Friday, February 16, 2018

Week 24 Newsletter

The Grove Grizzly

A Note from the Office

I know that the tragedy that occurred in Parkland, FL is at the forefront of everyone’s mind this weekend. Our thoughts will continue to be with the students and families impacted by the shooting. A tragic event such as this always causes us to pause and consider our own procedures and practices, as our students’ safety is always our top priority. Should you have any questions regarding those procedures and practices, please feel free to contact me. I know that Dr. Harris also sent out a message to our community earlier today explaining that we work continuously with local law enforcement agencies to create and adjust crisis plans, as well as, conduct drills with our students and staff. He also shared a resource for parents with tips about how to talk with children should they have questions or concerns. I have included a link to an additional resource in English and a resource in Spanish for parents as well.   
Family Reading Program
We had a great week filled with the excitement of both the STEM Challenge Reward and the Coding and Lego Play Day! Our long weekend this weekend is a great opportunity for students to get some extra reading in, which will be celebrated this week with our Pajama and Pancake Day on Friday!! The suggested reading for The Wild Robot this week for families includes reading through Chapter 66.  
6th Grade Parent Orientation Night
Each year the two middle schools provide an evening program for parents with a child moving to sixth grade. The orientation night is designed to provide an introduction and overview of the opportunities and programs available at middle school. In addition to learning about middle school programs, parents will have a chance to meet staff members and tour the schools. The programs will run from 6:00-8:00pm. Station’s night is Tuesday, April 10th, and Prairie’s program is Wednesday, April 11th. More information will be coming home from the middle schools in the coming weeks.
Kindergarten Pre-Registration is Now Open!!
Pre-Registration for any kindergarteners who will be starting in the fall is now open! For children who turn five-years-old on or before Sept. 1, Barrington 220 offers a standard half-day kindergarten (am, pm as needed) as well as four optional programs:
For important dates regarding kindergarten registration, detailed information about our programs, and resources and videos about kindergarten and the registration process please go to:
To get started with the registration process, please click on one of the links below:
Instructions/Online Pre-Registration (English)
Instructions/Online Pre-Registration (Spanish)
Upcoming Dates
Monday, February 19th – No School, President’s Day
Tuesday, February 20th – PTO Meeting, 9:15 a.m.
Tuesday, February 20th – Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. @ BHS
Wednesday, February 21st – Deadline for PTO Box Top Contest
Wednesday, February 21st -Bridging the Digital Cultural Gap, Parent University, 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ GRC
Thursday, February 22nd – 5th Grade Beginning Band Concert. 6:30-7:30 p.m. @ Station Middle School
Friday, February 23rd – Pajama and Pancake Day for FRP Week #4 Reward
Monday, February 26th – Friday, March 2nd – CogAT Assessments for 2nd and 5th Grades
Tuesday, February 27th – Petition Request Deadline for 2018-2019 School Year
Tuesday, February 27th – Guest Speaker for Parents on How to Raise Resilient Children featuring Jacqueline Rhew, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the BHS Auditorium
Thursday, March 1st - Deadline for Kindergarten Pre-Registration for next school year
Monday, March 5th – Spring MAP Assessments Begin
Positive Claw Award 
Week of January 26th 

Week of February 2nd 
Purchase Spring Break Travel Gift Cards!

Helping raise money to support our school is easier than you think!  Simply order gift cards through the Great Lakes Scrip Center Program ( each month and Grove will receive a percentage back from each card purchased!   Gift cards can be used for your own daily shopping and on Spring Break Travel!  Some popular gift cards that are available:
Disney Vacations
Southwest Airlines
Delta Airlines
American Airlines
Four Points by Sheraton - Chicago
Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts
Grand Geneva Resort - Lake Geneva
Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark
Grove Family Enrollment Code: 4386953B56688
Orders will be due Friday, February 23rd and the cards can be picked up in the office on Friday, March 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

On to the Finish Line!

Our Grove classroom horses are now starting their final week with Parker coming from behind and into third place! Anything can still happen, so please remember to clip and collect your Box Tops as the horses are headed straight to the finish!

The horses in the top three positions this week are:

1st Place: Breckan 295 Box Tops
2nd Place: Solorio 322 Box Tops
3rd Place: Parker 251 Box Tops

We have collected 3,184 Box Tops! It's been amazing to see this many Box Tops coming in week after week. Way to go Grove!

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