February 15

Barkstall Family Message for week of February 15th
Posted on 02/12/2021
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Barkstall Weekly Family Message

Week of February 15 - 19

Barkstall Website:  https://barkstall.champaignschools.org

Barkstall Phone Number:  373-5580

Barkstall Address:  2201 Hallbeck Drive, Champaign, IL 61822

Calendar Date Reminders:


Monday, February 15: No School

Wednesday, February 17: Girls Who Code Club 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, February 19: Remote Students Packet Pick-Up at Barkstall 7:30 - 4:30

Reminder: Please visit the Forward Together website to find official information on the District’s reopening. Safety protocols can be found here.

Recordatorio: Visite el sitio web Forward Together para encontrar información oficial sobre la reapertura del Distrito. Los protocolos de seguridad se pueden encontrar aquí.

Rappel: veuillez visiter le site Web Forward Together pour trouver des informations officielles sur la réouverture du district. Les protocoles de sécurité peuvent être trouvés ici.


️Have a Heart Fundraiser


 Dear Barkstall Families,

This Valentine’s Day for Ms. Prescott’s class service project we are doing a fundraiser called ‘Have a Heart and Save a Black Bear Cub’ . Please help our class save black bear cubs by bringing in .25 cents and can tabs the week of February 12-19th for Valentines Day. This fundraiser is for Appalachian Bear Rescue, a non-profit organization that saves orphaned and injured black bear cubs. For our students' safety we will have tubs in each classroom that they can drop their quarters in (we accept all forms of cash). Have a Heart, and help us Save a Black Bear Cub!

Thank you For Caring,

️Ms. Prescott’s Fifth Grade Class️


Informational Items:


5-Essentials Survey:  

Families, as we move through the year and continue to try to improve the student experience at Barkstall, we are asking our families to take a survey.  This survey, through the University of Chicago, serves as a way to hear our stakeholders' voices, but also is a factor in Illinois’ school ratings.  We ask that you please take 15-20 minutes to let us know what we do well and how we can improve.  If you have more questions, please see this letter for details.  Please make sure to complete this by April 2nd, 2021.  Thank you.  


Family Teacher Conferences

Barkstall will have our Family-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 11th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday, March 12th from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.   All conferences will be held virtually via Zoom like we did in the Fall.  Your child’s teacher will send out a form via email for you to sign-up for conferences.  

Fifth Grade Strings:

Barkstall is excited to announce that our fifth grade students will have the opportunity to participate in Strings. Strings classes will take place during a student's independent learning block, so the start of Strings classes should not impact instruction or a student's schedule at all.  If you would like for your child to participate in Strings, please complete the registration form.  Also included is a Strings Presentation and Introduction letter.

5th Grade Strings Registration Form

Strings Presentation

Strings Introduction Letter

Barkstall PTA Fundraiser:

Barkstall PTA is embarking on a new fundraising journey with MarketDay Frozen Foods. Every purchase will give back 10% to our PTA; helping to fund programs and special events for our school community. Visit www.marketday.com today to register! Choose Barkstall Elementary School PTA as your organization and start shopping. There are great specials every month and all items are shipped directly to your home! 

How to Register as Barkstall:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_W_HYYWOmnholyLyu5k4MlSeioC5QXAR/view?usp=drivesdk

Barkstall After School Clubs:  

Barkstall has two after-school clubs available for our students - Lego Club and Girls Who Code.  Both clubs will be held virtually via Zoom.  Please click on the links below for more information!

Lego club- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZpltR8Uihd59M2InhfULSgWv4NQ9Llnn/view?usp=sharing

GWC- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WERMea9tkh493ugBa_t-uhqCddX3QhMB/view?usp=sharing

Coats, Hats, and Gloves:  

Please reach out to Barkstall’s social worker, Ms. Lexia Swope-Hassan, if you are in need of any winter items for your student:  coat, hat, or gloves.  You can email Ms. Swope-Hassan at swopele@u4sd.org or call Barkstall at 373-5580.

Library Information:

Hello Barkstall families! There are 2 easy ways to place a book on hold at our library. 

Students can log into Destiny Discover and “browse” our collection or search for certain books by title, author or subject. (This option works best for our 2-5th graders)

Another way to request a book is to fill out this form. Our librarian or clerk will pick out a book or books that fit your students’ interests/reading level. (This option best fits our K-1st graders)

Once you have placed your request, we will pull the items and email you a notice to choose a pick-up option. Notices will generally come from hinzpa@u4sd.org and may end up in your “junk” email folder, so please make sure you check there. 

Please feel free to email Ms. Skibar (kruselka@u4sd.org) or Ms. Hinz (hinzpa@u4sd.org) if you have any questions about placing requests or picking up items. Also, if you are on Facebook, please consider following our library page at Barkstall Bookworms. We often post updates about new books and events. 

Food Service:




  • Sites at Booker T. Washington (beginning 8/24), Jefferson Middle School, and Garden Hills
  • Open Mondays, 10am–1pm
  • No pre-order required

At-Home Delivery

  • Contact Food Services at (217) 351-3852 to set up at-home delivery.
  • Meals are delivered on Mondays from 10-11am

Technology Help Support:


If your child is having problems with his/her computer - you can call the Help Desk at 351-3801 or email helpdesk@u4sd.org

Families must fill out the following form prior to getting their device repaired (http://bit.ly/U4ChromebookIssueForm). Once the form is filled out, families will need to go to the Windsor administration building during scheduled repair hours, which are Monday-Friday from 1-4 p.m. 


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