Dear District 41 Community,

I hope you are enjoying the last couple weeks of summer break.  All of the schools in the district are coming alive once again and we are looking forward to welcoming all of our students back.  We hope this special Back to School issue of District Digest helps provide the information you need to continue preparing for this school year.

Paul Gordon

First Day of School 

The first day of school for all students is August 22.  School supply lists are located on the left hand side of each school website. Letters from the principals will be emailed to all parents soon. School Offices are now open. Please call or stop by with any questions. 

Focus on Wellness

At the regular Board of Education meeting this past Monday, the Board approved a new Administrative Procedure (AP) related to our School Wellness Policy. The AP supports the health and safety of all students during the school day. A new food and nutrition website provides resources for parents including a school meals calendar and a healthy snack calculator. More resources will be added to the website throughout the year.  

To read the approved AP related to wellness,  Click Here . Here are some of the highlights:

  • Schools will support and promote sound nutrition for students. Nutrition education will be part of the District's comprehensive health education curriculum in alignment with the Illinois Learning Standards.
  • Classroom parties must be celebrated at school without food (such as fall parties, Valentine's and winter celebrations). Alternative non-food classroom celebrations are allowable.
  • Birthdays are to be celebrated at school without student-provided food. Alternative non-food birthday celebrations may be used.
  • All teachers and staff are encouraged to promote healthy eating behaviors. Any curricular activities involving food within the school buildings shall require an exemption procedure form which must be submitted and approved by the building principals prior to the planned activity.
  • Prohibit the use of food as a classroom reward.
  • In an effort to promote healthy eating behaviors, it is recommended snacks provided from home and consumed in the classroom meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School School Wellness Policy (6:50) Food Allergy Guidelines. Any food containing a nutrition label can be entered into the Smart Snacks Calculator on our new nutrition website to determine compliance. The school district suggests:
    • Fruit (Fresh, Dried, Frozen, Canned in natural juice)
    • Vegetables (any variety)
    • Water

The new AP was drafted with the help of the School Wellness Committee including parents, staff, nutrition experts, nursing staff, and administrators.  

*Please note: The Wellness Policy AP is not the same as the Food Allergy Management Program

Bus Routes 

Bus routes will be available in Skyward Family Access by the end of the day on August 17.  If you have any questions, contact your school office or Carolyn Gust at (630) 534-7222.
Fees Due 

If you have not already done so, please take a few moments to sign into Skyward Family Access to pay student fees.  As a reminder, class schedules and teacher assignments will not be issued until student fee and/or payment arrangements have been made. Information on payment arrangements or for an application for fee waiver can be found Here

School Physicals and Medical Requirements 

Prior to the first day of school,
please ensure that all of the medical requirements are fulfilled with the school nurse's office. Glen Ellyn School District 41 policy requires a child entering kindergarten, 6th grade or new to District 41 have a current State of Illinois physical and updated immunization record on file prior to the first day of the school year.

Meal Options

Children in grades 1-8 may purchase lunch each day at a regular price or breakfast (Churchill School and Hadley only) for grades Kindergarten through 8. In addition to hot lunch, a cold lunch option will be available to elementary students this year.

Each student will have a meal account where funds are deposited by parents either using the online system in Skyward Family Access or if you do not use the online option, please send a check to the school office.