Giles Weekly Tracks

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February 26, 2021           


From the Desk of Principal Palmer

Dear Parents/Guardians:
D80 will be offering full day in-person learning starting April 6, 2021. Please let us know how each of your students will be learning after Spring Break by following this link to complete the D80 Final Learning Model Selection Survey . 



Stephanie Palmer

Norridge School District 80
(847) 354-0428

Enhance Hybrid Model and

100% Remote Learners


We returned to our Enhanced Hybrid Model on Thursday, January 21, 2021: for almost all of our families, your request for learning model have been honored whether 100% Remote, Hybrid, or 4-5 Days a week.  Please read the following and partner with us to KEEP COVID OUT OF OUR SCHOOL:

Submit your CRISISGO report.

If your child is sick, KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME to learn remotely.

If anyone is sick in your household, KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME until you know it is not COVID-19.

If anyone in your home was in close contact with a person who is COVID positive, KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME.

If someone had to test for COVID-19 and is awaiting results, KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME.

Please remember to contact the attendance office by either calling (708) 453-4847 option 1 to leave a voicemail 24/7 or email Mrs. Lanzourakis to report a change in your child's learning mode.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Stephanie Palmer
Norridge School District 80
(847) 354-0428


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




Happy Friday!
I would like to wish everyone a relaxing weekend!  Use this time to do things that you enjoy, go for a walk, watch your favorite movie, ride your bike or read a book! 
If you have any missing assignments, please take this weekend to catch up on anything outstanding.  The 2nd trimester is coming to a close and it is very important that we start the 3rd trimester strong so that we can finish strong!  If you have any questions regarding any missing assignments, please reach out to your grade level teachers.
Dean Biedke
Dean of Students
Norridge School District 80
James Giles School

Norridge School District 80

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Week of 2/22/2021


5th Grade:

Lydia Heilman &
Aubrey Koloszy

6th Grade:

Maya Mendez &
Diana Pylypak

7th Grade: 

Jonathan Cowles &
Salvatore Scaletta

8th Grade:

Marko Miskovic &
Christina Mougolias


Staff of the Week


Staff of the Week:

Mrs. Goritsan

Mr. Kokolias

Mrs. Mikrut








Spring Forward Don't forget to set all of your clocks one hour ahead!

March 14, 2021 at 2:00am

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School Event Calendar

Full Calendar Details

Gold/Purple Day Calendar

  • February 24-Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference 4:00-8:00pm
  • February 18-8th Grade Graduation Pictures & Fall Picture Retake (last name M-Z)
  • February 22 & February 25-  Hearing & Vision screening for all 8th grade students and those with a IEP, MTSS, & 504

  • February 24-Hybrid in-person (A-L)

  • March 2-PTA meeting 7pm via Zoom

  • March 3-Hybrid in-person (M-Z)

  • March 4-End of Trimester 2

  • March 10-Hybrid in-person     (A-L)

  • March 14-Daylight Savings Time Spring Forward One Hour at 2am 

  • March 16-School Board meeting 7pm at Leigh

  • March 17-Hybrid in-person     (M-Z)

  • March 24-Hybrid in-person (A-L)

  • March 26-Remote eLearning 2.0 Planning Day: No School
  • March 29-April 2-Spring Vacation: No School
  • April 5-Teacher Institute: No School
  • April 21-Spring Picture Day & 8th Grade Retake/Makeup Day


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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

8th Grade Graduation Pictures

Monday, March 1st
Students that are Hybrid (in-person) will have their pictures taken during the school day. The students who are 100% Remote their parents have received a scheduling link. 


Due to COVID-19 pictures will be taken without a cap/gown

Dress recommendations:

Boys: should wear a shirt and tie. Sport coats, suits or sweaters are optional.

Girls should avoid up-dos, turtleneck, sweaters, or high neck dresses. Keep in mind slacks and skirts may shown in some posings. 

All students should avoid wearing shades of green as you will be photographed against a green screen.


How to contact a

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Giles Staff Directory



Why do you call Attendance?

If your child is not able to come to Hybrid (in-person) they can opt for Remote eLearning for the day by calling (708) 453- 4847 (option 1) or email
If your child is 100% Remote eLearning and they are not able to login because they are ill or other reasons please email
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It is important to certify your child EVERYDAY! If you have any questions please email

Giles Fall Picture Retake/Makeup Day

Monday, March 1st.

100% Remote Students need to make an appointment by contacting Mrs. Lanzourakis
Hybrid in person students will have the pictures taken during the school day. 
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Important Announcement
Gourmet Gorilla Lunch pick up will continue on Wednesdays ONLY! Students will receive 5 days of lunches plus a half gallon of milk, follow this link to view the March Menu.  Follow this link to the online ordering portal. Lunch distribution will be at Leigh School from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  Please enter through the main entrance at Leigh School. 
Rotary Club Spaghetti Dinner To-Go: For details follow this link, Friday, March 5, 2021 the Rotary Club is hosting a pickup Spaghetti & Meatball meal with all the fixins. Pickups will be scheduled between 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Estelle Sieb Center located at 7774 W. Irving Park Rd., Norridge. Two options: dinner for 2 $ 30 and dinner for 4 $50 which includes Salad, Spaghetti, Meatballs, Garlic Bread & your choice of a Bottle of Red or White wine (must be 21 to pick up meal order with wine). Participate in the 50/50 Raffle for only $5
Follow this link to order your meal and participate in the 50/50 Raffle. 
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!

James Giles Band Program

Hello! We are a group of Sociology students at Ridgewood High School in Norridge, Illinois who are working on a community service project. We have decided that we would like to raise money for J Giles Elementary School.

The J Giles School has been struggling financially for the last few years now. In 2018, the funds were cut to the entire band program and it was only through the incredible hard work of volunteers that enough money was raised through fundraising to keep it intact. There is only a certain amount of money allocated to the band department as part of it's annual budget. This budget provides for the purchase of new music, supplies, contest fees, school-owned instrument repairs, etc. However, the budget really does not allow for the purchase of new larger items such as new instruments. Instruments cost thousands of dollars. Currently, the band teacher is still using instruments that are almost 40 years old. In order to participate in the band program parents of the band students are required to pay a fee for participation in the band. Every student in the band from grades 5 through 8 has to pay a $200.00 fee to participate in the band program. 

We are asking for donations to help support the band program at Giles School. Visit the gofundme page donate what you can to this program.

We sincerely appreciate any support you can provide. The band students will thank you too!







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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.


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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NSF STEAM Fundraiser Update

Steaming Ahead with fundraising for the new STEAM Lab at D80. Have you donated yet? Have you shared the news with Friends & Neighbors?

Total Raised to Date: $13,188
As of 2/11/2021

Look at our Weekly Tracks for goal update thermometer. Together we can accomplish our goal!

% of Goal to date: 26%
4 ways to donate:
Mail checks to 
 Norridge Schools Foundation
8151 W. Lawrence Ave. Norridge, IL 60706

Zelle pay to:

Credit or debit card thru the NSF website

Or click the donate button on our Facebook page
Contact for more info.


Spaghetti Dinner To-Go Proceeds to benefit the Norridge & Harwood Hts. Community
Spaghetti Dinner To-Go Proceeds to benefit the Norridge & Harwood Hts. Community

Norridge/Harwood Heights Rotary Club

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser


What: A (Carry Out/Pick Up) dinner to support the Norridge/Harwood Heights Rotary Club community fund raising efforts. 


Your purchase includes: Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Bread, Choice of White or Red Wine (Person picking up dinner must be 21 years of age, and wear a mask)


When: Friday, March 5, 2021 (4:30pm -6:30pm)

Where: You can pick up your spaghetti dinner at:

Estelle Sieb Center,

7774 W. Irving Park Rd.

Norridge, IL 60706


Cost: Dinner for 4 is $50, Dinner for 2 is $30


How to Sign Up: Follow this link to complete an easy sign up form and you will receive an email confirmation with drive thru time. (Limited meals may be available if you miss the sign up.)

How to Pay (There are 3 options):

1. Mail your payment to: Greg Bear c/o Parkway Bank, 4800 Harlem, Harwood Heights, IL 60706

2. Pay Via Credit Card by calling Greg Bear 708-867-2565.

3. Pay with cash, or check on pick up day. (You will still need to fill out the form below if paying at pick up).

How to Pick Up:

Drive up to the Estelle Sieb Center front door, roll down your window to check in with an attendant, and we'll bring your meal to your vehicle.

Any Questions? 

Email or leave a phone message for Debbie Budnik 708 337-2402. 

P.S. If you cannot drive-thru the event on March 5 we welcome donations as well. Thank you for your support!
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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 Spring/March Menu

Gourmet Gorilla Spring Lunch Menu/March Menu

The Ridgewood Art Club would like to invite your 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter artwork into the junior level of our RidgExpo Art Competition. Our goal is to showcase the artistic talents of the students in our community. 
The competition will be sponsored digitally this year. ​We would greatly appreciate it if you could let your students know about the competition and distribute the Entry Form.
Artwork may be pieces students have created in an art class, artwork for other classes or pieces they have completed at home independently. All artwork will be judged upon the following criteria; creativity of idea, skill level with medium, and craftsmanship. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all categories at junior high and high school levels. 
All artwork entries are due by  Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Photos of artwork should be emailed to Mrs.Sarah  Machaj at
Each artwork must be labeled with the student’s name, school, title, category, and contact info. Neatly write this information on attached labels and place next to the art when photographing or add the info in the entry email.
The Entry Form with competition details has been attached above. 
Artwork will be on display on the Ridgewood website April 14 – June 4, 2021. Award winners will be notified and awards announced on April 15, 2021. Prizes will be sent to grade school teachers to distribute.
The Art Club, students, staff and administration at Ridgewood have always been impressed with the creativity and artistic ability of the local grade school student artists and we look forward to hosting your students’ artwork.
Mrs. Sarah Machaj / Art Club Sponsor
Marybeth Quintana/Art Club President
Ridgewood High School
school # 1 (708) 456-4242 ext. 1261​
RidgExpo 2021 is an Art Competition sponsored by the RHS Art Club
RHS Art Competition Labels


The America Library of Poetry 25th Annual National Student Poetry Contest


Join us in showcasing student poetry in the 27th edition of the Young American Poetry Digest! Poetry Submission Requirements

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Eisenhower Public Library

Due to rapid increase of cases of COVID-19 in Illinois and the recent stay-at-home advisories, the library will be closed until further notice. Because of limited staff, curbside pickup and home delivery will be suspended on Saturday, December 12th.  The library's virtual programs and reference services will continue as well. Apply for a library card online.  For more information visit the library's website. 


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Trinity High School Opportunities for 7th graders to explore Trinity High School!

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


Meeting Dates

PTA Meetings are generally the first Tuesday of the month unless there is a scheduling conflict.  
Meeting Dates: 2020-2021 
Meetings start at 7:00

October 6th
November 10th
December 1st
January 5th
February 2nd
March 2nd
April 6th
May 4th
​Budget Meeting May 

Follow this link to view the website