Sunny Hill April Newsletter

Dr. Cynthia Armendáriz-Maxwell, Principal

April Important Dates

1 - Virtual STEM Night from 6:00-7:00pm

2 - No School - Good Friday

9 - BPAC Parent University

14 - BPAC Parent University

15 - 5th Grade Counselor Visits via Zoom

26 - 5th Graders visit Station/Prairie for a tour (in-person and virtually)

27 - Picture Day (tentative)


Clubs and Activities

GEMS Club - Mondays at 3:00pm

Creative Drama Club - Mondays at 3:00pm

Choir - Tuesdays at 3:00pm

Mindfulness & Yoga Club - Thursdays at 2:50pm

Techno Tigers Club - Thursdays at 3:00pm


Latest District Pivot ~ Increase of In-person Tigers

Thank you to all in-person students that, each day, complete the COVID screener app on-line, have their ID card ready to be scanned, and follow all of the COVID safety rules while attending in-person classes at Sunny Hill! Way to be safe, Tigers!

5th Graders Visit Middle Schools

On April 26th, our 5th Grade students will visit the Barrington220 middle school that they will attend next year. The visits will be live-streamed for remote learning students who do not wish to attend in-person. More details will be sent home directly to 5th Grade students and families.

5Essentials Survey required from the Illinois State Board of Education

Parents, this is your opportunity to evaluate Sunny Hill Elementary School according to five “essential” areas critical for school success. A full page letter with details was sent home on 2/15/21 regarding both the parent survey and the student survey. The online survey is open through April 2nd and is accessed by clicking here.


PLEASE NOTE: Because Barrington 220 is based in Lake County, choose "Lake" from the county drop down menu, then select our school. The survey data becomes part of each school’s Illinois School Report Card. Thank you for your participation in this important survey. We appreciate and value your feedback!

Information Regarding COVID-19 and B220 Schools


Please review this B220 Parent FAQ regarding contact tracing, close contacts, travel, etc.: English version.

Videos for Literacy Support by Parents/Guardians

The Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP), creators of our reading and writing programs, have developed numerous videos for families and caregivers to bring more joy into literacy learning. We encourage parents and caregivers to watch these short videos. To access all videos created by TCRWP and additional resources, please refer to this link.




Camp Duncan - Save the Date 5th Graders!

As our 5th Grade students were unable to attend Camp Timber-lee this Fall due to the pandemic, they will have the opportunity for an Environmental Education Experience via Camp Duncan on May 3rd. Both an in-person and a remote experience will be provided. More details will be sent home directly to 5th Grade students and families.

COVID-19 Health Screening App

The health screening web app health.barrington220.org is available in both English and Spanish! On the login page (and at the bottom of the questions page) just tap the language to toggle between English and Spanish.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) ~ Mr. De La Mora, Assistant Principal

I would like to thank all of our Sunny Hill families and students for being flexible with all the changes we have been going through lately. It surely shows the resilience and strength of our tigers and the great support they all receive at home. We are currently finishing the first week of having more in-person students in this school year. All of our tigers have adapted gracefully to the new health and safety requirements we all need to observe during our whole school day, especially during lunch and recess time. Great job, Tigers!


Last month, we had a successful Kindness Raffle in which all students had the opportunity to show how to be kind to themselves and others. We are in the planning process of different activities to address the social and emotional needs of our students during April. These activities will be focused on the appropriate behaviors to show as part of our community as a whole (virtually or in-person). Please continue to be on the lookout for our morning announcements where we will be sharing more about these exciting activities and the opportunities for our students to demonstrate the “Tiger way.”


Thank you for all of your help, I am here to help you, and to give our students the opportunities to be the best version of themselves that they can be. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at (847) 426-4232 or via email at edelamora@barrington220.org.

Nurse Notes ~ Ms. Finegan

Help us keep everyone safe as more students return to in-person learning! It is very important that you do not send your child to school with any illness symptoms. If you are unsure if you should send your child OR if your child has any illness symptoms, call the nurse, Ms. Finegan at 847-844-4224.


If any child develops any symptoms during the school day, they will be sent home immediately. Please have a plan in place for your child to be picked up promptly if they become ill!


If a parent has questions at any time they are encouraged to communicate directly with the Nurse, Ms. Finegan, at tfinegan@barrington220.org or 847-844-4224.

Food Service

Tuesdays:

  • Food Distribution at Willow Creek Care Center

    • Location: Care Center at Willow Creek

    • Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

    • New FOOD check-in process: Text the word "FOOD" to 224-427-3444 & follow the instructions in the reply. Text while you wait in line, or from home before you come. Limit of 2 visits per household per month.


Wednesdays:

  • B220 Meal Pack Home Delivery

  • Food Distribution at Willow Creek Care Center

    • Location: Care Center at Willow Creek

    • Time: 6:30-7:30pm

    • New FOOD check-in process: Text the word "FOOD" to 224-427-3444 & follow the instructions in the reply. Text while you wait in line, or from home before you come. Limit of 2 visits per household per month.


Thursdays:

  • Food Distribution at Willow Creek Care Center

    • Location: Care Center at Willow Creek

    • Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

    • New FOOD check-in process: Text the word "FOOD" to 224-427-3444 & follow the instructions in the reply. Text while you wait in line, or from home before you come. Limit of 2 visits per household per month.


Saturday:


  • Food Distribution at Willow Creek Care Center

    • Location: Care Center at Willow Creek

    • Time: 8:00-10:00am

    • New FOOD check-in process: Text the word "FOOD" to 224-427-3444 & follow the instructions in the reply. Text while you wait in line, or from home before you come. Limit of 2 visits per household per month.

Project Horsepower - Free Internet

Project Horsepower is available to those students who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and who do not currently have full-priced Comcast Internet service at home (current Comcast Internet Essentials customers are welcome to apply). Persons who have Internet service through another provider (such as AT&T) are also welcome to apply, regardless of the level of service they currently have. If you're unsure of your Internet service status at home, simply apply, and Comcast will help to evaluate your application and will advise you of its findings. For more information please contact Joann Fullman(847) 842-3246, jfullman@barrington220.org for Spanish Hector Ontiveros (847) 842-3534, hontiveros@barrington220.org or see the Project Horsepower web page.


Virtual Backpack

Virtual Backpack is a place for Barrington 220 families to receive flyers and other information from the district and community organizations. Please check out our Sunny Hill Virtual Backpack.

The Principal's Newsletters are on our Sunny Hill web page!

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Remember the three W’s: Wear your mask, Wash your hands, Watch your distance

Links to ALL staff video and screencast presentations from our first VIRTUAL Back to School Nights are on our Sunny Hill web page.