Principal's Message - September 15, 2021

TGIF…Twin Groves it’s Friday! 

Tik Tok Challenge- Parents Please Read    
There is a current Tik Tok challenge that has been going viral. The challenge is called Devious Licks. The Tik Tok videos are showing students in numerous schools destroying school property, primarily in the bathrooms. They are stealing soap dispensers, soap, signs, sink and faucet handles, etc. 
Please note that destruction of school property is considered a felony.
Unfortunately this has been happening at Twin Groves.
For any student involved, there will be disciplinary actions taken, 
Please discuss this with your children and make them aware of the severity of this challenge and the disrespect that students are showing towards the school. I appreciate your support.


PTO Special Lunch Committee Members
The Twin Groves PTO is looking for Special Lunch Committee Members. There are MANY opportunities to get involved from home. There are many aspects of Special Lunch that do not require parents to be present at school during the  lunch hours. 
Please reach out to Jessica Barnes at [email protected] or Keri Lynch at [email protected] if you are interested.



What’s Happening at Twin Groves?
In 6th grade Spanish, students have been studying and practicing greetings and farewells.  We have studied cognates and will be starting the alphabet.
In 7th grade Spanish, students have been working on interpretive listening skills through the theme of school and telling time.
In 8th grade Spanish, students have been working on the theme of weather.  We worked on our interpretive listening and reading skills and will be practicing speaking on this theme too.

The band classes are fun and students are learning. We are meeting every other day and seeing good results. The band classes after school have been meeting on a regular basis and sounding much better. Students are getting into the routine of their band schedule.

Orchestra is off to a great start this year! It is SO nice to have the students playing together in-person!

6th Grade Orchestra students are currently reviewing scales and starting to play from their new books. 7th Grade Orchestra is reviewing rhythms and learning how to play harmonics to help prepare them for shifting. 8th Grade Orchestra is currently reviewing 2 octave scales.

For those students that have signed up for ILMEA, auditions will be taking place virtually this year. Students will be recording videos and submitting them for their auditions by Monday, October 4th. If students pass through the audition, they will attend an in-person festival on Saturday, November 6th from 8am-12pm (Location TBD). Students who are auditioning for ILMEA should check the Schoology group for more information.   


Fall Conferences
The Family/Educator conference dates are Thursday, October 7th from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM and Friday, October 8th from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.
We will be using Meet the Teacher as an electronic sign up for conferences. A School Messenger email will be sent to families on Monday, September 20th at 6:00PM with a link to sign up for conferences.
Conferences will be held over Zoom unless parents request an in-person conference using the instructions below. Principals will share a document containing all the staff Zoom links with parents on Wednesday, October 6th at 2PM. 
After selecting the teachers you want to conference with and choosing a time for the conference(s), Meet the Teacher will prompt you to save the appointment and ask if you want to add a message for the teacher. If you want to have an in-person conference with the teachers, you must notify the teachers via this messaging feature (see picture below).

6th Grade parents will sign up for one, 10 minute time slot with their child’s 2nd period teacher.
7th Grade parents will sign up for one, 10 minute time slot with their child’s 1st period teacher.
8th Grade parents will sign up for one, 10 minute time slot with their child’s 1st period teacher.

If parents would like, they will also be able to sign up for a conference with their child’s PE, Health, Exploratory, and Spanish teachers.


Thought Exchange Partnership
Please see the information below regarding the District’s Thought Exchange Partnership. If you are interested in joining, please reach out to Lubna Andrabi.
Lubna Andrabi
Community Parent Liaison
[email protected]
Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96
1050 Ivy Hall Ln., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
847.459.4260, ext. 8136

To share information with parents regarding district goals and initiatives, curricular and instructional
innovations, programs and other informational topics. (i.e. District Goals, MAP and PARCC
To review school board or school code required topics (i.e. Handbook, Discipline Policy, Grants,
To understand parent perceptions and solicit feedback on school district topics to assist the
district in communication and planning.

Membership is open to everyone and there is no term limit.

Committee Composition Includes:
● Parent members-at-large for each school and an additional PTO representative.
● One special education district representative.
● One ELL district representative.
● One Bilingual district representative.
● One Board of Education representative and alternate.
● One representative appointed by the Board of Education.
● Teacher Representative(s) – to be invited based on agenda topic.
● Administrative Representative(s) – to be invited based on agenda topic.

Roles of the Members:
1. Active participant sharing opinions, questions, suggestions and feedback in positive ways
2. Act as district ambassadors to promote the district in the community
3. Direct other parents to the appropriate district personnel and resources as needed
4. Invite other parents to attend district sponsored meetings and events including identified TEP meetings

Administrative Chairperson: Mrs. Jeanne Spiller, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
Community Parent Liaison: Lubna Andrabi

Examples of Potential Discussion Topics:
Topics Aligned with current District goals Discipline Procedures/Student Handbook/Bully Plan
Communication Norms Transition to Middle School and High School
PARCC/School Report Card Data District Committee Reports
MAP Testing/Growth Data/Goal Setting District Communication with Stakeholders
Health/Wellness/Social Emotional D96 Learning Targets
Collaboration between Stevenson and D96 Common Core Standards and Assessments
Transition to Middle School and High School

TEP meetings- 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Thursdays via Zoom:
October 21, 2021; November 11, 2021; January 13, 2022; February 17, 2022; April 21, 2022; May 19, 2022


NEW *Covid Metrics*
To stay up-to-date this school year on local metrics, please visit the COVID DASHBOARD for District 96. Our priority remains to keep our students safe and follow guidance from the CDC. If your student is identified as a "close contact", you will be notified individually through the contact tracing process. 



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.