School News

News From Marion Jordan Elementary

Important Dates

  • October 11th - Columbus Day - No School
  • October 12th - Student Non-Attendance Day - No School
  • Wednesday, October 15th-Board of Education Meeting @7:00 pm

  • Wednesday, October 20th-Picture Retake Day

  • Trunk or Treat 10/26: K - 2rd, including SIP
  • Trunk or Treat 10/27: 3 & 4, including SIP
  • Trunk or Treat 10/28: 5 & 6th, including SIP
  • Friday, October 29th - Halloween Parade 10am
  • Friday, October 29th - Halloween /Fall Activities 1:30pm

Information from Mrs. Grosch

Hello MJ Families,

As we enter into this 4 day weekend for families, we hope you will all find ways to reconnect and enjoy some family based activities. While your children are home on Tuesday, October 12th, teachers will be engaged in reviewing data that has been collected on each of their students thus far this year and planning to meet the diverse needs that are in each of our classrooms. MAP, Fastbridge, BAS, Successmaker, and classroom based assessments are all sources of information that contribute to the development of specific plans for groups and individual students. We take pride in being able to meet students where they are and help them to grow at least a year's worth of growth in a year's worth of time.

As a reminder, any volunteers/visitors coming into the building will need to provide proof of vaccination, or provide a negative Covid PCR test dated within seven days of your visit to the school. We thank you for your cooperation with this and it is a measure in place to ensure safety for all within the school.

Room Parents have been identified for many of our classrooms. Informational meetings were held for our room parents to provide these volunteers with tips and strategies for an organized, successful year in this role. We do have opportunities to add room parents in the some of our classrooms. Being a room parent does not mean you have to be on site for events that happen in school. Your role would be to serve as a liasion between the teacher and the parents of the students in the class and to ensure there were volunteers to fill various roles as they present. Please reach out to me directly if you are willing to step into this role and I will be sure to share the information that all received at the meetings. Room parent opportunities still exist in the following classrooms:

Ms. Bartecki, Mrs. Clary/Mr. Pope, Mrs. Myers, Mrs. Clarke, Mr. Blaisdell, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. McDaniels, Mrs. Franti, Ms. Dargel, Mrs. Meyer, Ms. Sullivan, Ms. Doherty.

Clubs and extracurricular activities were initially suspended at the start of the school year. Our dedicated PTA found a way to open and host the beloved Run Club and it was a hit!! We are now adding a couple of additional opportunities for students. Activities starting up include Video Production Club, Intramurals, our Buddy Program, as well as other staff sponsored clubs and activities. Being able to offer some of these opportunities brings a sense of normalcy to the school year and we could not be happier to offer them. Please note that any before/after school opportunities will require parents to transport their children for the activity.

In closing, I'd like to once again express my thanks to you as parents. You have signed certification cards daily, navigated car traffic at drop off and pick up, understood busing issues beyond our control, assisted your child's learning in school and in quarantine, accepted and adapted to ever changing guidance related to COVID procedures, and many of you have filled out a Thank a Staff Member form. We literally could not do what we do without you as partners. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Jenny Grosch

Halloween 2021

I am pleased to share the following information related to Halloween and Fall Fun!!

  • A week of fun activities has been created for our students to participate in for the week of October 25th- October 29th.
  • We will recognize and celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 29th at school.
  • Students may wear costumes to school - students will not be permitted to change into costumes at school. Please consider the following when helping your child select a costume. This information was taken from the Student Handbook.
  1. Children should not wear bloody, gruesome, or especially scary costumes. Costumes involving fake blood are not allowed.
  2. Actual weapons, look-alike weapons, toy weapons or weapon-like objects are not allowed.
  3. Masks (costume masks, not COVID masks) that cover the face and head are not allowed.
  4. Costume make-up is allowed provided it does not cover the student's entire face. Staff members must be able to identify students.
  5. Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype about someone's culture, gender, heritage or religion are not allowed.
  6. 2021 COVID reminder: All students are expected to wear a face covering/mask to school each day - this needs to be in a addition to any parts of the costume that may cover the mouth and nose area.
  • An all -school parade will be held at 10am - weather permitting. Students will exit out of the west doors of the school and walk the perimeter of the field. Parents are welcome to attend if scheudules permit. Parents will go directly to the field area and stand in the center to see the parade walk by. Thank you in advance for considering your distancing from others for this event.
  • Classroom teachers will facilitate seasonal/holiday activities in the classrooms from 1:30 -2:25pm. Many of our room parents will be providing a "celebration in a bag" including games, crafts, etc.
  • No food will be served as is the policy for classroom celebrations.

If your student is not feeling well

Please remember to keep your student home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever 100.4 or higher, new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches.

PTA Sponsored Reflections Program

Does your child enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films or taking photos? Let them unleash their inner artist with PT Reflections! Reflections is a National PTA program that supports art in education. This year’s theme,

“I Will Change The World By…,” calls for their own unique interpretation through the arts.

Please email Nicole Rhodes, Reflections chair, at for the registration form and rules for each category. Submissions are due by October 29, 2021. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships

Clothing Donations for the Health Office

The changing of the seasons marks a time when many choose to go through their closets and dressers to weed out any items that no longer fit. If you go through yours, please consider making a donation to our school health office. We are specifically looking for shorts, pants, and shirts for both boys and girls sizes running from K-3rd grade. We appreciate things in good condition and clean at the time of donation. You are welcome to drop things off in the office or simply send them with your child clearly marked as a donation for the health office. Thank you in advance for any donations.
Please kindly continue to send your child to school with a well-fitted mask and their self-certification card signed each day. Ensuring students are healthy before learning begins is important for the safety of all. Thank you for your help with this each day. Students, too, are welcome to bring a water bottle for drinking water as staying hydrated is valuable. Our water fountains have been turned back on for refilling water bottles and for regular use as needed. Thank you for your continued support!

Veteran's Day Virtual Assembly

Veterans and active duty members in our community are HEROS in our eyes! We have traditionally invited these special folks in to celebrate and honor the service they have provided for our country. With capacity and distancing constraints, we are working on a virtual assembly filled with patriotic music, images, and information, to share with our greater community. Under the direction of our comprehensive music teacher, Mrs. Judi Jahanke, segments of students performing will be video taped and compiled into a fabulous video that can be shared with your family, including any extended family members who have served or are currently serving. Please remind your student to wear red, white or blue (or any combination of the colors) clothing on the day they will be video taped. The schedule is as follows:

10/13 - 2nd and 3rd Graders

10/14 - 3/4 and 4th Graders

10/18 KDG (AM/PM), Mrs. Clarke's Class, 1st Graders

10/20 5th and 6th Graders

It's going to be a STAR SPANGLED celebration!!

Contacting Marion Jordan School

Welcome to Marion Jordan Elementary School, Home of the Blue Jays!

We are located at 100 N. Harrison Ave. Palatine, IL 60067

Our main office phone number is 847-963-5500. Our Absence Line is 847-963-5501.

Principal: Mrs. Jennifer Grosch 847-963-5505

Assistant Principal: Mr. Andrew Wilson 847-963-5504

School Office Staff: Ms. Jamie Wieckiewicz 847-963-5580 and Mrs. Jeri McWard 847-963-5503

School Nurse: Ms. Sherin Thomas 847-963-5502

Free Developmental Screenings for children age birth to 33 months

 Do you have a child under 3 years of age?

 Do you have questions or concerns about his/ her development?

A free Developmental Screening for children ages birth to 33 months is offered to families through School District 15’s Early Intervention Program.

Where: John G. Conyers Learning Academy 2800 W. Central Road Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Time: 3–6 p.m.

How: Screenings are done by appointment only. To make an appointment, call Genna Guttman, 847-963-3434.

For more information, please contact: Melanie Mandarino Early Intervention Facilitator 847-963-3410

Parent Nights 2021-2022

District 15 is excited to be partnering with local agencies to present information on the following topics for parents, guardians, families and community members. Mark your calendars and join us for these free, virtual workshops!




Mental Health Awareness

October 14, 2021

7-8 pm


Trauma Awareness

December 6, 2021

7-8 pm



February 16, 2022

7-8 pm


Motivation to Finish Strong

April 12, 2022

7-8 pm


Pre-Registration would be greatly appreciated

so please fill out this form!

We are also taking questions from our audience that will be answered during the workshops so please pre-register.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Keli Swierczek at

Spanish translation services will be offered during workshops.

District 15 Job Fairs - Come Join our Team

District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates: Come apply onsite!


Monday, November 1, 2021

Monday, December 13, 2021

Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday, March 7, 2022


Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

We are looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more! Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at with any questions.

Thank an MJ Staff Member

Teachers in general love this time of year. Marion Jordan teachers and staff members take the prospect of beginning a new year to a whole new level. They prepare their classrooms, plan lessons, organize schedules, review student records, and think about all of the possibilities the year ahead holds. As much as we recognize their efforts and successes here at school, nothing means more to a teacher or staff member than a kind word from a student or his/her family. As we get the year underway, I invite you to take notice of the things you see your child's teacher do, hear your child's teacher say, or the things you hear your child gush with excitement about related to their teacher. We've included this simple form for you to submit should you feel so inclined to do so. Children in full day school spend more of their waking day with their teacher than they do with their parents. We thank you for entrusting your child with us and look forward to a great year.

Thank A Teacher Form

From the Health Office

Last Friday during a Cook County Department of Public Health webinar, a couple of guidance updates were announced. Previously, when a student was presenting with COVID-like symptoms and required clearance to return to school (when there is no known exposure to a positive case), District 15 was accepting either an MD note indicating an alternative diagnosis and a statement that there is no clinical concern for COVID, OR a negative PCR test to return to school. At this time, at the direction of Cook County, District 15 is no longer accepting MD notes for students to return. When presenting with COVID-like symptoms, students must present a negative PCR test in order to return. Thank you for your patience as we navigate continuously changing guidelines.

Recent guidance was also updated regarding the distance to consider when identifying close contacts on the bus. That distance had included any students within six feet of a confirmed positive case, but has been reduced to students within three feet of distance. Additionally, we have made it a priority to ensure all students are separated by six feet of space when eating. This means we have begun to use our multipurpose room for any "overflow" students in classrooms where it is not possible to separate everyone on the roster by the six feet. Each of these efforts will have a direct, positive correlation to the number of students who will be identified as close contacts and therefore require concurrent learning. We want your students to be in school, learning in person as that is the preferred environment for teaching and learning.


The Fun Run is coming up on October 15th! This is our PTA’s major fundraising event this year. The event was kicked off on October 4th with a virtual PEP rally and the students took home their unique access codes afterwards. Please help us by making sure they log in to to set up their fundraising page. You can share this information with family, friends and neighbors and it is easy for them to support our school.

Students will get lessons in leadership from Apex athletes throughout this week. The theme this year is “As One”. Please click on this link to learn more: PARENT PEP RALLY VIDEO - FUN RUN

Thanks in advance for your support, and please let us know if you have any questions!

-Marion Jordan PTA