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Home of the Gators - January 25, 2019

Glenview District 34

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 28

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

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

Tuesday, January 29

Code Play Learn 7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

Art Club 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Global Language 2:30 - 3:25 p.m.

Laughing Academy 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 30

Advanced Band Rehearsal 7:10 - 7:45 a.m.

4th & 5th Grade Chorus 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Chess Club 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Laughing Academy 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 31

Global Language 2:30 - 3:25 p.m.

GEF Recital Night at Attea 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Friday, February 1

Chess Club 7:00 - 7:50 a.m.

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

Girls Only Chess 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Monday, February 4

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

Tuesday, February 5

Code Play Learn 7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

Art Club 2:30 - 3:35 p.m.

Global Language 2:30 - 3:25 p.m.

Laughing Academy 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6

Advanced Band Rehearsal 7:10 - 7:45 a.m.

4th & 5th Grade Chorus 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Chess Club 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Laughing Academy 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 7

Global Language 2:30 - 3:25 p.m.

Friday, February 8

Chess Club 7:00 - 7:50 a.m.

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

Girls Only Chess 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

From The Principal’s Desk

Dear Glen Grove Families,

It has been three weeks since returning from the long, winter break, and we’ve been as busy as ever here at Glen Grove. It has been noted in numerous sources that the months of January and February offer noticeably heightened opportunities for deeper learning to occur. By this time of the year, a strong sense of classroom community has been established (or reinforced for our loopers) and teachers really understand their students well – both their strengths and challenges. Teachers can capitalize on these conditions to both more effectively build on strengths and more specifically tailor teaching to target challenges. The following two school structures help teachers and students capitalize on these opportunities for our students’ academic and social emotional growth:

1) 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. As stated in past newsletters, because there are no norms for winter testing periods, we will not be using these assessments as reporting tools for parents, and winter reports will not be sent home; however, the winter results will be reflected on the reports that will be sent home after our spring assessments are completed in. These assessments are truly 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.

2) 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.

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

Guidelines for Winter Weather Closing

During inclement weather or in emergency situations, our first priority is the safety and welfare of our students and staff. At the same time, the closing of school can be burdensome to families due to child care and work schedules. We consider cancelling school to be an exception and we place a strong emphasis on keeping our schools open. Please click here for more information regarding the guidelines for winter weather closings.

LRC News

New Year Reading Resolutions

The Library Council decided this month the focus should be on reading resolutions. Glen Grove students were asked to reflect on their reading practices and were given some suggestions. Below are some of the resolutions the representatives came up with to see to share with their classes. Talk with your child at home which resolution he/she chose and why. After the students selected one, they were asked to write it down on a notecard. All the resolutions are being displayed in the library.

Read more diversely.

It is important to read books about all different people around the world. Learn about someone else’s life through a story. Books are windows into others’ worlds.

Talk about what you have read more.

Share titles and authors with others. Do a “commercial” for a book.

Unplug and read more.

Get off devices and open a book.

Visit the local library more often.

Make time to enjoy all the library has to offer.

Make reading a part of your family routine.

Make sure to make time to read each day.

Enjoy reading with your family.

Share a book with a sibling or parent or even a pet.

Carry your book with you.

If you’ve always got your book with you, those spare moments that feel like wasted time can become small gateways into the world of books.

Overdue Books

Students are allowed two checkouts at a time (unless they have donated to the Birthday Book fund). Please ensure that your child is returning his/her library books on time so that others can enjoy the titles. Students can always check their account to see when their books are due by logging into Alexandria which is found on the homepage of Glen Grove School under the LRC page. Students will need to type in their username (first initial underscore last name i.g. l_funke) and their district password (Gv######). Then click on Status and all items checked out will show on the screen. Items in red are overdue. The due dates will also appear.

Follow the happenings of Glen Grove Library on Twitter @GGMrsFunke


Smile Illinois is Coming!

Now Scheduling for Glen Grove on March 5, 2019


Smile Illinois/Mobile Dentist is a highly acclaimed in-school dental prevention program. Funding is provided by Children’s Dental Health Foundation, which receives funds from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, St. John Hospital and others. Community outreach programs and in-school dental programs are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Surgeon General Guidelines.

Through this program, the dentist can provide:

· Dental Examinations

· Cleanings

· Fluoride

· Sealants

· Radiographs

Important Information:

• All children are eligible for dental exams with parental/guardian permission and the
completed Smile Illinois form.

• The service meets the mandated dental exam requirement for grades K, 2, and 6

• Grant Assistance Available – no child is turned away from our in-school dental
prevention program based on his/her ability to pay!

• Medicaid/Public Aid/Kid Care cover 100% of treatment.

• Dental insurances are accepted.

• X-Rays, if taken are shared with child’s dental provider upon request.

• FREE toothbrushes provided.

• If further dental care is needed, an appropriate referral is made in your area.


If you are interested in participating please call the Glen Grove School Health Office at (847)657-2394 to request an application.

Keeping Our School Community Healthy

We have entered the time of year when we see influenza (flu) and other respiratory viruses at school. We want to let you know what steps we are taking to keep our school community healthy and how you can help. Click here for more information.

Food Service Information

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

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 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.

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.

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


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.

Glen Grove School


Our Mission

To empower children to be self-directed learners and responsible decision makers.

Attendance/Health Office (847)657-2394

Main Office: (847)998-5030

Office Fax Machine: (847)998-5101