D34 Parent News

Timely news for District 34 families and the community

December 2018

Stay in the Know!

District 34 values our connections with parents and community members -- this monthly newsletter is designed to strengthen those connections! D34 Parent News is your source to learn about initiatives, activities and programs across the District, and out in the community. Look for it in your inbox during the first week of every month.
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Click to Find Winter Break Events in Glenview!

A calendar of free or low-cost events throughout the community (and beyond)! There are many great ideas for family fun.

Focus Forward Together: The Draft Strategic Plan

This is a critical time for community members to impact the future of District 34. The Strategic Planning Team wants your input on the draft of the strategic plan - the mission, vision, values and goals that will establish our priorities and direct our work for the next five years.


Please view the draft plan (versions are available in English and in Spanish).


Then, click here to take the survey and give any and all feedback on the draft.


Visit the Strategic Planning page of the website to see date, presentations and information about Focus Forward Together.

D34 ParentConnect: Discussion Group Topics and 1/30 "SnapChat"

December Discussion Groups

This month, D34 ParentConnect discussion groups will focus on the connection between growth mindset and social-emotional health. You'll hear (and share your own) parenting moments that exemplify both fixed and growth mindset and leave with ideas on how to foster growth mindset in yourself and your children. Check the website for the schedule. and look for text and email reminders.


Parenting in the Era of Social Media
Mark your calendar for January 30, 2019, and plan to attend A “SnapChat” for Parents: Parenting Children & Adolescents in the Era of Social Media.

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The Gift of Giving: Donate to The Debra Gelfand Fund

The Debra Gelfand Fund was established in memory of Debra Gelfand, the mother of six sons, who was an active parent volunteer in Glenview District 34 who strongly believed that it is important to help those in need. She died on July 4, 1990 at the age of 37 from cancer.

This fund was established in Debra’s memory. Money goes directly to help District 34 students in need; funds have helped students and their families receive shoes, food, clothing, glasses, medical assistance and so much more. The Debra Gelfand Fund relies on the donations of community members.


You can make donations of checks by mail to:
Debra Gelfand Fund | PO Box 368 | Glenview, IL 60025


You also can honor a teacher or friend this holiday season. Donation cards are available at each school to contribute to the fund in someone's honor or in memory. Stop by your school office or see your school social worker for a donation card.

5Essentials: Statewide Survey

Have you taken the 5Essentials Parent Survey yet? Parent response to the statewide survey provides critical information about five indicators that lead to positive student outcomes. The five indicators that positively affect school success are:


  • ​Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction


Research shows that schools strong on at least 3 of the 5Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student outcomes.​​ D34 will use the results of the survey to ensure that we provide the most effective environment for student growth, well-being and success.


D34 did not administer the 5Essentials Survey last year; we plan to use the results of this year's survey to give us a clear picture of our schools' climate and culture. Please click here or the button below to take the parent survey. We will be pleasantly persistent in the coming weeks as we hope to reach 100% participation before the survey closes on January 18, 2019.


Students in grades 4-8 also will be given the opportunity to take this survey. Per Board Policy 7:15, you have the right to review the survey questions and decide if you do not wish your child to participate. Click here to view the student questions. If you do not wish your child to take the survey, please email both Cathy Kedjidjian and your child's principal by December 15, 2018.

Take the 5Essentials Parent Survey Now!

The survey will be open until January 18, 2019.

BPAC is on Facebook!

The Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee is on Facebook as BPACD34. Follow them for reminders, updates and information!

From GNCY: Talking to Your Child About Alcohol

It's never too early to talk about the effects of alcohol. These are great tips to get you started on the conversation with your kids:


Tip 1: Don’t let a bad conversation keep you down

Your tween is mastering the eye roll, but an emotional response isn’t always a bad thing; it means they’re listening.


Tip 2: Lead by Example

Kids in earshot? Have the conversation out loud about who’s driving home from a party and how you plan to make good decisions.


Tip 3: Explain

Parents, studies show that you are the leading influence on your kid’s decision to drink, or not to drink, alcohol. It’s important to explain to your kids why adults can drink alcohol, and kids can’t.


Tip 4: Get excited, get ahead

Conversations about things like alcohol should happen early and often.


For more tips, resources and information about reducing underage drinking, visit www.asklistenlearn.org.


Learn more about GNCY at gncy.org.

Events, Programs & Activities Around the Community

District 34 posts information about events, programs, and activities of interest to our students and their families on the Community Fliers page of the District website.


This month, look for fliers about:


  • Glenview Park District Winter Carnival
  • Glenbrook North Orchesis Dance Show
  • Youth Choral Theater
  • Little Legends Soccer - Winter Program
  • And More!


Check back to the website regularly - we update the page as we receive new information.