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Principal's Message from Kevin Dorken
August 3, 2018


We hope this newsletter finds you well and fully in the midst of enjoying summer with family and friends. Once we return to school, twice a month, we will send out a joint newsletter with our “cluster” partner school, Pleasant Ridge. Please be on the lookout for those as we share helpful information through that source on an ongoing basis. In the following sections you will find a great deal of important information about Lyon and District 34, including the process we will follow this summer for sharing your child(ren)’s class placement (homeroom teacher) with you, details about the first week of school, and various school-related procedures and expectations. Thank you in advance for taking the time to carefully review this material. We invite your questions and comments, so don’t be shy!

We welcome ALL families at Lyon. We believe in doing our best work with our available resources to help each child attending our school grow and thrive in developmentally appropriate ways – social-emotional, intellectual and physical. Our goal, always, is to foster maximum growth and development for every child while meeting the diverse needs of our students. This is a challenging and extremely worthwhile pursuit at this exciting and formative time in their young lives, and we look forward to doing this work with you.

As always, we are currently in the process of completing a variety of building and grounds improvements at Lyon this summer. Most significant among those projects is the renovation of our Learning Resource Center (LRC). So much more than just a “library”, we have been working over the past few years to transform this space into a more multi-faceted hub of learning in our school. While literacy and fostering excitement around reading is still a primary goal we have for our LRC program, our ample and regularly curated collection of books, and the space itself, we have been committed to making changes to it in order to better support a 21st century learning environment. With contributions from the Glenview Education Foundation (GEF), the Lyon/Pleasant Ridge PTA, and our very own District 34 Facilities and Technology departments, the work is very nearly complete! We look forward to your children learning and exploring with us in our new LRC, and we hope you’ll get the opportunity some time this year to take a peak as well. In general, our building and grounds are looking fantastic and (almost) ready for the 2018-19 school year, thanks to the tireless efforts of our amazing custodial team over the past few months.

As Lyon teachers return and begin preparations for students and their classrooms, they will do so having participated in a wide variety of professional learning endeavors this summer: a Reading Workshop institute right here at Lyon, sessions to support our transition to a new Standards-Based report card (much more to come on that throughout this school year), learning about new Social Studies standards and units of instruction, summer book studies, and much more. We’re excited to continue the learning with our students, and we’re excited to see them all soon – those new to Lyon and those we know well.

We take very seriously the responsibility of creating a positive primary school experience for each and every child. Thank you in advance for all of your support and cooperation. We look forward to kicking off the new school year very soon. When you’ve finished reading this newsletter, please give your kids a hug and tell them it’s going to be a great year at Lyon! Then get back to enjoying the remaining days of summer. We will see you at Lyon soon.