Monday, August 15, 2016

Back to School Important Dates

Hello Parents!

 

My name is Kendra Paraskevopoulos, I teach in the Preschool 3s and 4s classroom and I am also the Director of Admissions and Recruitment for the Glenview New Church School.  You will be getting monthly emails from me reminding you about our upcoming events for the month and the different ways you can get involved in our school activities.  

 

I wanted to put a few things on your radar before the beginning of the school year.  

 

School Website:

We've worked hard to make our school website more useful.  Some of the great things you can find there:

Under 'Calendar' tab

-up to date School Calendar

Under the 'Parents' Tab:

- Student Handbook (policies and procedures)

- This monthly newsletter  

Under 'Programs' Tab:

- After school enrichment registration forms

- Tuition, financial aid information, programs offered information

Under 'About'

- Teacher and Administration bios and email addresses

 

First Day of School on Tuesday, August 23rd.

For K-5 students, those classes will begin in the classroom at 8:30 in the morning.  After parents drop off their students, they are welcome to visit with the principal and pastors with coffee and snacks in ouAssembly Hall until our opening school day Chapel at 9 am.

 

For preschool students, parents and caretakers can drop off students as early as 8:50 am.  Parents are welcome to stay with students and attend the whole school opening chapel at 9 am and sit with our class.  If parents stay for chapel, please walk with us back to the classroom to drop off your child.  There was a typo on the school calendar for the first day of school, there is a full day of preschool from 9 - 2:45, for preschoolers who have enrolled in full day preschool on August 23rd.  

 

Parent/Teacher Orientation and Back to School BBQ on Friday, August 26th - 5 pm

In past years, GNCS has had separate events for our back to school BBQ and our Parent orientation night.  This year we are combining the two nights into our parent/teacher night on August 26th.  We will be grilling up meat and veggie burgers.  The school bouncy castle will be set up.  At 6 pm, we have a children's musician who will put on entertainment for your children, with babysitters helping out as well, while you as parents go into the next room to meet with the principal and teachers.    

This is an important night to get to know your child's teachers routines and expectations.  If you cannot make the event, please try to arrange a time with your homeroom teacher, to go over what information he or she has for you.

 

Parent and Teacher Network

GNCS is starting up a Parent and Teacher Network this year, lead by Monika Smith (monikasmith23@hotmail.com) , Jill Reynolds (djglitter@gmail.com)  and Gillian Frasier (gillianfrazier@gmail.com).  The PTN will be asking your family to sign up to volunteer at 3 school events this coming year.  They will also be organizing parent socials to help our parents network and support our school.  It would be great for you to get involved with our PTN, ask about what events they need help at and find out when the socials are.  The more our parents are involved in our school, the stronger it will be.  More information will be coming!


Thank you for joining our school, we're excited for this to be an amazing school year.  


Kendra Paraskevopoulos



Friday, March 11, 2016

Fw: GNCS Principal's Newsletter: March

 

GLENVIEW NEW CHURCH SCHOOLS

Principal’s Newsletter

3/7/2016 

REMINDERS

 

This month:

The Reluctant Dragon – Mar. 10th – 1:00 PM in Pendleton Hall

The Reluctant Dragon – Mar. 12th -7:00 PM in Pendleton Hall

NO School – Good Friday – Mar. 25th

Easter Egg Hunt – Mar. 26th 10:00 AM (see below)

Spring Break – Mar. 28th-April 1st

NO School – April 4th (unless needed as a weather make-up day)

Classes resume – April 5th

 

The 3rd-8th graders have been working hard on their production of The Reluctant Dragon which is on stage in the gym this Thursday at 1:00 PM and Saturday evening at 7 PM in the school gym. We hope you will come to watch the show. Tickets: Children--$3.00   Adults--$5.00 with a max of $20.00 per family.

 

Transition in Leadership:

 

As many of you know, my family and I are moving to Pennsylvania in two weeks where I will be working for the office that supports the New Church Schools around the world as the Assistant Coordinator of New Church Schools. For a number of reasons, the decision was made for me to leave in March which is going to mean a transition of leadership mid-school year.  Mr. Phil Parker, teacher of grades 5-8, will be taking on the position for the remainder of this school year and on in to the new school year. Phil has effectively  lead the school as principal before. I have full confidence in his ability to lead the school, support the students and parents, and continue to teach, as well.

 

Rev. Jay Barry is also moving this month out east. It has been a pleasure for us to get to know Jay over the last three years. His warmth and gentle teaching of the children has been a pleasure to see. We wish him well in his new venture.  Rev. Mark Pendleton is now the new head pastor for the New Church.

 

I have taught and led here at the Glenview  New Church School for 25 years.  The opportunity to work with the team to offer our families not just a fine academic program, but one that gives the children an opportunity to learn about the Lord and His Word and to bring what they are learning to life as they grow into useful outward looking young people has been a tremendous privilege. I have enjoyed getting to know the students and their families over the years.  While I am leaving employ of this school, my work for General Church Education will allow me to stay in touch and continue supporting the school year.

 

I will be in the office working until Wednesday, March 16 after which Phil will be in charge.

 

With warmth and appreciation,

Rebekah

 

 

Preschool and Kindergarten enjoyed a day of celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

 

We all had lots of fun at Pump it Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

GNCS Principal's Newsletter: February


 

GLENVIEW NEW CHURCH SCHOOLS

Principal’s Newsletter

2/15/2016 

REMINDERS

 

This month:

Feb. 6th, Saturday: Winter Wonderland –– 9:30-11:30am

Feb. 7th, Sunday:  Marimba –1:30 pm – Golf Mill

Feb. 8th, Monday: Open House –– 10:30-12:00 PM  and 5:30-6:30 PM

      Parent Meetings

               6:30 PM Prospective preschool/kindergarten parents visit Pam/Kendra

               6:30 PM Prospective grade 1 parents visit with Miss Laura

Feb. 9th ,Tuesday: Special Dress Day –– Hats and Socks and play clothes

Feb. 10th, Wednesday : Grades 3-8 field trip to the  Chicago Symphony Orchestra        

Feb. 12th, Friday: K-2 Grandparent Tea –10:00 am

Feb. 15-16, Monday and Tuesday: NO SCHOOL  (Presidents’ Day extended weekend)

Feb. 17th, Wednesday: Parent/Administration Meeting   7:00 PM in the Religion Room (next to Mrs. Russell’s office)

Feb. 26th, Friday: End of Winter Term

Feb. 29th, Monday: NO SCHOOL (Report Card Day)

 

From the Principal:

Happy February to you all! I hope you take some time to read the events above, as we have some special activities, days off, and field trips for you to be aware of. It’s a busy month here at GNCS!

 

We had a fun Religious program and luncheon last week. Each student or class learned about a spiritual leader in history from all different faiths who have helped the Lord to shepherd and teach people how to live good lives. Mother Teresa, Confucius, Pope Francis, Buddha, Martin Luther, Emanuel Swedenborg, Mohammed, Jesus (the Lord on earth), and Moses were some of the leaders we learned about. Many thanks to Brannon Smith, Evelyn’s dad, for cooking and organizing the tasty lunch. We also appreciated our parent and grandparent and senior friends who were able to join us.

 

By now, you have received re-enrollment materials for the 2016-2017 school year. Parents of younger students have an opportunity to tour and informally  visit with the teachers for next year in the younger grades on Monday night at 6:30 PM. We hope you come to look around the classrooms, meet the teachers, and ask any questions you may have.

 

Re-enrollment forms due March 1:  We hope to have re-enrollment complete by March 1st this year for planning purposes. Applications for financial aid can take place any time on the FACTS portal.

 

Open House: On February 8th, the school will be opening up its doors for an Open House to show off our teachers, our classrooms and our fantastic grounds.  We will be holding open house sessions in the morning from  10:30 am - 12:00 pm and in the evening from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.  This is a great opportunity for you to invite your friends to see our wonderful school.  The most effective way for our school to grow is through word of mouth.  Tell your friends what you genuinely love about this school and invite them to come see for themselves.  Here are the details of our event:

 

Glenview New Church School Preschool and Kindergarten Open House

Date: February 8th, 2016

Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm  and from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Glenview New Church has 26 acres close to downtown Glenview, with a half day preschool for 3s and 4s, a full day preschool for 4 year olds, and a full day Kindergarten. The school offers a school garden, 7,000 sq/ft gymnasium and classrooms with plenty of natural light. Staff pride themselves in our small class sizes where they can give students individualized attention. Please come for a school tour and meet the Principal and teachers.  RSVP not required but appreciated at admissions@glenviewnewchurch.org or 847-724-0057

Children are welcome to attend!

 

Please contact me with any question you may have!

 

Sincerely,

Rebekah

 

 

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Fun in drama class!

 

 

 

Geography Bee!

 

 

Congratulations to 8th Grader, Wade Herrera, who took first place!

 

 

And to Jennica Russell who took 2nd place!

 

 

Saying “hello” in all the different languages represented in our school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 25, 2016

GNCS Principal's Newsletter: January


 

 

GLENVIEW NEW CHURCH SCHOOLS

Principal's Newsletter

1/14/2016

 

REMINDERS

 

This month:

1. K-8 Midterm check-in – Jan. 11th-15th

2. Pre-8 – No School – Jan. 18th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

3. 5th-HS – Ski Day – Jan. 22nd

4. Pre-8 – Winter Luncheon Jan. 27th  

         --Preschoolers are invited to stay an hour longer to enjoy the lunch and short program provided. Miss Kendra will communicate details about this.

5. Faculty Study – Feb. 2nd – No afternoon School

6. Special Dress Day – Feb. 9th —Hats and Socks Day! Have some fun wearing a favorite hat or colorful socks and play clothes – no uniform needed!

 

From the Principal:

 

Mid-term and mid-year are here! With the cold of January comes the point in the school year where we reach halfway through. Teachers will be reaching out by phone or email to give you a short update on your child's progress. You are always welcome to request a conference, if you prefer. In addition to mid-terms, January brings us an opportunity to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day off; the upper grades students enjoy a day learning to ski in Wisconsin; and the whole school with invited parents and senior guests enjoy a winter luncheon and short program.

 

Re-enrollment coming up in February: Even as we are involved in continuing to make this school year great, the administration is busy making plans for the 2016-2017 school year. Re-enrollment will take place in February. We hope to have it complete by March 1st this year for planning purposes. Applications for financial aid can take place any time on the FACTS portal. We have planned two parent meetings  in early February to provide you with an opportunity to hear the plans and see what's coming up. See below.

 

 

Parent Meetings Coming Up! Please note the following meetings:

1.    Preschool Parents: February 8th at 6:30 PM (following our Open House). Information about the classrooms, transitions, and plans for the 2016-207 school year (30 minutes). Babysitting available.

2.    Parents of current 2nd-4th Graders: February 3rd at 7:00 PM —For parents of current 2nd-4th graders. Come learn about next year's classroom experience in Grades 3-5. We're looking forward to making this an engaging, personalized, and fun classroom. We will share the plans and answer any questions you may have.

3.    General Parent Meeting: To be determined: I was remiss in not letting you know that the Jan. 13th scheduled parent meeting was postponed. I apologize. We will let you know when the next meeting is scheduled.

 

 

Open House: On February 8th, the school will be opening up its doors for an Open House to show off our teachers, our classrooms and our fantastic grounds.  We will be holding open house session in the morning from  10:30 am - 12:00 pm and in the evening from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.  This is a great opportunity for you to invite your friends to see our wonderful school.  The most effective way for our school to grow is through word of mouth.  Tell your friends what you genuinely love about this school and invite them to come see for themselves. .  Here are the details of our event:

 

Glenview New Church School Preschool and Kindergarten Open House

Date: February 8th, 2016

Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm  and from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Glenview New Church has 26 acres close to downtown Glenview, with a half day preschool for 3s and 4s, a full day preschool for 4 year olds, and a full day Kindergarten. The school offers a school garden, 7,000 sq/ft gymnasium and classrooms with plenty of natural light. Staff pride themselves in our small class sizes where they can give students individualized attention. Please come for a school tour and meet the Principal and teachers.  RSVP not required but appreciated at admissions@glenviewnewchurch.org or 847-724-0057

Children are welcome to attend!

 

 

Sincerely,

Rebekah

 

Santa came to visit the preschool and kindergartners.