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  • Summer 2021

    Dear River Grove School Community,

    I know all of the Royals are happy to have a beautiful summer ahead of us with warm weather, sunshine and an ability to be back to normal activities. Enjoy!

    While the 2020-21 school year was challenging, RGS finished strong. We held two onsite graduation ceremonies and continued with our annual Blast Off and Dinner Dance, this time in a tent at the Gazebo. We wish our graduated eighth grade students the very best of luck as they move on to high school. We cannot wait to hear about their great experiences as freshmen!

    In order to support students who had challenges with learning this past year, RGS is holding a full day robust summer school, providing academic and social emotional support along with fun recreational activities. We have about 100 students participating and the Royals are having a great time! 

    While families and most staff members are on break, summer is not a break for the school district. This is a time when the Board of Education and Administration reflect on goals and accomplishments and make plans for the 2021-22 school year, in order to continue the district’s growth. We are currently planning for increasing our learning support options for students, both during and after school, in order to improve learning outcomes for all students. And, the district is creating a defined continuum of services for students with learning or social emotional needs.

    This is also the time when projects to update the buildings and grounds occur. If you walk past the school this summer you will see significant construction as we replace exterior doors, windows and heat and air conditioning units, all for the safety and comfort of our school community, and for energy efficiency.

    We expect all of our students on site for a full day of school in the Fall. Depending on requirements for schools, determined by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health, lunch locations and some events may be different than in the past. More information on back to school plans will be shared with families in early August.

    The 2021-22 school year begins on Wednesday, August 18 for the first day of school, followed by the Ice Cream Social at 6 pm. The school calendar is posted on the website.

    I look forward to seeing you in person at some of the wonderful Fall events at RGS!

    All my best,
    Dr. Rashid


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