Sunny Hill October Newsletter, 2021

Dr. Cynthia Armendáriz-Maxwell, Principal

Looking for Kindergarteners!

Do you have a 5 year old who is not enrolled in school, and lives in Carpentersville within the Barrington 220 attendance area?

If yes, we invite them to join the KINDERGARTEN cohort at Sunny Hill! Please call 847-426-4232 if you have any questions.

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

October Important Dates

1 - Spirit Day: Red, White, & Black

4 - Meet the Teacher OPENS for scheduling at 8:00 am

6 - National Walk to School Day - Wear Orange & Black

7 - 2nd grade field trip to All Seasons Orchard

8 - Spirit Day: Soccer Day - Support your favorite team!

10 - Meet the Teacher CLOSES at 11:59 pm

12 - Mobile Dentist

12 - Student Council Meeting 3:00-3:30 pm via Zoom

13 - World Day of Bullying Prevention - Wear Blue

13 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-8 pm

14 - No School - In-Service Day

14 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 1-7 pm

15 - No School - In-Service Day

18 - Elementary Cross Country Meet at Ron Beese Park 4:00 pm

23 - Red Ribbon Week - Wear Red

26 - Student Council Meeting 3:00-3:30 pm

29 - Sunny Hill Spirit Day - wear orange & black

Clubs and Activities

GEMS Club - 1st & 3rd Monday of the month at 2:45-3:45 pm

Creative Drama Club - Mondays at 2:40-3:15 pm

Running Club - Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2:40-3:20 pm

Mindfulness & Yoga Club - Mondays at 2:50-3:20 pm via Zoom

Homework Club - Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:50-3:20 pm via Zoom

Hispanic Heritage Month Dance Club - Thursdays 2:45-3:30 pm via Zoom

School Spirit Days each Friday - this is a view only Google doc link:

Parent/Teacher Conferences - October 13th and 14th, 2021

We look forward to discussing your child's progress during Parent-Teacher Conferences October 13th & 14th! All Barrington220 elementary schools are using the online Parent-Teacher Conference sign-up system, Meet the Teacher-on-line link to Sunny Hill site.

This online system will be open October 4th-October 10th for parents to sign-up for conferences via the Parent Guide-English & the Parent Guide-Spanish. There will be no classes on Thursday, October 14th nor on Friday, October 15th due to Parent-Teacher conferences.

Sunny Hill Clubs & Optional Programs!

Please keep a watch out for fliers and information regarding Sunny Hill’s many, many fun clubs offered after school! Some of these clubs and optional Programs are: Band, Creative Drama Club, Garden Club, GEMS, Hispanic Heritage Month Club, Homework Club, Techno-Tigers Robotics & Makerspace Club, Orchestra, Speech Tournament, Student Council, Sunny Hills Singers Choir, Tigers on the Run Club, 5th Grade Track & Field, 5th Grade Boys Basketball, 5th Grade Girls Basketball, and Yoga Adventures & Mindfulness for KIDS.

We hope to have all Sunny Hill students participate in these wonderful opportunities for fun, physical fitness, and/or academic and social-emotional growth!

B220 Technology

iPad Parent Meeting Videos and FAQs and Project Horsepower information

  • iPad Digital Citizenship supported by Sunny Hill Student iPad Contracts.

  • Sunny Hill Student iPad Contracts are signed by students and parents each school year.

SHIELD Testing to Reduce COVID-19 Outbreaks

Sunny Hill provides SHIELD Testing, which will help to reduce transmission and COVID-19 outbreaks in our school, weekly on Tuesdays. Visit our Shield Testing FAQs for more information.

Parents can update their student’s testing status (opt in/opt out) 1 week before the scheduled testing day: SHIELD Testing Opt-Out Process Letter.

Parents can access their child's test results via the SHIELD Parent Portal. Here are the instructions: SHIELD Parent Portal set up-English.

What learning will look like when your child is in quarantine...

This letter from Barrington220 is to inform you about what learning will look like when your child is in quarantine during the 2021-22 school year. Learning during quarantine will be a combination of asynchronous and synchronous learning.

Math Message from Mr. McGann, Math & Science Coach

As we move into October, students are expanding their computation skills:

  • Kindergarteners are still building understanding of numbers to 10. Continue practicing counting up to 10 and back, and beyond 10 as they are ready.

  • 1st grade: addition and subtraction within 10

  • 2nd grade: addition and subtraction within 1,000

  • 3rd grade: addition and subtraction within 10,000

  • 4th grade & 5th grade: multi-digit multiplication and division.

Great conversation starters to support these concepts are:

  • +/– How many more/fewer do we have now?

  • +/– How many did we have before?

  • × If we had ___ groups of these, how much would that be?

  • ÷ If we shared these with ___ friends, how much would each friend receive?

Think about when you use math throughout your day, and invite your child to see the math around them in the real world. The grocery store is a great place to “see” the math around us. Small conversations can have a big impact!

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

We have started the 2021-2022 school year in full force and we are all very happy to be back, creating great learning experiences for all of our Tigers. These experiences include the Station Rotation, where our Tigers reviewed how to show the, “Tiger Way” around the school. Our Sunny Hill staff discussed how to be safe, responsible, and respectful in all of the different areas of our school, such as the classroom, cafeteria, hallways, and playground.

During the month of October, we will open our PAWS Store to celebrate positive behavior around our school. PAWS is our schoolwide Positive Actions Within Sunny Hill program which helps students, teachers, staff, and families identify and understand how we can be safe, responsible, and respectful.

One of my priorities is to help our students become successful in school. Please do not hesitate to contact me at (847) 426-4232 or via email at

Nurse Notes ~ Ms. Frusti

Thank you all for working with us to keep our children safe and learning in-person!

The MOBILE DENTIST is coming to school on October 12th! Please fill out permission forms and send them in AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Another option is to fill out the form online @


*It is very important that you do not send your child to school with ANY illness symptoms.

For COVID related questions you can ask here: Coronavirus webpage; and if you are unsure if you should send your child, call the nurse, Ms. Frusti at 847-844-4224.

*If your child develops symptoms during the school day, your child will be sent home. 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, or if someone in your home has/is positive for COVID please communicate directly with the Nurse, Ms. Frusti, at or 847-844-4224.

***SIBLINGS of students with symptoms: May stay in school if you have your symptomatic child medically evaluated and tested for covid within the first 24 hours!***

Message from the District’s Family School Liaison (FSL)

Barrington220 is currently planning to continue offering ESL classes during the school day to our adult community members. They need to know approximately how many people are interested in participating. If you or someone you know, who lives within the Barrington 220 District boundaries, would like to participate please call Ruth Estrada directly at 847-842-3565,

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,

for Spanish Hector Ontiveros (847) 842-3534,

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.

FREE Pre-School! Information & Screening Dates

3 to 4 year old pre-school screenings in the areas of pre-academic skills, vision, hearing, social skills, and speech/language at Barrington 220's Early Learning Center 40 E. Dundee Road Barrington, IL. 60010 * 224-770-4300 ~ Screening Dates: October 1; January 21; March 4

Food Pantries


10am-12pm; FISH Food Pantry, 150 S. Kennedy Dr #8B-11A Carpentersville; 847-428-4357 for Carpentersville residents * Photo ID required


6:30-7:30pm Willow Creek Care Center Food Pantry, 67 Algonquin Rd. South Barrington 224-512-2600 or Text FOOD 224-427-3444

7:00-8:00pm; FISH Food Pantry, 150 S. Kennedy Drive #8B-11A, Carpentersville; 847-428 4357 for Carpentersville residents * Photo ID required


10:00am-12:00pm Willow Creek Care Center Food Pantry, 67 Algonquin Rd. South Barrington, 224-512-2600 or Text FOOD to 224-427-3444


10:00am-12:00pm; FISH Food Pantry, 150 S. Kennedy Dr #8B-11A, Carpentersville; 847-428-4357 for Carpentersville residents * Photo ID required


8:00-10:00 Willow Creek Care Center Food Pantry, 67 Algonquin Rd. South Barrington, 224-512-2600 or Text FOOD 224-427-3444