Wildcat Weekly - The newsletter of Countryside PTO
Barrington220.org/Countryside February 5, 2016
Key Dates                      

 Kindergarten Roundup @ 7pm Feb 9 
 Countryside Cares Club Meeting Feb 10
 PTO Meeting @ 9:15am Feb 10 
 Countryside Book Swap Feb 19 
 Countryside Cares Family Movie Night Feb 26 
 5th Grade Mom/Daughters Event March 10 
 Parent Party March 12 
 5th Grade Father/Son Event April 1 
New Backpack Flyers                  Prior Backpack Flyers 

In This Issue                     

Countryside Book Swap – February 19
Please bring in your gently used elementary school books for the annual Countryside Book Swap on February 19.  Books can be dropped off in boxes, located within each grade level pod. 
Please contact Jennifer Mueller at Mueller.jen@gmail.com with any questions.
We are 3 weeks away from the 2015-16 submission deadline and only half way to our collection goal so we need your help! The deadline for turning in Box Tops for the last class party of the year is 3:40 on February 25th.  The class winning class will receive a March Munchie Madness party!  Please be sure to label your Box Tops collection sheet(found on the PTO website or in the office) or plastic bag with the teacher's name. 
Here are the current class contest leaders:
1st place- Mrs. Goetz
2nd place- Mrs. Ruer
3rd place- Ms. McMillan
4th place- Ms. Feng
5th place- Mrs. Parisi    
There is still plenty of time to help you child's class win the party so start clipping! Please contact Jamie Brashler at jamiebrashler@gmail.com with any questions.  Thank you for your support. 

Tasty Tuesday - Star Fruit - May the Fruit Be With You
The Tasty Tuesday food for February is Star Fruit and will be sampled on Tuesday (February 9).  STAR FRUIT (aka CARAMBOLA) is a tropical fruit grown in tropical areas such as South America, the Caribbean, Florida and Hawaii. They are readily available in the winter months. Click here to download an informational flyer which includes the recipe - Pickled Star Fruit submitted by Penny Kazmier. Any ?s, contact Lori Madison at loribradm@sbcglobal.net.

Countryside Family Movie Night – Friday, Feb. 26, 6-8 pm 
Bring your blankets and pillows and the whole family for this FREE event in the multi-purpose room. 
Family Movie Night at Countryside is Friday, February 26 at 6:30 pm (pizzas arrive at 6 pm) featuring: PADDINGTON
Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club will host the event and have snacks available for sale.  
Student Council will be taking pre-orders for pizzas – look for forms coming home in backpacks. 
All proceeds benefit the Countryside Cares Club “Adopt A Village” program through Free the Children. This year we are supporting the health programs in our village of Kipsongol, Kenya. 
Maternal and childhood mortality are two of the biggest health issues in Kenya. According to the United Nations, the risk of death for pregnant women is about one in 38, and nearly one out of every 100 children dies before the age of five, according to the Red Cross. The health infrastructure in rural Kenya is especially underfunded. We help in our partner communities by providing: Mobile health clinics in communities underserved by hospitals / Training programs that focus on the hygiene habits of a healthy home / Running the Baraka and Kishon Health Clinics / Creating school health clubs
We hope you will join us for this fun evening. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Countryside Cares Volunteers arrive at 5:30 – meet in Art Room for Volunteer assignments 
Pizzas arrive 6 pm with “pre-show” cartoons
Movie begins 6:30 pm
Library Volunteers Needed!
We are in need of library volunteers on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 2:40-3:40 pm. 
Mrs. Baartz needs assistance with shelving books and other small tasks in the library. It is fun, EASY and much needed!  An hour of your time is greatly appreciated. We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming activities.
Please sign up for Library Volunteer - here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Volunteer Spot:http://vols.pt/1fHZmM 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on Volunteer Spot) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - Volunteer Spot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 
Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.  
Donna Mylin  630-927-0624 donnajmylin@yahoo.com.

Please help make a difference in the lives of our Countryside families in need!
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.  A volunteer from each of the elementary school are asked to assist each Thursday morning. Once packing is complete, the volunteer is responsible for taking and dropping off the packed food to Countryside.  
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 3, 10, 17, 31
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. 
Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/3JUnyE
Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
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, please contact Countryside Coordinator, Cali Bergold at cali@chefcali.com or 312-656-1363. 
The Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club wishes to thank everyone in the community for donating coats to our winter coat drive. We set a goal to collect 320 coats and we shattered that number by far!!! Many thanks to all those who donated coats. They will now be given to Button & Zipper, an organization, founded by Ira Coleman, that puts the coats directly into the hands of those most in need. To learn more about Button & Zipper, visit http://buttonandzipper.com
What is the Countryside Cares Club?
It 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.
To learn more … Parent Coordinator: Cali Bergold cali@chefcali.com 312-656-1363 or Teacher Liaison: Barb Floyd at bfloyd@barrington220.org

Green News 
Start saving your wine corks, packing peanuts, styrofoam, CDs, DVDs and other hard to recycle items for the Green Club's Earth Day Recycling Drive!  
Saturday, April 16th, from 10-1 in the Countryside parking lot.  
Barrington Committed
Community Happenings                      

Boys Lacrosse League
Barrington Youth Lacrosse Association will host a parent information night February 8th, 2016, 7 pm to 9 pm at  McGonigal’s Pub, second floor, 105 South Cook Street, Barrington, IL. We look forward to seeing you there.

Donate to a GREAT Project!! Yard
Please help a Barrington High School student earn his Eagle Scout badge!  Kyle Kruger is collecting ANYTHING from your home (no holiday decorations please) to sell at Sunny Hill February 12-13.  The money he raises at the sale will help to build a storage cabinet and fill it with sporting good equipment (balls, skipit, jumpropes, etc.) to use during recess.  Kyle is working very hard but needs your help!  Please drop off any items to the office at Countryside by Thursday, February 11th at 4pm.  

Free Event  - February 24th…BCIC presents The Fabulous Chinese Acrobats!
Please join the Barrington Chinese Immersion Council & Barrington's Bridge to Chinese program for a free cultural event as part of the Chinese New Year Celebration. We are kicking off the Year of the Monkey with a performance by The Fabulous Chinese Acrobats.  Each year, a new troupe of acrobats skilled in all new routines is on tour and these are some of the most talented acrobats we have ever seen! The acrobats will combine astounding feats of skill, focus, and athleticism with teaching moments of Chinese culture, language, and history. Come join us for this FREE event hosted by the Barrington Chinese Immersion Council at Station Middle School on February 24th from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
To reserve your free seat, please click on this link (http://bcic.ticketleap.com/tickets/) to register. This event is open to the public. 
For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to BCIC, please visit www.bcic220.org

Please join us for an evening with Jessica Lahey, bestselling author of "The Gift of Failure," Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Barrington High School Auditorium.  Jessica Lahey is a middle and high school educator, parent and regular contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic and Vermont Public Radio. During her presentation at Barrington High School she will discuss her book and talk about the value of disappointment and encouraging children to take risks at home and at school. The book will be available for purchase and a book signing will take place immediately following the event. This event is hosted by The Barrington Speaker Series and sponsored by Barrington 220 Educational Foundation and PTO President's Council. Please RSVP by clicking this link. Please see the Flyer for more information.
Following this event, 
Wednesday, March 16, 9:30 to 11:00 am, Barrington Area Library
LINKing the Pieces Together. Discuss the themes of responsibility and failure from The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey with Barrington 220 educators.  Learn from middle school teachers what responsibilities we should expect our teenagers to develop in grades 5th-8th and why allowing them to learn failure or difficulty in the relatively low-risk middle school environment will prepare them for high school and adulthood.  The discussion will focus on middle school but parents from all grade levels are welcome to attend.  RSVP Requested. Sponsored by LINK Barrington. 
Countryside PTO, 205 W. County Line Road, Barrington, IL 60010, (847) 381-1162