March 20, 2013
 Our Vision: Ignite Passion. Inspire Excellence. Imagine Possibilities.

2013-2014 CALENDAR
The calendar for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year has been approved and is posted here.

As a reminder, Friday is a SIP day and next week is Spring Break.
-Friday, March 22: SIP Day. Students dismiss at noon. No attendance for half-day programs
-Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29: Spring Break

On Monday, the Village of Glen Ellyn recognized the Benjamin Franklin fourth grade students for their work on the Emerald Ash Borer. Recently, the students concluded a project-based learning unit on the Emerald Ash Borer, the larvae of which is devastating trees throughout the area. Inspired by what they learned, the students sold bracelets (made with kits donated by Learning Express), donating most of the proceeds to the village for three replacement trees. The students and their teachers were invited to the March 18 Village Board meeting, where Village President Mark Pfefferman thanked them and read a proclamation in honor of their generosity and civic mindedness.


Children's author and Glen Ellyn resident Bob Raczka visited Forest Glen students on Monday to talk a little about how he became a children's author and the process of creating a book. Originally in advertising, Mr. Raczka was inspired to become a writer by the creativity in the children's books he discovered upon the birth of his first child; five years later, he sold the first of many books. Reading from his new book, "Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys," he explained to students what a haiku is and that in "Guyku" these non-rhyming verses are organized around the seasons. The poems were inspired by some of Mr. Raczka's favorite boyhood memories, for example: "The wind and I play / tug of war with my new kite. / The wind is winning." The visit was sponsored by the Forest Glen PTA.

Please direct your questions or comments to District 41 Director of Communications and Grants Julie Worthen at We ask that you do not reply directly to this email because such replies cannot be answered. Thank you!