Volume 30 Issue 37 | May 28, 2021
Principal's Message

It has been a year for the record books! As this is our last Gazette of 2020-21, I'd like to end with a heartfelt thank you to all of our families. Whether you collaborated with us on our in-person safety procedures or reorganized your lives to support children with remote learning, we could not have thrived as much as we did throughout this year without such a fantastic partnership between our students, parents, and school staff. Thank you for supporting us and supporting your children during a trying and uncertain year.

We have been busy looking for silver linings and thinking about how next year, and future years, will look, by trying to keep an eye on those positive changes that were brought about by the pandemic. We have all learned some valuable lessons and we'll look to incorporate those as we return more toward "normal."

We look forward to receiving guidance from the state throughout the summer to help direct our procedures for the fall. We are all hopeful that we can bring back some of our beloved community events and welcome parents and visitors back into our buildings. Stay tuned for updates as we move closer to August.

Your next formal communication from Greenbriar will be classroom teacher assignments and welcome back information which will arrive via email on the afternoon of Friday, August 6th. Until then, enjoy your summers. Stay safe and healthy!

With many thanks,
Summer Reading

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman
We are excited to announce our book choice for our Greenbriar Summer Book Club!

Check out more information below, or by clicking on the document on the left, to learn about The Silver Arrow, our choice for shared summer reading! Summer Reading

Need Other Summer Reading Ideas?
Our District 28 librarians have collected some great book suggestions for kids of all ages. Check out their recommendations below.

Remote Learning Academy News
Dear RLA Parents, 

You are a special group of parents who have lived the ups and downs of an entire school year literally beside your children. We are grateful for everything you did to help at home, while juggling all of your regular responsibilities, to ensure we could provide a new way to educate your children.  

Thank you for helping to teach your child perseverance. Thank you for stepping in when needed and stepping back as required to help your child grow into a more independent learner. Thank you for your ever-present support for our staff so that they could do magic with your children. None of us were sure how this year would go (since living through a pandemic was new for all of us), and none of us could have imagined how extraordinary our teamwork would be. 

We wish you a wonderful summer and well-earned break for you and your children. We look forward to seeing you back at school next year! 


District 28 Administrators and RLA Staff
Important Date - Materials & Device Drop off: Thursday, June 3
Please plan to return your child’s technology devices and school materials to your child’s home school on Thursday, June 3 from 8:30-11:30 AM. You will need to return your child’s iPad charger along with their device. Your child’s teacher will let you know what school materials (math materials, textbooks, etc) need to be returned. Please place all materials in a bag labeled with the teacher’s name.

*If your child will be attending Summer School or Extended School Year, they will keep their devices/chargers and do not need to return at this time. 
Upcoming Events & Thank Yous
Mark Your Calendars for Important Events!

  • 6/2--Last day of school, 12:00 dismissal
  • 6/2--Progress reports available online
  • 6/2--Supply kit orders due
  • 6/3--Materials/device drop-off for RLA students from 8:30-11:30
Shout Outs
  • Thanks to our PTO 5th grade celebrations committee for all of the special events and gifts you're coordinating for our 5th graders!

  • Thanks to the Patel family for the delicious ice cream treat for staff this afternoon!
PTO News
Wow, what a year! We are so grateful to the partnership of parents, staff, and students to make this year a HUGE success during a pandemic year.  The HARD WORK of Ginny Hiltz, along with the amazing teachers and staff at Greenbriar was never-ending -- we are so grateful to you all!   It was a year like no other, and the creativity and perseverance of our PTO board will always be remembered.

 Thank you PTO Exec Board:
  •   Dr. Ginny Hiltz: Principal
  •   Kim Houlihan: Teacher Representative
  •   Kimberly Farrell: Teacher Representative
  •   Marie Junkmann: Co-President
  •   Kim Yen: Co-President
  •   Julie Hochschild: Treasurer
  •   Tracy Sarbaugh: Recording Secretary
  •   Christine O'Malley: Corresponding Secretary
  •   Jenny Sciortino: VP Communications
  •   Nicole Woods/Molly Brown: VP Fundraising & Activities
  •   Nicole Wincek: VP Classrooms/Room Parents
  •   Jenn Turk: VP Membership & Information

As this year comes to a close, Nicole Woods, will be leaving the exec board as her youngest moves on to NBJH. We thank her for her years of service to Greenbriar! We will miss you!

Thank you to all who volunteered throughout the year! It was so fun to see moments of joy between birthday signs, bundt cakes and blizzards, teacher appreciation events, and more! THANK YOU!!!!

Gift to School
The PTO is proud to announce a gift to the school. Come Fall, there will be a brand new circulation desk in the library for all students and staff to enjoy.

We are proud that even despite a challenging year, we can make a contribution back to the school!  

Watch for pictures of the new circulation desk next school year!

End of the Year Housekeeping

School Supply Kit Ordering
The PTO committee is organizing school supply kit ordering for next school year. This is totally optional but a great time saver for parents! If you choose to order, the deadline for 2021-22 kits is June 2nd. Kits will be delivered to school and will be ready for students at Meet the Teacher or the first day of school.

Use Account # 40062

School Year Photos
While it wasn't our usual school year, we're still looking for photos of our students during this school year and past years at Greenbriar. Please send photos to the Greenbriar Historian E-Mail at greenbriarhistorian@gmail.com. These pictures can be sent in throughout the summer too, so please go through your pictures over the years and get them in! These are especially helpful when the yearbook is being worked on for the 5th graders.

Staff Favorites List
Please know that end-of-the-year gifts are TOTALLY OPTIONAL, however, if you are looking for ideas or want to see what our Greenbriar staff enjoys, this list has some of their favorite things.

Volunteer Opportunities for 2021-2022 School Year
The Sign Up Genius for next year is "live". Please help make next year great and volunteer! We are hopeful to bring as much back as possible!

As always, please reach out to Kim or Marie should you need anything at greenbriarptonorthbrook@gmail.com.
District News
Orchestras Perform
'Ode to Joy'
Please take a moment to enjoy the work of our orchestra students playing 'Ode to Joy'. Many thanks to Jennifer Lee-Stewart for overseeing and editing the video and to all the orchestra directors, including Mike Govert, Debee Peterson and Sarah Stanley for keeping music alive for our students this year!
Glenbrook South Vaccination Clinics Open to All
There are still appointments available for vaccination events taking place today and next Friday at Glenbrook South High School. These events all utilize the Pfizer vaccine. 
If you need Dose 2 you can also walk in for your second dose. Also, if you want dose 1 and cannot make dose 2 as scheduled below, they will arrange for your 2nd dose at their facility for another time and date.
This event is open to the entire community with extra vaccinators so even walk-ups can participate with minimal wait times.
Use the links below to view available appointments:

  • Friday, May 28, 2021 - 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Dose 1) and Friday, June 18, 2021 (Dose 2)
  • Event coordinated with Passport Health.
  • Click here to sign up.

*Repeat* County Sites Have Pfizer Vaccine for ages 12+

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for all children age 12 and older.
Beginning on Thursday, May 13, Cook County Health is offering everyone age 12+ the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine free of charge at eight vaccination sites across the suburbs.
  • Locations are in Des Plaines, Matteson, South Holland, River Grove, Forest Park, Thornton Fractional, West Leyden and Summit
  • You can make an appointment or just walk-in to any site. 
  • If you would like to make an appointment, visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov
Virtual Backpack
District 28 shares local non-profit and community partner flyers here in the District's "Virtual Backpack." Please note that District 28 is making this information available as a courtesy and to provide information about local events and programs in our community. Materials posted on this page are the responsibility of the organizations represented. You can always check the Virtual Backpack webpage as a handy reference!
Library Reopens to the Public June 7
The library is excited to welcome the public back into its newly remodeled lobby starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 7. The lobby construction, which began in February, involved moving the Circulation department to the 2nd floor and includes improvements to the lobby and the Circulation workroom, including new collections and the installation of an automated sorting machine. Renderings and photos can be seen here: https://www.northbrook.info/remodel

Summer Reading Kick-Off June 5 & 6
The Northbrook Public Library invites you to a Drive-Through Kick-Off Event in its parking lot, featuring giveaways for youth and adults. Come drive through to pick up your goodies without having to leave the car on Saturday, June 5 from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday, June 6 from 9 a.m.- noon.  www.northbrook.info/summer-reading
Books and Bundts Summer Reading Incentive Program
Nothing Bundt Cakes in Deerfield is sponsoring a summer reading program from June 1 to September 1. The store will celebrate each child's reading accomplishments with a free "bundtlet" and an award certificate.
Summer Virtual STEAM Camps at Oakton Community College
Supercharge your child’s passion for learning with cutting-edge courses in coding, game design, eSports, virtual reality, and more. See details

Learn how to talk to kids about alcohol & drugs
Parents are invited to a free live webinar at noon June 23 to learn how to have conversations and get tips on how to answer difficult questions. Register today.
Greenbriar School | Dr. Ginny Hiltz, Principal | 847-498-7950 | ghiltz@northbrook28.net | Website