Principal's Monthly Message

Dear Glen Grove Families,

My message is a brief but important one. Please note these two important points.

1) Our next round of student/parent-/teacher conferences is less than a month away, on Friday, March 1. Please remember that a conference with your child’s teacher is a most effective way for teachers, students, and parents to celebrate areas of strength, address areas of concern, and set goals – a powerful process to motivate and help our students think about and take responsibility for their own learning.

A conference sign-up notification should already have come your way. If, however, you still have not signed up for a conference, please contact your child’s teacher – there are many available times left not only on March 1st, but also during the window between now and then. For additional information about how to navigate this all-important meeting, check out this short article from the National Education Association.  

2) Below please find a letter from Dr. Silverman about an upcoming survey we are asking students, teachers, and parents to take. I know that you may be experiencing survey fatigue, and for that, I apologize. Please know that we do respect your time and are asking that you give us a few more minutes of it, because of all the surveys you’ve been asked to take recently, the results of this one will most directly inform our school improvement planning process.


Helena Vena

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our school is committed to providing a safe and encouraging learning environment for your child. For the past several years, the District 34 Social-Emotional Learning Committee has worked collaboratively to identify and support the implementation of essential components for social emotional learning. Glenview School District 34 has implemented a social emotional teaching resource that aligns to the Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards, Second Step®.

Last year the District SEL Committee focused on the selection of a student perception survey and conducted a pilot to identify the most appropriate instrument. The committee selected the Safe and Civil Schools Climate and Safety Survey. The survey yields essential information on staff, student, and parent perceptions and provides a measure for determining if school initiatives are improving school climate and culture. “Climate & Safety Surveys are validated by research and have been used across the country for evaluating strengths and identifying challenges.” - Pacific Northwest Publishing

Over the next few weeks, as a means to understand our school’s culture and climate, all students and staff in grades 2–8 are participating in the Safe and Civil Schools Climate & Safety Survey. You also will receive an email with a link from your child’s school to complete the parent survey.
The survey is online and is anonymous. Each school’s Foundations Leadership Team will be able to use the information gathered from the survey for future planning.  If you would like to learn more about the survey, please refer to their website.

Thank you for your continued valued partnership in educating your child.

Matthew Silverman, Ed. D.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment 
Glenview School District 34
‪1401 Greenwood Road | Glenview, Illinois 60026
(847) 998-5006

Estimado Padre / Tutor,

Nuestra escuela se compromete a proporcionar un entorno de aprendizaje seguro y alentador para su hijo/a. Durante los últimos años, el Comité de aprendizaje socioemocional del Distrito 34 ha trabajado en colaboración para identificar y apoyar la implementación de componentes esenciales para el aprendizaje socioemocional. El Distrito Escolar 34 de Glenview ha implementado un recurso de enseñanza socioemocional que se alinea con los Estándares de aprendizaje socioemocional de Illinois, Second Step®.

El año pasado, el Comité SEL del Distrito se centró en la selección de una encuesta de percepción de los estudiantes para identificar el instrumento más adecuado. El comité seleccionó La Encuesta de Ambiente y Seguridad de Escuelas Seguras y Civiles. La encuesta proporciona información esencial sobre las percepciones del personal, los estudiantes y los padres. Además, proporciona una medida para determinar si las iniciativas escolares están mejorando el entorno y cultura escolar. "Las encuestas de ambiente y seguridad están avaladas por investigaciones y se han utilizado en todo el país para evaluar fortalezas e identificar desafíos." - Pacific Northwest Publishing

Durante las próximas semanas, como un medio para comprender la cultura y el entorno de nuestra escuela, todos los estudiantes y el personal en 2o–8o grados están participando en la Encuesta de Ambiente y Seguridad de las Escuelas Seguras y Civiles. También usted recibirá un enlace de correo electrónico de la escuela de su hijo para completar la encuesta.
La encuesta está en línea y es anónima. El Equipo de Liderazgo de Fundaciones de cada escuela podrá utilizar la información recopilada de la encuesta para la planificación futura. Si desea obtener más información sobre la encuesta, consulte su sitio web.

Gracias por su colaboración valiosa en la educación de su hijo/a.

Matthew Silverman, Ed. D.
Asistente Superintendente de Currículo, Instrucción e Evaluación
Glenview School District 34
‪1401 Greenwood Road | Glenview, Illinois 60026
(847) 998-5006