Life on the Prairie
February 21, 2023
News You Can Use
Raising Middle School Kids in the Digital Age
Barrington 220 is hosting a Parent University on raising middle school kids in the digital age. The focus will be on the unique opportunities and challenges of technology in the early teenage years.
This event will be held Monday, March 6, 2023, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The format will be a Zoom meeting.
Click here for more information and to register for the event.
Morning Arrival Time
We have been seeing an uptick in students arriving late to first hour in recent weeks. In order to begin our school day effectively, we ask all students to be in their first period classes by 8:52 AM.
Bus Riders: Students arriving late to school on the bus will be provided a tardy pass to class without penalty.
Parent Drop Off: Students arriving late to school via parent drop off will be provided a pass to class. However, students will be marked tardy.
Any student accruing 3 tardies or more will be assigned a lunch detention. Each additional tardy will result in subsequent consequences. We reviewed this procedure with our students during lunches last week and ask for your partnership in ensuring students arrive to school each day with an appropriate amount of time to make it to class by 8:52 AM.
What's going on in PE?!?
We are excited to share that students will be using the Heart Zone heart rate monitors every week to learn more about their personal fitness during PE activities. Our goal is for students to reflect and adjust effort level based on their current heart rate zones, learn how their bodies feel in different heart rate zones, and set their own fitness goals. Students are assigned a numbered monitor to track their heart rate in real time and adjust their current activity intensity level to stay at their target heart rate. At the end of class, students can use their monitor number to see what percent of class time they spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). We will continue to have conversations with students about how they can use what they know about their heart rate to promote living a healthy and active lifestyle.
Some questions you can ask your child about the Heart Zone monitors:
Did you reach your fitness goals for the day?
What have you noticed about your heart rate during class?
How can you apply this to your life outside of school and during sports?
Please feel free to reach out to your child’s PE teacher with any questions!
Looking for an 8th Grade Dance Committee
Are you interested in helping to plan the 8th Grade Dance? This involves picking a theme, setting up the decor, and creating a really fun night for our students. If interested, email Lisa Witek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spread the Word to Incoming 6th Grade Families
Welcome Detective Recinos!
New BHS Parent Info Session
Notes From Our Counselors
Please click here to read about upcoming state-required, age-appropriate lessons relating to sexual abuse prevention. These lessons are aimed at providing students the tools they need to improve personal safety, confidence and advocacy skills.
If you are in need of support, help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, call 988: https://988lifeline.org
Call: 844-4-SAFEIL (723345)
Text: SAFE2 (72332)
Sarah Lloyd- 6th grade counselor: 847-756-2523 email@example.com
Jenny Godinez- 7th grade counselor 847-756-2522 firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Kehoe- 8th grade counselor 847-756-2526 email@example.com
Monica Santiago- Bilingual counselor 847-756-2630 firstname.lastname@example.org
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