Friday, September 11, 2020


International DOT Day

Tuesday, September 15th is International DOT Day!! International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. This day originated from a children’s book titled The Dot, which is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. This year, our Grove staff is planning to celebrate the day by reading the story to students and then engaging them in activities around the theme and challenging them to think about how they can “make their mark.” We will start the launch of this week long focus during our morning showcase on Tuesday, September 15th with Mrs. Matthews reading the book to the students. Links for the showcase will be shared in our normal daily showcase format. Kindergarten through 3rd Grade will be from 8:00-8:15 a.m. and 4th and 5th Grade will be 8:15-8:30 a.m.


Institute Day Wednesday, September 16th

The Illinois State Board of Education has granted school districts five additional Professional Development (PD) days during the 20-21 school year for the use of staff planning and training to meet the needs of educating students in a Distance Learning environment. Barrington 220 plans to use one of those days on Wednesday, Sept. 16 for staff development. This will not be a student attendance day; however, students can choose to use the time to work independently to complete asynchronous instructional activities and catch up on assignments. 


Remote Book Check-Out

Our Grove library will be starting curbside pickup for print books this coming week beginning with students in 3rd-5th grade. 

·       Students in 3rd to 5th grade will be taught to put books on hold using Destiny Discover. 

·       The library staff will pull the books and email the parents to let them know books are ready for pick up

·       Books will be put in brown paper bags labeled with the student’s name, grade, class and be placed on tables in the front foyer of the school.

·       Parents may pick up books Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM- 3:00 PM.

·       Bins will be placed in the foyer under the tables to collect returned books when students are done reading.

·       When a routine is established for 3rd-5th grade students, students in K-2 will be taught how to select books for curbside pickup from a choice menu for personal selection. In the meantime, 1st grade students will be receiving four books from the library in their supply pick-up next week in order to get them started!!!  


New Distance Learning Playbook for Parents

Corwin Press has come out with a new book -  The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents. I wanted to share information about this book, as there are many good suggestions for parents. Here is the info about the book:


This essential guide will arm you with the tools and insight to

·       Create an environment conducive to learning, establish routines, and most importantly, take care of yourself and your child

·       Maximize the time you spend supporting learning by focusing on what is proven to work best in education

·       Help your child develop the cognitive attitudes and habits that foster creativity, critical thinking, and increased responsibility for their learning 

·       Support the development of your child’s social and emotional learning skills, including the ability to navigate social interactions, build friendships, and regulate emotions at a time when they have never been more important to have, and more challenging to maintain 

The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents outlines supportive strategies for navigating virtual environments to ensure effective and impactful learning that aligns the needs and expectations of teachers, parents, and students alike.


COVID-19 Symptoms Screening System Rollout

Starting next Monday, we will be using an electronic version of the COVID-19 Symptom Screener prior to students entering our building. This system will replace our current paper-based system for students that we used during Meet the Teacher. Parents can use a cell phone, iPad, or computer to visit, log in, and complete the survey. Be sure to click SUBMIT after answering each of the questions!! Upon students’ arrival to school they will hold up their bus tag to be scanned and school staff will be able to immediately determine whether or not students can be permitted to enter the building. Directions for using the new system are included below!!


Parent Instructions (English & Spanish) 


Short Video (English) (Spanish)


1-page PDF  (English)  (Spanish)


Please also be sure to make sure you are familiar with our visitor protocol for this year, should you need to come to the building for any reason!




Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 14th – 4th & 5th Grade Tae-Kwon-Do Morning Showcase

Monday, September 14th – MAP Assessments Begin for 2nd-5th Grades

Monday, September 14th – 3rd Grade MAP Reading Assessment

Monday, September 14th – 1st Grade Supply Pick-Up

Monday, September 14th – 3rd-5th Grade Remote Book Check-Out Begins

Tuesday, September 15th – International DOT Day, Wear Polka Dots!!!

Tuesday, September 15th- 2nd Grade MAP Reading Assessment

Tuesday, September 15th – 1st Grade Supply Pick-up

Wednesday, September 16th – Staff Institute Day

Thursday, September 17th – 4th Grade MAP Reading Assessment (Alfaro, Breidenbach, Scherpelz)

Friday, September 18th – 4th Grade MAP Reading Assessment (Chang, McKeown)

Monday, September 21st – 5th Grade MAP Reading Assessment (Bergquist, Moid, Sricharmorn)

Tuesday, September 22nd – 5th Grade MAP Reading Assessment (Hurst, Rodrigo)

Wednesday, September 23rd - 4th Grade MAP Math Assessment (Chang, McKeown)

Thursday, September 24th - 4th Grade MAP Math Assessment (Alfaro, Breidenbach, Scherpelz)

Friday, September 25th - 3rd Grade MAP Math Assessment

Monday, September 28th - 5th Grade MAP Math Assessment (Hurst, Rodrigo)

Tuesday, September 29th -  2nd Grade MAP Math Assessment

Wednesday, September 30th - 5th Grade MAP Math Assessment (Bergquist, Moid, Sricharmorn)

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