ELC Principal Newsletter

August 2021 Newsletter - Back to School Edition

ELC Back to School Information!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

I hope you all had a restful and fun summer. We are excited to welcome our students back to school on Tuesday, August 24th in person. We are thrilled to partner with our families and have a safe and productive school year. Please know our staff and myself are here to help and support you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to discuss any questions or concerns throughout the school year.

*Per Governor Pritzker's executive order and Dr. Hunt's communication to our community, our staff and students will be required to wear masks to begin the school year. We will implement mitigation strategies that were in place in the spring.

*School Hours:

Morning Session 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session 12:05 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Wednesday Early Dismissal 2:10 p.m.

Dual Language Kindergarten Hours at ELC
Regular: 8:00 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Wednesday Early Release: 1:10 p.m.

*Our office hours during the school year are 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. If your child needs to be absent, please contact the school office at (224) 770-4300 or you may enter your child’s absence through the parent portal instead. If you need to pick up your child or come into the school for any other reason, please bring a picture ID or any other acceptable form of ID for safety purposes.

*Classroom placements will be available in Infinite Campus after 5pm on Friday, August 6th.

Our teachers and staff return to the ELC on August 18th and will welcome you and begin their communication with you. We will be setting up our Seesaw application as the primary communication platform for our school. As we approach the first day of school, I will send updates as needed through Infinite Campus and Seesaw.

Take care,

Ms. Michelle

Transportation - Important Information

Barrington Transportation Company stated that routes should be available for parents/caregivers to view starting the week of August 9th. Please review your Ride 360 app for further information. If you need any help, please contact the main office at 224-770-4300.

All students were provided with transportation. If you would like to decline transportation service and will be transporting your child to and from ELC, please email or call Arely Gamez (ELC admin assistant) at agamez@barrington220.org & 224-770-4300.

If you would like to request Alternate Transportation from a daycare provider or another location within Barrington 220 district boundaries, please request that directly at: https://bit.ly/3j4DVPA.

Meet the Teacher

Our Meet the Teacher will be the following dates and times. Please use this time to drop off school supplies listed below and meet your child's teacher. This will be an informal open house for parents to view their child's classroom. All visitors at the ELC will be required to wear masks per guidance from Governor Pritzker.

*We will also limit guests to 1 caregiver/parent & ELC student to help with congestion.

Monday, August 23rd

  • 9:00-10:00 AM Preschool
  • 10:30-11:30 AM Dual Language Kindergarten (Families with last names A-L 10:30 & Families with last names M-Z 11:00)
  • 12:30-1:30 PM Preschool

School Supplies

Preschool Supply List

  • Backpack
  • Bike Helmet with student’s name
  • One set of clothes in a ziploc bag with student’s name
  • If needed, Diapers or Pull-up Diapers in a bag with student’s name
  • *Teachers may request other items once they return on August 18th*

Dual Language Kindergarten Supply List

Important Dates Coming Up

  • August 6th: Classroom placements released in Infinite Campus after 5pm

  • August 23rd: Meet the Teacher at ELC

  • August 24th: First day of School for Preschool and Kindergarten

  • August 27th: No School for Preschool students / Screening Day #1

  • September 6th: Labor Day / No School for all students

  • September 17th: No School for Preschool students / Screening Day #2

  • Week of September 20th: District 220 Safety Week

  • September 22nd: Back to School Night

  • October 1st: No School for Preschool students / Screening Day #3

  • October 13th & 14th: Parent Teacher Conferences

  • October 15th: No School for all students

  • November 4th: Fall Picture Day

  • November 5th: Inservice Day / No School for all students

  • November 24- November 26th: Thanksgiving Break

  • December 2nd: Fall Picture Retakes

  • December 23- January 6th: Winter Break