Giles Weekly Tracks

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May 7, 2021


Bell Schedule

Giles Full Day In-person Bell Schedule


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PRIDE positive respectful responsible inclusive determined engaged


I am a smart, special valuable person. I respect myself and I respect others. My words and actions are kind and honest.  I accept only my best in all I do. 



Norridge School District 80 COVID Information Updated on Fridays
Dean's Corner




Happy Friday!

This week we celebrated Teacher's Appreciation Week!  We are so grateful to have such wonderful staff here at Giles School.  A huge THANK YOU to the PTA for providing so many tasty treats and thank you gifts to our staff.  We thank you and appreciate all that you do to support Giles School.

Our 5th - 8th graders completed their MAP assessment this week.  If any student did not take the assessment, our Academic Intervention Coordinator, Mrs. Mysel will be pulling these students to complete their MAP assessment.

Next week, our 8th graders will be walking over to Ridgewood High School to participate in the RHS / 8th Grade Transition Day.  Students will receive a tour of the building, hear about academic and procedural requirements along with ways to get involved such as through clubs, band and athletics.

Norridge School District 80 is proud to offer Summer School for students in district who will be in first - eighth grade in the 2021-2022 school year.  The program runs June 9th-29th from 8:00am to 12:00pm at Leigh School.  The cost of the program is $80.00 per student for all fifteen days.  If a student attends 80% of the time (12 days) the cost of the program will be refunded to the family.  To register, please complete the form (see link below) by May 28th and pay the $80.00 fee (checks only please) to Norridge School District 80.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Michele Guzik at

Norridge School District 80 - Summer School Link: 

Finally, I would like to remind everyone to continue to practice proper social distancing. Wear a mask that properly covers your nose and mouth.  Wash your hands with soap and water and if not available, use hand sanitizer.  Please continue to monitor your child's health.  If you notice any symptom that may be starting, please keep them home until you can properly determine that it is not COVID related.  To return-to-learn in-person we will need one of the below options:

Option #1 - Alternate Diagnosis (Dr. Note)

Option #2 - COVID Test (negative result)

Option #3 - 10-day quarantine.

Remote learning is only available for COVID cases or our 100% remote learners.  If you select option #3, you may remote learn for the required 10-days.  If students are sick and waiting for their COVID test results, they may learn asynchronously using their grade level teacher's google classroom.  The google classroom location is where the teachers post the assignments.  Let's work together to keep COVID out of our school.

Dean Biedke
Dean of Students
Norridge School District 80
James Giles School
Go Lions!


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Muchas Gracias in lower right corner with multi color garland above



For the wonderful Taco 'Bout Fiesta  this week

Monday-Snacks (Botanas)

Tuesday-Allegretti's Donuts (Donas de Allegrettis)

Wednesday-Taco Truck (Taco Fiesta)


Friday-Nachos with guacamole & salsa (Nachos, guacamole y salsa)

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A mexican themed guitar


Does your child need to leave early?

The Giles attendance office doesn't need to be notified that your child is leaving. When the authorized person comes to Giles to pick up the student we will call them down to the attendance office at that time. A reminder that the authorized person must have a driver's license or state ID in order to release the student. 




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 Week of 5/3/2021

Trait: Self-Confident

5th Grade:

David Goncerzewicz &

Alexander Touhy

6th Grade:

Maya Denert &

Lacey Hamden

7th Grade: 

Janelle Markoutsakis &

Nazar Yakubyak 

8th Grade:

Suzanna Jakubski &

Thomas Kozik




Thanks for all you do

Congratulations to our

Staff of the Week!

Mr. Gapastione

Ms. Mack

Ms. Provax

Our Teachers and Staff are truly amazing & we are so lucky to have such outstanding people help our students throughout the day!



Important Announcement
Summer School Registration will open on Monday, May 3rd.  The program is open to all students in District 80 who will be in first through eighth grade in the 2021-22 school year.  The cost is $80 for the whole session. The program hours are 8:00am to 12:00pm from June 9th to June 29th and it will be held at Leigh School.  If your child successfully attends 80% of the days you will be refunded the fee.  Follow this link for electronic registration.
Norridge District 80 PTA Drive-In Movie Night Friday, May 21st at 8:00pm follow this link to get more information and to sign up
2021 Norridge Cares Community Grant Application. Through the 2021 Norridge Cares Community Grant program, Norridge Cares seeks to provide resources and financial assistance to the residents and businesses of Norridge, IL. Follow this link for details and the application.
Santa's Village FUNdraising: District 80 PTA is partnering with Santa's Village FUNdraising to help reach our fundraising goal. For details follow this link
Gourmet Gorilla MEMORIAL DAY ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS  Due to the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, all orders for the week of 5/31-6/4 musing be placed  on the order portal by WEDNESDAY, MAY 19th Reminder for the full day in-person students, Gourmet Gorilla is offering lunches to our students FOR FREE. In order for your student to receive a meal the parent must order on the Gourmet Gorilla order portal. The 100% Remote students will pick up their weekly meals on Wednesdays at Giles in Andersen Hall.  Please view the Video Tutorial for Hot and Remote Lunches. Ordering resources and the menu are in the Community part of the Tracks. 

Norridge Schools Foundation (NSF) FULL STEAM AHEAD CAMPAIGN: For details follow this link to help build Giles New STEAM lab. Can you help support Leigh and Giles? NSF is excited to announce that they are donating $50,000 to School District 80. These funds will be used for Phase 2 of the security entrance at Leigh School and to start construction on a new STEAM lab at Giles. Beginning today, NSF is kicking off the FULL STEAM AHEAD CAMPAIGN and asking the community to join us by investing in its children's future. Today's students are tomorrow's innovators and leaders. Our goal is to raise $50,000 by May 2021. Ways to donate: Mail checks to Norridge School Foundation 8151 W Lawrence Ave. Norridge, IL 60706, Credit or Debit card thru NSF's website, or on NSF's Facebook Page, click the donate button. There are details in the Community part of the Tracks. Thank you to all who have helped so far, see how much we have raised on the thermometer in the community part of the Tracks!

8th Grade Graduation Information


Pictures needed for 8th grade Video

Help Mrs. Kalaras to create a 8th grade video

by emailing to

 pictures of your 8th grader

Baby Pics, Sports Pics, Dance Pics, Cheer Pics, Group Pics, Pics from over the years at Giles, or any other pics you think are appropriate


Graduation: Date could change due to weather

 Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at Ridgewood High School 


Information for Parents

Where is the link to Gourmet Gorilla, Mastery Connect, Powerschool Parent Portal, Push Coin and other links? Follow this link 

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Is your 8th grader attending Ridgewood High School Fall 2021?

Parents of 8th graders if your child is attending Ridgewood High School in Fall 2021 then you don't have to do anything. We automatically send records to Ridgewood over the summer.
If your child has been accepted to attend another High School please inform Mrs. Lanzourakis


School Event Calendar

Full Calendar Details

Gold/Purple Day Calendar


  • May 4-District 80 PTA Meeting via Zoom 7pm
  • May 10-8th Grade Transition Day at Ridgewood High School 9:00am-11:00am 
  • May 18-School Board meeting 7pm at Leigh
  • May 31-Memorial Day-No School
  • June 2-8th Grade Graduation
  • June 4-Last Day of School (Tentative)
  • June 15-School Board meeting 7pm at Leigh


  • August 25-First Day of Classes
  • September 6-Labor Day-NO SCHOOL
  • October 11-Columbus Day-NO SCHOOL
  • November 19-End of 1st Trimester
  • November 22-26-Thanksgiving Holiday-NO SCHOOL
  • December 20-31-Holiday Vacation-NO SCHOOL
  • January 3-Teacher Institute-NO SCHOOL
  • January 4-School Resumes
  • January 17-Martin Luther King-NO SCHOOL
  • February 21-President's Day-NO SCHOOL
  • March 4-End of 2nd Trimester
  • March 28-April 1-Spring Vacation-NO SCHOOL
  • April 15-Non-attendance-NO SCHOOL
  • May 27-Teacher Institute-NO SCHOOL
  • May 3-Memorial Day-NO School
  • June 3-End of 3rd Trimester
  • June 13-Last day of school....if no emergency days are taken then June 7, 2022 will be the last day of pupil attendance. ****Please plan on having your child attend school through June 13***

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Summer School Registration will open on Monday, May 3rd.  The program is open to all students in District 80 who will be in first through eighth grade in the 2021-22 school year.  The cost is $80 for the whole session. The program hours are 8:00am to 12:00pm from June 9th to June 29th and it will be held at Leigh School.  If your child successfully attends 80% of the days you will be refunded the fee.  Follow this link to register for summer school

Water Bottle Needed:

●Each student should bring a refillable bottle for water to school.

○The drinking fountains are off except for the bottle fillers.

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Full Day (in-person)  Cannot opt to learn remotely for one or two days. If you are quarantined do to COVID + or travel we will provide a link to learn remotely. However, we do understand there will be days your child cannot attend school.  The student must reach out to their teachers to find out the work they missed.

  100% Remote eLearning not able to login because they are ill or other reasons must reach out to their teachers to find out the work they missed

Please email Mrs. Lanzourakis the  reason your child is opting to not participate in school, either in-person or 100% Remote.

If the Attendance office doesn't hear from a parent/guardian your child will be marked absent unexcused.


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It is important to certify your child EVERYDAY! If you have any questions please email


Giles Tip Line

Follow this link to submit your anonymous tip. 

What is the Tip Line?

The Tip Line is an anonymous reporting system. Available online, submitted tips are directed to the designated school administrator. Administrators and/or student support staff will follow up on all tips and respond in an appropriate manner. Please provide as much information as possible so that every effort can be made to resolve the issue.

If the situation is an emergency, call 911.

Please note:
  • Tips will not be monitored outside of school hours, on student non-attendance days, weekends, school breaks (including summer) or holidays.
  • Tips should include specific details about who, what, where and when.
  • All messages left during these times will be reviewed the next school day.
Tips may include information on:
  • Bullying
  • Drugs
  • Fighting
  • Personal Crisis -- the well-being of a student
  • Safety Risk
  • Threat
  • Vandalism
  • Weapons

If you choose to leave your contact information, school personnel will maintain confidentiality. All concerns will be investigated in a timely manner by the appropriate personnel.

When submitting a tip, please provide as much detail as possible so that the issue can be addressed appropriately. Be sure to include who, where, when, how and what. For example, in a tip about bullying, include what happened, who the alleged bully is, when the incident occurred, etc. Without that information, it is difficult to address and/or resolve the situation being reported.

How to contact a

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Giles Staff Directory




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The following PDF flyers were provided by a member of our school community and may be in a non-ADA compliant format.  In cases where the file is not ADA compliant we have supplied the original PDF first and have attempted to provide all relevant information in an ADA compliant plain text format directly following.  In cases where the file was ADA compliant or we were able to make necessary corrections without altering the layout, look, and feel you can simply click the PDF to go to a full page ADA compliant screen reader compliant view.


Norridge District 80 PTA Presents Drive-In Movie Night Friday, May 21st
Santa's Village District 80 PTA Fundraiser information
All New Santa Springs Waterpark!
Ridgewood High School District 234 Nurse's office letter
Candace Reid                                              David Hawk
School Nurse                                               Dean of Students
708-456-4242 x1268                                     708-452-4242 x1242                           
Are you able to contribute too? STEAM 4 ways to donate. With a thank to the various businesses and people who have donated.
Norridge School Foundation Steaming ahead with fundraising for the new STEAM Lab at D80. Have you donated yet? have you share
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Norridge Schools Foundation

Community Support for our Children's Education

Here is an easy way to help our schools!

You can now donate 0.5% from your eligible Amazon purchases on the Norridge Schools Foujndation.  It's a one-time set up and it won't cost you a penny!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shoppping features as  The difference is that when you shop at, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

It's simple.  Go to, login with your regular Amazon info, and that's it.  It works just like your regular amazon account. included graphic: amazonsmile You Shop. Amazon gives. Thank you!





Gourmet Gorilla May Menu

Gourmet Gorilla Hot Lunch May Menu
A la Carte Milk Available to Order Starting 5/3!
Hello Norridge Giles School Hot Lunch
Ordering Guide Placing a Hot Lunch Order
Ordering Guide Placing Hot Lunch Order page 2
Ordering Guide for Weekly Pickup Order


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Follow this link to see the Reopening Plan 

As vaccinations are being more widely administered and Covid-19 cases have begun to drop, the library building will reopen with safety procedures in place on March 1st for browsing and computer use.

Monday – Thursday: 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Apply for a Library Card by following this link.

Follow this link to view the library's  website.


Norridge District 80 PTA

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact one of our Executive Board members or email us at

President, Athena Kalaras

(708) 421-0133

Vice President/Membership, Amanda McPhillips

(312) 256-4102

Vice President/Membership, Jackie Cardamone

(847) 767-0407

Treasurer, Jennifer Adams

(312) 485-4687

Treasurer, Kim Tolomeo

(773) 519-5166

Secretary, Kacie Bratko

(773) 527-9660

PTA meetings are on first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm via Zoom. Follow this link to see the dates.