It is our great pleasure to welcome you (yes, both student and parent!) to our Panther family! We assure you that each and every staff member on the Glen Oaks team is a highly qualified and compassionate professional who is eager to meet your child. Your child will benefit from the instruction of not only their grade level teachers, but additional content specialists who all strive to provide your child with a well-rounded education.
Our systematic and collaborative approach to classroom instruction and intervention allows for each student to receive a learner-centered education that facilitates individual growth. members. Our Glen Oaks “Panther Professors” work in tandem with families, children, and community members to foster a learning environment in which students’ intellectual, social, and emotional development are interconnected and integrated into activities across the rigorous curriculum. Our team takes great pride in fostering a strong sense of community and teamwork through the relationships that have been developed with all of our stakeholders.
Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with key Glen Oaks Procedures and Information and the NPD117 Parent-Student Handbook to best prepare you for the upcoming school year.
We utilize the PowerSchool Parent Access Portal: https://powerschool.
When students enroll, please understand that placements are TENTATIVE, pending screening assessments and records being sent from previous schools. When students enroll, we make the best possible placement at the time with the information we have available. Some of our students may require additional screenings to verify the correct placement. There are times where we will need to move students to different homerooms so they can receive the services they are entitled to receive. We ask that you allow us 10 days to finalize placements for our students.
School Hours and Class Information
Glen Oaks Students are in class from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. On TEAM Days, our students are dismissed at 1:30 p.m. and on half days our students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Please make a habit of checking the school and district calendars, as well as the district website (www.npd117.net) for special dates and announcements.
In addition to core content instruction, students are scheduled into a PE/health class three times a week, a media class once per week, and a fine arts class (art or music, dependent upon the semester) once per week.
Students do have lunch and recess daily. You will be notified of the precise times by your child’s teacher once school starts. Please make sure your child’s lunch containers, even brown bags, are clearly marked with your child’s full names and class number (2A, for example). Also, please make sure your child wears sturdy shoes every day (no flip flops, clogs, or Heelys) in order to prevent injuries while participating in physical education and recess.
We recognize the need for appointments and understand that situations may arise that require you to pick your child up early from school. We ask that you please try your best to schedule appointments OUTSIDE of the school day and not pick your child up early from school, as to not disrupt the learning process.
IF you do need to pick your child up early OR require a change in their transportation, please try your best to communicate this to your child's teacher and the school office by either sending a note, an email, or a phone call PRIOR to 11:00 AM. This helps us best prepare your child, as last minute changes can slow down the process of dismissal. We appreciate your help in this matter.
Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
Please refer to this link for a map of the pick-up and drop-off procedures and share this information with ANYONE who will be dropping off or picking up your child during the school year.
Pick-up is on the north side of 91st Street - this is a TRAFFIC line, please do NOT exit your car!
Students will wait on the sidewalk between the crosswalk at the east end of the school property and 87th Avenue
If you are in the 91st Street pickup line, you must stay in your car and pull forward when possible - this helps us keep traffic moving efficiently and safely
Only children with a walker permit will be allowed to walk out of the designated waiting area
Walker permits are issued to children once they submit the permission form. This form can be requested from the Glen Oaks office - this permit is ONLY needed if your child has your permission to walk off our school property on their own. A parent signature is REQUIRED!
We appreciate your attention to these procedures. We work hard to ensure everyone’s safety, whether they are part of the Glen Oaks community, a pedestrian or a passing motorist. Safety is our number one goal!
If your child is a bus rider, log in to Parent Access to find your child’s bus stop location and time. Please have your child at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time. At the beginning of the school year and during inclement weather it does take additional time to get our Panthers to and from school safely. Please allow for extra time for your child’s bus. If there is a concern about the buses progress in dropping off or picking up your child, please call the Glen Oaks Office.
If, for any reason, you child will be picked up instead of taking the bus home, you must notify your child’s teacher by either sending a note, an email, or a phone call PRIOR to 11:00 AM or by contacting the school office prior to 2:15 PM. If we are not notified prior to these times, your child will be sent home on their regularly scheduled bus.
Please allow yourself plenty of time to drop off and pick up your child. Students must be in class, seated, and ready to learn before the 8:30 a.m. bell. A parent must sign in their child in at the front office after 8:30 a.m.
Front Entrance Procedure
There is a camera and a speaker at our front entrance. You will need to state your name and your business before being allowed entry into the building. If you are allowed entrance into the building, PLEASE DO NOT allow others to enter with you. This is for the safety of our staff, students, and all of our visitors.
Dropping off Late Lunches
Place your child’s lunch on the table inside the front entrance and staple the form to your child’s lunch. Lunches will be collected by staff members and distributed to students prior to their lunch period
Per NPD117 Board Policy, all volunteers must:
1. Review and sign the North Palos School District 117 Guidelines for NPD117 Volunteers form
2. Review and sign the Volunteer Information Form and Waiver of Liability form
3. Provide a picture ID to the school office AT LEAST 7 DAYS PRIOR to volunteering or chaperoning an event or field trip.
Glen Oaks School utilizes email and text messaging as a main source of communication. One major mode of communication we use is our weekly FAMILY FOCUS EMAIL. To ensure you receive all of our communications, please make sure your phone number and email address are up to date with the school office. Additionally, we utilize our website (www.npd117.net/glenoaks) and Twitter (@GlenOaksNPD117) for communication purposes. Please check these sources regularly for up-to-date information and to learn more about the exciting things going on at Glen Oaks School.
PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
We strive to provide the best educational environment possible for all students at Glen Oaks School. We follow the PBIS system, which stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. The goal of this program is to teach students expected behaviors as they follow school expectations, and to reinforce and reward positive behaviors. The expectations reinforced by all Glen Oaks staff are Be Respectful, Be Caring, Be Safe, and Be Here and Ready. For your information below, we have included our PBIS Flowchart and Behavior Matrix. This tool is used by Glen Oaks teachers and administration when working to redirect students toward positive behaviors.
School supply lists are available on both the NPD117 and Glen Oaks websites. We ask that you please bring your child’s supplies on Parent Orientation Night. It is important that each of our students are prepared for school on the very first day with all of their supplies, clearly labeled with his/her name.
Please refer to both the Glen Oaks School Calendar and the NPD117 2021-2022 calendar for additional school year information.
We hope these resources and information help to best prepare you, your family, and your child for what we hope to be our best school year yet!
Your partners in education,
Dr. Carla Braun, Principal
Ms. Farah Daoud, Assistant Principal