Wildcat Weekly - The PTO Newsletter of Countryside Elementary School
Barrington220.org/Countryside December 9, 2016
Key Dates
Student Council Holiday Caroling 12/11
Tasty Tuesday 12/13
Holiday Shop 12/19-21
Holiday Parties 12/22
Winter Break     12/23-1/6
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In This Issue
Student Council Holiday Caroling
Countryside Families...please join us for Holiday Caroling at Lake Barrington Woods.
Share a “Little Love & Magic” with the Seniors this Holiday Season!
Sunday, December 11 from 12:45pm – 1:45pm. 
Holiday Shop
The holidays are right around the corner, and we have Jenny's Peguin Patch Holiday Shop coming to Countryside on Monday, December 19 through Wednesday, December 21. The shop will be open before school and during lunch.  The kids can secretly shop for their Moms, Dads, siblings, coach, etc.  There will be a wide variety of items from $ .25 ~ and up to $10.  Parent letters and budget envelopes will be coming home next week. For questions or more information, contact Mary Welsh at mcQireland@comcast.net.
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Countryside’s 2nd Annual Scripps Spelling Bee
When:  Friday, January 20, 2017  
Time:   6pm
Where: Countryside Multipurpose Room 
Who:   1st - 5th grade Countryside Students
Tasty Tuesday - Persimmons with Pizzazz!
The Tasty Tuesday food for December is persimmons and will be sampled next Tuesday, December 13. The persimmons will be cut into chunks and students will have the opportunity to sprinkle with Tajin, the Pizzazz! The Tajin was donated by the Tajin company. The Tajin will be in a small packets and students will be able to sprinkle it on themselves, if they decide to "do the pizzazz!" Click here for an informational flyer on the health benefits of persimmons.
Parents - would you like to join in on the Tasty Tuesday fun? Tastings take place during all lunch periods. Full Day Kindergarten 11:40-12pm, 1st & 2nd Grade 12-12:20pm, 3rd Grade 12:20-12:40, 4th Grade 12:40-1pm, and 5th Grade 1-1:20pm. If you are available to help (for a one or all lunch periods), contact Lori Madison at loribradm@sbcglobal.net or Lydia Holsteen at lydiaholsteen@yahoo.com.
Countryside Cares Club joined forces with Countryside Student Council to continue to collect coats for homeless and at-risk youth through the organization Button & Zipper. 
We are looking for men’s, women’s and children’s outerwear. We have teamed up with a Chicagoland School in need of coats. Please bring your clean, gently used donations to the drop box outside of the office.
Please spread the word.
There will be no meeting in January 2017.   
Thank you to all the families that purchased gift cards from Manna this year. We appreciate your support! A extra thank you to Joni Smego for all your hard work on this fundraiser!
In the Community
Barrington Giving Day
Saturday December 10
Station Middle School
Each December, Barrington Giving Day invites families on the Free and Reduced lunch program residing in Barrington 220 School District to a Giving Day. Families receive food, warm coats, hats, gloves, snow pants, boots, books, blankets, and gifts. Members of Barrington churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations have always been generous in their support of this day.  Giving Day 2014 helped over 750 families, which included 2,500 children, and senior citizens. These families live in our school district and are our friends and neighbors. Each year the need is greater.
For more information, click here
Cub Scout Pack 187:
Come One, Come All to the Pack 187 Pancake Breakfast!
When: This Saturday, December 10th, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where: Countryside Multi-Purpose Room
Menu: Pancakes, Bacon, Oranges, Coffee, Orange Juice
Cost: Donations accepted, not required.
Cooks & Servers: The Cub Scouts of Pack 187!
Honor a Teacher this Holiday Season with a Donation to the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation!
Show your appreciation for any District Teacher or Staff member with a Teacher Tribute. Each Honoree will receive a personalized seasonal card to commemorate your donation to the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation. Cards will be delivered to all schools the week before Winter Break. Honorees will also be acknowledged on the Educational Foundation website.
In order for the staff member to receive your Tribute prior to the winter break, gifts must be received by December 14.
Click here to make your Teacher Tribute today!  
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