Lyon & Pleasant Ridge Newsletter
February 10, 2020
Glenview District 34
Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.
1335 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL 60025
(847)998-5045 Phone/(847)998-9701 Fax
(847)657-2894 Absence Calls/Health Office
Pleasant Ridge School
1730 Sunset Ridge Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 998-5050 Phone/(847)998-5532 Fax
(847) 657-2794 Absence Calls/Health Office
Registration for 2020-2021 Now Open
Lyon/Pleasant Ridge & District 34 Calendar
Friday, February 14
Valentine's Day Celebrations
Monday, February 17
NO SCHOOL- President's Day
Tuesday, February 18
NO SCHOOL - Institute Day
Thursday, February 20
EL Family Night at Pleasant Ridge - 5:30 p.m.
Monday, February 24
Board of Education Meeting - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 25
PTA Meeting at Lyon - 9:15 a.m.
Friday, February 28
4th Grade Musical at Pleasant Ridge
International Night at Pleasant Ridge 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 6
NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Saturday, March 7
LY/PR PTA Benefit
From the Lyon School Principal's Desk
One of our current Lyon School Improvement goals states: the environment of the school (physical, social, emotional, and behavioral) will be safe, welcoming, and conducive to learning. While we already consider Lyon to be a safe and positive environment, our School Improvement Team has remained committed to this goal because of our desire to further increase our attention to social/emotional teaching and learning and to improve the school-wide supports for this aspect of our students’ daily school experience. Social-emotional learning is also a prominent part of our District 34 Strategic Plan.
Many of the key sources of information and support for our work come from the Safe & Civil Schools organization, started by a renowned expert in the field, Dr. Randy Sprick (http://www.safeandcivilschools.com/aboutus/trainer_bios/sprick.php). We are continuously working across our school and our district to implement programs and strategies that Dr. Sprick and Safe & Civil Schools describe as foundational.
Many of the concepts have relevance for parents as well, and I thought I would share a few of the most salient.
Dr. Sprick speaks at length about the importance of reinforcing the things we want to see more of from children, because, whether we intend it or not, the behaviors that we respond to the most will be the ones we see the most. In other words, constantly responding to an undesired behavior can frequently increase the behavior as it provides attention. Granted, undesired behaviors can often be difficult to ignore completely, so Dr. Sprick emphasizes (based on research) the importance of a 3 to 1 ratio of positive to negative or corrective interactions. A positive interaction need not be a compliment necessarily (e.g., “You have such great manners. You always remember to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’…”), and can simply mean an interaction with a child that demonstrates genuine interest in them (e.g., “What were some interesting things you learned in school today?”, “What was your favorite part of your day?”, etc.). When positive attention is provided to children to a much greater extent (again, minimally 3 times more) than the negative/corrective attention, the impact is really significant.
Another concept Dr. Sprick stresses is the importance of phrasing. We should always attempt to describe for children what we expect rather than what we don’t want. A few simple examples would be: “please walk” as opposed to “don’t run”; “please use a quiet voice” as opposed to “you are speaking too loudly”; “please keep your hands to yourself” as opposed to “stop touching …”. Again, the emphasis is on the positive framing of a situation rather than negative.
At the heart of all of this important work is relationship building. Dr. Sprick reminds us that if we’re not all building positive relationships with children, then none of the other concepts and strategies will work. Positive relationships alone will not solve all of the challenges we face, as educators or parents, but they are essential to moving forward. I sincerely hope that you experience, firsthand and through your children, our efforts to continuously build positive relationships with our students and your family.
We look forward to seeing you at Lyon soon!
From the Pleasant Ridge Principal's Desk
It’s nice to see the month arrive with sunshine and warmer temperatures. Hopefully this is a good sign for what spring may have to offer us this year. While this is a nice reprieve from typical January/February weather, us Midwesterners know all too well that winter is not done with us yet. So let’s enjoy this mild weather while we have it.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been inundated with letters from our 5th Graders about whether or not we should serve chocolate milk in our cafeteria. This assignment is part of our writing curriculum and a portion of the ‘Research Based Argument Essay’ unit. In this particular unit students conduct research to support their claims and argument writing. As they develop the skills and better understand argumentative writing, they take those skills into other pieces which they develop. While this is just one grade level example, there are so many examples of focused writing instruction happening at all grades and across all our classrooms. Students are learning the craft of different genres and having the opportunity to put voice and choice in their writing. It’s exciting to watch our teachers grow as writing instructors and our students grow as writers. As parents, I hope you’ve been able to see some of the progress your children are making in writing over the course of the year. With conferences coming in the next month, I’m sure you’ll have the opportunity to see some of their work up close...we look forward to sharing their growth with you.
Below are some news and notes for the upcoming month. Thank you for your continued support. Have a great February.
Pleasant Ridge Principal
Last Call to Complete the 5 Essentials Parent Survey- The deadline to complete the parent survey is Friday, February 14th. Your responses will help provide important parental feedback on our school and guide future school improvement planning. If you have not had the opportunity to do so please take the time to complete the 5 Essentials Survey. You can find the link below: Link to survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
Kids Heart Challenge- This month we kick off our Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart). The goals of this program are twofold: to raise awareness for heart disease and fund raise money to support continued research. For decades, the Pleasant Ridge community has been a leader in fundraising efforts for the Kids Heart Challenge. Last year Pleasant Ridge finished 1st in state and 1st in the Midwest region as we raised over $44,000! Since Pleasant Ridge has been participating, we’ve raised over a million dollars. We have a rich history of participation and I look forward to our continued efforts to support this worthy cause. I know our students are excited about the various health challenges they will be presented with and we appreciate all your involvement and support.
Dressing for the Weather- Please do your best to send children to school with all the clothing they’ll need for recess. We know the conditions change on a daily basis so it’s always best to be overprepared. During this time of year, please send children to school with hats, boots, gloves, and snowpants. Thank you for helping our students be prepared for outdoor recess at Pleasant Ridge.
5th Grade Parents Only- Middle School Orientation Nights- Please note that Attea and Springman will be hosting Parent Orientation Nights on Wednesday, March 18th @ 7:00 PM. Please place this date on your calendars, more information will be forthcoming from the Middle Schools in the near future.
5Essential 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!
Kids Heart Challenge!
Referendum Information Sessions
Congratulations to Pleasant Ridge 5th grader Joshua K., whose string ensemble earned a Division 1 rating at the Plum Grove Jr. High Solo and Ensemble Competition on February 1st. Congratulations also to his orchestra teacher, Ms. Atlas.
Congratulations to Pleasant Ridge/SAIL associate Lauren Solvig, who was awarded a Teaching Assistant Scholarship by the NSSED Foundation Board toward her pursuit of a degree in special education.
Pleasant Ridge Science Fair
Congratulations to the students who presented their Science projects at the Pleasant Ridge Science Fair on January 25th. Students chose a topic and used the “Claim, Evidence, Reasoning” format to investigate it. They also created a trifold display board and gave a short presentation to judges. The following projects were judged to be the best in their category:
Lost and Found at Lyon and Pleasant Ridge
Important Visitor Procedures
Please call your child’s teacher to arrange an appointment if you want to visit a classroom. Sign in at the office so that we know you are in the building. We ask that you wear a 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.
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.
Want to hear the latest Pleasant Ridge news? See photos of our students in action? Here's how.
FOLLOW PLEASANT RIDGE!
On Facebook - PleasantRidgeD34
On Instagram - PleasantRidgeD34
On Twitter - PleasantRidge34 (just a little different)