Hawk Highlight: August 31, 2021

Important Events

  • Tuesday, August 31 | MAP testing begins for students in grades 1-5
  • Wednesday, September 1 | 4th Grade Orchestra Sign-Up at SMS 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 1 | Spartan Food Pantry 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Friday, September 3 | Running with the Hawks Pledge Sheet Come Home
  • Friday, September 3 | EarlyAct Sign-Up Interest Due to Mr. Janisch (5th Only)
  • Monday, September 6 | No School- Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 7 | ISEL Testing Begins in Kindergarten
  • Wednesday, September 8 | Battle of the Books Practice 3:30-4:15 PM
  • Friday, September 10 | Last Day for EarlyAct Sign-Up (5th Grade Only)
  • Monday, September 13 | Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Meeting 8:00 PM at NG

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Running with the Hawks (RWTH)

In September we will be kicking off our building fundraiser called “Running with the Hawks”. This fitness based activity is our only fundraiser of the year and we would greatly appreciate your support. More information will be sent home by our PTO on Friday, September 3. The students will be put on teams during their PE class and then they will collect pledges from friends and family.  The teams will then compete in a timed relay race on Thursday, October 7. We hope to see many of our North Grove families at this fun event. A schedule of run times will be sent out soon. The funds collected from this event go directly to our PTO and they help support our school activities and teacher requests. 

Running with the Hawks Timeline

  • September 1-3
    • Explanation of Running with the Hawks to the students
    • Running with the Hawks Pledge Sheets sent home - September 3
  • October 7
    • Running with the Hawks Running Day
    • Running with the Hawks Lap sheets go home
  • October 8
    • Running with the Hawks (Rain Date)


We continue to try and fill our full-time position and we are currently looking for classroom assistants. These are full-time positions with benefits offered. Please contact me and use the link below to complete your application if you are interested in joining us at North Grove. We could really use your help with these positions.

Non-Certified Open Positions


EarlyAct (5th Grade)

EarlyAct is a student leadership group that helps run our character education program called BOLD. This after school club gives students the opportunity to serve in a leadership role within their school. During these meetings we plan and produce activities that reinforce our character trait for the month. If your child is a 5th grader and they are interested in joining EarlyAct please email me at RJanisch@syc427.org by Friday, September 3. 


Fall Benchmark Testing- ISEL and MAP

During the weeks of August 30 through September 10 students in grades 1-5 will participate in an assessment called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). We use the MAP assessments to determine your child's instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year. These online tests focus on the areas of reading and math and they adapt to be appropriate for your child's level of learning. A schedule of specific testing times will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher. 

After Labor Day, our kindergarten students will be taking their first ISEL assessments one-on-one with their teacher or our reading interventionist. 

A schedule of specific testing times will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher.


Sycamore Education Foundation Fundraiser | Take Root

We’re headed back to the barn!  Join us for the Sycamore Education Foundation's largest fundraising event of the year, Take Root presented by AT&T, on September 11th 2021 from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. at Dayton Farms 17443 Old State Road, Sycamore, IL.  The evening will feature live entertainment from Live at Joe’s, dinner, silent auction, raffles and more!

We’re so excited to announce the theme of this year’s Take Root… Tailgate & Celebrate! Come on out for a good old-fashioned tailgate party! Show us your team spirit by rocking your favorite sports team (professional or college). You can also feel free to bring along folding bag chairs to set up your “tailgate spot” while you enjoy the evening’s entertainment.

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  • Late start on every Thursday
    • Start Time: 9:30 AM
    • Students can be dropped off starting at 9:15 AM
  • Dismissal: 3:30 PM
  • Masking 
    • Please make sure your child has a well fitted mask that covers their mouth and nose throughout the day.

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Important PTO Event Dates

Please consider becoming active on our North Grove PTO this year. Attached you will find a list of important dates for our PTO events. Please take a moment to enter these dates into your calendars.

Additionally, please join us for our first PTO meeting of the year which is Monday, September 13 at 8:00 PM. We will meet in the cafeteria at North Grove and all are welcome!

PTO/School Events


Box Tops Update

Good news! No more clipping Box Tops to participate in the Box Top Program. All you need to do is download the all new Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, and then scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit the earnings to North Grove online. Twice a year, North Grove’s PTO will receive a check and use that money to help our school.


Spirit Wear

We will have a North Grove Spirit Day on Friday, September 17. Students will be encouraged to wear North Grove gear or North Grove school colors on this day. If you want to purchase some North Grove spirit wear please check out our new online shop. Please use the link below to check out all of our new products. Delivery usually takes about a week.

Spirit Wear Shop


4th Grade Recorder

In 4th grade, learning to play the recorder has been an integral part of the elementary music curriculum. We have always requested that students have a recorder for use at their home so they can do their homework while the students used a school recorder during music class. This year out of an abundance of caution, all students will need to bring their recorder to and from music class. If your family owns a recorder that is not being used by a 5th grade child it is completely fine to use that. They can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the school district, they are washed through the dishwasher.

If you are in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the school district for $5 through the online store. All students who have purchased a recorder through the WebStore will receive them from their music teacher on the first day they begin recorder. We are hoping to begin recorder mid to late September and will send home the exact dates as we get closer.  Thank you if you have already purchased your recorder through the web store!

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5th Grade Recorder

We will be playing recorder again this year during the 5th grade music special. All 5th grade students will need to bring their home recorder to class beginning the week of October 4th. We will begin with a review of recorder basics and then each child will be working on recorder music at their individual level and will each be setting goals for their progress. If you purchased a recorder last year, that recorder will still work for this year's music class.  

If you did not participate in music last year, you may use an older sibling’s recorder (they can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the school district, they are washed through the dishwasher.)

If you are still in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the WebStore for $5 through the online store.  All students will need a recorder for their class starting October 4th.

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5th Grade Band

It's that time of the year!  The Sycamore Fifth Grade Band Sign-up will be held at North Grove Elementary School on Wednesday, September 8 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and Thursday, September 9 (6:30-7:30 p.m.).  Parents of fifth graders can come either one of those nights at any point to register their child, purchase lesson books and other accessories, and rent/buy an instrument as needed.  Representatives from Ellman's Music in Naperville  will be on hand, and teachers will be on hand to help answer questions.   If you have any questions, please e-mail either Ken Goodman , Scott Mertens, or Bella Crawl.  


Spartan Food Pantry Open Wednesday!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, September 1, patrons can collect food at the District Warehouse on 520 N. Maple Street, Sycamore.   Pantry patrons are in-person shopping!  Please bring a mask.   The pantry hours are 4:30PM-6:00PM.  The Pantry is open to any family that has a student attending a Sycamore School.  


The pantry offers frozen foods, fresh produce, cereal, canned goods, snacks, treats, and much more.  Sycamore School District families can come to the pantry every time it is open.  Park in the lot next to the warehouse, come on in the front door, and a volunteer will guide you from there.

Community members can now volunteer at the pantry! If you or your organization want to help out, please email spartanfoodpantry@syc427.org for more information. 


Twitter and Facebook

Follow North Grove on Twitter for updates, videos and pictures of events taking place at school.  Search NorthGrove1 on Twitter to find us. You can also find our North Grove PTO page on Facebook by friending North Grove PTO.