Wildcat Weekly - The newsletter of Countryside PTO
Barrington220.org/Countryside October 2, 2015
Key Dates                      

 BHS Homecoming Parade Oct 3 
 Countryside Cares 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders    Oct 5 
 Hoop Dreams Pep Rally Oct 5 
 Green Club Meeting    Oct 17 
New Backpack Flyers               Prior Backpack Flyers 
                         Box Top Flyer 
  Box Top Collection Sheet
  5th Grade Run 

Clothing Drive Flyer
  PTO Fee Letter   

In This Issue                     


Countryside School is walking in the BHS Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 3.  Meet Mrs. Floyd and Miss McMillan at the Barrington Train Station (parking lot by Wool Street) at 9:45 am.  The parade starts at 10:15 am.  Wear your Countryside School Spirit Wear or your Halloween costume.  The BHS theme for the parade is “Haunted Homecoming.”  If you wish to participate, please bring 5-6 bags of wrapped candy to pass out.  Parents are encouraged to walk with their children – bring the whole family!  Don’t forget to bring your candy and a bucket!  Download the flyer here.

Hoop Dreams
Hoop Dreams Pep Rally on Monday, October 5, 2015
Come and get your “Cheer” on as all of the children, teachers, and staff celebrate the announcement of our exciting Hoop Dreams Project! Consider joining us on Monday, October 5 at 9 am in the Multipurpose Room to learn about the “Coins 4 the Court” challenge AND learn about the exciting event that will be WON by the winning grade!
In true pep rally fashion please have children wear RED or spiritwear to show Countryside pride!  
This will be a short, high impact program designed to encourage EVERY child and family to participate in this terrific initiative. Our fundraising timeline is short and EVERY dollar counts towards our goal of installing the courts in June of 2016.
Look to this space in the Wildcat Weekly for more highlights and exciting updates about our legacy project.
If you have questions or would like to become involved, please contact Anne Horwath at anne@strategyskills.com.
Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Group
First Meeting Monday, Oct. 5 at 8 am in the Art Room
Countryside Cares Club is a student club, for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, that meets once a month. Students engage in creative activities that benefit local and global causes. Over the course of the school year, students will be introduced to a variety of causes and projects. They will learn about issues behind the causes they are supporting and will help educate their fellow students. The Countryside Cares Volunteer Club is an excellent social activity as well as one that fosters leadership and compassion.
Meetings are held the first Monday of each month, before school at 8 am in the Art Room. This year’s club is open to attend whatever meetings you can. You can join any time!
Our first meeting is Monday, October 5 at 8 am when we will work on our annual food drive, “We Scare Hunger.” The Countryside Cares Club partners with the Kids Feeding Kids Club to sponsor our annual Halloween food drive to help feed our local community. All donations will be provided to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
A light, continental breakfast will be served. Parents are encouraged to attend.
To learn more …Contact: Cali Bergold at cali@chefcali.com 312-656-1363. We are also in need of additional adult volunteers to help with the group. If you are interested, please contact Cali. 

Virtual Backpack
A quick reminder that this year Countryside is trying to put most flyers on the Virtual Backpack instead of sending them home as a physical sheet of paper.  This helps our school to stay green and cuts down on our paper bill!  In order for this program to work, however, parents need to check out the Virtual Backpack on the Countryside website on a regular basis.  Just go to www.barrington220.org/countryside and click on the Virtual Backpack link on the right side of the screen (just under the Countryside logo) to view flyers from our school and the district.  Any questions, please call the office at 847-381-1162.


Green Club
The Green Club had a fantastic and well-attended kick-off meeting!  We made t-shirts to promote the Clothing Drive that will be held on Oct. 17th from 10 a.m -2 p.m. at Countryside. Students discussed the importance of a green club and came up with their own goals, including a school garden.  The next meeting will be held on October 15th from 3:45-4:45 in Mrs. Ruer’s classroom.  
Green Club  


Keep clipping those Box Tops! Be sure to write your child's teacher's name on either the collection sheet or a plastic baggie so the class will get credit.  The class with the most Box Tops turned in by October 29th will win a class pizza party!!!!!
Here are the current class leaders:
1st place: Nelson
2nd place: Mack
3rd place: Gorges
4th place: Kusch
5th place: Floyd 
There is still time to help your child's class win so CLIP, CLIP, CLIP

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Countryside every time you shop, at NO COST TO YOU! When you shop at smile.amazon.com you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient experiences as at Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of every purchase to Countryside.   
With the holiday season approaching, now is the perfect time to select Countryside PTO as your charitable organization to support! Here are the simple steps to set it up:
2. sign in with your email and Amazon password (or sign-up if you don't have an Amazon account yet)
3. towards the bottom right there is a search box. Type in Parent-Teacher Organization of Countryside School and hit search
4. Select our school in Barrington IL
Once you select the school a Thank you box should pop up verifying the Parent-Teacher Organization of Countryside School.
In order for the school to get credit for the order you have to shop on smile.amazon.com. When you are on the site you will see Supporting: Parent-Teacher Organization of Countryside School under the search box. 
Please pass this info onto your family, friends, and co-workers so they can support Countryside while shopping! 
Please contact Cathy at cmarie313@yahoo.com or 847-791-5584 with any questions
Countryside Committed Week - THANK YOU!
Thank you to Shelby Elias and and Beth Wiggenhorn for chairing the Countryside Committed Week events. All week long, the children learned about the importance of: Sleep, Hydration, Nutrition, Stress Management and Teamwork. 
Family Fit Night - THANK YOU!
Thank you to Anne Horwath and Gillian Stoettner for chairing the Countryside Family Fit Night.  It was a fabulous event where many Countryside families learned about the importance of: Sleep, Hydration, Nutrition, Stress Management and Teamwork. 
Also, a big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped host the various stations and provided everyone with a wealth of information and fun.  
- 4th grade teacher, Bill Glees
- Special Services-Aide, Brenda Mota
- School Nurse, Mary Anne Wesoloski
- PE Teachers; Ari Kolitsas, Matt Mulvaney and Ryan Stengren
- Miwa Gardi from Heroic Fitness in Hoffman Estates
Children were excited to participate in all of the activities, and the parents had tremendous fun trying to keep up with their children and the instructors for each activity. 
Save your unwanted clothes, stuffed animals, blankets and other textiles!
Countryside School is hosting a clothing drive with Chicago Textile Recycling on Saturday, Oct. 17th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  This is a great way to recycle used clothing, keeping it out of landfills, while raising money for our school at the same time.  For a complete list of acceptable items, visit: http://www.chicagotextilerecycling.com/Drives.php  
Click here for Flyer 

Barrington Committed
Weekly Tip – Sleep
“A good night’s sleep helps children grow.”
 - The brain releases “HGH” into the body when you sleep.
 - “HGH” stands for Human Growth Hormone and helps children grow.  The body produces this hormone naturally.  
 - Getting a good night’s sleep and going to bed at the same time each night are important for growth.
Community Happenings                      

How to Raise a Successful Adult Speaker
BHS PTO “parent points” are hosting a great speaker JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS on Tuesday, October 13th. 7PM

 Click here for the flyer.


LINK Community Coffee...How to Raise a Successful Adult
Tuesday, October 20, 9:30 to 11:00 am, Barrington Area Library
LINKing the Pieces Together. Delve deeper into the parenting strategies discussed by Julie Lythcott-Haims in her book How to Raise an Adult. Learn to identify ways that you might ‘overparent’ and discuss ways parenting can help foster resilience, independence, self-efficacy and a sense of purpose in our children & teens. Facilitated by Barrington 220 psychologists and social workers, this is a great alternative if you can’t make Haims’ evening presentation on October 13.  And for those of you who are able to attend, don’t miss this opportunity to further discuss her book and ideas with other parents.  RSVP requested.  Sponsored by LINK Barrington.  

Countryside PTO, 205 W. County Line Road, Barrington, IL 60010, (847) 381-1162