Thursday, October 14, 2021


It was great to see all of our parents this week at Parent/Teacher Conferences either in person or via zoom! Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we work together to ensure the growth of all of our students. 


Also, thank you to everyone who attended our Book Fair. The online Book Fair will still be available for families to order through October 26th. Online orders will be shipped directly to your home. Families who ordered the garden stones from PTO to decorate should return the completed stones to Grove on either Monday, October 25th or Tuesday, October 26th. More details regarding the return will be sent out to families soon! 


Halloween Celebration Reminders

We are looking forward to having a great Halloween this year at Grove! Below is information regarding our Halloween festivities. 


Lunch: Please be sure to complete the Halloween Lunch Plans Google Form as soon as possible in order to indicate whether or not your child will be going home or staying at school for lunch on Halloween!

 

Celebration Details: Details regarding costumes, lunch, the parade, and volunteers for parties, as well as, a schedule for the festivities for the day were shared in last week’s Grizzly and can be accessed by clicking on the link to Halloween celebration details

 

Reminders

  • Please send your child to school with extra masks in their backpack!!! 

  • All students need to be in their classrooms by 8:00 a.m. If your child arrives at 8:00 a.m. or after, you must come into the main office with your child to sign them in for the day


Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 15th - No School 

Monday, October 18th - Elementary Fun Run for Grades 1-5 and 5th Grade Mile Run @ Beese Park, 4:00-5:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 19th - PTO Evening Meeting , 7 p.m. via Zoom 

Wednesday, October 20th - Wear Orange for Unity Day 

Friday, October 22nd - Spirit Wear Order Deadline 

Monday, October 25th - Drop off decorated Garden Stones 

Tuesday, October 26th - Drop off decorated Garden Stones 

Friday, October 29th - Halloween Parade and Halloween Parties to follow 

Friday, November 5th - No School for Students, Teacher Institute Day


 Last chance for the Fall Spiritwear! Orders due Friday, October 22nd 



Friday, October 8, 2021

Halloween Celebrations 

We are looking forward to having a great Halloween this year at Grove! Below is information regarding our Halloween festivities; please read the sections about volunteers and costumes carefully. 

Lunch – October 29th  

  • At 11:15 a.m., students may be picked up if it is easier for them to dress and eat lunch at home.  Please do not expect your child to leave before 11:15 a.m. 

  • Students do not need to be signed out individually in the office, but if you plan on picking your child up for lunch, be sure that you have indicated this option by clicking on the link to the Halloween Google Form. 

  • There will be adults supervising the parking lot during the 11:15 pick-up and by the Grove entrance. Please focus on safety! 

  • Students should return to school by 12:55 p.m. 

  • If your child is staying at school for lunch, please send your child's costume to school. Lunch and recess times for students staying at school will stay the same and students will change into their costumes following lunch and recess. Please be sure to communicate if your child is staying at school by indicating this option by clicking on the link to the Halloween Google Form. 

 

Parade – October 29th   

  • Our parade for kindergarten through 5th grade will begin at 1:15 p.m. and will follow the route below:

  • Leave from the Grove door and travel north to Wisconsin.

  • Travel east on Wisconsin to Summit.

  • Travel south on Summit to Yale.

  • Travel west on Yale to Cook.

  • Travel north on Cook to our parking lot entrance.

  • We love parents and guests cheering us on. 

  • We will be back at school at about 1:45 PM

  • If it rains, we will not be able to hold the parade, however, we will have classroom teachers take pictures of their class as a whole and we will post the pictures in the Grizzly for parents to see and include them in the morning announcements the following week for students. 

 

Party – October 29th– 1:45-2:30 p.m.

  • After the parade, students will return to classrooms for our fabulous room parties organized by our PTO room parents. The three room parent volunteers will be the only parents permitted to enter the building this year. 


Costumes

Please review the following guidelines when selecting a school Halloween costume for this year:

  • Students should not wear costumes to school, as they will go home to change into costumes or change at school after lunch and recess. Half day kindergartens are invited to stay the whole day or return in the afternoon for the festivities.

  • Consider safety and the appropriateness of a costume for an elementary school.

  • Costumes involving fake blood or violent attributes are not allowed.

  •  Look-alike weapons are prohibited on school grounds as noted in the student handbook.

  • Masks are a safety concern, and therefore, will not be allowed. 

  • Please keep face paint to a minimum as students need to be easily recognized and often become uncomfortable. Examples of appropriate face paint include: cat whiskers, Harry Potter’s scar, “eye black” on an athlete, etc. 

 

Parent Volunteers 

There will be three parent volunteers per class to coordinate and run the parties on October 29th. The three room parents for each classroom will be the only parents permitted to enter the building for the parties, as we are still required to follow social distancing guidelines and limit contacts due to COVID. Each volunteer will need to show proof of vaccination, or provide a negative COVID-19 test to participate as mandated by Gov. Pritzker and outlined by District #220 (English and Spanish).   


All parents will be able to attend the parade which will be held outside (weather permitting).We encourage parents to spread out along the parade route to wave at students and take pictures! We hope to create a safe and fun event for our students, so thank you for your cooperation! 



Bully Prevention Month 

October is Bully Prevention Month. We will be highlighting this throughout the month in our morning announcements and with activities with students. We started this week with a review of our schoolwide expectations of following The Grove Avenue Way of being respectful, responsible, safe, and being learners throughout the various areas of our school. These videos will continue into next week and we will touch on further concepts in regards to bullying such as recognizing, reporting, and refusing bullying later in the month. 


We are also relaunching the use of our Grizzly Claws and Golden Hearts to recognize the positive actions we see our students display on a daily basis both as individuals and as a class. This is an ongoing activity that we implemented on a regular basis prior to distance learning and we are excited to bring it back to highlight our students for their commendable efforts when it comes to making our school a safe place to live and learn. 


One of our daily routines in the morning with each homeroom is to say the “Power of One Pledge” together as a class. I have included the pledge below for your knowledge. The purpose of this is to remind students of their ability to be an upstander and help prevent bullying in our school by standing up for what they know is right. We will spend time this month reviewing the pledge and recommitting to it by signing a Bully Prevention Oath poster that we will display in our school. 


Grove’s Power of One 

I will not bully others. 

I will not stand by while others are bullied. 

I will report bullying whenever I see it. 

I have the POWER OF ONE!! 


On October 20th, we will celebrate Unity Day as a school by wearing orange to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. Please join us in these efforts in order to continue the dialogue with your child at home to make the commitment to live out our “Grove Power of One Pledge.” We hope to have a sea of orange throughout the school on October 20th!! 



Social Emotional Survey for Students in 2nd-5th Grades

Our school values input from our students to continue to monitor and improve programming for your children in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning.

In order to learn more about the experiences of your child at school, we are asking for their feedback via a brief online survey that will be administered starting this week through November 4th. This experience is similar to the SEL surveys conducted over the last 2 years.

All survey responses are confidential. No students at our school will see how your child responds to the questions. A separate organization, ECRA Consulting, will manage all data collection to ensure confidentiality.

The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, and will be an invaluable source of information for Barrington 220 as we work to improve upon the supports for our students in the area of social emotional learning.  

We thank you in advance for your support.  Should you have any questions about your child’s participation, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or Mrs. Matthews directly.



Fall Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up 

The sign-up for our fall Parent/Teacher Conference is currently open and will remain open until October 10th. Please click on the link below for directions to our sign-up platform “Meet the Teacher” in order to sign-up. When signing up, parents will need to indicate whether they plan to attend the conference in person or would prefer a conference via Zoom. Conferences will be scheduled for 20 minutes, with 15 minutes of that time being used for the conference and 5 minutes being used for cleaning between conferences. All parents coming in for in-person conferences will be required to complete a COVID screener before being allowed to enter and must be wearing a mask. Please access the document, print and complete, and bring it with you to the conferences. We will continue to practice social distancing guidelines. Also, we are trying to limit the number of people in the building on these days, therefore, two parents will be permitted to attend per child. However, children will not be permitted to enter the building on these days unless they are  a student leading a conference with their teacher. As a result, if this is not possible for your family, please sign-up for a Zoom conference.


Grove “Meet the Teacher” Parent Guide in English 

Grove “Meet the Teacher” Parent Guide in Spanish 


When parents log on to Meet the Teacher, they will be able to sign-up for conferences for multiple children and for any staff member that works with their child. Conferences with specials teachers are not required but are an option we are offering to parents. In addition, all related services staff members will be available to meet with parents. As a result, parents can also schedule conference times with our Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, Reading Resource Teachers, English Learner Teacher, Special Education Resource Teachers, and our Extended Teacher. It is highly recommended that parents meet with any related service staff member who works with their child. 

 

Conferences are being held on Wednesday, October 13th from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, October 14th from 1-7 p.m. Please be sure to plan accordingly in order to attend conferences during the days that have been designated by the district for teachers to meet with parents. This is valuable time to discuss the individual growth and skills of your child, as well as, work together with the teacher to plan and set goals toward your child’s individual progress.


Fall Book Fair

We are so excited to bring back in-person book fairs on October 13th and 14th! Below is Grove’s Scholastic website if you would like to preview and set up eWallet for your child. There is also a virtual book fair that starts on October 13th and goes until October 26th.  If you would like to help out during the book fair, below is the SignUp Genius for volunteer signup.  Thank you so much! 


Scholastic Book Fair Page

Book Fair Volunteer Signup 



Reminders

  • Please send your child to school with extra masks in their backpack!!! 

  • Sign-up for Parent/Teacher Conferences by October 10th 

  • Picture retake day is this Tuesday! 


Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 11th - Garden Stone Orders Due

Tuesday, October 12th - Picture Retake Day 

Wednesday, October 13th - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4-8 p.m. & Book Fair in the Gym 

Thursday, October 14th - No School for Students, Parent/Teacher Conferences, 1-7 p.m. and Book Fair in the Gym 

Friday, October 15th - No School 

Monday, October 18th - Elementary Fun Run for Grades 1-5 and 5th Grade Mile Run @ Beese Park, 4:00-5:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 19th - PTO Meeting, 7 p.m. via Zoom

Wednesday, October 20th - Wear Orange for Unity Day

Friday, October 29th - Halloween Celebrations


Garden Stone Sale
Last chance to order your Garden Stones and leave your mark on Grove! 
Orders will only be available through Monday, October 11th until 4pm.  Don't forget to pick up your Stones at Parent/Teachers conferences. PTO representatives will be set up inside the building by the Grove Street entrance. If you forget to purchase online, PTO will have some extras available for purchase during the conferences. 



Sunday, October 3, 2021

 


Fall Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up 

The sign-up for our fall Parent/Teacher Conference will be open to parents this Monday, October 4th at 8:00 a.m. Please click on the link below for directions to our sign-up platform “Meet the Teacher” in order to sign-up. When signing up, parents will need to indicate whether they plan to attend the conference in person or would prefer a conference via Zoom. Conferences will be scheduled for 20 minutes, with 15 minutes of that time being used for the conference and 5 minutes being used for cleaning between conferences. All parents coming in for in-person conferences will be required to complete a COVID screener before being allowed to enter and must be wearing a mask. Please access the document, print and complete, and bring it with you to the conferences. We will continue to practice social distancing guidelines. Also, we are trying to limit the number of people in the building on these days, therefore, two parents will be permitted to attend per child. However, children will not be permitted to enter the building on these days unless they are  a student leading a conference with their teacher. As a result, if this is not possible for your family, please sign-up for a Zoom conference.

Grove “Meet the Teacher” Parent Guide in English 

Grove “Meet the Teacher” Parent Guide in Spanish 


When parents log on to Meet the Teacher, they will be able to sign-up for conferences for multiple children and for any staff member that works with their child. Conferences with specials teachers are not required but are an option we are offering to parents. In addition, all related services staff members will be available to meet with parents. As a result, parents can also schedule conference times with our Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, Reading Resource Teachers, English Learner Teacher, Special Education Resource Teachers, and our Extended Teacher. It is highly recommended that parents meet with any related service staff member who works with their child. 

 

Conferences are being held on Wednesday, October 13th from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, October 14th from 1-7 p.m. Please be sure to plan accordingly in order to attend conferences during the days that have been designated by the district for teachers to meet with parents. This is valuable time to discuss the individual growth and skills of your child, as well as, work together with the teacher to plan and set goals toward your child’s individual progress.


Fall Book Fair

We are so excited to bring back in-person book fairs on October 13th and 14th! Below is Grove’s Scholastic website if you would like to preview and set up eWallet for your child. There is also a virtual book fair that starts on October 13th and goes until October 26th.  If you would like to help out during the book fair, below is the SignUp Genius for volunteer signup.  Thank you so much! 

Scholastic Book Fair Page

Book Fair Volunteer Signup 


3rd and 4th Grade STEM Club 

Our STEM Club for students in 3rd and 4th Grades will begin this week! Please see the flyer below from Mrs. deBruin and Mrs. Banach to sign-up your child to participate after school on the following dates: 

  • October 7th 

  • October 28th 

  • November 4th

  • November 11th 

The club will meet from 2:45-3:30 p.m. each time in the STEM Room and Library in order to social distance! 

Reminders

  • Please send your child to school with extra masks in their backpack!!! 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 4th - Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up Opens, 8 a.m. 

Thursday, October 7th - 3rd & 4th STEM Club Begin, students must register! 

Tuesday, October 12th - Picture Retake Day 

Wednesday, October 13th - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4-8 p.m. & Book Fair in the Gym 

Thursday, October 14th - No School for Students, Parent/Teacher Conferences, 1-7 p.m. and Book Fair in the Gym 

Friday, October 15th - No School 

Monday, October 18th - Elementary Fun Run for Grades 1-5 and 5th Grade Mile Run @ Beese Park, 4:00-5:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 19th - PTO Evening Meeting 









Sunday, September 26, 2021


We had a successful Safety Week at Grove, and our students did an amazing job practicing each of our drills throughout the week. We have one fire drill left to complete this year, as we are required to complete three each year. We will complete our final fire drill with the Barrington Police Department during Fire Prevention Week, which is the week of October 3rd. 

I encourage all families to extend the conversations from safety at school with children, to safety at home. It is beneficial to discuss escape routes, identify a relocation site to meet as a family in case of an emergency, identify a trusted neighbor whose door children can knock on to call for help,  and ensure all fire and smoke detectors have batteries, etc. Check out this complete  Home Safety and Security Checklist as a resource to think about safety in your own home.  


Student Masks

Please make sure that your child has extra masks in their backpack and that the masks are being replenished/replaced as they are used. There are a lot of instances where students have wet, broken, or lost masks. While we try to provide children with a mask if necessary, we only have a limited supply of child sized masks and most kids really like to have the masks that they are accustomed to wearing and feels most comfortable. Thank you for your continued support with this!


Shield Testing Results 

Shield Illinois has been experiencing problems with the portal for parents to log in to review test results. They are currently working on trying to resolve the issue. Please know that if your child tests positive, you will receive a phone call directly. 


In order to view your child’s test results, individuals should create an account on the SHIELD IL portal. Please use the URL and Agency Code below to create your portal. If you are the parent or guardian of a minor(s) and wish to see their results, please first create a portal for yourself then add your minor(s) as dependents to your account. Website: Portal.shieldillinois.com Agency Code: df5brbrj

Click on the link for directions in English or Spanish for setting up this account. 

NOTE: You do not need to set-up an account to login to the portal if you opted your child out of the shield testing program.  

Key Facts About the COVID Shield Testing

Shield Illinois FAQ 


Reminders

Map Assessment reports for students in grades 2nd-5th were sent home with students this week. Be sure to check your child’s backpack for the report in a white envelope. Please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher directly with any questions regarding the report or your child’s score. Classroom teachers do often discuss these reports with parents during our October Parent/Teacher conferences that are coming up in a few weeks! 


Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, October 12th - Picture Retake Day 

Wednesday, October 13th - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4-8 p.m. 

Thursday, October 14th - No School for Students, Parent/Teacher Conferences, 1-7 p.m. 

Friday, October 15th - No School 

Monday, October 18th - Elementary Fun Run for Grades 1-5 and 5th Grade Mile Run @ Beese Park, 4:00-5:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 19th - PTO Evening Meeting