Wildcat Weekly - The newsletter of Countryside PTO
Barrington220.org/Countryside April 29, 2016
Key Dates                      

 Countryside Cares Meeting May 2 
 PTO Meeting  May 4 
 5th Grade Variety Show May 13 
 5th Grade Recognition May 23 
New Backpack Flyers                 Prior Backpack Flyers 

In This Issue                     

Countryside Cares Meeting and End of the the Year Celebration
Please join us Monday, May 2 at 8 am in the art room for the our last Countryside Cares meeting of the 2015-16 school year. We will celebrate a successful year with a light breakfast, special guests and surprises. Parents and siblings welcome to join the celebration! Thank you to all the students and parents who helped to make this year so SUPER! 


CC    LetItBeUs
Countryside All School Fun Run benefiting Let it Be Us
Friday, May 6, 2 pm
Countryside Cares All School Fun Run to benefit Let It Be Us, a Barrington non-profit dedicated to the adoption and education of children within the Illinois foster care system. Donations raised from the Run will benefit programs and projects that maximize the care and prospects of successful adoptions. Parents and siblings welcome to attend the Fun Run. A $5 donation per child is requested. Cash or check made payable to CUSD 220 and turned into your child''s classroom teacher. Wear red or Countryside spirit wear on May 6th! 
The PTO Presidents' Council would like to invite all PTO members to attend CAMP PTO.  Please RSVP (via the below link) and attend an amazing morning of PTO fun on May 11 from 9am-12noon.  Please see the link below to check out all the areas that will be covered in the two breakout sessions and register today!   Join fellow PTO members from across the district as they network and share ideas to help make your time volunteering as effective as possible. Whether you are taking on a new PTO position or want to get involved, we’d love to see you take advantage of this bi-annual opportunity.  See the flyer for additional details and a list of sessions.  Register at www.tinyurl.com/camppto.

Countryside Art Fair - Huge Success!
Thank you to the families that attended the 2016 Countryside Art Fair, as well as Mrs. Barnabee and the Countryside Facilities Staff for their support and assistance.
Also, a big thank you to Art Teachers Dawn Walter and Garrett Luczak for working with the students to create such beautiful work, providing the professional framing option for the art and assisting during the fair.
Lastly, a huge thank you to Aileen Fitzgerald and Cindy Galley for chairing an amazing event.  Your hard work and commitment to Countryside families is invaluable.
STILL TIME TO BUY -- If you did not make it to the event, there is still time to buy your child's artwork. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Witek at lwlw0918@gmail.com by TODAY, April 29. Framed artwork costs $27 after the fair, and 100% of the profits will go to the Countryside Art Department. 

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.  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 Countryside is asked to assist each Thursday morning. Once packing is complete, the volunteer is responsible for taking and dropping off the packed food to Countryside. 
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. 

Hoop Dreams Team receives BACF Grant!
The Hoop Dreams team is excited to announce that we requested, and received, a $5,000 grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation. This is terrific news, as these funds will be used to purchase an outdoor play package, (which consists of hockey equipment, scooters, hoops, ropes and various sports balls) for use on the outdoor basketball court. We will also have the funds to purchase an outdoor storage shed, which will make it easy for children (and supervisors) to access the equipment for recess and gym classes. The play package ensures that every child will be able to access the court, and the children will be able to use the space for basketball and much more!
The mission of the Barrington Area Community Foundation is to address the unmet needs of the community, and is a long term fund for the betterment of our community. The Foundation uses annual proceeds to support initiatives that benefit the community and maintain our quality of life. For more information on BACF, please visit www.barringtonareacommunityfoundation.org

Hoop Dreams--Last Chance for a donation or brick form!
Thank you to every child, family and community member who contributed to our Hoop Dreams Project! If you’ve made a donation (but haven’t submitted your brick form yet) you still have time…but please send in your completed form to school or to Megan meganelwell@ymail.com or Michelle michellelchase@yahoo.com. by the end of April.
If you’d still like to “Buy a Brick” and leave your lasting legacy on the paver walkway, simply fill out the attached form and send it to school. Thank you again for your support! If you have any questions, please contact Anne anne@strategyskills.com.

2016-2017 Room Parents 
Are you interested in being a Countryside Room Parent for the upcoming school year? 
If so, please complete the following form and return it to the school office by Friday, May 13th.
Room Parent teams collaborate to plan classroom parties, recruit classroom volunteers, welcome new families and support Countryside’s fabulous teaching staff.  Contact PTO Room Parent Coordinators Heidi Doyle heidimdoyle@gmail.com & Melanie Kaloustian mbkaloustian@yahoo.com with questions.  Thank you!

Book Fair THANK YOU!
Thank you to all the students, parents and staff that made our spring Scholastic Book Fair a wonderful success!  Thank you to our parent volunteers who helped out during the day and all those who helped with set up and tear down.  Your time and efforts were an enormous help!
Happy Reading!

Barrington Committed
Community Happenings                      

2016 Safety Town
BJWC Safety Town, held in a miniature layout of a real town, is an educational opportunity for children to learn all types of safety lessons.  Children who are entering kindergarten or first grade and have not previously participated are eligible to become a Safety Town camper (must be five years old by September 1, 2016).  Four sessions are offered, with classes held Monday through Friday, Session 1 June 13- 24, 9:00a.m.- 11:30 a.m.   Session 2 June 13- 24, 12:30p.m.-3:00 p.m.  Session 3: July 11- 22 9:00a.m.- 11:30 a.m.   Session 4: July 11- 22 12:30p.m.- 3:00 p.m.  Safety Town is a great way for your child to learn and practice new safety skills.  Online registration will open on Monday, April 18th at www.bjwc.org.  The Safety Town enrollment fee is $102.50 per participant. Scholarships are available based on financial need. To request a scholarship, please contact BJWC by April 18th. For more information, please visit the Barrington Junior Women’s Club website at www.bjwc.org, our BJWC Safety Town Facebook page, or e-mail bjwcsafetytown@gmail.com.

Let’s help stock up the pantry before school gets out!  There are many items that are needed to help out families over the summer.  Just a few include: sunscreen, low sodium canned goods, pasta, cereal, diapers/pull-ups, and personal hygiene products.  Please go to www.cubatownship.com/food-pantry for a full list of continuous needs.  Any and all donation can be dropped off at the Cuba Township Food Pantry or please feel free to contact Abby Reagen at alreagen@hotmail.com if you would like to set up a drop-off location at an event for delivery directly to the food pantry.  The pantry is open all summer, so please feel free to continue to donate anytime, it is greatly appreciated!

Got2Run for Education is an event that promotes wellness initiatives in schools.  Lines Elementary and Sunny Hill Elementary School participated in the run/walk last year and each school raised over $500 for our Running Club/ PE department.  

 The 12th Annual 2016 Golf Challenge
The 12th Annual 2016 Golf Challenge is being held at the Biltmore Country Club on June 23.  This is an exciting, new venue and date for this major fundraising event.  Players of all skill levels are welcome to participate in a fun, relaxing day of golf.    
The day will begin at noon with an open driving range and luncheon followed by a Shotgun start at 1 p.m.  Afterwards, golf participants and their guests are invited to an on-site reception for d’oeuvres, cocktails, and music.  
In 2015-2016, the Foundation began its partnership with District 220 on the new K-5 STEM program. The success of the Golf Outing is critical to the Foundations’ fundraising efforts. This event draws numerous donors and business sponsors from the community.
The Foundation is offering sponsorship opportunities of this exclusive golf challenge.  For more information and complete details on the event, visit www.220foundation.org.  
Countryside PTO, 205 W. County Line Road, Barrington, IL 60010, (847) 381-1162