Sunday, January 29, 2023


 Grove Student Newspaper Publication - 4th Edition

Please check out the fourth publication of our Grove 4th & 5th Grade Newspaper!! This is a new club that started at Grove this year! The mission of the club is to strive to nurture a passion for writing, promote creativity and collaboration, and foster a sense of belonging. Most of all, it seeks to hear the voices of our students. The club will be publishing one edition each month throughout the school year. Past issues are now archived on our Grove website - here is the link. It is in the "Families" tab. We will continue to share publications with our students, staff, and parents each month! Enjoy!


Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2023-2024 School Year

Parents of our incoming kindergarten students are invited to attend our Kindergarten Round-Up on Wednesday, February 1st at 6:30 p.m. 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 2023-2024 school year. Please be sure to note: 

  • The meeting will be held in the Grove music room 

  • Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. 

  • Use the Main entrance - ENTRANCE 1, on Cook and Illinois St. to enter the building 


Please click here for complete Kindergarten information, including important registration dates.


More detailed informational sessions for parents interested in Spanish Dual Language or Chinese Immersion programs are being held virtually. If you are interested in learning more about Barrington 220’s optional Kindergarten Language Programs, please plan to participate remotely, on one of the applicable dates listed below.

Language Programs Virtual Meeting Dates:

Chinese Immersion K round up 2/2 at 6:30

Dual Language K round up 2/6 at 6:30 (Eng.)

Dual Language K round up 2/8 at 6:30 (Span.)


Fostering Math Skills in a fun way at Home!! 

Our Grove instructional coach for math, Laura Chor, has created a three part series of suggestions and recommended resources for parents to use to foster math skills, while making it fun at home! Click on the link to her first installment which is about Making Math Fun with Books!  


GROVE Cold Weather Procedures - Reminder 

During the winter months, our students will go outside for recess as much as possible. If the temperature or wind chill is zero degrees or below the students will remain inside for recess. When the wind chill or temperature is above zero students will be outside. As a result, please be sure to send your children to school fully dressed to be outside for recess. It is also recommended that students bring layers such as sweatshirts and sweaters to take on and off throughout the day. Please be sure to put your child’s name somewhere on all items so that they can easily be identified and returned to students if they drop them or lose them in the school! 


Now that snow is upon us, please remember that in order for students to play in the snow at school, they must have a winter coat, snow pants, boots, gloves, and a hat or earmuffs, as we want them to stay dry and be able to return to the classroom in the afternoon and concentrate on learning. We will try to have extra items for students at school in case they forget, but it is beneficial for students to bring all of these items each day during the winter so they are prepared no matter what. When there is enough snow on the ground, students will be able to participate in sledding at school, so they must be properly dressed! In addition, students should have a pair of gym shoes to wear during the school day while in class and in order to participate safely in P.E. each day. 

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 30th - 5th Grade Girls Basketball Games vs. Sunny Hill (Away), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 30th - 5th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. Sunny Hill (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31st -5th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. Hough (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1st - Kindergarten Round-Up for 2023, 6:30 p.m. @ Grove 

Thursday, February 2nd - Friday, February 3rd - Java with Dr. Hunt, 8:15-9;15 a.m. in the Sunny Hill Cafeteria 

Thursday, February 2nd - Kindergarten Round-Up Chinese Immersion Info. Session, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 3rd - Grove Parent Party, 6-11 p.m. @ Makray

Monday, February 6th - Handmade Holiday Art Class, 2:45-4:15 @ Grove, must be registered

Monday, February 6th -  Kindergarten Round-Up Dual Language Info. Session, 6:30 p.m. in English 

Tuesday, February 7th - Handmade Holiday Art Class, 2:45-4:15 @ Grove, must be registered 

Wednesday, February 8th - Kindergarten Round-Up Dual Language Info. Session, 6:30 p.m. in Spanish

Thursday, February 9th - 5th Grade Musical @ Grove, 6:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, February 14th - Valentine’s Day Class Parties, 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.



Volunteers are still needed for Friday's Parent Party! Please click on the link to sign-up to help!! 
  1.  https://tinyurl.com/parentpartyvolunteers
If you can't attend the event, you can still support Grove by purchasing Teacher Experience Raffle tickets. Your kids will love these experiences! Check them out and buy your raffle tickets today. Raffle Ticket PreSales close Wednesday, February 1st.  











Saturday, January 21, 2023

 

D220 Presents our annual K-5 STEM Family Event for 2023 - STEM into the Future!

Families of  Grove and Hough Elementary students are invited to our March 8, 2023 STEM Event. This is a family event, so the whole family is welcome. Please come and enjoy self-paced activities for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. Activities include robotic exploration, testing building materials, and an engineering challenge. 


This event will be held at Grove Elementary, for both Grove and Hough families, where we will showcase Grove's new elementary STEM lab, as well as some of our new robots. 


Grove Elementary School

900 South Grove Avenue

Barrington, IL 60010


All students must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is limited to the first 300 registrants, so please use the link on the informational flyer below:

2023 STEM Event Flyer


D220 presenta nuestro evento familiar anual K-5 STEM para 2023: ¡STEM Hacia el Futuro! 

Las familias de los estudiantes de las escuelas primarias  Grove y Hough Elementary están invitadas a nuestro evento STEM del 8 de marzo de 2023. Este es un evento familiar por lo que toda la familia es bienvenida. Venga y disfrute de actividades a su propio ritmo para estudiantes de kindergarten a quinto grado. Las actividades incluyen exploración robótica, pruebas de materiales de construcción y un desafío de ingeniería robotic exploration, testing building materials, and an engineering challenge. 

 Este evento se llevará a cabo en Grove Elementary, donde exhibiremos el nuevo laboratorio STEM de Roslyn Road, así como algunos de nuestros nuevos robots. 


Grove Elementary School

900 South Grove Avenue

Barrington, IL 60010


Todos los estudiantes deben estar acompañados por un adulto. La inscripción está limitada a los primeros 300 que se registren, así que por favor use el enlace de abajo para completar.

Consulte el boletín siguiente para obtener más información: 

2023 STEM Event Flyer


Snack Reminder

Each classroom has a designated snack time each day. We ask that parents help students to remember to pack a snack each day! Students are permitted to bring in fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, or a cheese stick for snack time. 


School Store Parent Volunteers Needed!!! 

Our school store is continuing to be open on Fridays during our lunch hours! We still have some open spots for the upcoming months for parent volunteers to come in and help with students’ purchasing items at the school store. If you would like to sign-up to volunteer, please click on the link to the Sign-Up Genius with dates and times! Thank you in advance for your help, as students love to visit the school store! 


Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2023-2024 School Year

Parents of our incoming kindergarten students are invited to attend our Kindergarten Round-Up on Wednesday, February 1st at 6:30 p.m. 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 2023-2024 school year. Please be sure to note: 

  • The meeting will be held in the Grove music room 

  • Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. 

  • Use the Main entrance - ENTRANCE 1, on Cook and Illinois St. to enter the building 


Please click here for complete Kindergarten information, including important registration dates.


More detailed informational sessions for parents interested in Spanish Dual Language or Chinese Immersion programs are being held virtually. If you are interested in learning more about Barrington 220’s optional Kindergarten Language Programs, please plan to participate remotely, on one of the applicable dates listed below.

Language Programs Virtual Meeting Dates:

Chinese Immersion K round up 2/2 at 6:30

Dual Language K round up 2/6 at 6:30 (Eng.)

Dual Language K round up 2/8 at 6:30 (Span.)


Winter Benchmarking Continues This Week

All students in grades 2-5 participate in the MAP Assessments for both reading and math. MAP assessments began this past week. Grove is also piloting the Fastbridge MySaebrs assessment (a social, academic, emotional screener), so students in 2nd-5th grade will participate in this assessment in January. For your convenience, I have included a link directly to the district letter with details regarding our assessments. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Mrs. Matthews with any questions.


Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 24th - 5th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Roslyn (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 24th - 5th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Roslyn (Away), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 26th - 5th Grade Girls Basketball Games vs. CS (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 26th -5th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. CS (Away), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 30th - 5th Grade Girls Basketball Games vs. Sunny Hill (Away), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 30th - 5th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. Sunny Hill (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 31st -5th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. Hough (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1st - Kindergarten Round-Up for 2023, 6:30 p.m. @ Grove 

Friday, February 3rd - Java with Dr. Hunt, 8:15-9;15 a.m. in the Sunny Hill Cafeteria 

Friday, February 3rd - Grove Parent Party, 6-11 p.m. @ Makray

Monday, February 6th - Handmade Holiday Art Class, 2:45-4:15 @ Grove, must be registered 

Tuesday, February 7th - Handmade Holiday Art Class, 2:45-4:15 @ Grove, must be registered   

Thursday, February 9th - 5th Grade Musical @ Grove, 6:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, February 14th - Valentine’s Day Class Parties, 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.


Volunteers Needed for the Event - https://tinyurl.com/parentpartyvolunteers







Sunday, January 15, 2023

 

Morning Arrival Reminders - Please Make Sure Your Child is ON TIME for School!! 

As we are getting back into the swing of things after winter break, please remember that school STARTS at 8 a.m., which means that students need to arrive prior to 8:00 a.m. in order to be ready for instruction to begin. Students can arrive starting at 7:40 a.m. and enter the building at 7:55 a.m., giving them time to unpack, chat with their friends and teachers, and get settled prior to instruction starting. If your child arrives at 8:00 a.m. or after, please be sure to bring your child to the main entrance and come inside with your child to sign him/her in for the day. This is a safety measure for our students, as we need to make sure we know when students have arrived and can accurately account for them with our attendance in the morning.


All car riders should arrive by 7:55 a.m. on Grove Avenue. Upon arrival, students go to either the primary playground (kindergarten-2nd grade) or intermediate playground (3rd - 5th grade) for our morning recess from 7:40 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. Supervisors are on the playgrounds in the morning starting at 7:40 a.m.  


Winter Benchmarking Continues THIS Week - Please Make Sure iPads are Updated

All students in grades 2-5 participate in the MAP Assessments for both reading and math. MAP assessments begin this week. The district has rolled out the new iOS update of 16.2. Please make sure that your child updates their school device before Tuesday to be prepared for MAP assessments. Also, make sure to check your student's storage. You can remove any apps that your child is no longer using. Please have them go through their Photos and Videos and delete whatever is not school related. 


Grove is also piloting the Fastbridge MySaebrs assessment (a social, academic, emotional screener), so students in 2nd-5th grade will participate in this assessment in January. I have included a link directly to the district letter with details regarding our assessments for your convenience. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Mrs. Matthews with any questions.



DIRECTIONS FOR MANAGING STORAGE


Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 16th -NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17th - 5th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Hough (Away), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17th -5th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Hough (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17th -First Grade Feed My Starving Children Community Outing, 4:30-6:15 p.m. (must be registered) 

Thursday, January 19th -3rd Grade FMSC Field Trip, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 19th -5th Grade Girls Basketball Games vs. Rose (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 19th -5th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. Rose (Away), 3:00-5:00 p.m.









Friday, December 23, 2022

 


Thank You to all of our room parents and parent volunteers who organized our holiday parties on Thursday!! The students loved all of the planned activities and it was great to see so much fun and excitement leading up to our break! 

 

We wish everyone a very Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! Hopefully all of our students will have an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends and come back after our two week break refreshed and renewed! We will eagerly anticipate the return of all of our students on Monday, January 9th!

 

As our students are off for two weeks, we highly encourage them to continue to read every night for at least 20-30 minutes! The break is the perfect time for students to find cozy places to curl up with a great book whether it be in front of a fireplace, on a couch, next to the Christmas Tree, or in their own rooms next to a pet or sibling!! The holidays are also a perfect opportunity for children to read to grandparents, aunts and uncles, or other special individuals that they may be around during this time! No matter how each individual student is spending  winter break, it is extremely important to continue to read throughout!!!

 

Winter Break - Home Internet Safety Reminder and Resources

We realize that the break is often less structured than when school is in session, so it is a good time to remember the importance of our students practicing good digital citizenship and making healthy digital choices online. As a result, I am sharing a document below in English and Spanish with some tips for parents to keep in mind over the break for keeping students safe with their digital tools. Please click on this link to view the document and access some great resources that we have included for parents and students.


Home Internet Security Winter Break Reminder Resource 

Inicio Seguridad en Internet Recordatorio de vacaciones de invierno


Winter Benchmarking Continues in January

All students in grades 2-5 participate in the MAP Assessments for both reading and math. MAP assessments will begin the week of January 16th. Grove is also piloting the Fastbridge MySaebrs assessment (a social, academic, emotional screener), so students in 2nd-5th grade will participate in this assessment in January. I have included a link directly to the district letter with details regarding our assessments for your convenience. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Mrs. Matthews with any questions.


Grove Family Picture Wall and Humans of Grove Avenue site!! 

All of our Grove Family Pictures are now hanging up on the wall outside of the main office for our students, staff, and families to see and enjoy! We are also inviting families to submit a little blurb about their family to be included in our Humans of Grove Avenue web page that we have created just for Grove Families! I shared an example of my own blurb about my family for the site during our Parent Back to School Night! A QR code will be added next to the picture of each family picture up on the wall, which will take individuals to the story of each family. Please click on the link to the Humans of Grove Avenue Google Form to submit your family story to be included on our site and linked to the QR code for your picture. If you did not take a family photo during the Grove Family Pictures, you CAN still participate by submitting a picture and your story to the Google Form!! We would love to have all of our Grove families represented on the wall and web page!


Upcoming Dates

December 23rd - January 6th - NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

Monday, January 9th - School Resumes!!!  

Tuesday, January 10th -5th Grade Girls Basketball Games vs. Lines (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 10th - 5th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. Lines (Away), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 11th - -Speech Tournament Info. Meeting for 4th & 5th Grade students during the school day 

Thursday, January 12th-5th Grade Girls Basketball Games vs. NB (Away), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 12th-5th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. NB (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 16th -NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17th - 5th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Hough (Away), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17th -5th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Hough (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17th -First Grade Feed My Starving Children Community Outing, 4:30-6:15 p.m. (must be registered) 

Thursday, January 19th -3rd Grade FMSC Field Trip, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 19th -5th Grade Girls Basketball Games vs. Rose (Home), 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 19th -5th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. Rose (Away), 3:00-5:00 p.m.



Event Sponsorships and Program Booklet Ads are available. Checkout all the ways your family or your business can contribute to this Grove Parent's Only Event.  https://tinyurl.com/ParentPartySponsorships