you join our community, and to those returning, I look forward to seeing you again!! I have three kids; my oldest will be in 7th grade at Attea, my middle will be in 5th grade at PR, and my youngest will be starting 3rd grade at PR. After 7 great years at Lyon it is strange to not have a student there, but I am glad I will still get to work with the fabulous staff there this year.

As we look forward to a new year, I want to take a moment to say thank you for supporting the PTA this last year. With your continuous support, we were able to fund both last year AND this year without any major fundraising. BUT, your support this year is key to keeping our PTA thriving. It starts with registering for the PTA. (Note: We are bringing back the paper directory, so join now so you can get one of those fabulous directories!). You can register for the PTA by going to

PTA meetings are a great way to meet people and find out what is going on in our schools and how you can get involved. We had some positive feedback on our evening Zoom meetings so this year we are going to alternate our monthly meetings from in-person (hopefully) meetings at Lyon or PR at 9:15 AM and evening Zoom meetings at 7:15 PM. I will continue to send the agenda out the Monday before the meeting and when they are at night, the Zoom link will be included in that email. We are hoping this will allow more parents the ability to join our meetings. We are also looking into the possibility of being able to have people zoom into our in-person meetings so if you can’t make them you can still take part. I am hoping that we can continue to work to make the PTA more accessible to ALL parents in our community and want to make sure anyone who wants to be a part of it can.

We are hoping to do more in-person events this year but we are still waiting on what that will look like. We have scheduled our annual events including Book Fair, International Night, and the Benefit, along with a few new events we hope we will be able to do. Our plan is to do as much as we can following the current guidelines at the time of the event.

If you haven’t joined our facebook group, Parents of Lyon and Pleasant Ridge, please do as we will be using that along with our e-blast as our way of communicating with all of you.

Last year the PTA Board used the phrase “Keeping our community together even though we are apart” to guide us in our plans and decisions. This year, the PTA Board will be using, “Building our community back stronger now that we can be together”, as our guide. We also plan to continue to utilize as many community businesses as possible.

As we get closer to the beginning of the school year you will be getting an e-blast from us in your inbox. In the e-blast we will have information about how to sign up to be a room parent, how to register for the PTA, details regarding our plans for the year, and PTA Board introductions. If you are looking to get more involved with the PTA or have questions please reach out to me via email at

Looking forward to working with all of you this year,

Crosbie Lind

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Residency Reminder

Residency Verification

Proof of residency is required for all of the following students: those new to District 34; students whose families have moved within the district during the previous school year; those entering early childhood, kindergarten, 3rd and 6th grade; families with a lease and other families as determined by the district. Please use the following link to prove Residency online

Registration Information

Authorization to Administer Medication at School

If your child needs to take any medication during the school day -- either prescription or over-the-counter (including ibuprofen or other pain reliever) -- you must submit this form with a doctor's signature to the health office at school (Aquí está la forma en español.). There are no exceptions to this policy. Students should not have medication in their backpack or pocket; parents must provide the medication indicated on the form, in original packaging, to the school nurse.

All health forms are posted on the District 34 website on our frequently used forms page. If you have questions, please contact the Lyon health office at (847) 657-2894 or the Pleasant Ridge health office at (847) 657-2794.

Student Supply Program

Lyon & Pleasant Ridge School Supply Program 2021-2022

No Lists + No Store = No Hassle

Simply pay a single fee and your child’s classroom supplies are covered for the entire school year. The fee does not include “At Home Items” like backpack, lunch bag, change of clothing and shoes for gym.

Classroom teachers are given a budget to purchase all student supplies directly so that each child will have all the same high quality supplies on the first day of school and throughout the year.

Click here for the school Supply Program