School News

News From Marion Jordan Elementary

A Message from Mrs. Grosch

Our participation in pediatric cancer awareness and fundraising is underway! We are well on our way to increase awareness and make some meaningful donations to Alex's Lemonade Stand, Lurie Children's Hospital, and the American Childhood Cancer Organization. Thank you for your part in making this initiative successful. The remaining activities are listed below.

9/19 Streaks of Support

9/22 PJammin for Cancer Day

9/26 Dunk an MJ Staff Member

9/29 Reveal Celebration/ice pop party at 1:30pm

Sign-up online in the PTA Membership Toolkit for all events through the link PCAM - 2023. Please note the sign-up deadline for each event is 5 PM the night before so we have time to notify your child's teacher about their participation. Additionally, I hope to see many of you at our first PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 7:00pm in the MJ Library. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions before then.

Fall is in the air! This was evident as staff arrived to school this week to find our planters repotted with a fall theme. Enhancing the entrance to the building for staff, students and visitors is one of the many things the Marion Jordan PTA does. Addtionally, PTA provides enhancements to the school experience for all students and school community. If you have not yet had a chance to join the PTA, please consider doing so by clicking this link.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, September 19 - Streaks of Support
  • Tuesday, September 19 - PTA Meeting @ 7pm MJ Library
  • Friday, September 22 - PJ Day for Pediatric Cancer Awareness
  • Monday, September 25 - SPARK Event @ 7pm
  • Tuesday, September 26 - Dunk Tank for Pediatric Cancer Awareness
  • Friday, September 29 - All School Celebration for Pediatric Cancer Fundraiser
  • Monday, October 9 - Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, October 10 - Teacher Plan Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, October 11 - Board of Education Meeting @ 7pm
  • Monday, October 23 - 6th Grade Cross Country Event - Salk Park @ 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 25th - 6th Grade Cross Country Event RAIN DATE - Salk Park
  • Friday, October 27 - Progress Reports Issued
  • Tuesday, October 31 - Classroom Halloween Parties

Visit the District 15 Calendar for more information!

Use Stopfinder to Track Your Student's Bus

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we kicked off the 2023-2024 school month. We apologize for any confusion or frustration bus routes may have caused. Last year, we implemented Stopfinder (the new bus GPS system) as a resource to help families. Invitations were sent to families of bus riders.

Please note, the invitation will go to the PRIMARY email address listed in Infinite Campus (only one contact). Once activated, the primary contact can share the link to register with other caregivers. We have shared instructions for how to share the bus schedule below or it can be found on our website.

It is important to download the mobile app as StopFinder will have the most up-to-date information regarding your child’s transportation.

Schoolwide Expectations

We have shared our school wide expectations of Safety, Respect, and Responsibility with our students and are proud of their efforts in making our learning community a positive one for all. Blue Jays are tangible recognition for student effort and your child should be proud to tell you how he/she is earning them around the school. There are times when a student needs a reminder about making positive choices. Staff are quite skilled at providing verbal reminders, modeling, and reteaching expectations. In the event you child does not fully respond to these levels of adult support, a minor may be given. Please keep in mind that minor means small and it is a small reminder to make a better choice the next time. One of the biggest reasons we issue minors is that they serve as a form of communication for you. All minors issued will be brought to your attention by the classroom teacher. We believe that students achieve greater success when all of the adults in their life are supporting them and working toward a common goal. Thank you in advance for your support of our positive learning environment.

Health Office Information

To help prevent the spread of illness, we would like to give you some guidelines to help with your decision on whether or not to send your child to school

We ask that you keep your child home if they:

  • Have a fever of 100.4F or higher
  • Have a sore throat with a fever
  • Have diarrhea (3 or more episodes in 24 hours)
  • Have abdominal cramps and/or vomiting
  • Have a rash or open and draining sores

If your child has recently been ill, please be aware of the following guidelines before having your child return:

  • Feel fit for at least 24 hours
  • Be fever free for 24 hours without medication
  • Be free of vomiting and/or diarrhea for at least 24 hours
  • For strep throat, they must be on appropriate medication for at least 24 hours
  • For conjunctivitis (pink eye), they must be on appropriate eye drops for at least 24 hours or cleared by physician
  • Rash illness should be assessed by a doctor

The single most important thing you can do to keep your child free of illness is to teach them the proper way to wash their hands. Also, be sure they are dressed weather appropriate. Please notify the nurse if your child has a communicable illness (strep throat, influenza, lice, COVID, etc.), or any health concerns that need to be monitored at school.

Mrs. Spellacy can be reached at 847-963-5502 or via email

New Staff Members

Please join me in welcoming two new members to the Marion Jordan Staff. Mr. Matt Hart joins us in the role of Academic Interventionist. Mr. Hart works with students to provide additional instruction in academic areas as identified through our MAP and FastBridge assessments. He may also push into classrooms or meet with additional groups as his schedule permits. Ms. Queenie Rivera is teaching a classroom in our Structure for Independence Program (SIP). Ms. Rivera was on site for ESY with many of our students this summer and we are delighted to welcome her permanently.

Ice Cream in the Lunchroom

We will begin offering ice cream for purchase over the noon hour in the lunchroom starting on Monday, October 2, 2023. Ice cream will be available for purchase each Monday at Marion Jordan School. All Ala Carte items, including ice cream, meet smart snack requirements set forth by the USDA. The smart snack requirements are as follows:

  • If the item is a grain product, it must contain 50 percent or more whole grain by weight and have a whole grain as the first ingredient.
  • The first ingredient listed must be a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy food, or a protein food. The item must also meet the nutrient standards for calories, sodium, fats, and total sugars.
  • The total sugar content must be 35% by weight or less. All of the ice cream products we will be offering meet the requirements.
  • We will be offering an alternative option for students with allergies.

Ice cream can be charged to a student's meal account (THIS IS PREFERRED) if a positive balance is available. Students will not be allowed to purchase ice cream if they have an unpaid meal balance on their account. A student can also purchase ice cream by bringing in cash the day of purchase. Change will not be given at the school. Any remaining money will be added to the student's account and go toward paying off the unpaid meal balance. The cost is $1.00 per ice cream.

Parents are encouraged to set up an account with SchoolCafé to see a current balance, add funds to a student's account, and monitor transactions including ice cream purchases in the cafeteria. Parents can set up to be notified when their student’s account is in a negative balance. Please visit the District 15 website to set up an account if you haven’t done so already.

The MJ Lending Library

Many thanks to our local school girl scout troop for their donation of a Little Lending Library on our school campus. The Little Lending Library is located on the east side of the building near door #7. A Little Lending Library is a free book-sharing box where anyone may take a book or share a book. They function on the honor system. You do not need to share a book in order to take one. Lending Libraries are always open and you are invited to visit ours!

Coming to School During the School Day? Please Read

Throughout the school year, it is common to have parents, friends and visitors come to the school. Please know that the safety of our students is our number one priority. The following guidelines are in place for that reason. Please read...

* Upon arrival to Door #1 (by the flagpole), kindly ring the doorbell on the brick wall

*A member of our office staff will greet you and ask the nature of your visit before buzzing you in

*All visitors are requiered to produce a valid ID that will be scanned through our RAPTOR system. If you do not have a valid ID you will not be allowed in the building.

*All visitors will recieve a colored lanyard that must be worn during the entire stay

*Meetings with teachers are by appointment only and must be scheduled with the teacher

*Only individuals who are listed in Infinite Campus under emergency contacts will be allowed to pick up a student. We will not release students to individuals who are not in our system as an emergency contact.

Car Drop Off and Pick Up

It is important for us to begin and end each day with safety in mind. For that reason, here are a few reminders about arrival and departure for those of you who are dropping off and picking up.

  • All incoming/outgoing cars should come up Clyde (one street east of the school on Palatine Rd) as Harrison is reserved for buses and day care vans. We have a staff member directing traffic at both arrival and dismissal and appreciate you following this person's direction.
  • School starts at 8:25am. Supervision begins at 8:10am which is the time students may enter the building. Students will be marked tardy if they are not in their seats, ready for the day, at 8:25am.
  • If you arrive late (and it happens), please bring your student into the office to sign him/her in.
  • Parents should remain in their car when their student(s) exit the vehicle. For safety reasons, students should enter/exit on the passenger side. Staff are out and available to assist .
  • Please do not leave your car unattended in the drop off /pick up lane at any time.
  • If you decide to park in a parking lot and walk your student(s) to the door, you must escort your student through the lot. No student should walk without an adult through the parking lot.
  • Some of our students require extra time to load and unload from their vehicle. Thank you for your patience with this.
  • School parking lots are cell phone free zones. Thank you for staying off of your devices while on school grounds (and when driving in general).
  • Any changes in your child's transportation plan should be brought to the attention of the classroom teacher and the office staff in writing ( and or by calling the school office at least 30 minutes prior to the end of the school day.

Thank you for your efforts to keep yours and all of our students safe.

Special Education Spotlight

Case managers are currently reaching out to families to confirm IEP meeting dates and times. If you have not yet received information regarding the IEP meetings for your child, please reach out to them.

Special Education Parents Accessing Resources and Knowledge (SPARK) will be starting their parent groups soon. Please see the list of dates, as well as the topics that will be discussed below. All meetings will be held virtually from 7:00-8:30pm and additional information is available on the website:

  • September 25, 2023 - Is it Sensory or Is it Behavior?
  • October 23, 2023 - Gestalt Language Processing
  • November 27, 2023 - Anxiety in Children & Adolescents
  • January 22, 2024 - ADHD and Executive Function Skills: Making the Connection
  • February 26, 2024 - 504 vs IEP?
  • March 18, 2024 - Summer Fun & Other Recreational Opportunities
  • April 22, 2024 - Masking in Autism

MJ Library News

Hello MJ Families!

We are officially in a groove here in the MJ library! Our BenQ has been mounted on the wall and our classroom is up and running! In recent weeks students have learned how to locate a book in the library using our online cataloge: Destiny Discover! Older students have been taught how to log in to the cataloge to personalize their experience.

We discussed the Dewey Decimal system and how to play library Marco/Polo using the call number to find a book! One class even timed themselves to see how quickly they could find their book! I think the record was 5 seconds!

We are working on using self-checkout and will surely become pros by October! Almost everyone has a library card issued to them, and if they haven’t received it yet, they will next week. I am proud to say that in our 2.5 weeks of checking out books we have seen 707 books fly off the shelves and be safely returned!

In other news, please join me in welcoming Mrs. Sandy Walker to the library. She will now serve as the library clerical and has just completed her first week in this role. We are so happy to have her!

Stay tuned and keep your ears perked as you may soon hear some skuttlebutt about our robots! They will be reappearing on the scene very soon!

I continue to enjoy my time with your children and I hope they are having fun learning in the library!

Your Library Innovation Teacher (LIT),

Sheila Howard

School Safety Drills

District 15 is strongly committed to school safety. Each year, schools are required by the Illinois School Code to conduct the following drills:

  • Three evacuation drills. One of the three evacuation drills must be supervised by the fire department.

  • One bus evacuation drill.

  • One severe weather/shelter-in-place drill.

  • Two law enforcement (lockdown) drills. One of these two law enforcement drills must be a staff-initiated lockdown. The schools also conduct an annual drill review meeting with principals and representatives from police and fire departments to continuously improve each school’s readiness to respond to an emergency and/or crisis situation.

House Bill 2400 (The School Safety Drill Act) states:

  • All lockdown drills will be announced to all school personnel and students prior to the commencement of the drill.

  • Schools will provide sufficient information and notification to parents and guardians in advance of any lockdown drill that involves the participation of students.

  • Schools will provide parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill.

  • Schools will provide alternative safety education and instruction related to an active threat or active shooter event to students who do not participate in a walk-through lockdown drill to provide them with essential information, training, and instruction through less sensorial safety training methods.

A Lockdown Drill has been scheduled at Marion Jordan School on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. Palatine police officers will be on site to facilitate the drill. Information about the drill will be shared with students prior to the event with age/grade appropriate language and content. If you prefer your child does NOT participate in the yearly required lockdown drills, please complete this form. Please submit one form for each of your children you are opting out.

Mental Health Matters - Attention 6th Grade Families

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.

This parent letter contains additional information including an opportunity for you to attend a presentation to view the materials that will be used in classrooms.

Room Parents

Thank you to so many who indicated an interest in serving as a room parent for the 2023-24 school year. Our response was generally greater than our need. Mrs. Grosch will be contacting room parents in the coming week. If you indicated interest but are not notified that you will be a room parent this year, rest assured, there will be ways for you to be involved and help out. Room parents will receive the information sheet you filled out at Parent Orientation so they know what you are available to do to support their efforts. There are a few classrooms still seeking a room parent. Please watch for a communication from the teacher and consider your ability to fill this role if it is still available in your child's classroom.

Family Resources

  • If your child has an IEP, check out these wonderful resources (including downloadable forms) to help you create an IEP binder to keep information organized, help you prepare for IEP meetings, stay up-to-date on your child’s progress, and help you to communicate and collaborate with teachers and the IEP team.
  • Parents magazine compiled 25 winning lunch box note ideas guaranteed to put a smile on your child's face when they sit down for lunch.
  • Some kids need help learning how to control their emotions and resist impulsive behavior. Self-regulation is a skill that children need to be taught and develops with practice. But by breaking an activity into smaller, more doable parts and with coaching, practice and reinforcing positive steps, self-regulation skills can get stronger. Learn more HERE (en Espanol).

Contact Us!

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

Special Education Coordinator: Ms. Kayla Fleming 847-963-5515

School Administrative Assistant: Ms. Jessica Veltri 847-963-5580

School Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Kelly Wallin

School Nurse: Mrs. Jillian Spellacy 847-963-5502