Lyon & Pleasant Ridge Monthly News

September 3, 2021

Glenview District 34

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Lyon School

1335 Waukegan Road

Glenview, IL 60025

(847)998-5045 Phone/(847)998-9701 Fax

(847)657-2894 Absence Calls/Health Office


Pleasant Ridge

1730 Sunset Ridge Road

Gelview, IL 60025

(847)998-5050 Phone/)(847)998-5532

(847)998-2794 Absence Calls/Health Calls


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Calendar of Events at Lyon and District 34

Monday, September 6

No School - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7

No School

Friday, September 10

New Parent Coffee at Lyon - 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, September 16

No School

Monday, September 20

Board of Education Meeting - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21

PTA Meeting at Lyon - 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Friday, September 24

Picture Day

View the full calendar at the District website ( -- Parents -- Calendar).

Message from the Lyon Principal

Dear Lyon Families,

The school year is now in full swing, and it has been heartwarming to see all of our students learning together in person. Classroom communities are being built, routines and procedures are coming together, and engaging learning opportunities are happening at every turn.

Our theme of “belonging” at Lyon this year, emphasizes the importance of connection, feeling proud of your individual identity, and the comfort of being a part of your classroom community, as well as the Lyon community. We know as educators that when students have a foundational sense of belonging, their ability to acquire new knowledge and reach their full potential as a learner can come into effect. As we prioritize learning and academic growth for your child, please know, we will also continue to focus on their social emotional growth and well being.

Now that our school year is underway, we begin to look ahead to assessments that will take place, to ensure we are monitoring student growth. In mid- September, all children will participate in what are known as AIMSweb assessments, which measure early literacy and numeracy concepts, and allow us to identify areas of need and strength for our students. These assessments are not meant to replace the formative assessment that takes place on a consistent basis within your child’s classroom, but rather, is another measure, which allows us to gauge progress in a formal and standardized way. Additionally, all students will participate in our “Panorama” social- emotional learning survey, with support from their classroom teacher. The results of this survey will allow us to target social emotional needs within our building, in a meaningful and data driven way.

In regards to safety protocols and procedures for COVID19, a reminder to please continue to monitor D34 communications, for information and updates. Please contact our school nurse, Sydney Hellmer, for what to do if an individual in your household has symptoms, tests positive, or is a close contact. Our community has done a wonderful job thus far working together to ensure a safe environment for all of our Lyon learners. We will continue to send families notifications of positive cases, as well as notify those individuals who are close contacts within our building. Should your child be quarantined long term, for any COVID related reason, they will receive support from Lyon’s Grade Center Teacher.

Lastly, if you haven’t done so already, please follow our Twitter (@LyonSchool), as well as our Facebook Page (Lyon Elementary School) to see happenings at Lyon each week! We hope these platforms will give you a window into the world of Lyon School!

Please enjoy the long weekend. We look forward to seeing our Lyon Learners back at school on Wednesday September 8th.


Stefanie Shefler

Carpool Lane and Reminders

Dismissal- At this point in time our “carpool lane” team has dispersed name cards to each family who regularly picks up their child. If you do not yet have one, and need one, please contact our office, and we will make one for you. Please display this sign in the upper right hand corner of your window. This process will allow us to get students ready as their parents are approaching the pick up area.

General Reminders:

  • Please remain in your vehicle at all times during carpool lane drop off and pickup.

  • Students should be mask and backpack ready when they pull around the corner, near the Lyon Office.

  • Once vehicles have turned the corner, near the Lyon Office, students may be let out of their car, as this area is supervised.

  • Please do not let students out of the car, prior to turning the corner, just before the Lyon Office.

  • Please pull all the way up.

  • Students should only be let out of the car on the passenger side of the vehicle.

  • If you are in a car, you must remain in the drop off line. Please do not park and walk your students to the door.

  • Please avoid cell phone usage until you exit the Lyon School parking lot.


We will be changing the Walker Pick Up Procedure beginning on Wednesday September 8th. If you are a walker, your child will exit Door G, and meet you by the picnic table near the playground. We will no longer send walkers to the front door.


Construction continues to move along at a steady pace! Soon you will see what looks like an actual building coming together! Students will witness lots of digging this week, as the “storm trap” is created.


As you may know, classrooms that are adjacent to the construction site had boards installed to cover the windows over the summer. Our goal throughout construction is to maintain welcoming, comfortable and safe learning environments, and teachers are off to a great start in doing that in every classroom! The window coverings provide protection from rocks and other debris, remove the distraction of the view of construction (which we are excited about, too!), and they greatly muffle the noise of excavation and building. Covering the windows also helps keep out the dust and dirt, which is important to our staff and students with asthma and other respiratory conditions. The District has increased ventilation and filtration in all schools. The building's ventilation system circulates 50% outside air in five air exchanges per hour, and uses high-rated filters (MERV 13 filters on rooftop units in addition to MERV 8 filters in classroom units).

Students in all of our classrooms spend time outside of their home classroom for lunch/recess, music, art, drama, P.E. and to the LRC. In addition, teachers all plan mask breaks (which can happen even in the rain under the tent) and take advantage of additional recess opportunities.

In late winter, the District and construction management firm will review the progress of construction and how the remaining work might impact our learning environments and determine if there is a need to continue to cover the windows.

Message from Principal Friedman

Happy September Pleasant Ridge Families,

We are in the swing of things at PR! I’m very pleased with how our students have begun the year. While there are many reminders that we are still in the midst of a pandemic, we have also returned to some routines that provide us a window into normality. Students have more autonomy at recess, classrooms are once again spaces for exploration and collaboration, we are able to have more social opportunities at lunch, our Encore/Fine Arts program is back in action...and the kids have resoundingly loved these returns. I hope your child has begun to settle into their classroom, is in the process of developing connections with their new classmates, and in general enjoying the start to their school year. From my observation, our students are giving a big thumbs up to our start so far.

While our Curriculum Night looked different than past years, I hope you were able to connect with us and learn more about your child’s upcoming experience in their respective grade level. I’m excited that we began the year in person, all day, with all our students. Our entire staff is looking forward to all that we can accomplish with our students this year and we appreciate your support in doing so.

Here’s to positive thinking and our partnership, so our students and your children can have the best experience possible at school this year.

Buckle up, here we go!

Enjoy the long weekend,


Please see below for a few timely notes and updates:

  • After School Activities- In the coming weeks you will be learning more about after school enrichment opportunities facilitated by our staff. Various opportunities for students will be occurring throughout the year and our staff will be sharing information with both you and our students on how to sign up and participate. Our offerings vary throughout the year, as some of our clubs won’t begin until next spring (like Running Club). In the coming weeks you’ll receive more information on after school Chorus and after school Art programs. More information is coming home soon.

  • Many parents have asked what support is available when their child is required to quarantine. In the event we have required a student to quarantine they will be connected with our Grade Center Teacher, Ms. Richmond. Ms. Richmond will work collaboratively with all our homeroom teachers to support students when they are in quarantine. This will look different than last year when students ‘Zoomed’ into their homerooms. Under this model, Ms. Richmond may be working with multiple students from different grade levels to assist them with assignments and work that is happening in the classroom. The day will be broken into different content areas (Reading, Writing, Math) along with some social opportunities for students. In the event your child is required to quarantine, you will receive more detailed information and the appropriate contact information at that time.

  • SHIELD Testing Deadline Extended + Test to Stay Available for Bus Close Contacts

If you have not yet made a selection about SHIELD testing for your child, please log into PowerSchool by September 8 to make your selection. We have extended the deadline to ensure families have enough time to get all of their questions answered. View information and answers to many questions about SHIELD testing and test to stay here.

Students who participate in SHIELD testing can "test to stay" if they are close contacts in school or on the bus (not at home or through outside sports or activities) when it is confirmed that both the positive individual and close contact were masked properly at time of exposure. (So, exposure at lunch when students do not wear masks does not qualify for test to stay.) In that situation, a close contact tests 1, 3, 5 and 7 days after exposure to a positive COVID case. If they remain without symptoms (monitored at home and by the school) and continue to test negative, they are able to stay in school; they do not have to quarantine.

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Lyon School Picture Day - Friday, September 24, 2021

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News from the Lyon Health Office

All Illinois children in kindergarten, and 2nd grade are required to have a dental examination complete by May 15th of the current school year. Please have your dentist fill out the dental form and return to your child's health office prior to the due date.

All Illinois children entering kindergarten or upon first entry into an Illinois school beyond kindergarten, are required to have an eye examination by October 15th of the current school year.

All required forms can be found at the following link under the “health” tab.

Please refer to the link below for additional information.

2021-2022 School Calendar

Click here to download the 2021-2022 school calendar!

Important Forms

Click this link for the following frequently used forms:

Authorization And Permission For Administration Of Medication

Cell Phone Use Agreement and Permission Form

Classroom Party Menu Options

Dental Exam Form (completed for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades)

Dental Exam Waiver

District Policies/Handbook Info

Eye Exam Form

Eye Exam Waiver

Food Guidelines

Health Examination Form