Catherine Gross

Media Specialist Joins Monarch Award Committee

Catherine Gross, the Townline and Dual Language Library Media Specialist, was invited to be on the Monarch Award Committee. The Monarch Awards are Illinois’ K-3 Readers’ Choice Awards, established to help kindergarten through third grade readers become familiar with books, illustrators and authors; encourage children to read critically; and to develop a statewide awareness of outstanding literature for children. She is excited to be a part of choosing and highlighting quality literature for this three-year term.

Mrs. Sabin's Online Class

A Great Morning Meeting

Although virtual, Mrs. Sabin’s second grade classroom at Townline Elementary contains the same elements and upbeat energy as her in-person classes. She started her morning meeting by taking attendance. She and her students recited the Pledge of Allegiance. After a brain break in which students danced to an exercise routine, she launched into a math lesson. Students volunteered to answer questions, and were excited to show what they knew.

students reading

All Students Read Together on Read Across America Day

In celebration of Read Across America Day, all students at Townline and the School of Dual Language dropped everything and read for half an hour beginning at 9:05 a.m. on Friday, March 6. For the kindergarten and first grade classrooms, fourth and fifth grade students read to the students. Read Across America Day is an annual observance inaugurated by the NEA (National Education Association). It is held in recognition of Dr Seuss’ birthday.

sick child

Sick Day Guidelines

To help prevent the spread of illness, the Lake County Health Department provides guidelines to help with your decision on whether or not to send your child to school. Sometimes it can be challenging to make the right choice.

students in a classroom

Steps in a Process

Students in Mrs. Sabin’s second grade class at Townline Elementary learned about the steps and process needed to make candy canes.

students in spelling bee

Spelling Bee Tests Students’ Skills

At Friday’s spelling bee at Townline Elementary, 12 fourth and fifth grade students carefully spelled tricky words such as sniffle, scattering and generation. By the twelfth round, they were down to two students. Prarthana S. won by spelling the word “assembly” correctly. The runner up was Rithvika S. Congratulations to all the students. It was clear that they all studied hard. Prarthana will go on to represent her school at the sectional competition in Deerfield in February.

Students collecting items for food drive

Food Drive Gives Back to the Community

Fourth and fifth grade students who volunteered to be part of the Project Change program enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community. Early in the morning of December 5, approximately 50 students went from floor to floor at Townline and the School of Dual Language, collecting boxes of nonperishable food items and supplies, such as toothpaste and pancake mix, from approximately 38 classrooms. They piled the items into a truck bound for the Sharing Hands Food Pantry. The items will go to community members in need. Many thanks to all the families at both schools that provided items for the food drive, which began in mid-November.

Children performing

Students Give Adorable Thanksgiving Performance

Kindergarten and first grade students did a great job performing at Townline Elementary’s Thanksgiving program on Nov. 25. The young students wowed the audience as they danced, sang and recited poetry.

Students in habitats

Students Learn About Animal Habitats through Habitat Extravaganza

Habitat Extravaganza was a great success for the second graders at Townline Elementary.  What a great turnout of parents! Guests enjoyed entering three habitats: Mrs. Sabin’s room was the ocean habitat,  Mrs. Hughes’ room was the grasslands, and Mrs. Bolender’s room was the tropical rainforest.  Students made animal masks and read their scripts (on the back of their masks) to parents as they walked past.  Their scripts described how the habitats met the needs of their animals, fun facts about their animals, and fun facts about their habitats.  Students helped to decorate their rooms to show their unique habitat environments.  Before the parents arrived, all three classes toured each other’s habitat.  They then came back to their rooms to reflect on the different habitats and their unique climate, plants, and animals.  The classes discussed the diversity of animals in each habitat and how each habitat meets the needs of its animals.  

kindergarten students singing

Little Students with Big Talent

Kindergarten students at Townline Elementary had fun practicing songs and dance steps for their Thanksgiving Music Program next week. They did a great job. So fun to watch these little students with so much talent.