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Home of the Gators - Glen Grove News -October 5, 2018

Glenview District 34

Glen Grove Elementary School

3900 Glenview Road

Glenview, IL 60025

Phone: (847)998-5030/Fax (847)998-5101

Attendance/Health Office (847)657-2394

Important Dates

Monday, October 8

3rd Grade Chorus 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Board of Education Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9

Code Play Learn 7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

PTA Meeting at Glen Grove 9:30 a.m.

Art Club 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Global Language 2:30 - 3:25 p.m.

Laughing Academy 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday. October 10

Advanced Band Rehearsal 7:10 - 7:45 a.m.

4th & 5th Grade Chorus 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Chess Club 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Laughing Academy 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 11

Global Language 2:30 - 3:25 p.m.

Literacy Night at Glen Grove 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 12

Chess Club 7:00 - 7:50 a.m.

Code Play Learn 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Girls Only Chess - 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Monday, October 15

3rd Grade Chorus 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Student Council 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16

Art Club 2:30 - 3:34 p.m.

Wednesday. October 17

Advanced Band Rehearsal 7:10 - 7:45 a.m.

4th & 5th Grade Chorus 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 18

No After School Activities

Friday, October 19

NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences

From the Principal's Desk

Halloween at Glen Grove School

The Glen Grove Halloween Parade will take place on Wednesday, October 31st at 12:55 PM. After returning from Pumpkin Caroling at the Abington Senior Center, our 4th graders will lead our school in the annual costume parade. We will exit the back doors of Glen Grove, snake around the grassy area behind the school and re-enter our building through the front doors. Parents are welcome to attend the parade. If you would like to be a spectator, please position yourself on the fields behind our school.

If it is raining on Halloween, the parade will be cancelled. Students will participate in a small, modified version of the parade in our gym for students ONLY, as it would be a very serious breech of fire department safety regulations if we were to have our entire student body and all of our guests in our gym at one time.

CLASSROOM PARTIES: The wonderful room parents of the Westbrook/Glen Grove PTA are busy eliciting volunteers to help organize the classroom Halloween parties. Please note the following:

In alignment with our other District 34 schools, there can be no more than eight room parents/volunteers who will attend classroom parties. We very much appreciate the room parents who plan these parties and organize the volunteers, and all of us want to ensure that our classrooms are not overcrowded and that the adults present are there to assist with activities and supervision. Please look for a communication from your room parent team regarding our Halloween parties in the near future, and be sure to sign up to assist with one of the fun activities that the room parents have planned. If you have not received a communication from your room parents, please feel free to reach out to your room parent team and express your desire to volunteer.

COSTUME INFORMATION: - To ensure our activities are safe and appropriate for the school setting please note the following:

  • Avoid costumes portraying violent characters or monsters.
  • NO weapons (real or look-alike) may be brought to school as part of a costume.
  • Masks are NOT allowed.
  • Aerosol containers are NOT allowed on school premises.
  • Students are NOT allowed to wear costumes to school. They will change into their
    costumes after lunch/recess and before the parade.
  • Students who require things like hair spray, make-up, hair color, etc. may have those
    items pre-applied so they can be worn to school.


PARKING - The parking lot at Glen Grove will not be able to accommodate all of our guests as we must keep our circular drive and loading zones completely free of vehicles during the school day and during dismissal. So, please consider walking or carpooling. Once our lot is full, you may park on neighboring side streets.

DISMISSAL- To avoid the congestion in the hallways that all of the extra bodies cause, guests are encouraged to be out of the building by 2:20 PM. You must exit through the FRONT doors, only.

SIGNING STUDENTS OUT BEFORE DISMISSAL – If you are taking your child home with you before dismissal, you must come through the front office with your child and drop off your name tag–a more efficient way of signing out. If you are taking your child with you at dismissal, there is no need to sign him/her out. Please just inform the classroom teacher that your child is leaving with you, especially if they normally ride the bus.

Finally, please note that to ensure the same level of safety on a party day that we expect in our schools every day of the year, we are asking that all adults who enter the building sign in through the front office and obtain a sticker identifying them as a volunteer.

Fall Festival For Students Who Do Not Celebrate Halloween

STUDENTS WHO DO NOT CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN - If your family does NOT celebrate Halloween, we want to encourage you to please send your child to school that day. All children will spend the morning engaged in typical learning activities followed by lunch. After lunch, students who do not celebrate Halloween will attend the Fall Festival in our Learning Center, where Mrs. Berichon, our drama teacher, will have activities planned that focus on the season of autumn with its emphasis on harvest and giving thanks. Please let us know if your child will be attending the Fall Festival by completing the form below and returning it to school with your child.


(Please return to school with your student by Oct. 24)

My child DOES NOT celebrate Halloween and will therefore attend the Fall Festival on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Child’s Name _______________________________________________

Homeroom Teacher’s Name __________________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________________


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Change in Dismissal Arrangements

​If you need to change the after school pick-up arrangements for your child, please send a note to you child's teacher. If you need to change arrangements at the last minute, during the school day, please make sure you call our office before 2:00 p.m. to inform us of the change. There is a lot going on in a school office both at the beginning and the end of school day. By calling before 2:00 p.m., you are giving the front office staff the time needed to locate classroom teachers and communicate the message regarding the pick-up arrangements for your child in a timely manner.

Important Food Service Information

Please review this important food service information which includes the menu cycle and the cycle calendar.

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LRC News

Family Literacy Night

The fourth annual event will take place in the Glen Grove gym on the evening of Thursday, October 11th from 6-8 pm. Come celebrate literacy with your family by participating in a variety of activities. Families will have the opportunity to purchase books through Scholastic. Each current Glen Grove student will be given a one free raffle ticket and a coupon for a free book (valved at $5.99 or less) or apply the coupon to your total purchase. It is a great way to spend an evening with your family!

Global Read Aloud

The 2018 Global Read Aloud has begun and runs to November 9th. The GRA started in 2010 by teacher Pernille Ripp, not only is she a teacher but she is also an author of a few professional books including Passionate Learners- How to Engage and Empower Your Students. The GRA began with a simple goal in mind: one book to connect the world. It has grown from its humble beginnings to more than 2,000,000 students in 60 different countries.

Are you interested in volunteering? The Glen Grove library is looking for people to help shelve books, organize the Celebrating With Books program, decorate the window displays and other special activities. No experience necessary. We will teach you all you need to know to help in the library. Volunteer once a week or once a month, it’s up to you! We welcome any and all help that fits your schedule. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Funke, the librarian at or call the school at 998-5030.

Follow the LRC happenings on Twitter @GGMrsFunke

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Cell Phone Usage Form

All students that carry a cell phone to school must have a cell phone usage form on file with the front office. Please fill out the attached form and send it to the Glen Grove Office. The guidelines are included in this attachment.

Cell Phone Usage Form


Follow Us on Twitter
We are always looking for ways to improve communication and to increase engagement with our parent community, so we have launched a Twitter account. We invite you to follow us@GlenGroveGators for news on student, classroom, and school accomplishments, important updates, informational items, and a glimpse at amazing moments of teaching and learning. We also encourage you to share your Glen Grove school pride on Twitter using the hashtag #glengroverocks.

Glen Grove School

Website: https://gg.glenview34.ort

Our Mission

To empower children to be self-directed learners and responsible decision makers.

Attendance/Health Office (847)657-2394

Main Office: (847)998-5030

Office Fax Machine: (847)998-5101