A Note From the Office
Grove Earns Energy Star Efficiency Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Energy Star to Grove Avenue for 2017 in order to recognize us for superior energy performance. Buildings that earn the EPA’s Energy Star use 35% less energy and generate 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation. Way to Go Grove! Our new Energy Star Decal will be displayed at the exterior entrance of our building showing that Grove students and staff are Energy Stars!!!
Special Blueprint 220 Meeting: Monday, January 22nd
Community members are invited to attend a special Blueprint 220 meeting with the board of education on Monday, Jan. 22. Board members and the Blueprint 220 Core Team will discuss the next steps of the Blueprint 220 initiative, which include narrowing down specific facility concepts for each school and learning more about the costs associated with these concepts. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at BMS-Station.
The last session for Art Club will be held on Thursday, February 25th. Coding Club for students who have already registered will begin the following week on Thursday, February 1st!
Kindergarten Round-Up for 2018-2019 School Year
Parents of our incoming kindergarten students are invited to attend our Kindergarten Round-Up on Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 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 2018-2019 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.
Monday, January 22nd - 5th Grade Girls Basketball Game, Grove @ Lines
Tuesday, January 23rd -5th Grade Girls Basketball Game, Sunnyhill @ Grove
Wednesday, January 24th- 4th and 5th Grade Extended Reading Field Trip to BHS, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 24th – 5th Grade Orchestra Practice @ ELC after school
Wednesday, January 24th – PTO Box Top Competition Begins
Thursday, January 25th -Family Reading Program Kick-Off Assembly
Thursday, January 25th - 5th Grade Boys Basketball Game, Sunnyhill @ Grove
Thursday, January 25th - 5th Grade Girls Basketball Game, Grove @ Rose
Thursday, January 26th -5th Grade Boys Basketball Game, Sunnyhill @ Grove
Thursday, January 26th -5th Grade Girls Basketball Game, Grove @ Rose
Sunday, January 28th – PTO Paint Party @ Clay Monet
Monday, January 29th - 4th Grade Orchestra Field Trip to BHS, 8:15-10:45 a.m.
Monday, January 29th - 5th Grade Orchestra Field Trip to BHS, 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Monday, January 29th - 5th Grade Girls Basketball Game, Grove @ Roslyn
Tuesday, January 30th -5th Grade Field Trip to Feed My Starving Children, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 30th -5th Grade Boys Basketball Game, Roslyn @ Grove
Tuesday, January 30th -Speaker Series Presentation, Dr. Shimi Kang, 7-9 p.m. @ BHS Auditorium
Thursday, February 1st – Kindergarten Round-Up
Thursday, February 1st – Coding Club Begins
Tuesday, February 6th – Kindergarten Chinese Immersion Information Meeting, 6:30 p.m. @ ELC
Thursday, February 8th – Kindergarten Dual Language Information Meeting in English, 6:30 p.m. @ ELC
Tuesday, February 13th - Kindergarten Dual Language Information Meeting in Spanish, 6:30 p.m. @ Sunnyhill
Great Grove Reads
Horizon by Scott Westerfield
Imagine you live in a world where robots are a lot more common. Now imagine you are part of an elite robotics team on a plane heading toward Japan for a competition. Suddenly the pilot experiences strange forces at work outside the plane. Radio transmissions are sent and received but nothing can stop whatever is outside from attacking the plane. As lightning rips through the plane people are accepted or rejected. When it finally crashes only the students remain but they have no idea where they are or what has happened to all the other passengers. At first it appears to be another planet; strange animals and plants and none of them friendly, inhabit this new place. To survive the kids must use their knowledge, skills, and above all they must work together. If you are looking for a good sci fi/adventure story try this one. This is a start of a new series.
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Bring a Can/Box of Food and Wear
a Hat on Wednesday
We are collecting food for the Barrington food pantries to help them get stocked for the cold winter months. The Barrington food pantries serve families in our community.
Please bring in a can or a box of food to donate to the food pantry and you can wear a hat on Wednesday.
Wish list items are: Canned Spam, chicken or tuna, small canned hams, peanut butter/jelly, small boxes of white or brown rice (not instant) canned fruit and oatmeal.
It’s time for Grove Avenues Box Top Spring Collection! Our contest runs from Wednesday, January 24th through Wednesday, February 21st!
Ziplock baggies will be coming home with your students next week! It’s easy- just clip and collect Box Top labels and return them to school with your student no later than Wednesday, February 21st!
Each class will have a horse that they can watch ‘race’ in the front hall of the school! Every Wednesday, the ‘leading’ horses will be moved ahead in the race. Remind your students to keep watching their class horse!
Winners of the contest will be by class for this collection.
1st Place - Class Pizza Party
2nd Place - Class Donut Day
3rd Place - Class Trinkets
As always, thank you for all of your support!
Any questions, please contact Dionne Boulos at email@example.com
Help Support Grove
Great Lakes Scrip Center Gift Card Program
Helping raise money to support our school is easier than you think! Simply order gift cards through the Great Lakes Scrip Center Program (www.shopwithscrip.com) each month and Grove will receive a percentage back from each card purchased! Gift cards can be used for your own daily shopping or also as gifts for others!
Grove Family Enrollment Code: 4386953B56688
Orders will be due Friday, January 26th and the cards can be picked up in the office on Friday, February 2nd. Make checks payable to Grove Ave PTO and drop off in the office. Envelopes should be addressed to Shop with Scrip Coordinator. If you would like the cards to be sent home with your child, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BStrong Together is proud to welcome Harvard-trained, award-winning physician, researcher, media expert, writer, TEDx keynote speaker, and expert on the science of human motivation Dr. Shimi Kang to Barrington High School as part of the BStrong Together Speaker Series.
Drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Dr. Kang has created a four-part parenting model to guide parents as they support their children in developing their own internal motivation and lifelong love of learning.
Focused on the development of the key traits of adaptability, community-mindfulness, creativity and critical thinking, Dr. Kang teaches parents how to guide their children toward lasting health, happiness, and success, and provides the tools people of all ages need to succeed in our ever-changing, competitive world.