Thank you to those who attended the January Q&A with me. We had a productive meeting and covered a lot of important topics like my vision for Lines, areas for improvement, and fostering positive relationships with our students and their families. Please join us for our next Q&A on March 9 at Lines at 9:15 a.m. Topics to be discussed will include (but not limited to) options being considered for new school start times for next year, next year's class placement process, One to World technology update, and more. This meeting is meant to be an open conversation with me that allows parents to ask any questions they have about Lines. I will again be serving authentic Racine Danish Kringle, so I hope you can join us for this fun, informal event. If you have any questions about this event (or anything else), just email me!
Lines School Welcomes Barb Rosenstock
Thanks to the LInes PTO, grades K-2 will be welcoming acclaimed author Barb Rosenstock to our school on Tuesday, January 26. Mrs. Rosenstock has written many engaging historical nonfiction picture books for children. Readers will get to know people from the past, including Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, naturalist John Muir, baseball great Joe DiMaggio, the artist Kandinsky and racing legend Louise Smith. Barb has always been fascinated by history. She currently lives in Vernon Hills with her husband, two sons, and two big poodles. For additional information about Mrs. Rosenstock and her books, please visit her website, www.barbrosenstock.com.
We have some exciting opportunities for children to challenge themselves through multiple academic contests. There are contests for Spelling, Geography, Computer Science, Current Events, Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies. It is not too late to sign up for these late winter/spring academic contests at Lines. Flyers and applications are available in the Virtual Backpack so check them out! If you have any questions about the academic contests, please email Mrs. Christianson.
We are excited to announce Lines has a new club forming: Destination Imagination. This club's focus will be STEAM, which is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Mrs. Christianson and Mrs. Walter will be starting the club through our PTO mini courses and will start in February. We look forward to seeing all grade levels participating in our Instant Challenge opportunities. Instant Challenges require students to engage in quick, creative, and critical thinking to build and create a project. Students must "think on their feet" by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution in a short period of time. In a world with growing cultural connections, increased levels and types of communication, and a new need for real-time teamwork and problem solving, the ability to solve problems quickly is becoming increasingly critical. Instant Challenges are fun for all ages! Although each Instant Challenge has different requirements, all Instant Challenges reward students for their teamwork and the creativity of their solutions. Please stay tuned for more information on this exciting new club at Lines!
Middle School Transfer Requests
Over the last several years, we have had a small number of requests for students to attend a middle school other than the one to which they have been assigned. Parents of current fifth graders who feel they have a compelling reason to justify a transfer request should complete the District's Middle School Transfer Request Form and submit it to Dr. Craig Winkelman, Principal of Barrington Middle School Station Campus, prior to February 19, 2016. This form is available in our office, on the school's website, and on the District 220 web page at www.barrington220.org. Tentative approval and denial of transfer requests will be made by March 14.
Dates to Remember
JAN. 26: Author Barb Rosenstock speaks to students in grades K-2 during the school day JAN. 27: Input 220 meeting on possible school start time changes, Station Middle School, 7:00 p.m. JAN. 29: Decades Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m. FEB. 5: Mother & Son Dodgeball at Station Middle School, 6:30 p.m. FEB. 9: Kindergarten Roundup, 7 p.m. FEB. 12: Inservice Day (no school for students) FEB. 15: Presidents' Day (no school) FEB. 21: Orchestra Festival Concert at BHS, 4:00 p.m. FEB. 25: Third grade music concert at Lines, 6:30 p.m. MARCH 9: Q&A with Dr. Hyllberg at Lines, 9:15 a.m. MARCH 12: Orchestra Solo and Ensemble Festival MARCH 14: Author Matthew Cody speaks to students in grades 3-5 MARCH 21-25: Spring Break (no school)
Lines had our annual Spelling Bee on January 22. We had ten students participate in this exciting event. This year's winner, Will Farmer, defended his title by winning our spelling bee for the second year in a row. Congratulations to all of this year's participants...we are proud of you!