Volume 30 Issue 24 | February 19, 2021
Principal's Message

Nothing like a surprise three-day week to keep us on our toes! We enjoyed the "warmer" weather this week and appreciated time outside, despite our increasing snowpack around the building. We're excited that Krieger will be back to work full-time on March 1st and will be ready for some walks and playtime! Thanks to everyone who has supported Canines 4 Comfort via our #KriegerCrew fundraiser. Today's the last day to order--see info below. Check out this month's C4C newsletter featuring Krieger's story.

Please remember that Monday is a non-attendance day for students due to teacher in-service. We'll see everyone back in school on Tuesday 2/23.

Stay warm and healthy!
Share Your Perspective on Greenbriar--5 Essentials Survey *repeat*
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is open, and I invite you to share your perspectives on our school. You should have received an email with full details of the statewide survey effort. All parents, staff and our students in grades 4 through 8 are asked to participate. You can access the survey here: https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/. Select the Parent Survey, Cook County, then our school.

To view previous years’ reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. You can also visit UChicagoImpact for more information on the survey. Both parents of a student may participate and parents may participate in surveys for multiple schools if they have children attending (e.g., Greenbriar and NBJH). Thank you for participating!
Summer School Update
District 28 is currently planning to hold a summer school program that is scheduled from June 9th through July 2nd. More details about registration will be coming in March. Check out the summer school website for additional information.

Arrival Procedures Shift, In-person Families Please Read!
As shared in a special email blast yesterday, due to the snowy conditions and congestion during arrival, we need to adjust our car line procedures. I TRULY appreciate everyone's understanding, patience, and efforts to keep our kids and staff safe. Effective Tuesday, 2/23, the following rules will change:

  • No adults may park and get out of cars to help students along the curb from the Catherine intersection to the Chestnut intersection. If you need to help your child(ren) get out of the car, please park on Chestnut or Catherine and walk them across Greenbriar.

  • We continue to encourage families to use the crosswalk at Greenbriar and Chestnut, where we have a crossing guard stationed, in lieu of crossing at Catherine.

  • When entering the car line for drop off, please join the line at the end as it runs beginning just north of the Catherine intersection. Please stay in the line all the way through to Chestnut. Please DO NOT pull out and around other cars. We will have staff working to help children exit cars quickly. Pulling around the car line has caused several near accidents and is dangerous for our staff and children exiting the cars. It also makes the car line run more slowly as everyone tries to merge into traffic.

  • Children may exit the cars as soon as they reach the area north of the parking lot driveway where the curb-side sidewalk begins. Staff will be available to help open doors and move things along. Please ensure that children have their masks on, and have their backpacks and winter gear ready to exit quickly.

Canines 4 Comfort Krieger Fundraiser *repeat*
There's one more day left to support our Canines 4 Comfort fundraiser. Our students have been so excited to have Krieger at Greenbriar! If you'd like to support this great organization, please click here to look at options to purchase KriegerCrew t-shirts, stuffed animals, and time with Krieger. All proceeds will be donated back to Canines 4 Comfort. If you'd like to order, visit the PTO website at greenbriarpto.com. DEADLINE IS TODAY!

5th Grade: Math Problem Solving Assessment *repeat*
As part of the comprehensive review process for sixth grade math placement, all of our fifth-graders will participate in a math problem solving assessment. The questions on the assessment will require students to construct answers and write about their mathematical thinking. This is different from the MAP test, which assesses math skills in a multiple-choice format. The CogAT test is different as well because it captures reasoning skills in a multiple-choice format. The problem-solving assessment will provide a snapshot of your child’s strategies and thinking. Together, the three assessments along with classroom performance will be used to determine course placement. Students will be given the math problem-solving assessment on March 3 during the school day. This assessment will be an hour in length, paper-pencil format.

Winter Assessment Information--In-Person Students *repeat*
The following dates are when students in 2nd and 3rd will take MAP Reading and MAP Math assessments and when 3rd graders will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). For 3rd graders, the MAP and CogAT tests are used as data points in the review for placement into advanced or core math in 4th grade. Please contact your child's teacher with any specific questions about testing dates/times. Please note, we will not allow gum or mints during testing due to a possible choking hazard because children will be wearing masks while testing.

3rd grade MAP: 2/23 & 2/24 (new date due to 2/22 being non-attendance for students)
5th grade math problem solving set: 3/3
Remote Learning Academy News
RLA Material Pickup & Library Reminder
The next materials pick up will be Wednesday, February 24, 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. 

Reminder - No School Monday, February 22
Just a reminder, there will be no school for students on Monday, February 22. It will be a remote learning planning day for teachers and a non-attendance day for all students. 

Upcoming Events & Thank Yous
Mark Your Calendars for Important Events!

  • 2/22--Remote learning planning day, NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • 2/23--Board of Education meeting @ 7pm
  • 3/1--SCHOOL IN SESSION (2/16 snow day make up)
  • 3/3--Math problem solving set assessment for 5th graders
  • 3/4--Spirit Wear Day!
  • 3/9--PTO meeting @ 8:45 via Zoom
  • 3/17--RLA materials pick up from 4:30-5:30
  • 3/18--Spirit Wear Day!
  • 3/22-3/26--NO SCHOOL, SPRING BREAK
  • 3/23--Board of Education meeting @ 7pm
  • 3/29-4/1--Remote learning adaptive pause
  • 4/5-4/9--Remote learning adaptive pause
  • 4/12--Planned return to in-person learning
Shout Outs
  • Thanks to all families who have participated in our #KriegerCrew, Canines 4 Comfort fundraiser!
PTO News
We would like to thank all of the parents who worked on amazing Valentine's Day crafts for in person and RLA students last week! It was great to see so many smiles from the kids!

The Krieger fundraiser supporting Canines 4 Comfort will end today (2/19), so be sure to get any last orders in! Be sure to visit http://www.greenbriarpto.com to place any orders. Stay tuned to next week's Gazette for the final amount raised for Canines 4 Comfort!  

We hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful long weekend. We give thanks to all of our teachers/staff and send our best wishes as they get their 2nd vaccine this weekend!

As always, please reach out to Kim or Marie should you need anything at greenbriarptonorthbrook@gmail.com.
5th-Grade Musical Theater Club
Live! From New York! A Special Guest..
Nathan Salstone, lives in New York and until the pandemic was appearing on Broadway as an ensemble member of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” He was also one of Music Teacher Abby Blair’s first students, and an NBJH alumnus. After Mrs. Blair reached out to Nathan on Twitter, he was happy to be a special guest this week for the fifth-grade Musical Theater Club, sponsored by the elementary art and music teachers.
Providing inspiration and guidance on preparing for an acting role, Nathan spoke from the experience he has gained from being in over 20 professional productions.
“If you hold onto your imagination, it will take you so far,” he told the students.
The club is offering a STEAM experience for interested fifth-grade students throughout the district, who would normally be preparing for a musical production. They are studying all aspects of musical theater, including costume-making, lighting, set design, and acting.
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!

Sign up for Lacrosse Travel League
Northbrook Park District offers Lacrosse travel league for boys in grades 2-8. A clinic will be held March 6. The season begins March 17. Click for details.

Park District Skating School Reopens
Northbrook Sports Center will hold a winter session of Skating School classes. Sign up today! Click for details
Learn to play hockey in these special classes offered through the Northbrook Junior Bluehawks and Northbook Park District. It's not too late to sign up! NPD will prorate for missed sessions. Click for details
Greenbriar School | Dr. Ginny Hiltz, Principal | 847-498-7950 | ghiltz@northbrook28.net | Website