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Home of the Gators - August 5, 2019

Glenview District 34

Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.

Glen Grove Elementary School

3900 Glenview Road

Glenview, IL 60025

Phone: (847)998-5030/Fax (847)998-5101

Attendance/Health Office (847)657-2394

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Important Dates

Friday, August 9

Class placement and bus information for the upcoming school year will be emailed home by District 34 on Friday, August 9th.

Tuesday, August 13

New to the District Tour/Q&A at Glen Grove 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Monday, August 19

3rd Grade Explorer Team Supply Drop-Off/Meet Your Teacher 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

4th Grade Kaleidoscope Team Supply Drop-Off/Meet Your Teacher 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

5th Grade Voyager Team Supply Drop-Off 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

ELS Supply Drop-Off/Meet Your Teacher 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21

First Day of School - 7:55 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28

Picture Day

Monday. September 2

No School - Labor Day

Wednesday, September 4 - Curriculum Night - 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

THIS IS A PARENT'S ONLY EVENT - The evening is intended to provide parents with an overview of the curriculum.

Tuesday, September 10

PTA Meeting - 9:30 a.m. at Glen Grove

View the full calendar at the District website ( -- Parents -- Calendar).

From the Principal’s Desk- It’s Back to School!

Dear Glen Grove Families,

Happy August to you! I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying a more leisurely summertime pace and extra quality time with loved ones! As you know, in just a few weeks we’ll be starting another school year at Glen Grove. We’ve been busy preparing for it and can’t wait to welcome our new incoming 3rd graders and greet our amazing returning 4th and 5th graders!

As you and your children prepare for the end of the summer break, please review the information contained in this note and in the remainder of this newsletter, as we hope it will help ensure a smooth start to the upcoming school year.

IMPORTANT EMAIL COMMUNICATION – Finding out who your child’s teacher will be for the upcoming school year is always an important event in the lives of our 3rd and 4th graders. So, as noted in our spring newsletters, please look for an email from our district on or near the date of AUGUST 9th. This email will include the name of your child’s teacher as well as bus information and a few other important details about the start of the school year.

SUPPLY DROP-OFF – To help ease the transition from summer to school (or to a brand new school for our third graders and students new to D34) our teachers have scheduled School Supply Drop-Off Days. If you are available, be sure to come in on your designated day to see your child’s classroom, chat with the teachers, and drop off your school supplies before the first day of school. School Supply Drop Off dates and times are as follows:

  • Third Grade Explorer Team – Monday, August 19, from 1 to 2 pm
  • Fourth Grade Kaleidoscope Team – Monday, August 19, from 1 to 2 pm
  • Fifth Grade VoyagerTeam - Monday, August 19, from 1:30 to 3 pm

We understand that many families are taking vacations or have other obligations they’d like to fulfill right before the bustle of the school year officially begins, so please do not worry if you cannot make it to your child’s Supply Drop-Off Day. Our first-day-of-school plans include many protocols and routines that help orient all of our students to their new classrooms and ease any first-day-of-school jitters any of them might be experiencing.

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – Wednesday, August 21 is the first day of school, an exciting event for teachers, students, AND their families! In order to facilitate an orderly and safe morning, we ask that parents adhere to the same arrival procedures we follow on a daily basis. Please review the opening day procedures you will find at the conclusion of my note, and we thank you, in advance, for working with us to ensure a wonderful and safe first day of school.

NEW TO THE DISTRICT WELCOME - If you are brand new to District 34, I would like to invite you and your child to join us on Tuesday, August 13 at 9 am for a tour of the building followed by a short Q&A session. Giving your child the chance to see his or her new school and meet others who are also new to the District can make the transition to a new environment even smoother.

NEW FACES AT GLEN GROVE - Before introducing our new teachers to you, I wanted to let you know about a very important change coming our way. Moving into the next school year, we are so fortunate to have Mrs. Stefanie Shefler joining our school leadership team as our new Assistant Principal (AP)! Mrs. Shefler is new to neither Glen Grove or to the role of AP, and you can learn a little bit about her and her experiences from her introductory note below. However, please know that Mrs. Shefler and I have been working together since the spring to ensure that we will be forging a MOST effective partnership of shared leadership to even more effectively serve the students, families, and staff of the Glen Grove community, and we cannot wait to begin putting our plans into action this year. We will be sharing more information about our shared roles and responsibilities once the school year begins (and as part of a shorter newsletter!), so please look for that to come your way in September as part of our first newsletter of the school year. In the meantime, here is a little bit more about Stefanie Shefler and all of the new educators we are SO excited to have on board at Glen Grove:

Stefanie Shefler - Our new ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL!

My name is Stefanie Shefler, and it is with great enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the Asst. Principal for Student Services at Glen Grove School. Having worked as the instructional coach at Glen Grove for two years in the past, I am excited to once again collaborate with the staff, families, and students of this extraordinary school.

I have spent the last year as the Assistant Principal at Westbrook School serving the pre-k-2nd grade community in District #34. Prior to that, I spent two years as the Assistant Principal in a Kindergarten-6th grade building, in Palatine Community Consolidated School District #15. Both of these roles allowed me to serve as a special education administrator, in addition to other assistant principal duties and responsibilities. Additionally, I previously spent four years as the primary and intermediate Summer School Principal in District #34. During my time as a teacher in both Glenview and Evanston school districts, I had the opportunity to teach special education, pre-kindergarten, early intervention kindergarten, 1st grade, and as previously mentioned, serve as an intermediate level instructional coach.

I look forward to working with both staff and families to create a supportive and positive educational experience for all students.

Elizabeth Ley - Our new DRAMA TEACHER!

My name is Elizabeth Ley, and I am beyond delighted to join the Fine Arts team at Glen Grove as next year’s drama teacher. I have a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a minor in Theatre Arts from Taylor University, as well as an ELL endorsement. I have several years of experience as a classroom teacher in third through fifth grade in the Chicagoland area in addition to an international school in São Paulo, Brazil. My first teaching position was with middle school drama, and I am excited to be back in an opportunity where I can combine my two passions of education and theatre. I am also looking forward to joining my husband in the district, whom you may know as Springman’s music teacher, John Ley. In my free time, I enjoy participating in theatre, reading, and traveling. I can’t wait to meet all of you and to get to know your special Glen Grove community.


Hello! My name is Emily Henry and I am looking forward to starting my teaching career at Glen Grove School! A little bit about me- I like to paint, spend time with my family and friends, and live a healthy lifestyle. I have just recently graduated from Illinois State University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. I have had a variety of clinical experiences in different settings and across age groups. I am extremely excited to use the knowledge and skills that I have acquired throughout my education to provide my students with engaging and relatable learning experiences that they may enjoy. I am so thankful to become a part of the Glen Grove community and I cannot wait for the school year to begin!


Hi, my name is Jason Lee and I am humbled and honored to join the Glen Grove team as an English Language Learners (ELL) teacher. I hold a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Wheaton College (IL) and obtained endorsements in Middle School Language Arts (grades 5-8) and English as a Second Language (grades Pre-K-12). Before this year, I was a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Jane Addams Junior high for District 54 in Schaumburg, Illinois. I was part of an ELL program from the 1st to 3rd grade and so my personal journey in striving to learn the English language but also find my place in America helps me have empathy for ELL students and gives me the resolve walk alongside them in their journey. A little bit about myself outside of education… I was born in Anyang, South Korea and moved to the U.S. when I was 3 years old. I have two younger brothers (they’re also identical twins) who are seniors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and they are both accounting majors. My parents are first-generation Koreans and my family has lived in the states for 19 years now. I love sports, especially basketball as I play and have coached teams. Also, I’m a huge Chicago Bulls fan. I admire art and I would say my specialty are cartoons. I enjoy listening to all kinds of music and play a wide range of instruments from piano, clarinet, saxophone, drums, and guitar. I’m super excited to be a part of the Glen Grove community and work with students, staff, and families and look forward to making it a great year!


Hi, My name is Tess Kaltakis. I will be transferring to Glen Grove from Westbrook, and I am very excited to be joining the Glen Grove family next year! I received my Bachelors of Arts in English Literature (grades 6-12) and my Masters of Arts in Linguistics with a focus on Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) (grades K-12) from Northeastern Illinois University. Throughout my career, I have taught English at the high school and middle school level, social studies and math at the middle school level, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) in grades K-12. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, cooking, gardening and spending time with my family. My older son is starting his medical residency as an orthopedic surgeon this summer, and my younger son is an undergraduate student majoring in biology. I am looking forward to working with everyone at Glen Grove, growing together as a community, and supporting our students so they can excel and reach their highest potential!

Communication! Our school newsletter, the Gator News, is published twice a month and is a great source of information designed to help you remain an active participant in your child’s education. After each posting of the newsletter, our office will generate an email reminder to all of our Glen Grove families that will link you directly to the newsletter.

Finally, for more information about school processes and routines, please access the FAQ section of the Glen Grove School Website at: However, if you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to email or phone me.

Please enjoy the rest of your summer. As I look ahead to the 2019-2020 school year, I cannot wait to continue our partnership and I am honored to begin my eleventh year serving you as the principal of Glen Grove School!


Helena Vena

Opening Day Procedures

What time does school start?

  • Our morning supervision begins at 7:35 am, so if you are dropping a student of, please do so at or after this time.
  • Students will begin entering the building at 7:45 am.
  • Our instructional day begins promptly at 7:55. If a child arrives after 7:55, he/she is considered tardy and will need to sign in through the front office.

If my child is taking the bus, how will he/she know where to go?
  • We will have several staff members greeting and directing our bus riders to either the breakfast area (if they will be having breakfast at school) or to our playground where they will be greeted by teachers who will walk them to their classroom.

If my child is having breakfast, where should he/she go?
  • Children having breakfast at school should come in through the main entrance, Door A. Staff members will direct them to the cafeteria.

If I am driving my child to school, where should I drop her/him off?
  • Please use the west circular drive. Pull up to the designated drop-off area where staff members will be waiting to greet, help, and direct our students toward their homeroom areas.
  • Please remain in your vehicle until your child/children exit your car. This single lane is a designated pick-up/drop-o zone NOT to be used for long or short-term parking.
  • Please do NOT form a second Car Pick-Up lane next to the designated curbside lane. When a second lane is formed, children dart between cars in the first lane putting themselves between two moving vehicles – a very unsafe practice.

If I am walking my child to school, where should we go?
  • Please come to the playground area behind the school. Staff members will be there to help students and their entrance areas and connect students to homeroom teachers.
  • We will have a Look-Up Station near the picnic table where staff members will be available to look up your child’s homeroom information, if you’ve forgotten it.
  • We will have a Supply Drop-Off Station near the picnic table. If you are bringing supplies in for your child, make sure they are labeled with your child’s name and your teacher’s name, and drop them off at our station. We will deliver supplies to the homerooms at the start of the day.

Our homeroom teachers will be outside their designated entrance doors at 7:45 holding up signs with their names on them.
  • 3rd Grade Explorers will enter at Door F
  • 4th Grade Voyagers will enter at Door C
  • 5th Grade Kaleidoscope will enter at Door D

Can I walk my child into the building on the rst day of school?
  • Please do NOT walk your child into the building. As stated earlier, we want to maintain the same level of safety on the first day as we do every day, so please say your farewells and trust that our caring and experienced staff will make sure that your child gets to his/her classroom.
  • If you want to drop off supplies, please make sure they are labeled with your child’s name and homeroom teacher and bring them to the front office or to the Supply Drop-Off Station behind the school. We will make sure supplies are delivered to the homerooms first thing in the morning.
  • If you are the parent of an ELP or ELS student or have an appointment with a teacher, please sign in through the front office and pick up a guest tag..

Where will my child EXIT the building at the end of the school day?

  • Students riding buses will use Exits A and G
  • Students being picked up by a car will use Exit B
  • Students walking home will use Exit E
  • Please note that all doors are supervised, and there will be many adults on duty to direct students to the appropriate exits.


Early to Bed...Early to Rise...

Beginning in August, an evening comment in many homes might be, “Better start getting to bed earlier.” You know, school will be starting soon...for our new 3rd graders coming over from Westbrook, school will be starting an hour earlier than the 9:00 AM start time they’ve been used to. So... rest up! We’ll soon be gathering bright and early at 7:55 AM!

Starting time at all intermediate schools is 7:55 AM. That means that the buses will arrive at school, for the most part, by 7:45 at which time the bells ring and students begin entering their classes. Morning announcements are made daily at that time, as well, and besides the Pledge of Allegiance, they include congratulatory comments, birthday announcements, AND important reminders & information. It is very important for students to be on time to facilitate a start to the day that includes the knowledge and information they need to be successful.

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Parent Visits and Our Security System

We welcome any parents who would like to visit our school and we ask that you:

  • Please call your child’s teacher to arrange an appointment if you want to visit a classroom.
  • All visitors (including parents) will be asked to present valid state issued identication (drivers license or state i.d.) that will be entered into the system before gaining access to the school beyond the main office.
  • Sign in at the office so that we know you are in the building. We ask that you wear a District 34 visitor lanyard when visiting.
  • Please sign out and return the lanyard when leaving the building.
  • If you plan to take your child out of the building during school hours, please sign him/her out in the office.
  • We invite you to eat lunch with your child at school. Please call ahead of time to make arrangements with your child’s teacher.

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 the 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.
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Registration Information

If you haven't already registered for the 2019-2020 please Visit the registration page of the website for a step-by-step guide on how to complete registration.

Click for information about fees and instructions on setting up your account in e~Funds for Schools, the new D34 payment processor. If you have questions about registration or residency, or need help navigating the online system, plan to attend a Registration/Residency Night! Please contact the Glen Grove school office at (847)998-5030 if you' student is not planning on attending Glen Grove for the 2019-2020 school year.

Residency Reminder

Residency Verification

Proof of residency is required for all of the following students: those new to District 34; students whose families have moved within the district during the previous school year; those entering early childhood, kindergarten, 3rd and 6th grade; families with a lease and other families as determined by the district. Please use the following link to prove Residency online

If you require assistance, Residency clerks will be available at the District 34 Administration

Building, 1401 Greenwood Road, the following days in August:

August 5th - August 19 (Monday through Thursday) 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Food Service Information


We've spent the summer preparing for a great 19-20 school year, and look forward to welcoming your children back to school. With new families joining us and increased student interest, this letter is meant to clarify our mission and procedures.

Glenview District 34 offers breakfast and lunch at all eight schools. Our mission is to provide safe, nutritious, tasty meals to all students. Good nutrition fosters proper growth and development to prepare students to learn at their optimal level during the school day. We participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program and meet all of the nutritional requirements of these programs. We offer healthy entree options that meet the calorie, fat and sodium guidelines set forth by the USDA. We offer a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable options daily, including local produce and all grains offered are whole grain rich. Our entree options are age appropriate portion size; fruits and vegetables are offered in half-cup portions and eight ounces of skim milk is offered in plain and flavored varieties with no sugar added. All students are welcome to participate in our meal program.

Free and Reduced Priced Meals: Families may apply for assistance by completing a meal application for the current school year. FAMILIES MUST REAPPLY EVERY YEAR. Free and reduced price meals are provided to families that meet the established federal income guidelines. Students who qualify for free meals do not need to have money on their account unless they choose to purchase milk alone, or they choose to purchase ala carte items from the middle schools (Attea/Springman). Reduced price meals cost $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.

Lunch Balances: The lunch account (student id card) is set up as a debit system. Students must have money in their accounts to purchase meals and ala carte items. Lunch is an important component in academic achievement and we want to ensure your child can access the daily lunch offerings. Therefore, parents need to make sure that their child's lunch account has money available in it. An automated email sends low balance reminders when a student lunch accounts fall below $10.00. Delinquent accounts will be addressed by contacting the parent through email, letter, phone or text message.

Lunch Account Deposits: Funds can be added to a student lunch account by check or cash sent directly to the school, or by credit card ( All payments require the student's full name and student id number to ensure the deposit is applied to the proper account.

Lunch/Student ID Cards: At the primary and elementary schools, lunch/student id cards are provided to the teachers and kept at school. Students retain their cards just prior to their lunch time, and have the option of just purchasing milk or purchasing a complete meal which includes milk. Middle school students are provided one student id card on the first day of school, which is used for lunch, bus and the school library. Replacement id cards can be purchased for $5.00.

Special Dietary Needs: Please contact Kimberly Cleveland, the Director of Food Service, if your child has any special dietary needs that require accommodations ( or (847-486-7711).

Please visit our webpage for additional information.

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

Food Service Menu and Cycle Calendar For Glen Grove

Please review this important food service information which includes the menu cycle and the cycle calendar. Click here for the Summer Food Service Newsletter.


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.

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