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Principal's Newsletter 
Back to School Edition
July 2020
Enrollment Timeline
June 17

July 6 - 30

July 30

August 12

Residency Verification Due

Online Registration Open

Registration and Payment Due Date

First Day of School – Full Day
Online Registration Through Glenbard

Establish Your Account:  Do you already have a Glenbard PowerSchool parent account? 

YES – Great, then the entire registration process can be completed with just a few clicks.

YES, but I have an incoming freshman – Simply add a new student to your existing parent account by clicking on the Add new students through Account Preferences link.

NO - If you have not created a parent account on PowerSchool, you will need to establish one before proceeding. For more information, visit https://ps.glenbard.org to establish your account.

Register & Pay:
If you received a letter in May to verify residency, this must be completed before proceeding to PowerSchool. Reference the instructions in the May letter to verify residency. *

* For details on residency verification, click “Residency Verification” located under the “Parents” menu on the school website.

Log into PowerSchool on or after Monday, July 6, 2020 , and follow the on-screen instructions. There are help files and video tutorials there to assist you. Both parent/guardian AND student(s) will be required to be present during online registration to individually agree to handbooks, agreements, and terms and conditions.

Review your information and your student’s information. Submit changes if needed.

Register for a sport if you wish to pay for it on a payment plan. 

Click on Student Fees to complete the process and make your Registration Payment online. If you would like to pay for athletics on a payment plan, your student must be registered for at least one sport before setting up a payment plan for registration fees. You must register and pay by midnight Thursday, July 30, 2020 to receive the discounted registration fee.

No internet access?  Contact your school's Assistant Principal for Student Services (APSS) office for assistance.

Additional information is available at your school or district websites.

Provide Medical Information:

Freshmen: Physicals are due to the school nurse by  July 15th .

Seniors: Proof of meningitis vaccination due to the school nurse by  July 15th.

NOTE: Freshman physicals and proof of senior meningococcal vaccine are requested by  July 15th.  Students will not be allowed to complete the Back-to-School process without a completed physical (freshman) or proof of meningococcal vaccine (seniors). First day of school exclusion will apply to lack of/or incomplete physicals and/or immunizations.
Need Financial Assistance and Free/Reduced Lunch? There will be an online application process in place when online registration opens. If you have questions, call the Glenbard West helpline at (630) 942-7406.

Fees and Registration
Glenbard utilizes an online registration process for families. Both parent/guardian and student will be required to approve online policies and terms/conditions. Glenbard’s Student Fee Schedule is located under the Parents section of the website.

Required Fees
$235 - Registration and Fees (prompt pay fee of $200 if paid in full by July 30th) – fee includes registration; all course fees; student activity pass, and digital handbook.

$189 - iPad Rental Fee (seniors)*

$149 - iPad Rental Fee (freshmen-juniors) as a result of reduced cost from our vendor*

$ 85 - Digital Curriculum Fee

*Fee includes device, charger, case, insurance coverage, and loaner program. After the family has made four annual rental payments over the student’s career at Glenbard, and the student’s account is paid in full, the device will become the property of the student. In other words, this is a rent-to-own program.
Families must complete online registration and payment by July 30, 2020.
Registration and payments received after this date will pay the $235 Registration and Fee charge versus the prompt pay fee of $200.
PE Uniform & Lock
PE uniform and lock will be provided to all incoming freshmen once 'in person' instruction resumes at school. The PE uniform and lock will be directly billed ($26) to you for online payment. If needed, returning students will be able to purchase PE uniforms and lock once school is in session.

Technology and Training (iPad, Charger & Case)

New for this year:
All incoming freshmen and transfer students will receive an iPad to manage coursework. Glenbard will ship your iPad and training information to your residence after you have registered, paid your fees and/or signed up for a payment plan. We strongly encourage families to register as early as possible so that your student has more time to train on their device prior to the first day of school.
Returning students that had an iPad for the 2019-20 school year are responsible for maintaining their device in good working order and will use their device for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. Returning students should run all software updates prior to the first day of school.  If you experience technical issues with your iPad, contact the technical support help desk at (630) 942-7777.

Digital Curriculum/Applications: Glenbard provides students with digital curriculum (digital textbooks, digital novels, digital workbooks) and applications (Schoology, our learning management system, etc.) that the student will use for their coursework. 
Note: Certain courses may still require non-digital materials (hardbound textbooks; paperback novels, or workbooks). If your student needs these non-digital materials, we will provide at no additional charge. Textbooks must be returned by the student in good condition at semester end (semester classes) or by year-end for (full term classes), or fines could apply. Glenbard will coordinate delivery of these materials to your student.

Athletic participation fees are $150 per year, per student. Payment of the fee allows your student to participate in unlimited sports for the year. Note: At this point in time, we hope to offer fall sports (subject to State and IHSA guidelines); in the event that fall sports are not held, Glenbard will credit your account for the athletic fee, if your student only signed up for a fall sport this year. Note: You must register your student for school prior to registering your student for a sport.

Optional Fees
Yearbooks are available for purchase through the online registration and payment process. Students that sign up for the Behind the Wheel portion of Drivers Education will be charged $350. Parking passes are limited and the annual fee is $100.

Payment of Fees
It is the policy of the Glenbard Board of Education that prior to the first official day of class families should pay fees in full. Payments are due by July 30, 2020 for families to realize the prompt-pay discount of $35. The online registration process will guide you through the registration and payment process. Families that cannot pay in full due to financial circumstances should refer to the Financial Assistance Programs referenced below.
Payment Plan:  Glenbard offers a 4-pay payment plan that allows you to pay your fees over the course of the school year. A $7 convenience fee will apply. IMPORTANT: If you want the optional Athletic Participation Fee to be included in your payment plan, you must select this fee when you register online.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding ‘in person’ Back-to-School Days for our students. Glenbard will ship instructional devices and/or materials required for learning directly to your residence.
National School Breakfast and Lunch Program (Free or Reduced Meals): 

Families that are eligible for the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program (Free or Reduced Meals) must apply each year for approval. You can apply for the program via our online application form contained within the Parents section of the website under Financial Aid - Lunch and Breakfast Program.  We have provided instructions and a link to our PowerSchool system at this section of the website. If you believe you are eligible, please complete the online application form for submission. 
New for this year
Families can apply for waiver of school fees through our new online application form or through the Office of the Assistant Principal for Student Services. The online application form and related information are located within the “Parents” section of the website, under “Financial Aid” then “School Fees”. If you apply for a waiver of school fees, you must also sign up for Glenbard’s 8-pay payment plan.  After you select "Student Fees," choose the 8-payment option and complete the information.  If your waiver is declined, the 8-payment plan will be activated and your fees will be paid over the course of the school year in 8 equal installments.  IMPORTANT: If you want the optional Athletic Participation Fee to be included in your payment plan, you must select this fee when you register online.   

If you have questions concerning waiver of school fees, call the Glenbard West helpline at (630) 942-7406.
Please check the Glenbard West website for up-to-date information regarding Freshmen Orientation.
NEW! Simplified AP Fee Process & One Free Test for 2020-2021

We are excited to announce that we have simplified the AP exam fee payment process for the 2020-2021 school year. These changes will not only eliminate the need for families to create a login and pay test fees through a third party, but they will also mean that every student will have the opportunity to take their first AP exam at no cost!

New for the 2020-21 school year, AP exam fee exams will be charged to a student’s Glenbard fee account through the registration process in the summer, along with the other annual student fees. Our School Board has made the investment to defray the cost of the first AP exam for every student, so families will only be responsible for paying the AP exam fee for their student’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc exam each year. Families will have the opportunity to “opt-out” of the exam and fee by October 15, 2020 or February 15, 2021 for 2nd Semester only AP courses. After these dates, families will be responsible for a $40 unused/canceled exam fee after October 15, 2020 or February 15, 2021 for 2nd-semester only AP courses.
OCTOBER 14, 2020
School-Day SAT and PSAT/NMSQT: October 14, 2020  

The State of Illinois has announced that schools can provide an SAT for the Class of 2021 on October 14, 2020. All District 87 Seniors will take the SAT with essay during the school day on October 14th. All Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 14, 2020 as well, without cost to the family. There will be a modified schedule for the day. More information to follow. 
Athletic Updates

Information regarding all Glenbard West sports will be sent as regulations are determined. Please check our website for updates as they become available.
It is strongly recommended that student-athletes schedule appointments for their physical examinations with their physician. Students will not be allowed to participate if their physical has expired. Athletic physicals expire after 395 days from their previous date.

Please email Assistant Principal for Athletics joseph_kain@glenbard.org  or Administrative Assistant to the APA  ellen_reifel@glenbard.org  with any questions.

As we review the last five months, we as a society have been met with much uncertainty. Major events have occurred and many questions have been pondered. Will school resume for the 2020-2021 year or will remote learning continue? Will family members lose their jobs? Will someone I care about contract COVID-19? Will someone I love be killed because of the color of their skin? When can we go back to living the way we used to? Should we want to go back to living the way we used to? These questions and others have likely been asked a million times. Many people have experienced new levels of stress. What we once considered “normal” conduct of living is now being met with strict guidelines and a variety of adjustments. 

In the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, Black Lives Matter protests were amplified, shedding greater light on the racial inequalities, social justice concerns, and interpersonal, systemic, structural, and institutionalized racism. 

As a society, we are faced with a crucial time in history to pivot in many ways. Ask yourself: What have I learned about myself in the last five months? How have I grown as a person? What are the next steps of action I plan to take for my own personal development? For the development of my community? Now ask your child the same questions. What are their answers?  

These last few months have surely brought on some BIG emotions for both you and your student. To help mitigate and process these feelings, it is important that we first validate the feelings that arise. This can be done by simply acknowledging what your child may be experiencing. When a person feels validated, it signals to them that their emotions and what they are experiencing are real, allowing them to feel safe to process and express those emotions within their support system. 

The Glenbard West Student Services Team is eager and excited to enter the 2020-2021 school year in whatever fashion is deemed the most appropriate given the current health crisis. We plan to support students that have struggled with COVID-19 related concerns/issues as well as to continue to place racial equity and anti-racism practices at the forefront of our work. We encourage all families to express and validate one another’s emotions while at home, as we, too, will be providing ongoing social and emotional support to students and staff upon transitioning back to school. Below is a list of the Student Services members and their corresponding contact information in case a need arises that you feel requires some professional guidance.  

Dr. David Larson, Superintendent
Superintendent discusses adapting to change
I trust you’re having a safe summer and that you are finding time for some relaxation. This is a time of considerable change in our world and an opportunity for growth. Now, more than ever, it’s important to practice self-care as we continue to deal with the effects of the pandemic.

Like you, we have adjusted how we go about everyday business. I am proud of how our faculty, staff, students, and families adapted during the move to e-learning in the spring. Students and adults alike have shown they have the skills needed to persevere in the face of a significant challenge. 

Our faculty and staff continue to demonstrate the qualities of our Profile of an Educator. Our administrators continue to show their flexibility and innovation as we work on a plan to reopen schools next month. Faculty and staff have been adapting and learning as we adjust to and comply with changing state guidelines. They were collaborative and innovative in providing e-learning experiences to our students in the spring with little notice. They’re embracing diversity and exhibiting empathy and advocating as we meet the varying needs of our students and families. 

Recent local and national events and discussions have opened our eyes to systemic racism and the urgent need for reform in our own community and throughout society. In Glenbard, we believe everyone deserves to be safe, respected and valued. As part of our multi-year equity journey, we are learning and growing to be more racially conscious and committed to equity and inclusion. I am proud of our staff’s dedication to their personal equity journey through curriculum revisions, professional development, and amplifying student voice inside and outside of our classrooms. 

An emphasis on embracing diversity is also a critical component of our Profile of a Graduate. I am eager to learn from our students who will participate in upcoming online discussions about race, and I am committed to being more intentional about being an antiracist. 

Much is changing in our society, and some of it is long overdue. I remain hopeful that through significant change will come a better future for our students, families, and community. I am committed to being part of the positive change.
2020 - 2021
Glenbard Parent Series 2020-2021 speaker lineup announced

In this 25th year of the Glenbard Parent Series, we invite all to join us and meet our extraordinary presenters!

Note our TWO Community Read authors for 2020-21, Jason Reynolds   Long Way Down  and   co-author  of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You on September 29, 2020 and Tara Westover   Educated: A Memoir  on February 23, 2021.

The Glenbard Parent Series Navigating Healthy Families has announced its lineup of 2020-21 guest speakers. Click here to see the complete listing.

Click here for the Glenbard Parent Series YouTube Channel.
Check out the Glenbard Parent Series Take 5 video library of preview videos-filled with useful insights for students and adults during this challenging time. 

Start the conversation here!
Check out our virtual Summer GPS event with Dr. Ken Ginsburg
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