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Home of the Gators - January 24, 2020

Glenview District 34

Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.

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

Monday, January 27

3rd Grade Chorus - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Student Council - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

GEF Recital Night - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Attea

Tuesday, January 28

Code Play Learn - 7:00 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.

Art Club (Paper Mache) - 2:35 - 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, January 29

Advanced Band Lessons - 7:10 a.m.

4th & 5th Grade Chorus 2:30 p.m.

Friday, January 31

Code Play Learn - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Monday, February 3

3rd Grade Chorus - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Tuesday, February 4

Code Play Learn - 7:00 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.

Art Club (Paper Mache) - 2:35 - 3:45 p.m..

Wednesday, February 5

Advanced Band Lessons - 7:10 a.m.

Friday, February 7

Code Play Learn - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Glen Grove Families,

After the brief pause of our normal routines we experienced during winter break, we’ve been as busy as ever here at Glen Grove.

Back to School Reminders

We kicked off the first week back with an entertaining, interactive, high-energy assembly to refresh our students’ memories about general behavior expectations across our school. We followed this up with dedicated class-time over a two-week period to engage our students in the powerful and proactive best practice of reviewing the school-wide behavior expectations outlined in our Glen Grove Student Handbook. If you would like to discuss or reinforce these guidelines at home, feel free to access our handbook by using the link provided on the “Students” page of the Glen Grove School website.

Winter MAP Scores Posted in PowerSchool

As noted in our last newsletter, students recently participated in the Northwest Evaluation Association Assessment (NWEA). We now have a series of “data days” planned in which teams come together for a half-day to analyze school-wide and individual student data. We use this information to ensure that we are meeting our students’ academic needs as well as identify focused interventions we can implement for the remainder of the year if we find we are not on target with our goals.

Individual reports for students in grades 3-8 will be emailed to parents on Friday, January 24. If you do not receive an email with your child's report by Monday, please contact me by email ( Please remember that these assessments are meant to inform us about the progress our students are making in reading and in math and should be a natural and seamless part of the ongoing improvement process.

Referendum Information Sessions

Glenview School District 34 is asking voters to consider a referendum to improve safety and security, repair and replace aging mechanical systems and deteriorating infrastructure, address ADA compliance needs, improve classrooms and science labs, and add instructional space, including space that will allow District 34 to offer full-day kindergarten. The District is hosting a series of information sessions to ensure that community members understand the facility needs, how the referendum will address them and the estimated tax impact -- and have an opportunity to get all questions answered so they can make a fully informed decision when voting. Please note the session locations, dates, and times below this message.

I end the first message of the calendar year with sincere gratitude for your ongoing support and a wish to all of you for a healthy, prosperous, peaceful, and happy new year ahead!


Helena Vena

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From the LRC

Thank you to everyone who donated to the drive, we collected 53 coats!

For Battle of the Book Teams

Students participating in BOB will have the opportunity to stay in for recess in order to practice for their upcoming meet. Mrs. Funke will provide practice questions similar to what the students will be asked at the meet.

Are you interested in volunteering in the library?

We are always looking for people to help shelve books, organize the Celebrating With Books program, decorate the window displays and other special activities. There is no experience necessary to volunteer. We will teach you all you need to know to help in the library. Volunteer once a week or once a month, it’s up to you! We welcome any and all the help that fits your schedule. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Funke, the librarian at or call the school at 998-5030.

Follow the LRC happenings on Twitter @GGMrsFunke

P.E. News

Hello Glen Grove Families!

Our school kicked off our Kids Heart Challenge supporting the American Heart Association (formerly Jump Rope For Heart) and we need your help to take challenges to stay healthy and raise donations to fight our nation's leading cause of death!

It's FREE to take the challenge to stay healthy and if we have HALF of our school sign up we receive an extra $500 of new PE equipment!! (in addition to the other incentives our school receives for this program). If you aren't able to make a donation, you can still sign up to take the challenge at

Your student will also get to take home a FREE WRISTBAND to remind him/her of the challenge to stay healthy!

There are 3 Healthy Challenges To Choose From:

Sign up here:


Download the Kids Heart Challenge App Here:

Thank you for your support!

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5Essentials Parent Survey

5Essentials Parent Survey - Give Your Input About Our School!

The 5Essentials survey is given to parents of all students throughout the state of Illinois. Your participation allows us to gain information to make our schools the best they can be our students. The Survey is administered for the Illinois State Board of Education by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago.

Participation in this survey is a factor in the ranking of our school on the Illinois Report Card, so we are hoping that EVERY parent will give their input -- including you!

Please click here to take the parent survey.

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Outdoor Recess Procedures

The benefits of an outdoor recess are many and Glen Grove makes every effort to see that all of our students go outdoors every day. Children are able to exercise, socialize and experience a variety of activities with friends and this all helps to enhance their learning experience. Starting the afternoon after a time of fresh air definitely improves learning, alertness and overall productivity.

Please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for outdoor play. In cold weather boots, mittens or gloves, warm jackets, snow pants, hats and scarves are a must. If your child wears boots to school, please remember to send in shoes for them to use during physical education. The wind chill factor must be ten or below or it must be too wet or raining before we cancel outdoor recess. The children are out approximately 20 minutes. Please note that children must wear coats if temperatures are below 32°F.

We are often presented with requests for children to remain indoors at recess, generally because of allergies or as part of a recovery from illness. If it is necessary for your child to be indoors at recess, a note from the doctor will be required. We appreciate your support and cooperation with our recess procedure.

From the Nurse's Office

Students requiring any medications during school hours must file a medication form with the health office. This form requires a physician’s signature as well as a parent’s signature. This form can be found under the Parents Tab on the district website in the health and wellness file. 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.

Just a reminder....if your child is out sick with a fever or vomiting please make sure they do not return to school until they are fever free or symptom free for 24 hours.

If your children come to school after 7:45 a.m. please have them come through the front office. This is for the safety of all of our students.

All student absences should be called into the health office no later than 7:55 a.m. at (847) 657-2394! The school has voicemail so parents can call the health office to leave messages at any time.

Parent Visits and Our Security System

We welcome any parents who would like to visit our school and we ask that you:

  • Please call your child’s teacher to arrange an appointment if you want to visit a classroom.
  • All visitors (including parents) will be asked to present valid state issued identication (drivers license or state i.d.) that will be entered into the system before gaining access to the school beyond the main office.
  • Sign in at the office so that we know you are in the building. We ask that you wear a District 34 visitor lanyard when visiting.
  • Please sign out and return the lanyard when leaving the building.
  • If you plan to take your child out of the building during school hours, please sign him/her out in the office.
  • We invite you to eat lunch with your child at school. Please call ahead of time to make arrangements with your child’s teacher.

Change In Dismissal Arrangements

​If you need to change the after school pick-up arrangements for your child, please send a note to you child's teacher. If you need to change arrangements at the last minute, during the school day, please make sure you call our office before 2:00 p.m. to inform us of the change. There is a lot going on in a school office both at the beginning and the end of the school day. By calling before 2:00 p.m., you are giving the front office staff the time needed to locate classroom teachers and communicate the message regarding the pick-up arrangements for your child in a timely manner.

Cell Phone Usage Form

All students that carry a cell phone to school must have a cell phone usage form on file with the front office. Please fill out the attached form and send it to the Glen Grove Office. The guidelines are included in this attachment.

Cell Phone Usage Form

Food Service Menu and Cycle Calendar For Glen Grove

Please review this important food service information which includes the menu cycle and the cycle calendar. Click here for the Summer Food Service Newsletter.


Follow Us on Twitter
We are always looking for ways to improve communication and to increase engagement with our parent community, so we have launched a Twitter account. We invite you to follow us@GlenGroveGators 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 on Twitter using the hashtag #glengroverocks.

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