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Home of the Gators - February 22, 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, February 25

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

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

Tuesday, February 26

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

Wednesday, February 27

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

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

Thursday, February 28

No After School Activities

Friday, March 1

No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, March 4

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

Tuesday, March 5

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), formerly known as the Illinois PARCC Assessment.

Code Play Learn 7:00 - 7:55 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, March 6

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), formerly known as the Illinois PARCC Assessment.

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, March 7

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), formerly known as the Illinois PARCC Assessment.

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

Friday, March 8

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), formerly known as the Illinois PARCC Assessment.

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

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

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

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From The Principal's Desk

Dear Glen Grove Families,

My message is a brief but important one. Please note these two important points:

1) Our next round of student/parent-/teacher conferences is less than a week away, on Friday, March 1. Please remember that a conference with your child’s teacher is a most effective way for teachers, students, and parents to celebrate areas of strength, address areas of concern, and set goals – a powerful process to motivate and help our students think about and take responsibility for their own learning.

A conference sign-up notification should already have come your way. If, however, you still have not signed up for a conference, please contact your child’s teacher – there are many available times left not only on March 1st, but also during the window between now and then. For additional information about how to navigate this all-important meeting, check out this short article from the National Education Association.

2) Below please find a letter from Dr. Silverman about an upcoming survey we are asking students, teachers, and parents to take. I know that you may be experiencing survey fatigue, and for that, I apologize. Please know that we do respect your time and are asking that you give us a few more minutes of it, because of all the surveys you’ve been asked to take recently, the results of this one will most directly inform our school improvement planning process.


Helena Vena

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our school is committed to providing a safe and encouraging learning environment for your child. For the past several years, the District 34 Social-Emotional Learning Committee has worked collaboratively to identify and support the implementation of essential components for social emotional learning. Glenview School District 34 has implemented a social emotional teaching resource that aligns to the Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards, Second Step®.

Last year the District SEL Committee focused on the selection of a student perception survey and conducted a pilot to identify the most appropriate instrument. The committee selected the Safe and Civil Schools Climate and Safety Survey. The survey yields essential information on staff, student, and parent perceptions and provides a measure for determining if school initiatives are improving school climate and culture. “Climate & Safety Surveys are validated by research and have been used across the country for evaluating strengths and identifying challenges.” - Pacific Northwest Publishing

Over the next few weeks, as a means to understand our school’s culture and climate, all students and staff in grades 2–8 are participating in the Safe and Civil Schools Climate & Safety Survey. You also will receive an email with a link from your child’s school to complete the parent survey.

The survey is online and is anonymous. Each school’s Foundations Leadership Team will be able to use the information gathered from the survey for future planning. If you would like to learn more about the survey, please refer to their website.

Thank you for your continued valued partnership in educating your child.

Matthew Silverman, Ed. D.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Glenview School District 34 ‪

1401 Greenwood Road

Glenview, Illinois 60026

‪(847) 998-5006

Estimado Padre / Tutor,

Nuestra escuela se compromete a proporcionar un entorno de aprendizaje seguro y alentador para su hijo/a. Durante los últimos años, el Comité de aprendizaje socioemocional del Distrito 34 ha trabajado en colaboración para identificar y apoyar la implementación de componentes esenciales para el aprendizaje socioemocional. El Distrito Escolar 34 de Glenview ha implementado un recurso de enseñanza socioemocional que se alinea con los Estándares de aprendizaje socioemocional de Illinois, Second Step®.

El año pasado, el Comité SEL del Distrito se centró en la selección de una encuesta de percepción de los estudiantes para identificar el instrumento más adecuado. El comité seleccionó La Encuesta de Ambiente y Seguridad de Escuelas Seguras y Civiles. La encuesta proporciona información esencial sobre las percepciones del personal, los estudiantes y los padres. Además, proporciona una medida para determinar si las iniciativas escolares están mejorando el entorno y cultura escolar. "Las encuestas de ambiente y seguridad están avaladas por investigaciones y se han utilizado en todo el país para evaluar fortalezas e identificar desafíos." - Pacific Northwest Publishing

Durante las próximas semanas, como un medio para comprender la cultura y el entorno de nuestra escuela, todos los estudiantes y el personal en 2o–8o grados están participando en la Encuesta de Ambiente y Seguridad de las Escuelas Seguras y Civiles. También usted recibirá un enlace de correo electrónico de la escuela de su hijo para completar la encuesta.

La encuesta está en línea y es anónima. El Equipo de Liderazgo de Fundaciones de cada escuela podrá utilizar la información recopilada de la encuesta para la planificación futura. Si desea obtener más información sobre la encuesta, consulte su sitio web.

Gracias por su colaboración valiosa en la educación de su hijo/a.

Matthew Silverman, Ed. D.

Asistente Superintendente de Currículo, Instrucción e Evaluación

Glenview School District 34 ‪

1401 Greenwood Road

Glenview, Illinois 60026

‪(847) 998-5006

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LRC News

Congratulations to the many Glen Grove students that presented at the Students Involved in Technology Conference on February 9 in Lake Forest. The day was filled with amazing sessions on a variety of topics from virtual reality to robots to coding. It was incredible day of learning for everyone! Please join me as we celebrate the following students:

Alex W,

Taimur K.

Sam C.

Fatima H.

Makaylee W.

Samantha B.

Shaan H.

Alex P.

Tucker B.

Braewyn J.

Alaina M.

Bella F.

Lara N.

Maryum A.

Elin K.

Jonathan J.

Juan M.

Claire W.

Mia D.

Lily O.

Avery K.

Munira H.

Nia M.

Elle J.

Lillian K.

March Madness is Coming!

Students will have the opportunity to vote for the Illinois Children’s Choice Awards all next month with a bracket system. The third graders will vote for the Monarch (for students in K-3 grade) and Bluestem (3-5 grade) and the fourth and fifth graders focus on just the Bluestem titles. We can’t wait to see which titles will come out on top.

Follow the happenings of Glen Grove Library on Twitter @GGMrsFunke

P.E. News

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Fifth Grade Musical Information

Dear Parents:

The fifth grade musical this year is “The Trial of the Big, Bad Wolf”. The shows music and style is set in the “rock and roll” 50’s. It presents a comical version of what might happen had the Big, Bad Wolf been on trial for his offenses. This light-hearted musical is full of fun and laughs for the whole family.

The show is Wednesday, April 10, 2019 for Cast A at 8:30am for the school and 7:00pm for parents and relatives. Cast A classes are Mr. Nitz, Mrs. Poulakas, Ms. Fried, and Mrs. Richardson.

Cast B will perform on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 8:30am for the school and 7:00pm for parents and relatives. Cast B classes are Mr. Roy, Ms. Margolis, and Mrs. Champney.

The last few weeks have been very exciting in drama class! Students made up commercials of products of the 1950’s that would be used by our characters. A few of these commercials have been picked to be part of our 5th grade musical.

In the weeks to follow we will be practicing our lines, learning songs, making scenery and getting our costumes together. (More to follow on costumes) Students should be memorizing their lines and practicing at home as well as in class. Thank you in advance for your support with that.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns: or (847) 657-2335.


Eileen Berichon, Drama Director

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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 February 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