School News

News From Marion Jordan Elementary

Mrs. Grosch's Message

The Book Fair is here! We are so excited to see the transformation of our library into a literal bookstore. Students will have an opportunity to preview books with their classrooms early this week. Wish Lists will be filled out and sent home. You may send money to school with your child for any items you approve to be purchased, you may visit and shop in person during our Donuts with Grown Ups events on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 from 7:30-8:15am, or you may stop by school at your convenience Tuesday - Thursday during the school day to peruse the selection. There are many opportunities to shop as we know you know the importance of having books at home for your students to read. What a fun way to expand your current selections. I would like to reiterate a safety reminder for all who plan to attend Donuts with Grown Ups. Visitors in the building before school hours do not need to provide their ID and be scanned through our system to obtain a visitor's badge. For the safety of our staff and students, visitors at this event will be asked to leave the building or report to the office to be signed in as student arrival gets underway. Previous practice allowed for parents to linger and exit the building at their readiness, the new practice will have us expecting visitors to depart swiftly so that the building is as secure as possible for your student. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this safety measure.

The weather has taken a sudden turn to COLD as it often does in our area. We are likely going to see considerable variance in temperatures in the coming weeks. As a reminder, students have outdoor recess for 40 minutes per day. Unless the temperature with the windchill is below 10 degrees, we will be out for the full 40 minutes. Please ensure your child(ren) dress for the weather conditions. Coats, hats, and often gloves are needed this time of year.

Halloween parties will be held on Monday, October 31, 2022 from 2-3pm. Any volunteers coming into the building for this event need to be pre-arranged with classroom room parents. If you are coming to assist with the party, you will need to sign in in the school office. This process can be expedited if you come into school prior to the day of the event to have your driver's licence scanned ahead of time. This way we can pre-print a visitor's badge for you and you will not have to wait for it to be processed and printed.

Please enjoy this video recap of our individual classroom participation in Spirit Week!

Moving 15 Forward

In the event you have not had a chance to attend an informational session about the Moving 15 Forward initiative, you are invited to do so. I encourage you to consider attending so that you can make an informed decision when voting on November 8th. The remaining sessions available to attend are as follows:

  • Thursday, October 20, 2022, at Carl Sandburg Junior High, 2600 Martin Lane, Rolling Meadows

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at Walter R. Sundling Junior High, 1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine

You can also find additional information on this initive by visiting the District 15 Website.

Health Office Information

Please see the links below to find the kindergarten, new student, and sixth grade health compliance forms. Immunization records and physicals MUST be turned in on or before October 15 to avoid exclusion from school. Vision exams should also be turned in by October 15, while dental exams only are due by May 15, 2023.

Our school nurse, Sherin Thomas, has and will continue to contact families via phone call, email, and written letter to obtain these documents if they have not yet been submitted. You may send any forms or paperwork to her attention at

Health Requirements - 6th Grade

Health Requirements - Kindergarten

Veteran's Day

On Friday, November 11, 2022, students of Marion Jordan will be performing a Veteran’s Day program. You are welcome and encouraged to invite and bring any members of your family who do or have served. The program will begin at 9am in our multipurpose room.

Part of our program will include a photo slideshow to honor Marion Jordan’s Veterans and Active Military members. If you would like a picture of your Veteran or Active Service Member included, please email the picture to along with the service members’ full name and the service branch.

Please submit your pictures by Friday, October 21, 2022.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our music teacher, Mrs. Jahnke, at .

Parent University - Curriculum Updates and Report Cards

An online Parent University was held this month. The topics discussed were Curriculum Updates and Report Cards. Here is a link to the presentation for those who may have missed it.

Curriculum Updates and Report Cards - Parent University

Notes from Nutrition Services

Prepayments for meals are made several different ways. Parents can give their student cash, or a check made out to the order of Nutrition Services, in an envelope marked "Lunch Money". Parents may also make payments online, via SchoolCafé.

SchoolCafé can be used to check your student’s balance. You can also elect to have a low balance notification emailed directly to you.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits are available to children whose families qualify under federal guidelines. Application forms are available at school and online.

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Illustrative Math - Family Connection

Thank you to the families who submitted their unit one Illustrative math family tasks during September! We enjoyed seeing your child use math outside of the classroom.

Illustrative Math provides students and families with an opportunity to take their learning from the classroom and apply it to an authentic situation. Below you will find a unit task for the month of October as well as a companion support video that explains what each grade level is learning in class. Follow the steps below to complete the optional unit task for October.

1. Find your child’s grade level below and click the link to access your unit task.

2. Read through the “Try It At Home” section and complete the task.

3. Send your family’s math work to your child’s teacher in the form of a written paper, photo story, or a video of your child demonstrating and explaining their thinking.


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Unit Task

Please submit your work to your child’s teacher. We are looking forward to seeing your work!

Halloween Celebration and Costume Guidelines - Monday, October 31, 2022

We are excited to celebrate Halloween again in a more typical fashion this school year. Please kindly take a moment to review our plan and expectations for Monday, October 31, 2022.

1:45-2:00 pm-Students will parade outside in their costumes. This is weather permitting ONLY. Parents are welcome to view the parade in our outside field behind the school during this time frame.

2:00-3:00 pm-Classroom Halloween Parties will take place which are sponsored and organized by our PTA and our parent volunteers. Only parents who are signed up to help with classroom parties will be permitted to enter the building and participate. Up to three volunteers per classroom are permitted. All volunteers will be asked to head out of the building at 3pm to allow us to begin our dismissal routine. Volunteers are welcome to take their students home with them.

Students are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes to school for the day. We have moved away from students changing during the noon hour or going home to do so. We look forward to students being able to wear their Halloween and/or fall gear for the day at school. Please review and follow the below guidelines when choosing a costume this year. Comfort and warmth is always key as well!

Page 22 - Parent/Student Handbook

Per the Student Handbook: Students are permitted to wear costumes on Halloween as long as their attire complies with the above student appearance policy and meets the following set of expectations for a school setting:

  • Children should not wear bloody, gruesome, or especially scary costumes. Costumes involving fake blood are not allowed.

  • Actual weapons, look-alike weapons, toy weapons or weapon-like objects are not allowed.

  • Masks that cover the face and head are not allowed.

  • Costume make-up is allowed provided it does not cover the student’s entire face. Staff members must be able to identify students.

  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype about someone’s culture, gender, heritage or religion are not allowed.

Attention Parents of 5th and 6th Graders - Mental Health Screenings

Community Consolidated School District 15 is committed to supporting every student’s academic growth as well as their social, emotional and behavioral growth. In our continuing efforts to support the well-being of our students, District 15 is implementing a comprehensive mental health screening process this school year to identify students who may benefit from additional support. As part of this process, District 15 is utilizing the Social, Academic, Emotional, Behaviors Risk Screener (mySAEBRS) this school year. The screener, mySAEBRS, is a brief rating scale which will be completed by all students in grades 5-8th. Student screeners and presentations, for 6th-8th grade, will be taking place during the months of October, November and December. Fifth grade screening and presentations will take place in late winter (January/February).

If you do NOT wish your child to participate in the Social, Academic, Emotional, Behaviors Risk Screener (mySAEBRS) screening process and/or the Mental Health Awareness program in school, please click on the link below to access the form needed to indicate this. Forms should be submitted to your building principal. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this program.

Mental Health Screenings Parent Letter

Family Resources

  • Fall is a beautiful time of year! Focusing on the experiences that your familiy is sharing together is one way to be present and engaged. Looking for fun ideas? Check out these 101 Fun Fall Activities for Kids (and kids at heart!).
  • In our crazy, busy world, it's important to take time to acknowledge when you need to take a moment to step back, slow down and rest. Learn about the 7 ways to accept and lean into a season of rest And remember, "Rest is not idle. It’s not a waste. Sometimes rest is the most productive thing you can do for your body and soul." - Erica Lane

Important Dates

  • 10/17-10/21 School Book Fair
  • 10/20 - Donuts with Grown Ups (last names A-L suggested)
  • 10/21 - Donuts with Grown Ups (last names M-Z suggested)
  • 10/21 - 6th Grade Cross Country Mile Run 1-2pm @ MJ
  • 10/25 - Trunk or Treat
  • 10/27 - Trunk or Treat
  • 10/31 - Halloween Parade and Classroom Parties
  • 11/6 - Daylight Savings - Fall Back 1 Hour
  • 11/8 - Election Day - No Student Attendance
  • 11/11 - Veteran's Day Program

Contacting Marion Jordan School

Welcome to Marion Jordan Elementary School, Home of the Blue Jays!

We are located at 100 N. Harrison Ave. Palatine, IL 60067

Our main office phone number is 847-963-5500. Our Absence Line is 847-963-5501.

Principal: Mrs. Jennifer Grosch 847-963-5505

Assistant Principal: Mr. Andrew Wilson 847-963-5504

School Office Staff: Ms. Jamie Wieckiewicz 847-963-5580 and Mrs. Kelly Wallin 847-963-5503

School Nurse: Ms. Sherin Thomas 847-963-5502