Countryside PTO  
Wildcat Weekly - The newsletter of Countryside PTO May 1, 2015
Key Dates                      

Countryside Cares Meeting  May 4 
Online Registration for returning students  May 6 - 20 
PTO Meeting 2:30Pm     May 14 
Countryside Cares 5K  May 15 
Drive Thru Food Drive  May 19 
Drive Thru Food Drive   May 20 
Field Day     May 22 

In This Issue                     


Register for Countryside Cares 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run!
Reduced Rate Through May 8!
Join us on Friday, May 15th for the 5th annual Countryside Cares 5K/1 Mile Fun Run.  This year’s beneficiary will be JourneyCare, a hospice and palliative care organization that makes every moment count for those touched by serious illness and loss.  The race activities will take place on Countryside School grounds. Awards for top 5K runners in the adult and student divisions, male and female categories, and top student finishers in the 1 Mile Fun Run. Come enjoy music, raffles and concessions while you cheer on this year’s competitors! Pre-registration is $15 through May 8th and $20 after May 8th.  Click here for the registration form.
Class with the most participants will win a smoothie party! 
Don't forget to train with the Running Club next week in the afternoon on the 27th and 30th and in the morning on May 1st! Click here for the flyer.
If you are interested in volunteering or donating an item to the concessions, please contact Kelly Henry at or Cali Bergold at   Thanks in advance for your support!



Countryside wins Zero-Waste Lunch Challenge!
Our students did an outstanding job eliminating waste in the cafeteria on Earth Day and earned their extra hour of recess.  By minimizing packaging and leftover food, we were able to reduce our total waste by 25% from last year!  All of our recycling efforts paid off as we only had 5 lbs. of waste sent to a landfill for all grades. Let’s put forth the same effort everyday so our Earth (and Mauricio Mata, our school custodian) will benefit! If students can learn to make less trash at lunch, they can apply it to other aspects of everyday life.



Last Countryside Cares Volunteer Club Meeting- Monday, May 4 8 am

Please join us for the last Countryside Cares monthly meeting Monday, March 4 at 8 am in the Art Room.
We will be working on the Countryside Cares 5k. 
If you have questions, please contact Kelly Henry at  All 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are welcome to attend the meeting.   A light breakfast will be served and parents are welcome (and encouraged) to attend.


PTO Volunteer Opportunities for 2015-1016!!! 
Countryside needs your help!  Now is the time to fill positions for the upcoming school year.  
Please consider volunteering for these open committee positions:
* School Packs Co-Chairs – 1 positions
If you are interested, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee:
Nicole Koviak -
Heidi Doyle -
Darby Hills -

Room Parents 2015-2016
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 15th.  Sign up to be a Room Parent!  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 and Nicole Koviak with questions.  Thank you!

Shop ‘n Share
Those April showers will surely bring May flowers if you shop at the Barn Nursery between Friday, May 15th and Thursday, May 21st!  10% of your garden center purchase will be donated to the Countryside PTO!  Help our school thrive along with your gardens!  The Barn Nursery offers over 8 acres full of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and garden decor.   Grow your garden and our school, too!  
The Barn Nursery is at 8109 S. Rt. 31, Cary, IL 60013 - located at the corner of Rt. 31 and Rakow Road.  Flyers will be coming home soon or you can download the flyer here and bring the bottom portion with you when you shop.  Exclusions include: labor, delivery, final sales, special orders, sod, top soil, gift cards and bulk mulch.  If you have any questions please contact Julie Joyce at
Food Drive 
Student Council along with the Kids Feeding Kids Club will sponsor our 4th Annual Food Drive Thru on Tuesday, May 19th from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m and 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, May 20th from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. We will be collecting all types of nonperishable food items and staples for the home like toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, dish-washing soap,  shampoo, laundry soap etc. for the Cuba Township Food Pantry. More than 100 Barrington area families are in need of our support to make it through the summer. Click here for flyer.


Online Registration for returning students  May 6-20
Please be sure to register your child(ren) for the 2015-2016 school year on Infinite Campus.  Registration will be open May 6-20. 
Community Happenings                      
Barrington 220 School District - Parent Bowling League
2015 – 2016 School Year
For more information click here. 
Safety Town 
Safety Town participants learn important safety lessons through hands-on activities and demonstrations. The facility at Orchard Church in Barrington was built in 1997 through community support and is an integral part of the program. This miniature layout of a town was built to give children hands-on experience in using safety skills. Safety topics covered include pedestrian, motorist, fire, bicycle, water, poison, electrical, animal and playground safety as well as stranger danger. Movies, songs, poems, art and field trips to the Barrington Police & Fire Department are also included in the program to help children enjoy and understand safety rules and lessons.
Children residing in Barrington and surrounding communities (Lake Zurich, Palatine, Fox River Grove, Cary, Carpentersville, etc.) who will be entering kindergarten or first grade (must be 5 years old by 9/1/2015) will be able to participate as a Safety Town Camper.  
They are also in need of Volunteers, students having finished 6th, 7th, and 8th grade as of this summer.
Online registration will open on Monday, April 20th. Visit for more information or to access our online registration form at that time.

LINK Community Coffee….Mindset in the Classroom and Beyond
NEW DATE! Thursday, May 7, 9:30 to 11:00 am, Barrington Area Library
LINKing the Pieces Together. Learn how Barrington 220 educator and parent, Sarah Giunchedi, uses the mindset approach in her classroom and at home.  Participants will learn how to apply mindset research to enhance their lives. There will be a short presentation with time for questions and discussion.  A great alternative if you can’t attend Carol Dweck’s evening presentation or just want to learn more about Mindset!
Got2Run for Education, May 16
The District 220 Foundation has decided that the funds raised by participants in this year’s Got2Run For Education event will go directly to the PTO’s at each school.  Click here for Flyer. Feel free visit the website ( for more information on the event 

Countryside PTO, 205 W. County Line Road, Barrington, IL 60010, (847) 381-1162