Volume 30 Issue 18 | January 8, 2021
Principal's Message

I hope you all had restful breaks and a good first week back into the swing of remote learning. As usual, our Greyhound students amazed us with the ease of their transitions back to learning! Next week is the last week of our first semester. On the 19th, we'll begin the second semester and help students who are transitioning back to in-person learning or moving to RLA.

As we start to look to the 2020-21 school year, if you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2021 please see the kindergarten registration item in the District Information section below. We're always excited to learn about our incoming Greyhounds!

Have a great weekend,
Ginny
Valentine's Day
With our continued focus on safety precautions, we will not be able to allow students to exchange Valentine's Day cards this year. Teachers will still find ways to celebrate the holiday but we will not be able to follow our tradition of students bringing cards/gifts to pass out.

Updated In-person Health and Safety Guidelines
If your children are enrolled for in-person learning second semester, you should have received Dr. Hewitt's letter yesterday that included links to our updated health and safety guidelines. The guidelines have been updated with the latest health protocols and modifications we have made to accommodate the colder weather.

Whether your family is new to in-person learning this semester or returning, please take a few minutes to review the elementary guidelines and the junior high guidelines.

Library Update
There will be a "bonus" library pick up next Wednesday, January 13th for in person students. Please reserve books online if you'd like to pick them up!

Donate to the Food Depository
There's still time to help us toward our goal in raising money for the Chicagoland Food Depository. So far we have raised more than $7,500 in our goal toward $28,000. Every bit helps families in need in the Chicagoland area. Donate here.
4th Grade Placement Update
Dear Parents and/or Guardians of 4th-Grade Students, 

If your child is not currently placed in advanced math and you wish to request a math placement review, a parent nomination form must be completed and returned to the school principal and the building GT services coordinator by January 19, 2020.

Parent nomination forms can be found on the District 28 website, under Gifted and Talented. Please visit our website for additional information on the district’s Gifted and Talented Services and District assessments.

Please note, all students are reviewed for math placement in the winter and spring of their 5th-grade year. This process determines placement for 6th grade into one of three math courses: Grade 6, Accelerated 6 or Pre-Algebra 6. 
Remote Learning Academy News
Spanish Schedule Revised Starting the Week of January 19
Starting the week of January 19 and continuing throughout the second semester, Grade 1 - 5 RLA students will attend Spanish class four days a week, an increase of one day per week. This additional time will provide students opportunities to practice skills to ensure commensurate progress with onsite students. Your child’s teacher will communicate the day and time of the additional Spanish instruction. 

MAP Testing Begins January 19 for Students in Grades 2-5
Our winter MAP testing window will be January 19 - February 26. Like fall, we will be able to administer this test remotely to our RLA students. As a reminder, MAP is a computer-adaptive test and adjusts the difficulty of questions as a child works on the test. This means that your child may see questions about content he or she has not seen before or been taught. To accurately reflect your child’s strengths and to help your child’s teacher know what he/she needs to learn next, please don’t step in and help your child with answers. The most important thing you can do is ask your children to do their best and reassure them that there are questions about concepts they haven’t learned yet, but will soon!
Click here for additional details and a FAQ related to remote MAP testing. Your child’s teacher will share the specific dates and times that your child will take these assessments soon.

RLA Material Pickup & Library Reminder
The next materials pick up will be Wednesday, January 13, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Your child’s teacher will communicate if your child has new materials or library books for pickup. We would also ask that you return library books so that we receive books back by their due dates. Students joining RLA for second semester will be included in this pickup, if materials are needed.
Upcoming Events & Thank Yous
Mark Your Calendars for Important Events!

  • 1/12--PTO Meeting @ 8:45 via Zoom
  • 1/13--RLA materials pick up @ 4:30-5:30
  • 1/14--Spirit Wear Day!
  • 1/15--End of Semester 1
  • 1/15--1/2 Day of School for students, dismissal @ 12:00
  • 1/18--NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 1/19--Start of Semester 2, planned return for in-person learners
  • 1/22--Progress reports available to parents online
  • 1/26--Board of Education meeting @ 7pm
  • 1/28--Spirit Wear Day!
  • 2/1--MAP & CogAT assessments begin
  • 2/3--RLA materials pick up @ 4:30-5:30
  • 2/9--PTO Meeting @ 8:45 via Zoom
  • 2/10 & 2/11--Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 2/11--1/2 Day of School for students, dismissal @ 12:00
  • 2/12--NO SCHOOL
Shout Outs
  • Thanks to all families who continue to support students during our adaptive pause and to parents for filling out our Crisis Go information!
PTO News
Welcome back and Happy New Year to all our Greyhounds! 

KINDNESS ROCKS!
Help us spread kindness and happiness to our Greenbriar teachers and staff! All you need is a rock, some paint, and markers. Our goal is to have at least 100 rocks painted with inspirational messages for our school. 
 
What to do:
Paint a rock (feel free to paint as many rocks as you like) and drop it off in the bin at the front entrance of Greenbriar school by Friday, January 15 at 3:00 pm.
 
Examples of what you can write on your rock:
Thank you
You make me smile
Be Happy
Be Kind
Keep Smiling
 
FRESH FACES, FRESH IDEAS
We are looking forward to a new year of growth and change and would love your participation! As most of our traditional GB events have taken on a new feel, we would love your help in brainstorming ways to keep our community strong and vibrant!

Please join us for a PTO Meeting or send ideas to Kim and Marie at greenbriarptonorthbrook@gmail.com.

Speaking of which... Our next PTO Meeting is: January 12 @ 8:45 AM
District News
Substitutes Needed!
District 28 needs substitute teachers and substitute classroom aides. To substitute teach, individuals need an Illinois Substitute Teaching certificate. Learn more about substitute teaching.
 
To qualify as an aide, individuals need 60 semester hours of college credit or a high school diploma and either the WorkKeys or Parapro test.
Kindergarten Registration Opens Feb. 2
All children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2021, should register for kindergarten. Parents have the option to select a full-day or half-day option. For health and safety accommodations, parents will be invited to register online and upload required documents between February 2 and February 7. Visit the kindergarten registration webpage for details.
Virtual Backpack
District 28 shares local non-profit and community partner flyers here in the District's "Virtual Backpack." Materials posted on this page are the responsibility of the organizations represented. You can always check the Virtual Backpack webpage as a handy reference!
Community Financial Assistance and Meals
ComEd offers bill pay assistance, Comcast and AT&T offer reduced cost wifi and GBS offers free breakfast & lunch for children in need. And, students can receive sack lunches at NBJH. Visit our Financial Assistance page for details.
Girl Scouts Hosting Virtual Parties
The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago is hosting a series of virtual parties to offer all girls the chance to socialize in a safe, fun and engaging space. Click for more information
Spring Softball Registration
Registration is now open for the Northbrook Girls Softball Association's Spring 2021 House League Season for girls in 2nd grade through 8th grade. Download the flier for more details.
Baseball for early grades
Northbrook Action Baseball offers programming for children preschool ages through 2nd grade for boys and preschool through 3rd grade for girls.
Registration for spring runs through January. Click for details.
Greenbriar School | Dr. Ginny Hiltz, Principal | 847-498-7950 | ghiltz@northbrook28.net | Website