D34 Parent News

Timely news for District 34 families and the community

October 2018

Stay in the Know!

District 34 values our connections with parents and community members -- this monthly newsletter is designed to strengthen those connections! D34 Parent News is your source to learn about initiatives, activities and programs across the District, and out in the community. Look for it in your inbox during the first week of every month.

Conferences on Friday, October 19

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D34 ParentConnect Presents - Children & Anxiety: Considerations for Mindful Parenting

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 7-8:30pm

2500 Chestnut Avenue

Glenview, IL

Renee Z. Dominguez, PhD, Executive Director & Robin Lake, MA, LCSW, Therapist & Outreach Educator from Family Service Center (FSC) will offer strategies and skills for parents to use in moments of stress and anxiety. Learn about child and adolescent anxiety, effective interventions, and effective strategies to help your children.

Focus Forward Together - Community Engagement Sessions

District 34 invites all community members to review data and survey results and provide input into the future of the District. Visit the Strategic Planning page of the website and click on the Data Retreat tab to view information on the status of the District and stakeholder hopes for the future. Then mark your calendar for one of the community engagement sessions:

  • October 8, 6:00-7:15pm, Attea Middle School Cafeteria

  • October 11, 7:00-8:15pm, Springman Middle School Commons

Please bring friends and neighbors - we are seeking input from our entire community! Please contact Cathy Kedjidjian (ckedjidjian@glenview34.org) if you have any questions.

Workshop: Learn About Becoming a Board of Education Member

Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 6pm

1401 Greenwood

Glenview, IL

If you are interested in running for the District 34 Board of Education in the April 2, 2019 election, please come to this Prospective Board Member Workshop on October 16, 2018 at 6:00pm at the District Administration Building, 1401 Greenwood Road. The meeting will be led by two current board members and Superintendent Dane Delli, and will focus on:

  • Role of a Board Member and Board in District 34
  • Commitment and expectations of a Board Member
  • Eligibility requirements and process steps

All residents of the District (including those without children in D34 schools) are welcome to attend. For additional general information about school board service, eligibility, and the process involved for appearing on the ballot, visit the website of the Illinois Association of School Boards.

October 23 GNCY Parent Presentation: Vaping & Juuling

The Glenview Northbrook Coalition for Youth (GNCY) is hosting an informative and important presentation for parents on Vapes & JUULs. Learn to identify these devices, and understand their risks to youth. Two presentation times on October 23; pick the one that fits your schedule:

  • 9 am to 10:30 am at Glenview Park Center (2400 Chestnut Avenue)
  • 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Greenbriar School Gymnasium (​1225 Greenbriar Lane in Northbrook)

Click here for details, and to register.

Attendance Helps Achievement!

There aren’t many easy answers in education. Each student is unique in his or her learning style, interests and abilities. But we do know that there is one easy way to help students succeed:

Get them to school.

Student attendance - simply being there - is a primary predictor of student success.

As a parent you can help! You play a key role in getting your child to school every day. Here are some tips, used with permission from Attendance Works:

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school reach out to school staff for support.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

If your child does have to miss school, here are some reminders:

  • If your child is ill, please make sure you are notifying the school of your child’s absence.
  • Please notify the school each day your child is absent.
  • If you receive a call stating that your child is absent from school and you realize you forgot to call: Make a call to the school right away to excuse the absence.

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for your child to learn and to be a part of his or her classroom community.

Test of the Wireless Emergency System

On October 3, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Wireless Emergency Alert system at 1:18pm CST. A test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA (all major cell providers). We wanted to give you a heads up; the buzzing and vibrating of phones all at once could cause some disruption or distraction.

Here is more information about the WEA system, and the test.

District 34 Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

At its September meeting, the District 34 Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2019 budget. The budget reflects $69.2M in operating revenue and $69.3M in operating expenditures, with an anticipated deficit of $165K. This deficit is down from original estimates presented by the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC) during the budget development process. In January, CFAC presented an estimated budget with $2.2M deficit.

Reasons for the reduced deficit include:

  • Local property tax revenues are expected to increase from a combination of an increase in CPI (2.1%), and new property that exceeded prior estimates

  • An increase in operational efficiencies, including a streamlined organizational structure

  • The increase in benefit costs came in less than originally anticipated

  • Savings as a result of the final special education transportation bid

“The hard work we did on this budget should have a positive impact on future budgets,” says Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller. “It will reduce deficits previously projected into the foreseeable future.”

You can view the budget report presented at the meeting, or the the complete budget document.

Hearing & Vision Screening

District 34’s schedule for hearing and vision screening aligns with Illinois School Code requirements. We provide:

  • Hearing screening for students in preschool, kindergarten, 1, 2, 3; those new to the district or receiving special education services; or with a parent or teacher referral

  • Vision screening is required for preschool, kindergarten, 2, 8; those new to the district or receiving special education services; or with a parent or teacher referral.

Screening dates are:

  • Glen Grove: October 10 & 11
  • Springman: October 11 & 12
  • Westbrook: October 16 & 17
  • Lyon: October 23 & 24
  • Hoffman: October 23 & 24
  • Henking: November 8 & 9
  • Pleasant Ridge: December TBD
  • Attea: TBD

GEF K-2 Parent Social

The Glenview Education Foundation (GEF) is hosting a K-2 Parent Social on October 10.

This is a fun opportunity to meet other parents and learn about how GEF supports D34 schools. The event will be from 7-9pm at Grandpa's.

Complimentary drink and food included. RSVP to jenniferh92@gmail.com

Character Counts! in Glenview Canned Food Drive

Kids Care Food Drive to benefit Northfield Township Food Pantry

October 22 - 26, 2018

Cash donations or checks made out to Northfield Township Food Pantry are encouraged, as $1 = 5 cans. Items of great need are: pancake mix and syrup, pasta sauce, juice/juice boxes, coffee, tea, kid’s snacks/snack packs, cookies, crackers, pasta, rice, canned tuna, canned chicken, jelly, paper products, cereal, oatmeal, diapers, unopened baby formula, and baby food. (Please check expiration dates.)

Boxes will be located in each school. Daily collection tallies will be listed by grade level. Check here to find out how your grade is doing!

Events, Programs & Activities Around the Community

District 34 posts information about events, programs, and activities of interest to our students and their families on the Community Fliers page of the District website.

This month, look for fliers about:

  • Focus Forward Together Strategic Planning Community Engagement Sessions
  • D34 ParentConnect: Children & Anxiety: Considerations for Mindful Parenting Event
  • Glenview Northbrook Coalition for Youth (GNCY) is hosting a Parent Vaping Presentation
  • American Legion Post 166's "A Salute to Veterans" Event
  • Village of Glenview’s Natural Resource Commission River Cleanup Day Event
  • Glenview Public Library Homework Help Schedule
  • Food with Friends Monthly Community Meal Flier
  • OLPH Trunk or Treat Event
  • Helping Hands Senior Services Flier
  • GBS Titan Poms for 6th-8th Graders

Check back to the website regularly - we update the page as we receive new information.