Principal Bingaman's Blog

  • November 17, 2017

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 11/17/2017 11:15:00 AM

    November 17, 2017

     

    Just a reminder that there is no school next week. School will resume on Monday, 11/27.  I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time with family and friends.  I continue to be thankful for the wonderful children you send us each day. They are a joy! I truly appreciate working with such a wonderful community that is so supportive of students and staff.

     

    11-17-17   

    Construction Update

    The construction site was quiet this week as we are waiting for the arrival of the steel framing. It should arrive the week of November 27th so students will be here to see the installation. Over Thanksgiving break, they will be doing some digging in Mrs. Silva's old room and putting in extra supports for the second-floor hallway that they will be adding. We are still on schedule for completion in early August.

     

    Book Fair 

    The Book Fair will be open today until 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 20th from 8:30 am - 7:30 pm and Tuesday, November 21st from 8:30 am - 10:00 am. If you are unable to attend the Book Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at   bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/greenbrierelemschool. Our online fair is available now through Friday, November 24th.

     

    Progress Reports

    Progress reports were sent home yesterday with EC students and today with our K-5 students. Please check your child's backpack for this important information.

     

    Conferences

    Parent Teacher Conferences are November 20th and 21st.  Classroom Teachers look forward to this time with you to discuss your child’s progress and answer your questions.  If your child receives support from other staff members, they will try to attend the conference if they're available at that time. Please email them directly with questions or concerns in their area of expertise. Contact your student's teacher directly if you need to make any changes to your conference time.

     

    Supporting Maya

    As some of you may know, we have a first grader, Maya, who is fighting cancer. The family has set up a GoFundMe page. Please click HERE  to learn more. 

     

    LINK TO THE COMMUNITY FLYERS:

    This weeks' flyers include information about Chess Club and Let's Build It Engineering class held at Greenbrier.

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers at the referenced link above to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities. 

     

    Upcoming Events  

     

    November 17th - Progress Reports sent home.

    November 20-24 - No School

    November 20 & 21 - Parent Teacher Conferences

    November 27 - Classes Resume

     

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  • November 10, 2017

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 11/10/2017 2:00:00 PM

    November 10, 2017

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    Construction Update

    This week's work involved a lot of demolition. A wall and soffits were removed so that the new framing can be attached to the building. Next week, the steel will be delivered and they will start on the framing. 

     

    Conferences

    Parent Teacher Conferences are November 20th and 21st.  Classroom Teachers look forward to this time with you to discuss your child’s progress and answer your questions.  If your child receives support from other staff members, they will try to attend the conference however they may not be available. Please email them directly with questions or concerns in their area of expertise.

     

    Cold Weather

    As our weather starts to get cold and snowy, please make sure to send your child with the appropriate outdoor clothing, as we will be taking the children outside for recess unless the temperature with wind chill is below zero. Students must have snow pants and boots to leave the blacktop once there is snow on the ground. 

     Portillos

    Please join us for our next PTA Dine Out at Portillo’s in Arlington Heights on Thursday, November 16th.  See attached flyer for details and times.

     

     

    Hunger

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    LINK TO THE COMMUNITY FLYERS:

    This weeks' flyers include information about Young Rembrandt held at Greenbrier.

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers at the referenced link above to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities. 

     

    Upcoming Events  

    November 10th - End of the first trimester

    November 10th - Read-A Thon

    November 14th - PTA Meeting 7:15 p.m.

    November 17th - Progress Reports sent home.

    November 20-24 - No School

    November 20 & 21 - Parent Teacher Conferences

     

     

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  • November 3, 2017

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 11/3/2017 2:45:00 PM

    November 3, 2017 

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    Construction Update

    They are making progress on our addition. We can see the outline of our new space. Next week they will begin working on the electrical closet that will go in what was Mrs. Silva's office. 

     

    Illinois State School Report Cards
     
    Each year, the Illinois State Board of Education releases a "report card" on each school and district in the state. You can access our school report card at www.illinoisreportcard.com.  Please contact me if you have any questions.
     
     
     
    Community Assistance
     
    We are often approached by different community groups offering support. Support includes a meal for Thanksgiving, winter coats for children and holiday presents. Many families struggle at different times in their lives. Please let us know if your family would benefit from some community support. Contact one of our social workers, Julie Silva, jsilva@sd25.org  847-506-5528, or Nicole Miller, nmiller@sd25.org 847-506-5542.
     
    Spirit wear holiday

     

    Book Drive

    LINK TO THE COMMUNITY FLYERS:

    This weeks' flyers include information about Young Rembrandt held at Greenbrier.

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers at the referenced link above to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities. 

     

    Upcoming Events  

    November 10th - End of the first trimester

    November 10th - Read-A Thon

    November 14th - PTA Meeting 7:15 p.m.

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  • October 27, 2017

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 10/27/2017 11:30:00 AM

    October 27, 2017

     

    Construction 10/27/17

     

    Construction Update

    They are continuing to pour concrete for the foundation. Today, they were pouring the outer walls. Mrs. Silva's room will become the new hallway to the addition. They will start working in that area on November 6th. To give Mrs. Silva a room to meet with students, Ms. Kaffka and I are now sharing my office. We will continue to squeeze in as necessary and are excited to see the progress.

     

    Halloween Reminders

    If your child is going home for lunch on Halloween, please make sure they know if you are picking them up from the car line or in at the front of the building.  Students going home for lunch should return at 1:10 p.m. and enter through the front of the building. Additional Halloween information can be found in the previous post.

     

     Cold Weather

    The heat is on in the building and the temperatures are comfortable inside. As our weather starts to get colder, please make sure to send your child with the appropriate outdoor clothing, as we will be taking the children outside for recess unless the temperature with wind chill is below zero. 

     

    Conference Sign Up

    Emails to sign up for conferences went out this week. Please contact the office if you did not receive one for each child.

    Book drive

    November Spirit

    LINK TO THE COMMUNITY FLYERS:

    This weeks' flyers include Stem Gross Out Chemistry held at Greenbrier.

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers at the referenced link above to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities. 

     

    Upcoming Events  

     

    October 30th - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Music Show 7:00 p.m.

    October 31st - Halloween Parties and Parades

    November 10th - End of the first trimester

    November 10th - Read-A Thon

    November 14th - PTA Meeting 7:15 p.m.

     

     

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  • October 20, 2017

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 10/20/2017 2:30:00 PM

    October 20, 2017

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    Construction Update 

    Things are moving fast. You can actually see the outline of the addition. They will continue to work on the foundation of the building for the next couple of weeks. They will then work on underground plumbing next before backfilling around the foundation. They are hoping to start the installation of the steel framing during the second half of November. 

    Halloween

    Halloween is right around the corner. Please remember to read all about our Halloween activities. Halloween Information  and Frequently Asked Questions 

     

    Conferences 

    We will be using Sign Up Genius to have parents schedule conferences again this year. EC families should receive an email on Monday, October 23 and K-5 parents will receive an email on Tuesday, October 24th. Please contact the office if you do not receive an email by October 25th.

     

     

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    Student Fundraising -Parent Notification

     

    Green Day

     

    LINK TO THE COMMUNITY FLYERS:

    This weeks' flyers include Stem Gross Out Chemistry and Chess Club held at Greenbrier.

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers at the referenced link above to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities. 

     

    Upcoming Events  

    October 23rd - EC conference sign up emailed

    October 24th - K-5 conference sign up emailed - Google Expeditions

    October 25th - Picture Retakes

    October 30th - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Music Show 7:00 p.m.

    October 31st - Halloween Parties and Parades

     

     

     

     

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  • October 13, 2017

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 10/13/2017 12:00:00 PM

    Go Cubs Go!

    October 13, 2017

    Construction Update

    Holes have been dug for the foundation and today they will start to place the rebar in preparation of pouring the concrete. Students are enjoying watching the project progress.

     

    PTA Meeting

    Our PTA meeting this month is Tuesday, October 17. Please consider joining us at 7:15 for the meeting and social activity at a local establishment afterward.

    Box Top Collection

    Our first box top collection of the year will end on October 20, 2017. Please give all box tops to students' homeroom teacher by Friday, October 20th to have them count towards the Fall Contest. Remember the winning homeroom will win an extra recess.

     

    Heating 

    The District will be working to turn on the heat in all building over the next two week. Until the heat comes on it will be chilly in the building on cold days. Once the heat is on, it will be hot in the building on warm days. So. . . dress in layers for the next couple of weeks.

     

    Open Door with the Superintendent will be canceled on October 17, 2017.  

    Superintendent Bein is always available to meet by appointment.  Please contact Lana O'Brien at lobrien@sd25.org or 847-758-4871 if you would like to make an appointment.

     

    Information from our Nurses

    Please click HERE for important information regarding lice.

    Gator Grams

    Student Fundraising -Parent Notification

     

     

    Question  

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    LINK TO THE COMMUNITY FLYERS:

    This weeks' flyers include Stem Gross Out Chemistry and Chess Club held at Greenbrier.

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers at the referenced link above to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities. 

     

    Upcoming Events  

     

    October 16th - No School - SIP day

    October 17th - MONDAY Schedule

    October 17th - PTA Meeting 7:15 p.m.

    October 20th - BOX Tops are due!

    October 25th - Picture Retakes

     

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  • October 6, 2017

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 10/9/2017 8:00:00 AM

    October 8, 2017

     

    Construction Update

    It was an exciting week of construction as the trees and the EC playground were removed to make way for the new addition. The children are enjoying watching the construction. Some classes are even journaling about the construction.  This week we will see more digging as the crews prepare the ground for the foundation. We should see some concrete pouring this week as well. Follow the twitter hashtag #GBBuilds for more frequent updates.

     

    MAP Tests

    Students that took the MAP test this fall will have their reports sent home in their backpacks on Wednesday, October 11th.

     

    Halloween

    Please click here to read the Halloween information that was emailed to everyone this week. 

     

    Traffic Request

    Just a reminder to all parents. Please do not line up on Roanoke Dr. before your scheduled time. EC parents should not be on Roanoke before 9:05 a.m. K-5 parent should not be on Roanoke before 3:30 p.m. Thank you for your support. 

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    GO Cubs GO ! ! ! !

    LINK TO THE COMMUNITY FLYERS:

    This weeks' flyers include Stem Gross Out Chemistry and Chess Club held at Greenbrier.

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers at the referenced link above to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities. 

     

    Upcoming Events  

    October 9th - No School

    October 11tth - EC Family Fun Night 6:30 p.m.

    October 13th - PTA's Movie Night

    October 16th - No School - SIP day

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  • Halloween Information

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 10/4/2017 7:30:00 AM

    GREENBRIER SCHOOL'S

    HALLOWEEN PARADE AND PARTY

    Early Childhood – K-5

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017

     

    Dear Parent(s),

     

    Following the tradition of past years, we are planning our Halloween activities for the morning and afternoon of Tuesday, October 31st.  Although most children take part in the costume parade and party, their participation is voluntary, not mandatory.

     

    We would like Halloween to be fun for all and require costumes that portray non-violent characters.  Please remember that we are an early childhood through fifth grade elementary school.  Costumes that may be appropriate for older children or adults may frighten younger children.  We are requesting your cooperation in selecting school appropriate costumes that avoid violence, sharp objects, weapons, “squirting or dripping” blood, gore, etc.    Please consider selecting a costume that reflects an upbeat, positive theme.   We want to model positive examples of caring, respect and responsibility.  In the interest of safety, please be sure your child is able to walk and sit comfortably in his/her costume and is able to see where he/she is walking (masks sometimes obstruct a child's view).

     

    Food will not be served during classroom celebrations.  Please do not send any food items to school for distribution to students.  Our Halloween parades and classroom parties will focus on the fun of celebrating together through holiday games, crafts and activities.

     

    A.M. Early Childhood Classes

    At 9:30 A.M. students will exit door 8, walk to the blacktop and parade to the front doors of the school. Parents are welcome to line up on the blacktop to watch the parade. Following the parade, students will return to their classrooms for Halloween activities.

     

    P.M. Early Childhood Classes

    At 1:10 P.M. students will exit door 8, walk to the blacktop and parade to the front doors of the school. Parents are welcome to line up on the blacktop to watch the parade. Following the parade, students will return to their classrooms for Halloween activities.

     

    A.M. Kindergarten

    At 9:30 A.M. students will exit door 8, walk to the blacktop and parade to the front doors of the school. Parents are welcome to line up on the blacktop to watch the parade. Following the parade, students will return to their classrooms for Halloween activities.

     

    Parents who wish to watch the EC or A.M. parade:

    Parents are cordially invited to watch the parade. If you wish to park, please use the street parking while obeying village signage.  DO NOT PARK in the teachers’ parking lot in the back.

     

    P.M. Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

    P.M. Kindergarten students will report to school at 12:45 p.m and proceed to their classroom for attendance. At 1:10 P.M., first through fifth students will go directly to their classrooms for attendance. The parade will begin at approximately 1:30 P.M. from the blacktop of Greenbrier School. We will walk across the blacktop to the sidewalk on Verde, walk to Roanoke, continue on Roanoke, and walk back to the playground area and return to the classrooms through the front doors.  (The students will remain on the sidewalk, not crossing any streets as we parade around the building).  In case of rain, we will parade in the Gym and Commons.  

     

    Parents who wish to watch the parade:

    Parents are cordially invited to watch the parade.  On this day, we ask you to follow these specific directions for 1:10 drop off and for parade parking. When returning your students to school after lunch, please use the drop off in the front of the school.  If you wish to park, please use the street parking while obeying village signage.  DO NOT PARK in the teachers’ parking lot in the back.

     

    Children staying for lunch will be allowed to change into their costumes following their lunch.  Please send a costume that is easily put on by the child. We need to account for the whereabouts of all our students at all times on this day.  Therefore, please return the Halloween Attendance sheet that will be sent home for each child.  We would appreciate your cooperation in returning this form to your student’s teacher by 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday, October 24th.

     

    When should my child wear his/her costume to school? (Wearing a costume is optional)

    Morning Kindergarten and Early Childhood students should wear their costumes to school. All other students wear their costumes after lunch. For first through fifth grade, please do not apply any makeup to your child’s face before sending them to school in the morning.

    When is the lunch period?

    The lunch period is our regular lunch from 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.  Zip line lunch will be the only lunch option this day.  There will be no hot lunch option offered. Students may choose between:

    Yummy yogurt & cereal - 4 oz yogurt, string cheese, cinnamon toast crunch cereal, small muffin, apple slices, carrots and milk

    Turkey munchable - turkey breast rounds, cheese squares, whole grain crackers, goldfish, sliced apples, carrots and milk

    The students should return to school at 1:10 p.m.  Students arriving back from lunch at 1:10 p.m. are to use the front doors of the school ONLY.

     

    We make every attempt to maintain an appropriate learning environment during morning instruction.  Your cooperation will assist us in making Tuesday, October 31st a day for both learning and celebrating.  We’ll see you at the parades!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Mrs. Donna Bingaman

    Principal

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  • September 29, 2017

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 9/29/2017 3:30:00 PM

    September 29, 2017

     

    Construction Update

    Construction started today. They put up the construction fence, started taking down the EC playground fence, and creating an area to stage equipment and an area to place the construction trailer. Soon they will be removing all of the EC playground equipment and taking down the trees. We will break ground on the project sometime in mid-October. 

    We will see an increase in parking on Roanoke Dr. as construction workers will be parking near the park. I will continue to update you each week on the progress through my blog but also check out the district construction blog for updates as well. https://www.sd25.org/constructionblog

             What will change?

    4 new classroomsgator

    4 new small group spaces

    Altering two interior spaces to create more useable spaces

    New EC playground

    New K-5 playground equipment

    New blacktop for K-5 

    Remodeling of the LMC and the front office

    Other life safety improvements 

    Plans

     

     

    We are excited to begin construction and will keep you updated with plans as they progress. Check my blog, the district blog, and twitter #GBBuilds, for the latest updates!

     

    Greenbrier's Art Classes

     Please check Mrs. Vanderwiel's Gator Creators Art blog for weekly art updates: http://gatorcreators.weebly.com

     

     

    Reflection  

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    LINK TO THE COMMUNITY FLYERS:

    This weeks' flyers include Stem Gross Out Chemistry and Chess Club held at Greenbrier.

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers at the referenced link above to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities. 

     

    Upcoming Events  

    October 9th - No School

    October 11tth - EC Family Fun Night 6:30 p.m.

    October 13th - PTA's Movie Night

    October 16th - No School - SIP day

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  • September 22, 2017

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 9/22/2017 4:00:00 PM

    September 22, 2017

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    CONSTRUCTION

    On Thursday, the Board of Education gave final approval for the Greenbrier construction project. We are now full steam ahead! The construction fence will go up around September 29th. Construction will begin early to mid-October and continue through the end of school year and into summer. The project will be finished for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. We will have continued access to both parking lots but may have more people parking on the street due to the construction workers cars. We are expanding the parking lot slightly. Pick-up and drop-off procedures will remain the same. Please stay tuned as we will update the blog and twitter. #greenbrier25 #GBBuilds 

      

    PARRC Reports 

    PARRC reports went home in the back pack's of our 4th and 5th graders today. Please check backpacks for the envelope. 

     

    PTA Reflections

    All students from kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to attend "#Artspiration" - the Kick-Off to the 2017 National PTA Reflections Program!

    Students will meet with experts in 4 of the 6 art categories of their choice (Photography, Film Production, Dance Choreography, Visual Arts, Literature, and Music Composition). Registration is required and the deadline is this Monday, 9/25.

    Parents will stay for the first 20 minutes for a brief overview of the submission process. We hope our artistic gators can enjoy this great event! 

    WHEN: Monday, October 2nd from 6-7:30 PM

    WHERE: South Middle School - 400 S Highland Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

    HOSTED BY: Arlington Heights Council of PTAs (AHC PTA)

    Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0QJmSezUGg4zm-E5x0vgep_rP_ltABFSFePRReIfBlZvosw/viewform

     

    Reflections Event

     

     

    Green day Challenge  

    LINK TO THE COMMUNITY FLYERS:

    Some of the flyers included this week include Stem Gross Out Chemistry and Chess Club held at Greenbrier.

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers at the referenced link above to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities. 

     

    Upcoming Events  

    September 29th - Green Day

    October 9th - No School

    October 11tth - EC Family Fun Night 6:30 p.m.

    October 13th - PTA's Movie Night

     

     

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