North Barrington Colt Communicator

From Dr. Lisa West, Principal - 9/17/2021

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Great Things at NBS - #ColtPride

Dear North Barrington Families,

This week brought to us another great week of learning. It also brought us Shield testing, field trips, and our first general PTO meeting. Thank you to all of you for your support of our in person learning.

The week of September 20th will be our Safety week. Below are the links to the videos that will be shared with you by our District. I am including them below so that you have additional access. Please also note, our teachers will be addressing each drill in the classroom as appropriate.

The Run, Hide, and Fight Drill is ONLY for our 4th and 5th graders. Please do not watch this video for children in K-3 grades. Please also note that on Thursday, we will only be practicing the lockdown drill. At that time, we will have law enforcement support. So, if you drive by North you will notice the Lake County Sheriff's presence. Please know it is for our drill.

I have also added to the newsletter a Stem Spotlight section from Mrs. Thurston. This week's Spotlight focuses on our First grade STEM bootcamp.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding your child's learning experience at North Barrington Elementary School, please feel free to contact me at 847-304-4870 or

Enjoy your weekend,


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This week, first grade classes (Koob, Maxey, and Powell) had their first STEM boot camp! That means they attended STEM every day. The topic of the week was Robots! Through discussions, videos and hands-on activities, students learned how robots are different from humans, how to communicate instructions in step-by-step order, how to program robots, and how to debug a program when it has a mistake.

On Monday, students “programmed” each other through mazes they made by communicating step-by-step instructions. On Tuesday and Wednesday, students learned to program the Blue-Bot robot and Robot Mouse through mazes. These two robots are similar in the way they are programmed. On Thursday, students learned to program Dash the robot by putting program tiles in a sequence to get Dash to do what they wanted. Finally, on Friday, students learned to program the Ozobot robot. It was a fun week of learning about robots. If you have a student in one of these classes, ask them about any of these robots and how they are programmed!

Shield Testing Information

North Barrington's 1st Shield Testing was held on Wednesday, September 15th. If you are still interested in opting out your child, please email Jody Carroll in the office ( A new opt out form will need to be sent to your parent portal of Infinite Campus. It is very important that you go through each step and click submit in order to complete the process. We had some opt out forms started but not fully completed.

If you have trouble with the process, please call the office. We will put an identifier on your child's ID card so they are not tested. Then we can work to get the information into IC. Additionally, please note that the timeframe to process the opt out forms is now 7 days.

Masks & Water Bottles

We are requesting that you please send extra masks for your child to keep in their backpack. This will ensure they have an additional mask if they need to switch to a different one later in the day.

Also, your child should bring a refillable water bottle to school each day. The bottle filling features are working but the drinking fountains are closed due to Covid.

Thank you.

SAVE THE DATE! - NBS Fall Family Flick is BACK!

NBS is proud to bring back the annual Fall Family Flick for students and their families to come and enjoy an evening under the stars full of entertainment.

When: October 1st (rain check date October 8th)

Band Performance begins at 7pm, Movie starts at 8pm

Where: NBS Soccer Field, parking at Miller Rd. lot only please
Reservations required:

We will be enjoying a rock band performance from student performers from the Barrington School of Rock. Come listen to pop and classic rock favorites and play on the playground before the feature movie presentation begins.

Students of NBS will be voting on a movie selection as we near the date of the event. We are excited to include these amazing students in the process of these events when possible.

We are excited to share that we will be selling Little Caesars cheese or pepperoni pizzas (full size) for $10. Please reserve and pre-pay for the quantity that your family would like to reserve and they will be available and ready for pickup at the event. Save time and energy by having dinner ready for you there! Reserve and purchase your pizza here

Attendance is complimentary, we encourage you to bring the entire family. Please bring blankets and weather appropriate clothing to ensure you are comfortable during the event. Bring beverages and snacks of your choice but kindly ensure that you discard the items in the recycling or trash bins before you leave.

We can't wait to see you there! Questions, contact Jackie Kardesh at


The purpose of our safety week is to allow time for us to talk about the ways we keep our students at North Barrington safe as well as complete the state mandated drills. At the end of safety week, we will have completed all our drills. If you have any questions about Safety Week, please feel free to contact the school or Mr. Austin Johnson, Director of Safety and Security for Barrington schools.

District 220's safety week will be the week of September 20th. Once again, District 220 is sharing safety videos to our families. Teachers will in turn share them and talk about them in their classrooms. Below are the events we have scheduled for NBS:

Monday, September 20 - Safety week kick off

Tuesday, September 21 - Weather Emergency - Tornado Drill VIDEO- 9:00 - 9:30

Wednesday, September 22 - Lockdown Drill - 1:00 pm

Thursday, September 23 - Fire Drill with Wauconda Fire Department - 9:30 - 10:00

Friday, September 24 - Bus Evacuation Drills throughout the day

Please use the Safety Week button below to access the District videos as well as Healthy checklists that tie to our curriculum.

Barrington 220 Safety Week Videos

Please click on the button. Click present. Click on the day of the week to access the video for that day. Please DO NOT show the Run, Hide, Fight video to K-3 grade students.

Illinois School Safety Drill Act

Lockdown Drills

As required by the Illinois School Safety Drill Act (105 ILCS 128/20), during each academic year, schools must conduct a law enforcement lockdown drill. This drill shall be no later than 90 days after the first day of each school year.

Law enforcement lockdown drills must be conducted on days and times when students are normally present in the school building and must involve participation from all school personnel and students present at school at the time of the lockdown drill. The appropriate local law enforcement agency shall observe the administration of the lockdown drill.

Also required by the Illinois Safety Drill Act, we must notify you about the upcoming law enforcement lockdown drill and provide an opportunity for you to opt your child out of the drill.

The law enforcement lockdown drill will take place at North Barrington Elementary School on 9/22 at 1:00 pm. If you wish your student to be exempted from the law enforcement lockdown drill, please contact Mrs. Noreen McAllister at


At the beginning of the year, our 2nd through 5th graders completed the NWEA - MAP test. Student progress reports will be shared with families on September 23rd. They will be sent home in an envelope with a letter explaining the results.

Please check your child's take home folder for this important information.

If you do not receive the results, please contact the office.


Please open this link for a message from our librarian, Mrs. Wendy Settles.

September Lunch Menu

Please find the lunch menu here. Additionally, we are also serving breakfast each morning.


September 20 - 24 SAFETY WEEK

September 20 - Opening Day of Safety Week; Chess Club 2:45; BASA Soccer 5:15 - 6:15

September 21 - Tornado Drill 9:30 am; Running Club (K-2) 2:45 pm

September 21 - BASA Hamilton Team Soccer 5:15 - 6:15

September 22- Lockdown drill - 1:00 pm with Lake County Sheriff

September 23- 4th to Prairie - 8:30 - 12:30; 9:00 Fire Drill; MAP progress reports sent home

September 24 - Bus Evacuation Drills throughout the day; PTO Fundraiser begins!

September 27- Chess Club 2:45 - 3:45; 5:15 BASA Saunders Team Soccer; Cub Scouts 6-7:45 pm

September 28 - Running Club (K-2) 2:45; 5:15 BASA Hamilton Team Soccer;

September 29 - Kindergarten Field Trip - 8:45 - 1:45

September 30 - Running Club (3-5) 2:45; BASA Fitzpatrick Team Soccer 5:15

OCTOBER 1 - SAVE THE DATE for PTO Concert and Movie Night

North Barrington Elementary School

North Barrington Elementary School is one of eight elementary schools in the Barrington 220 School District. Our school serves K-5 grade students. The original North Barrington Elementary School opened in 1946, consolidating five one-room schoolhouses in the area. At the time of the school's dedication, it was heralded as a 'school for the motor age' because of special design features that accommodated students arriving by car and bus. Fifty years later, voters approved a referendum to rebuild North Barrington at the same sight.