D34 Parent News

Timely news for District 34 families and the community

February 2019

Stay in the Know!

District 34 values our connections with parents and community members -- this monthly newsletter is designed to strengthen those connections! D34 Parent News is your source to learn about initiatives, activities and programs across the District, and out in the community. Look for it in your inbox during the first week of every month.
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Register Incoming Kindergarten & New Students Now!

If your child will turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019, you can register for kindergarten right now! If your child will be in 1st or 2nd grade in 2019-2020 and will be new to District 34, you can register now as well. Our new online registration process will make your first steps into District 34 easier and more efficient.

Register in Four Steps

  1. Complete the new student application: Visit https://www.glenview34.org/application. Not sure which school your child will attend? Click here! (Current D34 Early Childhood students should complete the returning student registration application through PowerSchool. Login and click “Registration” in the left navigation bar).

  2. Visit your child’s school any day school is in session to drop off your child’s birth certificate. Bring your child’s original, certified birth certificate and meet the wonderful office staff. Contact the school office to find out the best time to drop in:

    • Henking: (847) 998-5035, 2941 Linneman

    • Lyon: (847) 998-5045, 1335 Waukegan Road

    • Westbrook: (847) 998-5055, 1333 Greenwood Road
      You also can attend the document drop-off night and meet the principal on February 21, 2019 from 4-7pm at all schools.

  3. Set up a PowerSchool account (or add your child to your existing account). Once the school approves your application, you’ll receive an email with information on how to create a Parent PowerSchool Account or add your new student to your existing account. PowerSchool is an important link between home and school. It’s where you will find your child’s report cards, how you can track attendance and meal transactions, and where you update your contact information if your phone or email address changes. Use the “Registration” link in PowerSchool to complete your student’s online registration.
  4. Verify residency and pay fees. Once you have a PowerSchool account and your child is in the system, you can upload the necessary residency documentation and pay the fees for the 2019-2020 school year. District 34 has launched a new payment system for fees and all online purchases: E-Funds for Schools. This new system offers lower transaction costs for parents, and is easy to use. Use the “Pay Fees - Lunch Deposits” link in PowerSchool for instructions on getting started with eFunds for Schools and connecting to the District’s web store.

If you have questions about registration, please contact the school office where your child will attend. We look forward to welcoming your child to District 34!

A New Way to Pay!

You’ll notice something different next time you go online to pay lunch or District fees. The District has selected a new payment processor, e~Funds for Schools. It’s secure, easy to use, and your processing fees will be lower. Here’s all the information you need to set up an account and use e~Funds to pay your fees:

Create a New Account:

  1. Visit the e~Funds for Schools website (you also can access it through your PowerSchool account)

  2. Click Create an Account at the bottom of the left navigation bar

  3. Provide the requested information

  4. Click Create Account

Add Your Children:

  1. Select Manage Students under Manage Account

  2. Enter student last name and student ID number. Your student’s ID# can be found by logging into PowerSchool

  3. Select Add Student(s)

  4. Repeat to add additional students

Manage Payment Methods:

  1. Select Payment Methods under Payment Settings

  2. Select New Credit Card or New Direct Debit to add new payment information

  3. Read Consent and select Add to save information to account

Make a Payment:

  1. Select type of payment you would like to make

  2. Select student

  3. Enter amount of payment

  4. Select Begin Checkout

  5. Choose payment method or enter new method

  6. Review items and total

  7. Select Pay Now

Questions? Contact Cathy Kedjidjian.

"SnapChat" for Parents: Parenting in a Digital Era - RESCHEDULED

Mark your calendar for FEBRUARY 27, 2019, and plan to attend A “SnapChat” for Parents: Parenting Children & Adolescents in the Digital Era. You'll take home a better understanding of your children’s digital experience, as well as tips to help you help your children successfully navigate the digital world in which they live. We want to make this program - and future parent programs - as valuable to you as possible. Please take a minute to let us know if you plan to attend, and give us some information on what you hope to learn.

District 34 administrators and teachers will discuss:

  • How devices and technology are used as positive tools for teaching and learning

  • What online resources students access while at school, and safety and security measures that monitor student use

  • What students learn at school about digital citizenship

Renee Dominguez, PhD, and Robin Lake, MA, LCSW, from Family Service Center (FSC) will discuss:

  • The risks and benefits of digital communication and social media use, including its impact of on social and emotional development and functioning

  • Practical considerations prior to introducing a smartphone

  • Supporting your child’s digital development through mentoring

  • Resources for parenting in the digital era

Officer Joel Detloff from the Glenview Police Department will share the considerations for youth online behavior, how the GPD addresses child online safety, and how they can serve as a resource for parents.
Tell us what you want to hear at D34 ParentConnect!

How can we make the 2/27 presentation more relevant to you?

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The Parent Committee with bilingual children invites you to our third meeting of the school year; Join us this coming February 12 at 5:30 P.M. at the Glenview Youth Services building located at 3080 W. Lake Ave. Glenview. On this occasion we will have the opportunity to share and learn about how to connect with our children. We will also raffle free consultations with our guest speaker Marysol Flores who is a specialist in education and family welfare. The BPAC committee and the District's EL department look forward to meeting and sharing ideas together for the good of our students.

Please click here to confirm your attendance and select the available accommodation and collaboration options. The conference will be held in Spanish, English translation will be provided only those who request it previously.

Last Chance: 5Essentials

As promised, we are being pleasantly persistent to increase parent participation before the survey closes next week, February 15, 2019. For most of our schools, about 35% of parents have responded. We want more!

Please click here or the button below to take the parent survey. As the survey is specific to the school, if you have children in more than one D34 school, please click again (and, maybe again) to take the survey for each school.

Take the 5Essentials Parent Survey Now!

The survey will be open until February 15, 2019.

From GNCY: The X-Plan

Have a code word between you and your child. A word they can text you and be picked up with no judgement. This not only can go a long way in building trust between parents and their kids, but shows that sometimes using technology to keep our kids safe is a necessity in this day and age. Click for more information.

Learn more about GNCY at gncy.org.

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Events, Programs & Activities Around the Community

District 34 posts information about events, programs, and activities of interest to our students and their families on the Community Fliers page of the District website.

This month, look for fliers about:

  • Glenview Park District Princess Ball (This Friday!)
  • Glenview Public Library Homework Help Center - it's back in action on Tuesdays!
  • Glenbrook South Jr. Titan Cheer Clinic
  • Glenview Park District Summer Camps
  • Northwestern University Learn Lab Research Study about Reading

Check back to the website regularly - we update the page as we receive new information.