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Home of the Glen Grove Gators - December 18, 2020

Glenview District 34

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Glen Grove Elementary School

3900 Glenview Road

Glenview, IL 60025

Phone: (847)998-5030/Fax (847)998-5101

Attendance/Health Office (847)657-2394

Important Dates

Adaptive Pause - Remote Learning until January 19, 2021

Monday, December 18 - Friday, January 1

Winter Break - No School

Monday, January 4

School Resumes in Remote Learning

Tuesday, January 12

PTA Meeting on Zoom - 9:30 pm

Monday, January 18

No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19

Anticipated Return to Hybrid Learning

Monday, January 25

Board of Education Meeting on Zoom - 7:30 pm

Zoom link will be posted on

View the full calendar at the District website

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Glen Grove Families,

It is our last day of school – virtual school, that is - before a long winter break, and with Zoom fatigue being a very real “thing” for adults and children alike, (Zoom fatigue is real and our kids are feeling it) the upcoming two weeks will be a wonderful opportunity for our staff and students to enjoy a much-needed rest from Zooming and the structure of online school.

Before this year, the last day before winter break would have looked and felt much different. There would have been happy, laughing, noisy children more than just a little ramped up in anticipation of their upcoming winter break, smiling parents – lots of them – in and out of the front office bearing gifts for teachers and carrying bags of crafts and games in preparation for the classroom parties they so thoughtfully planned, and a general hustle and bustle creating a palpable energy of excitement and joy in the air. We ALL miss that.

Having said that, as I sit in my unusually still office today, I can’t help but feel grateful. This school year, we have changed course numerous times, starting remotely in August, moving to a hybrid model on September 29, back to remote on November 30, and now anxiously awaiting a return to hybrid on January 19. The constant transitions have challenged everyone – staff, parents, and children, so in this final newsletter of 2020, I want to express my gratitude for your continued support. Despite conflicting information in the media, so many uncertainties, and the stress that comes with constantly needing to make decisions that potentially impact the safety of your families, you have adapted and re-adapted to the circumstances, and you have helped your children help us keep them connected to their teachers, to one another, and to our school. For this, I sincerely thank you.

On behalf of all of us at Glen Grove, I would like to wish you a peaceful and safe winter break, and despite the limitations that COVID has put on us, I hope you will be able to be with family and friends, whether virtually or face-to-face, in the spirit of love that characterizes the holiday season! I end by saying that I am filled with hope for the new year, so here’s to a Happy and Very Welcome 2021!


Helena Vena

Picture Retake Day and Ordering Information

Picture Retake Day will be Friday, February 19. Your child can have their picture taken if they missed picture day in November. It can also be retaken if you are unhappy with the first photo.

If you want to order student pictures:

  • Use this link: to request your student’s TICKET CODE.
  • Go online to
  • Hover over the ORDERS tab and then scroll down and click on AFTER PICTURE DAY
  • You will then be prompted to enter the TICKET CODE
  • This will allow you to see your child's picture and place an order. Your pictures will be delivered directly to you.

If you have any problems with your order, please contact Color Portraits directly through the Parents Help Center on their website or by calling 847-382-7505 ext 7.

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From the Nurse's Office

If you need any help or support during this difficult time of the pandemic, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Hastings, RN, our Health Coordinator, at (847) 657-2394.

Mandatory Health Forms for 2021-2022 Incoming 6th Graders

All incoming 6th grade students MUST have a physical examination (within the last 12 months), including required vaccinations, turned in prior to August 18, 2021. Your child will NOT be able to start school until the physical form is turned in. If your child's health forms are already complete, you can turn them into the Glen Grove health office any time between now and the last day of school. They will be forwarded to your child's middle school with their health file. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Hastings, Health Coordinator, at (847) 657-2394. Click here for the health exam form.

Health Office Information

Students requiring any medications during school hours must file an "Authorization & Permission for Administration of Medicine" form with the health office. This form requires a physician’s signature as well as a parent’s signature. This form can be found here, under the Health section on the Forms & Documents page on the district website. All medication brought to school must be in an appropriately labeled pharmacy container. This also includes over-the-counter medicine such as Tylenol, Advil, cough drops, etc.

All student absences should be called into the health office at (847) 657-2394! In addition, please call if you will be bringing your child in late or picking them up early. The school has voicemail so parents can call the health office to leave messages at any time.

Technology Support during Remote Learning

If you need assistance with an iPad or other technology related resource during the school day, please refer to the D34 Tech Hub or the Tech Support while Remote sections of the District 34 website.

For immediate help during remote learning, call (847) 998-5075 between 9:00 am - 2:30 pm, Monday - Friday.

Touch Free Pick Up

In support of the health and safety of our students and staff, Glen Grove is now offering Touch Free Pick Up.

Items scheduled for pick up will be placed on a cart in the vestibule at Door A (near the Office).

Pick Up Days: Monday - Friday (except school holidays)

Pick Up Times: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Please note that the Pick Up Cart will not be accessible over Winter Break.

Westbrook + Glen Grove PTA

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Do You Need a Thermometer?

Sign up now to receive your FREE smart thermometer.

  1. Text FLUENCY to 900900
  2. Open the link to download the free Kinsa app
  3. Finish signing up in the Kinsa app

Regístrese ahora para recibir un termómetro inteligente GRATIS.

  1. Textea la palabra FLUENCY al 900900
  2. Abre el enlace para descargar la aplicación gratuita Kinsa
  3. Regístrese a través de la aplicación Kinsa

When your child comes to Glen Grove,

the student self-assessment needs to be completed BEFORE YOUR STUDENT LEAVES FOR SCHOOL so that it shows up in our system by the time your child arrives.

Thank you in advance - this eliminates the need for your child to stand in line unnecessarily!

Log in to District 34's PowerSchool web portal before leaving for school, to complete the self-certification tool for each student who is attending school in person.

Click on the SUBMIT SELF-ASSESSMENT link on the home page to submit your child’s temperature and answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Click submit. If you have multiple students in District 34 attending in person on the same day, click on each student to fill out the self-assessment for them as well.

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When students arrive at school, the school staff will scan their ipad barcode or bus pass barcode to confirm completion of the self-certification process.

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If it has not been completed, a staff member will conduct a temperature check and screening. If the screening indicates COVID-19 symptoms, the health office will immediately send the student to the infirmary and contact the parent or guardian to pick up the student.

Please be sure to send your child to school with their iPad, water bottle and mask.

Masks are required at all times when students are in our buildings. The District has provided cloth masks for every student and staff member; disposable masks will be available in our buildings for those who need them.

If your child rides the bus, they must wear their mask and remain in their assigned seat.

Thank you for helping to keep our school safe!

Follow Us!

We invite you to follow us on Twitter @GlenGroveSchool and on Facebook @GlenGroveD34 for news on student, classroom and school accomplishments, important updates, informational items, and a glimpse at amazing moments of teaching and learning. We also encourage you to share your Glen Grove school pride using the hashtags #glengroved34 and #WeAreD34.

District 34 Important Forms and Information

2020-2021 District 34 Parent Calendar (English)

2020-2021 District 34 Parent Calendar (Spanish)

Click Here for the following forms:

Authorization And Permission For Administration Of Medication

Bus Rider Reminders

Cell Phone Use Agreement and Permission Form

Dental Exam Form (completed for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades)

Dental Exam Waiver

District Policies/Handbook Info

Eye Exam Form

Eye Exam Waiver

Food Guidelines

Health Examination Form

Contact Us

Attendance/Health Office: (847)657-2394

Main Office: (847)998-5030

Office Fax: (847)998-5101

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