Friday, October 28, 2022

GROVE Cold Weather Procedures

Our weather is starting to shift and get colder with frost on the ground earlier this week, so we want to make sure parents are aware of our procedures for students being outside as it gets cold! 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 or temperature 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 throughout the day. Please be sure to put your child’s name somewhere on all items so that they can easily be identified and returned to students if they drop them or lose them in the school! 


I am hopeful that snow will not be upon us for a while, but wanted to share our procedures for recess when there is snow. 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. When there is enough snow on the ground, students will be able to participate in sledding at school, so they must be properly dressed! 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. each day. 


Barrington 220 Inclement 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 are aware of are listed below: 

  • 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 Canceled: All school buildings will be closed and students will make up the inclement weather day at the end of the school year. 

    • Early Dismissal: There may be some rare occasion where it will be necessary to dismiss school early. On these days, middle and high schools will dismiss first. Elementary school students will be released at their regular dismissal time. 

    • e-Learning: All school buildings will be closed, however students and staff will complete the school day from home. This would eliminate the need to make up days at the end of the school year. Teachers will check their usual electronic communication methods throughout the day during regular school hours, to support students. Students will have five (5) school days to complete their assigned work for the day and receive additional assistance from their teacher as needed. 

      • Elementary Schools/ELC: 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. 


District 220 SEL Survey for 2nd-5th Grade Students

In order to learn more about the experiences of students at school and continue to monitor and improve programming for children in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning, District 220 is asking for students to complete an online survey that will be administered starting this week through November 3rd. This experience is similar to the SEL surveys conducted over the last three years by the district. Please see the official letter from the district regarding the survey. 


Principal/Parent Book Study

During our Parent Curriculum Night, I shared that I will be hosting a Principal/Parent Book Study! The book study will be on Thursday, November 3rd at 6 p.m. at Grove! Please RSVP for the event on the Parent/Principal Book Study Google Form so I can plan accordingly for the structure of the book discussion and the space needed. I will be providing light refreshments and snacks as well! I hope you will join me in this discussion as we continue to work on our goal of belonging for all in our school community. The book we will be discussing this year is Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown.  


Halloween Celebrations - 2022

We are looking forward to having a great Halloween this year at Grove! Exact details and a schedule for the festivities for the day were shared in previously Grizzly newsletters and can be accessed by clicking on the link to Halloween celebration details. Please read the section about costumes carefully! 


Halloween Parent Volunteers: Any parent who signed up with the PTO to volunteer to help with the classroom parties must submit their name, child’s name, and classroom teacher on the Halloween Volunteer Google Form in order to have a badge pre-printed for entrance into the building. Badges will be available on the day of the party at our check-in table. If you have not had your valid driver’s license scanned by the main office this school year, you will need to come into the office ahead of time to have your I.D. scanned so that a badge can be printed for you. If you are unable to come in prior to the date of the party, be sure to bring a valid driver's license to be checked in at the main office on Halloween; however, please know that there will likely be a wait for badges to be scanned and printed. We will not admit adults into the school without a visitor’s badge. This is for the safety of our students and staff and we greatly appreciate the cooperation of our parent community with this procedure!

 

Parent volunteers will be permitted to go down to classrooms to drop off supplies at 1:10 and then may watch the start of the parade. Following the start of the parade, volunteers can then enter the classrooms to set up around 1:15 and 1:20 p.m.


Reminders


Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 31st - Halloween Parade 1:15 p.m. and Parties 1:45 p.m. 

Thursday, November 3rd - Principal/Parent Book Study - 6 p.m. at Grove 

Thursday, November 3rd - End of First Trimester 

Friday, November 4th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Institute Day 

Tuesday, November 8th - NO SCHOOL, Election Day 

Thursday, November 10th - Donuts with a Grown-Up, 7:00 a.m.  

Tuesday, November 22nd - Report Cards Available to Parents in Infinite Campus  

Wednesday, November 23rd - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break 

Thursday, November 24th - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Day! 

Friday, November 25th - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break















Friday, October 21, 2022

 

It was great to see all of our parents at conferences this week! We value your continued collaboration and partnering with us to best support our students! A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to our PTO and all of our families who supported the dinners for our staff over the past two days. Your generosity is very much appreciated!!! 


Grove Student Newspaper Publication - 1st Edition

Please check out the first publication of our Grove 4th & 5th Grade Newspaper!! This is a new club that started at Grove this year! The mission of the club is to strive to nurture a passion for writing, promote creativity and collaboration, and foster a sense of belonging. Most of all, it seeks to hear the voices of our students. The club will be publishing one edition each month throughout the school year. We will be sharing publications with our students, staff, and parents each month! Enjoy! 


District 220 SEL Survey for 2nd-5th Grade Students 

In order to learn more about the experiences of students at school and continue to monitor and improve programming for children in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning, District 220 is asking for students to complete an online survey that will be administered starting this week through November 3rd. This experience is similar to the SEL surveys conducted over the last three years by the district. Please see the official letter from the district regarding the survey.


Principal/Parent Book Study

During our Parent Curriculum Night, I shared that I will be hosting a Principal/Parent Book Study! The book study will be on Thursday, November 3rd at 6 p.m. at Grove! Please RSVP for the event on the Parent/Principal Book Study Google Form so I can plan accordingly for the structure of the book discussion and the space needed. I will be providing light refreshments and snacks as well! I hope you will join me in this discussion as we continue to work on our goal of belonging for all in our school community. The book we will be discussing this year is Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown.  


Halloween Celebrations - 2022

We are looking forward to having a great Halloween this year at Grove! Exact details and a schedule for the festivities for the day were shared in last week’s Grizzly and can be accessed by clicking on the link to Halloween celebration details. Please read the section about costumes carefully. Also, please make sure to complete the Halloween Lunch Plans Google Form as soon as possible in order to indicate whether your child will be going home or staying at school for lunch on Halloween!


Halloween Parent Volunteers: Any parent who signed up with the PTO to volunteer to help with the classroom parties must submit their name, child’s name, and classroom teacher on the Halloween Volunteer Google Form in order to have a badge pre-printed for entrance into the building. Badges will be available on the day of the party at our check-in table. If you have not had your valid driver’s license scanned by the main office this school year, you will need to come into the office ahead of time to have your I.D. scanned so that a badge can be printed for you. If you are unable to come in prior to the date of the party, be sure to bring a valid driver's license to be checked in at the main office on Halloween; however, please know that there will likely be a wait for badges to be scanned and printed. We will not admit adults into the school without a visitor’s badge. This is for the safety of our students and staff and we greatly appreciate the cooperation of our parent community with this procedure!

 

Parent volunteers will be permitted to go down to classrooms to drop off supplies at 1:10 and then may watch the start of the parade. Following the start of the parade, volunteers can then enter the classrooms to set up around 1:15 and 1:20 p.m.


Reminders

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 24th - Java with Dr. Hunt, Pepper Park Coffee 12-1 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 26th - NEKTER School Give Back Day 

Monday, October 31st - Halloween Parade 1:15 p.m. and Parties 1:45 p.m. 

Thursday, November 3rd - Principal/Parent Book Study - 6 p.m. at Grove 

Thursday, November 3rd - End of First Trimester 

Friday, November 4th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Institute Day 

Tuesday, November 8th - NO SCHOOL, Election Day 

Thursday, November 10th - Donuts with a Grown-Up, 7:00 a.m.  

Tuesday, November 22nd - Report Cards Available to Parents in Infinite Campus


















Sunday, October 16, 2022

 

Principal/Parent Book Study

During our Parent Curriculum Night, I shared that I will be hosting a Principal/Parent Book Study! The book study will be on Thursday, November 3rd at 6 p.m. at Grove! Please RSVP for the event on the Parent/Principal Book Study Google Form so I can plan accordingly for the structure of the book discussion and the space needed. I will be providing light refreshments and snacks as well! I hope you will join me in this discussion as we continue to work on our goal of belonging for all in our school community. The book we will be discussing this year is Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown.  


Halloween Celebrations - 2022

We are looking forward to having a great Halloween this year at Grove! Exact details and a schedule for the festivities for the day were shared in last week’s Grizzly and can be accessed by clicking on the link to Halloween celebration details. Please read the section about costumes carefully. Also, please make sure to complete the Halloween Lunch Plans Google Form as soon as possible in order to indicate whether your child will be going home or staying at school for lunch on Halloween!


Halloween Parent Volunteers: Any parent who signed up with the PTO to volunteer to help with the classroom parties must submit their name, child’s name, and classroom teacher on the Halloween Volunteer Google Form in order to have a badge pre-printed for entrance into the building. Badges will be available on the day of the party at our check-in table. If you have not had your valid driver’s license scanned by the main office this school year, you will need to come into the office ahead of time to have your I.D. scanned so that a badge can be printed for you. If you are unable to come in prior to the date of the party, be sure to bring a valid driver's license to be checked in at the main office on Halloween; however, please know that there will likely be a wait for badges to be scanned and printed. We will not admit adults into the school without a visitor’s badge. This is for the safety of our students and staff and we greatly appreciate the cooperation of our parent community with this procedure!

 

Parent volunteers will be permitted to go down to classrooms to drop off supplies at 1:10 and then may watch the start of the parade. Following the start of the parade, volunteers can then enter the classrooms to set-up around 1:15 - 1:20 p.m.


Grove Avenue School Concert Information - A Note from Mrs. Boyer

We are so excited to bring live performances back to Grove this year! Please see the information below regarding concert dates and information. Mrs. Boyer will also be sharing more information about each concert closer to the performance date. All students are encouraged to attend their grade level performances. Please note that all concerts will take place in the Grove Avenue gym. Scheduled concerts for this year are as follows: 


Tuesday, Dec. 13th at 6:30 PM: 1st Grade, 4th Grade, and Choir Winter Concert

Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 PM: 5th Grade Musical

Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 PM: 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade Family Folk Dance Night


If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Boyer directly at cboyer@barrington220.org. We are looking forward to sharing our music with you this year!


Did You Know Grove Serves Breakfast?

Our food service program serves breakfast each morning for students who wish to participate. The cost of a daily breakfast is $1.50. Students may enter the building starting at 7:40 a.m. when they get off of buses or upon arriving at school from getting dropped off or walking and head into the lunchroom to have breakfast. Links to the breakfast menus can be found on our district Elementary School Lunches webpage


Erin’s Law Presentations

Our School Psychologist, Tonya Tompkins-Wisz, will be starting our Erin’s Law presentations with classes in October. There will be one lesson per class and it might take into November for her to go into each classroom in the school. Erin’s Law requires schools to teach children, at age appropriate levels, about personal body safety. Please be sure to click on the link to our official letter regarding Erin’s Law to learn more about the Law and what will be covered in the lessons. Please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Tompkins-Wisz or Mrs. Matthews directly if you have questions after reading the letter. 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 17th - 5th Grade Cross Country Meet and K-4 Fun Run @ Beese Park, 4 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 18th - PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom 

Wednesday, October 19th - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8 p.m. and Book Fair 

Thursday, October 20th - NO SCHOOL, Parent/Teacher Conferences 1-7 p.m. and Book Fair 

Friday, October 21st - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, October 26th - Grove/Nekter Share and Dine, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Monday, October 31st - Halloween Parade 1:15 p.m. and Parties 1:45 p.m. 

Thursday, November 3rd - Principal/Parent Book Study - 6 p.m. at Grove 

Friday, November 4th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Institute Day 

Tuesday, November 8th - NO SCHOOL, Election Day 

Thursday, November 10th - Donuts with a Grown-Up



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