Friday, September 22, 2017

Grove Newsletter 5

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The Grove Grizzly

A Note from the Office

Thank you to our PTO and all of our parent volunteers who made the Back to Bash last Friday such a success! What a great way to kick-off the school year as a community!
Social Global Studies Curriculum Parent Survey
We are currently undergoing a curriculum review of our social-global studies curriculum and are requesting your input.  We hope you will complete this survey for our social studies curriculum steering team.  The data from this survey will allow us to review your feedback and input as we create our units of study in social-global studies for our elementary students.  We thank you for your time. The survey will close on Thursday, October 5th. Click here to take the survey.  
Lunch Accounts
If your child eats school breakfast or lunch, please be sure to check the balance on your child’s account regularly and deposit funds for breakfast or lunch any time they are close to zero or in the negative.  We of course will always provide children with a lunch, however, when a lunch account reaches a balance that is in the negative, it is the policy of our food service provider that the child is only given the Sunbutter sandwich. Parents should receive both phone calls and e-mails from Barrington 220’s automated system anytime a child’s balance is below ten dollars.
School Picture Day and Family Pictures
Picture day for our students is on Thursday, September 28th. Order forms for student pictures were sent home with students today. Any family that wants to purchase school pictures must provide the completed order form and payment the day the pictures are taken. Parents can send checks with the order form on picture day or purchase portrait packages online through Lifetouch School Photography. The web address for ordering online is
Parent Volunteers Needed for Running Club
We are in need of volunteers to help support and supervisor our before and after school running club. We are thrilled to have so many students who are interested in participating in the club and we are eager to provide them with a great experience. As a result, we are looking for parents who are willing to help supervise or even run with our students on Tuesday mornings before school or Thursday after school. Please contact Mrs. Emrath if you are willing to help!
Shipping for Hurricane Harvey Supplies
We had many contributions this week to our Hurricane Harvey Supply Drive! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this effort! If you are still interested in helping, we are still looking for funds to support shipping of the materials. Please contact the school office if you are able to help! 
Principal/Parent Book Study
During my presentation at Back to School Night, I invited all parents to join me and our Assistant Principal, Laura Boskelly, for a Parent/Principal Book Study using the book Grit by Angela Duckworth. Please click on the RSVP link to indicate whether or not you will attend either the evening or morning sessions that we are offering. The RSVP is simply for planning purposes for us to determine the space at Grove where we will host the conversations and how to best set-up for the event!
Family Pictures
We are offering the opportunity for Grove families to come in on two different evenings to take family pictures to be added to our collage of Grove Families in the main hallway of the school. The pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 27th and Thursday, September 28th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There are still time slots available for families to sign-up. Click on the link to choose a time slot on the Sign-Up Genius.


Take Your Parents to P.E. Day

We are excited to be able to celebrate “Take Your Parents To P.E. Day” next Friday, September 29th. You will have the opportunity to meet your student in the gym during their designated gym time to actually participate with your child and see what they are learning in Physical Education.

Each class lasts 25 minutes. Wearing gym shoes is advisable and appropriate workout attire. We know your students will really be excited to show off their talents with you.

We have provided a registration form on Google Docs so that we know how many parents to expect in each class and plan accordingly.  You may register through next Thursday, September 28th.

If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to email Dawn Emrath or Jay Rosenberg at or

We are looking forward to having you join us!

Here is the Friday Schedule

8:35-9:00       Bowden - 3rd Grade

9:00-9:25       Breckan and Moran - 1st Grade

9:25-9:50       Solorio and Parker - 1st Grade

9:50-10:15     Hurst - 5th Grade and  Anderson- 4th Grade

10:15-10:40   Johnson and DeBruin - 2nd Grade

10:40- 11:05   Laird and Scanlan - kindergarten

11:05-11:30    Siegel and Ruiz - 2nd Grade

12:05-12:30    Bosch - 1st Grade

12:30-12:55    Chang and Clarke - 4th Grade

12:55-1:20      Gillespie and Bucy - 3rd Grade

1:20-1:45        Kontney and Reyes - 2nd Grade

1:45-2:10        Hanna - 4th Grade and Breidenbach - 5th Grade

2:10-2:35        Blackowicz - 3rd Grade and Bergquist - 5th Grade


Dawn Emrath and Jay Rosenberg

Physical Education Teachers Grove

Author Visit! 
Author Eric Litwin will be visiting our school on Monday October 9, 2017. He will have two performances in the afternoon for grades K-3.


The following titles can be purchased in advance to have Eric autograph.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown

The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants

The Nuts: Keep Rolling

Please CLICK HERE  for the order form.

Fourth Grade Happenings

Fourth Grade is off to a great start! This great group of eager learners is off and running! We are starting our year with some wonderful realistic fiction, in both reading and writing. All the students are immersed in the story of The Tiger Rising. They are learning how to analyze characters and revise their thinking as they read the text carefully. They are like detectives searching for evidence! This deep reading is also giving them ideas as they write their own fictional stories. We successfully completed our first math unit on place value, and are currently studying factors and multiples. The students are loving science! Mrs. Chang and Mrs. Anderson’s classes are studying animal habitats with Fiddler Crabs and African Dwarf Frogs, while Miss Hanna and Mrs. Reagan/Mrs. Clark’s students are participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math); we will swap units when they are over at the end of September. We are looking forward to our trip to Stillman Nature Center. There, the kids will be engaged in a field experience to follow up/introduce our animal studies unit. Another exciting experience for fourth grade students is orchestra. Lessons have started and we look forward to hearing these musicians at a future orchestra concert. Just think, this is only a recap of the first four weeks! The fourth grade teachers have many more fun and educational activities planned for the rest of the year. Here’s to a successful year!

Mrs. Anderson
Mrs. Chang
Miss Hanna

Mrs. Regan/Mrs. Clark

Tasty Tuesday Contest!

Participate in our Tasty Tuesday Logo Art Contest! If your logo is selected, it will be used on all Tasty Tuesday materials for 2017-2018!

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Tasty Tuesday exists to increase opportunities for students to taste a variety of fruits and vegetables at school and home to promote healthy nutrition habits for life. Research shows that children learn to like new foods through multiple exposures. Join us on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

Thank you to our partners Advocate Good Shepherd, Chartwells, Village Fresh Market, Barrington 220 PTO's and Barrington 220 School District.

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