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Principal's Message

We are quickly nearing the half way point in our school year.  We have consistently gathered momentum, and at this point, we are moving full steam ahead in ensuring every Panther at Glen Oaks School is realizing his/her full potential as a socially responsible lifelong learner.  As a professional learning community, we know this is our mission, and we, the students, staff, parents and community members of Glen Oaks, must work together consistently with that mission in mind.
Research has shown, again and again, that when parents are involved in their children’s learning, children’s reading abilities improve substantially.  Providing language and literacy support to school-age children helps connect learning at school to learning at home.  When school and home learning are linked, children are more focused and confident as they learn to read well. 
One of the most effective and fun ways for parents to provide the connections that improve reading (and all academic subjects) is to provide experiences which increase our children’s background knowledge - knowledge best received from hands-on activities undertaken with the guidance of a loving parent.
To that end, and in light of the upcoming holidays, we’re going to ask that you consider giving your child the gift of your time this year.  Within this month's Glen Oaks newsletter, you will find numerous suggestions for Cook County family field trips you are sure to enjoy.   Please take some time over the winter break to partake of at least one or two!
Wishing you Happy Holidays – Gaylyn Grimm and the entire Glen Oaks Staff