MAY / JUNE 2019


Principal: Mrs. Lynn Fisher

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Amy Veytsman

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This is the last regular monthly parent newsletter for the 2018-19 school year! With the last day of school on June 11, our students will be enjoying summer fun before too long. There will be a June Packet sent home on June 10 or June 11. This packet will have staff information, changes, celebrations and “over the summer” suggestions for IG families. Although it is fewer pages than this monthly newsletter, the information contained in the June packet is very important. Please do everything you can to send your child to school every day until the school year is over.

The week of May 6 we celebrate our staff. This is our Staff Appreciation Week. The PTC does some very nice things for all our teachers and support staff throughout the week. You can join in by sending your child's teacher(s) an email with some positive, supportive, comments about this last school year. Indian Grove has so many wonderful educators working with your child. We always love to get those proverbial pats on the back from others!

We have two wonderful staff members who will be retiring in June. These ladies have dedicated their careers to Indian Grove and District 26. We will miss them dearly but wish them to best of luck as they enter a new phase of their life. Our retiring staff members are Amy Duda, kindergarten teacher, and Rosa Carone, kindergarten assistant.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your child, our school, or our programs and events. My email is open 24/7!

Respectfully yours,

Mrs. Lynn Fisher



Wednesday - May 1 - IG Singers - 7:50 AM in RM 53

-Kindergarten Field Trip to Friendship Conservatory - Larson & Klawans

-4th Grade Art Club - 3:30 PM - 4:15 in Room 38

-Green Garden Club - 3:30 PM - 4:15 in Room 41

Thursday - May 2 - Late Arrival 9:25 AM
-GCSG Meeting - 3:30PM - 4:15 in Room 38

Saturday - May 4 -Incoming 6th Grade Band Sign Up 9AM-12PM at River Trails Middle School


Tuesday - May 7 - -3rd Grade Steam Club -Satovitz - 8 AM in RM 44

-Rhythm Ensemble - 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM in RM 53

-Birding Club - 3:30PM - 4:15 in Room 39

-Board Meeting - 7 PM at the Administration Center

Wednesday - May 8 -PTC Dads Do Recess

-5th Grade Art Club - 3:30 PM - 4:15 in Room 38

-Green Garden Club - 3:30 PM - 4:15 in Room 41

Thursday - May 9 - Late Arrival 9:25 AM

-PTC Dads Do Recess

Friday - May 10 - IG Singers - 7:50 am in RM 53

-PTC Dads Do Recess

Monday - May 13 -IG Dancers, Singers & Rhythm Ensemble 3:30-4:45 in Rm 53

-Family Reading Night - 7 PM in the LRC

-5th Grade Parent Orientation at River Trails Middle School 7:00 PM

Tuesday - May 14 - PTC Muffins with Moms 7:50 AM

-3rd Grade Chicago Trolley Field Trip

-IG Dancers, Singers & Rhythm Ensemble 3:30-4:45 in Rm 53

-Birding Club - 3:30PM - 4:15 in Room 39

Wednesday - May 15- PTC Muffins with Moms 7:50 AM

-1st Grade Purple Asparagus Program


-Green Garden Club - 3:30 PM - 4:15 in Room 41

-Spring Chorus Concert 2:15 PM & 7 PM in the Gym

Thursday - May 16 - Late Arrival 9:25 AM

Friday - May 17 - 4th & 5th Orchestra Concert 9 AM in the Gym

Monday - May 20 - 4th & 5th Orchestra students at Euclid

-Kindergarten Field Trip to Wagner Farms - Larson, Klawans & Duda

Tuesday - May 21 - Field Day Grades 1-4

-Kindergarten Field Trip to Wagner Farms - Miller & Frew

-Birding Club - 3:30PM - 4:15 in Room 39

Wednesday - May 22 - PTC Meeting 7 PM

-Green Garden Club - 3:30 PM - 4:15 in Room 41

Thursday - May 23 - Late Arrival 9:25 AM

Friday - May 24 - Talent Show

Monday - May 27 - MEMORIAL DAY - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday - May 28 - Field Day Rain Date

-Birding Club - 3:30PM - 4:15 in Room 39

Wednesday - May 29 - Green Garden Club - 3:30 PM - 4:15 in Room 41

Thursday - May 30 - Late Arrival 9:25 AM

Friday - May 31 -PTC Hamburger Day

Tuesday - June 3 - Late Arrival 9:25 AM

-5th Grade Outdoor Education at Sunrise Lake

Friday - June 7 -5th Grade Field Day

-5th Grade Auction

Monday - June 10 -5th Outing with Euclid

Tuesday - June 11 -Last Day of School~Early Dismissal at 1:30 PM (lunch will be served)

-5th Grade Class Celebration 9:30 am in the Gym


The Last Day of School is Tuesday, June 11, 2019. STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED AT 1:30. Lunch WILL be served at school on this day. A final packet of information will be sent home to parents. This packet will contain important information about our summer reading programs and other information to keep your child learning over the summer months. It will also have some information about the start of the 2019-20 school year. All information in this packet will also be posted on our website shortly after June 11th.

Planning for 2019-2020

Below is some important information for parents regarding the next school year.

  • Students will be informed of their homeroom teacher for 2019-20 school year via US mail or email this summer if the online registration is complete.
  • We will not have a “meet your teacher” time this June. All students will get a chance to see the rooms and meet the teachers for next year’s grade level later this month.
  • There will be a wealth of information in the packet sent home the last week of school.
  • Please check your emails and contact the school if you have further questions about next year.

Students Honored by the Illinois Principals Association

Each year, two fifth grade students are invited to a recognition breakfast in March at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights. This breakfast is sponsored by the IPA or Illinois Principals Association and strives to honor students who are hard workers, have great character and are role models for others. Students from 5th, 8th and 12th grade, the exit years, are invited to the event by school administrators.

This year, two fifth graders were recognized by the IPA for their outstanding work in our Grover Community Service Group. Eleni Russo and Ana Spillson have worked tirelessly resurrecting the Grover Mail system at our school. The give up their own lunch and recess time in order to pick up and deliver pieces of mail sent to others within the school. We are very proud of their effort, ingenuity, and dedication to helping students interact appropriately with others through our mail system. Congratulations to Ana and Eleni for a job well done!

Parent Teacher Council at Indian Grove

On behalf of the Indian Grove staff I would like to thank all the members of our Indian Grove PTC Board for their efforts and support in making this year a most memorable one. The efforts to enrich our children’s education do not go unnoticed. I would also like to extend a special thank you for a job well done to Mrs. Fahey and Mrs. Quach who served as co-presidents. Under their leadership, our PTC has continued to be an important part of our school community benefiting our children.

Field Days

This year Field Day for grades 1-4 will be on Tuesday, May 21st and 5th grade will have their Field Day on June 7th. During this special event, the students will participate in a variety of activities and games. Since all students will be outside for the entire 2 hour event, please make sure that the students are dressed appropriately for the weather. We also ask that each student bring a water bottle with their name on it for this event. We will have water jugs in the field for them to refill their bottles. If the weather is inclement on this day, the make up day will be held on Tuesday, May 28th. thank you for your cooperation.

Plan Ahead!

In order to better prepare for the 2019-20 school year, we need your help!

If you are moving or transferring your children to another school in the fall, please contact Indian Grove School. Enrollment figures help in planning class size, ordering of materials and staffing needs.

Please call the school office or send an email to school administration if you are not returning to District #26 in August of 2019.

A Great Pitcher or a Bad Hitter?

Reprinted with permission from Michael Josephson and Character Counts©

When Ron gave his 7-year-old son Nick his first ball and bat, Nick wanted to play immediately. Ron said, “Son, baseball’s a serious game. You have to practice before you can play well.”

The boy went outside and began throwing the ball high in the air and swinging at it over and over.

After an hour, he came in and said, “Dad, can we play now?”

Ron followed him outside and said, “Okay, show me what you can do.”

Nick tossed the ball above him, took a mighty swing, and missed. “Strike one,” he said enthusiastically. He did it again and missed again. “Strike two!”

Ron said, “Concentrate, Son. Remember, three strikes and you’re out.”

The boy tossed the ball a third time and swung so hard he fell to the ground after hitting nothing but air. Ron winced, but Nick had a triumphant grin.

“Why are you happy?” Ron asked.

“‘Cause I’m great at pitching!”

You have to love Nick’s attitude. He may not turn out to be a good hitter, but he’s likely to lead a happy life. What’s more, he’ll probably bring warmth and cheer into the lives of others because an attitude like his is contagious.

Pessimists might think people like Nick delude themselves by looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. Yet Nick’s world is just as he sees it. His decision to view himself as a successful pitcher instead of a bad hitter will not only make him happier, it may even contribute to his success.

It’s not easy, but if we develop the wisdom to treat frustrations and failures as empowering experiences and generate the strength to let go of self-destructive resentments and grudges, our lives will be filled with a lot more sunshine.

Come Join Our Team!

The Indian Grove School Improvement Team (S.I.T.) for the 2019/2020 school year is looking for a new parent member. The team is made up of teachers, staff, and administration from Indian Grove School. S.I.T. plays a vital role in the occurrences in and around Indian Grove. The team is involved with issues in the areas of curriculum, student performance, budget, school policy, professional development, and overall school improvement. We meet about 6-8 times per year at 8:00 a.m. usually on Wednesdays. If you are interested in joining, please call Mrs. Fisher at (847) 298-1976 or email her at lfisher@rtsd26.org for further information.


Please mark your calendars for the monthly Purple Asparagus program. Once a month, the 1st graders will learn about nutrition and healthy eating. The dates and topics of each Purple Asparagus class during the year are:

· May 15 – Berries

We are looking for Purple Asparagus volunteers for next year! If you are currently the parent/guardian of a kindergarten student, contact Sandy Lencioni if you'd like to volunteer in the classrooms next year. Her email is scummings54@yahoo.com.

Preschool Screenings Information

RTSD26 will offer preschool screenings to all District 3 and 4 year olds suspected of having a developmental delay. In addition, we will also be screening students to see if they are eligible for the ECDEC preschool program and our Bilingual Spanish Preschool program. To be eligible for these programs, families must meet specific criteria, such as speaking a second language in the home, income level, or other criteria that can be explained to you at the screening.

If you are concerned that your child has a delay in vision, hearing, motor, speech, language, cognition and/or social functioning, call 224- 612-7308 to set up a screening time. All screenings are done by appointment only and take place at Parkview. Screenings are held on Thursdays and are once a month through April.

If you are unsure if your child is developing appropriately, please consult with your child's preschool teacher or pediatrician for advice. The Center for Disease Control offers the following information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

Your child must be at least 3 years old at the time of screening. Screenings are staffed by educational professionals and therapists who will make recommendations for further action to parents. All screenings are at Indian Grove and by appointment only. Translation services are available. To make an appointment in Spanish, please call Mrs. Perez or Mrs. Santiago at 224-612-7402

Board of Education

Your district’s Board of Education meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held either at a school or the Education Service Center (ESC), 1900 East Kensington Road, Mount Prospect. The ESC is the administration center adjacent to Park View School. At one of the semi-monthly meetings, an education report is presented. These reports highlight something special happening in the district.

You are cordially invited to attend, ask questions, and learn about the district. Copies of the Board’s agendas and minutes are posted on the district’s web site at http://www.rtsd26.org. Please contact the Superintendent’s office (847) 297-4120 x 7301 for information concerning Board meetings.

If you want a Board member to contact you, please call the Superintendent’s office and leave your name and telephone number. A Board member will return your call.

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