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Home of the Glen Grove Gators - October 15, 2021

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


School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 7:45 am - 2:40 pm

Wednesday - 8:45 am - 2:40 pm

Important Dates

Friday, October 15

No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences


Sunday, October 17

PTA 4th Grade Park Meet-Up, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Flick Park


Monday, October 18 - Friday, October 22

Pumpkin Book Character Contest Submissions accepted in the LRC


Monday, October 18

Board of Education meeting, 7:30 pm, Westbrook School


Wednesday, October 20

D34 ParentConnect Panel: Helping Children Become Their Best Selves, 7:00 pm on Zoom


Thursday, October 21

PTA Meeting/Principal Thursday, 6:00 pm on Zoom


Thursday, October 28

Fire Safety Presentations


Friday, October 29

Fall Celebration


Monday, November 1

No School - Institute Day


Friday, November 12

Picture Retake Day



View the full calendar at the District website

A Note from Ms. Ellison

Dear Glen Grove Families,


Happy Fall! As we wrap up conference week, I hope that you have all had productive conferences with your teachers. This is an important time to connect, celebrate, and find ways to continue to support each other in the ongoing growth of your child. It is a great privilege to see our gators growing each and every day.


On the 29th we will do a Glen Grove Fall Celebration at the end of the day. Many thanks to the PTA for providing ideas and materials to support the fun! Classrooms will take time to enjoy fall-themed games and the PTA will create a special “outdoor” autumn photo area on the playground. Those children that celebrate Halloween are welcome to come in their costumes. If you prefer that your child participate in an alternative fun activity instead of the classroom party at the end of the day, please let me know by adding your child to the google form here.


Please note that we have a few safety reminders for us all. We are one community and it is important that we all collectively support the safety of each other.

  • Masks: It is helpful if you send your child with a few extra masks each day. At times students lose, break, and simply need to refresh their masks.

  • Drop Off/Pick Up Car Lane: While overall the car drop off and pick up is running smoother, it is important to be careful in the parking lot when picking up your child. In particular, if you are crossing the car lane for any reason, please be mindful of the car pick up/drop off lane.

  • Illness: With cold and flu season approaching, we want to remind everyone of our sick procedures. If your child is sick, please keep them home so that we can keep everyone healthy and in school. One of our goals this year is to keep as many kids as possible in school each and everyday and one of the best ways to do this is to make sure that sick people stay home until they are not contagious. Thanks for your partnership with this important health protocol.


Finally, we kick off our Character Counts food drive this week. Students can drop off donations by the main office. I will also be out and about during arrival and dismissal collecting cans from families and students. Looking forward to seeing how we all work together to help our community!

From the Nurse's Office

If you need any help or support during this difficult time of the pandemic, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Hastings, RN, our Health Coordinator, at (847) 657-2394.


All student absences should be called into the health office no later than 7:45 a.m. at (847) 657-2394. The school has voicemail so parents can call the health office to leave messages at any time.


If your children come to school after 7:45 a.m. please have them come through the front office. This is for the safety of all of our students.

Friday Lunch Specials

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Don't forget to pack a water bottle!

Due to health and safety concerns, our water fountains have been replaced with state-of-the-art water dispensers. Please send a water bottle to school with your child every day!

Missing Something???

Our Lost and Found is located in the lunchroom. If your child is missing anything, please ask them to check there.

Chorus starts next week!

Wednesday, October 20 is the first day of 3rd Grade Chorus and Thursday October 21 is the start of 4th & 5th Grade Chorus. They meet in the gym from 2:40 to 3:25.

It's not too late to sign up!

Click here for the 3rd grade registration form.

Click here for the 4th and 5th grade registration form.

Please return the form to Ms. Forrest by Tuesday (3rd grade) or Wednesday (4th/5th grade).

News from the LRC

Battle of the Books


Battle of the Books (BOB) is a Glenview Public Library program that invites 4th and 5th graders to form teams, read books, and participate in a meet to test their knowledge of the books. Here is this year’s book list. Paper copies are available at the library.

Registration began on Friday, October 1st, 2021 and runs through Wednesday, November 17th. Registration is open to all 4th and 5th graders who live in Glenview or attend school in Glenview. Parents, please register your child using our online form: Paper copies of our registration form are also available in Youth Services at the Glenview Public Library.

Each student must register separately. Please include the names of all team members—as well as the team name—when registering. Teams should be complete at time of registration, Ideally, each team should have 4 members, but teams of 3 are also acceptable. Mrs. Funke and Glenview Public Library staff are happy to help interested students find teams. Orientation Meeting Monday, December 6, 2021 from 7:00-8:00. Meets run from January 18 – March 10, 2022.


Pumpkin Character Contest


Decorated real or fake (not carved) pumpkins with completed forms (student name, teacher name, name of character or book) can be turned into the library starting the morning of October 18 and will be accepted until the morning of Friday, October 22nd. Pumpkins turned in after the 22nd will not be able to be included in the contest but will be displayed. Students will vote for 5 categories during their library time. The winning pumpkins will be announced Friday, October 29 on the morning announcements. The students will receive handmade ribbons made by GG students. If a student is unable to get a pumpkin, Mrs., Funke will provide them with one. Everyone who would like to participate will have the opportunity.

It is the responsibility of the students to collect their pumpkin characters by Friday, November 5. Pumpkins left in the library will be disposed of after that date.


Here are the 5 categories:

1. The most creative use of materials

2. The best representation of a character

3. The best representation of a hero or villain

4. The most unusual character representation

5. The best representation of a book


Author Visit Follow-Up


Thank you to all the families that ordered a copy of Bad Sister from The Book Stall. Bookplates with the author’s signature were sent home this week in an envelope.


Need a Book?


Don’t forget to check the Little Free Library located at the front of the school to the right of the front doors. Mrs. Funke is always adding books to the library. Students can take a book, return a book, or put a book in at any time.

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D34 Parent Connect

Catching Up & Missing Out

As we re-enter in-person learning, what is typical, academically, socially, emotionally, at different ages/grades? How are students supported at school in each area?


Watch the latest ParentConnect virtual webinar to hear from Family Service Center professional counselors and District 34 student services staff about how you can help your children - and yourself - navigate the changes and challenges of these times.

Watch the Webinar

Presentation Slides

News from the Westbrook + Glen Grove PTA

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Cash donations are accepted too! Please click here to make a cash donation.
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To learn more about WB/GG PTA please visit westbrookandglengrovepta.org

Glenview Education Foundation

Peachjar Digital Flyers


D34's Peachjar Digital Flyers share a range of community information, such as before + after school programming that might take place on-site at your school, online, or at a location in the Glenview area.

You will also see flyers from Glenview community non-profit organizations like the Glenview Education Foundation (GEF) and Debra Gelfand Children's Foundation, both of which serve D34 families and students directly.


View Peachjar Digital Flyers here


or click on the logo above or at the bottom of our webpage



Peachjar Digital Flyers can be sent directly to your inbox so you can easily view the newest flyers every week.


Sign up here to receive Peachjar Flyers by email

District 34 Important Forms and Information


2021-2022 District 34 Calendar


Click Here for the following forms:

Authorization And Permission For Administration Of Medication

Bus Rider Reminders

Cell Phone Use Agreement and Permission Form

Dental Exam Form (completed for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades)

Dental Exam Waiver

District Policies/Handbook Info

Eye Exam Form

Eye Exam Waiver

Food Guidelines

Health Examination Form

Follow Us!

We invite you to follow us on Twitter @GlenGroveSchool and on Facebook @GlenGroveD34 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 using the hashtags #glengroved34 and #WeAreD34.

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Contact Us

Attendance/Health Office: (847) 657-2394

Main Office: (847) 998-5030

Office Fax: (847) 998-5101