Saturday, March 5, 2022


Thank you to all of our families who participated in Grove’s Family Food Fair on Tuesday evening! It was so great to spend time with families and learn about each family and their favorite dishes! Each dish shared was delicious!!

Second trimester report cards were posted to IC for parents to view on Friday. Be sure to login to IC to view your child’s progress! The sign-up for parent/teacher conferences opens this Monday morning. Please see below for details!! 

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences 

At Grove Avenue Elementary School we encourage communications on behalf of our students. One of the hallmarks of an excellent school and a strong school culture is a high degree of positive interaction and mutual support between home and the classroom. Twice each year, once in October and once in March, time is provided for parent teacher conferences. During these conferences we seek to accomplish three objectives: (1) discussing your child’s progress, (2) providing parents the opportunity to share their observations of their child’s progress, and (3) providing the opportunity to share information and discuss plans between teacher and parent and make plans on behalf of your child. Discussions at the spring conferences should primarily be focused on progress and plans for this school year. 

Spring conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, March 16th from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, March 17th from 3-7 p.m. (As a reminder, there is no school for students on Friday, March 18th.) We ask that you plan accordingly in order to schedule conferences during the conference days designated by the District. 

The allotment of time designated for spring conferences and the number of spaces available is more limited than the fall window. We value your support and will try our best to connect with parents who would like to communicate regarding their child, however, a conference may not be needed for every student. In addition to classroom teachers, all other certified personnel and staff are available for a conference.  

Once again, we will be using the system “Meet the Teacher” for parents to sign-up for conferences starting Monday, March 7th. When signing up, parents will need to indicate whether they plan to attend the conference in person or would prefer a conference via Zoom. Please click on the link below for directions to use “Meet the Teacher” in order to sign-up. When parents log on, they will be able to sign-up for conferences for multiple children and for any staff member that works with their child including our art, gym, music, STEM, and library teachers. Conferences with specials teachers are not required, but are an option we are offering to parents. In addition, all related services staff members will be available to meet with parents separately from the conferences with classroom teachers. As a result, parents can also schedule conference times with our Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, Reading Resource Teachers, English Learner Teacher, Special Education Resource Teachers, and the Extended Teacher. It is highly recommended that parents meet with any related service staff member that works with their child. 

Grove “Meet the Teacher” Parent Guide in English 

Grove “Meet the Teacher” Parent Guide in Spanish

1st and 2nd Grade Virtual Musical 

The Grove 1st and 2nd graders have worked hard to record a musical program for our Grove families!  Mrs. Boyer will be sending out a virtual program for the event via IC on Thursday, March 10th.  The program will have a link to the musical recording. We hope families will make this a fun and celebratory event for our students! Perhaps popping some popcorn or other special treats to enjoy as you watch the program together as a family will be fun!!  I have included a link to directions for how to connect either an iPad or computer to your TV if you wish to view the program on a larger screen!! You of course can also gather the family around a device, but it might be beneficial to comfortably watch the event on your TV screen!!  We hope that this program of light and positivity brings joy to your family this winter season!

2020 Backpack Raffle

Our Grove PTO is currently running our Backpack Raffle Fundraiser. Lucky students get the chance to win a pizza lunch date with a special Grove Avenue teacher or staff member! In addition, check out more awesome offerings in the flier below! Proceeds from this raffle benefit Grove students & staff. Raffle tickets are on sale through this coming Wednesday, March 9th! 


Grove Yearbooks Now On Sale 

Yearbooks for this school year are currently on sale for families. A new yearbook printing company is being used this year (TreeRing). One exciting new option that is offered by this yearbook printer is the ability for parents to add 2 FREE customizable pages with their own pictures to their child’s yearbook.



  • Orders placed on RevTrak by March 30th will receive FREE SHIPPING to Grove by the end of the school year.
  • All orders placed after March 30th must be made through TreeRing and will have additional taxes and shipping costs added.
  • A TreeRing login will be sent to parents at the end of March to customize pages for their child(ren). Page customization opens on the TreeRing website in April.

Summer School Registration is OPEN!!! 

Registration for in-person summer school opened on Tuesday of this week. Be sure to visit the Summer School webpage for information regarding summer school including dates, hours, course descriptions, and the link to register. We highly recommend students continue to participate in academic activities over the summer months. It is often beneficial for students to sign-up for one academic session and one fun session during summer school! Please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher or the office for more information or recommendations!

  • 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 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.

Registration for the elementary online summer 220BOSS classes opens on March 15th. 

Framework 220 - Community Feedback Needed for Long Term Strategic Planning 

Barrington 220 is excited to embark on a strategic planning process called Framework 220, which will define the school district’s future vision and initiatives over the next three to five years. The district is very interested in casting a broad net to our school and community stakeholders to better understand our community’s expectations and priorities for Barrington 220. This is why we are launching the process by asking all of our parents and community members to complete this online questionnaire. As a parent and staff member in this district, your voice is critical. The more responses we receive the better we will understand the expectations of our community. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. To learn more about how you can participate, visit:

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. 


Upcoming Dates

Monday, March 7th - 4th/5th Grade Speech Tournament, 4-6 p.m.  

Monday, March 7th - “Meet the Teacher” Conference Sign-Up Opens 

Tuesday, March 8th - 4th/5th Grade Speech Tournament, 4-6 p.m.  

Wednesday, March 9th - Backpack Raffle Sales Close 

Thursday March 10th - FRP Week #5 Reading Logs Due 

Thursday, March 10th - 1st & 2nd Grade Virtual Musical Posted

Friday, March 11th - FRP Week #5 Reward 

Friday, March 11th - Deadline to Complete 5 Essentials Survey 

Saturday, March 12th - Orchestra Solo Festival, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Sunday, March 13th - Daylight Savings Time, clocks spring forward!!!  

Tuesday, March 15th - March PTO Meeting, 9:15 a.m. in the STEM Room @ Grove 

Wednesday, March 16th - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4-8 p.m. 

Thursday, March 17th - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3-7 p.m. 

Friday, March 18th - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break Begins 

March 21st - March 25th - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break 

Monday, March 28th - School Resumes 

Wednesday, March 30th - Deadline to Order Yearbooks through REVTRAK

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