Friday, February 19, 2021


5 Essentials Parent Survey 

The 5 Essentials Survey is parents’ opportunity to evaluate Grove Avenue School according to five “essential” areas critical for school success, including but not limited to ambitious instruction, supportive environment, and leadership. The online survey is open now through April 15th and is accessed by clicking here. PLEASE NOTE: Because Barrington 220 is based in Lake County, choose "Lake" from the county drop down menu, then select our school.


Illinois public schools are required by the State of Illinois to take the 5Essentials survey once every two years. The survey data becomes part of each school’s Illinois School Report Card listing, which is a public website provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. Barrington 220 will receive results from the survey in the spring of 2021, and they will be publicly posted on our Illinois School Report Card the following fall.


Thank you for your participation in this important survey. We appreciate and value your feedback.

Official 5 Essentials Letter in English 

Official 5 Essentials Letter in Spanish 

Week 4: Resources for Parents to Help Support Reading and Writing at Home 

The Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP), creators of our reading and writing programs, have developed numerous videos for families and caregivers to bring more joy into literacy learning. They draw on numerous years of experience and research in providing ideas for supporting reading and writing at home. We will highlight a few videos each week in upcoming newsletters, and encourage parents and caregivers to listen to or watch these short videos. In addition, we will be launching our annual Grove Family Reading Program in a few weeks in hopes to also bring some excitement, joy, and motivation to reading! To access all videos created by TCRWP and additional resources, please refer to this link

All Grade Levels: Incorporating Everyday Talk at Home that Can Lift the Level of Your Child's Thinking Skills:  Hareem helps families support a young person’s ability to talk and think abstractly by pointing out the differences between most of our conversations with kids and those that build higher-level thinking skills.


All Grade Levels: The Importance of Productive Struggle: Lucy addresses the importance of letting kids do their own work. She helps parents know that it is important to give kids opportunities to grow their own muscles. 

Spanish: El poder de ser bilingue / The Power of Bilingualism

Social Emotional Support for Students 

As our students continue to navigate our consistently changing landscape due to COVID 19, we are continuously considering how our children are coping and their overall mental health. Please know that our school and district are here to support our students who are struggling and may benefit from additional resources. Please see the attached letter regarding this and view the short video explaining how families can access the online META app that is also available to connect students with counselors while at home. Please also keep in mind that parents can contact our school based support directly by emailing our Social Worker, Mr. Walcott, at or our School Psychologist, Tonya Tompkins-Wisz, at

Upcoming Dates 

Monday, March 1st - CogAT Assessment Window Opens for Grades 2 & 5 

Monday, March 1st - 5th grade boys basketball game at home vs. Rose

Tuesday, March 2nd - 5th grade girls basketball game at home vs. Rose 

Wednesday, March 3rd - School Board Candidate Forum, 9-11 a.m. via Zoom 

Monday, March 4th - Family Reading Program Kick-Off 

Thursday, March 4th - 5th grade boys basketball game at home vs. Hough 

Thursday, March 4th - Virtual Parent University, Cultivating Resilience During COVID-19 @ 7 p.m. 

Friday, March 5th - 5th grade girls basketball game at home vs. Hough 

Monday, March 8th - Speech Tournament, 4:00-6:15 p.m. 

Tuesday, March 9th  - Speech Tournament, 4:00-6:15 p.m. 

Thursday, March 11th - 5th grade girls basketball game at home vs. Countryside 

Friday, March 12th - Family Reading Program, Week #1 Reward 

Friday, March 12th - 5th grade boys basketball game at home vs. Countryside 

Wednesday, March 17th - Spring Parent Teacher Conferences, 4-8 p.m. 

Thursday, March 18th - Family Reading Program, Week #2 Reward 

Thursday, March 18th - Spring Parent Teacher Conferences, 3-7 p.m. 

Friday, March 19th - Friday, March 26th - No School, Spring Vacation 

Monday, March 29th - School Resumes 

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