Friday, May 15, 2020

The Grove Grizzly
End of the Year Materials Drop-Off and Pick-Up
We will be holding the end of the year materials drop-off and pick-up this coming week, May 18th – May 21st. Please be sure to follow the guidelines listed below for the pick-up and drop-off and be sure to only come during your designated time frame. If your designated time for your family will not work, please contact the main office staff to arrange for an alternative time.
Guidelines for Picking-Up and Dropping-Off Materials
  • 1 Adult per family may enter the building to pick-up and drop-off materials
  • Every individual must be wearing a face mask covering their nose and mouth before entering the building (individuals will not be permitted to enter without a face mask)
  • School library books should be left on the books carts in the main vestibule
  • District band and orchestra instruments should be left on the designated tables immediately upon entering the hallway (instruments rented from music stores should be returned directly to the store and not brought to the school)
  • Individuals will then proceed directly to the gym (visitors will not be permitted to enter the rest of the building)
  • Tables will be set-up and clearly marked for each classroom teacher where materials for pick-up can be retrieved. Materials will be organized alphabetically and clearly labeled with each child’s name. Please only the touch the materials for your child.
  • Materials being returned to the classroom teacher should be placed in the bins below the table (please put all materials being returned to the teacher in a bag clearly labeled with your child’s name).
  • Materials being returned to specialists should be placed in separate bins labeled with the staff member name, located near the exit (please put all materials being returned to the teacher in a bag clearly labeled with your child’s name).   
  • Immediately exit the building from the gym doors that goes directly to the outside (doors will be marked)
Schedule for Materials Pick-Up and Drop-Off  
The schedule goes in alphabetical order by last name. There are some groups that had to be divided up in order to limit the number of people at the same time (See chart below). For example, on Monday, May 18th all families whose last name starts with A will pick-up between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and the families whose last starts with B had to be divided into groups with the first group Ba- Bl also picking up from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Then, the rest of the families Bo-By and all families whose last name begin with C pick-up during the second shift from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Date 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Monday, May 18th A, Ba-Bl Bo-By, C D, E
Tuesday, May 19th F, G H, I, J K
Wednesday, May 20th L, M-Mc Me-My, N, O P
Thursday, May 21st Q, R, Sa Sc-Sz, T U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Materials to be returned to Grove:
  • Grove library books – all classes - (Mrs. Banach sent out notifications to families with specific titles checked out under each child’s name)
  • Books from classroom teachers – all classes
  • Kindergarten Reading Book Bags and Books
  • Math in Focus hardcover textbooks (Parker, Breidenbach, 5th Grade Classes)
  • Math Manipulatives: Bowden-dice, Kindergarten math bags, 1st Grade math game binders
  • 5th Grade Classroom Headphones
  • Books and Book Bags from specialists: Bischoffer, Gryzlo, and Wiencek
Materials to be kept over the summer and brought to school in the fall:
  • iPad
  • iPad Charger
  • Orange Logitech Crayons (not all classes sent crayons home, please confirm with classroom teacher if necessary)
  • Red Bus Tag Holders and Coils
End of the Year Activities
Each year, we close out the school year with some fun activities with our students in order to end the year on a high note and provide a sense of closure for our students. The Grove Staff would like to continue a few of these traditions with our students, even though we will need to do them virtually. As a result, we have the following activities planned for our students and hope that they will participate in as many of them as possible! Each of these activities are optional, but hopefully will be enjoyable for our students!
  • End of the Year Spirit Days – Monday, May 11th – Friday, May 22nd - We planned spirit days that will allow all students to participate without needing to purchase anything or leave their homes!!
  • Virtual Field Day Wednesday, May 20th- Multiple activities will be pushed out to all students on field day and students will choose a set number of activities to complete based on their interest! Academic assignments will not be pushed out on this day. Each class will end the day with a Zoom Class Meeting, where they will also participate in something fun with their class! Once again, students will be able to participate in these activities based on what they already have in their homes!!
  • All School Staff Parade – Friday, May 22ndOn the last day of school, our school staff will be driving through the Grove neighborhoods in order to wave goodbye to our students for the year. A specific route and general time frame for the parade will be shared with families ahead of time, in order for families to be on the look-out for our teachers!!! Social distancing guidelines will be followed for this activity!!
Elementary Bus Cards and Holders
New bus passes will be distributed at the start of the 2020-21 school year and should be attached to the student’s backpack the first day of school.  Students should keep their bus tag holder provided by the school district to use next school year.  
Spring E-Learning Teacher Tributes 
As this very different year comes to an end, we are honoring all our dedicated teachers and staff through the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation's E-learning Teacher Tributes campaign, which will culminate in a district wide virtual scrapbook. If you are able, we hope you will consider supporting this effort to recognize and thank our wonderful educators. If you choose to donate, you will be emailed a link which will take you to a virtual bulletin board. There you will have the opportunity to leave a personal message, photo or video to thank teachers and staff members! Click here to make your donation
Last Call - Yearbook Purchases Due by 10 p.m. Sunday!!!  
Our yearbooks are being included in the materials pick-up for families next week! Yearbooks have been labeled with the names of students who purchased a yearbook and they have been placed in each individual students’ bag to be picked up. If you did not order a yearbook and would still like to purchase one, you may do so by clicking on the link below and following the directions. Please note, there is a limited quantity of extra yearbooks available for purchase and they will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
Directions to Purchase a Yearbook
  • Click on the Link to go to the Grove PTO No Stress Fundraiser in RevTracks
  • Enter $25.00 in the amount section
  • Enter Yearbook and Your Child’s Name in the comments section
  • Add to cart and then pay for the item
Barrington 220 Summer School to be Held Virtually
The coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately canceled many upcoming plans. In Barrington 220 all summer athletic camps and activities are canceled. However, in an effort to continue providing learning opportunities for our students, summer school courses will be offered virtually for the summer of 2020. We encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities to continue learning over the summer, especially given the unique conclusion to this school year.
All online summer school programs will still be held as scheduled Monday-Thursday over the following dates: 

Please note, due to the shift to online summer school, some previously offered courses are no longer available. All students who previously enrolled in courses that are no longer being offered in the virtual format will receive full refunds within 30 days, to the credit card that was used during registration. If you’re interested in a course that is still being offered, you must register for it. You can not use the money from a canceled course as a credit toward registration of a new course.
Main Office Assistance
If you need assistance from the main office this week, you may call the main office line on Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Office staff will also be available via email each weekday. If you need assistance outside of those times, please contact Mrs. Matthews directly on weekdays at 224-254-3958 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or email Mrs. Matthews directly at any time
  • The school calendar has been updated and the last day of school for students will be Friday, May 22nd
  • Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year is now open! Details regarding registration can be found on the district registration webpage.
  • Distance Learning Grading Guidelines were previously shared with parents. Please be sure to review the document and contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Matthews with any questions.
Upcoming Dates
May 17th – Online Yearbook Purchase by 10 p.m.
May 18th – May 21st – Materials Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Monday, May 18th – Beach Day
Tuesday, May 19th – Mismatch Day
Wednesday, May 20th – Virtual Field Day
Wednesday, May 20th – Workout Gear/Favorite Jersey or Sport Wear
Thursday, May 21st – Dress Up Day
Thursday, May 21st – Virtual 5th Grade Farewell, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 22nd – Grove Spirit Wear or School Colors
Friday, May 22nd – 5th Grade Clap Out and All School Staff Parade
Friday, May 22nd – Last Day of School for Students
Monday, May 25th – Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 26th – Thursday, May 28th – Staff Professional Development Days  


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