Countryside PTO  
Wildcat Weekly - The newsletter of Countryside PTO January 30, 2015
Key Dates                      

Book Swap Collection January 12 - February 6
Six Flag Reading Logs Due     January 30 
Countryside Cares Club Meeting    February 2
Parent University-PARCC Test (HS Guidance Center)  February 5 
Book Swap February 6
PTO Meeting   February 11 
Countryside Movie Night                      February 20
Boxtop contest end February 25 
Parent Party
March 14

In This Issue                       

Book Swap: February 6
Please remember to donate your gently used, elementary-level and pre-teen books for the Friday, February 6 PTO Book Swap. Receptacles have been placed in each grade level POD for students to deposit books.
Volunteers Needed: We need some help with this event, to include set-up, during the event and/or tear-down. Just an hour of your time would make a big difference. Please contact Jennifer Mueller at if you can provide some assist for this event. Thank you. 
To assist you, we have attached step by step instructions to make your registration process easy. Secondly, 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 & Category – Pictures must be Jpg format,          10mb and should not exceed 25 characters and include no special          characters
7.      Submit.
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.
 2014-2015 Yearbook Committee 

Blessings in a Backpack provides students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program with four to five food items to take home over the weekend.  We're pleased to announce Barrington Children's Charities will be funding the Blessings in a Backpack Program for ALL 8 elementary schools in Barrington 220 School District, for a period of three years - the first in the country that funds all elementary schools in one district!
Packing takes place every Thursday from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the multi-purpose room at Sunny Hill School, 2500 Helm Rd., Carpentersville.  Two volunteers from each of the elementary school are asked to assist each Thursday morning. Once packing is complete, one of the volunteers is responsible for taking and dropping off the packed food to Countryside.  
For more information, please visit:
Volunteers are needed! To help with this worthwhile cause and make a difference in our community, please visit VolunteerSpot for signups
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address or sign up through VolunteerSpot, please contact Countryside Coordinator, Cali Bergold at or 312-656-1363. 


Countryside Cares Volunteer Club
Mark your calendars!  The next Countryside Cares meeting will be Monday, February 2 at 8 a.m. in the Art Room.   We will be planning the Movie Night (Friday, February 20) to raise funds for our Adopted Village in Kenya.  Help us choose the movie!
Countryside Family Movie Night
Mark your calendars for a Family Movie Night at Countryside on Friday, February 20 at 6pm.  Bring your blankets and pillows and the whole family for this FREE event.  The movie will be announced in February and will be shown in the multi-purpose room.  Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club will host the event and have snacks available for sale.  All proceeds will benefit the Countryside Cares ‘Adopt A Village’ program which supports a village in Kenya.  We hope you will join us for this fun evening. All children attending must be accompanied by an adult.
Please note that donations of candy and drinks are being graciously accepted. Contact Kelly Henry at if you would like to donate snacks for this event. 

Please turn in your Six Flags Read to Succeed forms TODAY to your classroom teacher in order to receive a free ticket to Six Flags for summer 2015. 
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Regular exercise – 
Helps your mood, keeps you healthy & is fun!
Exercise is important to maintaining overall health.
In a recent study in Nebraska, students classified as aerobically fit were 2.4 times more likely to pass math tests and 2.2 times more likely to pass reading tests over students who were not aerobically fit.
Community Happenings                      
Parent University
February 5th 6:30-8:00pm
Parent University “Understanding the PARCC Test” (High School Guidance Center)

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