District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

August 24, 2022

In this issue…

  • Welcome Back

  • Calendar Reminders

  • Handbook

  • Rhithm

  • Referendum Information

  • Second Saturday

  • PEP

  • Park District Scholarship Program

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Calendar Reminders

  • Monday, September 5 - NO SCHOOL/Labor Day
  • Friday, September 9 - School Improvement Plan (SIP Day)
    This is the first scheduled SIP Day in District 41. On eight SIP Days throughout the year, students in 1st through 8th grade will have early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. to allow time for building staff members to work on school improvement activities. Kindergarten and PreK students will not attend school on SIP Days. For the full list of SIP Day dates and information CLICK HERE.
  • Saturday, September 10 - Second Saturday with the D41 Board of Education will take place at Hadley Junior High School, 10 a.m. Come enjoy coffee and conversation with two Board representatives.

2022-2023 Student Handbook

Click Here for the 2022-23 Student Handbook

Each year, the Student Handbook is updated and provides basic information on important matters such as curriculum, discipline, student health, parent-teacher conferences and more. Help your child have a successful school year by becoming familiar with the information in this handbook and discussing it with your child as appropriate. This handbook is based on Board Policy with relevant policy sections noted in parentheses. Parents are encouraged to review Board Policy, which is provided in a searchable format. The Board of Education reviews and amends its policy regularly; if the policy differs from information in this handbook, Board Policy takes precedence.

New Rhithm Program to Support All Students

After a successful pilot program last school year, District 41 is now implementing a program for all students K-8th grade called Rhithm. Rhithm is a simple tool to support students’ ability to recognize how they are feeling while equipping them with skills and strategies to be stronger learners in and outside of the classroom. This is a way to support the well-being of each and every student.

Research indicates that students who have certain life skills, including self-regulation, are more likely to achieve higher levels of academic success, have increased levels of effort and motivation, and are better prepared for class. Teachers will be using this tool as a quick daily check-in connected to our social emotional lessons to ensure that we are focusing on students’ hearts and wellness first and that we are addressing their physical and emotional needs in a very individualized way. If a need arises, staff will contact the parents/guardians to work together to provide the appropriate support.

For more information about Rhithm, click here.

Referendum Information

On November 8, 2022, Glen Ellyn School District 41 residents will vote on a $49 million bond referendum that will solve our significant space issues.

The proposed plan would build a new elementary school on our Spalding property and a new early learning center addition to our Churchill School. The plan will now appear on the ballot in the upcoming November 8th election for community approval.

If successful, the referendum will allow the district to:

  • Keep Class Sizes Small in Our Neighborhood Schools

  • Offer Full-Day Kindergarten for All Families in their Home School

  • Continue Building Innovative Opportunities for Kids

With the additional space provided by the referendum, we will be able to protect class sizes now and into the future. We will also be able to better facilitate collaboration, which allows for more individual and small group instruction and provides hands-on learning experiences for students.

We will also finally be able to offer full-day programming for kindergartners, which our community has been wanting for years. We’ll also be able to expand our award-winning preschool. These improvements will increase academic and social emotional learning for early learners and potentially provide childcare savings for parents.

Finally, we’ll be better able to meet the individual needs of each and every student through optimized spaces for student resources and supports, programming, and specials. Students will have access to the specialized instruction and related services they need in spaces that maintain their personal dignity and confidentiality. And they’ll get more opportunities to take advantage of innovative programming and STEAM education in improved learning environments.

To support the community’s investment in our schools, the district is pledging $18 million in reserves towards this important work. This is possible because of the district’s conservative approach to spending, focusing on needs over wants and spending on students instead of administration. Our district is fiscally responsible, with the lowest tax rate, lowest cost per student, and highest student-to-administrator ratio of all Glenbard feeder schools.

Solving our district’s space needs would allow us to provide better learning environments, helping our students thrive and continuing our commitment to excellence.

More information will be provided in the coming weeks. Check the District 41 Referendum Information website for updates and more details coming soon!

Next Second Saturday with the D41 Board - Sept. 10

The next Second Saturday/Coffee and Conversation with the Board will take place Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. in the Library Media Center at Hadley Junior High School, 240 Hawthorne Blvd., Glen Ellyn in Glen Ellyn. All are welcome!

Come check out the school and engage the Board in conversation. Two Board members will host the session and the session is open to the public. No rsvp required.

September 10 - Hadley Junior High School, Library Media Center
240 Hawthorne Blvd., Glen Ellyn *Spanish translator will be in attendance

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PEP Hosts PEP Rally for Families

In celebration of the Partnership for Educational Progress’ (PEP) 30th anniversary, all District 41 families and staff are invited to a PEP Rally from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn.

This event will feature food trucks, fun activities and the talents of students across seven school districts. The PEP Rally also will fund three new PEP programs:

  • Ready to Learn Grant Program - ensures students at Glenbard community schools are arriving with their basic needs met and skills developed so they are ready to learn.
  • Experiential Learning Grant Program - supports project-based learning and business incubator programs throughout Glenbard community schools.
  • Equity in Educators Scholarship Honor Program - in honor of exemplary leadership in education, scholarships will be awarded to students of color seeking a career in education.

To learn more about PEP, click here.

Glen Ellyn Park District Scholarship Program

The Glen Ellyn Park District provides programs and activities for all kids! The Park District Scholarship Program is available to all Glen Ellyn Park District residents that qualify. Scholarship funds can be used for non-contractual camps and classes, pool passes, trips, preschool, fitness, athletics, etc., where fees are required. Funds are not eligible for equipment purchases or rental fees. Residents and students who qualify are eligible to receive up to $400 maximum per person per calendar year (January 1-December 31) based on need and availability of funds. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

If you have further questions, call (630) 858-2462.

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