Friday, March 12, 2021

KUDOS to all of our 4th and 5th Grade students who participated in the Speech Tournament this past week!! It was so great to see our students perform both virtually and in-person!! All of our students did an amazing job and should be so proud of themselves for participating and having the courage to get up in front of an adult audience!! Also, thank you to all of our coaches who supported our students in this endeavor. In addition to our Grove Staff, we had many Grove parents support students in learning their lines and practicing in preparation for the event this year!! 

We had a great first week of the Family Reading Program!!! Students received their FRP T-Shirts and a stuffed dog or cat on Friday as their Week #1 Reward! They will use their new “pet” for our Pet Yoga Reward next Wednesday! Please note, the reward has been moved from Thursday to Wednesday as a result of our asynchronous learning day on Thursday for all students.  Please continue to read with your child each day and log their nightly minutes! Don’t forget about The Pet War audio recordings of our staff reading the book that students can listen to and use to count towards their weekly minutes!!

Parent/Teacher Conferences 

We will be holding out spring parent/teacher conferences on Wednesday, March 17th from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, March 18th from 3-7 p.m. Please be sure to read the official letter with details regarding conferences. The “Meet the Teacher” sign-up will close Friday, March 12th at 11:55 p.m.  Links to directions for parents to sign up are included in the letter!!

When signing up, parents will need to indicate whether they plan to attend the conference in person or would prefer a conference via Zoom. Conferences will be scheduled for 20 minutes, with 15 minutes of that time being used for the conference and 5 minutes being used for cleaning between conferences. All parents coming in for in-person conferences will be required to complete a COVID screener before being allowed to enter and must be wearing a mask. Please access the screener document online, print and complete, and bring it with you to the conferences. We will continue to practice social distancing guidelines. Also, we are trying to limit the number of people in the building on these days, therefore, two parents will be permitted to attend per child. However, children will not be permitted to enter the building on these days. As a result, if this is not possible for your family, please sign-up for a Zoom conference.  

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 

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 

Tuesday, March 16th - March PTO Meeting, 9:00 a.m. 

Wednesday, March 17th - Family Reading Program, Week #2 Reward 

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

Thursday, March 18th - Asynchronous Learning Day for all Elementary Students 

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, Full Day In-Person Learning Begins for Hybrid Students  



Parent/Teacher Conference Dinners for Teachers 

The Grove staff will be working long hours during their Spring conferences. The PTO customarily provides them with dinner to enjoy during these late evenings. Normally we would reach out to parents for donations of different food items but because of the continuing safety concerns, we are asking if parents could make a monetary donation to sponsor a meal for a teacher. Donations will also fund snacks and beverages for staff to enjoy on both days. For more details, please go to:

Thank you for helping us show how much we appreciate our Grove teachers and staff!

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