District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

May 26, 2022

In this issue…

  • Calendar Reminders

  • Community Engagement

  • Mental Health Videos

  • Mr. DePalo honored at Hadley concert

  • Senior Parade at Lincoln

  • Spanish Summer Camp

  • Banner Carriers Needed for 4th of July

  • Securly

  • Tax Holiday

  • D41 Kids Foundation to present 'The Lion King'

  • COVID Dashboard

Calendar Reminders

Last Days of School

The District 41 Last Days of School are:

  • Thursday, May 26, Last day for PreK and Kindergarten

  • Friday, May 27, Last day for Grades 1-8

  • Tuesday, May 31, Institute Day (no student attendance)

Next Community Engagement Session TONIGHT

The District 41 Community Engagement Process continues this month with a virtual community session TONIGHT Thursday, May 26. Click Here to register for this virtual session. Join us as the district works with the community to create community-driven solutions to challenges faced in our schools, including space.

  • Thursday, May 26 -- 6:30 p.m. -- virtual

Thank you in advance for your time and interest in the future of District 41. Visit www.d41.org/communityengagement for more information.

Mental Health Videos Presented by ISBE Student Advisory Council

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and the Illinois State Board of Education's Student Advisory Council is helping to increase awareness of mental health by breaking down key terminology in a series of videos.

Understanding issues related to mental health and well-being is the first step to providing or finding the support that’s needed. Watch and share the videos to hear from students about issues that affect how they show up to school and their readiness to learn, including: anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, stress, adverse childhood experiences or ACES, mental wellness, physical abuse, mental illness, and mental health.

Thank you to the Student Advisory Council for sharing these videos for families and for kids throughout the state.

Mr. Depalo honored at Hadley Band Concert

Mr. James DePalo, retired Hadley Band Director, was honored at the 8th Grade Spring Band Concert. Mr. DePalo was set to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year when all school districts were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures. Any retiring teacher has a full year of “lasts” – their last festival performance, their last band concert etc. Mr. DePalo never had the opportunity to have his last band concert, so current Hadley Band Directors Mrs. Tribley and Mr. Cooper recreated that opportunity with his last class of 6th graders (now graduating 8th graders) and many alumni who have continued their musical studies at Glenbard West. "Mr. DePalo's impact and legacy on District 41 and Hadley Jr. High School is still abundantly clear," said Mrs. Tribley, "as evidenced by the many alumni who returned to pay tribute to him as an educator." Congratulations to Mr. DePalo. Thank you for all the ways you have enriched the lives of staff, students and the Hadley school music program!

To watch a recording of the concert CLICK HERE!

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Senior Parade at Abraham Lincoln

On May 23rd, graduates of Glenbard West were invited to parade outside of Lincoln School in their cap and gown, while teachers and students cheered them on. The event which had been called "Halls of Honor" in the past, took place outside on the school grounds. Students made posters, smiled, cheered and clapped while the new West graduates proudly circled the building and were then greeted by past teachers and staff for a small reception.

Spanish Summer Camp Reminder

District 41 is so excited to be able to offer Spanish Summer Camp again this year. Spanish Camp is scheduled for July 11-15, 2022 at Benjamin Franklin Elementary, 350 Bryant Ave. The camp is designed to provide practice in Spanish and develop knowledge about cultures of some Spanish-speaking countries. The camp will be open to current D41 elementary FLES and dual language students who are currently in grades k-5. Registration flyers have been sent home with FLES and Dual Language students. If you would like more information, please reach out to Geri Adkins (gadkins@d41.org or 630.534.7340). For questions specific about camp, please contact Dr.Theresa Ulrich (tulrich@d41.org or 630.534.7251). We hope to see you and your students there!

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Banner Carriers Needed for Glen Ellyn 4th of July Parade

Children are needed to march in the 4th of July parade carrying sponsorship banners. Children need to be able to walk the entire 1.5 mile route independently. Two children per parade banner. Children will line up at the start of the parade route about 11:00 am and end at Lake Ellyn before the Boat House. You can volunteer with a friend or family member and each banner carrier will receive a $20 Glen Ellyn Chamber Gift Certificate. If interested, please sign up using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aacaa29a3f4c25-glen

If you have any questions, please contact Barb Mitchell at mitchell@cod.edu

Parent Access to Securly - The D41 Student Online Safety System

Safety of students is our number one priority and that includes internet safety. Many District 41 students will be in the possession of district technology over summer break. As a way to help families monitor devices and keep children safe online, the district provides parents access to the student safety management system called Securly.
Securly is installed on all district issued devices. This is the same monitoring system we use during the school year. Over summer break, Securly will continue to monitor the devices and notify parents of content that could be of concern.

- District 41 adds all parent emails that we have on file in the Skyward database into
- Parents will receive a welcome email from Securly.
- District 41 updates any parent email changes or additions from Skyward each week
on Thursday afternoons.
- Parents will receive weekly email reports on Monday's from Securly. The reports will
contain only information about at-home activities.

Please CLICK HERE to visit the FAQ page about the Securly Parent Portal.

Please continue to talk with your children about internet safety and monitor their technology usage at home. Thank you for partnering with us to keep students safe and responsible while online this summer.

NOTE: If you need help with your Securly account or want to learn more about Securly please look at this article. Remember, parents and students seeking technology support can enter a ticket at our D41 Support Center here (directions). Also note, our safeguards will remain in place, but with students and staff not in the buildings over the summer we will not be actively monitoring all alerts from Securly.

New Illinois Tax Holiday for School Families and Educators

For teachers and parents alike, buying school necessities can get expensive. As part of the Illinois state budget that begins July 1, parents, students and teachers will get 10 days to purchase school supplies while paying less in sales taxes. The state’s sales tax is from 6.25% to 1.25% on clothes and school supplies.

Jason Leahy, executive director of the Illinois Principals Association, said the tax holiday will hopefully help out parents as they get their kids ready for another school year.

The tax holiday will take place Aug. 5-15.

Click here for an article in the Center Square

D41 Kids Foundation Summer Show

The D41 Kids Foundation will present "The Lion King" musical on August 5th and 6th this year. Register HERE. See the announcement and more details HERE. Hakuna matata!

COVID-19 Dashboard

The District 41 COVID Dashboard is a way for the public to monitor both the number of positive covid cases reported for students and staff. The dashboard will be updated every Monday by the end of the day.

CLICK HERE for the District 41 COVID-19 dashboard.