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Home of the Gators - November 22, 2019

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

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Important Dates

Monday, November 25

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

Tuesday, November 26

Art Club/Creating w/Clay - 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 27

NO SCHOOL - Institute Day

Thursday, November 28

NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 29

NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 2

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

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

Tuesday, December 3

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

Art Club/Painting/Creating w/Clay - 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4

Advanced Band - 7:10 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

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

Friday, December 6

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


Important December Dates

Wednesday, December 11

Winter Band Concert 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, December 12

Winter Chorus Concert 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Monday, December 20 - January 3

Winter Break - School Resumes Monday, January 6

View the full calendar at the District website ( -- Parents -- Calendar).

From the Principal's Desk

With November comes Thanksgiving - a day we can all pause to recognize, appreciate, and be grateful for the positive things in our lives. I’d like to take this opportunity to send a message of gratitude to the wonderful families of the Glen Grove Community.

Thank you to all of the families who were able to join us for our Halloween Costume Parade, to the room parents and teachers who helped organize our classroom parties, and to our fourth graders who, under the direction on their music teacher, Mrs. Kabat, brought smiles and joy to the Abington residents as they entertained them with their festive Pumpkin Carols.

Our recent parent/teacher/student conferences were a huge success, so thank you, Glen Grove Families for your constant support. We had almost 100% parent participation in the conferences, a reflection of the strong home-school partnership we respect and value.

Additionally, I would like to thank our families for their participation in our recent food drive, as our contributions to the Northfield Township Food Pantry were significant. I am consistently humbled by the generosity of our community!

The positive effects of parental involvement in school have been demonstrated across multiple studies, as teachers and parents are the most influential factors in the success of a student. This month, the support of our parent community was evident in so many ways.

As I reflect on all of the wonderful things in my life, I include being part of the Glen Grove Community at the top of my list. I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Helena Vena

From the LRC

Registration has been Extended

The Glenview Public Library’s Battle of the Books registration has been extended to Saturday, November 30th. Don’t delay, each team member needs to register. Sign up online or in person at the GPL Children’s department.

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.

New This Year!

The library has created the first great gator t-shirt for students and teachers to purchase. Order by November 26th by visiting Customink.

Follow the LRC happenings on Twitter @GGMrsFunke

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Band News!

The bands are sounding great! We are now just a handful of rehearsals away from our first concert and both bands sound terrific. I know that they can’t wait to perform for you because they are always asking when their first concert will take place. Please encourage your students to continue practicing at home. Often the best encouragement is having a parent or loved one sit down beside them and listen to them play.

Upcoming concert:

When: Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Time: The concert will begin at 7pm, but students should arrive by 6:40pm to warm-up in the cafeteria and find their seats.
Where: Glen Grove School
Dress: White tops, black bottoms, dark socks and dress shoes
Girls are welcome to wear a dress of any combination of black and white.

Both bands have learned a lot this trimester.

The Beginning Band has learned how to perform basic instrument maintenance and quickly assemble and disassemble their instruments. They have learned proper posture, hand position, and instrument position. They have learned how to produce a characteristic tone using a proper embouchure. They can recognize and play their first six notes. They can count and play rhythms with whole notes and rests, half notes and rests and quarter notes and rests. They have also learned many music specific vocabulary words.

The Advanced Band has been doing more than just working on playing the correct pitches and rhythms in their music. They have been working on playing with a beautiful tone and starting and ending each note together. Our music includes different key signatures, tempos, articulations and styles. We have encountered slurs, accents, staccato and tenuto articulations. We have learned about balance and adjusting our dynamics (volume) so the melody can always be heard. They are also learning how to count and play a dotted quarter, eighth note rhythms.

Advanced Band Rehearsal Change!

The Advanced Band will rehearse on Tuesday, November 26th, before school, in order to get a rehearsal during Thanksgiving week. Please mark your calendars so you don’t forget.

Private Lessons

Please contact me if you are interested in having your child take private lessons and you need some teacher names! Private lessons can be great fun! They can help students to catch up or push ahead by working on fundamentals, new styles, solos, etc. They are a great way to make your child’s band experience even more successful!

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Cindy Warren (Glen Grove Band Director)

(847) 657-2343

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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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