Principal's Message February 4, 2021

TGIF…Twin Groves it’s Friday!


There has been a change in teacher coverage for Mrs. Linnenburger’s 7th Grade SS classes during her leave. 
I would like to welcome Jessica Woods and Paige Treshansky to the classroom!
Paige will be teaching Mrs. Linnenburger’s 1st and 2nd period.
Jessica will be teaching Mrs. Linnenburger’s Flex, 7th and 8th period.

A message from Jessica Woods:
Hello Twin Groves Families!
I am excited to be a part of your student's learning experience as their 7th grade Social Studies teacher. This is my 15th year in District 96 and I have had the pleasure of teaching 6th grade Social Studies at Woodlawn for 7 of those years. Currently, I am a Technology Innovation Coach across the district. My work is centered around supporting high levels of student learning by implementing student engagement and research-based instructional practices into classroom instruction at all levels. I am really looking forward to working with your student and supporting their learning needs over the next several weeks. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to share anything with me about your student that would benefit their learning. Thank you!
Jessica Woods
[email protected]
A message from Paige Treshansky:
Hello Twin Groves Families! 
My name is Paige Treshansky and I am thrilled to be partnering with Jessica Woods to teach our Twin Groves 7th graders Social Studies. I have been an educator for 9 years and have been a part of the District 96 staff for the last 6 years. I started my educational career as a classroom teacher for 6th graders and 2nd graders and then transitioned into a variety of instructional coaching roles around the system. My current instructional coaching role in District 96 is Technology Innovation Coach. As a Technology Innovation Coach, my goal is to support high levels of student learning through research-based instructional practices. I look forward to continuing the learning around these instructional practices in a bit of a different capacity over the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to share anything with me about your student that would benefit their learning.
Thank you!!!!
[email protected]



Counseling Corner
We are in a time of transition at Twin Groves, with some of our student population returning in person to begin hybrid learning, and others remaining remote. As with all changes we’ve experienced over the last year, there are a range of emotional responses to this change, too. Some students and families are feeling a sense of relief and excitement, some are feeling anxious and even sad. For those remaining remote or returning on a different schedule than their friends, there may even be feelings of “FOMO” (fear of missing out). Supporting your child through this period of transition may be challenging, so we’ve compiled a list of ideas to help you meet them where they are at- no matter where they fall on the spectrum of these emotional responses. 

-Establish open lines of communication to hear what your child is excited about, worried about and generally what is important to them. When you know what they want/need it will be easier to set clear guidelines.
-Validate their feelings. Being empathic helps move the conversation to better understand what they may be feeling.
-Help establish new routines and structures that will bring some predictability and security in this time of transition. You may wish to use a family calendar to write out a schedule for in-person and remote days, additional academic support hours, etc. Be realistic and don’t overschedule your student at this time- they may need additional downtime to decompress from stressors during their day. 
-Be honest that things may change again if health and safety recommendations shift or if students need to quarantine for a period of time. It is important to try to keep a flexible mindset as we adjust to this next phase and new expectations. 
-For students anxious about safety while in person, reassure them by reviewing the safety measures put in place by the school and what they can do to keep themselves safe (follow the three W’s: Wear your mask, Watch your distance, Wash your hands). 
-For students who feel a sense of FOMO and social disconnect, help them make a plan for staying connected with friends that will fit in with your family’s ground rules. Different families may follow different rules, which may result in uncomfortable moments for kids as well as parents. Work with your student to anticipate these differences to help them feel prepared to make good choices when the time comes.

Teenagers and reopening

Helping kids face the challenges of reopening

Managing anxiety during reopening

Coping with social anxiety with social distancing

Mindfulness exercises to ease anxiety


Obtaining Free Meals
Preorder free meals for in-person students by 6 PM on Thursday for the week ahead. Order at only for your student's in-person days.
Pick up meal supplies for 5 days for remote students on Wednesdays from 11 AM– 2 PM at Twin Groves or Woodlawn. No preordering needed.
Please direct questions to the public info coordinator [email protected]



7th Grade Science Materials Pick Up at Twin Groves

Twin Groves will have materials pick up for 7th Grade Science Materials.
These materials are necessary for class instruction and will be used in class on Wednesday, February 10th.

Monday, February 8th from 12PM to 3:30PM
Tuesday, February 9th from 7AM to 3:30PM
Please note...if your 7th grader will be in person on February 8th or 9th, they will be given their science kit to take home.

Pick Up Details and Information:
Students do not need to be present during pick up.
Parents or guardians may send a friend or family member to pick up the materials.
There will be tables set up outside the main entrance. This is the same entrance as the main office at Twin Groves.
There will be a table clearly marked as 7th Grade Science Materials.
Please take only one kit.
Please wear a mask when picking up materials. 
There is no need to enter the building for anything.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at Twin Groves. 847-821-8946



Parents who have children coming to school in person must do their daily self-certification.  It significantly slows down our arrival procedures when students do not have this completed.
Please remember that completing the daily self-certification is a commitment you made for your child to attend in-person. If there are repeat incidences for the daily self-certification the student may need to go back to remote learning.  Please set alarm reminders for yourself.  We do not want anyone to have to move back to remote learning for this reason.

To access the required Daily Self-Certification Form, you need to log into TeacherEase each day your student will attend in person to submit self-certification.

This VIDEO gives instructions, including how to access the daily self-certification form using your cell phone (iOS or android).

If you will be using your home computer to send daily self-certification, we suggest that you bookmark the TeacherEase website. The link is:



Daily Announcements
Please see Twin Groves website for up to date school announcements. The announcements let you know what exciting activities and clubs are going on at Twin Groves. Please click HERE to access the Daily Announcements.