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Principal's Message from Kevin Dorken & Erik Friedman
June 2, 2020

Dear Lyon and Pleasant Ridge Families,

As we approach the final days of the 2019-20 school year, we wanted to share some reflections on what is likely to be a year that we will all remember for years to come. First and foremost, we hope that this newsletter finds you and your loved ones healthy and continuing to make the best of our current circumstances.

Remember when we thought it was a big deal that it snowed on Halloween?! Little did we know that the patience, flexibility and positive mindsets that some unseasonable weather required during that special day (“This isn’t so bad…”) would pale in comparison to what we all would need to summon for over two months of remote learning during a global pandemic. When we say we’ve made it to the end of another school year, that is no small statement this time around. This finish line is truly a special one. Every single member of our learning community, children and adults, should feel extremely proud of the strength and perseverance that have been exhibited during this period of time. Navigating a challenge like this with such grace does not happen by accident. We are grateful to work in such a supportive, cooperative, and caring community. These qualities are present all of the time in the Lyon/Pleasant Ridge cluster and across Glenview, and they have never been more apparent (and critical) as they have been of late. Thank you for whatever role you’ve played in helping make the past several weeks better for someone else - your child, a neighbor, a community member you’ve never met.

The closure of a school year brings to mind what an extremely special time in children’s lives the elementary school years are, how quickly time passes, and what a privilege it is to share in this time with you. It is so gratifying to think back to the start of our school year and realize just how much our students have grown and changed. They’ve worked really hard and nothing they have accomplished should be taken for granted. Neither should the many moments of joy and wonder. May there be many more to come in the summer days ahead. Until we return for a new school year, whatever shape that will take, we hope that you have a great summer filled with lots of quality time together as a family. We strongly recommend that regular reading be among your children’s activities. Regardless of what your summer brings, we hope you find plenty of time to enjoy your children, their interests, and the world from their perspective at this special time in their childhood. 

Be on the lookout for updates from our school district regarding plans for the start of our 2020-21 school year as well as our summer newsletters (in early August). Until then, take care and be well!  


Kevin Dorken  
Lyon Principal    

Erik Friedman 
Pleasant Ridge Principal