Bill Newby

Message from GLS District 36

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William Newby

December 01, 2018

Dear Grass Lake District #36 Students, Parents, Staff, and Community,

“ I know.  I’m lazy. But I made myself a New Years resolution that I would write myself something special.  Which means I have ‘til December, right?”

                                                                                                                                       Catherine O’Hara

I selected this quote because it epitomizes our struggle to take care of ourselves in the midst of the hectic pace of daily life. So let us wait no longer.  Remind yourselves right now of all the good you do in the world.  I want you to reflect on how you make the lives of those around you better and how your contribution to the GLS family enhances the lives of many less fortunate who would not otherwise be so blessed. I want to thank you for volunteering your time, donations of food, clothing, supplies, and caring of our GLS family!   


Where has the time gone!!!!  Although the weather is trying to convince us that it is January I cannot believe it is December.  What a difference a year can make. We have already had a snow day and we have had more snow and cold in November than we have had in many years! In fact, this November has the particular distinction of being the first November in 148 years of recorded Chicago area history that did not have at least one day over 53 degrees!!! 


Last year we were packed in here like sardines while our new addition was completed. This required us to reschedule Breakfast with Santa and host it offsite. While this and other events were successful because of the hard work and dedication of members of the staff, school board and community, we are pleased to be hosting it here this year.  Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 9 A.M. until 1 P.M.. In addition, the GLS Choir will sing, a craft fair will be held and we will have an Open House in the new wing for anyone who has not been able to experience this wonderful space.  Please check the District website for the complete calendar of events for December.


Since my next newsletter will be coming in 2019, I wanted to encourage each of us to take the time during the holiday break to enjoy one another, take a well deserved rest from the frantic pace of life, and look forward to the optimism and freshness that comes with a New Year.  May your families be blessed with good health, prosperity, and happiness in 2019!!! 


William Newby Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Grass Lake District # 36