Hawk Highlight: September 28, 2021

Important Events

Monday, September 27

  • EarlyAct Meeting 3:30-4:15 PM

Tuesday, September 28

  • Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM at SMS

Wednesday, September 29

  • Severe Weather Drill
  • Sycamore Food Pantry Open 4:30-6:00 PM

Friday, October 1

  • ISEL and MAP Assessment Scores Sent Home

Monday, October 4

  • Fire Safety Day at NG

Thursday, October 7

  • Running with the Hawks Running Day
    • 9:45-10:25 — 1st
    • 10:30-11:10 — 5th
    • 11:10-11:50 — 3rd
    • 12:30-1:10 — 2nd
    • 1:15-1:55 — K
    • 2:00-2:40 — 4th

Friday, October 8

  • Running with the Hawks Running Day (Rain Date)

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WIN Time

We officially started our WIN (What I Need) Time in the district at all of our elementary schools last week.  This is a customized learning time for all students in our buildings in the areas of math and reading. During this time we will continue to focus our instruction on the essential standards that each student needs. Your child may be going with a different teacher during this time which includes our reading specialists, a math specialist, or a different grade level teacher. During our data days we used our data to create our first groups based on the skills they need support/extension with. We used several data points to help us make these first groups. Now each week during our Thursday late starts our staff will be looking at formative data to make adjustments to the groups and essential standards of focus. This has been a multi-year project for the district, and to see it come to fruition is so exciting!

Running with the Hawks (RWTH)

In September, we kick 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 was sent home 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 is posted below. The funds collected from this event go directly to our PTO and they help support our school activities and teacher requests. Please click here to make an online donation.

Running with the Hawks Timeline

October 7

  • Running with the Hawks Running Day
    • 9:45-10:25 — 1st
    • 10:30-11:10 — 5th
    • 11:10-11:50 — 3rd
    • 12:30-1:10 — 2nd
    • 1:15-1:55 — K
    • 2:00-2:40 — 4th
  • Running with the Hawks Lap sheets go home

October 8

  • Running with the Hawks (Rain Date)

November 5

  • Money and Pledge Sheets Due

North Grove Book Fair (October 11-15)

We are excited to have our Book Fair back in person this year at North Grove. We will have hours each morning and afternoon for families to shop. Please see the hours of operation listed below.

  • Monday, October 11- 8:30-9:00 AM and 3:30-4:15 PM
  • Tuesday, October 12- 8:30-9:00 AM and 3:30-4:15 PM
  • Wednesday, October 13- 8:30-9:00 AM and 3:30-4:15 PM
  • Thursday, October 14- 8:30-9:15 AM and 3:30-4:15 PM
  • Friday, October 15- 8:30-9:00 AM 

Everyone attending the book fair should enter and exit through the library doors and not the main office.

Volunteers and Visitors at Sycamore Elementary Schools

In an effort to maintain the safest learning environment possible for our students and staff we will be limiting the number of visitors and volunteers to the building at this time. As part of this commitment, we will be requiring all visitors who enter the building past the office during the school day to be vaccinated. We will also only be allowing volunteers at school activities who are vaccinated. If you are asked to be a volunteer or a visitor at our building please know that you will have to submit proof of your vaccination status to the office prior to entering the building or volunteering at the event. 


  • Late start on every Thursday
    • Start Time: 9:30 AM
    • Students can be dropped off starting at 9:15 AM
  • Dismissal: 3:30 PM
  • If you have a COVID symptom in your household, please do not send any of your students to school. Simply call the office in the morning and we will give you your options for your children to return to school.
    • Remember that we have the ability to rapid test students here at school. Please know that we are happy to provide that service to your family when needed. 
  • Masking 
    • Please make sure your child has a well fitted mask that covers their mouth and nose throughout the day.
  • School Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year — Click Here

School Year Calendar

Elementary Choir Sign-Ups

We are pleased to announce the sign-ups for the 4th and 5th grade elementary choir. This is a chance for your child to be coached on having a solid singing foundation and to sing some very fun choral music. Each elementary school will have their own in person choir that meets once a week before school.  

The North Grove Choir will rehearse Tuesday mornings from 7:45- 8:30 AM.  If you have a child that is in 5th grade walk to learn they can leave choir early for you to drive them to the middle school for class that day. The first day of choir will be October 5th for North Grove.

We have two scheduled concerts this year, December 16 at 7:00 PM and May 2nd (time TBD) You can also pencil in a trip to a sing-in-the-stands event for the Chicago Wolves on March 13th. We will announce other singing opportunities that may arise during the year.

We will be asking the choir members to wear our choir shirt to each concert. The choir T- shirt will feature the new Sycamore choir logo and will be between $10.25- $8.25 depending on quantities ordered.  If you do not wish to order a shirt please provide a plain black T-shirt for the concerts. We will send an email about paying for the T-shirts after choir has begun with the exact price.

To sign up, please use this link. 

Choir Sign-Up

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. PTO/School Events.

Additionally, please join us for our next PTO meeting which is Monday, October 11 at 8:00 PM. We will meet in the cafeteria at North Grove and all are welcome!

PTO/School Events

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, your student should stay home from school and any extracurricular activities outside the home.

  • Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius;
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Chills;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle and body aches;
  • Moderate to severe headache;
  • Sore throat;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea; or
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH.

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.
  • Siblings/household members of the symptomatic student may also be sent home.
  • Students will be expected to remain home from school and any extracurricular activities until cleared to return by the school nurse.

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

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

We are getting close to the first recorder lesson in music. Please be sure your child has a recorder in their backpack ready for the dates listed for their 4th grade class.

  • North Grove —Mrs. Berry’s Class, Tuesday, September 28th
  • North Grove — Mr. Ferst’s Class, Monday, October 4th (Later date because of Labor Day Holiday)
  • North Grove — Mrs. Walter’s Class-Wednesday, September 22nd

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 district will receive them from their music teacher on the first day they begin recorder.  Thank you for all you do to support your child for their classes in Sycamore.

Please click on the link to order — CUSD #427 Recorder


Mrs. Mertens

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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 school district for $5 through the online store.  All students will need a recorder for their class starting October 4th. 

Please click on the link to order — CUSD #427 Recorder

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Spartan Food Pantry Open Wednesday!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, September 29, 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 4:30 PM-6:00 PM. 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.


Take Care Hawks!

Mr. Janisch
Principal, North Grove