Friday, December 22, 2017

Week 18 Newsletter

The Grove Grizzly

A Note From the Office
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 Tuesday, January 9th!
With the new year quickly approaching, we often find ourselves thinking about and setting New Year’s Resolutions or what I prefer to call goals! I have included links to an article in English and the same article in Spanish for parents about setting goals with children. This may be a great opportunity to talk to your child about setting goals and how to help them work to achieve those goals whether they be academic, personal, or both.  Pretty quickly in the new year, we will be starting the Family Reading Program, so discussing anticipated goals for children’s reading at home throughout the program may be a good starting place!
Please make sure that your child(ren) continue to read every day for 20-30 minutes over winter break! The break is the perfect time to get lost in a good book or read with family and loved ones! I know I am excited to curl up with a cup of cocoa and a good book over the next few weeks and then return to school to talk with staff and students about the great stories and books they all read when we return in January!
Upcoming Dates
December 25th – January 8th – Winter Break
Tuesday, January 9th – School Resumes
Thursday, January 11th -5th Grade Boys Basketball Game, Grove @ Lines
Thursday, January 11th -5th Grade Girls Basketball Game, North Barrington @ Grove
Monday, January 15th – No School, MLK Day
Tuesday, January 16th – 4th and 5th Grade MLK Assembly
Tuesday, January 16th – Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 16th – 5th Grade Boys Basketball Game, Hough @ Grove
Thursday, January 18th - Boys 5th Grade Basketball Game, Grove @ N. Barrington
Thursday, January 18th -Girls 5th Grade Basketball Game, Grove @ Countryside


For the week of December 8th 

Great Grove Reads

Moo by Sharon Creech

Maine is the last state Reena though she would ever live. Once, her parents asked her where she thought they should move and she yelled out Maine; not because she wanted to move there but because she couldn’t think of anything else. But after her parents lose their jobs that is where they decide to move. Reena thinks Maine is going to be about beaches and vacations not the farmland and the ramshackle houses that are her new reality. When her parents volunteer Reena and her brother Luke to help an elderly lady with her farm they are not prepared for the work or all of the woman’s strange pets and certainly not for Zora the disgruntled cow. In her area Reena has seen other kids work with cows and learns through them that there is a yearly cow competition and that Zora’s parents had once been champions. Maybe Reena could enter Zora into the competition but getting that cow to do anything but eat seems next to impossible. If you are looking for a good realistic fiction story try this one.


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To all our Grove Ave PTO volunteers, donors and staff, thank you. Your time and commitment is essential to the success of our organization. Together, we have accomplished much already this school year and have big plans for the second half!
PTO Initiatives (Fall 2017):  
  • Welcome Back Popsicles
  • Welcome Back Drumline
  • Blue Ribbon signage
  • Back-To-School Bash
  • Tasty Tuesdays
  • Timber-lee Enrichment
  • Author Eric Litwin visit
  • Tae Kwon Do classes
  • Book Fair
  • Spiritwear
  • Halloween parties
  • Conference staff meals
  • Donuts with Dads
  • A book for each child *new*
  • Holiday toy drive for Barrington Giving Day
  • Student directories
  • Teacher raffle winners’ lunch
  • Holiday parties
  • Winter spiritwear *new*
  • Classroom magazine subscriptions
  • Roll out of teacher grants *new*
Special thanks to the PTO executive board and slate for your unending commitment to Grove.
Happy Holidays,
Jessie Erickson, Grove Ave PTO President


       Calling All 4th and 5th Grade Students!

   Our district has a beloved tradition of hosting an annual speech tournament in grades 4 – 8. Children are expected to memorize a significant passage, verse, play or original piece of writing. They work individually or with others on this and then perform it for a series of judges who provide them with significant feedback about their work. Children are coached to perform their piece by a member of the staff, a parent, or another qualified individual.  It is truly a wonderful learning experience and a challenging endeavor for all who participate.

    This year’s speech tournament will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Station Middle School.  All of our 4th and 5th grade students are invited to participate.  Students may participate as a solo, duet, or group of three to five members.  An informational meeting for students will be held at Grove on Thursday, January 11th during fourth and fifth grade lunch and recess periods.  Fifth grade students will meet in Mr. Bergquist’s room; and fourth grade students will meet in Miss Hanna’s room.  Students will receive details about the tournament at this time and have the opportunity to sign up.  Pieces will be available for children to consider performing if they so choose.  
Please contact Mr. Bergquist with questions about the tournament at .


Wanted: Speech Tournament Judges and Hall Monitors

The Speech Tournament is need of several judges and hall monitors for this year’s tournament on March 10, 2018 at Station Middle School. Volunteer judges and hall monitors may be parents, teachers, grandparents, and community members. All are encouraged to participate.  A judge’s responsibilities include watching a variety of student performances, completing judging sheets and providing feedback to the students. A hall monitor’s responsibility includes providing directions to guests and maintaining a quiet hall during the tournament. Please contact a speech tournament coordinator with questions or if you would like to volunteer. Please contact Mr. Bergquist with questions or to volunteer for a shift at

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