Volume 31 Issue 34 | May 13, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Greenbriar families,

Two weeks to go and we have so much fun and learning left to fit in this year! Now that the weather has warmed up, we will be eating outside whenever possible. Please make sure your children have a yoga mat, chair or towel to sit on so they can be comfortable. As well, we appreciate parents who wave as they walk or drive by, but please refrain from coming onto school grounds or taking photos from your car during lunch or recess. Our supervisors are extremely cautious about safety and don't always know all of our parents!

We have our final determination of teacher assignments for next year and I'd like to share with the community.

  • Kindergarten: I'm excited to welcome David Mangless to Greenbriar as a kindergarten teacher next year. He currently teaches kindergarten at Meadowbrook and will be a great addition to our team. Ms. Roberts will be returning and Ms. Decker and Mrs. Shamberg will be job-sharing a kindergarten classroom next year.
  • 1st Grade: Mrs. Kowalke will return to 1st grade. Mrs. Siglin and Mrs. Sobczak will job share a classroom next year and Mrs. Weir will return full-time to 1st grade. 
  • 2nd Grade: No changes: Mrs. Farrell, Mrs. Propes, and Mrs. Shulman
  • 3rd Grade: Mrs. Carlberg, Mrs. Esterling, and Mrs. Rench will remain in 3rd grade.
  • 4th Grade: Ms. Scott will move back up to 4th grade next year and join Mrs. Edwards and Ms. Shiple. We will not use a departmentalized model for next year's 4th grade so each teacher will teach all subjects. (Mrs. Feeney is retiring.)
  • 5th Grade: Mrs. Clark will be taking a one-year leave of absence so Ms. Hart will return to 5th grade teaching all subjects with one class. Mrs. Sliepka and Mrs. Tucker will continue to share classes in a departmentalized model.

Our spirit countdown begins on Monday! Please check out this list of spirit days for our last two full weeks of school!

Have a great weekend!


End of Year Technology Information

The last day for 5th graders to bring home their iPads will be May 20th. We will be collecting chargers from 5th graders beginning on Monday, May 23rd. Please return the district-issued Apple brand iPad charger and cord. Lost or damaged chargers will be assessed a fee: $19 for charging brick. $19 for cord. $38 for both pieces. Only Apple brand iPad chargers and cords will be collected. iPhone charging bricks will not be accepted.

Greenbriar Library End of Year Dates

Please take a look at this document which outlines the end of year dates for the Greenbriar library. All books and other items are due back to the library by May 24th!

Greenbriar All-School Virtual Art Show Ends Today *repeat*

The Greenbriar Virtual Art Show closes today. What better way to celebrate all the wonderful creativity and artistry your children have developed in art this year than by clicking on this link and viewing the artwork together!

Unfortunately, due to staffing shortages at the Artomé warehouse, the art show company is unable to provide the in-person art show for our students. In its place it would mean the world to your kids if you viewed the art show together online. There’s no better way of boosting confidence in your child by showing them you love them by supporting their creativity and artistry. Additionally, if you would like to purchase the artwork framed and matted, you may do so directly on the website. Part of the proceeds will go to the Greenbriar PTO and help support all the wonderful programs throughout the school. All artwork originals (whether purchased/framed or not purchased) will be shipped back to Greenbriar prior to the end of the school year to be distributed back to students. Thank you for supporting the fine arts at Greenbriar this year and enjoy the show!!!

End-of-Year Events for 5th-Graders *repeat*

There are many exciting things we have planned to help celebrate our 5th-graders! Check out this list to keep track of all the things going on in the coming weeks. Highlights include:

  • County Fair 5th-grade dunk tank on 5/25
  • Yearbook signing & Kona Ice treat on 5/31
  • Breakfast on 6/1
  • Golden Folder Ceremony on 6/1

Gently Used Spirit Wear Sale--DONATIONS NEEDED! *repeat*

At the County Fair on May 25th, we will be offering a variety of items for sale including gently used spirit wear (at very low prices!), new spirit wear that was leftover from this year's order, mini Krieger stuffed animals, and other shirts, magnets, and items that you might be interested in!

All proceeds will benefit the PTO and therefore, our kids! If you have any gently used spirit wear that no longer fits or is needed in your home, please donate it to the office to be included in our sale. Please avoid donating anything with rips or holes or large stains. We appreciate your support!

2022-23 School Supply Kits Available to Order: Deadline June 1st *repeat*

Our awesome PTO organizes school supply kit ordering for families. This is entirely optional but a good way to get all of the supplies needed for your child. Boxes will be delivered directly to school in the summer and will be distributed to your child's 2022-23 year teacher. To order visit https://www.shopttkits.com/ and use Account # 40062.

**Current 5th graders can order supplies via NBJH's PTO. Use the same link with Account # 20308. The deadline for ordering supplies for next year's 6th graders is May 20th.

Upcoming Events & Thank Yous

Mark Your Calendars for Important Events!

Did you know you can synch calendar items to your phone calendar through the District 28 Mobile App for iPhone or Android or from the website?

  • 5/17--Incoming Kindergarten Screening Day
  • 5/17--NBD28 Children's Choir concert @ 7pm
  • 5/24--All items due back to the Greenbriar library!
  • 5/24--Board of Education meeting @ 7pm
  • 5/25--County Fair @ 5:30-7:30pm
  • 5/26--Candor Health presentations for 5th graders
  • 5/27--Field Day!
  • 5/30--NO SCHOOL
  • 5/31--Pack Picnic Lunch
  • 6/1--Last Day of School!
  • 5th Grade Breakfast 8:00-8:45
  • Golden Folder Ceremony 10:00-11:00
  • Dismissal at 12:00
Shout Outs
  • Thanks to everyone who attended our final PTO meeting of the school year. Special thanks to Kim Yen and Marie Junkmann for their three years of amazing leadership of our PTO. We appreciate you both so much!

  • Thanks to everyone who ordered a Shookie's Cookie for kids and staff this week!

  • Thanks to our PTO Pizza Day volunteers!
District News

KidCare Registration is Open for '22-'23

KidCare is District 28's before- and after-school care program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The goal of the program is to provide a fun, safe environment with opportunities including crafts, games, and study time. Students also participate in physical activities while having time to play outside each day, weather permitting.

Click for details.

Reminder: COVID Symptoms Require Test

If your child is experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are vaccinated they should stay home and get tested with a PCR test or at-home test. COVID-19 symptoms include any of the following within the last 24 hours:

·      Fatigue from an unknown cause

·      Fever (100.4 or higher)

·      New onset of moderate to severe headache

·      New loss of sense of taste or smell

·      New cough

·      Sore throat

·      Shortness of breath

·      Muscle body aches from unknown cause

·      Vomiting or diarrhea


Please notify the office that your child is experiencing symptoms and will be absent. The child should get either a PCR or home test. 

If the symptoms are related to a diagnosed health condition your child has, other than COVID-19, provide a doctor's note to the school about this diagnosed health condition. Do not come to school until you have provided a doctor's note or negative test result.

SHIELD Testing Concludes Week of May 16

SHIELD Testing will conclude the week of May 16 due to staff issues with our service provider.

COVID Dashboard
The district is maintaining a COVID dashboard to publish more detailed information on positive cases and student quarantines for close contact and travel. The dashboard is updated daily with newly reported positive cases of both students and staff as well as student quarantine daily averages.

Dental Exams Due for K,2,6

All children in kindergarten, second, and sixth grades are required to submit evidence of a dental examination. The State of Illinois Proof of School Dental Form must be completed within 18 months prior to May 15, 2022 when it is required to be on file at school.

PTO News

Thank You For A Great 3 Years!! We Transition to New Presidents

Wow, three years sure went fast! As we wind down our time as PTO Co-Presidents, we want to say a heartfelt thank you to the Greenbriar community! From the wonderful staff to amazing Greenbriar families, this school is truly special place! We never knew that a pandemic would be part of our presidency, but we continued to plug on and really turned to supporting our wonderful staff and students. Thank you to all the parents who helped donate resources, time, and energy throughout the years. We end our presidency with a strengthened sense of community and also in a financial position that continues to be strong in supporting all of the amazing activities for our students and teachers. We will forever cherish our time serving, and what an amazing experience it has been! Ginny Hiltz~ Thank you for the endless time you have put in navigating what has been the most difficult time in school history. It has been a pleasure working beside you! We especially thank all of those who took on leadership roles on PTO committees throughout the last three years, and our amazing executive board. Our team was nothing short of AMAZING, and we are excited for all who are coming aboard for the 2022/2023 school year!! 

Thank You Executive Board:

Kimberly Farrell: Teacher Representative

Ginny Hiltz: Principal

Julie Hochschild: Treasurer

Kim Houlihan: Teacher Representative

Carreen Morrison: VP Fundraising & Activities

Christine O'Malley: Corresponding Secretary

Ellen Perez: VP Room Parents

Tracy Sarbaugh: Recording Secretary

Jenny Sciortino: VP Communications

Jenn Turk: VP Membership & Information

Nicole Wincek: VP Room Parents

As we roll off from our positions, so to do the following individuals:

-Julie Hochschild (Treasurer)

-Jenny Sciortino (Communications)

-Nicole Wincek (Room Parents)

You will be missed!

We welcome:

Lori Green & Shelly O'Regan- Co-Presidents

Ali Franklin: VP Fundraising & Activities

Sara Kladis: VP Communications

Carreen Morrison: Treasurer

Many Thanks!

~Marie Junkmann & Kim Yen

County Fair Information:

Our beloved event is back! Please consider volunteering. We always need a lot of help for this event!

County Fair Volunteer Sign Up

Date: May 25th (Rain date: May 26th)

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Greenbriar- Front Playground & Field


  • Josh’s will be serving food (cash only)~ Enjoy your dinner there, or bring a picnic blanket and dinner from home
  • Cake Walk
  • Music by Mr. Bartunek
  • High Five Sports
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Dunk Tank for 5th Graders
  • Greenbriar Attire/Spirit Sale (varied prices; cash or credit)
  • Dairy Queen (Blizzards-$4, cash or credit)
  • Josh’s Hot Dogs (cash only, see menu below)
  • Hot Dog: $4
  • Hamburger/Cheeseburger: $5
  • Chicken: $6
  • Chips: $1
  • Water: $1


2022/2023 Committee Sign Ups/Volunteer Opportunities: 

We welcome and appreciate your participation in the 2022-2023 Greenbriar programs & activities. Please sign up here to volunteer for the various committees. Committee descriptions are listed here.  


Please also indicate your interest to being a room parent in the Google doc found on the Sign-Up Genius. Thanks in advance for your help bringing back many of our beloved Greenbriar traditions.  


If you have any questions, please reach out to Lori or Shelly at greenbriarptonorthbrook@gmail.com.

Shookie Cookie Thank You:

Thanks you to all parents who ordered Shookies Cookies! This fundraiser is helping fund treats for our fabulous staff as well as to help contribute a leave behind 

tribute to Dr. Larry Hewitt. Thank you to Lori Green and Shelly O'Regan for all of their efforts in leading this fundraiser.

Art Show:

Thank you to Suzanne Hagen and Jeremy Blair for working hard on the virtual art show. We truly appreciate all of your hard work!

5th Grade Hand Print Committee:

Thank you to the following individuals for helping with the 5th grade handprint banner this week: Kirsten Feeney, Jaime Finn, Marie Junkmann, Shelly O'Regan, Kim Panek, Tracy Sarbaugh, Ellen Silva, and Jacquie Wahlstrom

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Congratulations to more than 400 registered race participants who are all Winners! Thanks for all the support from the District 28 community, donors and our sponsors! We raised more than $37,000 - enough to provide scholarships to our future alumni award recipients for the next few years. We are so thrilled to have built both the event and scholarship fund back up after a two-year break during the pandemic. Special thanks to Knowledge Nook, our Ultra Sponsor. Please support all our sponsors, listed at www.HOH5K.org.


A Big Shoutout to the D28 Youth Winners who placed 1st in their (F/M) age groups:

  • Greenbriar: Dylan Kray, Brooke Rosenberg, Peter McKevitt and Joel Lake
  • Meadowbrook: Hazel Cohen, Diana Dong, Reese Mueller and Janessa Wu
  • NBJH: Anthony Costescu
  • Westmoor: Jordyn Rubin, Andrew Fink, Will Frazier


For D28 students who did not collect their awards at the race, please pick them up at your school office. Click to view a full list of race participant results and awards.

If anyone else needs to still pick up awards or raffle prizes, please reach out to Cari@bardesinteriors.com


Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped on race day, and especially to the planning committee: Cari Raymond Stoneburner, Laura Jaeger, Jocelyn Reynolds, Katie Brown, Jackie Smith, Dawn Dillon, Jenni Roth, Mara Silver-Schack and Tamara Reese.


Thanks to Amee McCaughan Photography who captured amazing professional photos at the HOH5K. Those photos and more can be viewed on our Facebook Page.


Save the Date, May 6, 2023, for the next HOH5K! 

Virtual Backpack
Materials posted are the responsibility of the organizations represented. View all Virtual Backpack listings on our website.
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Mental Health Matters

GBN Lacrosse Game & Family Fair


Come celebrate mental health awareness at a community event featuring the GBN Boys Varsity Lacrosse team in action on Saturday, May 14. The lacrosse game begins at 11 a.m. and the family fair begins at 12:30 p.m. at Glenbrook North High School Football Field.


After the game, players along with the GBN Poms will lead clinics on the field.

You and your family can also dance with a DJ, enjoy food from the GBN Booster Club and green Dilly Bars (for Mental Health) from DQ, and visit with representatives from local mental health providers and organizations to learn about resources in and around Northbrook.


This community event is brought to you by GBN Lacrosse, the GBN Mental Health Advisory Board, and CATCH.


Ending the Silence

Let’s Talk About Our Children’s Mental Health

Are you concerned about your child’s moods or behavior? Are they part of a “phase” or signs of something more serious? Explore these and other questions about youth mental health with experts from NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Join CATCH and Northbrook School District 28 for a 60-minute, interactive presentation where you will learn insights and strategies to help better understand your child’s emotional development and the importance of communication.

7 p.m. Monday, May 23rd Via Zoom

Click to register

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Register for Summer League Ball

Summer league for preschool through 2nd-grade boys and girls baseball is now open. Individual & Team entries accepted. Visit www.northbrookactionbaseball.org for more information.

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Soccer Club Tryouts May 23-26

The Spartan FC Northbrook Soccer club is holding tryouts May 23-26 for children born in 2011-2016. Download the Flier for more details.

Greenbriar School | Dr. Ginny Hiltz, Principal | 847-498-7950 | ghiltz@northbrook28.net | Website

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