Saturday, November 13, 2021

Optional COVID Vaccine Clinics for Students Hosted by District 220 

Barrington 220 is partnering with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccination Programs to offer OPTIONAL vaccination clinics for all students ages 5 and up who are enrolled in the Barrington 220 School District. Click on the link to view more information in english and spanish regarding details on the dates and locations of the clinics being offered. 

GROVE Cold Weather Procedures

Now that the cold weather and snow is officially upon us, I would like to make sure that parents are aware of our cold weather procedures. During the winter months, our students will go outside for recess as much as possible. If the temperature or wind chill is zero degrees or below the students will remain inside for recess. When the wind chill is above zero students will be outside. As a result, please be sure to send your children to school fully dressed to be outside for recess. It is also recommended that students bring layers such as sweatshirts and sweaters to take on and off as well. In order for students to play in the snow at school, they must have a winter coat, snow pants, boots, gloves, and a hat or earmuffs, as we want them to stay dry and be able to return to the classroom in the afternoon and concentrate on learning. We will try to have extra items for students at school in case they forget, but it is beneficial for students to bring all of these items each day during the winter so they are prepared no matter what. In addition, students should have a pair of gym shoes to wear during the school day while in class and in order to participate safely in P.E.

Barrington 220 Cold Weather Protocol

Information was sent out this week from the district regarding our Cold Weather Protocols for winter. Please click on the link to view the official district Inclement Weather Webpage for details regarding our procedures. A few basic details that I want to highlight and make sure parents understand are listed below: 

  • School Closing Communication - School closings due to inclement weather or other unusual circumstances will be announced on the district website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Families will also receive a text, phone call and email through the Infinite Campus automated emergency notification system. 

  • There are three potential scenarios that will be implemented in the event of inclement weather: School Cancellation, Early Dismissal from School, Distance Learning. 

Distance Learning: All school buildings will be closed, however students and staff will complete the school day from home. Early childhood through fifth grade children will have access to their assignments through their teacher’s usual electronic communication method of See-Saw or Schoology, and/or will follow their IEP eLearning plan. Additionally, kindergarten through fifth grade students will receive assignments for Specials (art, music, physical education, library, and STEM) that they would typically have for the day from their teachers. Please note - distance learning on an inclement weather day is different from last year when we were in remote learning on a daily basis. Students and teachers will not be zooming for the entire school day. Students will have five (5) school days to complete their assigned work for the day and receive additional assistance from their teacher as needed. You can review our Inclement Weather Distance Learning FAQ for more information.

Barrington Giving Days 

Barrington Giving Day is a Non-Profit organization that invites families on the Free and Reduced lunch program in the 220 School District to a Giving Day event where they receive food, warm coats, hats/gloves, blankets, books, toys and other much needed items. Over 900 families in our community are in need of help. There are collection boxes in the main office of Grove where items such as new or gently used and clean winter clothing, new or like new toys, books, new blankets, and unopened diapers or pull-ups may be dropped off from now until December 8th

This year we kindly ask that Grove families focus on donating puzzles and games (board games, card games, etc!) to give to our local families in need this holiday season. Giving Day is a truly amazing effort and is impactful to so many in our community! Please consider donating.

For more information or to sign-up to volunteer at this year’s Giving Day event, please visit

Lost and Found 

Our Lost and Found is starting to look very full! Please remind your child to check it for any missing items. Students often take their layers off in P.E. or at recess and do not claim them at the end of the period. As a result, the items end up in the lost and found. Parents are also welcome to come in and check the lost and found for items. All items left in the lost and found when we break for Thanksgiving will be donated over the break!! Please be sure to check for missing items before then!!

Attendance the Week of Thanksgiving

School is in session for two days during the week of Thanksgiving. It is important that students are in attendance on Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd!

Winter Wonderfest 2021 Tickets Now on Sale

Our BHS Fine Arts students and staff were inspired last year to create something special for the community that would provide an opportunity for students to share their talents. Once again, the BHS Fine Arts Department is designing a large-scale event which is fun, safe, and inclusive for our community. This year, Winter Wonderfest is a walk through event, including experiences both indoors and outdoors.  Winterfest will include creative light displays, performances, and other fun surprises.  You will experience the sights and sounds of holiday cheer while walking around the high school.

The event will run on the evenings of December 3rd - 5th. Tickets can be purchased through the district Box Office Link. The cost of tickets will be used to support the cost of the event itself.

Thank you for considering bringing your family to this celebratory event celebrating our wonderful students and programs.


  • Please send your child to school with extra masks in their backpack!!! 

  • All students need to be in their classrooms by 8:00 a.m. If your child arrives at 8:00 a.m. or after, you must come into the main office with your child to sign them in for the day

  • COVID Dashboard  

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 16th - PTO Meeting with Dr. Hunt, 9:15 a.m. via Zoom 

Monday, November 22nd - Kaleidoscope’s After School Handmade Project Class, Registration Required  

Monday, November 22nd - Winter Spirit Wear Sale Ends 

Tuesday, November 23rd - Kaleidoscope’s After School Handmade Project Class, Registration Required 

Tuesday, November 23rd - Report Cards Posted in IC for parents 

Wednesday, November 24th - No School, Thanksgiving Break 

Thursday, November 25th - No School, Thanksgiving

Friday, November 26th - No School, Thanksgiving Break 

Wednesday, December 8th - Barrington Giving Day Donations deadline

Spiritwear Winter Sale- 2 Weeks Only

Grove spirit wear will go on sale Monday, November 8th - Monday, November 22nd. Stock up on winter wear just in time for the holidays.  We have brought back the stadium blankets for those of you who missed out the first time around. Get your orders in soon!!

Handmade Holiday

Grove Avenue PTO has partnered with Kaleidoscope Fine Art School in Barrington to bring Handmade Holiday to Grove. Space is limited to 20 students per class. Please register by going to RevTrak. There is also a sign up genius for parents who would like to help volunteer the night of Handmade Holiday.  We need 3 volunteers per class to help us out. Volunteers will be required to either provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID Test within seven days of the date. Please sign-up here to volunteer to help with the event!  

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