Bulldog News

October 15, 2021

A note from Mr. Dubinsky

On Friday, October 22, our students will be participating in the regular lockdown drill with the Wheaton Police Department. This drill is similar to the drills that students participate in each year. It involves teachers locking their classroom doors, turning off lights, and students practicing strategies to stay safe. There are no loud noises or alarms. This year, students will remain at their desks to maintain social distancing.

During the drill, a police officer will walk through the building with me, ensuring that each door is secured. The drill should take less than 10 minutes.

These drills are an important part of keeping our school safe. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Bonus Weekend! Families can still enter pledges over the weekend. Reminder: if we meet our $25K goal Mr. Dubinsky will get pied in the face! Here's the link to watch it LIVE!

Briar Glen Elementary Boosterthon pie-in-face reward

Fun Run rescheduled!

Due to inclement weather, we have decided to move the Fun Run to Monday, October 18. The forecast for Monday is much better for our Fun Run.


We will still have four tracks and different times for each grade level. The tracks will be located in the back of the school. We will do our best to stick to the schedule below. Parents and families are welcome to cheer on the runners.


  • AM preschool: 8:45 - 9:05 a.m.
  • Kindergarten: 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
  • 1st grade: 10 - 10:30 a.m.
  • 2nd grade: 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
  • 3rd grade: 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.
  • 4th grade: 1:30 - 2 p.m.
  • 5th grade: 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
  • PM preschool: 2:45 - 3:05 p.m.


Everyone two and older who attends the Bulldog Fun Run is required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth. Although the event is outside, the large number of people who attend will make social distancing impossible. Masks will help keep our community safe and ensure that our students do not have to miss school for quarantine because of this fun event. Thank you for your help with this.

Briar Glen students can get free dental exam November 12

The DuPage County Health Department “Smile Squad” will be visiting all five CCSD 89 schools in early November to do free dental exams. This exam will meet the state-mandated requirements for kindergarten, second, and sixth graders. All students can receive a free dental exam and toothbrush. A letter will be sent home with the exam results. If your child meets financial eligibility requirements, they can also receive a free cleaning, fluoride treatments, and sealants.


The dental health clinic for Briar Glen will be held on Friday, November 12.


See the flier: https://bit.ly/30icGel

Download a permission form: https://bit.ly/3DxQjjm

Questions? Contact the DuPage County Health Department at (630) 682-7400

Students can report bullying or threats through ‘SpeakUp’ service

CCSD 89 students receive monthly emails to their “ccsd89.me” student email accounts with information about how to report bullying, threats, or classmates in crisis. Students can confidentially call, email, or text the “SpeakUp for Safety” tipline at any time. Students can text or call the ‘SpeakUp’ safety line at (630) 348-2033 or email speakup@ccsd89.me The “SpeakUp” email address is also loaded as an automatic contact in all student email accounts.

Rosati's Dine Out - October 21

Rosati's welcomes Briar Glen School on Thursday, October 21 (11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.). Order your pizza and Briar Glen's PTC receives 10% of sales. Families must bring in the attached flyer when ordering.


Rosati’s Chicago Pizza

1287 Butterfield Road

Wheaton, IL 60189

Halloween costume reminders

This year, students will once again be allowed to dress up for Halloween at school. Students can wear costumes after lunch. Student costumes should be non-violent. No students should bring a pretend weapon to school.


Even if your child’s costume has a mask, they will still need to wear their COVID-19 mask in school.


Costumes should be brought in a bag and students can change before the outdoor parade begins. There is no time for make-up or hairspray. If possible, costumes should fit over a student’s clothes.


More information about Halloween will be shared closer to October 29.

Briar Glen seeking food-service worker

If you like working with kids and want a schedule that follows the school calendar, Briar Glen is hiring a food-service staff member. The job would be preparing and serving lunches, as well as preparing breakfast bags. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with holidays and weekends off. Interested? Contact Food Service Manager Desiree Clark at (630) 346-0977.

Upcoming events

October 18: Boosterthon Fun Run

October 18: Board of Education meeting

October 20: Glenbard Parent Series: Helping Distracted Students Organize

October 21: Rosati's Dine Out, 10% back to Briar Glen's PTC

October 21: PTC meeting, 7 p.m.

October 21: Glenbard Parent Series: el proceso de solicitud de ingreso a la universidad

October 22: Lockdown drill

October 24: Spartan Pumpkin Run
October 24: Trunk or Treat Tailgate at Briar Glen, 3-6p.m.

October 26: Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee

October 28: Preschool Halloween parties

October 29: K-5 Halloween parties

November 3: Blood drive at Glen Crest, 2-6 p.m.

November 11: First trimester ends
November 12: DuPage County Health Department Dental Clinic
November 18: Evening conferences

November 22: Evening conferences

Briar Glen Kindergarten Girl Scout Start Up Meetings

Please sign up here for the Kindergarten Troop Start Up meetings. Sign up is required and no walk-ins will be allowed. These are the only 2 start up meetings that will be conducted for this grade level this year.


After the meetings, 2 leaders must be found for a troop to form. Girls can then transfer out of the multi level troop once the Kindergarten troop is ready. No additional fee is assessed for transfer. If no troop leaders are found, girls are welcomed to stay registered under the BG Multi Level Troop number until leaders are found in the future for the sole purpose of using the number to register for council sponsored events, activities, or camps in the summer.


These meetings will be conducted by Jody Martin, the council's community recruitment organizer. Sign up deadline is Monday, October 18 for the first meeting and Monday, November 8 for the second meeting. You and your girls are encouraged to come to both meetings.


Sign up here!


Thank you

Richelle V.

Community members can donate blood November 3 at Glen Crest

The next blood drive will be 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, at Glen Crest Middle School, 725 Sheehan Avenue, Glen Ellyn. The community is welcome to donate. Sign up at: https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/5580902


You can learn more about donating blood at www.ccsd89.org/blood Future blood drives are scheduled for Glen Crest on January 19, 2022; March 16, 2022; May 11, 2022; August 24, 2022; and November 2, 2022.

Volunteers need to show proof of vaccination or participate in rapid test

Community members that regularly volunteer at schools and are not vaccinated against COVID-19 can continue volunteer if they participate in a BinaxNOW test at the school 20 minutes prior to volunteering. Volunteers need to fill out the BinaxNOW consent form: https://bit.ly/3t875Sq


All volunteers will need to submit this form at the school. Families that are stopping by the school for less than 15 minutes do not have to fill out the form or test.

Photo submissions

Calling all Briar Glen families! Please submit photos for the yearbook from school events to briarglenphotos@gmail.com with STUDENT NAME, TEACHER & GRADE.


Thank you!

Parent Series: Help your students get organized

The next Glenbard Parent Series event will be a presentation from educational consultant Ana Homayoun, who will discuss how to help students build and improve executive-functioning skills such as persistence, time management, and self-control. The free presentation will be held at noon and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20. More info: www.glenbardgps.org.

Use district’s new site to get technology help

Families that need support for iPad or Chromebook issues should use the district’s new online help system. Enter your contact information and some details about the problem at: https://bit.ly/89techsupport

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