Principal's Message - April 21, 2021

4/23/21

TGIF…Twin Groves it’s Friday! 
Please note...Students will NOT be attending school in person or remotely on Friday, April 30th. There will be asynchronous activities for all the students in the morning. 
At the end of the day on April 29th, students will receive information in their Schoology lunch course with their asynchronous activities for the morning of the 30th.

Please see the calendar.
 

 

Staff Appreciation- WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!! 
The Twin Groves PTO and I are planning for our annual Staff Appreciation week.
We would love your help to make the week special for our amazing staff at Twin Groves. We are looking for gift card donations and specific pre-packaged snack donations. All donations will need to be delivered to Twin by Thursday, April 29th at 3:00PM. 
Please head over to Membership Toolkit and sign up to donate.
Thank you in advance!
 

 

8th Grade Graduation
Twin Groves Middle School is excited to honor our graduating 8th grade class with an outdoor ceremony. The ceremony will be held in 2 groups the evening of June 2nd.  Based on last names, there will be 2 ceremonies held at 5:00pm and 6:30pm. Students with the last name starting with A-L will be at 5:00pm and students with the last name starting with M-Z will be at 6:30pm. 

More details, including inclement weather plans, will be shared in the Principal’s Message on April 30th.
 

 

What’s Happening at Twin?

PE: During the month of April and into May we will continue with our Cardio fitness days.  Due to the weather Cardio days have only been once a week however as the weather warms up fitness days will be twice a week.  Our activity days will also be moving to outside as the weather improves.  During our activity days the students will participate in football, soccer, basketball, kickball and pickleball.  Also just a reminder that the students remember to bring warm clothes with them.  


Health: This rotation the 6th graders have begun working on reviewing the human body systems and how they interact with each other.  In addition, we have studied human growth and development so they have a better understanding of the changes going on in their bodies.  Seventh grade students have been busy learning drug education here in the BG/Lincolnshire area.  Students completed a research project on a specific drug and shared them out with their classmates.  We also had Officer Essig from the BGPD in to discuss drug awareness and the consequences of their actions.  Eighth graders have been busy studying about communicable and noncommunicable diseases.  We have looked at COVID and its impact in addition to cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.  Students created a project that culminated in either creating an app, webpage or pamphlet.


Art: We just finished our first projects and I was thrilled with the results!  All grades are now working with the watercolor supplies they received in their kits.  

6th graders will be learning about the color wheel, how to create colors and how they related to each other. They will also learn how to mix tints & shades.  7th graders will be creating a landscape using knowledge of opacity, texture, detail, and layering to create depth.  8th graders will be learning about typography, typefaces, fonts, and layout & composition in order to paint a favorite quote.  

Music: This month students have been working on getting to know the musical staff by using several software programs related to music theory. We finished the rhythm unit which helped to prepare us for melody. We will be shifting to our performing target, so hopefully, you will begin to hear your children practicing on their instruments. Next week, we will continue working on melody and we will start composition in our Breezin Thru program. We have also been doing some listening to different pieces and working on our “analyzing and describing skills” using musical terminology.


The Art of Science and Living: The 7th and 8th grade students have been focused on making informed decisions using nutrition labels and facts. Students looked at a variety of labels and identified healthy choices. Later this month students will be learning how to be safe in the kitchens and keep our food safe when preparing and storing. They will also complete a mini unit on consumerism. They will look at how to make purchases using informative decision making procedures. Sixth grade has finished writing their resumes. We introduced basic money management skills and vocabulary. This week  students started their sewing projects. 

 

 

After School- Parent Pick Up
To ensure timely and safe student pick-up at the end of the day, please follow these guidelines:
 
- As you pull into the line, pull up as far as possible and as near as you can to the car in front of you.  This will help keep traffic off Buffalo Grove Road and it will keep the entrance clear for busses.
- Wait in line.  Please do not pull around cars that are waiting.  This presents a safety risk for drivers and pedestrian students.
- Slowly process through the pick up line.  Drive safely as you process through the line and exit.
- Do not pull into the parking lot (where the busses pull in) to park and wait for your student.  We cannot see behind the parked busses, that is not an expected student pick-up area, and we have to be sure students depart safely.

 

 

MAP and IAR Assessments
Families of remote learners who wish to change their assessment survey answers should contact Jeanne Spiller, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, at [email protected] by Monday, 4/26. After Monday 4/26, there will be no more adjustments made.

MAP: Dates for In-Person and Remote Students

Monday 5/3: Grade 6

Tuesday 5/4: Grade 6

Friday 5/7: Grades 7, and 8

Monday 5/10: Grades  7, and 8


In-person students will have the same arrival and dismissal times as they normally would and complete the assessment as a part of the typical school day.

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Remote students coming to test in-person will follow the schedule below and rejoin their classes via Zoom once they return home..


Middle School

Arrival: 8:00

Dismissal: 10:45 

 

IAR: Dates for In-Person and Remote Students

Monday 5/24: Grades 6-8

Tuesday 5/25: Grades 6-8

Wednesday 5/26: Grades 6-8


In-person students will have the same arrival and dismissal times as they normally would and will complete the assessment as a part of the typical school day.
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Remote students coming to test in-person will follow the schedule below and rejoin their classes via Zoom once they return home. The dismissal time is different on Wednesday because the third English Language Arts test is shorter.


Middle School

Monday 5/24 and Tuesday 5/25                

Arrival: 8:00                

Dismissal: 11:15    

        

Middle School

Wednesday 5/26

Arrival: 8:00

Dismissal: 10:15
 

 


Make Lunch Plans
Parents, please help.... With many more students learning in person in KCSD96 schools, it's essential that parents place their students' free meal preorders by 6 PM on Thursday in the week before. Preordering instructions. Questions? Contact [email protected]

ALSO, please remind your students of the meal choices you preordered, so the meals they request at lunchtime are the meal options that you preordered for them. Thank you!

 

 


Stuff the Squad: Food Drive

Please help out by stuffing our squad with donations! The Buffalo Grove Police Department is hosting a food drive to benefit the food pantries that have served so many of our residents in times of need. Alongside donating food, please feel free to donate cleaning products, hygiene products, diapers, and cooking essentials. Please bring in donations to the Twin Groves Main Office no later than May 6th.

Suggested/Needed Items: 
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Cereal
Canned Tomatoes
Canned Fruit
Canned Chilli
Canned Meat/Tuna
Boxed Potatoes
Vegetable Soup/Other types of soup
Pasta/Pasta Sauce
Rice
Beans (not green)
Mac and Cheese
Mayonnaise
Diapers
Hygiene Products
Cleaning Products
Cooking Essentials

 

 


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. https://www.teacherease.com/common/login.aspx

This VIDEO gives instructions, including how to access the daily self-certification form using your cell phone (iOS or android).
https://vimeo.com/465127686


 


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. Access the Daily Announcements.