Glenbard Parent Series Hosts Pulitzer Prize Winner on Aug 23

The Glenbard Parent Series: GPS Navigating Healthy Families has chosen Enrique's Journey as its 2017 Community Read and will host the book's author Sonia Nazario on Wednesday, Aug 23 at 7:00pm at Glenbard East, 1014 S Main Street, Lombard, 60148.

 Enrique's Journey chronicles a Honduran's child perilous odyssey in the search for his mother and the desperate struggles of a family torn apart, while yearning to unite and to heal deep wounds. There is a Spanish, Young Adult and Adult version of the book. First published as a series in the Los Angeles Times where it won a Pulitzer Prize, Enrique’s Journey was later expanded into a book which became a national best seller that is now required reading at hundreds of high schools and colleges across the country.

Author Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems and have earned her many prestigious journalism and humanitarian awards. She is a passionate and dynamic speaker on immigration, racial discrimination, U.S. foreign policy, hunger, addiction and other social issues. 

The Glenbard Parent Series/Spanish will also host a GPS Picnic on Aug. 23 at 6:00p.m. in the cafeteria at Glenbard East.  Julian Lazalde of the Latino Policy Forum will present a program in Spanish entitled Navigating the Educational System. Participants will gain knowledge about post -secondary options, how toaccess resources and how to effectively partner with educators for their child's success.

Following the picnic all are encouraged to join Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario at 7:00pm in the East auditorium. Nazario will address the public in English in remarks about her best seller Enrique's Journey. Students and community members are invited to join with us when we welcome author Sonia Nazario to the GPS to Glenbard East on Aug 23 at 7:00pm. All GPS events are free and CPDU's are available.

Additional support for this special event comes from the Carol Stream, Glenside, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Bloomingdale, Addison Naperville, Downers Grove, and Wheaton Public Library.

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Attention Kindergarten Parents

The Illinois State Department of Education (ISBE) has announced the state will obtain and report consistent measures of developmental readiness for all kindergarten students starting in the fall of 2017.  Beginning this school year, all K teachers in the district will complete the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) on every student in their class. The "survey" consists of observations of students as they go about their daily routines of playing and schoolwork.  Children will engage in play-based learning -- without interruption in their education -- while teachers observe behaviors and interactions and collect work samples. 

KIDS measures kindergarten students’ development across four important learning domains — Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Literacy Development, and Math.  KIDS is validated, informed by research, and aligned with state learning standards. Families will receive more information about their child’s individual development during school curriculum nights, parent conferences and through district report card distribution. You can also read more information about KIDS at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/KIDS_Parents_Families.aspx

Announcing the 2016-17 Young Authors' Contest Winners!

Marquardt School District 15
Young Authors’ Contest Winners
2016-17

Overall Winner: “Broken Lamp” by Estrella R. Pedroza, Black Hawk Elementary School

Kindergarten
“Never Let Go” by Baneen Hussain, Charles G. Reskin
“The Friendly Ghost with Kids' Friends” and “Ghosts Friends” by Khloe Peterson, Winnebago 

First Grade
“Drawing Tips” by Michelle Kachikwu, Black Hawk
“Mid-Autumn Festival” by Zachary Nguyen, G. Stanley Hall
“Good Manners” by Aisha Mohiuddin, G. Stanley Hall
“The Carrot, the Couch, and the Crazy Potato” by Nya Javier (Illustrator), G. Stanley Hall
“My Sleepover at the Chicago Zoo” by Vincent Garces, Charles G. Reskin
“Awesome Sharks” by Michael Gramling, Winnebago
“The Birthday Trip to the American Girl Store” by Kayden Insidioso, Winnebago

Second Grade
“Lily the Cat's Special Day” by Ariel Huynh, author Anikka Aquino, illustrator, Black Hawk
“The Carrot, the Couch, and the Crazy Potato” by Jaiden Javier, G. Stanley Hall
“Emma the Girl that Loved Gymnastics” by Chloe Boerger, Charles G. Reskin
“Nate’s Laugh Out Loud Jokes” by Nathanael Romanovich, Charles G. Reskin
“Hurricanes” by Janet Lachhab, Winnebago
“The Ballet Competition” by Haley Pikul, Winnebago

Third Grade
“The Nature Chase” by Stephanie Kachikwu, Black Hawk
“Under the Sea” by Aamna Akhoon, G. Stanley Hall
“All About Cute Animals” by Hafsa Khan and Carla Gonzalez, Charles G. Reskin  School
“The First Day of School” by Natalie Jaca and Nancy Estanislao, Charles G. Reskin
“Hurricanes” by Alaa Lachhab, Winnebago
“All About our Furblings” by Lily Donati and Jenna Donati, Winnebago
“What if the Teacher Fell Asleep” by Brianna Gutierrez, Winnebago
“Young Darth Vader and the Sharknado” by Sydney DeBellis, Winnebago 

Fourth Grade
“The Orb” by Fernando Amezqua, Black Hawk
“Jane The Warrior” by Sara Vergara, G. Stanley Hall
“An Idea in One” by Madison Garces, Charles G. Reskin
“Eloise” by Stephanie Cao, Winnebago
“Swimming” by Trinity Weisgerber, Winnebago 

Fifth Grade
“I Don’t Understand…” by Donovan Metcalf, Charles G. Reskin
“All About the Tundra” by Chezia Conte, Winnebago 

Support #PassIllinoisBudget to Fund Our Schools

Marquardt School District 15 is joining more than 360 school superintendents across Illinois, representing more than 1 million students, calling for the Illinois General Assembly to:

  • Immediately pass a state budget
  • Fix the state education funding formula in order to adequately & equitably fund education
  • Pay school districts millions of dollars in unpaid bills this year. 

As our state lawmakers return to Springfield following their spring break, school districts statewide are sharing their frustration with the state budget situation with a call to #PassIllinoisBudget. We are calling on the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner to do the following: 

  • Immediately and with bipartisan support end the state budget impasse
  • Fix the education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education, throughout the state
  • Pay school districts what they are owed this year

Please join the effort and:

  • Contact your state lawmaker. Find your legislators here
  • Ask your legislator to address the three points mentioned above.
  • Use social media to share your budget concerns with the hashtag #PassIllinoisBudget.

GPS: Keeping Kids Inspired, Curious and Motivated, 7 pm, April 27th at GBE

Please join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at Glenbard East as GPS presents The Hungry Mind: Cultivating Your Student's Curiosity with Susan Engel. Engel will talk about what makes us curious and the influences that can encourage or stifle intellectual explorations. Attendees will learn how to create environments where curiosity is nurtured and rewarded, allowing young people to learn easily and happily.

Engel is a highly regarded developmental psychologist and the director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. 

Free event, open to all. Details: glenbardgps.org