Principal's Monthly Message

From The Principal’s Desk
March 2018

Dear Glen Grove Families,

March has been quite the busy month around Glen Grove! We just completed a successful round of parent-teacher conferences. The near 100% parent participation rate of our families in this process speaks to the strong home-school partnership we have come to count on and value!

Another March success came when our school came alive with displays that celebrated the ancestries and nationalities of our students during our Second Glen Grove International Night. As global issues and divisiveness seem to characterize today’s world, it was SO wonderful to come together to experience and learn about the customs, foods, music, dances, history, and art of a myriad of cultures. I thank our PTA and the event co-chairs Mrs. Gupta and Mrs. Klatt for their dedication to organizing an event that encourages our Gators to celebrate the rich diversity within our school, and the diversity within the larger world!

Spring also brings with it an array of assessments. Our students just completed the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the official standardized assessment of the state of Illinois. PARCC results will be used by the State and our District to gauge student learning against the curriculum. May 8th is the first day of our one-week window for the administration of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measure of Academic Progress in reading, math, and language usage, and the testing window for the benchmark Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM) in reading and math is in late May.

April is around the corner and will be bringing one of the most important responsibilities in which we engage, assigning students to classes for next school year. Please look for the detailed information about our student placement process that will come home for our Westbrook second and Glen Grove third graders on April 13. 

School will not be in attendance March 24th through April 1st. This break from routine is a great time for students to relax and for families to spend time together, but please also continue to emphasize the importance of reading every, single day, especially while the children are out of school for an extended time. Reading will help encourage their young minds to stay active, alert, and ready to resume learning.

Finally, may your spring break be safe and filled with joyful moments!


Helena Vena