Principal's Message - October 21, 2021

TGIF…Twin Groves it’s Friday! 

Please Tuesday, October 26th is an early release. Students will be dismissed at 1:30PM.


New *Attendance at School*

Attendance is one of the most powerful predictors of academic achievement and having your student in their seat, ready to learn for the entire school day will benefit them, their classmates, and our whole school community. Let’s work together to make sure your child has great attendance and can get the most out of their learning opportunities this school year.


We know that there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns to transportation challenges. There are many people in our building prepared to help you if you or your student face challenges in getting to school regularly or on time. We promise to track attendance daily, to notice when your student is missing from class, communicate with you to understand why they were absent, and to identify barriers and supports available to overcome challenges you may face in helping your student attend school. Our parent handbook reflects legislative updates from the state and is ready for you to review.


We miss your student when they are not at school as we value their contributions to our school community. If your student is going to be absent, please contact the school in advance. If an absence was unplanned, please contact the school please contact the school office as soon as possible.


-Send your child to school unless they are truly sick, such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, contagious rash or showing any other COVID like symptoms.

-Avoid appointments and travel when school is in session.

-Keep track of your child’s attendance.

Set a regular bedtime and morning routine (including limiting how late your child may use any electronic devices) and finish homework and pack backpacks the night before.

-Have a back-up plan for getting to school in case something comes up (this could be alternative bus routes, roads, or a plan with family members, neighbors, or other parents).

-Communicate with the school about how we can work together to support your child’s attendance.


-If your child has five unexcused absences we will reach out via phone and follow up with an email.

-If your child has seven unexcused absences we will schedule a conference with you and your child to create a student success plan and help continued supports.

-After 10 days of unexcused absences, and our supports and interventions haven’t helped get your student to school consistently, we are required to file a petition and you will be notified by formal letter that the case will be forwarded to the truancy department and the Lake County ROE, alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010, Illinois’s mandatory attendance law.

Excused: Medical appointment, illness, quarantine, death in the family, mental health day, religious holiday
Unexcused: Most other reasons for absence including vacation, sporting event, missing the bus, sleeping in. or special occasions.


Spirit Week for Red Ribbon Week!
Please click HERE to read more.
Oct. 25- Wear Red
Oct 26- Tie Dye Day
Oct 27- Hat Day
Oct. 28- Pajama Day
Oct 29- Halloween Costumes
All Spirit Week attire, including Halloween Costumes, should follow the D96 dress code.
No masks or full face paint will be allowed at school.
No weapons or other props.
Students should be able to sit comfortably in their costumes during the school day.

Lake County STEM for Girls
Please see below for more information.



Law Enforcement Safety Drill
On October 28th, Twin Groves will be conducting a Law Enforcement Safety Drill. Students will be evacuating the building during the drill. If the weather does not cooperate, we will reschedule the drill and communicate the rescheduled drill date.

In compliance with the New Safety Drill Act, parents have the right to exempt their child from the Law Enforcement Drill.
If you do not wish your child to participate in the Law Enforcement Safety Drill, please contact Jessica Barnes at [email protected]  If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in the drill.


Attention Students Interested in Trying Out for Boys Basketball
In order to try out, all students must have a current physical on file with the nurse.
Please check with the school nurse to see if you have a physical on file.
Students will NOT be allowed to try out without a current physical.


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.