School News

News From Marion Jordan Elementary

Important Dates

  • Sunday, November 7th - Daylight Savings Time Ends - Turn clocks back one hour
  • Monday, November 22nd - Parent/Teacher Conferences 12-8pm
  • Tuesday, November 23rd - Parent /Teacher Conferences 730-1130am
  • Wednesday, November 24th - Staff and Student Non-Attendance Day
  • Thursday, November 25th - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Friday, November 26th - Staff and Student Non-Attendance Day
  • Thursday, December 2nd - Virtual (Live) Assembly - The Science Wizard - Times TBA

Information from Mrs. Grosch

Hello MJ Families,

The crisp fall air has definitely arrived with a few recent mornings feeling downright cold! We will continue to go outside for recess over the noon hour each day. This gives us a chance to take a needed mask break and stretch our legs and voices. Please be sure to send jackets and sweatshirts to ensure your child is comfortable outside. It is also a good idea to monitor what is sent to school and check to see that it comes back home. Our lost and found begins to collect more and more items this time of year. We will have the lost and found on display for Parent/Teacher Conferences later this month for you to peruse.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd. Hours on 11/22 are from 12-8pm and from 7:30-11:30am on 11/23. Marion Jordan will be OPEN and we would love to welcome you in person for your conference. If you need a virtual meeting, please reach out to your child's teacher to confirm this format. Teachers look forward to conncting with you for the purpose of providing an update on you child's progress thus far.

We are pleased to have some extracurricular activities up and running - it is a sure sign that things are becoming closer to "normal" than they have been in past months. Lego Club, Intramurals, Band, Orchestra, Chess Club, Daily Announcements, Chorus, Yearbook Club, and Art Club have (or soon will) begun. Extended Day is a new initiative district wide. The title says it all - an opportunity for an extended school day has been afforded for our first graders. This group was specifically targeted as they had an unconventional start to their educational career due to COVID-19. These youngsters are enjoying extra time with academic, social emotional, and enrichment activities. We are confident this investment in some of our youngest students will bring great returns for years to come.

THANK YOU for sending your student(s) to school with a mask and signed certification card each day. It is a good idea to send your child with an additional mask as students have had some wet or torn masks throughout the day. We appreciate your continued cooperation as we follow the guidance. We are excited about the recently approved pediatric vaccination and will provide any updates on the implications this may have for schools as it becomes available.

If your student is not feeling well

Please remember to keep your student home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever 100.4 or higher, new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches.

Veteran's Day Virtual Assembly

Veterans and active duty members in our community are HEROS in our eyes! We have traditionally invited these special folks in to celebrate and honor the service they have provided for our country. With capacity and distancing constraints, we are working on a virtual assembly filled with patriotic music, images, and information to share with our greater community. Under the direction of our comprehensive music teacher, Mrs. Judi Jahanke, segments of students performing will be video taped and compiled into a fabulous video. This can be shared with your family, including any extended family members who have served or are currently serving.

Chromebook Charger Update

District 15 has noticed a very small percentage of the chargers purchased this year are not working correctly and causing electrical damage to the Chromebooks. In an abundance of caution, new chargers have been purchased, and the faulty chargers are being sent back to the vendor. If your child has a faulty charger, please return it to the school library, hand it directly to a library staff member, and your child will be given a replacement.

Here's how to determine the charger in question:

  • It is not a Lenovo or HP brand adapter
  • Model number is: AD0481-2002250D
  • Part number is: AC045USBC

Only this model of adapter will be replaced. Lenovo, HP, or other 3rd party chargers, are not eligible for replacement

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Parent Nights 2021-2022

District 15 is excited to be partnering with local agencies to present information on the following topics for parents, guardians, families and community members. Mark your calendars and join us for these free, virtual workshops!

Trauma Awareness

December 6, 2021

7-8 pm



February 16, 2022

7-8 pm


Motivation to Finish Strong

April 12, 2022

7-8 pm


Pre-Registration would be greatly appreciated

so please fill out this form!

We are also taking questions from our audience that will be answered during the workshops so please pre-register.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Keli Swierczek at

Spanish translation services will be offered during workshops.

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Upcoming D15 Job Fairs

District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates. Come apply onsite and Be a Part of Our Team!


  • Monday, November 1, 2021
  • Monday, December 13, 2021
  • Monday, January 24, 2022
  • Monday, March 7, 2022

Location: Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067

Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

We are looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at in the Human Resources department with any questions.


Due to supply chain issues, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are available intermittently at our schools. Sometimes we receive them on our delivery and sometimes they are out of stock. When we don't have peanut butter and jelly in stock, we will be serving Protein Power Packs so students will have a vegetarian option.

Thank an MJ Staff Member

Teachers in general love this time of year. Marion Jordan teachers and staff members take the prospect of beginning a new year to a whole new level. They prepare their classrooms, plan lessons, organize schedules, review student records, and think about all of the possibilities the year ahead holds. As much as we recognize their efforts and successes here at school, nothing means more to a teacher or staff member than a kind word from a student or his/her family. As we get the year underway, I invite you to take notice of the things you see your child's teacher do, hear your child's teacher say, or the things you hear your child gush with excitement about related to their teacher. We've included this simple form for you to submit should you feel so inclined to do so. Children in full day school spend more of their waking day with their teacher than they do with their parents. We thank you for entrusting your child with us and look forward to a great year.

Thank A Teacher Form

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Marion Jordan can make a big difference for Turkey Day!! Let’s get together and make a difference this Thanksgiving!

The Palatine Township has a Thanksgiving program that assists under-resourced families from our community. We help by providing them with all of the ingredients needed to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Let’s make this easy and fun and start now!!! What grade can contribute the most items? The grade that does will get a special prize! Here’s what you do. Look below and bring in food items listed next to your grade and place them in the labeled baskets in the main entrance of the school. That’s it!!!

Food Collection will be Nov 8th-Nov. 17th

Kindergarten/SIP-canned vegetables, coffee, tea & hot chocolate

1st grade-chicken broth & dessert mixes (cake, brownies or cookies)

2nd grade-cranberry sauce & cream of mushroom soup

3rd grade-evaporated milk & canned fruit

4th grade-Jell-O, Stuffing Mix & Sweet Potatoes (large can)

5th grade-pie crust mix & pie filling

6th grade-instant mashed potatoes (large box), turkey gravy & cereal

The township also accepts $25 grocery store gift cards to allow families to purchase a turkey and other perishable items for their meal. If you’d like to contribute a gift card, please send it through backpack mail to Christy Brim

From the Health Office

Hello and happy fall! In our ever changing world of COVID-19 guidance and protocols, I wanted to take this opportunity to share the latest list of symptoms that are identified as potentially indicative of COVID-19. Any student exhibiting them will be required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test in order to be in school. The list of symptoms (any one or more) for students is as follows:

  • fever (100.4 or higher)
  • sore throat
  • new onset of a persistent, moderate to severe headache
  • new cough/shortness of breath
  • vomiting or diarrhea
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • fatigue from an unknown cause
  • muscle or body aches from an unknown cause

To reiterate, a lab based, RT-PCR test is required for clearance for students with any COVID-like symptoms to return to school. MD notes are no longer accepted per directive from The Cook County Department of Public Health. You can return results to me at or call with any questions at 847-963-5502.

Please note: Asymptomatic siblings of students who are awaiting clearance with a PCR test for COVID-like symptoms DO NOT need to be excluded from school; however, siblings of confirmed cases of COVID-19 ARE excluded from school.


When deemed a close contact to a confirmed case of COVID-19, students in any of the below categories will NOT qualify for the district's Test to Stay program. Exclusion from school will be required, and concurrent learning will be offered to the following populations:

  • Household contacts (ex. parents, siblings)

  • Students with mask exemptions

  • Students in the early childhood program (as they are not able to maintain physical distancing)

  • Close contacts identified in the lunchroom

  • Close contact identified during other times when individuals are unmasked

  • Outbreak status in a classroom

We appreciate your flexibility as we adapt to ever changing school implications as guidance continues to be updated and released.

Wishing you good health,

Sherin Thomas, School Nurse

Marion Jordan Elementary School

Family Resources

  • Looking for some family fun? Check out these 50 Must-Do Fall Activities for Families from Today's Parent.
  • October is National Bullying Prevention Month. An important part of bullying and interpersonal violence prevention is teaching our children how to be upstanders - a helpful bystander who takes action to stop the bullying and support the victim. Learn more about how to teach your children to be upstanders with this age-by-age guide, watch this short video from the NED Shows with your family. and learn more about bullying prevention resources and efforts here.

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

School Office Staff: Ms. Jamie Wieckiewicz 847-963-5580

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