District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

October 19, 2018

Message from Superintendent Gordon

I am proud to announce that District 41 has earned a prestigious endorsement by Parents as Teachers National Center regarding our Baby and Me Program (birth to three program). District 41 has been designated as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing home visiting affiliates within the international Parents as Teachers Network.

To earn Blue Ribbon Affiliate status, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability Dr. Katie McCluskey and her team underwent a rigorous self-study and National Center review process to confirm that they are meeting Parents as Teachers’ standards of fidelity and quality. To achieve this designation, an affiliate must meet or exceed all 17 Essential Requirements, and also meet at least 75% of the additional Parents as Teachers Quality Standards. District 41 met and exceeded all 17 Essential Requirements and met 97% of the Quality Standards.

Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that District 41 is a high-quality member of the home visiting field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity. Families in our community are positively impacted by the services delivered by this program, which include home visits, group connections, child screening and connections to community resources, equipping parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. Our designation is valid for the next five years.

Congratulations to the Baby and Me Program!

Dr. Paul Gordon


Reminder: SIP Day Friday, October 26

Next Friday, October 26, students in grades 1-8 will have early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. to allow time for District staff to work on school improvement activities. Please note that half-day students (Early Childhood Special Education, Pre-K, and Kindergarten) do not attend school on SIP days. For the full list of 2018-19 SIP days, Click Here.

Safety Listening Session for Parents - October 29

During a special parent program on Monday, October 29, 7 p.m., at Hadley Junior High School, District 41 and the Glen Ellyn Police Department will introduce new messaging and training that will be happening in all District 41 schools. Safety is our number one priority. Please attend this important meeting to learn more and have a conversation about safety in schools.

Award-Winning Author Visits

The Benjamin Franklin School community welcomed award-winning author Linda Ragsdale on Thursday, October 18. She spoke about her career as an author, her books and spreading the message of peace. Kindergartners, first graders and second graders welcomed the author with drawings of peace dragons and kind messages that spread throughout the library and hallways. They plan to continue to spread her message of kindness as they enjoy and learn from her stories.

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Forest Glen School will welcome Angela DiTerlizzi on October 22. Angela DiTerlizzi is a mom, wife, and author who delights in writing rhythmic, charming picture books to be enjoyed and shared by both parents and children. Prior to her career as an author, Angela worked for over 15 years as a make-up artist, most notably in the film, television, and music industry. From making up faces to making up stories, Angela now creates books inspired by her love of words and pictures, nature, animals, vintage toys, Little Golden Books, and most importantly her family. Her most recent book is “Just Add Glitter.” Thank you to the PTA and Heather Kramer for bringing Angela to Forest Glen! CLICK HERE for more info and book ordering!

Kindness Mural at Benjamin Franklin

Art teacher Lucy Dallman created stenciled motifs to help staff and students create a kindness mural on the Benjamin Franklin playground. The figures, hearts, birds, and X's and O's were outlined by staff and then painted by students using the color assigned to their grade (K-red, 1st-orange, 2nd-yellow, 3rd-green, 4th-blue, 5th-purple). Great job, Franklin!
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Hadley Referendum Construction Update

Construction continues on the building addition at Hadley Junior High School. Last week the majority of steel was erected and now the ironworkers are securing/bolting and welding. The District is hopeful there will be roofing work started in the coming weeks so construction can continue on the interior of the building throughout the fall and winter months. The exterior face brick installation is also underway!
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