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    School Phone 847-998-5030 School Fax 847-998-5101 School Nurse 847-657-2394 April 13, 2017 Our School Mission is: To empower children to be self-directed learners and responsible decision makers. CALENDAR Monday, April 17 PARCC Testing 3rd Grade Chorus 2:35 – 3:30 pm Tuesday, April 18 PARCC Testing Art Club (Painting) 2:35 – 3:45 pm Global Language 2:35 – 3:30 pm Laughing Academy 2:35 – 3:30 pm Running Club 2:35 – 3:15 pm Wednesday, April 19 WB/GG PTA Meeting at GG 9:15 am 4th/5th Grade Chorus 2:35 – 3:30 pm Chess Club 2:35 – 3:15 pm Laughing Academy 2:35 – 3:30 pm Thursday, April 20 Global Language 2:35 – 3:30 pm Friday, April 21 Chess Club 7:00 – 7:40 am “Girls ONLY” Chess Club 2:35 – 3:15 pm Monday, April 24 Cultural Arts Assemblies for Students 3rd Grade Chorus 2:35 – 3:30 pm Student Council Meets 2:35–3:30pm Tuesday, April 25 5th Gr. Band/Orchestra to AT Art Club (Painting) 2:35 – 3:45 pm Global Language 2:35 – 3:30 pm Laughing Academy 2:35 – 3:30 pm Running Club 2:35 – 3:15 pm Wednesday, April 26 4th/5th Grade Chorus 2:35 – 3:30 pm Chess Club 2:35 – 3:15 pm Laughing Academy 2:35 – 3:30 pm 2nd Gr. Parent Orientation 6:30 pm Thursday, April 27 Global Language 2:35 – 3:30 pm Friday, April 28 Parent Newsletter Chess Club 7:00 – 7:40 am “Girls ONLY” Chess Club 2:35 – 3:15


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MORNING ARRIVAL PROCEDURES….. Walkers coming from the walking path west of the school must follow the path around the back of the building to the playground area when arriving prior to 7:45 a.m. Walkers arriving from the neighborhoods to the east should proceed directly to the playground using the paths on the east side of the building, and walkers should use the pathways on the west side of the building. Bike riders must dismount their bicycles once reaching school grounds and walk their bicycles to the racks either in front of or behind the building to be secured in the bike racks closest to their route home. Classes begin at 7:55 a.m. at Glen Grove. Students may not arrive at school prior to 7:35 a.m. There is no supervision before this time. At 7:35 a.m. Glen Grove Staff will supervise children on the playground. Children should be dressed appropriately to be outside if the wind chill is above 0° F. Starting time at all intermediate schools is 7:55 a.m, students arriving after 7:55 will be considered tardy. That means that the buses will arrive at school, for the most part, by 7:45 at which time the bells ring and students will enter classes. Morning announcements are made daily at this time about events during the day, etc. It is very important for students to be on time to facilitate the start of the day with the knowledge and information to be successful. PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION….. The Westbrook/Glen Grove Parent Teacher Association is a very active group of volunteers, whose service is essential to the success of the schools. In addition to providing ongoing support to school improvement efforts, the PTA sponsors school assemblies, Ice Cream Socials, book fairs, and many other worth while events. All parents are urged to take an active role in this organization. Meetings will be held at Glen Grove School from 9:15 - 10:45 on the following dates: April 19th, and May 17th.


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PARENTS VISIT AND 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. • Sign in at the office so that we know you are in the building. We ask that you wear a 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. All visitors (including parents) will be asked to present valid state issued identification (drivers license or state i.d.) that will be entered into the system before gaining access to the school beyond the main office. 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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FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE….. Students requiring any medications during school hours must file a medication form with the health office. This form requires a physician’s signature as well as a parent’s signature. This form can be found under the Parents Tab on the district website in the health and wellness file. All medication brought to school must be in an appropriately labeled pharmacy container. This also includes over-thecounter medicine such as Tylenol, Advil, Cough Drops, etc. Just a reminder....if your child is out sick with a fever or vomiting please make sure they do not return to school until they are fever free or symptom free for 24 hours. If your children comes 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. All student absences should be called into the health office no later than 7:55 a.m. at (847) 657-2394! The school has voicemail so parents can call the health office to leave messages at any time.


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DRESS CODE REMINDERS.... Clothing should be neat, clean, and in good repair. No short shorts or short skirts - When you are choosing your shorts and or skirts, please make sure that they come down to about mid-thigh. Use your fingertips as a guide. Shorts and skirts should just about reach them. Shirts must cover the entire stomach and belly area. Crop and haltertops are not permissible. Sleeveless shirts must have shoulder straps that are at least 2 inches wide. Be very careful about the logos and messages displayed on T-Shirts. Clothes that contain inappropriate language, pictures or references to alcohol, drugs, or tobacco are NEVER allowed. In addition, any clothes that display a weapon of any kind, whether it looks fake or real, may NEVER be worn to school. Hats must be removed upon entering the building. If a student is not dressed appropriately, he or she will be sent to the office where the child can call home to request a change of clothes, or will borrow something from the office to wear for the day. IMPORTANT CAR PICK-UP INFORMATION….. If you are picking your student up in the car pick-up lane, please remain in your vehicle until your child joins you in your car. This lane is a designated pick-up/drop-off zone NOT to be used for long or short-term parking. Consistently adhering to procedures for dropping-off and picking-up children will help us meet our goal of providing the safest most efficient environment during those very busy dismissal and arrival times.


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REGISTER FOR SUMMER SCHOOL BY MAY 5 Summer is just around the corner! From June 14 to July 19, District 34 offers classes for students who will enter 1st through 8th grade in the fall of 2017. Students explore arts, sciences, literacy and outdoor activities in enrichment courses. They continue building on school year basic skills and concepts in review and reinforcement offerings. Review the options and register today at Both class selections and transportation registration must be completed by May 5, 2017 to participate. IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES FOR THE 20172018 SCHOOL YEAR….. • The first day for students is Wednesday, August 23, 2017 • Winter Break/December 25, 2017 - January 5, 2018 • Spring Break/March 26 - March 30, 2018 • Last Day of School/June 5, 2018 • Winter Break and Spring Break match the District 225 (Glenbrook South) Calendar


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GREAT GATOR READERS…. Congratulations to the following GREAT GATOR READERS (who have read 35 “Just right books independently)! Sam B. Nathaniel W. Lauren N. Ankhiluun T. Adriana S. Chris D. Daniella A. Niko V. Angel G. Jeffrey K. Paul W. Sunny B. Jake S. Sam B. Eve B. Kate S. Naomi G. Addison H. Angela Y. Megan R. 3-Shapiro 4-Borkowski 4-Borkowski 4-Hartnett 3-Carter 5-Margolis 4-Borkowski 4-Borkowski 3-Antzis 5-Champney 3-Antzis 4-Vaselopulos 3-Kolarik 5-Margolis 4-Borkowski 4-Burns 5-Champney 4-Vaselopulos 5-Poulakos 4-Burns Hip, hip, hooray for our DOUBLE GREAT GATOR READERS (reading 70 “Just right books”)! Calie L. Anthony H. Anna W. Aadit M. Joshua C. Ruby E. Ankhiluun T. 5-Champney 3-Carter 3-Antzis 3-Spreckman 3-Spreckman 5-Richardson 4-Hartnett


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GREAT GATOR READERS (Continued)…. Amazing job TRIPLE GREAT GATOR READERS (reading 105 “Just right books”)! Chris S. Aleksander T. Alex G. Spiros L. Ryan S. Joshua C. Lazar I. 5-Nitz 3-Antzis 5-Poulakos 5-Poulakos 5-Poulakos 3-Spreckman 5-Poulakos We are pleased to announce two more fantastic readers, Saniya T. in Mrs. Richardson’s class and Peter B. in Mrs. Poulakos’s class. Both students have read 140 books! Outstanding job Saniya and Peter! Around Town... Don’t forget on Monday, April 17 will be the next Drop-In Maker Monday in the youth program room. Come from 3:30-4:45 pm to explore the different components of the library’s new mobile MakerSpace. Save the date of Saturday, May 13 from 11-3 for Maker Faire 2017. Details about the event can be found on the library website at: WELCOME NEW STUDENT…. Our Glen Grove family continues to grow! On Thursday, April 6th, Mrs. Borkowski and the 4th Grade Voyager Team welcomed Songheon “Steve” O. to their classroom. Steve comes back to us from Korea.


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Field Day is Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 from approximately 12:00 - 2:30 pm. The rain date for field day is Wednesday, June 7th. Field day is when all the students from Glen Grove will be participating in a variety of activities, such as hand-off tag, shooting baskets and running some relay races. We are looking for parent volunteers to help us run this fun and exciting day. If you are available to volunteer on either or both dates, please e-mail Lori Marcotte @ or call @ (847) 657-2349 or you may contact Preston Roberts @ or (847) 6572346 or Troy Cutler @ or (847) 657-2349 Please note: Due to safety concerns, younger siblings of Glen Grove students will not be able to attend Field Day.


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YEARBOOK NEWS... Dear Glen Grove Families: We know that many of you were able to enjoy the recent band, chorus, or orchestra concerts, didn't the kids do great? Knowing that some of you may have taken pictures at the concerts, or at the holiday classroom parties, we wanted to email you this reminder that the yearbook committee wants your pictures. Please see below. Thanks, Your Yearbook Committee Girl & Boy Scouts Yearbook Photos Wanted Field  Trip Battle of  the  Books The Glen Grove Yearbook Committee is asking for your help to create an awesome yearbook for the kids. We are letting everyone know that they should feel free to send us their photos at anytime to: If you’d prefer, you can also text them to us at the numbers below: Patti’s cell is 773-339-5631 Nancy’s cell is 312-953-3732 Halloween Remember, group pictures are greatly appreciated! Please put the children’s name, grade & classroom teacher in your email. (Please only include school related pictures) Global  Language Chess Club Any questions, please contact the committee at the above email address. Thanks for your help! Classroom  Group  Pictures Laughing  Academy


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P.E. NEWS….. Welcome back Glen Grove students and families! We hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break. We are in the final trimester of another amazing year in PE! Before the break, 4th and 5th grade students were given the opportunity to climb the balance beam. Students climbed up a ladder onto the platform of the balance beam which is about 25 feet off the floor. They walked across the balance beam and then back down the ladder. A fantastic experience for them! Along with climbing, students engaged in cooperative, low organized games. After Spring Break, students will be participating in the bowling and dance units. Students will be taught bowling etiquette, the proper approach, and releasing with the opposite foot in front. All students are given the opportunity to bowl, be a pin setter, and a scorekeeper. We finish the bowling unit with an activity called Bowling Bingo. During the dance unit, students will be participating in various line dances. We will end the dance unit with the Cupid Shuffle, Cha-Cha Slide, and Cotton Eyed Joe. These are some of the students’ favorite dances! Next up somewhat depends on the weather. Students need to finish their fitness testing which includes the mile run, sit ups, push ups, and the sit and reach. Students will set goals for these fitness tests in hopes they can improve before the end of the school year. Once all the tests are finished, we will be sending home a Fitness Report that show all of your student’s fitness scores for each of the tests. On the horizon is the golf, floor hockey, track and field, and softball/kickball units. During the golf unit, students learn how to drive, chip, and putt. In floor hockey, students will learn hand placement, practice puck handling skills, wrist shots, and passing to moving targets. During track and field, students will perform the 40 yard dash, relay races, standing long jump, hurdles, and the javelin throw. During the softball/kickball unit, students will learn different field positions, softball/baseball terminology, hand placement on the bat, and rules of the game.


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HOT LUNCHES FROM FOOD SERVICES… Week of April 17th (Week “B”) Monday, April 17th – All-Beef Hot Dog on a Bun with Oven Potato and Baked Beans. Tuesday, April 18th – Individual Round Pan Cheese Pizza with Hot Vegetable and Fresh Fruit. Wednesday, April 19th – Pasta with Italian Meat Sauce, Garlic Bread, Green Salad with Vegetables and Fresh Fruit. Thursday, April 20th – Baked Chicken Tenders with Oven Potato and Fresh Fruit. Friday, April 21st – BBQ Taco Max Snax with Hot Vegetables. Week of April 24th (Week “C”) Monday, April 24th – Cinnamon French Toast with Syrup, Pork Sausage and 100% Fruit Juice. Tuesday, April 25th – Individual Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza, Green Salad with Vegetables and Fresh Fruit. Wednesday, April 26th – Breaded Mozzarella Cheese Sticks with Marinara Dipping Sauce, Hot Vegetables and Fresh Fruit. Thursday, April 27th – Hamburger or Cheeseburger on a Bun with Oven Potato and Fresh Fruit. Friday, April 28th – BBQ Rib Sandwich with Oven Potato.  


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IMPORTANT TRANSITION INFORMATION FOR PARENTS…. Springtime marks the start of the very important transition and placement process for our current second and third graders. If you are the parent of a 2nd and/or 3rd grader, please look for the Transition Packets that will be included in student backpacks on Friday, April 21st. Part of the packet includes a Parent Input Form that you have the option of completing if you would like to share information with us that can inform our placement process. The input forms are due to the Westbrook and/or Glen Grove offices by Friday, May 5th, 2017. Please read the entire packet carefully, as it contains valuable information that informs you about this busy yet exciting time of the year. For ALL District 34 Parents: Please look for District 34 Registration Packets, to be mailed around April 17th, and be sure to complete the registration process as outlined in the packets. DISMISSAL ARRANGEMENTS… If you need to change the after school pick-up arrangements for your child, please call our office before 2:00 PM to inform us of the changes. 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 PM, 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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Download the BOX TOPS app! Download the FREE APP on your smartphone and collect more cash for Glen Grove and Westbrook Schools. It’s easy to use! The schools will get an additional $.20 for each Box Tops item you purchase. You should also clip and send in the box top for an additional $.10. And as always, please clip box tops wherever you see them. Your child can drop them off to the front office of either Westbrook or Glen Grove. COLLECT BOX TOPS FROM YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS!!! Also, please sign up to support our schools online at


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GOOD-BYE TO GLEN GROVE 5th GRADE T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST Dear 5th Grade Students and Parents, On Friday, June 2nd the PTA will host a picnic for all 5th grade students to celebrate the end of their time at Glen Grove. As a part of the celebration, we are creating one-of-a-kind t-shirts to be designed by a Glen Grove 5th grader. All 5th grade students are invited to participate in this t-shirt design contest. The contest rules are: 1. Design must be on an 8 ½ by 11 white sheet of paper. 2. Design must be done in black marker only, no colors allowed 3. The words “Glen Grove Class of 2017” must appear in the design. 4. Any text in the design should be appropriate, creative and meaningful. 5. All entries must be turned in to the Glen Grove office no later than Friday, April 21st. Students will wear the T-shirts on the day of the picnic. Information on ordering t-shirts will be sent separately. If you have any questions regarding the t-shirt design contest, please contact Katie Bauer at We will need volunteers to help during the picnic. Please watch for a SignUpGenius link to help with this event.



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