Grass Lake School News

September 14 , 2023

Virtual Suggestion Box

"No school can work well for children if parents and teachers do not act in partnership on behalf of the children's best interests" - Dorothy H. Cohen

In order to continue to move Grass Lake School forward, please let us know any ideas you have on how we can continue to improve our school! We will be checking this suggestion box periodically- if you would like a more immediate response, please call or email Ryan Wollberg directly.

A Note From Mr. Wollberg

What a great week to be a BRAVE! We had a wonderful week of learning at Grass Lake and a very "spirited" staff and students as we were able to celebrate our first Spirit Week of the year! I was very impressed with some of our students and staff's attire for each day and it is always so much fun to celebrate being at school with Spirit Weeks. Please be on the lookout for more Spirit Weeks in the future months!

This week remained very busy at GLS! On Monday, we had our PTO meeting and there are some amazing things planned for this year! One of the main events that were part of the discussion was our Fall Fest which will be held on Saturday, October 21 in the afternoon and into the evening. More details will be forthcoming but there were discussions about games, costume contests, and more! Mark your calendars now as I know this will be an event that you and your family will not want to miss!

We also spoke about other fundraising opportunities and events that are planned for the year sponsored by our PTO. As this money goes back directly to our students, I encourage you to get involved in any capacity you can. I am amazed at some of the ideas that I have already heard from some of our students and parents and I am pleased to introduce a new concept this week as part of our weekly update and that is...drum roll please...the Virtual Suggestion Box!

At the top of the newsletter each week I will have our Virtual Suggestion Box. I truly feel that Grass Lake has some amazing opportunities and such a caring staff, students, and families with some great school spirit. That being said, we always can strive to improve. If you have any thoughts or ideas, please leave us a note in the Virtual Suggestion Box. I am hopeful that through this new avenue of communication, we will continue to see Grass Lake School as an exemplary school that our community can be proud of!

On Tuesday, September 12, Dr. Newby and I were able to virtually meet with families that attended the Superintendent Forum. The central focus was on school updates including parent input needed as the district works with local agencies to help create a possible bike path involving Grass Lake School. We also provided updates about the Illinois Assessment of Readiness reports that will be coming home very soon. We also spoke about opportunities to continue to support our students and families. It was a wonderful meeting and I look forward to additional opportunities to interact with our parents in future forums. Our next Superintendent Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 4 and be on the lookout for additional information in the coming weeks.

Lastly, we are sharing an event that we would like to welcome all our families to on September 23, 2023. Nationally renowned storytellers will be telling tales at the Spring Grove Village Park. Storytelling is an excellent way to not only entertain the family but also continue working on listening skills for our students. Bring the family for a fun event and we hope to see you there!

As always, thank you all once again for such a great week. Be sure to check out our newest section below "Specials in the Spotlight" to see and read about what is happening in our special area classes too. On behalf of our amazing staff, we appreciate all your help and support and I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Ryan Wollberg

Principal/Grass Lake School

Specials in the Spotlight

Specials Updates

Guitar club begins this week! We have 14 students in 4th and 5th grade signed up for Guitar Club this year! Some are returning from previous years, so we are excited to continue learning right where we left off. For new students, we’ll start with the basics of how to play the guitar. Guitar club will be performing at the Winter Fine Arts Night on Thursday, December 14th.

Choir is in full swing at 21 members strong. We are planning a field trip to a Chicago Wolves game in November.

Band has 13 members, some new, some returning. We are excited to begin and continue learning our instruments

Student Athlete Newsletter

All fifth through eighth-grade student-athletes, please follow the button below to view this month's newsletter from Ms. Juszczyk our athletic director.

Also, if you happen to be traveling on 173 west towards Antioch look for a new sign that celebrates Grass Lakes' very own Logan Lennon who was our state champion in the long jump last Spring. Way to go Logan and way to be a BRAVE!

Attendance Matters!

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Spring Grove Storytelling Event

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GoGurdian Parent/Guardian Information

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School Breakfast/Lunch

Please follow the button below to be directed to our GLS website for more details related to our Breakfast/Lunch menus and ordering information. If there are any questions, please contact our main office. As a reminder, our lunch fees have increased from $3.50 to $3.75.

Student Absences

Grass Lake School hours of attendance are 7:45 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. on regular schedule days and 7:45 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. on early release late-start days. An answering machine will take messages during the hours when the school office is closed. When reporting an absence please indicate the reason for the absence and if it is due to illness, please report symptoms including if your child has a fever, cough, or sore throat. This will assist the district in assessing when a student will return and whether it must comply with any reporting or notice requirements.

The telephone number to report absences is: (847) 395-1550.

If the school has not heard from you and your child is absent, you will receive a call to verify the absence. School code provides that parents/guardians/other persons having legal custody of a child provide telephone numbers at the time of enrollment to enable the school to notify the parent/guardian/other person with legal custody of the child’s absence from school. Accordingly, this verification of absence call will be made to the numbers provided at registration and not necessarily the parents’ places of employment.

Parent Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

By now all GLS families should have received an email with information related to their individual child(rens) bus stop information. We also have posted the information on our website which you can access by following this link. As a reminder, the first couple of days the buses may be running approximately 5-10 minutes off schedule so we do ask for your patience. Also, all Kindergarten families please plan on meeting your child at the bus stop as the drivers will not release them unless an adult is present to meet them for safety purposes. We appreciate your help and cooperation.

Below you will find a map for your convenience as it relates to our drop-off and pick-up procedures. If you plan on picking your child up early from school, we kindly ask you to email your child's teacher as well as Cristina Monroy, our administrative assistant. When you enter the building for early pick or late drop off this should all be done through our main entrance. Make sure to have your ID when picking your child up as we want to make sure we are sending your child home with an approved individual.

When your child is dropped off they will enter through our gymnasium doors and in the afternoon they will exit through those same doors (yellow box below). Please wait in your car and we will release students to you as fast as we can. Again, I do ask for your patience in the beginning of the year but I promise you, it will continue to get faster and faster. Also, please do not drop off your child until the gymnasium doors open at 7:30am.

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A Note From the Nurse

Please see below for students in grade Kindergarten, Second, and Sixth Grades and what specific medical information is required as we begin the new school year. If you have any questions please reach out to our nurse, Mary Boyd. Thank you for your help in getting this information to us and partnering with GLS in order to continue to promote our student's health.

  • Pre-K must show proof of current physical/immunizations

  • Kindergarten must show proof of current physical/immunizations, as well as dental and eye exam forms.

  • Second graders must complete a dental examination prior to starting school.

  • Sixth graders must provide a dental examination form and a health examination form with proof of up-to-date immunizations.

  • All new students must show proof of current physical/immunizations, as well as dental and eye exam forms.

606 Academy-Friday Early Release Option

Please see below for information pertaining to the 606 Academy offering beginning Friday, August 25th. As a reminder, families will need to arrange transportation if they choose to participate in the 606 Academy Clubs. If there are any questions related to the program please email Coach Greg via email at:

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Grass Lake School District #36


26177 W. Grass Lake Rd. Antioch, IL 60002
Phone: (847) 395-1550 | Fax: (847) 395-8632