Category: Back to School

207. Back-to-School Community Album & Photo Contest Winners REVEALED!

 It’s funny how sending our kids back to school can unleash such a range of emotions.  Getting them back into the swing of the new school year feels like such a relief but it’s a new game when your baby climbs on that big bus for the very first time.  I had a vision of the day we reach that point with our kids while viewing this photo submitted by a Barrington mom named Lindsey.
There’s something a little bittersweet about the return to school at summer’s end.  Off they go with bright eyes, a bigger shoe size and a new air of confidence you don’t remember from last year.

I’m feeling the love out there for our young students after viewing the pictures submitted for our Back to School Community Album & Photo Contest.  It is clear how much you cherish these children and we are right there with you.

From preschool to high school, there are students of all ages represented in our collection, thanks to dozens of parents who shared their favorite photos with captions.
We’ve drawn the names of 3 winners, but some of the photos caught my attention for clever touches like this one, submitted by a Barrington mom named Maria.  With that sunny smile, I have a hunch your little AJ aced his kindergarten debut!  (Even though it might have been a little rough on his mom ;)).
I picked up some great ideas for next year, thanks to the moms who took that extra step, adding info-props to their pics to forever remember these special little milestones…
We have to give a shout-out to the students who hammed it up a little for their photos.  No sign of nerves present with these kids!……

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197. Language Stars Debuts New Language Scholars Program

 We have exciting news from Language Stars, one of our Barrington Online Marketplace members here at! Now that our kids are back in school, it’s a great time to round out their schedules with an extra-curricular activity or two and Language Stars in Barrington is offering a brand new program aimed at successfully developing language skills to last a lifetime.
Language Stars’ new program is called Language Scholars and it’s designed for children between ages 3 and 8-years-old.  The academic year starts September 3rd and includes 36 weeks of classes.  Students enrolled in the program will receive six hours of language instruction per week and a 40% discount on their tuition.
Brittany Gignac is Language Stars’ Director here in Barrington.
She says their goal of the new Language Scholars program is to create more scheduling options with greater flexibility to fit families’ needs and offer more hours of student exposure to language for faster paced learning.
“The younger the kids are, the easier it is for them to learn language.  Our Language Scholars program is designed to accelerate children’s language development by complimenting their existing school schedule with language.”
Language Stars families already enrolled are raving about the new Language Scholars curriculum……

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196. Bronco Nation Football Season Kickoff TONIGHT

 Nothing captures the excitement of the new school year like the start of football season in Barrington and tonight’s the night!  We’re all invited to the FIRST EVER Bronco Nation Kick Off with a combined Pep Rally and Red & White Scrimmage at Barrington High School Stadium, starting this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
The community is welcome to join students, staff, parents, families and athletes tonight for the event sponsored by the BHS Quarterback Club “Bronco Booster Club” for the event between 4:30 and 8:45 p.m.
It’s going to be a great night of entertainment, food, music and, of course, BRONCO FOOTBALL.  Here’s the lineup of activities planned for the night……

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195. Meatheads Burger Battle Pits Football Players Against Cheerleaders in Barrington

 The stakes are high and the competition will be fierce in the first ever Barrington Burger Battle pitting BHS football players against cheerleaders at Meatheads Burgers!  Both teams have created their own signature burger which will be featured on Meatheads’ menu during football season and the competition begins with a burger eating contest on Monday night.
Come out to Meatheads for the contest kickoff at 7:30 p.m. this Monday, August 26th to watch the cheerleaders take on the football players in a burger eating contest.  Meatheads is going to lineup three 1/3 pound burgers in front of each participant and see who can eat 1 pound of burgers the fastest.
After that, things will really heat up.  The football players and the cheerleaders have each created their own Meatheads burger which will be on the menu throughout football season.  Here are the ingredients for each team’s signature burger……

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