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Weekly Newsletter

February 17, 2023

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Dear Primrose Families, 

Wow, what a busy week! We are more than ready for the break week. We started with the surprise announcement for the Golden Apple Award to our very own Mr Mark Vadnais on Tuesday. It was a wonderful surprise and hearing our students sing “It's a Good Day” as they cheered for him in the hall was an absolute highlight. Congratulations Mr Vadnais-thanks for all you do to bring music to life here at Primrose.

I am THRILLED to share that Ms Canto and our third graders were able to spend time today in their new modular classroom and it will be fully operational when we return from the February break. The support and patience for this project is greatly appreciated and seeing their reaction to their new learning space is priceless. The Art Room will be set up upon return and all of our students will have time each week to learn and create in this new space. 

Thank you for your participation in surveyworks it was such joy to have some of our PTO volunteers visit the classrooms with a hot chocolate treat for all the students.  If you haven’t had a chance yet to respond to the survey, please use this link bit.ly/ridefamily to share your feedback. We can certainly add an additional treat to our plans for the week we return from break if our participation rate continues to grow!

Have a fantastic break. Safe travels for those of you who are off to adventures beyond Barrington. 

Educationally yours,

Coleen Smith 

Students shared with us what they love about our school!

Celebrating our third graders’ writing projects this week for their pourquoi frog tales. They visited classes throughout the school this week to share their stories.

Mrs Thomas’ Class enjoys PJs Books, Blankets and Stuffies

March Madness is taking over for the rest of the year!

A friendly reminder that families have until the end of vacation, February 26th, to vote for the winner of our first book matchup if you would like to participate. The voting link has been updated and should work for any family member. It can be found at the top of the library website at www.missokane.com or below. Happy Reading!

Full Bracket: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18iXIUaV_HbTH5uchFfVPPGAOyKlvqQLM/view?usp=share_link 

Sweet 16 - Battle of the Birds

Knight Owl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpL1nl3J5FI 


Tiny Dino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDiuKNj5Fcw 

Consider the plot, characters, theme, and illustrations to help you choose your favorite! Vote by 2/26/23


The Final 4 will be purchased for our library shelves and the winner will receive the coveted Primrose Paddy Award Medal. Jump start a reading habit for your whole family by participating in the vote each week! Our first match up is below. Game on!

Welcome class of 2036! Kindergarten Registration-Do you have a child turning five on or before September 1, 2023?  Do you have Barrington friends who have a child turning five on or before September 1, 2023?  If so, these children are eligible for kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year.   Kindergarten registration opened on February 6, 2023.  

Kindergarten registration is an online process.  All of the paperwork is completed online and you need to upload certain documents.  Documents to upload include the following:

  • your child’s birth certificate or passport

  • immunization records

  • proof of residency (for example:  two utility bills or recorded deed or rental/lease agreement).  

All of the registration information may be found on our district’s student registration page.  If you are a current family in our school district, you will need to know your Aspen username and password.  If you do not have this information, you should email x2help@barringtonschools.org for assistance.  We do not have this information at our school.

Important update: If your child is in the Primrose Hill PreSchool program, you do not need to complete the registration process. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

Dates to Remember:

  • February 20-24 winter break

  • March is Children’s Literature Month

  • March 13- Professional Day-no school for our students

  • March 15-Fairy Legends of Ireland student assembly

  • March 6-10-Scholastic Book Fair: open to families 8:00-8:30 and 2:45-3:45 

  • Student Readathon- March 6-10-details on PTO website

  • March 31-Spirit Day: Dress as your favorite book character

  • Green Squad clothing drive-April 17-28th-collections in lobby with regular pick-ups

  • April 18 & 19-RICAS grade 3 ELA

  • Thursday, April 27 District-wide Peace Poster Party -, BHS Cafeteria 6:00-8:00pm

  • Drop in any time and paint a peace poster to either hang up at BHS or bring back to your school.

             Friday, April 28- A Day Without Hate -Wear white, the color of peace


PTO Website: Please take a quick moment to log into the PTO website and opt into the family directory at https://www.primrosehillpto.org/directory. With all they have planned, it is a great idea to visit this site weekly to get updates and see how you can participate in upcoming events.

Have a wonderful break week everyone!