Sunday, September 18, 2022


Thank you to all of our parents who attended our Back to School Curriculum Night on Thursday evening! It was terrific to see all of you and connect with you!! I hope you will consider joining me for a Grove Community Book Study on Thursday, November 3rd at 6 p.m. at Grove in effort to continue the conversation regarding Belonging in our community!! The book we will be discussing is Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Bren√© Brown. Also, I will be sharing details soon for families to submit information for our Humans of Grove Avenue School website that I shared during my presentation on Thursday!! 

I hope everyone who attended our PTO Movie Night on Friday had a great time!! Our students certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves and it was great to see so many students and families there!! A HUGE thank you goes out to our PTO for planning such a fun event and THANK YOU all of the parents, staff, and high school students who volunteered in order to make the evening possible! I know our PTO will be sharing more Thank You’s next week as well!! 

Safety Week - September 19th- September 23rd

This week is our annual Safety Week in district 220. The goal is to raise awareness about school safety among our students, parents, staff and community members.

Throughout the week, our students will participate in various activities and safety drills in order to ensure that everyone is prepared in the event of an emergency.  I have included the break-down of the week for your information below. Parents will receive a notification each evening from the district with a link to the video that will be shown as a part of our morning announcements each day. 

Please note, the lock-down video will not be included in our morning announcements on Wednesday, as this video is intended for students in 4th-12th grades only. Our classroom teachers will discuss the drill at an age appropriate level with students in kindergarten through 3rd grade in order to prepare them for the drill prior to it occurring on Wednesday morning. I have linked in a parent letter specific to this drill for parents to review. The letter provides you with a few more details regarding lockdowns if you would like to discuss with your child ahead of time.  

Monday, September 20th – Welcome to Safety Week: See Something, Say Something   

  • Video of the day shown in classrooms - Introduction to Safety Week 

  • See Something, Say Something explained on morning announcements 

Tuesday, September 21st – Weather Emergencies

  • Video of the day shown in classrooms

  • Classroom discussions about weather emergencies

  • Shelter-In-Place (tornado) Drill 

Wednesday, September 22nd – Law Enforcement Drill - Parent Letter 

  • Video of the day shown in classrooms (4th & 5th grades only) 

  • Class discussions about Lock-Down procedures 

  • Lock-Down Drill with Barrington Police Department  

Thursday, September 28th – School Evacuations 

  • Video of the day shown in classrooms

  • Class discussion about evacuation procedures

  • All school Evacuation (Fire) Drill

Friday, September 23rd – Transportation Safety 

  • Video of the day shown in classrooms

  • Bus Evacuations Drills

  • Class discussion about Bus, Bike, and Train Safety  


  • If your child is absent please be sure to either report their absence electronically in IC or call the Grove school office to report their absence!!! It is important that students are reported absent first thing in the morning each day of an absence. 

Upcoming Dates

September 19th - 23rd - Safety Week 

Monday, September 19th - See Something, Say Something Day for Safety Week 

Monday, September 19th - 4th Grade Prairie Field Trip 

Tuesday, September 20th - PTO Meeting, 9:15 a.m. followed by Room Parent Meeting, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 20th - Weather Emergency Day (tornado drill) for Safety Week 

Wednesday, September 21st - 1st Grade Field Trip to Wildlife Foundation (1 class) 

Wednesday, September 21st - Law Enforcement Drill (lockdown drill) for Safety Week 

Wednesday, September 21st -  Tae Kwon Do, after school 2:15-3:00, must be registered 

Thursday, September 23rd - Fire Safety Day (fire drill) for Safety Week 

Thursday, September 22nd - Java with Dr. Hunt, 8:30-9:30 a.m. @ Southern Belle’s 

Thursday, September 22nd - 3rd Grade Science Field Trip 

Thursday, September 22nd - September 22nd - New Family PTO Meet and Greet, 4-6 p.m. on K-ground @ Grove 

Friday, September 23rd - 1st Grade Field Trip to Wildlife Foundation (1 class)

Friday, September 23rd - Transportation Safety (bus evacuation) for Safety Week 

Wednesday, September 28th - Tae Kwon Do, after school 2:15-3:00, must be registered

Saturday, October 1st - BHS Homecoming

Grove P.O.P Volunteers Needed

Join the Packs of Plenty volunteers on Thursday mornings and be a part of the P.O.P program. Volunteers meet at Sunny Hill and pack bags of food that are sent home on Fridays with Barrington students that qualify for the program. Thanks to the Barrington Children's Charities this will be the 11th year packing. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to be involved with this important program. You can come once or every week whatever works for you! Visit the following link to sign up and learn more - Hill Elementary

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