Hawk Highlight: February 21, 2021

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 22

  • Erin’s Law Presentation Begin
  • EarlyAct Meeting 3:15 PM
  • Battle of the Books Competition 5:30 PM

Tuesday, February 23

  • Wear Pink Day for Honesty
  • Choir Practice 3:15 PM
  • School Board Meeting 7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 24

  • Battle of the Books Practice 2:30 PM

Thursday, February 25

  • Asynchronous School Day - District Vaccines 
  • Announce Weekly BOLD Winners and BIG BOLD Winners

Friday, February 26

  • Asynchronous School Day - District Vaccines
  • Remote Erin’s Law Presentations
  • Remote Supply Pick Up 9:00-11:30 AM
  • Remote BOLD Awards 2:00 PM
  • Remote BIG BOLD Awards 2:30 PM

Monday, March 1

  • EarlyAct Meeting 3:15 PM

Tuesday, March 2

  • National Read Across America Day
    • Dress Up Like Your Favorite Book Character 
      • Bring the book with you to school or to your meetings
  • Choir Practice 3:15 PM

Thursday, March 4

  • Announce Weekly BOLD Winners

Friday, March 5

  • Remote Supply Pick Up 9:00-11:30 AM
  • Remote BOLD Awards 2:00 PM


Asynchronous School Days

Our district has been fortunate enough to receive several opportunities for the COVID-19 vaccine over the past month. This week several of our staff members will have the opportunity to receive their second vaccine dose. To ensure that our staff has the ability to attend the clinic sessions, and to give them time to recover from any side effects we will have two days of fully asynchronous work this week. Please note that these days of asynchronous learning were rescheduled from last week due to a lack of available vaccines.

  • These days will be fully asynchronous
  • No students will attend school on Thursday or Friday
  • We will still have our supply pickup on Friday

Asynchronous School Days

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021
  • Friday, February 26, 2021

Black History Month

Black History Month has started and it gives our schools the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Black Americans to our nation’s past, present, and future. During the month of February we will be focusing on celebrating Black History month. Each monday we will have a fact for the week during announcements. Then each classroom will have instruction specific to Black History Month. We know this will be a meaningful month for all of our students.

Chromebook Update

We are excited to share that the district Chromebooks for grades 3-5 were handed out over the last few weeks. This week all students in 2nd grade will receive their Chromebooks. On the day that they attend in person learning we will give them a Chromebook, charging cord, and carrying case. Remote students will pick up their device during supply pickup (Please stop in the office to receive your Chromebook). Please make sure that your student charges their device each night. They should start transporting their Chromebook to school and home each day. This will allow us to connect the current resources that we are using and it will allow us to connect the student at home to our students in the room. Please read the important reminders below and let me know if you have any questions.

  • Please charge your device nightly
  • Use the district provided carrying case
  • Students should bring their device and charging cord daily
  • Students who currently have a district device will receive a carrying case (Hybrid Only)

5 Essentials Survey

Districts throughout Illinois are asked to participate in the 5Essential survey to gather information from our faculty, students and parents to gain insight into the key components of all successful schools. These areas include effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. The results of the survey responses are reported back to the schools for their review and planning for future school improvement focus items within the five areas. 

We need your assistance and your feedback. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be completed on your smart device. Your participation in the parent survey will help us understand the conditions here at the school and guide improvement. Your identity and individual survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, please visit


International Travel

Please note that if you are planning to travel internationally you will have additional quarantine and/or Covid testing requirements prior to returning to school. If you have any travel plans taking you and your family out of the country, please reach out to the school. The district head nurse will work with the county health department to establish safe return to school procedures for your student(s). 

Erin’s Law Presentations (Sexual Assault / Sexual Abuse)

Your child’s classroom will be receiving the Erin’s Law presentations during the week of February 22 or on Thursday, March 4.  Information about the presentations is available on our district website. All remote students should attend an Erin’s Law session with Mrs. Miklas, our social worker, on Friday of this week. Below you will find the schedule for Friday. If you have questions please contact me at (

SEF Trivia Night Event | Thursday, March 11 | 7:00 PM

Put on your thinking caps, and get ready for a night of interactive fun! This online event is a fundraiser to support SEF and all seven schools within Sycamore Community School District 427.

There will be three rounds of general trivia plus one special Sycamore Spartan round and will last about 90 minutes. You can sign up as an individual or a team. Individuals will be assigned a team based on availability. Teams should consist of 4-8 players.

The cost is $20 for an individual and $100 for a team. After registering, please provide names and email addresses for all team members

A Zoom link will be emailed to you and all team members. For more info visit

"The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Sousa March Mania

graphic icon depicting a marching band member with brown beard and white hat with text surrounding them that reads "Sousa's March Mania"

Have you lost a bit of the pep in your step? Feel the need to walk all over winter?  Join us in celebrating March musically with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Sousa March Mania. Simply print your march bracket and mark which march will win each day. Then, every day in March, listen as two marches go head-to-head, and vote for the one you think should win.  This will be replacing our bonus travels for March and you can participate as much as you wish. For those of you who want to go all the way, you could win a virtual game of Connect Four with Mrs. Mertens!

Here are the steps:

  1. Download, print your brackets, and decide which marches should win each match-up. March Mania Brackets
  2. Fill out the survey by March 5th to enter to win a virtual game with your music teacher, if you choose the correct March.  March Survey
  3. Go to this link each day to listen to the March Match-up for the day and vote for the one you like best. Listen Here

Daily Self Certification

Please call the school office if your student is feeling ill, and be prepared to answer a few questions that will help us quickly and efficiently evaluate your child so that we can provide you information based on the latest recommended guidelines. It is imperative that if your student is experiencing ANY of the following symptoms, they remain home from school and any extracurricular activities outside the home.

  • Fever or chills  
  • Moderate to Severe Headache 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches

We know that things may look a little different this year and we are committed to keeping you informed on the changes that are taking place. Here is an overview of what your student can expect if they come to the Health Office with any of the symptoms listed above:

  • The student will be brought to the health office where the nurse or their designee will quickly evaluate the student’s condition. 
  • If it is determined that they are experiencing any COVID like symptoms the student will be escorted to a designated and supervised isolation area. 
  • The school Nurse will notify the parent/guardian and walk them through the process of what is required for the student to return to school. 
  • Sick students should be safely transported home by parent or guardian as soon as possible.
  • Other household members of the student will be sent home as well. 
  • Students will be expected to remain home from school and any extracurricular activities until cleared to return by the school nurse. 


In the month of February we celebrate the trait of honesty. Honest people are true and sincere. To celebrate honesty wear pink on Tuesday, February 23. For our activity this month students will get to play two facts and a fiction with their class. Each student will write two facts about themselves and one thing that is fiction. The class will then decide which thing was fiction. 

Thanks! EarlyAct Students

Spirit Wear *New*

North Grove has a new online spirit wear shop. Please use the link below to check out all of our new products. 

Check Out Our New Products


We continue to try and fill our full-time position as we will need these positions filled when we return to in person learning. Please note that we are hiring classroom assistant positions. 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.

Non-Certified Positions

Library Books

Our North Grove students can check out a library book from the North Grove Library. Below you will find the steps to do this. All books that are put on hold by a student will be placed in their supply pick up bags or given to them at school (Maximum of Two Books). Then you can simply return them at school or during the next supply pick up to get your next set of books. 

  1. Go to: Follett Online Library
  2. Select your state and search your school name.
  3. Select login in the upper right hand corner and login using your student’s Google school account.
  4. Choose a book and select the hold button.

Video Directions

In-Person Learning Reminders

Table that depicts the live session schedule for grades kindergarten through fifth

  • Drop off time is 8:45-9:00 AM
  • Tardy bell will ring at 9:05 AM
  • Dismissal will begin at 1:45 PM with the first students exiting the building at 1:50 PM
  • All students should wear a well fitted mask to school each day
  • All students should bring a water bottle to school each day
    • Drinking fountains are turned off
  • The building is closed to all visitors at this time
  • We are not dispersing birthday treats at this time. You may send in a goodie bag for all students 72 hours prior to the day we would be sending them home. 
  • Remote students will have a learning pod from  2:15-2:30 PM  Monday through Thursday
  • It will be essential that all students working from home attend our live teaching sessions once we begin our in person learning. Please note that these live learning times indicate start times, but not end times. The teachers will get to decide how long they need to keep the students for based on each individual lesson and activity. 
  • Remote Supply pick up will be weekly on Fridays from 9:00 to 11:30 AM. You will enter through the front doors and exit through the far cafeteria doors (E-5).
  • It will be imperative that all families complete the daily self certification process which includes a daily temperature check. 

Take Care Hawks!

Mr. Janisch

Principal, North Grove