Countryside Elementary: 205 W. County Line Road • Barrington, IL 60010

Countryside PTO  
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Key Dates
October 31 Halloween Parade & Parties
November 3 Countryside Cares
November 11 Third/Fourth Grade Musical 7pm
November 12 PTO Meeting
March 14Parent Party
October 31, 2014Countryside School

What's Now

Parents please be reminded that there is NO PARKING on County Line and Steeplechase roads in front of the school per the Barrington Hills Police Department. You may park in the SOUTH lot of the church and shuttle service to the school will be provided from 1-3:30pm

Last DAY for the WE SCARE HUNGER Food Drive
Today is the last day for the Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club and Kids Feeding Kids Halloween food drive! Please consider bringing in a bag of food to help the hungry in our local community!

Countryside Cares Blanket Challenge
Okay, Countryside families its time to take the Countryside Cares Club Blanket Challenge! We know its getting chilly outside and dumping buckets of water over your head might result in an arctic chill so we have a nice, warm, family-friendly challenge for you. From now until Monday, November 24, we are challenging our school families to make one no-sew fleece blanket so that we can donate them to families in need through Barrington Giving Day. Just imagine how many blankets we can donate if each Countryside family makes a blanket! And to make the challenge even better, we have a contest for you!

Follow these 5 easy steps ...

Step 1: Visit your local craft store (Joann fabrics in Lake Zurich for example) and purchase a no-sew fleece blanket 48 X 60.

Step 2: Plan a family night where you cut the blanket and tie it together. While you are creating the blanket (and some great family memories, too!) talk with your children about the importance of giving back and volunteering (see how great this project is).

Step 3: Then, take a picture of your family with the blanket and email the picture to Each family who sends in a picture will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 Target gift card plus a gift basket with lots of goodies. Your photo may be used in other publications so get ready to be famous! To be eligible for raffle, photos are due Monday, November 24.

Step 4: Return your finished blanket to the box located in the school office by Monday, November 24 at 4 pm.

Step 5: Feel good that you and your family made a wonderful gift for another local family in need.

Each December Barrington Giving Day invites families who are on the Free & Reduced Lunch program in Barrington School District 220 to a Giving Day. Here they receive boxes of food, warm coats, blankets, books, and gifts. Members of Barrington churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations are always generous in their support of this day. In 2013 Barrington Giving Day served 1,000 families. This included 3,000 children and senior citizens. The need is greater each year. For the 5th year, Countryside Cares Club is making blankets to donate to Giving Day.
For instructions on how to make no sew fleece blankets, Click Here. Families are responsible to purchase fabric for blankets.
Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Group Meeting This Monday, November 6 at 8 am
The Countryside Cares Volunteer Club is a student club for grades 3, 4 and 5 that meets once a month where kids engage in creative activities that benefit local and global causes. Our next meeting is this Monday. We will begin work on our blankets for Barrington Giving Day. The meeting will be held in the multi-purpose room. A light, continental breakfast will be served. Parents are encouraged to attend.
To learn more …
Contact: Kelly Henry or Cali Bergold or check the PTO website for more details We are also in need of additional adult volunteers to help with the group. If you are interested, please contact Kelly or Cali.

Yearbook Pictures Needed- Download NOW
We need your support in making our 2014-2015 yearbook a success! To assist you here are step by step instructions to make your registration process easy. We ask that all parents and teachers go to and enter access code NSBUAX (Caps) so that you can register. If you are a new user, you will need to create your account first. If you already have an account, enter your email address and password to log in.
1. Create Your Account or Log In – Must login first before Uploading Picures;
2. Click on link sent to your email – if new user;
3. Enter your login (email address) and password
4. It will take you to the “Community Upload” Page – Choose options to find pictures
5. If using smartphone or computer go to your photos and choose pictures;
6. Select Photos and Upload – Pictures must be Jpg format, 10mb and should not exceed 25 characters and include no special characters
7. Submit.
8. If your preference is to provide a hard copy of the picture, we will have a basket in the office or classroom.
Please upload any picture that relates to your child’s activity while attending Countryside Elementary School. Such activities may include: Back to School Night, First Day of School, Halloween/Winter Parties, Food Drive; Music Club, Student Council; Basketball, Concerts, Class Field Trips, Chess Club, Just Having Fun at Recess or Learning in Class. In addition, only upload pictures that are clear images; otherwise we may not be able to use.
Pictures will be requested throughout the year; so we hope you will contribute and help us create a memorable year for your child!
Thank you! Any questions please email Darla Stieper at

Thank you

We had another wonderful Fall Book Fair! Thank you to all who participated and volunteered; you helped make this fair a big success! A special thank you to Christine Stevens and John Denk for running and overseeing the book fair every step of the way! We are fortunate to have PTO members willing to put that much time and effort into our school! Happy reading everyone!


Innisbrook orders have arrived!! If you have not yet picked up your order, please do so at your earliest convenience. Orders are located in the multi-purpose room at school. Thank you!

Barrington Commited

Delaying Drinking Until Adulthood is Important!
Research tells us that the earlier kids take a first drink, the greater the likelihood that they will develop an addiction at some point during their lives.
Talk early and often!
They will hear you.
Let’s help our youth make healthy choices!

Community Events
Pumpkin Collection One Day Event

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for details.

BMS Prairie presents Charlie and the Chocolate Factory November 6-9
Click Here for more information including show times and how to order to order tickets