District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

May 5, 2022

In this issue…

  • Thank You District 41 Educators

  • Calendar Reminder

  • Substitute Teachers Recognition

  • Community Engagement

  • Beginning Orchestra Spring Concert

  • Hadley 6th Grade Track Meet

  • Spanish Summer Camp

  • GECRC Summer Program

  • COVID Dashboard

Thank You to all District 41 Educators

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Calendar Reminder

Last Days of School

The District 41 Last Days of School was officially approved at the April 19, 2022 Board of Education Meeting.

  • Thursday, May 26 Last day for PreK and Kindergarten

  • Friday, May 27 Last day for Grades 1-8

  • Tuesday, May 31 Institute Day (no student attendance)

These days are always pending any emergency days that may occur prior to the end of the year.

Substitute Teacher Spotlight Recognition

District 41 would like to recognize the following D41 Substitutes for their excellence and for their essential contributions to our students and our district. Here is what their colleagues in the schools had to say about them!

Joyce Carey, Abraham Lincoln Elementary

Joyce Carey exemplifies what it means to be a nurturing, compassionate and adaptable substitute teacher. Joyce is willing and ready to come into the building for any grade level at a moment's notice. When Joyce accepts a job, she connects with the teachers before coming in and stops in the office to make sure she has all of the information she needs to have a productive day with students. Joyce not only follows teacher's plans, but is also able to think on her feet and create meaningful lessons on demand. Throughout the year, Joyce has worked with students to create letters or cards for sick teachers, to make them feel loved and appreciated upon their return to the classroom. Joyce will help with any job big or small when it comes to our school, and does so with a smile and positive attitude. Our building is grateful we are able to call on Joyce to fill in when our teachers cannot be in the classroom.

Carrie Gowans, Benjamin Franklin Elementary

If there is not a full schedule of meetings, Carrie will take the initiative to find another classroom to help. She subs for us on Tuesdays and various other days, usually with a last minute call from me, in desperation. When we make changes to her schedule or combine schedules with absent aides, she is more than happy to comply. She is a hard worker that will jump in and help wherever needed. She helps other subs that are having problems logging in and finding sub plans. She is creative when it comes to sub plan links that don't open; she'll come up with an alternative lesson plan. When you see Carrie in action, you can tell she loves the kids and cares for them. She is professional and a really kind & caring person.

Brenda Holt, Churchill Elementary

She is warm and welcoming with the children. They LOVE it when they hear she will be their sub as she relates, listens and helps them to facilitate solutions. She encourages learning and problem solving. She comes early and stays late, staff is at ease when they know their class is in her hands.

Jeanne Wasser, Forest Glen Elementary

While it is extremely difficult to choose just one top substitute as all of the substitutes go above and beyond for Forest Glen Elementary School. If forced to choose just one person, Jeanne Wasser is our top pick. Jeanne is always ready to go above and beyond for us and has been substituting for us consistently for several years. We always appreciate Jeanne's reliability, commitment and adaptability to any situation put in front of her. There have been numerous challenges this past year with regards to absences and substitute disparity. Every day was a fluid situation and there were always last-minute changes being made to the substitute schedule. Jeanne Wasser always embraced these changes graciously - she rolled up her sleeves and did whatever it took to meet the needs of the day. Jeanne is expert at all aspects of what it takes to be an exceptional substitute. She is organized, requires little direction and oftentimes, is able to solve issues on her own. Her compassion and diverse viewpoints translate very well in the classroom where there are always a number of different personalities to educate every day. We are proud to work beside Jeanne Wasser and pleased she chooses to serve the Forest Glen family of students and staff.

Andrea Nitti, Hadley Junior High

Andrea is a hard worker and does an excellent job preparing for the lessons. She always asks questions when she doesn't understand and shows up and participates in our PLC meetings. She has built positive relationships with kids and has done a nice job teaching them weather concepts for science.

Community Engagement Session is May 14

The District 41 Community Engagement Process continues this month on Saturday, May 14. Join us as the district works with the community to create community-driven solutions to challenges faced in our schools, including space.

  • Saturday, May 14 -- 10 a.m. – Forest Glen School, 561 Elm Street, Glen Ellyn (combined with Second Saturday Board Coffee and Conversation session).

Thank you in advance for your time and interest in the future of District 41.

Click Here for more information about the entire community engagement process.

Hadley 6th Grade Track Meet at Glenbard West

All 6th graders at Hadley Junior High participated in a track meet at Glenbard West. Students competed against each other in all of the track and field events after they completed a PE class unit on track. This has been a Hadley tradition for many years that was put on pause since the pandemic. The tradition returned this year and the students did great! Thank you, PE teachers Scott Dixon, Liz Lee, Julie Odom, Tim Lofgren, Derek Winkelmann, and all volunteers!

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Beginning Orchestra Spring Concert!

Led by Ms. Rita Feuerborn, 5th graders from Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Churchill and Forest Glen performed together in the Beginning Orchestra Spring Concert at Hadley. Great job District 41 5th graders!
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Spanish Summer Camp Reminder

District 41 is excited to be able to offer Spanish Summer Camp again this year. Spanish Camp is scheduled for July 11-15, 2022 at Benjamin Franklin Elementary, 350 Bryant Ave. The camp is designed to provide practice in Spanish and develop knowledge about cultures of some Spanish-speaking countries. The camp will be open to current D41 elementary FLES and dual language students who are currently in grades K-5.

Registration flyers have been sent home with FLES and Dual Language students. If you would like more information, please reach out to Geri Adkins (gadkins@d41.org or 630.534.7340). For questions specific about camp, please contact Dr. Theresa Ulrich (tulrich@d41.org or 630.534.7251).

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GECRC Summer Program

Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center is excited to provide in-person summer classes for District 41 and 89 students currently in Kindergarten - 7th grade who participate in their school's Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Classes will be held at Park View Elementary School Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays June 28th - July 29th from 9am to noon. We will hold a 3-day camp week August 2nd - 4th Tuesday-Thursday from 9am to noon. More information about our summer program can be found HERE

The summer program is made possible by generous donations from our supporters. A $50 donation covers the cost of an enrichment activity for one student; $150 covers three weeks of the program, and $300 covers the full six weeks of the program for one student. Thank you so much for your kind support!

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COVID-19 Dashboard

The District 41 COVID Dashboard is a way for the public to monitor both the number of positive covid cases reported for students and staff. The dashboard will be updated every Monday by the end of the day.

CLICK HERE for the District 41 COVID-19 dashboard.