Countryside Elementary: 205 W. County Line Road • Barrington, IL 60010

Countryside PTO  
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 Key Dates
Dec 23-Jan 6  
Winter Break
January 16 Box Top Contest Ends
March 14 Parent Party
December 12, 2014Countryside School

Thank you to all who participated in our Manna Gift Card fundraiser and the Panera Dine ‘N Share.  Due to your generosity these events were a big success!  If you haven’t had a chance to pick up your Manna gift cards you can do so at the front desk. 
A special thank you to Melissa Rolka, Wendy Fern, and Heidi Doyle for giving of their time during a busy holiday season to help Countryside!  You are appreciated!
Save your juice pouches and turn them into cash for Countryside!
As part of Waste Free Wednesday, Countryside is now collecting all juice pouches to be recycled and upcycled through TerraCycle.  The pouches will be shipped to this company at no charge and in return we receive $.02 per pouch for our school.  This is a fun and easy way to teach our kids the importance of reducing and reusing as well as the value of recycling.
You can help by saving any kind of juice pouch (not juice boxes), sending them to school with your child, or dropping them off in the cafeteria on any Wednesday during lunch hours.  They do not have to be washed, just make sure they are empty (straws are acceptable too).  For more information:

The competition is popping!  Remember, it’s not too late to win that popcorn party! The classroom with the most Box Tops submitted by January 16 will receive a popcorn party with fun toppings.
Thank you for all the Box Tops so far! As of December 1, the leaders are:
1. Dunn
2. Kusch
3. Blue
Keep an eye out for those pink labels because each one is worth 10 cents for Countryside School. Clip and submit your Box Tops so your class can win!  Collection sheets are available in the PTO Flyers section of the Countryside PTO website or at
You may also put them in an envelope or zip lock bag -- just don't forget to include the classroom teacher name so your student gets credit!  Please contact Box Tops coordinator Jamie Brashler at with questions.

Barrington Committed
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Young athletes were asked if they would rather be on an undefeated team and sit on the bench OR be on a losing team and get to play…. 91% said they would rather be on a losing team and get to play!
FUN is the #1 reason that a young person wants to play sports!
20 million children register for youth baseball, soccer, football and other sports; about 70% of those children will quit by the age of 13.
 Community Events
EveningLine: A Sneak Peek at College Life:  An Insiders Perspective

Wednesday, January 14th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Barrington High School, Guidance Resource Center
Learn everything you wanted to know about what to expect at college from a panel of recent BHS Alumni.  We will cover a wide variety of topics such as academics, dorm life, extracurricular activities, health and safety, etc.  Get advice from college Freshman and Sophomores about what they wish they knew before they attended college so you can be better prepared.  This program is for parents and students in grades 10th -12th.
To attend, please RSVP at  
Give New Life to Your Old Holiday Lights
Each year, thousands and thousands of feet of recycled holiday string lights are put back into productive use rather than ending up in our landfills. Recycle your old holiday lights at the Barrington Public Works, the Village of Barrington Hills or Prairieland Disposal (click here for more details). Your burned out string of lights could turn into useful products like railroad ties, valuable copper wiring or even sand that's spread on our icy winter roads!