Countryside PTO  

August 28, 2015

Wildcat Weekly - The newsletter of Countryside PTO August 28, 2015
Key Dates                      

 First PTO Meeting (9:15 - 10:15am) Sept 9
 5th Grade Timber-Lee Sept 14 - 16
 Family Fit Night (6:00 - 8:00pm) Sept 25
Backpack Flyers.

In This Issue                     


Reduce Waste
Fit & Fresh Fundraising
All orders are due TODAY. If you haven't done so, please return your white and yellow Fit & Fresh order forms along with a check made payable to Countryside PTO in the large envelope provided. Please contact Cathy at or at 847-791-5584 with any questions. We thank you for your support in helping Countryside become a more waste free school!
RAFFLE ALERT: Any order made will be placed in a drawing for reusable items from the catalog, so be sure to place your order! 

BTS Ice Cream Social - Highest Attendance 
Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed some delicious Culver's ice cream at the Social.  It was great to have so many families come together and celebrate back-to-school as one Countryside Family.  We believe it was one of the highest attended Socials in the history of Countryside!
Also, a huge thank you to Darby Hills and Jenny Welsh for all of their efforts and time in chairing such a fantastic event.

Library Volunteers Needed!
We are in need of library volunteers on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 2:40-3:40 pm. 
Mrs. Baartz needs assistance with shelving books and other small tasks in the library. It is fun, EASY and much needed!  An hour of your time is greatly appreciated. We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming activities.
Please sign up for Library Volunteer - here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Volunteer Spot: 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on Volunteer Spot) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - Volunteer Spot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 
Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.  
Donna Mylin  630-927-0624

Countryside Library Wishlist!
Welcome to the Countryside Library Wishlist!  There are always wonderful titles that we would love to add to our library to expand our selection for student enjoyment.  If your family would like to donate a wishlist book to the library, your child will be the first to check out the book and will have a bookplate inserted into the inside cover.  
We have separate wishlists for the following: chapter books, transitional chapter book, picture books, early readers, graphic novels, and nonfiction.  Each list includes titles that have been positively reviewed by professional journals such as School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Horn Book.  Titles also include requests from students and teachers.  The wishlist will change as titles are fulfilled or new requests are submitted.  
Follow these simple steps to fulfill a wishlist request!  We thank you and your family for your generosity and support of Countryside's Library.
1. Browse a wishlist category: chapter books, picture books, early readers or nonfiction. Category pages may be found in the navigation bar to the left.
2. Choose a title from the wishlist.
3. Find out more about the title by clicking on the book's cover.  This will bring you to a book summary and available reviews.
4. Fulfill the wishlist title by submitting the Google Form and sending in a check to the library for the cost made out to "Countryside Library".
5. Wishlist orders will be placed at the end of every month for all titles for which we have received payment.  Books take two to three weeks to arrive.  When the book arrives, your child's name will be included on a bookplate on the inside cover and your child will be the first to check out the book.  

Calling all Countryside Wildcats! 
Spiritwear sales will run from August 30-September 23.  All orders placed during this time will earn Countryside money! You can view our online store at and orders are placed online for your convenience.  All orders placed during this period will receive FREE SHIPPING and will be delivered directly to your HOME. The higher the sales during this period, the higher the percentage Countryside earns!   
Don't forget to show your school spirit on Fridays by wearing red or your Countryside clothes(spiritwear, field day shirts, or Countryside Cares).  
Please contact Alix Soske at or Darby Hills at with any questions. 


TR     Red
Heinen's Tasteful Rewards/Target REDcard
Countryside earns money on every purchase made at these two stores and is at no extra cost to you. You simply have to enroll or renew your existing cards.  For Heinen's you must update your preferences each school year.  Heinen's will donate up to 1% of your spending to our PTO.  Every time you shop at Target with your REDcard you benefit with a 5% savings and our school benefits with up to 1% of your purchase. 
To renew at Heinen's go to Click on the "Tasteful Rewards Program" in the Quick Links section near the bottom of the website.  Sign in and click School Donation Program on the bottom right. Click on My Profile in the upper right corner. Fill out the Your School of Choice (Barrington Hills, Countryside). Click on Save Changes
Target: Go to "have a REDcard?" and register. Both the credit and debit card will earn for our school.  If you already enrolled and have selected Countryside as your school there is no need to renew.  
Please contact Nicole Koviak at with any questions. 
The class with the most Box Tops collected by October 29th will win a class pizza party so keep clipping! Be sure to ask family, friends, and co-workers to collect their Box Tops to support your child.  Each one is worth 10 cents for our school! A flyer and label collection sheet will be coming home soon. 
Please contact Jamie Brashler at with any questions. 
Save your unwanted clothes, stuffed animals, blankets and other textiles!
Countryside School is hosting a clothing drive with Chicago Textile Recycling on Saturday, Oct. 17th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  This is a great way to recycle used clothing, keeping it out of landfills, while raising money for our school at the same time.  For a complete list of acceptable items, visit:  
Click here for Flyer 
Community Happenings                      

An evening with poet Taylor Mali 
This event is open to all parents - not just high school parents.   
Barrington High School and the Broncos Read program welcomes renowned poet Taylor Mali to the BHS Auditorium for a free event Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. All interested community members are welcome to attend. Mali will also speak to students during the day as part of the BHS Day of Literacy. 
This event is the culmination of a new summer reading initiative to help instill a passion for literacy in students and staff.
Click here for Flyer 

Barrington Youth Basketball 
Calling all 2nd-5th grade boys! Join Barrington Youth Basketball, the fast track to playing varsity basketball for Barrington High School! 4th-5th graders: “Skills I” begins September 12; participation is mandatory for 5th graders seeking placement on a winter travel roster. 2nd-3rd graders: Coach Wall’s legendary development program starts November 9. REGISTRATION FOR BOTH PROGRAMS OPENS ONLINE ON AUGUST 20! Visit for details and registration; email Anne MacIver at with any questions. We hope to welcome your son to the exciting world of feeder basketball! Get in the game!

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