Friday, November 22, 2019

The Grove Grizzly
Grove Awarded Illinois P.E. Blue Ribbon Award!!!
On Thursday, November 21st Grove Avenue School was presented with the Illinois P.E. Blue Ribbon Award at the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance awards ceremony!! We are one of just three schools K-12 throughout the state to be recognized this year!! Last spring, the Blue Ribbon Committee conducted an on-site visit to Grove in order to observe P.E. classes and interview groups of teachers, administrators, students, and parents. The criteria for this award reflects the standards established by the physical education profession and the Illinois State Board of Education. Areas of focus included curriculum, instruction, enrichment, facilities, equipment, finance, administration, medical, and safety.
Congratulations to our Grove P.E. teachers Jay Rosenberg, Brittany Bott-Rife, and Tyler Ross for their hard work and dedication to providing high quality physical education experiences for our students on a daily basis!! Also, a big thank you and congratulations to our Grove families for your support of our programs and staff!! It is through the ongoing collaboration of our entire school community that we are able to continuously develop unique opportunities for students that foster both an enjoyment of physical activity and the understanding of a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to follow our P.E. team on Twitter @GrovePhysEd to see our P.E. classes in action!!
Coins for a Cause
Join Grove in Giving for the Holidays!
What: Coins for a Cause
Who:  A House in Austin 
When: December 2nd -18th
Where: Austin Neighborhood - Chicago
Why: To help empower, educate, nurture, and support families on the west side of Chicago. 
Goal: Reaching $1,000 donation to become Founding Members
Your Help:  Please send in change with your children to help provide growing opportunities for these families.
Fun Fact: Our very own Christa Gillespie, third grade teacher at Grove, serves on the Board of Directors and dedicates her time outside of school to help empower families in the Austin neighborhood. We would appreciate any support you can give at this time!
A House in Austin is home base for a community of parenting support serving families on Chicago’s west side. They are founded on a simple idea: every family, every child deserves the same opportunities for high-quality early learning, nurturing support, and parenting education. The organization empowers families through:
  • Weekly parent support groups
  • Parent-child music classes
  • Home visiting program
  • Family counseling
  • Early intervention therapies
  • Wellness practices of healthy eating and yoga
  • Educational Tools
Barrington Giving Days – Barrington Giving Day is currently collecting NEW or gently used CLEAN warm coats, snow pants, boots, hats/gloves, blankets, books, toys and more. Volunteer sign-up is also underway for its upcoming event on December 13 and 14 at BMS-Station. To locate a collection bin near you, make a donation, sign-up to volunteer or for more information, please visit
Barrington Giving Day is a non-profit organization that invites Barrington 220 families who qualify for the Free and Reduced lunch program, as well as families who have been hit by an unexpected hardship, to Giving Day Events where they receive much needed items. This includes more than 1,500 children. 
Lost and Found – All items left in the Lost and Found at the end of the day on Tuesday, November 26th will be donated. Please check the Lost and Found prior to this date for missing items!!
Thanksgiving Week Attendance - School is in session for two days during the week of Thanksgiving. It is important that students are in attendance on Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th!
Upcoming Dates
Tuesday, November 26th – Report Cards available to parents on Infinite Campus
Wednesday, November 27th – No School, Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, November 28th – No School, Thanksgiving
Friday, November 29th – No School, Thanksgiving Break
Monday, December 2nd – School Resumes
Thursday, December 12th – Choir, Band, and Orchestra Concert in the gym, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17th – 1st Grade, 4th Grade, and Choir Concert in the gym, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, December 20th – Winter Parties, 1:30 p.m.

Grizzly Heart Winners - Week 14!

Enter to win "Lunch With A Teacher!" Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Grove students and staff. Winners will be announced at a TBD date. Thank you for supporting your school and PTO!

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