October 10, 2018


Lori and Mark Spencer opened the meeting at 7:05pm

Meeting Attendees:

Board Members: Lori Spencer, Mark Spencer, Lissa Silver, Beth Gavin-Pearson, Tiffany Sybert, Greg Pleszkun, Janice Larson, Cathy Burnham, Heather Wilensky, Julie Henry, Dave MacMillin, John Catalano

Team Reps and Guests: Diane Kurtz, Heather Remien, Debbie Sandlow, Suzanne Kahn, Carla Martens



Correction to the Booster club meeting for May.  This will take place on Wednesday, May 8, not May 10 as was previously published.

Ä       Please send member topics to Lori by Monday before the meetings to plan accordingly. -

Thursday November 8 is the fall sports awards ceremony. 


The winter Jamboree is Friday November 9th from 5-7:30.  Spartanwear and booster club membership representatives will both be at the winter jamboree.  There may be a spring jamboree. 



There are updated deposit and request for reimbursement forms on the website and a mail slot at Beth’s home for the forms to be dropped.  The up to date P&L report was introduced and noted that the fiscal calendar for booster club is July 1 – June 30th. 



There are approximately 600 booster club members to date versus approximately 700 last year.  It was discussed to have team reps, who feel comfortable doing so, send an email reminder to families who have not yet purchased a membership to ask them to consider doing so.  Some of the families, especially of freshman, may not completely understand what a Booster Club membership offers.  Team reps should feel free to contact Cathy for a list of families on their teams who have already purchased a membership. 



The broken refrigerator and cooler at the swimming pool have been fixed and at this time nothing is out of order or missing.  For Junior Spartan football night, we need a hand stamp for kids getting free popcorn.  Reminder to make extra popcorn.



The Booster Bash will be held Saturday March 9, 2019 at Joe’s Live in Rosemont and the committee members have a follow up meeting with Joe’s on Monday October 15, 2018 for planning.  Invitations will be mailed to 1500-1600 families at GBN, not only booster club members.  Facebook and constant contact email campaign will help get the word out as well. 

A reminder that each player is asked to donate $5 to the booster club team baskets.  The baskets can be created by the team or the team rep may collect the donations and send to the Booster Bash committee, who will put together an auction item in that team’s name.




Most of the orders have been filled and picked up.  We are able to make a yard sign with 1, 2, or 3 stakes and custom wording is allowed.  Also, yard signs can be fixed or have stakes added for existing signs. 



All of the upfront costs have been paid for stocking the Spartanwear items.  We may use constant contact to remind everyone that Spartanwear is available for sale. 



Reminder to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to publish and promote all teams!  Send pictures of varsity teams and senior nights.  Use of Facebook and Twitter are available methods of social media.  We rely on content submission to Mark.

Many games are live streamed.  Todd Rubin will give Tiffany the broadcast link when available.  GBN does over 60 games every year.  We will follow up to advertise this more when possible.  




Reminder that there are team party boxes full of supplies for each team rep to pick up.  The party boxes hold plates, napkins, table cloths, utensils and cups for team parties.  Boys golf and cross country can still pick up your party box from Janice Larson.



The Senior Sports Banquet will be held in the spring for all senior athletes at Allgauer’s Hilton on May 30.  Fall and winter sports reps should let their teams know the date.  Spring sports awards night will be May 28 and graduation will be June 3.



Rich Chapman the band director is retiring after 31 years and will be honored at various events. 

There is an exciting new boys swim coach at GBN.  He was a Northwestern University coach with previous training in all manner of events leading up to Olympic trials.  His background is extremely impressive and we are very fortunate to have filled this role with someone of his qualifications.


John indicated the approximately $5,500 was raised for the GBN goes pink fundraiser.  The funds are not specifically earmarked, however, will be allocated accordingly for cancer wellness and doctor research.


The Central Suburban League (CSL) Leadership Workshop has selected 15 girls and 15 boys to participate.  Coaches voted and then narrowed the pool to select 1 student from each sport as a delegate.  Jim Block, who was a past athletic director at GBN, and now is at New Trier, started and runs the conference.  We have 30 sports being represented and this number can vary by school as they have different sports programs i.e. field hockey or rowing.  Small and large group meetings will take place on late arrival days.  They will bring in professional speakers and have small group break-out sessions when the CSL students meet.  There may be homework or research and service project for the kids.  This is the first year and 12 schools are involved.  The goal is to reach out and build team skills, change little things to make an impact with a focus on attitudes, skills and communication.


GBN will be hosting several sporting events such as volleyball regionals, swim regionals and soccer sectionals.  These are not necessarily revenue generating events, however the advantage is to play at our home field.


The incidents with the students writing threats on the desks have concluded 2 levels of internal investigation and have now been turned over to the Northbrook Police.  The Dean’s office is allowed to speak with students, but the police will need to have parental consent.  Every single locker was checked, only 12 of 2,000 actually had any type of use and no evidence was found relating to the threats. 


It is unlikely that we can narrow down the suspects based on constantly changing teachers, students and desk configurations over the period in question as to when the threat was written and then discovered. 




Reminder from Tiffany to contact the lead varsity representative first with any questions and as a primary source of information. 


Varsity Football – RECORD TO DATE 5 WINS AND 2 LOSSES.  Team is unified and looking forward to Friday’s game at home against Deerfield HS.  Team dinners and special breakfasts are all level.  Captains have done a good job leading and promoting leadership, good attitude and effort throughout the team.

Upcoming events:  Every Friday!  10/12 and 10/19.  Senior Night dinner is Thursday 10/11 and Senior Parent recognition ceremony on Friday 10/12



Upcoming events: Every Saturday!  Home games 10/13. No homecoming weekend game.


Frosh Football –UNDEFEATED.  

Played 2 games last two weekends one with 8 soph and one as frosh B team.  We play 2 more again this weekend then freshmen only to wrap up season against Vernon Hills.  


Girls Golf Varsity



Deerfield Invite

Ashley Choi, Claire Choi, and Leah Won all won medals by finishing in the top ten in the six team Deerfield Invite. The host team won first place and GBN knocked off rival Glenbrook South to win second place. 

Glenbrook Cup

GBN down one point as Glenbrook Cup is postponed due to weather.

CSL Tournament

Senior Captain Ashley Choi lead GBN at the CSL Tournament at Wilmette Country Club, finished in third place among individuals in the CSL North with an 85. Sophomore Claire Choi took ninth place by carding an 89 and Senior Captain Ashley Suh rounded out the top ten individuals with a 93.  

IHSA Regional

GBN came short of making to the sectional, but Ashley Choi, Claire Choi, and Gina Kim moved up

IHSA Sectional

Senior Captain Ashley Choi did something that has only happened once before in Glenbrook North Girls Golf history. She qualified for the IHSA Tournament two times. Choi, a four year varsity player and two year captain is returning to state after taking fifth place among individuals on non-qualifying teams.  State Championship is scheduled on Oct 12 and 13

Senior Gina Kim and Sophomore Claire Choi also qualified for the Sectional Tournament but finished short of making it to state. 


IHSA Tournament, Oct 12-13


Girls Golf JV



Our JV golfers took 2nd place in the JV Conf Meet & captured 2nd overall in the North Division.  

The golfers lost in the Conf meet to HP by just 4 strokes.  Highland Park was 1st in the North division. 

Our conference record was 3-1; with our only loss to Highland Park. Kathryn Cruz(so) was the north division conference champion shooting 83. 

Kathryn is only the 2nd JV golfer to be a conference champion!  But the highlight was Kathryn's hole in one!  Her hole in one was on the 120 yard 7th hole where the pin was tightly tucked behind 2 sand traps!  The Spartan golfers took 4 of the top 10 places in the conference meet.


Girls SwimmingThe swim team is doing well. Nya Robinson continues to exceed expectations as a freshman. The girls swam 11,000 yards on Monday. That is 6.5 miles. More than mt. Everest. They have an upcoming meet tomorrow at Vernon hills and then on to new trier relays this Saturday. Hopefully more good news to report soon.  


Boys Varsity Soccer– Record to date 7 wins, 8 losses and 4 ties. 

Unfortunately suffering some injuries.  The last game is October 11. 


Girls JV Tennis – Final record is 8 wins, 3 losses. 

Conference was cancelled this weekend and the season is over.  Took 2nd place in the conference. 


Cross Country October 2 Quad Meet with Highland Park, Maine East and Maine West

·         JV girls- won and have a 5-0 conference record

·         Varsity Girls won they have a 4-1 conference record

·         Frosh sop boys won

·         Varsity boys 2nd

September 29 – Peoria Invite

·         Varsity Girls placed 10th out of 32 teams.  Natalie Sandlow placed 6th out of 196 runners

·         Varsity Boys placed 25th out of 33 teams

September 29 – Niles West Invite

·         Frosh/soph Girls – 7th out of 15, Kelsey Lundgaard placed 28 out of 185 runners.

·         Frosh/soph Boys – 6th out of 17 teams, Sam Rubinstein placed 22 out of 212 runners

Natalie Sandlow set a new course record on the GBN course on September 17 with 18:51 3 mile time.

Upcoming events: Conference meet at Deerfield – October 13

Regionals – October 20

Sectionals – October 27

State Meet – November


Girls Varsity Volleyball  17 wins, 9 losses.  Finished third in the Discovery Tournament. 

Upcoming events: Senior night and home game against Vernon hills.


Julie Henry, Secretary