Halloween & Pink Day: 10/29
Students and staff who want to wear their Halloween costumes to school are welcome to do so on Friday, October 29. Each building principal will communicate the schedule of events and costume guidelines.
We recognize that not everyone celebrates Halloween or will want to wear a costume. As we have done in years past, we welcome anyone to join us in our PINK anti-bullying message as we also celebrate PINK day on October 29. We are proud to carry on the tradition started by high school students in Nova Scotia as a visual reminder that we believe kindness is possible and necessary every day. After all, kindness invites belonging.
Thank a Principal!
Did you know that October is National Principals Month? Our Principals serve as leaders, listeners, and set the tone for the sense of belonging that is growing across District 35. Please take a moment during this month to acknowledge the work our Principals do to support each child. A simple note, email, or gesture of appreciation is well-deserved for Dr. Zonghetti, Mrs. Zuhr, Mr. Kim, and Dr. Mollet.
It is our shared responsibility to ensure we practice good hygiene and maintain a healthy environment for our students and staff. The steps to mitigate risks and care for our students and staff may be found here. In addition, the detailed FAQ from IDPH contains the latest information on health requirements in the schools.
Review the IDPH exclusion document (updated 9.29.21) to consider when a student or staff member may return to school after exposure to COVID-19. All information reflects the requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for schools.
Visit the District 35 COVID Dashboard which is updated weekly to reflect information from our schools.
The links here provide current information and recommendations about travel from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH).
Monitoring travel is one of many possible layered mitigations recommended by the CDC for schools. The CDC states in this same document that schools “should monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies (e.g., physical distancing, screening testing).”
At this time, we are not enforcing quarantines for travel, though we are leaving the option open to do so in the future depending on the level of school and community transmission. However, we strongly recommend that when traveling all students (vaccinated or not fully vaccinated):
• Abide by the mandate to wear masks in airports and on airplanes
• Wear a mask when indoors in public places or when indoors with members outside your household, except when eating or drinking.
• Diligently monitor for symptoms and take a COVID test using our in-school Shield Testing Program or at one of the many local testing sites. We recommend you test immediately after travel and 3-5 days after travel. Wear a mask consistently and avoid close contact with others until you receive the results.
GJHP’s 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Fun Run
It’s the 2nd Annual GJHP Thanksgiving Fun Run, but this time we are doing it in person together! So lace up your shoes, find your best turkey outfit and hit the streets with Glencoe Junior High Project on Saturday, November 20th in their 5K. Open to students & families of all ages. Click here to register.
IMPORTANT: An official race t-shirt is only guaranteed if you register by the October 30th Early Bird Deadline! GJHP will be collecting items on-site for Cradles to Crayons, helping children have the essentials they need to thrive! For donation guidelines visit their website HERE.
Share Your Excess Candy
The Glencoe Schools will be collecting excess Halloween candy. Please drop off your excess candy from November 1st-5th in the designated candy bins at South, West or Central School. The collections will be shared with the Great Lakes USO to be used for upcoming events to support our troops. Thank you!
Mindfulness in our Schools
We are pleased to support the return of in-person Mindfulness learning in all classrooms throughout District 35. Students at all grade levels will have lessons with a mindfulness instructor. With the generous support of the Glencoe PTO, we are fortunate to have the experienced Grow Through Mindfulness instructors return to our classrooms.
The fall lessons will begin this week in our schools. Click here for more details of the three fall sessions and key skills our students will learn. To learn more about mindfulness and the benefits of this work, visit our District 35 Mindfulness section of our website.
Upcoming FAN Events
Thursday, October 28th: Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood: Click here to learn more and register for this free webinar.
RESCHEDULED: Thursday, November 9th: Unprotected: An Evening with Billy Porter, with Jamal Jordan: Click here to learn more and register for this free webinar.
Our district is a member of TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804. We share resources with 17 other school districts in our region so that we can provide every student the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential. Through TrueNorth, our students can access academic and behavior support, and our staff can engage in high-quality professional learning that impacts student growth here in District 35. TrueNorth (formerly NSSED, or Northern Suburban Special Education District), is committed to the possibilities in every learner, every day. Please visit truenorth804.org to learn more about the cooperative and watch an introduction video.
Early Childhood Screenings
Glencoe School District 35 is offering early childhood screenings for Glencoe children birth through 5 years of age. The screenings are open to Glencoe residents who have concerns about their child’s development in the areas of: speech-language, fine motor skills, concept development, and/or social/emotional growth.
Screenings will be held at Central School on Monday, November 8, 2021, and Tuesday, November 9, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., by appointment only.
Children will participate in all components of the screening. These screenings are being conducted in an effort to identify children who may qualify for special education services and/or consultation during early development. Please note, the screening is not designed to determine kindergarten readiness. To make an appointment, please contact Kim Badie in the Pupil Services Office at (847) 835-7838, by November 1, 2021. Protocols regarding COVID screening and masking will be shared with families as appointments are confirmed.
2021-2022 Student Registration Fees
Payment of student fees is online through Family Access. The detailed information regarding Student Accident Insurance, Free Lunch Application, and Student Registration Fees may be found by clicking here.
Safe Routes to Schools
We are excited to see so many students biking or walking to school again. Please view the Safe Routes to Schools information here to be aware of crossing guard locations, stop signs, and recommended routes for our students. Please also be mindful of the helmet law in Glencoe - all children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet while on a bicycle, scooter, or skateboard. Thank you for your support of this critical safety measure.
We reimagined, planned thoughtfully, and we are eager to open the new year. To ensure the health and safety of all, please note the mask reminders below.
Click here for more information and tips to support your child with wearing a mask. We recommend all students arrive each day with extra masks in their backpacks. If your child needs additional masks, please contact your child’s nurse.
The school district may release directory information which includes:
Birth date and place
Parent(s)/guardian(s) name and address
Period of attendance in school
Additionally, student pictures without identifying information may be posted on the district web page with informational pieces. Any parent(s)/guardian(s) may prohibit the release of any or all of the above by delivering a written objection to the Building Principal.