NBS PTO Colts Newsletter

February 22, 2021

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, March 10th, NBS PTO Meeting at 7:00 pm via Zoom

  • Wednesday, March 17th-Thursday, March 18th - Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Friday, March 19th - No School

  • Monday, March 22-Friday, March 26, Spring Break!

  • Friday, May 21st, NBS Field Day (Rain Date May 28th)

  • Friday, May 28th, Fifth-Grade Recognition


District Calendar 20-21 Link

District Calendar 21-22 Link

From the PTO Presidents

Happy Monday NBS!


We hope everyone is doing well and enjoying some "warmer" temperatures! With the month of March around the corner, we are encouraged by all the good things coming up! Thanks to Mr. Johnson, the fifth graders are starting their basketball season. This year will be an abbreviated schedule with 3 games for the boy's and girls' teams. No spectators this year, but the games will be live-streamed for all to enjoy!


We are also in the early planning stages for our NBS 2021 Field Day! All elementary schools will be celebrating Field Day on Friday, May 21st with a rain date of Tuesday, May 25th. All students will be invited to Field Day activities at their home school. As plans evolve, we will keep you posted! Fifth-grade Recognition is also tentatively planned for Friday, May 28th. Stay tuned for more details to come!


In a school year like no other, we so appreciate your flexibility, positivity, and patience with our spring planning! As always, we welcome any input, questions, and ideas. These kids sure deserve a fun spring!


Take care,


Amy and Ilana

Yearbook Pictures

Last call for yearbook pictures!! So many parents have been amazing at sending pictures of their kiddos to me for the yearbook!! I have been able to include so MANY of them! If you have any pictures of your kiddo/kiddos going back to school, elearning with specials (much needed!), Valentine parties, etc., please send them to Julie at nbsyearbook@yahoo.com.

Full disclosure that all pics may not be included but would like to have a variety of pictures to choose from and will definitely try to get everyone in!


We will be taking pictures for the yearbook of the children who were not able to come to get their class pictures taken in October or November. These pictures will just be used for the yearbook, not to be included in the official class pictures that your child would get from the company.

Yearbook Pictures Schedule:

Tuesday, February 23rd

  • Kindergarten
  • 1st grade
  • 2nd grade


Thursday, February 25th

  • 3rd grade
  • 4th grade
  • 5th grade


We will be taking the pictures in the foyer so that those who will be remote learning will be able to come in quickly and go right back out. The morning pictures will start at 8:30-10:00 am and the afternoon pictures will start at 12:20-1:30 pm. E-learning students can come anytime during those times. Email Julie at nbsyearbook@yahoo.com with any questions.

Parent University

Barrington 220 is excited to partner with BStrong Together and Barrington Youth & Family Services for two upcoming virtual Parent University sessions focused on our students' social and emotional well-being.


"Cultivating Resilience During COVID-19" will take place on Thursday, March 4 at 7pm. Dr. Doug Bolton will guide parents through these challenging times by highlighting strategies that will build resilience in our children, so they can effectively manage stress now and in the future. Dr. Bolton has used his degrees in clinical psychology, school psychology, and educational leadership to support students with social, emotional and behavioral challenges in schools since 1987. He worked in therapeutic schools for 10 years as a school psychologist, before spending the next 14 years as principal of North Shore Academy, a K-12 public therapeutic school.


Need someone to talk to? Download the META app.

To provide easy access to counseling services, Barrington 220 counselors are available to all students through the META mobile app. The app is FREE to download on Apple and Android devices. Counselors can be reached during school hours on the secure platform via voice, video, or chat. We welcome all students to connect with school counselors on META. Click here to download the app.

Student Council Updates

Good news! Our newly-elected Student Council would love to start bringing you updates from the halls and virtual classrooms of NBS. We will begin adding a monthly feature from our student council starting soon! We are excited to hear what this creative group of leaders has to say.

NBS PTO Fundraising

No Stress Fundraising

Traditionally, we would be preparing for our biennial Adult Social, which is our biggest fundraising event of the year. We are postponing this event until the 2021-2022 school year. We have decided as a Board to open up a “No Stress” fundraiser where parents can contribute as much as they want directly to the PTO without purchasing any extra products or attending fundraising events. We will be in touch with all of the details!


Easy Fundraising!

Did you know that you can help support NBS by clicking a button and shopping normally? We have partnered with both Amazon Smile and Heinens to provide us with a small percentage of all of your purchases! Everything is automatic and there are no extra steps for you once you enroll. See below for more information on how to enroll.


Please direct all Fundraising questions and ideas to Amy Vandenbergh, at amykballet@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!

BHS-TV created video for Winter Wonderfest

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Bullying Resource and Text-a-Tip info

Need help with Bullying or Cyberbullying? Here are just a few resources and supports available in the Barrington Area:


Barrington 220: https://www.barrington220.org/Page/208


Barrington 220 META App info, click here.


Text-a-Tip: Students or parents can text a tip for resources to a student that is depressed or going through a difficult situation.


BStrong Together Barrington also has many useful resources around help for Bullying and other supports for Barrington Families.

Virtual Backpack

Don't forget to check out the Virtual Backpack for more events happening in our School, District and Community! The Virtual Backpack is a place for Barrington 220 families to receive flyers and other information from the district and community organizations without the hassle of sorting through printed papers sent home with your child. Click here to check out the North Barrington School Virtual Backpack!

Newsletter/PTO Website Submissions

Please send submissions for both the newsletter and the website to nbsptonewsletter@gmail.com. Submissions are due by Friday for the following Monday's newsletter. Please keep submissions brief and concise as we reserve the right to edit. Please include all necessary forms and flyers.



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North Barrington Elementary School

Elementary School Hours
Regular: 8:00 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Wednesday Early Release: 2:10 p.m.

Kindergarten Hours
A.M. Only 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Full Day: 8:00 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Wednesday Early Release: 2:10 p.m.