District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

April 21, 2021

In this issue…

  • Our Third 1st Day of School
  • Important Dates
  • School Calendar
  • Saliva Collection
  • Glen Ellyn Community Awards
  • School Meals Info
  • Extended School Year Program

Our Third 1st Day of School

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Welcome Back / Ms. Passini

Important Dates

Wednesday, May 26 will be the last day of student attendance. It will be a full day of school following the model that began on April 19. May 27 will be a .5 School Improvement and .5 Remote Planning Day staff work day where staff and administration will continue to work on the articulation process for advancing students to the next grade level and meeting their needs for the 2021-2022 school year.

Friday, April 30

11:30 dismissal for grades 1-8

No school for Pre K and K students

Wednesday, May 26
Last Day of Student Attendance

Thursday, May 27
Remote Planning Day AM/SIP Day PM - No student attendance

Amended 2020/21 Calendar Approved by the Board

Click here for the amended calendar for the rest of the school year as approved by the Board of Education.

Saliva Collection Schedule for the Week of April 26

All students who are attending the full in-person school schedule are required to submit a saliva sample for a COVID-19 screening each week. All in-person students should bring their saliva sample to school with them on Monday April 26. If your child forgets or there is an issue with the collection, the schools will also be collecting samples on Tuesday and Wednesday. If your child does not submit a sample, the school will be calling home to follow up.


  • Please remember that each student has been provided with labeled test tubes that have a unique barcode on them. If you have multiple children, please make sure that you use the correct tubes for returning the sample.
  • Make certain that your child produces about 1/4 of an inch of saliva. If the saliva gets stuck in the straw, gently blowing on the straw will help move the saliva into the test tube. The lab cannot process the sample if there is not enough saliva.
  • If your child is new to saliva screening, please click here for more information on how to collect and submit the sample. If your child experiences difficulty in producing a saliva sample, please contact Katie Adduci to participate in BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing as an alternative at kadduci@d41.org.

Click here for the COVID-19 and saliva testing dashboard to monitor the data from week to week. The dashboard data is updated on Mondays.

Glen Ellyn Community Awards Honors District 41 Educator of the Year

Join the Glen Ellyn community virtually on Wednesday, April 28th at 7 pm from a WATCH PARTY at one of the Glen Ellyn restaurants or in your own home! The District 41 Educator of the Year, Forest Glen School 1st Grade Teacher Rebecca VanDyke, will be honored! It is like the Glen Ellyn Oscars! Click here for more information about the awards and participating watch party restaurants in Glen Ellyn!

This FREE Virtual Youtube Link of the awards will be available at glenellynchamber.com/awards at 7:00 P.M. on April 28!

*Special thank you to District 41 Digital Communications Specialist Ken Harbauer for contributing to the video production of the virtual awards program.

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School Meals Distribution Information

School meals are distributed in a curbside drive thru format at the front of Hadley Junior High. Meals are distributed EVERY WEDNESDAY from 6:30 -7:45 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Hadley, 240 Hawthorne Blvd, Glen Ellyn.

Meal packs contain BREAKFAST and LUNCH for 5 days. Breakfast and lunches will be individually packed so students can easily take them wherever they are learning.

Meals will be provided to children 18 and younger, FREE of charge. There is NO pre-order required and no student ID required.

Click here for more information.

Save the Date: BPAC Sponsored Event

The Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC) is proud to announce that attorney Rocio Becerril will be hosting a live online session about the newly updated Public Charge laws for immigrant families. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, at 4:00 pm. More details are to come.

Extended School Year (ESY) for eligible students

Given the circumstances of the pandemic, the Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE) plans to expand Extended School Year services from 14 to 22 school days in morning or afternoon sessions. This program allows for maintenance of skills for students who may be impacted by both a disability as well as the effects of COVID 19.

Where: Churchill Elementary 240 Geneva Rd. Glen Ellyn

When: June 8, 2021 - July 15, 2021

Days: Monday - Thursday, (excluding July 5th)

Times: Early Childhood: 8:15 - 10:15 a.m. Kindergarten - 8th Grade: 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. OR 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

If your student is eligible per the IEP (CLICK HERE for ESY Definition & Criteria) and you have not heard from your case manager, please contact them right away to assist you in completing the new on-line application process. CLICK HERE for more information and visit the CASE website.

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