Saturday, January 16, 2021



This past week certainly was emotional and bittersweet for our staff and students. While we are very excited to welcome students back into the building and eager to continue to provide a high quality remote learning experience, it was extremely difficult to close out our current classes and transition our students to new sections in preparation for next week. With that being said, our staff will continue to work collaboratively to support all of our students moving forward. We will be actively finding ways to stay connected to the entire Grove Community despite the fact that some students will be in different learning modes. 


Additional information regarding the return to in-person learning will be sent out to families in a separate email this weekend. Please be sure to review the details carefully if your child will be returning to Grove next week. 


We continue to anticipate the day when all students will be safely back in our building at the same time and view our transition next week as a positive step forward toward that objective!!! Until then, we will strive to maintain the goal and spirit behind our theme for this school year, Near or Far, Grove Grizzlies are Rockstars!!! 


District 220 Announces New Superintendent

The Barrington 220 Board of Education is pleased to announce it has selected Dr. Robert Hunt as the district’s next Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Hunt’s contract was unanimously approved at the Jan. 12, 2021 Board of Education meeting, and he will officially begin his duties on July 1, 2021. He will succeed Dr. Brian Harris, who is retiring on June 30 after 34 years in public education. 


Dr. Hunt’s selection is the culmination of a months-long national search process that included input from Barrington 220 stakeholders and produced highly qualified applicants from diverse geographic and professional backgrounds.


“This past fall, stakeholders were given the opportunity to provide input on the qualities desired in the district’s next superintendent,” said Board President Penny Kazmier. “Based on this criteria, the Board is confident Dr. Hunt is the right person to become our next superintendent. We were impressed by his commitment to the development of the whole child, placing equal importance on both the academic and social-emotional success of students. Dr. Hunt demonstrates the leadership style and desire to build personal relationships, which the Board believes will serve the Barrington 220 community well. We are grateful he has accepted our invitation to join our district and look forward to him becoming a part of our community.”


Dr. Hunt brings significant experience and leadership in education, most recently as the Superintendent of Schools for Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District in Chagrin Falls, OH, where he has served since 2012. In October 2020 Dr. Hunt was named “Ohio Superintendent of the Year” by the AASA (American Association of School Administrators).


Kindergarten Round-Up for 2020-2021 School Year

Parents of our incoming kindergarten students are invited to attend our Kindergarten Round-Up on Monday, February 1st at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom At this time, parents will hear an overview of the kindergarten programs, meet kindergarten staff, ask questions, and have the opportunity to pre-register for the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

More detailed informational sessions for parents interested in Spanish Dual Language or Chinese Immersion programs will be held in February. 

 

Please be sure to share the date for Kindergarten round-up with neighbors, friends, and community members who have kindergarten age children and may not have a child in the school system to hear about the event from our district.


Save the Date - Virtual Family STEM Night 

Our STEM teachers across the district are creating an amazing Virtual Family STEM Night for Thursday, February 11th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Families will be able to join virtually or do the activities on their own!! More information to come soon!! 


School Picture Distribution and Picture Retakes 

Our school pictures have arrived! We will be distributing the pictures to students who are attending in person the week of January 19th. Pictures will be available for pick-up for families whose children are remaining in remote learning starting the week of January 19th as well. 


We do have a schedule picture retake day for Friday, January 29th. More details regarding picture retakes will be sent out soon!! 


Resource for Adults to Help Support Kids Through Times of Change 

As our children begin the transition to Hybrid 2.0, we know the support we provide as parents, caregivers, and educators is more important than ever. I strongly encourage you to read and reflect on this blog, written by a parent and teacher, entitled, "Supporting Kids Through Times of Change". The author provides specific ideas to help children cope with transitions. While our teachers will provide support to their students as we make the shifts ahead, our children are also looking to us as parents and caregivers for our support as well. Thank you, and please reach out to us if you have specific concerns or questions regarding your child.


Social Emotional Support for Students 

As our students continue to navigate our consistently changing landscape due to COVID 19, we are continuously considering how our children are coping and their overall mental health. Please know that our school and district are here to support our students who are struggling and may benefit from additional resources. Please see the attached letter regarding this and view the short video explaining how families can access the online META app that is also available to connect students with counselors while at home. Please also keep in mind that parents can contact our school based support directly by emailing our Social Worker, Mr. Walcott, at cwalcott@barrington220.org or our School Psychologist, Tonya Tompkins-Wisz, at ttompkins@barrington220.org.


Upcoming Dates 

Monday, January 18th - MLK Day, No School 

Tuesday, January 19th - Hybrid 2.0 Learning Model Begins 

Tuesday, January 19th - PTO Meeting, 9:15 a.m. via Zoom 

Tuesday, January 19th - Fleece or flannel? Dress in your favorite warm winter wear!

Monday, January 25th - Grove Gear All Year!! Wear your favorite Grove shirt or school colors!! 

Thursday, January 28th - 2nd Trimester Report Cards available to parents in IC 

Friday, January 29th - Picture Retake Day

Monday, February 1st - Kindergarten Round-Up via Zoom for 2021-2022 School Year, 6:30 p.m. 

Thursday, February 11th - Virtual Family STEM Night, 6:00-7:30 p.m.






Monday, January 11, 2021



Grading Window Adjustments 

In preparation for a smooth transition to our Hybrid 2.0 Learning Model, changes were made to the reporting window for our 2nd trimester. Per an email sent to parents prior to winter break via the district, the 2nd trimester grading window was closed on Tuesday, December 22nd. Our teachers are currently working on completing 2nd trimester report cards, which will be available to parents on January 28th. The purpose for this change was to provide for a clean transition for students and teachers, as there will be some changes to student class placements, with some students being assigned to a new teacher. As a result, the third trimester will be with students in their new class assignments. 



Preparing for the Switch to Hybrid Learning 

As we are making plans for the return of our students in the Hybrid 2.0 Learning model, there are several things that parents can do to help prepare for their child’s transition as well! Please check out the list below: 

  • Make sure that your child has a MASK (no gaters) that he/she is comfortable wearing, as students will once again be required to wear a mask for the duration of the time they are in the building. In efforts to ensure that we are following the mitigation strategies which are allowing us to return to in-person learning, we must ensure that students are wearing masks, as they are the best proven protector

  • Make sure your child has their I.D. and red coil with the holder for their I.D., as these will be scanned to ensure that students have a completed COVID Screener and can enter the building quickly upon arrival 

  •  Bookmark the COVID-19 Symptom Screener health.barrington220.org, to easily access it each morning and certify your child prior to their arrival 

  • Consider an organization system for your child’s supplies/materials to be transported back and forth from home and school, as students will need many of the supplies we sent home at the beginning of the year for learning at school in-person day. Classroom teachers will communicate materials that are needed.  



COVID-19 Symptoms Screening for In-Person Learning

All students participating in our in-person hybrid learning, must have a completed electronic version of the COVID-19 Symptoms Screener filled out prior to entering our building. Parents can use a cell phone, iPad, or computer to visit health.barrington220.org, log in, and complete the survey. Be sure to click SUBMIT after answering each of the questions!! Upon students’ arrival to school they will hold up their I.D./bus tag to be scanned and school staff will be able to immediately determine whether or not a student can be permitted to enter the building. Directions for using the new system are included below!! 

 

Parent Instructions (English & Spanish)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WgbWo1YSB_VOxoaS9O8tT8udI8JIZu2r3xwJbh4OHRk/edit 

 

Short Video

https://youtu.be/R9s7xHgMe7M (English)

https://youtu.be/9VOtPQzI910 (Spanish)

 

1-page PDF

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vqLl2nMAF710GqhLY5cKtTRyWln5eHrI/view  (English) 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/145idesFCKSRdzexJanWsS5mp-XN-wSqI/view  (Spanish)



School Picture Distribution and Picture Retakes 

Our school pictures have arrived! We will be distributing the pictures to students who are attending in person the week of January 19th. Pictures will be available for pick-up for families whose children are remaining in remote learning starting the week of January 19th as well. 


We do have a schedule picture retake day for Friday, January 29th. More details regarding picture retakes will be sent out soon!! 


Resource for Adults to Help Support Kids Through Times of Change 

As our children begin the transition to Hybrid 2.0, we know the support we provide as parents, caregivers, and educators is more important than ever. I strongly encourage you to read and reflect on this blog, written by a parent and teacher, entitled, "Supporting Kids Through Times of Change". The author provides specific ideas to help children cope with transitions. While our teachers will provide support to their students as we make the shifts ahead, our children are also looking to us as parents and caregivers for our support as well. Thank you, and please reach out to us if you have specific concerns or questions regarding your child.


Winter Spirit Days

We have a couple more spirit days  coming up in January!! 

  • Tuesday, January 19th - Fleece or flannel? Dress in your favorite warm winter wear!

  • Monday, January 25th - Grove Gear All Year!! Wear your favorite Grove shirt or school colors!! 


Students Cheer or Chant for Grove Spirit 

All Grove students are invited to show off their school spirit by creating a cheer or chant to be submitted for the morning announcements. Student submissions will be shared once a week on Mondays in the morning announcements. Students and parents can submit their entries to this Google Form.

 



Social Emotional Support for Students 

As our students continue to navigate our consistently changing landscape due to COVID 19, we are continuously considering how our children are coping and their overall mental health. Please know that our school and district are here to support our students who are struggling and may benefit from additional resources. Please see the attached letter regarding this and view the short video explaining how families can access the online META app that is also available to connect students with counselors while at home. Please also keep in mind that parents can contact our school based support directly by emailing our Social Worker, Mr. Walcott, at cwalcott@barrington220.org or our School Psychologist, Tonya Tompkins-Wisz, at ttompkins@barrington220.org.


Upcoming Dates 

Wednesday, January 13th - PTO Chipotle Fundraiser 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday, January 14th - Last day of current distance learning model 

Friday, January 15th - Staff Institute Day for transition, NO SCHOOL for students 

Monday, January 18th - MLK Day, No School 

Tuesday, January 19th - Hybrid 2.0 Learning Model Begins 

Tuesday, January 19th - Fleece or flannel? Dress in your favorite warm winter wear!

Monday, January 25th - Grove Gear All Year!! Wear your favorite Grove shirt or school colors!! 

Thursday, January 28th - 2nd Trimester Report Cards available to parents in IC 

Friday, January 29th - Picture Retake Day 



 

Friday, December 18, 2020



District 2020 Schedule to Implement Hybrid 2.0 Model Starting January 19th 

All elementary families have been sent a questionnaire asking them to select if their student will participate in Hybrid 2.0 or Distance Learning for the spring semester. Parents will be asked to also indicate whether or not their student will be using district provided transportation. Please complete this questionnaire by 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 20th.


In the elementary Hybrid 2.0 plan students will attend school in-person five days a week, for 2.5 hours each day. Those 2.5 hours will focus on literacy, math and social emotional learning. Students will be divided into two groups, "Group A" and Group B". Group A will attend in-person instruction in the mornings and Group B will attend in-person instruction in the afternoons.


Elementary families who wish to continue with Distance Learning will be placed in full remote classrooms and students will continue following their current learning schedule, which includes synchronous and asynchronous instruction.


Be sure to view the Hybrid 2.0 plan for more details regarding a schedule for in-person learning, a timeline for implementation of this plan, and details regarding specific programs within this plan. I have also included a link in the IC email to the Grove Community Update Meeting with the Q&A session regarding the Hybrid 2.0 plan.  


Hybrid 2.0 plan in Spanish 


Resource for Adults to Help Support Kids Through Times of Change 

As our children begin the transition to Hybrid 2.0, we know the support we provide as parents, caregivers, and educators is more important than ever. I strongly encourage you to read and reflect on this blog, written by a parent and teacher, entitled, "Supporting Kids Through Times of Change". The author provides specific ideas to help children cope with transitions. While our teachers will provide support to their students as we make the shifts ahead, our children are also looking to us as parents and caregivers for our support as well. Thank you, and please reach out to us if you have specific concerns or questions regarding your child.


Winter Break Home Internet Security Check: Limit Adult Websites on a Barrington 220 iPad

The start of winter break is a good time to routinely check and maintain your home Internet security plan. With a break from school, students are likely to spend more unsupervised time using their iPad. Using the Screen Time feature built into the District iPad can help you establish web content restrictions. If you do not already have home Internet filtering set up, you can set up Screen Time on the district iPad to limit adult content as a first step.


Click here to learn more about Home Internet Security.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CFhD5eTqjCZryd_pcObF-0Han2CvgcxGGYmlXwyY0W4/edit 


Winter Spirit Days

Students and staff are invited to participate in a series of spirit days throughout the months of December and January. Most of the activities are being held on Mondays, however, there are a few weeks when  we don’t have school on a Monday, so the spirit day will be held on the first day of the week when school is in session. We also have one day, pajama day, that is added in on the Friday to follow our all school winter musical, which is a Grove tradition!! 

  • Monday, December 21st - Winter is a Window to the World!! Wear or share something that represents your heritage, culture, holidays, or is important to you and your family traditions.  

  • Thursday, January 7th - New Year, New Me - Dress to Impress in Your Best or Shiniest Clothes to celebrate the end of one year and welcoming a new one!!! 

  • Monday, January 11th - Snow Day!! Wear all white or your favorite winter gear: hats, beanies, scarves, and winter socks!! 

  • Tuesday, January 19th - Fleece or flannel? Dress in your favorite warm winter wear!

  • Monday, January 25th - Grove Gear All Year!! Wear your favorite Grove shirt or school colors!! 


Students Cheer or Chant for Grove Spirit 

All Grove students are invited to show off their school spirit by creating a cheer or chant to be submitted for the morning announcements. Student submissions will be shared once a week on Mondays in the morning announcements. Students and parents can submit their entries to this Google Form.

 

Social Emotional Support for Students 

As our students continue to navigate our consistently changing landscape due to COVID 19, we are continuously considering how our children are coping and their overall mental health. Please know that our school and district are here to support our students who are struggling and may benefit from additional resources. Please see the attached letter regarding this and view the short video explaining how families can access the online META app that is also available to connect students with counselors while at home. Please also keep in mind that parents can contact our school based support directly by emailing our Social Worker, Mr. Walcott, at cwalcott@barrington220.org or our School Psychologist, Tonya Tompkins-Wisz, at ttompkins@barrington220.org.


Upcoming Dates 

Sunday, December 20th - Selections for hybrid or remote learning due by 11:59 p.m. 

Monday, December 21st - Winter is a Window to the World!! Wear or share something that represents your heritage, culture, holidays, or is important to you and your family traditions.   

Tuesday, December 22nd - Winter Class Parties, 2:00-2:30 p.m.

December 23rd - January 6th - Winter Break, No School for Students 

Thursday, January 7th - School Resumes - all students participate in remote learning  

Thursday, January 7th - New Year, New Me - Dress to Impress in Your Best or Shiniest Clothes to celebrate the end of one year and welcoming a new one!!! 

Monday, January 11th - Snow Day!! Wear all white or your favorite winter gear: hats, beanies, scarves, and winter socks!! 

Wednesday, January 13th - Parents Notified of teacher assignment changes for Hybrid 2.0

Thursday, January 14th - Last day of current distance learning model 

Friday, January 15th - Staff Institute Day for transition, NO SCHOOL for students 

Monday, January 18th - MLK Day, No School 

Tuesday, January 19th - Hybrid 2.0 Learning Model Begins 

Tuesday, January 19th - Fleece or flannel? Dress in your favorite warm winter wear!

Monday, January 25th - Grove Gear All Year!! Wear your favorite Grove shirt or school colors!! 


Saturday, December 12, 2020

 


Grove Community Update Meeting 

During the upcoming school board meeting on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00 PM there will be a discussion regarding the proposed changes to the elementary hybrid plan. As a follow-up to the discussion, I will be hosting a Grove Avenue Community Update meeting focused on the school year following winter break. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 16th, at 6:30 P.M. via Zoom. The Zoom meeting information was shared with parents via email on Friday and will be sent again with a reminder via an IC email next week as well!! 


Grove All School Winter Musical

It was great to see many of our students at BHS this past week for the recordings for our Virtual Musical! We can’t wait to see the Virtual Show this week!! 


I will be sending out a virtual program for the event at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 17th. The program will have an inactive link that will go active at 6:50 p.m. on Thursday evening and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. We hope families will make this a fun and celebratory event for our students! Perhaps popping some popcorn and making some hot cocoa to enjoy as you watch the program together as a family will be fun!!  I have included a link to directions for how to connect either an iPad or computer to your TV if you wish to view the program on a larger screen!! You of course can also gather the family around a device, but it might be beneficial to comfortably watch the event on your TV screen!!


Grove Winter Cheer

The Grove Staff has been working to plan some fun and safe activities for students, as we now know that we will be in distance learning for a while and we want to provide some special things for our community to look forward to as members of our Grove family. Please see below for what is to come for our students!!! 


Winter Spirit Days

Students and staff are invited to participate in a series of spirit days throughout the months of December and January. Most of the activities are being held on Mondays, however, there are a few weeks when  we don’t have school on a Monday, so the spirit day will be held on the first day of the week when school is in session. We also have one day, pajama day, that is added in on the Friday to follow our all school winter musical, which is a Grove tradition!! 

  • Monday, December 14th - SOUP-er Sweaters!! Wear an ugly sweater or favorite warm winter sweater!!! 

  • Thursday, December 17th - All School Virtual Winter Musical, 7 p.m. 

  • Friday, December 18th - Long Winter’s Nap!! Wear your pajamas all day!! 

  • Monday, December 21st - Winter is a Window to the World!! Wear or share something that represents your heritage, culture, holidays, or is important to you and your family traditions.  

  • Thursday, January 7th - New Year, New Me - Dress to Impress in Your Best or Shiniest Clothes to celebrate the end of one year and welcoming a new one!!! 

  • Monday, January 11th - Snow Day!! Wear all white or your favorite winter gear: hats, beanies, scarves, and winter socks!! 

  • Tuesday, January 19th - Fleece or flannel? Dress in your favorite warm winter wear!

  • Monday, January 25th - Grove Gear All Year!! Wear your favorite Grove shirt or school colors!! 



Students Cheer or Chant for Grove Spirit 

All Grove students are invited to show off their school spirit by creating a cheer or chant to be submitted for the morning announcements. Student submissions will be shared once a week on Mondays in the morning announcements. Students and parents can submit their entries to this Google Form.

 

Social Emotional Support for Students 

As our students continue to navigate our consistently changing landscape due to COVID 19, we are continuously considering how our children are coping and their overall mental health. Please know that our school and district are here to support our students who are struggling and may benefit from additional resources. Please see the attached letter regarding this and view the short video explaining how families can access the online META app that is also available to connect students with counselors while at home. Please also keep in mind that parents can contact our school based support directly by emailing our Social Worker, Mr. Walcott, at cwalcott@barrington220.org or our School Psychologist, Tonya Tompkins-Wisz, at ttompkins@barrington220.org.


Upcoming Dates 

Monday, December 14th - SOUP-er Sweaters!! Wear an ugly sweater or favorite warm winter sweater!!! 

Thursday, December 17th - All School Virtual Winter Musical, 7 p.m. 

Friday, December 18th - Pajama Day 

Monday, December 21st - Winter is a Window to the World!! Wear or share something that represents your heritage, culture, holidays, or is important to you and your family traditions.   

Tuesday, December 22nd - Winter Class Parties, 2:00-2:30 p.m.

December 23rd - January 6th - Winter Break, No School for Students 

Thursday, January 7th - School Resumes 


 



Seasonal Shopping to Support Grove

When considering your holiday shopping list, please keep in mind that there is a way to shop from your couch, save time, and benefit Grove all at the same time. Through Scrip, you can choose from a selection of hundreds of gift cards - from Amazon to Target to Starbucks to Visa. Simply create your account, select the gift cards you would like to purchase, and designate Grove as the beneficiary. You will need to use the enrollment code 4386953B56688. Once your account is set up, you can use the Scrip mobile app called Raise Right to have cards shipped directly to your home or electronically! Cheers to a healthy and happy holiday for all!