District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

September 15, 2022

In this issue…

  • Calendar Reminders
  • Referendum Information Sessions

  • PEP Foundation Family Event

  • Parent Safety Information Session

  • Squid Dissection

  • "Preventing the Unthinkable" w/ Kristen Ziman

  • Glenbard Parents as Teachers

  • Mental Health Resources

  • Walk Your Wheels

  • Upcoming GPS Sessions

Calendar Reminders

  • Monday, October 10 - Columbus Day (No School)
  • Tuesday, October 11 - Institute Day (No School)
  • Tuesday, November 8 - Vote on D41 Referendum For information CLICK HERE

Referendum Information Sessions

The District 41 Board voted to proceed with a referendum seeking voter approval on November 8 to solve the District’s significant space issues. This consensus $49 million plan would build a new K-5 Elementary School and a new Early Learning Preschool Center. This will open up space at the elementary schools providing more space for all.

To learn more about the proposed plans, all are welcome to join the following virtual information sessions:

  • Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to these sessions online at D41.org/referendumsessions or contact Erika Krehbiel, Chief Communications Officer at (630) 534-7218, ekrehbiel@d41.org

All sessions are virtual. A zoom link will be sent the week of the meeting as well as directions about how to submit questions in advance.

If successful, the referendum will allow the district to:

Keep Class Sizes Small in Our Neighborhood Schools

Offer Full-Day Kindergarten for All Families in their Home School

Continue Building Innovative Opportunities for Kids

For more information go to, www.d41.org/referendum

PEP Hosts PEP Rally for Families

In celebration of the Partnership for Educational Progress’ (PEP) 30th anniversary, all District 41 families and staff are invited to a PEP Rally from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn.

This event will feature food trucks, fun activities and the talents of students across seven school districts. The PEP Rally also will fund three new PEP programs:

  • Ready to Learn Grant Program - ensures students at Glenbard community schools are arriving with their basic needs met and skills developed so they are ready to learn.

  • Experiential Learning Grant Program - supports project-based learning and business incubator programs throughout Glenbard community schools.

  • Equity in Educators Scholarship Honor Program - in honor of exemplary leadership in education, scholarships will be awarded to students of color seeking a career in education.

To learn more about PEP, click here.

Parent Safety Session with Sergeant Holstead

Glen Ellyn Police Department Sergeant Craig Holstead will present a parent safety session in the Hadley Junior High Library Media Center on Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. Sergeant Holstead will share information about safety in District 41 and provide information about emergency response procedures. He will also provide a brief training for parents/community members on the Run. Hide. Fight protocol that we also teach students and staff in all of our school buildings. YOU CAN RSVP HERE

District 4th Graders Dissecting Squids

As part of the Next Generation Science Standards this year, D41 4th graders are learning about the structure and function of living organisms by participating in a squid dissection. This hands-on lab allows students to see firsthand how a species very dissimilar from humans lives its life. By watching informational videos that talked about defense mechanisms, students were able to provide evidence for how they thought each part of the squid functioned during lab discussions. Students were given the opportunity to opt out of the activity, but were still able to connect information from text, multimedia, and observation of plastic models of the internal and external parts of a giraffe and a tiger. Great job, students!

"Preventing The Unthinkable" with Kristen Ziman at Hadley on Tuesday, October 11

Community members are invited to a presentation that will challenge each person to think about their role in preventing violence. In her presentation titled “Preventing the Unthinkable”, former Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman will discuss how to identify signs that someone might need help or be prone to violence.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, at Hadley Junior High, 240 Hawthorne Blvd., Glen Ellyn. This program is in partnership with the Village of Glen Ellyn and Community Consolidated District 89.

Visit D41.org/ziman to RSVP for this event.

CLICK HERE for the flyer

Glenbard Parents as Teachers Supports Families

Glenbard Parents as Teachers (GPaT) is a Prevention Initiative program funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and administered by the Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE). This program targets families whose children are at risk of academic failure due to either child or family factors. Priority concerns are homelessness, extreme poverty, families involved with DCFS, and/or a child with a developmental delay or disability. It is currently open to families with children birth to three and pregnant moms in districts 15, 16, 41, 44 and 89 and is completely voluntary.

Home visitors provide individualized home visits to support and guide parents. Families receive bi-weekly home visits for parent-child interaction and family support, weekly group sessions, ongoing developmental screening, and connection to needed community resources. In addition to the home visits, the home visitors also provide parent-child interactive groups in Glen Ellyn and Glendale Heights. They work in conjunction with the Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative and other home visiting programs. Services are provided in both English and Spanish, with interpreters for other languages as needed.

To refer a family: Call the office: 630-629-2600 OR send a completed referral form to glenbardpat@casedupage.com

GPAT Family Testimonial | GPAT overview

Mental Health Resources

Are you having a mental health crisis? Help is available 24/7 from the DuPage County Health Department. You can find resources specific to your personal needs. CLICK HERE for contact information and details, or click the below infographic from DCHD.

Watch the Walk Your Wheels Video

This Village of Glen Ellyn public service video is a great reminder regarding pedestrian safety while walking your bike, scooter, or other wheeled vehicles in the Downtown area of Glen Ellyn.


Upcoming Glenbard Parent Series Events

Join other parents, high school and middle school students, and professionals to learn about issues facing today’s youth. The Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) engages top experts, parents and school staff to become proactive and informed in pursuit of the mutual goal to strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public.

Coming Soon

Lissete Ochoa, Lizette Ramirez and Luz Luna

Thu, Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm CDT - 8:00 pm CDT

Dr. Roni Cohen-Sandler

Tue, Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm CDT - 1:00 pm CDT

Anything But My Phone Mom! Raising Resilient Girls (and Boys) in the Digital Age

For event details and to see the full lineup of upcoming GPS speakers CLICK HERE
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