Principal's Message - March 31, 2021

TGIF…Twin Groves it’s Friday! 
There will be no school on April 5th or April 6th. 
Classes will resume on Wednesday, April 7th.

Please see these following links:
Calendar LINK
Superintendent Message LINK

REMINDER- DAILY SELF CERTIFICATION is a requirement for in-person attendance
To access the required Daily Self-Certification Form, you need to log into TeacherEase EACH MORNING 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).


What’s Happening at Twin?
The 6th graders have been reviewing numbers and then they will be studying food. 
The 7th graders and 8th graders will be reviewing family and learning possessive adjectives.

Band students have been recording their favorite movie, musical, or entertainment themed songs. We hope to send out a compilation of these recordings to band families next week. 

All students are working on their SMART music curriculum. Students should have finished 2 levels of SMART music by this time. Our goal for the month of April is to have all students finish up to 2 ½ levels and that will help them be ready to finish the yearly goal in May of 3 levels or one full year of curriculum work completed. Ask your student how they are doing on the leveled curriculum? If they have not reached these levels they need to practice. 
6th Grade students are working on playing 10 one octave major scales, they have started book 2, and are preparing themselves for the Honor Band Audition which will be given during the months of April and May. 
7th Grade students are continuing to work through book 2, learning how to write melodies for their instrument, and working on subdivision in all time signatures. Percussion students are working through the 40 rudiments.
8th Grade students are working on writing melodies, playing through the pentatonic, blues, and soon the “church” mode scales. (Dorian, phrygian, and mixolydian) Percussion students are working through the 40 rudiments.

6th Grade orchestra students have been delving into increased use of harmonics on our instruments, as well as new scales (F Major & B flat Major). One of these new scales is featured in a new piece they are working on, called Turkish March. They are also exploring the use of vibrato, and have been encouraged to use it in their full orchestra piece - Finale (from Serenade for Strings). 

7th Grade orchestra students have now been introduced to the concept of minor keys and are currently working on the A minor scale. Students are also continuing work on their orchestra piece Blue Rhythmico, as well as more complex rhythmic patterns (dotted 8th + 16th note motives).

8th Grade orchestra students are developing the ability to quickly identify key signatures, relative minors of major keys, and exploring more advanced minor keys (d minor currently) on their instrument. 8th graders are also hard at work with their orchestra piece Blue Rhythmico, and are preparing for another virtual concert.


8th Grade REMOTE Students ONLY- Materials Pick Up
Twin Groves will have science materials pick up for items that are necessary for class instruction. This applies to 8th grade full remote students only. 
In person students will receive their materials during class.

Science Kit for Trimester 3

Tuesday, April 6th from 7:30-2:30 PM (please note-students do not have no school...material pick up will be available)
Wednesday, April 7th from 7:30 AM- 3:30 PM
Thursday, April 8th from 7:30 AM- 3:30 PM
Friday, April 9th from 7:30 AM- 3:30 PM

Materials will be used by students on Monday, April 12th so please plan accordingly. 

Pick-Up Details & 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. 
Please wear a mask when picking up materials. 
There is no need to enter the building for anything. 
Please take ONE science kit. 



After successfully submitting your student’s 2021–22 registration, you will receive an itemized receipt by email promptly that lists the total charge, including required fees and optional donations, if any, that you chose to make.

Please do not refute the charge. It will result in a chargeback fee for your family.

If you select the credit card payment option when paying 2021–22 registration fees, look for either of the following identifying description labels on your credit card statement: POWERSCHOOL MD 512375–4514 or PB POWERSCHOOL. District 96 registration charges are not described with the District or school name.

Also, be advised that some banks code this transaction as a donation.

If you have questions, please refer to your registration receipt and/or contact the public info coordinator [email protected]



*NEW* Attendance Procedures for In-Person Students 
With the change to five days of in-person learning for all students beginning April 12th, the expectation is that students will attend in-person unless the student is under quarantine/isolation or is home ill. If for some reason your child needs to attend school remotely instead of in-person on a given day, attendance procedures are changing to state that the child’s parent/guardian will need to contact the school office prior to the start of the school day.


Keeping students (and siblings) home due to symptoms
Per the IDPH COVID-19 School Exclusion Guidance, if any household member is showing any one of the symptoms listed below, all siblings must stay home from school. Please let the school office know when calling for attendance if your child is staying home due to illness, even if the student is participating remotely. 

The symptoms in which a student must stay home due to COVID-19 protocols are: fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause.



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 twingroves pto.membership


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.


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.