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Home of the Gators - November 16, 2018

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, November 19

3rd Grade Chorus 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Tuesday, November 20

End of Trimester 1

Code Play Learn 7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

Art Club 2:30 - 3:34 p.m.

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

Laughing Academy 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21 - Friday, November 23

NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 26

3rd Grade Fine Arts Week

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

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

Tuesday, November 27

3rd Grade Fine Arts Week

Code Play Learn 7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

Art Club 2:30 - 3:34 p.m.

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

Laughing Academy 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday. November 28

3rd Grade Fine Arts Week

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

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

Chess Club 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Laughing Academy 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 29

3rd Grade Fine Arts Week

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

Friday, November 30

3rd Grade Fine Arts Week

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

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

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

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From The Principal’s Desk

I love November because it hosts my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving - a day we can all pause to recognize, appreciate, and be grateful for the positive things in our lives.

For those of us who work at Glen Grove, recognizing professional blessings is truly easy, because we have so much for which to be thankful, including the level of involvement of our parent community. The positive effects of parental involvement in school have been demonstrated across multiple studies, as teachers and parents are the most influential factors in the success of a student. This month, the support of our parent community was evident in so many ways:

First, we’d like to send a message of gratitude to the families who were able to join us for our Halloween classroom parties and to the room parents and teachers who helped organize them. Although the weather reports had been awful, the day turned out to be gloriously sunny and dry – perfect for our annual costume parade, lead by none other than the Glen Grove Gator, himself. Our fourth graders brought smiles and joy to the Abington residents who LOVED the lovely sound of our students’ “Pumpkin Caroling” and the colorful sights in the array of costumes they wore. Finally, students who do not celebrate Halloween had fun recognizing autumn festivities with crafts and treats at the Fall Harvest Party. All in all, it was a great day for everyone!

Thank you, also, for your participation in the fall Parent/Teacher Conferences. Although we value ongoing communication between families and school, we are so grateful to have the opportunity to pause, reflect, and engage in a deeper discussion with our families about our students’ learning and growth. Teacher reports indicate that we had 98% of our families participate in conferences, another indication of the strength of our home-school partnership.

November themes of reflection and gratitude made it the perfect month for our entire District 34 community to come together and celebrate Respect Each Difference Day (RedDAY). We shined a spotlight on the theme of RedDAY on November 15, but emphasized that it is our goal to live the theme of being a school, a community, and a world where each person shows respect, acceptance and appreciation toward one another despite our differences every single day, not just on redDAY.

As I reflect on all of the wonderful things in my life, I include being part of the Glen Grove Community at the top of my list. I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Helena Vena

Band News

The bands are sounding great! We are now just a handful of rehearsals away from our first concert and both bands sound terrific. I know that they can’t wait to perform for you because they are always asking when their first concert will take place. Please encourage your students to continue practicing at home. Often the best encouragement is having a parent or loved one sit down beside them and listen to them play.

Upcoming concert:

When: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Time: The concert will begin at 7pm, but students should arrive by 6:40pm to warm-up in the cafeteria and find their seats.

Where: Glen Grove School

Dress: White tops, black bottoms, dark socks and dress shoes

Girls are welcome to wear a dress of any combination of black and white.

Both bands have learned a lot this trimester.

The Beginning Band has learned how to perform basic instrument maintenance and quickly assemble and disassemble their instruments. They have learned proper posture, hand position, and instrument position. They have learned how to produce a characteristic tone using a proper embouchure. They can recognize and play their first six notes. They can count and play rhythms with whole notes and rests, half notes and rests and quarter notes and rests. They have also learned many music specific vocabulary words.

The Advanced Band has been doing more than just working on playing the correct pitches and rhythms in their music. They have been working on playing with a beautiful tone and starting and ending each note together. Our music includes different tempos, articulations and styles. We have encountered slurs, accents, staccato and tenuto articulations. We have learned about balance and adjusting our dynamics (volume) so the melody can always be heard. They are also learning how to count and play a dotted quarter, eighth note rhythms.

Advanced Band Rehearsal Changes

The Advanced Band will rehearse on Tuesday, November 20th in order to get a rehearsal during Thanksgiving week. Please mark your calendars so you don’t forget.

Private Lessons

Please contact me if you are interested in having your child take private lessons and you need some teacher names! Private lessons can be great fun! They can help students to catch up or push ahead by working on fundamentals, new styles, solos, etc. They are a great way to make your child’s band experience even more successful!

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Cindy Warren (Glen Grove Band Director)

(847) 657-2343

LRC News

Have You Checked Out Our eBook Collection Lately?

Students have the ability to access our eBook library 24/7 on any device by logging into the Destiny Discover link through the school library page.

Go to the Glen Grove School website:

  • Choose LRC

  • Click on Destiny Discover

  • Click on Log In (top right corner)

  • Type in student’s log-in (example: l_funke)

A student uses his/her first initial, underscore and last name. (Some students are assigned their first two initials, underscore and last name.)

  • Type district password (example: Gv93213)

  • Click log in

  • Your child’s name will appear at the top right side.

Students can check out 2 eBooks for 2 weeks and place 2 holds. Ask to see your child’s Bookbag to see which titles he/she has checked out. Students can download eBooks to their iPads.

  • Check out a title

  • Click on Bookbag

  • Open the title

  • Click on Menu (at the top left corner)

  • Click on Offline Access

The book will then download to the iPad in 2 steps. Finally click on the green message Return to your book to access the title. Then just click on Destiny Discover when your child wants to return to the book offline.

Follow all the LRC happenings on Twitter @GGMrsFunke

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.

Physical Education News

Hello Glen Grove students and families!

We finished up our soccer, football and Frisbee units in October. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate with us and we had to end the units a little early.

Currently, we are working on our team building unit. We talked about how students should be getting along, talking calmly, helping each other, including everyone, giving every student equal voice, being a bucket filler, cooperating, compromising, sharing equipment, as well as sharing ideas, and to be safe. This should be happening not only during the team building unit, but all the time (at home, in the classroom, in the lunchroom / recess). After Thanksgiving, we will be starting the climbing part of the team building unit. We are going to climb the vertical rock wall first. Climbing is a “challenge, by choice” activity, which means students don’t need to climb if they don’t want to. They are assessed based on how well they work together and help out.

Students also completed their physical fitness tests, which included the mile run, curl-ups, push-up test, sit and reach, PACER, and shuttle run. Students are also learning the health related components of fitness: Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Flexibility, and Cardiovascular Endurance. Students are able to identify which fitness test matches up with each component of fitness. You should have received a Fitness Test Report, which shows how your child did on each of the fitness tests.

Mile run and PACER = Cardiovascular endurance

Sit and Reach = Flexibility

Push up Test = Muscular strength and Muscular endurance

Sit ups = Muscular strength and Muscular endurance

Shuttle run = Agility

In December, we plan to begin the volleyball unit where skills like the serve, bump, and set will be taught and learned. Students will also learn proper rotation and the rules of volleyball.

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Important Food Service Information

Please review this important food service information which includes the menu cycle and the cycle calendar.

Click here for the November 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

Website: https://gg.glenview34.ort

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