Wildcat Weekly - The PTO Newsletter of Countryside Elementary School
Barrington220.org/Countryside October 21, 2016
Key Dates
No School  Oct 21 
5th Grade Mother/Daughter Girls' Night Out Oct 27 
Box Top Collection Ends  Oct 27
Food Drive Ends  Oct 28 
Blue Ribbon Reception  Nov 10 
Veterans Day Celebration    Nov 11 
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In This Issue
Thank you to all the volunteers, families and students that helped make the fall Bookaneer Book Fair a GREAT success!  We hope everyone enjoys a new book over the long weekend!
Thank you to our wonderful bakers who made the Teacher Preview so tasty!  Your treats were very much appreciated.
Veteran's Day - Invitation for Veterans to Celebrate With Us!
We invite any interested local veterans and family members to attend Countryside Elementary School’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony. 
DATE:  Friday, November 11 at 11am
LOCATION:  Countryside Gym 
Please RSVP by November 1 through this link: https://goo.gl/RVwSWE or call the Countryside School Office at 847- 381-1162
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Student Council joins forces with Button & Zipper for a Coat Drive. 
Last year, Countryside collected more than 300 coats that were donated to Button & Zipper!  Student Council is looking for men's, women's and children's outerwear.  We are collecting for a school in the Chicagoland area in need of our help to stay warm.  Our goal this year is to collect 600 coats.
Please bring your donations to the Countryside office. 
For more information, email bfloyd@barrington220.org or smcmillan@barrington220.org
Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Group Meeting
Monday, November 7 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. At our November meeting, we will work on our no-sew fleece to donate to Barrington Giving Day. The meeting will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. A light, continental breakfast will be served. Parent helpers are needed for the November meeting to help children with blankets! 
Blankets   No-Sew
Also, keep bringing in non-perishable food items in the bag provided (or supply your own) and bring it back to school by Friday, October 28. Donations will be collected in the front hallway.
Green Club News
Thank you everyone who came out for our first Green Club movie night. It was a great night!  A special thanks to all of you who volunteered and contributed to make this a successful event. We were able to raise close to $3,000!  These funds will go directly towards a new recycling station for our cafeteria and materials for our school garden project.
Our next Green Club meeting will be held Thursday, November 10 at 8am in the Art Room.
Parents interested in volunteering in the cafeteria to facilitate recycling and food recovery, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f49a8ab29a13-countryside
Any questions, email Heather Ewalt: hgratza@yahoo.com
Thank you Countryside for your Box Tops! Families have been submitting the pink labels to raise funds and, hopefully, win a pizza party for their classroom. The class that submits the most Box Tops by Thursday, October 27, at 3:40pm wins!
Here are the current rankings
Also, we have lots of undesignated box tops. Please note the teacher's name must be included on the sheet or plastic bag for the box tops to count toward the contest.
For more information on the Box Tops program, go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/. If you have questions, please contact Jamie Brashler at jamiebrashler@gmail.com or Lindsay Golich at lgolich@hotmail.com.
Annual Countryside PTO Fifth Grade Mother/Daughter Girls' Night Out
Countryside School Library
Thursday, October 27
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Please join us for a special night out including photo booth, snacks, gifts and girl talk for fifth grade girls and their moms. The event, led by social worker Pat Garrity, is designed to encourage more comfort in discussing and understanding the personal changes of puberty; offering practical ideas in a lighthearted manner. There is a relaxed atmosphere supporting the bright side of adolescence and replacing any hesitancy with enthusiasm and confidence. Overall, the evening focuses on the girls being kind to one another.
If any girl is coming without her mother, please include this information with your response. Grandmas, aunts or another special woman to the fifth grader is welcome!
To sign up, please go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C44A4AB2BA7F49-annual  by October 20.
Shhhhh...As a special part of the evening, please bring pictures of your fifth grader as:
  • An infant
  • Toddler
  • At age five or six
  • And a picture of yourself in fifth grade or junior high
These pictures will be used to enhance the program. Please, please keep the pictures a secret!
Please contact Jamie Brashler at jamiebrashler@gmail.com or 847-736-8813 with questions.
In the Community
LINK Community Coffee...Navigating Social Relationships 
Thursday, November 17, 9:30 to 11:00 am, Barrington Area Library
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LINKing the Pieces Together. Learn strategies to help our tweens and teens navigate friendships and social interactions.  We will continue the discussion started by Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen.  Facilitated by Rita Rippentrop, Director of Barrington Youth and Family Services, this is a great alternative if you can’t make Wiseman’s evening presentation on November 9.  Don’t miss this opportunity to further discuss her book and ideas with other parents.  RSVP requested.  Sponsored by LINK Barrington.  
Barrington Giving Day
Saturday December 10
Station Middle School
Each December, Barrington Giving Day invites families on the Free and Reduced lunch program residing in Barrington 220 School District to a Giving Day. Families receive food, warm coats, hats, gloves, snow pants, boots, books, blankets, and gifts. Members of Barrington churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations have always been generous in their support of this day.  Giving Day 2014 helped over 750 families, which included 2,500 children, and senior citizens. These families live in our school district and are our friends and neighbors. Each year the need is greater.
For more information click here
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