Volume 30 Issue 29 | April 1, 2021
Principal's Message

Welcome back, everyone! It was quieter than usual at Greenbriar this week with many families quarantining. We truly appreciate everyone's communication over the past weeks. We look forward to welcoming back most of our Greyhounds next week.

It's hard to believe we only have eight weeks of school left. There's so much left to accomplish this year! We're currently planning for our final celebrations with our 5th graders and we'll be sharing details with families soon. Of course, our 5th grade RLA students will be invited to join in on the activities as well.

Have a great long weekend! Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all who celebrate!
Ginny
2021-22 Class Placement Input (DUE BY APRIL 30th)
It's time for us to begin thinking about class placements for next school year. We invite parents to provide input on their child's placement by submitting an email to me (ghiltz@northbrook28.net) or to Greta Montagano, School Psychologist (gmontagano@northbrook28.net). E-mails sent to either of us will be kept confidential (even from one another!). E-mails are optional! If you don't have concerns about your child's placement, no need to send input. If you do opt to send an email, please abide by the following parameters:
  • Please do not request specific teachers. If you have had personal experience with a teacher, you can give input on that relationship, otherwise, please only include information about the type of classroom environment that you believe would benefit your child.
  • You may make a request to separate your child from another child who he/she was in class with this year. Please note, if you make a "separate from" request, this will take top priority in placing your child. If you have a "separate from" request for a child who is NOT currently in your child's class, please explain the extenuating circumstances behind this request.
  • You may suggest multiple students who may be a good match to be placed with your child. We make our best effort to place students with at least one friend, typically from their current class. If your child has close friends outside of their current class placement, please let us know! This is particularly important after a year with remote learning and smaller class sizes due to the pandemic. We can't guarantee that we will be able to place students based on friend requests, but we'll try to use the information whenever possible.

We take class placement decisions extremely seriously and our teachers dedicate a great deal of time to putting together balanced groups. Please also feel free to have conversations with your child's teacher to discuss placement for next year.

ALL PARENT INPUT IS DUE TO GINNY/GRETA/TEACHERS BY APRIL 30th. Information received after that date may not be included in placement discussions.

Canines 4 Comfort Event--See Krieger and Other C4C Dogs!
Looking for something to do this Saturday? Drive up to Rosen Hyundai of Kenosha for a Canines 4 Comfort event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be games for kids, a raffle, and prizes and a chance to meet many of the C4C dogs who are in training or have graduated and been placed (like Krieger!). See this flier for more details.

We also have a limited number of stuffed Krieger dolls still available for purchase. The dogs are $15 each. Please email Diane Gillis (dgillis@northbrook28.net) if you'd like to purchase a stuffed dog.

Final Check-Out and Return Dates from the Library
We're going to be renovating the library a bit this summer so we've asked Mrs. Sanchez to pack everything up and have materials accounted for by the last day of school. To do so, she has some earlier-than-usual timeframes for book check out and return. In-person families, please see this flier for important dates. RLA families, please click here.

IL State Testing Schedule *repeat*
Below are the dates/times for the IL Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and IL Science Assessment (ISA). Third, fourth, and fifth graders are required to take the IAR and 5th graders are also required to take the ISA. Teachers will send reminders about upcoming testing dates and times as well.

Testing Schedule for In-Person Students:
3rd Grade English/Language Arts: 4/27 & 4/29
3rd Grade Math: 5/10, 5/11 & 5/12
4th Grade English/Language Arts: 4/19 & 4/21
4th Grade Math: 5/5, 5/6 & 5/7
5th Grade English/Language Arts: 4/20 & 4/22
5th Grade Math: 4/30, 5/3 & 5/4
5th Grade Science: 4/15 & 4/16

RLA families, please note the dates, times, and locations for your child’s assessments on this testing schedule. Please note, Greenbriar 5th grade students will not be testing at Greenbriar. Your child’s teacher will share more details.

Summer School and Extended School Year Registration *update*
The District is pleased to be able to offer a summer school enrichment and Extended School Year program this year. All students and staff will be required to follow safety protocols by wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing. This will impact the number of students who will be able to participate, so registration will be limited. There are still some spots remaining, but they are filling up fast! Visit the Summer School webpage for details. Student services case managers will be reaching out to families about Extended School Year registration for those students who qualify.
Remote Learning Academy News
State Assessments for Grades 3 - 5
Please mark your calendars with our upcoming state assessment dates. As a reminder, your child will take the assessments on-site at the designated school location.

We will send a health self-certification form to be completed the morning before each scheduled testing date. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions you have about the tests. 

Final Check-Out and Return Dates from the Library
We're going to be renovating the library a bit this summer so we've asked Mrs. Sanchez to pack everything up and have materials accounted for by the last day of school. To do so, she has some earlier-than-usual timeframes for book check out and return. The last chance for RLA students to pick up books will be at our materials exchange on April 14th. All books will be due back by the materials exchange on May 5th. Find more details here.
Upcoming Events & Thank Yous
Mark Your Calendars for Important Events!

  • 4/1--Parent letters re: placement can be sent this month
  • 4/2--NO SCHOOL, GOOD FRIDAY
  • 4/13--PTO meeting @ 8:45 via Zoom
  • 4/14--RLA materials pick up from 4:30-5:30
  • 4/15--Spirit Wear Day!
  • 4/15 & 4/16--5th graders take IL Science Assessment
  • 4/19--Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) testing begins
  • 4/27--Board of Education meeting @ 7pm
  • 4/29--Spirit Wear Day!
  • 4/30--Last day to submit parent letters for consideration in the placement process
  • 5/3-5/7--Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • 5/5--RLA materials pick up from 4:30-5:30
  • 5/6--Life Begins presentation for 5th graders (more information coming soon)
  • 5/11--PTO meeting @ 8:45 via Zoom
  • 5/13--Spirit Wear Day!
  • 5/25--Board of Education meeting @ 7pm
  • 5/31--NO SCHOOL, MEMORIAL DAY
  • 6/2--Last day of school, 12:00 dismissal
  • 6/2--Progress reports available online
Shout Outs
  • Thanks to our amazing families who all observed COVID-required quarantines and worked with Nurse Haley regarding testing and student attendance!
District News
NB28 Children's Choir Performs in Virtual concert
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the NB28 Children's Choir this year!

Greenbriar Music Teacher and choir director Jeremy Bartunek did an amazing job creating a video 'concert' from all-remote student participation.

Check out 'Hot Chocolate' on Youtube.

View the full concert or more individual songs from the 'Jeremy Bartunek' YouTube channel.
Help a Family in Need
Friends and family have organized a fundraiser in loving memory of LIA ROGERS on behalf of her beloved daughter NEVAEH ROGERS. Lia was a Westmoor School PTO volunteer and involved in the community in many ways. A GoFundMe page was established to help Lia's family alleviate lingering medical costs and provide assistance for Nevaeh's future (necessities, schooling, extra-curricular activities, counseling, etc...). All funds will go directly to an account set up for Nevaeh. Visit the Nevaeh Rogers GoFundMe Page to learn more.
PTO News
Welcome back! We hope everyone had a pleasant break!

Marla's Lunch
A reminder that parents can now order lunch for in-person students through Marla's Lunch. First deliveries begin the week of April 12th and the deadline to order is every Tuesday at 12pm for the following week. Click here to order.

As always, please reach out to Kim or Marie should you need anything at greenbriarptonorthbrook@gmail.com.
Music Parents Club
Get Involved! Join the Music Parents Club

If you have a child in Band, Choir or Orchestra, make a difference by getting involved in the Music Parents Club. There are volunteer opportunities of all sizes!
Greenbriar School | Dr. Ginny Hiltz, Principal | 847-498-7950 | ghiltz@northbrook28.net | Website