Dear Countryside Parents,
The lyrics of a song are often the best way to capture our thoughts and feelings as we reflect on our past. When thinking about the accomplishments we’ve had this year as a PTO, we’re reminded by Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music” that “Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could…” So much has been been done this year, and it’s clear that a lot of something; namely, great ideas, collaboration and much hard work brought us to the end of our school year with many wonderful things to celebrate.
We started our year with a fun, though sticky, Back-to-School Ice Cream Social and dove right in with fundraisers such as Innisbrook, Spirit Wear and Manna to give us the opportunity to fulfill teachers’ wish lists. We were able to purchase items that not only enhance our children’s education but also our school’s environment. These items included a personalized Countryside Rug for the main vestibule, wall clocks for the primary playground, reading rockers for the library, a collection of multi-level Chinese books for our School Library, a recess package so that PE teachers have separate equipment for use during recess, and various reading resources.
In the spring, due to the success of our “Saddle Up Countryside” fundraiser, we were able to support the purchase of 30 ukeleles for the music room, cross country skis and boots for the PE department, playaways for the Library and supplemental reading materials for Grades 2 & 5.
But, the year wasn’t just about purchasing meaningful things for our school, it was also about providing our children and families with enriching events that brought our whole Countryside community together. Tasty Tuesdays, Countryside Cares meetings and Movie Night, Jump Rope Club, the Mother and Daughter "Girls Night Out,” Walking Club, the “super” Art Fair and Field Day—these are some of the PTO sponsored events that were made possible by our many volunteers.
We are indeed fortunate to have had this amazing year, and we express our gratitude to all those who not only made these events and purchases possible, but all those who participated with their families, as well. We wish each of you relaxing summer days! And so, with that, we say, “So long, farewell, aufwiedersehen, goodbye….”
Purnima Bhogaraju & Anne Horwath
Countryside PTO Co-Presidents
We hope your children enjoyed the books they were able to 'swap' with other students at the PTO Book Swap on Friday, May 30. The Chairs would like to thank the following parents for volunteering their time to make this a successful event:
Thank you to the parents who have given permission to their children to donate their gently used or unused school supplies to Tools for Schools. As students clean out their desks, they can donate their used clipboards, scissors and notebook paper. Boxes have been placed in each pod for the collection of these items. Thank you Lindsay Golich for organizing this year's collection of used school supplies.