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

Countryside PTO  

Wildcat Weekly
 Key Dates
September 2 Fifth Grade Back-To-School Night
September 10 Monthly PTO Meeting at 9:15am
September 11 Back-To-School Night (K - 4th Grade)
August 22, 2014
Countryside School

 What's Now
Dear Countryside Parents,
We trust that you had a safe and rejuvenating summer! It is exciting (and a bit challenging) to be back at school, on a schedule, meeting new teachers and friends.  For those of you who have been at Countryside for some time, as well as those of you who are new to the school, your PTO Executive Board sends you its warmest 'Welcome!'
Our PTO is a group of men and women working together towards a common focus...the education of our children. We strive to create an atmosphere where both teachers and administrators can do their best work - and so can our children.
There's so much more that can be accomplished, and we need your help. We are moms and dads, uncles and aunts, and grandparents who care about our children and their education.  We are welcoming and friendly.  We are your neighbors and we share many of the same concerns that you do.
But that's not the only reason to become active with the Countryside PTO.  There have been more than 500 independent studies about parent involvement in school, and the results are amazing!  When parents get involved in their children's education, studies show that grades go up, test scores go up, and children become more likely to attend better schools after high school.
Volunteering doesn't mean a huge time commitment.  We have tasks that can be performed in the evenings, during the day, or some that don't even involve you coming to the school. Please reach out to us to find out about the many activities that we plan and how we partner with our teachers and staff.
Won't you join us?  I invite you to take a look at the Countryside Website and click through to the PTO link. Our first PTO meeting will be September 10 at 9:15 am.  Babysitting is provided and little ones are always welcome to join us!  We will also host two evening PTO meetings this year (in October and February), and we have a full schedule of events for our children planned for the upcoming school year.
Becoming active in the PTO is very easy, and it really does makes a difference!
Please feel free to contact either of us with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you at school and at our upcoming events.
With warmest regards,
Anne Horwath 
Countryside PTO Co-President
Countryside PTO Co-President

School Supply Packs
Parents who ordered school supplies at the end of last year found them conveniently placed in their students' classrooms at 'Meet the Teacher' day. Thank you very much to Ven Phyllis for her tireless efforts and dedicated work as the School Pack Chair.  Her commitment to this program made shopping for back to school supplies a breeze.  Thank you Ven!

Back-to-School Ice Cream Social 

Countryside celebrated back to school with a well-attended Ice Cream Social on Thursday, August 21. Returning students, families, and teachers enjoyed catching up with one another, while new families got to experience the welcoming community that is Countryside. Thank you to Lisa Witek and Josie Mo for planning this event. Also, thank you to Mr. Domanico for providing music for the event and supervising the games.