6200 Lake Street, Morton Grove, IL 60053   |    Phone: 847.965.6200   |    Fax: 847.965.0606
Morton Grove School District 70
Park View School
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Dear Families of Park View,

On behalf of the outstanding staff members at Park View, I would like to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. Our goal is to live our mission statement: maximize learning by challenging, guiding, and inspiring individuals. Working together as a team consisting of students, parents, staff, and the community, we will maintain a positive atmosphere that encourages growth and learning.

Park View staff members are beginning their journey as a “Professional Learning Community” (PLC). Within this framework all staff members work together as interdependent teams to review student data and make decisions about what is essential for every student to learn at each grade level. Conversations include how teachers will differentiate instruction to meet the diverse needs of our population to challenge, guide, and inspire each student. PLCs bring the expertise and perspective of teams of educators together so students can benefit from our collective efforts of knowledge and experience. If you are interested in learning more about PLCs, please visit this site.

Parents are integral part of student achievement. Below are some suggestions families can do at home to help students be successful throughout the school year:

--Encourage structured routines and be actively involved in your child’s education – establish bedtime, mealtime, reading, and homework routines.

--Set education goals. Setting goals helps to set the routine of the new year.

--Develop relationships with your child’s teachers – Teachers can be the best source of information about your child’s performance and needs.

--Along with the homework routine, designate a specific quiet place with no distractions. Be sure to monitor technology use during homework times, as this can be the most dominant distraction available.

--Emphasize the importance of organization and help your child become organized. Stress the use of an assignment notebook, visual organizer, to-do lists, color-coded folders etc.

--Encourage learning at home – promoting learning outside of the classroom helps children perform better in the classroom. (Ex: 10-15 minutes of reading a day)


If your family is new to the community:

--Familiarize yourself with your neighborhood and neighbors – find out where neighborhood kids might go to safely hang out together.

--Get involved and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Meeting members of the community will lend support to both you and your child.

Supporting Organization and Time Management:

--To the greatest extent possible, maintain a structured, orderly, predictable routine for homework

--Monitor your child’s assignment notebook and make sure they are filled out correctly. Your child should identify a “study buddy” for each class, so that he/she has someone to connect with after school, if they have questions about an assignment.

--Maintain a weekly and/or monthly wall calendar and discuss the week’s upcoming events Sunday night. This helps to reduce any “surprises” for a child.

--Post checklists in his or her room that outline steps needed to take for certain tasks

Tips obtained from articles from the APA Help center (2004), Sylvan Learning Center (2008) and Rick LaVoie-LD online (2007).


Michelle Friedman

mfriedman@mgsd70.org


Morton Grove School District 70
Park View School
Address: 6200 Lake Street, Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: 847.965.6200  |   Fax: 847.965.0606
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