Parent/Teacher Conferences Begin October 16
Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 16 and from 12:00 noon - 8:00 p.m.,Thursday, October 18. This is a change from last year’s conferences. There is no student attendance on Thursday, October 18, 2018.
Board of Education Meets on October 25 at Maple School
The Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 25 at Maple School. For more information, call the District 30 Administrative Offices at 847-498-4190.
Character Counts! Winners Recognized on October 16
The cameras were clicking wildly on October 16, when Maple School Principal and Character Counts! Chair, Dr. Nate Carter recognized 16 winners of the annual Character Counts! Poster/Video Contest, during a Village of Glenview Trustees meeting.
District 30 winners included the following students:
Grades K-2/Third place Poster Contest winner was Willowbrook School’s Ethan Kim
Grades 3-4/First place Poster Contest winner was Willowbrook School’s Naomi Chiang
Grades 5-6/First place Video Contest winners included Maple School's: Mia Hermann, Maia Abrahams, and Sophia Abrahams; second place Video Contest winner was Marisa Chi; and Maple School third place Video Contest winners were David Kang, Alexander Chae, and Jaden Cho.
Grades 7-8/First place Video Contest winner was Darshan Kommanapalli
For the past 23 years, Character Counts! in Glenview has held the student poster contest with three grade categories: kindergarten through second grades, third through fourth grades, and sixth through eighth grades.
Since 2013, students in grades six through eight have been asked to create videos of one to two minutes, with any of the six pillars of character as the subject. This year was the first year that fifth graders were invited to participate in the video contest instead of the poster portion of the contest!
The posters and videos that were submitted were required to represent how good character is displayed, using one or more of the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, Maple School Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf, and Willowbrook School Principal Scott Carlson were in attendance and congratulated each student for his/her achievement.
At the meeting’s conclusion, Dr. Carter wholeheartedly thanked the Kiwanis Club of Glenview-Northbrook for generously sponsoring the contest by providing cash awards to all winners.
Parents Learn Latest Social Media and Internet Safety Tips
A good question one should ask themselves before posting on Social Media is, “Would your grandmother approve of what you are posting, sending, or doing?” asked Glenview’s Community Relations Police Officer, Joel Detloff, while addressing over 40 parents at Maple School, during a workshop held there on October 10.
He and Glenview Police Department Detective, Carlie Janowiak have been taking their presentation on social media internet safety across Northfield Township, informing community members and teachers of the latest tips and tactics on how to keep themselves and their children safe while visiting social networks.
Some facts presented: Snapchat is currently the most widely used app on social media, and it is used primarily by those younger than 35. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter follow in order of popularity, while Facebook has become the user’s choice for older adults.
In fact, “Forty-four percent of those ages 18 to 29 say they've deleted the app from their phone in the last year," according to CNBC, Consumer News and Business Channel.
Officer Detloff instructed, “Monitor your children’s activities on the Internet and social media sites. Take control of their device and become the administrator. Obtain their passwords.”
He said that parents should use available tools, like the “Findmyapp” app to track lost phones or current geo-locations. Parental controls limit data, text, purchases and use time. Parents were also told to mandate that their children accept them as a “friend” on social media platforms they are using.
“Install filtering software, like ‘cyberpatrol.’”
Officer Janowiak explained some important social networking safety rules and discussed the issue of online predators and how to manage and address cyberbullying.
“Never use your full name online, or any other personal information. Do not respond to rude or bullying messages, and if there is clearly threat of harm involved, parents should call the police,” warned Officer Janowiak.
Parents were told to remind their kids that free Wi-Fi is not secure, turn off Wi-fi auto-connect, and use secure websites.
The officers also discussed using Google to stay informed of the latest information on social media safety. More information is available at Instagram and Facebook Privacy and Safety Centers.
They also shared important information on E-cigs, JUUL and the effects and usage of these devices by youth in today's society.
Office Detloff concluded the evening by giving some good old-fashioned advice that even a grandmother would approve of: “Everything in moderation. Watch for problems, Stay in communication with your children."
Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, Maple Principal Dr. Nate Carter, Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf, and Director of Educational Technology Andrew Kohl attended the presentation, and talked to parents at the evening’s conclusion.’'
This presentation was sponsored by the Maple, Wescott and Willlowbrook PTOs, and hosted by Maple School PTO with Co-Presidents Becky Fliegel and Erin Sommer.
Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley stated, "Thank you to the PTOs and the Glenview Police Department for bringing the social media presentation to Maple School. Their core message was to monitor and guide our children's technology use. Thank you also to our parents for being a community that craves learning!"
New Bike Safety Rule in Northbrook
Northbrook’s bicycle helmet ordinance requires children under the age of 16 to wear an industry compliant helmet; when riding a bicycle, being carried on a bicycle, or transported by a bicycle trailer; on streets, sidewalks, or public paths in the Village.
The purpose of the bicycle helmet requirement is to reduce the number of severe and fatal head injuries to children involved in bicycle crashes. Every year there are many severe head injuries suffered by children across the country from bicycle related incidents. Increasing awareness of the dangers of riding without a helmet is a critical part of increasing compliance. The Police Department will focus on compliance efforts through contacts and education. Citations may be written if necessary to achieve compliance.