School News

News From Marion Jordan Elementary

Mrs. Grosch's Message

Fall is in the air! This was evident as staff returned to school after the weekend to find our planters repotted with a fall theme. Many thanks to our PTA for enhancing the entrance to the building for staff, students and visitors. They say it is the little things that can make the greatest impact and this act of kindness surely did just that!! If you have not yet had a chance to join the PTA, please consider doing so by clicking this link. Our PTA works to enhance the learning as well as the climate and culture of our school community. Every student benefits from their efforts and your support is appreciated.

Health Office Information

Please see the links below to find the kindergarten, new student, and sixth grade health compliance forms. Immunization records and physicals MUST be turned in on or before October 15 to avoid exclusion from school. Vision exams should also be turned in by October 15, while dental exams only are due by May 15, 2023.

Our school nurse, Sherin Thomas, has and will continue to contact families via phone call, email, and written letter to obtain these documents if they have not yet been submitted. You may send any forms or paperwork to her attention at

Health Requirements - 6th Grade

Health Requirements - Kindergarten

Safety Updates

In our efforts to provide the safest conditions for our staff and students each day, we have implemented a few new measures.

  • All classroom doors are locked during the instructional school day. This provides an additional layer of security for all should an unwelcomed visitor gain access to our hallways.
  • New signage has been posted on all exterior doors reminding students not to let any person into the building from that location. All visitors must enter through the main entrance at door #1.
  • An additional light post has been erected in our parking lot to provide better lighting. This is especially timely as daylight is fading faster as we transition from summer to fall.
  • We will be hosting our first before school community event as we welcome families in for Donuts with Grownups on October 20 and 21. Visitors in the building before school hours do not need to provide their ID and be scanned through our system to obtain a visitor's badge. For the safety of our staff and student's, visitors at this event will be asked to leave the building or report to the office to be signed in as student arrival gets underway. Previous practice allowed for parents to linger and exit the building at their readiness, the new practice will have us expecting visitors to depart swiftly so that the building is as secure as possible for your student. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this safety measure.

Moving 15 Forward

The District 15 Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to place a bond referendum on the November 8, 2022 ballot. Doing so will allow the District to repair and restore our facilities, bring full-day kindergarten to all elementary schools, update schools libraries and some learning spaces, and ensure feeder patterns from elementary to junior high and high school providing all student access to a neighborhood or near neighborhood school. To learn even more about the proposed improvements visit

District 15 will be hosting informational meetings starting at 6pm at the school listed on the following dates:

  • October 6 - Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (Thomas Jefferson Middle School if the measure is approved)

  • October 11 - Winston Campus Junior High

  • October 13 - Plum Grove Junior High

  • October 20 - Carl Sandburg Junior High

  • October 25 - Walter R. Sundling Junior High

Voting information: To register to vote, you must be: a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old by the general election (November 8, 2022), and a resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day. Not sure if you’re registered to vote? You may also check your voting eligibility with the Cook County Clerk’s Office’s Your Voter Information search tool. If you have questions about your voting status, please e-mail or call (312) 603-0906.

Ways to Vote:

Student Services Information

Case managers will be reaching out to parents/guardians to confirm upcoming IEP dates and times, as well as if you prefer to have the meeting virtually or in person. Parents/guardians are an integral part of the IEP team and your attendance is a priority to all staff members who are supporting your child's education.

District 15 offers a parent group called SPARK (Special Education Parents Accessing Resources and Knowledge) so please be on the lookout for information regarding upcoming sessions. SPARK meetings are designed to give parents information to help them in their current and future steps of the journey of parenting children with unique needs. As parents, we guide and make decisions for our children and their development. The task can be overwhelming and we want nothing more than to be as informed as we can be when we set the course we believe our child should take. The SPARK committee and District 15 are grateful to have you and desire to serve you such that your journey is successful!

At SPARK we realize the importance of providing:

  • Relevant programs and resources related to special education
  • Opportunities to network, receive support and help
  • Connections for parents with outside sources

The above are primarily accomplished at the district level through evening programs with outside speakers. We have SPARK representatives at each school who are a local contact and resource to the individual schools. We also have an online support group. SPARK will be meeting monthly on Mondays from 7-8:30 pm for the 2022-23 school year.

Kindly reach out to the Marion Jordan Coordinator, Kayla Fleming, at, with any questions or for further information.

Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

Our participation in pediatric cancer awareness and fundraising is hitting an all time record! This means we are well on our way to increase awareness and make some meaningful donations to Alex's Lemonade Stand, Lurie Children's Hospital, and the American Childhood Cancer Organization. Thank you for your part in making this initiative successful. The remaining activities are listed below.

9/23 PJammin for Cancer Day

9/27 Dunk an MJ Staff Member

9/30 Reveal Celebration/ice pop party at 1:30pm

Here is the flyer with the information about the events/activities, and this is the form to use to indicate what your child will participate in.

Veteran's Day

On Friday, November 11, 2022, students of Marion Jordan will be performing a Veteran’s Day program. You are welcome and encouraged to invite and bring any members of your family who do or have served. The time and location of the event will be shared as the date gets closer.

Part of our program will include a photo slideshow to honor Marion Jordan’s Veterans and Active Military members. If you would like a picture of your Veteran or Active Service Member included, please email the picture to along with the service members’ full name and the service branch.

Please submit your pictures by Friday, October 21, 2022.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our music teacher, Mrs. Jahnke, at .

Illustrative Math - Family Connection

Illustrative Math - Family Opportunity

Did you know that every unit of Illustrative Math provides students and families with an opportunity to use their learning from the classroom and apply it to an authentic situation? This month, we are asking families to try your child’s unit 1 task together, and send it in to your child’s teacher. We would love for you to share your work with us. Just follow these 3 easy steps!

1. Click the link to your child’s grade level below to access your unit 1 task.

2. Read through the “Try It At Home” section and complete the task.

3. Send your family’s math work to your child’s teacher in the form of a written paper, photo story, or a video of your child demonstrating and explaining their thinking.

Unit 1 Tasks:


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Accelerated 6th

We look forward to seeing your work!

Student Lunch Accounts

School lunches and milk are no longer free for students. If your student wishes to purchase a hot lunch or milk, he/she will indicate this during attendance at the start of the day. As students get their school lunch over the noon hour, the lunch coordinator scans their individualized bar code for the purchase. Below is a link to a quick sheet for parents to set up and put money on their student lunch accounts. You can also access the menu for ease of choosing which days your child likes and will eat the offered school lunch.

September Lunch Menu

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Halloween Celebration and Costume Guidelines - Monday, October 31, 2022

We are excited to celebrate Halloween again in a more typical fashion this school year. Please kindly take a moment to review our plan and expectations for Monday, October 31, 2022.

1:45-2:00 pm-Students will parade outside in their costumes. This is weather permitting ONLY. Parents are welcome to view the parade in our outside field behind our school during this time frame.

2:00-3:00 pm-Classroom Halloween Parties will take place which are sponsored and organized by our PTA and our parent volunteers. Only parents who are signed up to help with classroom parties will be permitted to enter the building and participate. Up to three volunteers per classroom are permitted. Students will be dismissed from school at 3:05 pm.

Students are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes to school for the day. We have moved away from students changing during the noon hour or going home to do so. We look forward to students being able to wear their Halloween and/or fall gear for the day at school. Please review and follow the below guidelines when choosing a costume this year. Comfort is always key as well!

Page 22 - Parent/Student Handbook

Per the Student Handbook: Students are permitted to wear costumes on Halloween as long as their attire complies with the above student appearance policy and meets the following set of expectations for a school setting:

  • Children should not wear bloody, gruesome, or especially scary costumes. Costumes involving fake blood are not allowed.

  • Actual weapons, look-alike weapons, toy weapons or weapon-like objects are not allowed.

  • Masks that cover the face and head are not allowed.

  • Costume make-up is allowed provided it does not cover the student’s entire face. Staff members must be able to identify students.

  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype about someone’s culture, gender, heritage or religion are not allowed.

Family Resources

  • one-five Foundation Family Fun 1.5 Run/Walk

    Join the one-five Foundation for its first ever Family Fun Run/Walk on October 15 at Winston Campus Junior High! The event begins at 9:15 am on 10/15. Registration is $15 a person or $60 for a family.

    All proceeds from this event will support initiatives of the one-five Foundation that serve the students, staff and community of CCSD15. Visit to learn more.

    Register today!

Attention Parents of 5th and 6th Graders - Mental Health Screenings

Community Consolidated School District 15 is committed to supporting every student’s academic growth as well as their social, emotional and behavioral growth. In our continuing efforts to support the well-being of our students, District 15 is implementing a comprehensive mental health screening process this school year to identify students who may benefit from additional support. As part of this process, District 15 is utilizing the Social, Academic, Emotional, Behaviors Risk Screener (mySAEBRS) this school year. The screener, mySAEBRS, is a brief rating scale which will be completed by all students in grades 5-8th. Student screeners and presentations, for 6th-8th grade, will be taking place during the months of October, November and December. Fifth grade screening and presentations will take place in late winter (January/February).

If you do NOT wish your child to participate in the Social, Academic, Emotional, Behaviors Risk Screener (mySAEBRS) screening process and/or the Mental Health Awareness program in school, please click on the link below to access the form needed to indicate this. Forms should be submitted to your building principal. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this program.

Mental Health Screenings Parent Letter

D15 is Hiring

Are you interested in working in District 15? Stop by one of the upcoming job fairs to learn more about the employment opportunities available.

September 26


Palatine Library

700 N. North Court

Palatine, IL 60067


12:00 - 3:00pm

Please contact Lori Thum for additional information

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. Kelly Wallin 847-963-5503

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