Friday, April 27, 2018

Week 33 Newsletter

The Grove Grizzly

A Note From the Office 
Save the Dates: BLUEPRINT 220 Meeting in May
At its April 17 meeting, the board of education scheduled three meetings in May to seek community feedback about the Blueprint 220 initiative. For the past few months, the board has been working to refine a draft master-facilities plan, based on feedback received from the Blueprint 220 Core Team and community meetings last fall. 

Now the board would like to share what it has been working on and get more feedback from the community. Details on the format of the meetings will be made available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the following dates: 

Saturday, May 12: 9am, BHS Guidance Resource Center 
Monday, May 14: 7pm, Grove Avenue Gym 
Thursday, May 17: 9:30am, BMS-Station Library
Kindergarten – 3rd Grade BIG EVENT
The Kindergarten – 3rd Grade BIG EVENT field trip to LEGOLAND is scheduled for this coming Monday! Parents of K-3rd Graders were sent an e-mail with a link to the permission form for students to attend the trip. Included in the form, parents were asked to indicate whether a student is bringing a sack lunch from home or they can order a sack lunch from school. All lunches being brought from home must be in disposable containers that students do not need to bring back with them from the trip. Please also note that the buses will be leaving promptly at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the trip in order for students to arrive at LEGOLAND with enough time to participate in all of the activities that will be available to them. As a result, it is critical that students are on time to school in order to attend the trip. Students will not need to bring anything with them for the trip besides their lunch. The students will return to school around 1:30 p.m.
Online Registration for Returning Students Opens May 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Online Registration for the 2018-19 school year will open on May 1st at 7:00 pm.  The district is planning for all current students to return to Barrington 220 in the fall of 2018!  However, families do need to register and update student and family demographic information before May 29th. Students are not considered to be "officially registered for 2018-19" until parents have completed Online Registration.

All families were sent an e-mail with registration information earlier this week from the district. Families planning to relocate to another school district before school opens in August are asked to respond to that email with a subject line of MOVING OUT OF DISTRICT, and include the name and grade of your son/daughter(s).  Please also notify the Grove School Office. We wish you the best! 

It is important parents remember student logins cannot be used to access Online Registration.  Parents needing assistance with a PARENT LOGIN should contact the Parent Help Desk at 847-842-3580 or by email to  

Parents will have the opportunity to update student medical information and handle all required annual parent permission forms when registering online.

This week’s episode of Learning NOW in Barrington 220 is online, Coding, episode 4 of Learning NOW in Barrington 220 is online!
The Learning NOW in Barrington 220 Coding episode highlights many of the coding experiences available in Barrington 220. Students Jesus Gutierrez (Sunny Hill Elementary), Erik Hrysyk (Barrington Middle School - Prairie), and Kelsey Robbins (Barrington High School) talk about coding using LEGO EV3 robots, Dash robots, Parrot drones, and Java. Students also describe coding opportunities in our STEM, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and Computer Science programs. 
Upcoming Dates
Monday, April 30th – Kindergarten- 3rd Grade, BIG EVENT Field Trip to LEGOLAND
Tuesday, May 1st – Online registration opens for returning students
Wednesday, May 2nd – Parents begin to submit health forms for the 2018-2019 school year
Monday, May 7th – 1st Grade Zoo Field Trip
Monday, May 7th – Social Studies-Global Studies Parent University, (in English), 7:00 - 8:00 pm at BHS in the Guidance Resource Center
Tuesday, May 8th – Social Studies-Global Studies Parent University, (in Spanish and English), 7:00-8:00 pm at Sunny Hill Elementary
Wednesday, May 9th – 5th Grade Musical
Saturday, May 12th – Blueprint 220 Meeting 9 a.m., BHS Guidance Resource Center 
Monday, May 14th – Blueprint 220 Meeting 7:00 p.m., Grove Avenue Gym 
Thursday, May 17th – Blueprint 220 Meeting, 9:30 a.m., BMS-Station Library
Thursday, May 17th – Grove Success Night 6:00-7:30 p.m. and Book Fair open all day until 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18th – Field Day


Great Grove Reads

The War I Finally Won
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


In this sequel to the War that Saved My Life, Ada and her brother Jamie are still living in the war-torn England countryside with their foster mother Susan. After their house is destroyed, Susan and the children move into Lady Thornton’s guest house along with Lady Thornton because the manor house is now being used by the government for the war effort. Then Lord Thornton, who is a high ranking officer, insists that they also house a German girl; her family are escapees. Ruth, is Jewish, and does not want to live in Lady Thornton’s house any more than Lady Thornton wants her there. Everyone suspects Ruth as being a spy and tensions run high in the house. From Ruth’s perspective no one could hate Hitler more than her and her family; but at this time no one understand why she would feel that way. When tragedy strikes the family everyone must decide where their priorities lie and understand what they are fighting for. This is a triumphant sequel that I loved as much as the first book.


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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.



Here are some top things real kindergarten kids think about being at Grove School.

We have been learning about writing OPINIONS in Writer’s Workshop and understand that we need to give a REASON why we think a certain way.  Here are our OPINIONS and our reasons for thinking so..

Do you agree with some of our opinions?

My top thing about kindergarten is:

FREE CHOICE…because you get to play.

ART CLASS ...because you get to make paper crafts.

MAKING SUPER AIRPLANES…because you get to throw them in the cubby room.

FREE ipad TIME on Tuesdays and Fridays...because you can play games on them.

BEING THE  DOOR HOLDER or CABOOSE or LINE LEADER...because you get to do special jobs and sit in the blue chairs.

OSMO APPS... because it's fun to play with your friends and help each other.

LEARNING STATIONS... because you can choose how you want to learn with anything you want to do.

ZERO THE HERO... because you can catch him on the day you are the leader.

THE DRESS UP BIN...because  you can be fancy!

THE MARBLE JAR...because if you fill it up you get something from the treasure box.

LEGOS...because you can play and build, you can pretty much build anything!

LOFT...because you get to relax up there.

CALENDAR...because we learn about math and weather

LIBRARY...because we get to check out books I like.

FRIENDS...because they love me and help me learn.

  Positive Claw Winners 
Week of March 23rd 

Week of April 6th 

This year's Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11) is quickly approaching!  Please consider volunteering to help make this week extra special for our teachers and staff.  
Friday May 4th (after school) 
We will be delivering sweet treats to
our teachers' desks after school. Email if
you'd like to help us deliver.     
                                                                  Tuesday May 8th (before 9:30 am)
We will betreating our teachers to their favorite drinks from Starbucks - sign up here to purchase one for your child's teacher or favorite staff member.

Wednesday May 9th (afternoon)  
We will be treating the teachers to a 'Milk and Cookies Bar' after school in the art room.  Sign up here to donate your favorite cookies and/or beverage.

Thursday May 10th (morning) 
Students will bring a flower and thank you note to their teacher in the morning.  Students can create their own thank you notes or can use the attached PDF as a template.  One parent / classroom is needed to arrange flowers in a vase.  

Friday May 11th (afternoon)  
Help 'pop' popcorn or help us deliver popcorn and drinks to our teachers.  Email if you'd like to help us Friday afternoon.  

Attention 5th Grade Parents!!

Our 5th grade farewell team will be taking pictures on Tuesday, May 1st, and Wednesday, May 2nd from 10:40 am to 11:30 am.  We hope to get every 5th grader in our photographs for our farewell project....please try to have your 5th graders present on these days and times to be sure all children are represented.

 We can't have a successful fair without you! Please see the available time slots and information in this link!

Classroom Walk-Throughs: helping kids with "wish lists",
organizing books

Helping w/Book Fair: organizing books, helping find orders, helping
bag books

Pack Up: load books into boxes, take down signs

Your help is greatly appreciated! 

EXTRA!  EXTRA! Grove's 1st annual FIELD DAY is Friday, May 18th.  The kids will be participating in multiple games and relays outside, beginning with Kindergarten-2nd grade in the morning followed by 3rd-5th grade after lunch.  

We are in NEED of MANY VOLUNTEERS to make this day a success for our kids. This is a fun opportunity for Moms and Dads alike.  Please visit  to volunteer today!  Thank you in advance for your help!

The Field Day Committee is looking for donations and sponsorships to help make our "1st" Field Day even better!  Please contact Field Day Chair, Tracy Mylin via email @ to discuss opportunities and see our Field Day "Wish List" - items include ice-cream treats, sports equipment, bandanas, a DJ, plastic tubs and more.   Thank you for your support! 
Family Dance Raffle Winners
Congratulations to the Family Dance raffle winners!  Teachers and staff will be in touch to make arrangements for their donated experiences.  Baskets and certificates are available for pickup in the office!
5th Grade Farewell
Let's send the class of 2025 off in style! 

We need your help to send off our 5th graders! Please help setting up for this year’s 5th Grade Farewell. We are looking for parents to help hang decorations and arrange food donations from 1-3 p.m.on May 29th. Historically, 4th grade parents help out the night of the event — if you are interested in doing this from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., we’d appreciate it. Thank you to those parents who already volunteered! Please contact Bree at or Brittany at if you are able to help. 

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