D34 What's News?

March 19, 2021

Big picture

The Buzzfeed Quiz Edition

While we don't want you to miss all the great information between here and the bottom of the newsletter, you might want to start from the bottom up so you can answer the burning question: Which Cabinet member are you?
Big picture
Big picture

The Max Vax Info

Heading to Herd

As of today, more than 45% of District 34 employees report that they are fully vaccinated. That is great news for the health of our school community, especially as we move to Adapted In Person on April 7.

As you learned recently, the District is requiring staff to have begun the COVID vaccination process by April 30, 2021. As we move to Adapted In Person, having all adults fully vaccinated, when none of our students can be, and when many of our parents have not yet had an opportunity to be vaccinated, is the most effective health and safety tool we have.

Experts suggest that the United States will reach "herd immunity" when 71% of the population is fully vaccinated or has immunity through having had the virus. While we don't measure herd immunity in individual organizations, it is a positive indication that D34 will be at our near that percentage in our school environment by the April 7 shift.

Once you have started, or completed, your vaccinations, use this form to upload an image of your Vaccination Record. Save a photo or scanned image of your documentation to your computer, iPad or phone and you can easily upload it in the form. Only HR will have access to this documentation and it will be treated with the utmost confidentiality by your HR Team.

Where to Look for Appointments

If you were not able to take advantage of the many recent educator only vaccination opportunities nearby, or are looking for a vaccine for a relative or friend, please look to these resources to help.

Vaccine Administration Fee Reimbursement

The federal government is providing the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to all residents of the United States. Vaccine providers are charging fees to administer the vaccines, but if you're providing your insurance information, or are uninsured, you are not responsible for the administration fees when you receive the vaccine.

If you have been charged an administration fee and are covered on D34's BCBS Medical plan, you should submit your receipt, along with the attached claim form to Kellee Janus, she can assist in expediting your reimbursement from BCBS.

Some of you being charged a fee that is promised to be reimbursed by the provider within the next several weeks - please do not "double-dip" by receiving reimbursement from the provider AND also submitting a claim to BCBS for reimbursement - BCBS will eventually catch it and you'll have to pay them back.

If you have any questions about reimbursement, please contact Benefits Manager Kellee Janus, (847) 998-5065.

Staff Self-Assessment Reminders

Each morning, the District sends a text and email to parents to remind them complete their child's self-assessment in PowerSchool. As we gear up for the new schedules for Adapted In Person, we also will include staff on these messages for the first few days to make sure that completing the staff self assessment remains in our daily routines.

Please don't unsubscribe, or you may not get future issues of D34 What's News! (Wait. Shoot. Bad example. That might lead to many unsubscriptions.) How's this: please don't unsubscribe or you won't get your awesome "You've Been Paid" email from the fabulous Elle Karagianes! (That's actually not true, you can't unsubscribe from Elle's emails.) Anyway, don't unsubscribe.

Please take the shortest survey ever!

Let us know if you would like to receive daily staff health self-assessment reminders!

When You Return from Your Spring Break Getaway

If you're heading away for the week, or taking a quick trip, you'll want to understand the quarantine/testing requirements. The big one: if you are fully vaccinated, defined as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after one dose of a single-dose vaccine, you do not need to test or quarantine upon return from any domestic travel -- as long as you are symptom free and maintain masking and distancing.

Here are the full guidelines:

Travel Within the United States

The District follows the guidance of the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) for domestic travel. CCDPH aligns its guidance to the City of Chicago, so you will see links to Chicago information; these rules also apply to suburban Cook County -- that’s us!

If you travel to a state on the yellow list, you do not need to take a COVID test or quarantine upon return. You must maintain strict masking and social distancing and monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms, both during and after travel.

If you travel to a state on the orange list, you must follow the quarantine guidelines, even if you visit the state for less than 24 hours:

  • 10-day quarantine - OR -
  • Pre-arrival negative test result (no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival) with strict masking, social distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings. (New from CCDPH: Rapid and PCR tests are acceptable for travel purposes; note that a positive rapid test followed by a negative PCR will still be treated as positive.) - OR-
  • If you are not able to get a test within 72 hours before returning, you can take a test when you return as long as you quarantine until you receive a negative test result. The Flick Park testing location has easy online scheduling. - OR -
  • Be fully vaccinated, defined as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after one dose of a single-dose vaccine (while remaining symptom-free and maintaining masking and distancing). - OR -
  • Have had COVID-19 (within 90 days after onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, their positive test).

Note that parents must provide negative test results for their children who travel.

The health department updates the yellow/orange list and other guidance every other Tuesday, and the next date for a change is Tuesday, March 23. Therefore, the health offices will address any changes that may take place over Spring Break when they return on March 29.

International Travel
For international travel, the District follows CDC guidelines requiring at least a seven-day quarantine upon return. The CDC requires all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Then, 3-5 days after you return, you can test again and return to school with a negative test after 7 days. If you do not test, you can return to school after 10 days.

For Any Travel
In all cases, those who have traveled must continue to:

  • Monitor for symptoms for 14 days of returning from travel
  • Practice distancing and mask wearing​

Where to Send Results
Staff members who travel should submit test results to their building principal or supervisor. Parents should send their children’s test result to your school’s health office:

Health offices are closed over Spring Break; you will not receive a confirmation that your submission was received, but health office staff will be reviewing test results starting on Monday, March 29. As always, it is necessary for you to complete the daily assessment accurately, indicating that you have traveled and have submitted a negative test.

Have a safe, healthy and happy Spring Break, whether you are staying close to home or heading away.

Adapted In Person


April 2: No school (previously designated non-attendance day on approved calendar)

April 5: ALL STAFF (including associates) Planning Day: No Student Attendance - No Asynchronous Learning

  • Morning: Doug Bolton Workshop (Virtual): Resilience
  • Afternoon: Staff Room/Program Setup and Planning Time
  • Evening: (Tentative Date) Doug Bolton Parent Presentation

April 6: ALL STAFF (including associates) Planning Day: No Student Attendance - No Asynchronous Learning -- Staff Room/Program Setup and Planning Time
April 7: (Late start) First Day of Adapted In-Person, District-wide “SELabration”
April 7, 8, 9: Transition activities, adapting to new routines and demands, building classroom community, SEL focus -- this is our “soft start” to this new environment

SELebration Kickoff with Doug Bolton

The April 5 professional development session with Doug Bolton will be from 8:30-11:15am, and will include an all-staff presentation, and breakouts with your PLCs. The program will offer direct support for you. It will cover topics including:

  • Understanding the brain science and social science behind this current stress and identifying research-based strategies for effectively addressing the stress.
  • Understanding how to support children during this time - your students and your own children.
  • Specific school-based strategies for supporting staff and student resilience.
  • How to take advantage of this time to build resilience in ourselves and our students.
  • The stress paradox. The more we believe that stress is harmful, the more harmful it is on our mental and physical health.
  • Finding Meaning. Stress occurs when something that has meaning for us is threatened. School has never been more meaningful, and if we can connect our stress to meaning, the impact of stress will be diminished.
  • Connecting our meaning to our values -- identifying the values that drive your educational practice.
  • Strategies that help us endure this challenging time when we do not know when life will go back to normal.
Big picture
Big picture

Latest Referendum Progress

This past week (March 17), was the one year referendum anniversary, the day voters in Glenview approved a capital referendum for District 34 schools. The $119M in funds raised from this successful referendum will allow us to repair and update our buildings.

The following work has happened behind the scenes over the last few months:

  • Development and ongoing refinement of detailed plans for construction

  • Community meetings to share plans and gather feedback

  • Presentations to and approval by the Glenview Village Planning Commission and Village Board

  • Review of financial projections by the Citizens Finance Advisory Council

  • Issuance of approximately $60M in bonds at highly favorable rates, allowing a reduction in the maturity of the referendum plan by one year and a $10M reduction in interest.

  • Bids for construction

Next Steps: The Board will approve construction bids at a special meeting on Monday, March 29. We expect to break ground in May at Springman Middle School, and at Henking, Lyon and Westbrook, our primary schools that will be able to welcome full-day kindergarten in August 2022. Look for information about groundbreaking celebrations at those buildings in May!

Building Future Construction Updates

You can find updates on the progress of the referendum construction here!

Big picture

#BeWell34 Coverall Champion

How fitting that the #BeWell34 Bingo coverall champion -- and owner of a new smartwatch -- is District Nurse Suzanna Kopec! Through this year's Wellness Challenge, Suzanna picked up healthy habits that she is continuing beyond the challenge. She's become a morning person, filling her daily gratitude journal each morning, and moving her workout to the morning hours. Suzanna also tried a new vegetable, in the form of jicima tortillas. It's a new addition to vegetarian Taco Tuesdays in the Kopec home!
Big picture
Big picture

Download the BCBS Mobile App

Download the BCBS Mobile App to your iPhone or Android to access the following features:

  • Find an in-network doctors and facilities

  • Access your claims, coverage and deductible information

  • Access your member ID card information

To download the app, text* BCBSILAPP to 33633 or search for BCBSIL in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

If you have any questions, reach out to Benefits Manager Kellee Janus at kjanus@glenview34.org or (847)998-5065

Interested in a Voluntary Transfer?

If you are interested in being considered for an open position in a building other than your current setting, you must express that interest by contacting HR Director Heather Hopkins.

To help you best understand the process for a voluntary transfer, please read this document, which also covers a change of roles within your current building. The deadline to place your name on the Voluntary Transfer Interest List for a potential change in role/building for the 2021-2022 school year is May 1, 2021. Please note that transfer interest does NOT “roll over” from the previous year. This means you must express your interest in a transfer each and every year you would like to be considered for a change. Placing your name on the Transfer Interest List will NOT automatically require you to transfer. Rather, it alerts principals that current staff have interest in an open position and will therefore be considered for these roles.

Job Opportunities

Visit Frontline to learn more or apply for any of the positions listed:


Certified Positions

  • Job 1642: Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist

  • Job 1659: Long-Term Sub: 3rd Grade Teacher

  • Job 1661: Long-Term Sub: Instructional Innovation Specialist

  • Job 1663: Long-Term Sub: Music Teacher (K-2)

  • Job 1665: Summer School Certified Staff

Support Positions

  • Job 1615: Educational Associate

  • Job 1621: Bilingual Spanish Associate

  • Job 1657: Cook

  • Job 1666: Summer School Support Staff

  • Job 1668: Custodian



Administrator Positions

  • Job 1658: Student Success Coordinator (6-8)

Certified Positions

  • Job 1644: LRC Director (6-8)

  • Job 1645: Music Teacher (3-5)

  • Job 1646: 3rd Grade Teacher

  • Job 1647: 2nd Grade Teacher

  • Job 1648: Kindergarten Teacher

  • Job 1649: Early Childhood Teacher

  • Job 1651: Title III Multilingual Instructional Coach

  • Job 1664: Speech Language Pathologist (EC)

  • Job 1672: LBS1 Teacher (6-8)

  • Job 1673: LBS1 Teacher (3-5)

  • Job 1674: Orchestra Teacher (3-5)

  • Job 1675: Spanish Bilingual Interventionist (K-5)

  • Job 1676: LBS1 Teacher (K-2)

  • Job 1677: Social Worker (K-2)

Support Positions

  • Job 1669: Administrative Assistant (3-5)

  • Job 1670: Administrative Assistant (6-8)

  • Job 1671: Senior Secretary

Summer School 2021

Summer School (SS) 2021 planning and preparations are well under way and we are ready to begin the staff selection process.

A special congratulations to Alison Dauernheim (current APSS at Attea) and Megan Moran (current School Psychologist at Glen Grove) for leading this effort as the Summer School Principal and Coordinator, respectively.

This year, D34's SS Program is focused on providing three levels of experience:

Tier 1, June 21-July 15 (Mon.-Thurs. 15 days): An online CAMP program available to any returning student

  • Staff hours: 8:00-11:00am

  • Student hours: 8:30am-10:30am

Tier 2, June 21-July 15 (Mon.-Thurs. 15 days): In-person Review & Reinforcement SS, by invitation only

  • Staff hours: 8:00am-12:00pm

  • Student hours: 8:30am-11:30am

Tier 3, June 21-July 29 (Mon.-Thurs. 23 days): In person modified Review & Reinforcement SS, by invitation only.

  • Staff hours: 8:00am-12:00pm

  • Student hours: 8:30am-11:30am

    Group A Students: Students with IEPs that fall below the 10% for two years in grades 2nd-7th and one year for grades K-1st. Group A students do NOT qualify for Extended School Year (ESY)

    Group B Students: Students with IEPs who qualify for ESY

• Certified Staff will be compensated at the $41.95/hour rate
• Non-certified staff will be paid at your hourly June rate for June dates and July rates for July dates.

A mandatory half-day training will be held on Wednesday, June 16th for all summer school staff (9 AM-12 PM). Training and summer school will take place at Glen Grove Elementary School.

Application Information

Big picture

EDI Lead Learner Update

The EDI Lead Learners have been meeting monthly to grow in our understanding of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-bias. At your April Building Council meetings, you will hear an update on our work including book studies, interest groups, and plans for future learning. We will also use this guiding question: What can each of us do to help create an equitable and inclusive district-wide learning environment?

A goal of the presentation is to clarify where we are as a district in the long EDI journey ahead, and address any mixed messages about this work. EDI work is a priority for D34, and also part of a complex context. We will unpack this and talk about how the strategic plan, standards, and board policies provide guidance for what we CAN do now, and how this work will build in years to come. The presentations will include specific ideas that you can do to further your own learning, and suggestions for how you can bring this work to students.

We acknowledge this process will move slower than many of us hope, but also assure you that the work is ongoing, and will continue to build over the coming years. We have a lot of learning and growth to do, and invite each member of the D34 community to engage in this learning together.

Thanks for reading this Building Council commercial and please reach out with any questions to any member of the EDI Lead Learners, your building administrators, or our EDI Leadership Team (Casey Coker, Kevin Dorken, Alison Dauernheim, Megan Freeley, Sarah Gebhardt, Cathy Kedjidjian, Alison Keller, Raquel Kim, Matt Silverman, Carly Spina, & Emily Tribbett).

Big picture
Big picture

Resiliency, Mindset, and a Positive Culture: The Important Considerations for Our Classrooms and Districts in 2021

By: Lisa M. Harrod

This article can be found on the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE) Blog

For those of us in leadership positions during 2008-2010, we remember the uncertainty of our budgets, hiring practices, and all the lessons learned. At the time, I was Assistant Superintendent and a National Education Consultant working with districts on auditing SEL and Academic curriculum and reshaping culture and climate. Those of us in the field of special education saw a large increase in the number of students diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and other social-emotional needs. We spent our resources on additional social workers, who at the time in some states were a high-vacancy area and other mental health professionals. We watched our curriculum and programming include a stronger focus on character education, lessons on wellness, and attention to an individual’s mental health. Professional development in these areas began to spike. Families were exhibiting hardships that none of us could have predicted.

Now in 2021, in the midst of a pandemic, we are working on scenarios and planning for what the fall may look like. Leadership is critical to the success and sustainability of our districts, and all the work we are doing with our teams to plan is being done with great hope but also great uncertainty. It looks different in every state, but one thing remains constant..our ability to collaborate and plan what is best for our students and staff. We pull from our experiences a decade ago to help us move forward.

Reflecting on the leadership during 2008 on and now in 2021 and beyond, we look at all of the shifts that have occurred and how we can provide continued high-quality education for all of our students, moving forward on plans to create opportunity in challenge, and building classroom connected communities during remote learning. At the heart of this emerges resiliency and reviewing climate and culture. Leading with questions from superintendent’s on whether we have the climate and culture we want to have. One of the toughest and hardest questions we can ask ourselves. How we can become even more involved in our classrooms? How can we become facilitators during a time where school social workers and psychologists are in high demand? Do we have the staff members in place to sustain the level of support needed over the next few years?

If there is ever a time to rebuild or strengthen our climate and culture in our schools and districts…. now is our golden opportunity. We have adjusted, modified, adapted…and our students and staff have done the same thing. Engaging in critical conversations about resiliency and how we can build up our ability to “SnapbackTM”. When I facilitate lessons in our unit district, I talk to students and staff about a rubber band and its ability to “snapback” under intense pressure. We use specific examples and then let the students discuss issues they are facing and how we can show resilience in our response. We talk about the future and challenges they may encounter and keep this at the forefront so it can be continually talked about. Helping our students and staff members insulate themselves from stress is a powerful and on-going life lesson.

These conversations set the table for expectations of gratitude, a positive mindset, and kindness across the district. It is a unified effort among our educators, support staff, and specialists in achieving an environment we are proud of. There are so many unknowns in our world right now, opening discussions about resilience is a foundation that will reap many benefits in combating and overcoming concerns about motivation and achievement. These conversations have catapulted our use of Mindset and Mindfulness as an important supplement to our curriculum and we have set the stage in our community asking them to partner with us in these efforts. There have been so many benefits to the work in these areas and they certainly prepared us for what we never could have seen coming this year. I did not see the importance of combining resilience, mindset, and reflecting on climate and culture when I began my career in education.

Building our resilience is a life skill and one that can change the trajectory for our students and staff, helping to insulate all of us from all the stressors in our lives. My hope is that by seeing the importance of this topic and reflecting on our climate and culture, we will be more prepared for 2021 and beyond. For those of us that are reading this and have worked to obtain the climate and culture we worked so hard on, I hope we can be mentors and collaborate with those who may reach out for the beginning steps. Every decision based on what is best for students is why we are all here.

Here's to celebrations over challenges!

Lisa M. Harrod is the Superintendent of Manteno CUSD No. 5 in Manteno, Illinois, and the CEO of Leveraging Excellence, A professional development company.

Big picture

Slime Flies When You're Having Fun!

Our teachers and staff will do anything for a good cause! Pleasant Ridge and Hoffman both celebrated meeting their fundraising goals for the Kids Heart Challenge with slime! Here's the Hoffman slime session, and check out PR's below:
Big picture

Talking Points from the Personnel Committee Meeting on March 9, 2021:

  • Cathy provided an update and addressed questions around distancing, supply sharing and communication of protocols as we head into Adapted In Person.
  • There will be a survey for staff and parents to gather information around the change from a Friday to a Monday conference day.
  • We checked in on the Wellness Challenge. There will be a survey to gather feedback from the staff in preparation for next year’s Wellness Challenge.
  • An update was provided about the transition to Adapted In Person (AIP) regarding decision making conversations, communication with parents, parent volunteers and Food Services
Big picture

GEF Spring Grant Application Extended: JUNE 25, 2021

We know you are busy getting ready for adaptive in-person learning, so we are extending the grant deadline to allow more time to develop grants that can help your classrooms next year. This has been a highly unusual year and we know you have been working very hard. We want to make it as easy as possible to award you with grant money. Let us know if you have questions or need help with the process.

GEF accepts grant applications from District 34 teachers and administrators for innovative ideas they would like to implement in their classrooms and schools. Each school even has a designated GEF Grants Liaison to help make the grant application process seamless and easy every step of the way.

Find out who your grant liaison is and learn more about the grant process at:


Some examples of past grants include:

All schools

  • 2020 Summer School CAMP Supply Kits

  • Computer Access and iPad funding

  • Educator Discovery & Development: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

K-5 Schools

  • “Maker Modules” - Construction, Circuitry, Robotics/Coding

  • Redesigning Classroom Learning Spaces

  • Every Child Can Ride Biking Unit

  • D34 Writing Workshop Cohort

  • Jolly Phonics and Heggerty Phonemic Awareness

  • STEM Family Events

  • Lyon Library Redesign

  • Ride and Ride for 50 English language learner students

  • Henking Family Literacy Program

Middle School

  • Science Olympiad

  • 15th Annual GEF Recital night

  • Middle School Makers: After School STEAM

  • Engineering Field Trip and Enrichment Program

  • Video Studio In The Science Classroom

  • Financial Literacy Club Grades 6-8

  • Entrepreneur Makerspaces

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality in Middle School

Learn about GEF Grants
Big picture

FREE PD: Technology and Engagement for English Learners

Below are the confirmed PD dates. It is the same presentation at each session. We just want to offer a variety of dates & times:
Wed., April 28 (4:00 - 5:00 PM)
Fri., April 30 (3:00 - 4:00 PM)
Wed., May 12 (4:00 - 5:00 PM)

Presented by Esther Park:
Esther has taught in both the private and public school setting for 15 years, and has worked with students from all around the world with different language proficiency levels. She is currently working as an instructional designer, educational consultant, and online adjunct instructor, delivering professional development and technology integration training and peer coaching.

Session Description:
Our multilingual learners are capable of meeting grade-level standards with the right digital scaffold and support. In this session, you will learn about engagement strategies, online teaching techniques, gamification ideas, and tech tools to help students use the four language domains (read, write, speaking, listen) in a virtual, hybrid, or blended learning environment. You will walk out of this session with ready-to-go templates and resources to use right away in your own classroom.

Mrs. Park's website: https://www.mrspark.org

Click here to sign up for FREE PD!

Free Professional Development on Technology and Engagement for English Learners

Illinois Resource Center: Earn your Bilingual or ESL Teacher Endorsement in 6 Courses

The Illinois Resource Center (IRC) offers a sequence of graduate courses which can be applied toward fulfillment of the Illinois requirements for the bilingual and ESL teacher endorsement. Graduate credit for course work is provided by National Louis University.

Courses are offered fall, winter, spring and summer semesters. A 3 graduate credit hour course costs $635. For Fall courses, you must pay the entire $635 up front. For the Winter, Spring and Summer Courses, you may reserve a seat with a $75 deposit.

Just want to brush up your skills? Consider taking a course for continuing education credit only (audit a course) for $400.

Maine Township has formed a partnership with Concordia University Chicago to bring seven top-quality graduate-level educational leadership cohort programs to northern Cook County educators beginning in Fall 2021. These programs will be offered with a 20% tuition reduction.

Any D34 staff members who enroll in these programs will receive the reduced tuition rate. The seven programs offer a variety of hybrid, online, and face-to-face formats. All face-to-face sessions will be held at District 207.

If you have interest and/or questions related to any of these programs, please contact Dr. Glenn Schlichting, Concordia University Associate Professor at Glenn.Schlichting@cuchicago.edu.

Big picture

Congratulations to:

  • Rita Freidag (PR) and her family on the birth of baby James Frederick on March 11 at 7pm! He weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces.
Big picture

That's just the WORST!

We wanted to know your BIGGEST pet peeve, and it's clear that we are a peevish group. Take a look at what bugs D34 friends the most!

Westbrook's Naomi Bailey is this week's raffle winner and gets peeved when people use positivity to cover up things... just say it like it is!

Are You an Engle? Or More Delli-ish?

BuzzFeed quizzes are fine, but they don't really get to what you REALLY want to know: What D34 Cabinet Administrator Are You?

Take the quiz to find out, then submit your answer to the raffle form.

Then, click below to let us know who you are and enter the raffle.

The winner's swag bag will be delivered by your Cabinet alter-ego!

Next Edition of D34 What's News?

Look for the next D34 What's News in your inbox on April 9, 2021. Have something to share?

Drop it in here!