Wildcat Weekly!

Springman Middle School 2023 - 2024 - September 8th

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Happy Friday!

We hope this message finds you well and that you're gearing up for a relaxing weekend ahead. We have some exciting events and important information to share with you for the upcoming week:

** Also, don't miss the NEW team/department websites that are now LIVE! Links are at the end of this newsletter and will be added each week! **

Curriculum Night 2023

We are thrilled to invite you to our annual Curriculum Night, which will be held on Thursday, September 14th from 6:30 pm . This event is an excellent opportunity for parents and guardians to gain insights into the academic year and expectations for your child's grade level. Our dedicated teachers will provide an overview of what to expect in the upcoming school year and provide a glimpse into the classroom. More details regarding the schedule for the evening is linked below.

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Curriculum Night 2023

Click HERE for event details. This event is for parents/guardians only.


SOS Information 2023

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for students, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression—which is treatable—is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth.

To proactively address these issues, Springman is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. The program aims to increase help seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend. SOS is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices and in a randomized control study, the SOS High School Program showed a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40% (BMC Public Health, July 2007).

Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness

  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression

  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend

  • To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns

  • To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it

This program will be presented during the months of September and October. 7th Grade will participate on September 13th, 8th grade on Sept 20th for 8th, and 6th grade on October 4th. Click on the link below for more information.


September 14th - Drill Day

The safety and security of our students and staff are of paramount importance. To ensure that everyone is well-prepared in case of emergency situations, we will be conducting a Drill Day on September 14th. This includes fire drills, lockdown drills, and shelter in place. Please rest assured that this is a routine procedure designed to enhance the safety of our school community.

We understand that the safety of our students is a shared responsibility, and these drills help us to be better prepared. We encourage you to discuss these drills with your student(s) to ensure they understand their importance and the procedures involved.


Contest Opportunity

"Celia C. Perez, the author of awesome books like The First Rule of Punk, Strange Birds, and Tumble is coming to the Glenview Public Library!

Anyone can go see Celia Perez speak at the public library on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00pm.

However, Springman and Attea students have a special a chance to win a pizza dinner with the author on the same day at 5:30 pm!

Interested? Enter the contest by filling out the form below!

Winners will be drawn on September 21st. There will be up to 3 winners selected from each school. Winners (and their families) will be notified by email.

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It’s not too late to buy a ticket to our SPAT-A-VINIA fundraiser! You can still purchase tickets using the QR code in the flyer below. We can't wait to see you tomorrow! Have a great weekend!

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A Cool Opportunity...

If you are interested in discussing global issues and making new friends from around the world, then they should join IGlobal! IGlobal is a club run through the University of Illinois. We will meet on Zoom each Thursday from 5:00-6:00PM with middle school students in other countries to discuss the UN Sustainable Goals. Please have your student complete this form by September 15, if they would like to join! Email Ms. Feiger (mfeiger@glenview34.org) with any questions.


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#BeWell34 News From Our Health Office

As we get closer to flu season, we want to remind families about our health and safety protocols. It is difficult for a child who is not feeling well to learn. It's best for them to stay home until they are well enough to have a positive, productive and healthy school experience. Please keep your child at home if they have:

  • Fever (temperature of 100.4°F or greater)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Communicable diseases
  • Pink eye
  • Head lice infestation (live head lice)

There are many reasons your child could be sick, from cold and flu to COVID-19, strep throat to RSV, and oh, so much more.We encourage you to have your child evaluated by a healthcare provider to determine the cause of and best treatment for their illness.

Before a student may return to school, he/she must be free of fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea (without fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours. If a student has been prescribed antibiotic medication for a rash, communicable diseases and/or pink eye they may return to school after completing 24 hours of prescribed medication.

You can find the full attendance policies and absence reporting information on the District 34 website.

Dental Exam due for all 6th graders

In the first two-weeks of October, District 34 is bringing Orland Park Dental Services (OPDS) to our schools to provide dental exams to any of our students who need it. The State of Illinois requires students in 6th grade to submit proof of a dental exam. OPDS provide dental services to children on public aid as well as those with private dental insurance.

Click here to sign up.

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What to expect in the future Wildcat Weekly communications are below:

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Panorama Survey
  • Fall Activities

Important Dates

  • September 14th: Drill Day
  • September 14th: Curriculum Night
  • September 22nd: No School
  • September 25th: No School

Helpful Links

Peachjar is the system that hosts our district's "digital backpack." You'll see the icon on the home page of the District and school websites. Check it out for upcoming offerings and events hosted by community groups and organizations that provide educational, recreational and enrichment opportunities for students and families.



Megan Russell - Principal

Lisa Engel - Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning

Megan Chin - Assistant Principal for Student Services

Abbey Cullen - Student Success Coordinator