Principal's Message February 24, 2021

TGIF…Twin Groves it’s Friday!

In an effort to spread positivity, Twin Groves uses our 5 Traits to recognize exemplars of the following qualities: Responsible, Accountable, Respectful, Safe, and a Community. In addition to the 5 Traits, we are also recognizing students for being leaders, role models, supportive peers, brave, and positive.

As part of this focus, the Twin Groves Staff would like to recognize the following students who consistently demonstrate these qualities. 

Dorsa Akbarzadeh
Jenna Alter
Sydney Entin
Eugene Faktor
Max Kazibut
Samara Lavy
Megan Lev
Sophia Peterson
Karen Rodrigues
Elliana Rothbardt 
Jhalak Sinha
Ella Tompkins
Shane Ulm


What’s Happening at Twin Groves?
Spanish: The 6th graders have been studying the verb ser.  They will then learn the body parts and continue on to clothing.
The 7th graders have been studying food and will continue with the restaurant unit.
The 8th graders have learned chores and are using them to state commands and in the present progressive.  They will then move on to accessories and higher numbers.

Band:  The band students are increasing in their ability. Each grade just finished a set of scales and it was exciting to hear the students zoom up and down on their scales with good tone and a very smooth quality to their playing. This next trimester will feature another set of scales for each grade level. I expect the same and better results.

6th grade students will begin their 2nd book, Essential Elements for Band Book 2, on Tuesday March 2. Band students will need to have these books in their possession for the coming classes. This book can be purchased at any musical instrument store or on the web. It is a very popular book.

During the month of March students will be preparing themes from movie or musical soundtracks. We will present these in a special slide presentation to parents later in the month. We have some music and students can find music on the web also, but if your students asks you to help them find some music from the music store there are several books out there that have movie and musical themes already prepared for students on any instrument.

Orchestra: In 6th Grade Orchestra students have been working on learning the concept of syncopation, through rhythmic exercises, as well as through music. They are also figuring out how to play B flats on the instrument for use in the F Major scale, which will allow them to be able to play a greater variety of repertoire. We have also been experimenting with our ability to tune our instruments, working to utilize the pegs along with the fine tuners for better use of self-directed tuning.

In 7th Grade Orchestra students have continued to develop their ability to play in different positions on the instrument, as well as their work with the key of A Major. A major piece they have been working on (their benchmark for the trimester) features this new key, as well as some new positions on their instruments. Rhythmically 7th graders have also been expanding their knowledge by learning how to play triplets, featured in many works. 

In 8th Grade Orchestra students have been learning a few more complex flat keys (B flat & E flat Major) for use in a new piece they are working on (their benchmark for the trimester). The piece features complex position work as well newer rhythmic patterns. They have also been improving their key signature identification, utilizing new tricks to quickly analyze keys when sight-reading.


Books - Please return
Please return any books that students may have at home that they are finished reading. 
There is a box located outside the main entrance doors, by the Twin Groves Office,  to return books. 
Students in person can return directly to the library.  


Technology at Lunch
Students are not allowed to have phones or iPads during lunch when they are in person. All electronic devices should be kept in a backpack or bag.



PTO Positions for the 2021-2022 School Year
The Twin Groves PTO Executive Board would love to have you as part of our team! We need to fill the Co-President and Co-Treasurer positions for the 2021 - 2022 school year and we hope you'll check out these amazing opportunities. 
Please head over to Membership Toolkit to learn more and sign up at


Spring Conferences
Spring Conferences are right around the corner!
HERE is the link that was sent out on 2/19 at 7PM.
The conference dates are Thursday, March 11th from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM and Friday, March 12th from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.
Conferences will be held over zoom. An email from School Messenger will be sent out at 2PM on March 11th with a document that contains links to the zoom conferences.



7th grade Book Pick Up- A reminder will be sent out prior to the pick up dates.
There will be a book pick up on Monday, March 8th through Friday, March 12th from 7:00 AM-3:30 PM.
7th grade remote students in Language Arts will need to pick up their assigned book club novel and The Outsiders.  These will be labeled with the student’s name.
Students should also return their book club novel from the fall/winter. There will be a box for returns.
7th grade remote students in Language Arts Advanced will need to pick up their assigned book club novel and The Book Thief. These will be labeled with the student’s name.
Students should also return their book club novel from the fall/winter. There will be a box for returns.
In person students will receive their books in class.

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 book carts set up outside the main entrance. This is the same entrance as the main office at Twin Groves.
Please wear a mask when picking up materials. 
There is no need to enter the building for anything.



Regarding the District 96 Online Family Directory
We have been informed that an outside organization has accessed our District 96 online Family Directory and has used email addresses contained in that directory for solicitation purposes.  

This is a reminder that doing so is prohibited, as clearly stated in the District’s online student registration form.  

There is not general public access to the online Directory. To access the online Family Directory, District 96 families must create a Directory-specific Membership Toolkit account and have agreed to include their District 96 student’s information in the Directory.

As a reminder, no parent may distribute copies of the Directory to outside interests, including business or charity organizations. In addition, information contained in the Family Directory is not to be used for solicitation or commercial use.



6th Grade Dental Forms
Attention parents of 6th Graders. Proof of dental exams for all 6th graders are due by May 15th. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Borzych at 847-821-8946.



Illinois 5Essentials Survey
Share your thoughts about how your child’s school is doing on the 5Essentials for school success. On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. District 96 will participate in the statewide 2020–21 5Essentials Survey to meet state legislation and the Board’s mandate. District 96 parents may voluntarily participate to complete the survey. ( Please select the Parent Survey and begin.
Beginning in February and through Apr. 2, students and teachers will complete their surveys to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. In District 96, students in grades 4–8 will complete their surveys on Mar. 19.
This survey is designed to help school and district leaders better understand the parent/school relationship. All responses are anonymous. Parents are asked to complete a survey for each student attending a Kildeer Countryside District 96 school. The survey will be open through Apr. 2, 2021. Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions ( and/or contact 5Essentials Client Services 866.440.1874.



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.