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

Countryside PTO  
Wildcat Weekly
Key Dates
November 14
No School
November 26-28 
Thanksgiving Break - No School
December 1 Countryside Cares Meeting
March 14 Parent Party
November 14, 2014Countryside School

What's Now
The nurse needs your help.
Occasionally students are in need of clothing changes. While the health office has a multitude of shirts, we are in need of bottoms. Are you able to donate new or used pants to the school health office? Donated pants, leggings, or shorts should be able to fit multiple shapes and sizes of children. The best options are those with elastic waists: sweat pants, leggings, or draw string shorts. Denim and other non-stretch fabrics are not good options and cannot be accepted. Sizes needed include: S-M-L-XL. Your kind donation is appreciated!
Food Drive Results
Last week, the Countryside Cares Volunteer Club packed food for delivery to the Northern Illinois Food Bank... all part of the "We Scare Hunger" food drive in partnership with the Kids Feeding Kids Club. Way to go Countryside! You donated 1,796 pounds of food! That will help feed a lot of our hungry neighbors!
Countryside Cares Blanket Challenge
Okay, Countryside families its time to take the Countryside Cares Club Blanket Challenge! We know its getting chilly outside and dumping buckets of water over your head might result in an arctic chill so we have a nice, warm, family-friendly challenge for you. From now until Monday, November 24, we are challenging our school families to make one no-sew fleece blanket so that we can donate them to families in need through Barrington Giving Day. Just imagine how many blankets we can donate if each Countryside family makes a blanket! And to make the challenge even better, we have a contest for you!
Follow these 5 easy steps ...
Step 1: Visit your local craft store (Joann fabrics in Lake Zurich for example) and purchase a no-sew fleece blanket 48 X 60.
Step 2: Plan a family night where you cut the blanket and tie it together. While you are creating the blanket (and some great family memories, too!) talk with your children about the importance of giving back and volunteering (see how great this project is).
Step 3: Then, take a picture of your family with the blanket and email the picture to Each family who sends in a picture will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 Target gift card plus a gift basket with lots of goodies. Your photo may be used in other publications so get ready to be famous! To be eligible for raffle, photos are due Monday, November 24.
Step 4: Return your finished blanket to the box located in the school office by Monday, November 24 at 4 pm.
Step 5: Feel good that you and your family made a wonderful gift for another local family in need.
Each December Barrington Giving Day invites families who are on the Free & Reduced Lunch program in Barrington School District 220 to a Giving Day. Here they receive boxes of food, warm coats, blankets, books, and gifts. Members of Barrington churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations are always generous in their support of this day. In 2013 Barrington Giving Day served 1,000 families. This included 3,000 children and senior citizens. The need is greater each year. For the 5th year, Countryside Cares Club is making blankets to donate to Giving Day.
For instructions on how to make no sew fleece blankets, Click Here. Families are responsible to purchase fabric for blankets.
Gift Card
Manna Gift Cards  
Shopping made easy! Put your regular household shopping dollars to work for Countryside! With holidays fast approaching this is a great way to give the perfect gift while supporting our school. Simply purchase gift cards at face value from the participating stores and Countryside will receive the percentage noted on the form.
Fill out the order form that came home in your child’s backpack. Return it with cash or a check made out to Countryside PTO no later than Tuesday, November 25. Gift cards are estimated to be ready for pick up on December 8th.
Please contact Melissa Rolka at with any questions.
Box Top
Box Tops Contest
Thank you for submitting Box Tops for Education! The classroom with the most Box Tops submitted by January 16 will win a popcorn party with fun toppings.
Our leaders as of Friday, October 31 are:
1: Dunn 2: Feece 3: Smith
Each pink label is worth 10 cents for Countryside School. Clip and submit your Box Tops, your class still has a chance to win!
Collection sheets are available in the PTO Flyers section of the Countryside PTO website or at You may also put them in an envelope or zip lock bag -- just don't forget to include the classroom teacher name so your student gets credit!
Please contact Box Tops coordinator Jamie Brashler at with questions.

Barrington Commited
What does Broncos Committed mean to you?
“The best thing about Broncos Committed is that it creates an environment for student athletes to reach their maximum level of success. It's been fantastic to see teammates banding together to make good lifestyle decisions to achieve their common goals.”
--Rob Ridenour
BHS Social Studies Teacher
BHS Head Boys Volleyball Coach
Lines School Is Committed!
Lines School students have been introduced to Barrington Committed lessons through PE class, an all school “Lines Committed” walk, and BHS student mentors.
“The goal of Lines Committed is to promote the overall wellness of our students, staff and school community. This is an exciting program that can affect real change within a school and the community.”
-Kevin Kienzle, Lines PE Teacher

Community Events
Barrington High School Football on TV
The Broncos Football team will play at 1pm this Saturday. You may decide to head to the game to cheer the team on—however, if you prefer to watch the game from the comfort of your warm home, this is the information that we’ve been provided:
Barrington Broncos Football on Comcast Chicago Net at 1:00pm this Saturday.
The channel depends on your provider (or check your local listing.) 
ATT Uverse 740
Comcast Xfinity 37
Direct TV 665
DISH 429
WOW 65/38


While you are watching the game, feel free to check out the Manna Gift Card program. These convenient gift cards are a great way to thank your teachers, garbage person, newspaper deliver driver or that hard to shop for family member! Click here to open the file or contact Melissa Rolka at with any questions. 

Pumpkin Collection through November

Click Here for details