Friday, February 11, 2022

Valentine’s Day Parties

We are looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day in our classrooms this coming Monday, February 14th! If your child is planning to pass out Valentine Cards to classmates, please make sure that they have one for every student in their classroom. Our classroom teachers have shared specific directions for their classrooms in terms of how students should complete their cards and how they will be distributed in their classroom. 

Please keep in mind that our room parent volunteers who are running the parties are still required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to enter the classroom for the party. Once again, the three room parents per classroom will be the only volunteers attending the parties this year. 

Family Reading Program - Family Food Fair Sign-Up

Today is the final day to sign-up to be a part of our FRP Family Food Fair. We hope that families will join us for our Family Food Fair on Tuesday, March 1st! Please register for the event on the Google Form by this evening - Friday, February 11th!! I have included further details about this event below!! 

Our book for the One Book, One Grove this year sparks many avenues for us to explore as a school community from culture, to baking, to Shakespeare! As a result, the Grove Avenue Staff would like to invite our Grove families to take a deeper dive into the idea of learning about one another and our different family traditions by sharing some of our favorite delicacies, comfort foods, or customary sweet treats and savory bites with one another. We will be hosting a Family Food Fair on the evening of Tuesday, March 1st. 

Families are invited to participate in the evening by preparing samples of a favorite family dish that they will bring with them to the event. Guests will then participate in a tasting, where they will have the opportunity to try the dishes brought by other families. Each family that participates will be asked to provide a list of ingredients and share the recipe for their featured dish, which will be organized into a Grove Family Recipe Book and shared with all that join in the fun! 

In order to best plan for how to safely organize this event, we ask that families sign-up to participate by the end of the day on Friday, February 11, 2022. Based on the level of interest of our community, we will then finalize the details in regards to the exact time, location, and protocols and procedures as they relate to keeping everyone safe with specific COVID measures. Those details will be shared with our families who have committed to the event on Friday, February 18th. 

Please note, all attendees must sign-up ahead of time to participate, each family must bring a dish to share, and one adult must accompany and stay with their child(ren) throughout the event. Please be sure to sign-up on the Grove Family Food Fair Google Form by Friday, February 11th to participate! Instructions for submitting recipes and ingredients will be sent to families who sign-up along with additional information on February 18th. 

Virtual Backpack

We have many families who are new to our school and may not be aware of the Virtual Backpack that is connected to our school website. The Virtual Backpack is a place where fliers and information from outside groups can be found. The Grizzly highlights Grove School, Grove PTO and District 2020 sponsored activities, but there are many other community opportunities available to our students in Barrington. If you are interested in having your child participate in other groups such as scouts, YMCA activities, sports, language programs and fine arts experiences, be sure to check out the Virtual Backpack on a regular basis to view various opportunities, as fliers are added on a weekly basis. To access the Grove Virtual Backpack, be sure to be on the Grove Webpage, click on the “Parents” tab, and then click on the “Virtual Backpack” tab. Some activities posted on our site are specific to Grove students, such as the scouting groups that meet at Grove or Grove’s Chess Club. 

Summer School Course Catalogs Available 

Summer school in Barrington begins on Monday, June 6, 2022 for all grade levels. Course catalogs were made available on our summer school webpage on Feb. 1st. Registration for all levels will open on March 1st. Please note that due to Build 220 construction happening this summer at several schools, there are a few location changes: 

  • The elementary summer school program that is traditionally held at Roslyn Road Elementary will be held at Arnett C. Lines Elementary. This program serves students from Hough, Lines, North Barrington and Roslyn Road. 

  • The Jump Start and Dual Language programs traditionally held at Sunny Hill Elementary will be held at BHS. 

  • The middle summer school program will be held at BHS.

The elementary summer school program that is traditionally held at Barbara B. Rose Elementary WILL remain at Rose. This program serves students from Countryside, Grove, Sunny Hill and Rose.

5 Essentials Survey

Please click on the links below to a letter regarding an important survey for the parents of Grove Avenue School. The results of this survey will be included as a portion of our official School Report Card and school ranking next fall. As a result, your participation and input is important, as we need at least 20% of our parent population to participate. Students in grades four and five, as well as, the Grove Avenue Staff will be participating in the survey.


The survey will be open until the beginning of April, but please take a few minutes to complete the survey as soon as possible. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. 


Letter in English

Letter in Spanish


Due to the fact that our district office is located in Lake County, parents will need to choose Lake County at the login page in order to then access the Grove link. Links to the survey site are included in the letter! Please feel free to contact Mrs. Matthews directly with any questions regarding the survey. 


  • Please make sure that your child is dressed to be outside for recess! We will go outside as long as the temperature and/or wind chill are above zero!! 

  • Please click on the link to view the official district Inclement Weather Webpage for details regarding our procedures.

  • COVID Dashboard  

Upcoming Dates

Friday, February 11th - Deadline to sign-up to participate in the Grove Family Food Fair 

Saturday, February 12th - PTO DIY Cookie Kit Order Pick-Up, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. @ Grove 

Monday, February 14th - Valentine’s Day Parties, 1:45-2:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, February 15th - February PTO Meeting, 9:15 a.m. via Zoom - Special Guest: Ty Gorman, Director of Instructional Technology  

Thursday, February 17th - FRP Week #2 Reading Logs Due 

Thursday, February 17th - FRP Week #2 Reward 

Thursday, February 17th - End of 2nd Trimester 

Friday, February 18th - No School for Students, Staff Institute Day 

Monday, February 21st - Presidents’ Day, NO SCHOOL 

Thursday, February 24th - FRP Week #3 Reading Logs Due 

Friday, February 25th - FRP Week #4 Reward 

Tuesday, March 1st - Grove Family Food Fair, Must be registered to attend!! 

Tuesday, March 1st - Summer School Registration Begins 

To register for the program, please complete this form. A link to the evening's presentation will be sent 24 hours ahead of the event.


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