Sunny Hill September Newsletter

Dr. Cynthia Armendáriz-Maxwell, Principal

September Important Dates

6 - Labor Day No School

9 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Cantigny Park

10 - BPAC Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

17 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Camp Duncan

20 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Galloping Hills Prairie Preserve

23 - Picture Day

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

The first days of school have been very exciting! Having the halls full of our Tigers has brought magic and joy back to our school! Fun first weeks’ photos can be viewed on our Sunny Hill Facebook page and our Twitter page.

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In case you missed Back to School Nights...

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

  • Sunny Hill’s start time is 8:00. Students enter their classrooms at 7:55 to begin learning at 8:00.
  • The school day ends at 2:40. Wednesday dismissal time is 2:10.
  • It is very important for students to arrive at school on time. When students arrive late, they miss participating in their classroom’s Morning Meeting; which is the opportunity that allows us to begin each day as a community of caring and respectful learners.
  • Students can enjoy breakfast in the Sunny Hill cafeteria beginning at 7:30.

Please report student absence by 8:30 a.m.

Absences are reported by parents/guardians through the Parent Portal/Report Student Absence link
    • Confirmation email is automatically sent to parent/guardian.

Automated phone calls
    • Parents/guardians of elementary school students with an unreported absence are called at 9:00 a.m. daily.

Student On-Time Arrival & Daily Attendance ~ Necessary for School Success!

New Tiger Team Members

Please welcome Sunny Hill’s new staff: Mrs. Peralta (3rd Grade-OWI), Mrs. Drecoll (3rd Grade), Ms. Wesseler (4th Grade), Ms. Schmidt (5th Grade), Miss. Frusti (School Nurse), Mrs. Den Ouden (Teacher Assistant), Ms. Ortiz (KDG Teacher Assistant) and Ms. Melendy (Social Worker Intern).

Due to COVID-19 health safety

  • families must complete the COVID-19 symptom screening Web App at home every morning at home before the student leaves for school. After all the questions have been answered and submitted, the Web App will indicate if the student is able to come to school or should remain at home.
  • Students will enter the school upon their arrival; students are not to wait in the playground before school.
  • Barrington 220 requires universal masking for all staff and students, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional when students and staff are outdoors.
  • traffic flow patterns have been designated on the floors and walls of the school

  • social distancing (3 feet or more) must be adhered to when in the school.

For health questions contact Nurse Frusti at 847-844-4224,

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.

In short, learning during quarantine will look different than last year in the way that students will not be accessing their instruction only through Zooming into the classroom. Instead, learning during quarantine will be a combination of asynchronous and synchronous learning.

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.

Statewide School Mask Mandate

I am excited to welcome back our students and staff for the start of the 2021-22 school year! I know the past year and a half has been challenging for everyone and we are so happy to return to some sense of normalcy by having our students back for full in-person learning. Keeping our students in school five days a week for the entire school day is a top priority, which is why following our mitigation efforts will be critical.

As you are aware, one of those key mitigation efforts is a statewide school mask mandate, which means all visitors, students and staff will need to wear masks while inside of our school building for all events, regardless of vaccination status.

I know there are many different opinions about masks and whether or not they should be worn in school. While these conversations are appropriate at the state and district level, inside our school building, our main focus is on educating our students. Therefore, I respectfully ask that you please follow our school wide expectations when you visit our building. With your support and cooperation, I look forward to kicking off a great school year!

Click here to view the CDC’s guide for How to Wear a Mask.

SHIELD Testing to Reduce COVID-19 Outbreaks

A new mitigation effort Barrington220 will be implementing this year is Shield Testing, which will help to reduce transmission and COVID-19 outbreaks in our schools. Each school will begin doing this in September on a weekly basis. Visit our Shield Testing FAQs for more information.

Families who do not wish to participate in Shield Testing can opt out: Shield Testing Opt-Out Process Letter.

Monthly Message from our Tiger Math Coach: Mr. McGann

Parents often ask, “How can we support our children in math?” Believe it or not, having conversations with your child about math concepts can have a lasting impact on your child’s learning. You can practice counting with them, or point out any numbers in the real world and ask your child/ren to read those numbers. These are skills that students are learning and practicing at the beginning of the school year. Here are some ideas for conversations you can have with students in the following grade levels:

  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Practice counting forward and backward by ones up to 20 (go higher when your child is ready), and practice recognizing and naming numbers to 10.

  • 2nd & 3rd Grade: Counting forward and backward across hundreds like ...298, 299, 300, 301… Reading numbers up to 1,000 in 2nd grade, and up to 10,000 in 3rd grade.

  • 4th & 5th Grade: Skip counting by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 6’s, 7’s, 8’s, and 9’s which practices knowing the multiples for multiplication. Reading numbers up to one-million in 4th grade, and ten-million in 5th grade.

These may seem like little things, but they can make a big difference! Thank you for your support at home, Parents!

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

I am ecstatic to be the Assistant Principal of our great school! At Sunny Hill, we strive to utilize the most effective and engaging ways to support the social and emotional needs of all our Tigers. These supports can be achieved by strengthening the connection between home and school. The mutual effort and collaboration between home and school will be the key to the success of our Tigers at Sunny Hill.

To help support our Tigers and their families, we have developed a Positive Actions Within Sunny Hill (PAWS) program matrix. This matrix will help students, teachers, staff, and families identify and understand the “Three B’s” of our school expectations (Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible). These expectations are here to help students while they are doing their work at school or home.

I am here to help you and your students become successful in school. We are all looking forward to the best school year 2021-2022! Please do not hesitate to contact me at (847) 426-4232 or via email at

GREETINGS from the Nurse’s Office!

Hi! My name is Nurse Frusti. I am new at Sunny Hill and I am excited to get to know our students and their families this year! The situation with the virus continues to be a challenge but I believe together we can keep each other and our students safe!


* 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, call the nurse, Ms. Frusti at 847-844-4224.

*If your child develops any symptoms during the school day, your child 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. Frusti, at or 847-844-4224.

*Much more detailed, and updated, important information can be found on the Barrington220 Coronavirus webpage.

*Additionally, please see the B220 Parents Health Office webpage for more information, protocols, and procedures regarding many topics. ie: communicable diseases, head injuries, head lice, health & wellness, nutrition, safety, etc.

BACK to SCHOOL REMINDER: Please ensure your child is up to date with required health exams!

The following exams need to be turned into the health office:

Kindergarten: Current Physical Exam, Dental Exam, and Vision Exam

Second Grade: Dental Exam

Thank you for your help in keeping each other safe. I look forward to this school year with you!

FAQ: B220 Food Service

During the 2021-22 school year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering free meals to students through an extension of the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option.

Please refer to the following FAQ for information on Barrington 220’s meal programs.

Free Meal Services


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

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.

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

Remember the 3 W’s: Wear your mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance

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