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September 7, 2021
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Glenbard News for Sept. 7, 2021

In this issue:

  • COVID-19 dashboard updated
  • GPS Sept. 14 webinar to explore teens’ social emotional health
  • Help wanted for SHIELD testing
  • Transportation, custodial & food service partners are hiring
  • Board of Education earns state recognition
  • Parent shares takeaway from financial aid program

COVID-19 dashboard updated
We updated data on our COVID-19 dashboard. The dashboard is updated each week that school is in session.

GPS Sept. 14 webinar to explore teens’ social emotional health
Families United in Support of Equity and Excellence (FUSE) and the Glenbard Parent Series will welcome therapist Fiona Arthurs and social work interventionist Ava Blalark in a webinar that explores positive parenting and the social emotional health of young people. Positive Parenting and Social Emotional Health for the Teenage Years will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, via Zoom. Go to for the link to this webinar.

To be placed on a reminder list for GPS or submit a question in advance, send an email to [email protected].

Arthurs and Blalark will discuss how adults can care for themselves, give to others and create a supportive environment that allows children to grow into healthy adults. They will examine the biology around social and emotional development and trauma, and what that looks like for teens. They will wrap up with the introduction of an important tool called V.A.L.U.E.D., which provides six lessons designed to help young people manage anxiety and depression and develop the resilience needed to pursue their dreams.

Arthurs is a marriage and family therapist and the CEO and co-founder of the Carlton Center.  Arthurs will address how to support school success, unlock potential and strengthen the parent-child relationship.

Blalark is a licensed clinical social worker; founder and creator of Inherently Valued, LLC; the author of “Valued: Things I Wish My Mom Would Have Told Me,” and a school social worker at Glenbard East.

GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Community Consolidated School District 93 Birth to 5 Community Coalition, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage, DuPage Medical Group, Emmy Gaffey Foundation, Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, Kiwanis Clubs of District 9, and Prevention Leadership Team of the DuPage County Health Department.

For further information, visit or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at [email protected].

Help wanted for SHIELD testing
We plan to implement SHIELD testing for students at our schools the week of Sept. 20. You may click here to learn more about SHIELD testing. 

In order for the process to run with minimal disruption to the school day, Med-Call Healthcare, which is coordinating the SHIELD testing at our schools, is hiring committed candidates to assist with collection of SHIELD testing kits. These positions are not demanding, but timely attendance and commuting throughout the day may be involved. All job candidates must have their own transportation.

Those who are hired will be expected to work during school hours. Strong computer/data entry experience is required. Although healthcare experience is ideal, it is not a requirement for this position.


  • Pay: up to $20 per hour
  • Job types: full-time, part-time, contract
  • Background check, car Insurance and valid driver’s license required

Please contact Kathleen Loomis of Med-Call Healthcare at 708-971-3656 or [email protected] Once you contact Kathleen, more information will be shared about assignments, requirements, locations and training.

Transportation, custodial & food service partners are hiring
Due to a national labor shortage, we are experiencing shortages in a variety of areas, including contracted busing, custodial and food service. Our contracted third-party vendors are hiring. See below for application information. Please share the information with those in a job search.

Sodexo is hiring food service staff. Apply at this link.

First Student is hiring bus drivers. Apply at this link.  

ABM is hiring custodial staff to work in Glenbard District 87. Apply at this link.

Board of Education earns state recognition
Congratulations to our Board of Education on being one of 35 boards of education to earn the Illinois Association of School Boards’ 2021 School Board Governance Recognition designation. This recognition acknowledges school boards that have engaged in activities and modeled behaviors that lead to excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education. Our board members participate in a variety of board development programs and develop the skills, knowledge and abilities that are key to good governance. They will be recognized at the IASB fall DuPage Division meeting. Board members include President Judith Weinstock, Vice President Margaret DeLaRosa, Parliamentarian Bob Friend, Kermit Eby, John Kenwood, Martha Mueller and Mireya Vera.

Parent shares takeaway from financial aid program
On Aug. 25, the Glenbard Parent Series hosted author Frank Palmasani at a financial aid webinar titled Conquering the Challenge of College Costs.

Glenbard South parent Steve Friedman shared the following takeaway: “Make sure you are openly communicating with your child’s college representative to determine the best method to support your child’s unique financial aid package, before counting out a college because of the sticker price. Don’t assume help is not available. Early, proper planning is key to finding the best financial fit for students and their families.”

The program is available at this link. Read the GPS blog about the presentation at this link.