March 2016 Newsletter

An Updated from Dr. Hyllberg MARCH 2016
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Q&A with Dr. Hyllberg
9:15 a.m. at Lines Elementary School
Please join us for our next Q&A on March 9 at Lines School at 9:15 a.m. Topics to be discussed will include 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 that allows parents to ask any questions they have about Lines. We will again be serving authentic Racine O&H Danish Kringle and coffee. If you have any questions about this event, please email Dr. Hyllberg.


Joannie’s Lifelines

Joannie’s Lifelines is a PTO committee whose mission is to assist Lines families in need due to illness, death or other difficult circumstances, on a short-term basis. 

What types of assistance is offered by the committee?
Our volunteers can help with meals, carpooling, encouragement and support.  Note: This is not the committee that provides financial assistance – that is administered via Lion’s Share.

If I need assistance, or know someone who does, what do I do?
Please contact one of the committee chairpersons to determine how we can best help: Margot Cidulka, Jennifer Fleming, or our staff representative Sarah Giunchedi

Is it confidential?
Yes.  Conversations and details around the circumstances are confidential to all volunteers unless shared specifically by the person in need.  

How does it work?
Our database of volunteers provides the care needed via an organized care calendar that lists details from the person in need. If there’s a need, you sign up only for what works for you – if we identify a need and it’s not a good time for you to help, no problem.  That’s why we need LOTS of volunteers.

How do I sign up?
Again, there is not a commitment upfront.  YOU decide when the time is right to help.

Please consider this as a way to volunteer and help our Lines community...we need you! Sign up by going to the Lines school volunteer link, and scroll down to Joannie’s Lifelines.

Contact Margot at or 773-474-0512 or Jennifer Fleming or 908-907-0426.


March 16 Summer School Registration Communication

It is that time of year again to start thinking summer school! Summer school offerings can be viewed now by visiting Registration opens on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 for elementary courses, middle school courses, and BHS camps. All registration must be completed on-line by June 1. Full payment is due at the time of registration.

To assist you with on-line registration, kiosk systems will be available during parent-teacher conferences on March 16 and 17 at each elementary school as well as both middle schools. No appointment is needed.

After March 16 and 17, Kiosks will also be available by appointment during school hours at the following locations:

James Street District Office – (847) 842-3512 (8AM – 4PM)
BHS Counseling Office – (847) 842-3296 (7AM – 3:30PM)

For the summer school calendar and more information, please visit the summer school website.


Birthday Treats
This is just a reminder that birthday treats are not permitted an are not to be handed out in all Barrington elementary schools. Lines continues to celebragte birthdays with student recognition as part of our morning announcements along with a birthday pencil and sticker. In addition, teachers make birthdays a special occasion in their classrooms. We are confident our students feel very celebrated on their special day! Students who do not have a birthday during the school year will be given a day designated as the birthday celebration.

Lines Class Placement Process for the 2016-2017 School Year
Student placement at Lines is a very intentional, proactive and child-centered process. Our goal is for all classrooms to be well balanced, heterogeneous and provide fantastic learning opportunities for all our students. With this in mind, teachers begin this collaborative process in the spring. Parental input is appropriate if parents feel their child has specific concerns or needs that need to be addressed. If this is the case, parents may provide a letter with these concerns to their child's current teacher and Dr. Hyllberg on/before April 8. Please know that requests to be placed with a specific teacher or with specific friends are not appropriate. For more information on the placement process, please click here.

Dates to Remember

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 16-17: Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
March 17: Cultural Art Assembly: Irish Dancers (1:30)
March 21-25: Spring Break (no school)
March 29: Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation at Station (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
March 31:
Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation at Prairie (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
April 6: Girl Empowerment Night for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Mothers and Daughters at Lines (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
April 7: 2nd & 3rd Grade Eat, Play, Relax at Lines (3:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
April 12: Music, Art, and Book Fair at Lines at 6:00 p.m. (2nd Grade concert at 5:30 p.m.)

April 21: Spring Picture Day
April 22: BINGO at Station (time TBD)
April 29: Kindergarten & 1st Grade Eat, Play, Relax at Lines (3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Star Wars movie

Lines students and staff at Star Wars movie on December 29
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