District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

May 18, 2022

In this issue…

  • Calendar Reminders

  • Community Engagement

  • Securly

  • Register for Beginning Orchestra & Band

  • Mental Health Videos

  • D41 PTA Scholarships

  • Tax Holidy Info

  • COVID Dashboard

Calendar Reminders

Last Days of School

The District 41 Last Days of School are:

  • Thursday, May 26, Last day for PreK and Kindergarten

  • Friday, May 27, Last day for Grades 1-8

  • Tuesday, May 31, Institute Day (no student attendance)

These days are always pending any emergency days that may occur prior to the end of the year.

SHIELD Testing

The final week of SHIELD testing for Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Churchill and Hadley this year is the week of May 16. Thursday May 12 was the last week of SHIELD testing at Forest Glen for the rest of the school year. There will be no SHIELD testing at Forest Glen on Thursday, May 19.

Next Community Engagement Session TONIGHT

The District 41 Community Engagement Process continues this month with a community session TONIGHT Wednesday, May 18 at Hadley. Join us as the district works with the community to create community-driven solutions to challenges faced in our schools, including space.

  • Wednesday, May 18 -- 6:30 p.m. -- Hadley Junior High School, 240 Hawthorne Blvd, Glen Ellyn

Thank you in advance for your time and interest in the future of District 41. Visit www.d41.org/communityengagement for more information.

Parent Access to Securly - The D41 Student Online Safety System

Safety of students is our number one priority and that includes internet safety. Many District 41 students will be in the possession of district technology over summer break. As a way to help families monitor devices and keep children safe online, the district provides parents access to the student safety management system called Securly.
Securly is installed on all district issued devices. This is the same monitoring system we use during the school year. Over summer break, Securly will continue to monitor the devices and notify parents of content that could be of concern.

- District 41 adds all parent emails that we have on file in the Skyward database into
- Parents will receive a welcome email from Securly.
- District 41 updates any parent email changes or additions from Skyward each week
on Thursday afternoons.
- Parents will receive weekly email reports on Monday's from Securly. The reports will
contain only information about at-home activities.

Please CLICK HERE to visit the FAQ page about the Securly Parent Portal.

Please continue to talk with your children about internet safety and monitor their technology usage at home. Thank you for partnering with us to keep students safe and responsible while online this summer.

NOTE: If you need help with your Securly account or want to learn more about Securly please look at this article. Remember, parents and students seeking technology support can enter a ticket at our D41 Support Center here (directions). Also note, our safeguards will remain in place, but with students and staff not in the buildings over the summer we will not be actively monitoring all alerts from Securly.


Is your current District 41 4th grader interested in the 5th grade Beginning Orchestra or Band? Follow these simple steps!

1. First, please watch the D41 Instrument Demonstration video: CLICK HERE.

2. CLICK HERE to register for 5th Grade Beginning Orchestra. CLICK HERE to register for 5th Grade Beginning Band.
- current 4th graders only

D41 PTA Scholarships Announced

Both the D41 PTA Council Scholarship and the D41 PTA Council COD Scholarship were announced last week at the Senior Honors Convocation. The winner of the $2,650 D41 PTA Council Scholarship is Margaret "Maggie" Meyers. Maggie will attend Augustana University in Rock Island, Illinois, in the fall and plans to major in vocal education with hopes of being a school choir director. An alum of Ben Franklin and Hadley, Maggie has been very involved at Glenbard West with the swim team, theatre and choir.

The $500 winner of the D41 PTA Council COD scholarship is Arran Ciske. Arran will attend COD in the fall and major in Construction Management with career aspirations to work on large scale construction projects and house renovations. Arran attended Forest Glen and Hadley and is close to earning his Eagle Scout.

Congratulations to both recipients!

Mental Health Videos Presented by ISBE Student Advisory Council

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and the Illinois State Board of Education's Student Advisory Council is helping to increase awareness of mental health by breaking down key terminology in a series of videos.

Understanding issues related to mental health and well-being is the first step to providing or finding the support that’s needed. Watch and share the videos to hear from students about issues that affect how they show up to school and their readiness to learn, including: anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, stress, adverse childhood experiences or ACES, mental wellness, physical abuse, mental illness, and mental health.

Thank you to the Student Advisory Council for sharing these videos for families and for kids throughout the state.

New Illinois Tax Holiday for School Families and Educators

For teachers and parents alike, buying school necessities can get expensive. As part of the Illinois state budget that begins July 1, parents, students and teachers will get 10 days to purchase school supplies while paying less in sales taxes. The state’s sales tax is from 6.25% to 1.25% on clothes and school supplies.

Jason Leahy, executive director of the Illinois Principals Association, said the tax holiday will hopefully help out parents as they get their kids ready for another school year.

The tax holiday will take place Aug. 5-15.

Click here for an article in the Center Square

COVID-19 Dashboard

The District 41 COVID Dashboard is a way for the public to monitor both the number of positive covid cases reported for students and staff. The dashboard will be updated every Monday by the end of the day.

CLICK HERE for the District 41 COVID-19 dashboard.