North Barrington Colt Communicator

From Dr. Lisa West, Principal - 9/24/2021

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Great Things at NBS - #ColtPride

Dear North Barrington Families,

The learning continues! This week at NBS our colts demonstrated their #ColtPride during all our safety drills. I am so proud of each and every student. We received great praise from our community and district officials for following all safety protocols. We ended our safety week with our bus evacuation drill today. Thank you for your support at home.

This week also brought Math in Focus professional development to our district. Teachers attended sessions with Dr. Susan Resnick. This valuable training and coaching supports the continued math instruction in our classrooms.

PARENT DROP OFF: Reminder, please note that starting on Monday, the parent drop off line will have a hard stop at 7:50. If you arrive at 7:50 or after, please pull around to the front door and have your children enter there. If you arrive at 8:00 or after, please park in a legal parking spot and walk your child into the office, sign them in, and we will get them off to class. Thank you.

MOVIE NIGHT: So far we have 300 families signed up for our Friday Night Flick on October 1st. If you are looking for a great way to spend time with your family and the school community, please see the details below and sign up. Students will be voting for the movie here at school and the voting will close on Tuesday.

Upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences: I just wanted you to make note of our fall conference dates. Conferences are held on Wednesday, October 13th from 4 - 8 pm and Thursday, October 14th from 1 to 7 pm. Please note, our Chinese Immersion will have a slightly different schedule to provide times for all our families in this program. We will again be using the online conference scheduler Meet the Teacher. It will open for parents on Monday, October 4th at 8:30 am. Additional details will be forthcoming in a separate communication.

As always, thank you for your continued support of our school. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding your child's learning experience at North Barrington Elementary School, please feel free to contact me at 847-304-4870 or

Enjoy your weekend,



We need your help. We have had a lot of fidgets and other items brought to school. We are requesting that these items remain at home as they are becoming a distraction to learning. We will have a fidget day as part of our spirit weeks during the year.

Thank you for supporting this request.

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This Week in STEM

This week, all classes had STEM during their regularly scheduled Library time. The elementary STEM program focuses on three main areas: Engineering, Robotics and Programming. This week’s STEM lessons all focused on Programming. Students at all grade levels downloaded a programming app on their iPad that they can use throughout the school year (and summer!) to practice programming skills. In grades K-2, we use the codeSpark app. In grades 3-5, we use the Tynker app as the main programming app. Other programming apps may also be used as the year progresses, but these are the two main apps that we start the year with. Now that students have the app on their iPad and have been instructed how to program on the app, they are encouraged to practice their programming skills at their own pace. That means they can use the app in the classroom or at home whenever they have permission. We will also use the apps in future STEM classes. If you have any questions about codeSpark or Tynker, please contact the STEM teacher, Mrs. Rita Thurston, at

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Shield Testing Information

North Barrington's Shield Testing is every Wednesday. If you are still interested in opting out your child, please email Jody Carroll in the office ( A new opt out form will need to be sent to your parent portal of Infinite Campus. It is very important that you go through each step and click submit in order to complete the process.

If you have trouble with the process, please call the office. We will put an identifier on your child's ID card so they are not tested. Then we can work to get the information into IC. Additionally, please note that the timeframe to process the opt out forms is now 7 days.

Masks & Water Bottles

We are requesting that you please send extra masks for your child to keep in their backpack. This will ensure they have an additional mask if they need to switch to a different one later in the day.

Also, your child should bring a refillable water bottle to school each day. The bottle filling features are working but the drinking fountains are closed due to Covid.

Thank you.

SAVE THE DATE! - NBS Fall Family Flick is BACK!

NBS is proud to bring back the annual Fall Family Flick for students and their families to come and enjoy an evening under the stars full of entertainment.

When: October 1st (rain check date October 8th)

Band Performance begins at 7pm, Movie starts at 8pm

Where: NBS Soccer Field, parking at Miller Rd. lot only please
Reservations required:

We will be enjoying a rock band performance from student performers from the Barrington School of Rock. Come listen to pop and classic rock favorites and play on the playground before the feature movie presentation begins.

Students of NBS will be voting on a movie selection as we near the date of the event. We are excited to include these amazing students in the process of these events when possible.

We are excited to share that we will be selling Little Caesars cheese or pepperoni pizzas (full size) for $10. Please reserve and pre-pay for the quantity that your family would like to reserve and they will be available and ready for pickup at the event. Save time and energy by having dinner ready for you there! Reserve and purchase your pizza here

Attendance is complimentary, we encourage you to bring the entire family. Please bring blankets and weather appropriate clothing to ensure you are comfortable during the event. Bring beverages and snacks of your choice but kindly ensure that you discard the items in the recycling or trash bins before you leave.

We can't wait to see you there! Questions, contact Jackie Kardesh at


Please open this link for a message from our librarian, Mrs. Wendy Settles.

September Lunch Menu

Please find the lunch menu here. Additionally, we are also serving breakfast each morning.


September 24 - Bus Evacuation Drills throughout the day; PTO Fundraiser begins!

September 27- Chess Club 2:45 - 3:45; 5:15 BASA Saunders Team Soccer; Cub Scouts 6-7:45 pm

September 28 - Running Club (K-2) 2:45; 5:15 BASA Hamilton Team Soccer;

September 29 - Kindergarten Field Trip - 8:45 - 1:45

September 30 - Running Club (3-5) 2:45; BASA Fitzpatrick Team Soccer 5:15

OCTOBER 1 - SAVE THE DATE for PTO Concert and Movie Night

North Barrington Elementary School

North Barrington Elementary School is one of eight elementary schools in the Barrington 220 School District. Our school serves K-5 grade students. The original North Barrington Elementary School opened in 1946, consolidating five one-room schoolhouses in the area. At the time of the school's dedication, it was heralded as a 'school for the motor age' because of special design features that accommodated students arriving by car and bus. Fifty years later, voters approved a referendum to rebuild North Barrington at the same sight.