ELC Principal Newsletter

September 2021 Newsletter

ELC Mitigation Strategies Update

Hello families!

The first week of school has been wonderful and our students are thriving and love being in their new classrooms. We have implemented all of our mitigation strategies to maintain safety and health (visual below).

Due to changes implemented from Governor Pritzker and the Lake County Health Department, we have increased our distance between students during snack and lunch. Any time that our Preschool and Kindergarten students remove their masks indoors, we must maintain 6 feet of social distance.

Students are still receiving mask breaks during lunch, snack, recess, and gross motor activities outdoors. We will continue to be flexible and support our school's safety.

If you have any questions, please reach out to myself or your child's teacher.

Ms. Michelle

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SHIELD Student Testing

SHIELD testing will begin at the ELC in mid September. As soon as we have a confirmed start date, I will inform all families. We will develop a schedule for each class to come to the Family Center to be tested on a weekly basis for both the AM & PM preschool classes in addition to our Dual Language Kindergarten classrooms.

*Families/students who have opted out with the school district will not be tested on a weekly basis.

For further information regarding SHIELD testing, please review the district COVID-19 information website.

SHIELD FAQ - English

SHIELD FAQ - Spanish

Health Reminders

1. If your child is sick with covid symptoms, please keep all district 220 students at home and call our ELC School Nurse, Keri Personette, for further guidance.

Keri Personette, RN, PEL-CSN


Phone: 224-770-4320

Fax: 224-770-4365

2. Our district Health and Wellness Policy supports the state level effort to combat childhood obesity. In addition, we have students in our school with allergies that we need to keep safe. In support of this effort, we do not celebrate birthdays with treats. We recognize that birthdays are an important occasion in a child's life, and we do honor that. Teachers have special birthday traditions in their classroom to recognize a child’s birthday. Please do not bring in treats into the building as we will need to send them home with your student. Thank you for honoring this decision as we support the health and wellness for all our students.


Barrington Transportation Company is updating students' routes regularly in the beginning of the school year, so please review your Ride 360 app for further information. If you need any help, please contact the main office at 224-770-4300.

*In addition, we were informed that Kindergarten students will have different routes on early childhood screening dates. The following screening dates may impact the route times. Please review the screening dates below and the Ride 360 app for the most up to date information.

September 17th

October 1st

January 21st

March 4th

If you would like to request Alternate Transportation from a daycare provider or another location within Barrington 220 district boundaries, please request that directly at: https://bit.ly/3j4DVPA.

Assessment Update

Our preschool and kindergarten students will be assessed throughout the school year to help guide instruction. For early childhood students, teachers assess with the PELI, GOLD, and ESGI throughout the year. For dual language kindergarten, teachers assess with Fastbridge and Fountas & Pinnell. For further information, please review the assessment letter below or speak to your child's teacher.


Important Dates Coming Up

  • September 6th: Labor Day / No School for all students

  • September 17th: No School for Preschool students / Screening Day #2

  • Week of September 20th: District 220 Safety Week

  • September 22nd: Back to School Night, 6-7pm Virtually

  • October 1st: No School for Preschool students / Screening Day #3

  • October 13th & 14th: Parent Teacher Conferences

  • October 15th: No School for all students

  • November 4th: Fall Picture Day

  • November 5th: Inservice Day / No School for all students

  • November 24- November 26th: Thanksgiving Break

  • December 2nd: Fall Picture Retakes

  • December 23- January 6th: Winter Break