Wildcat Weekly - The newsletter of Countryside PTO
Barrington220.org/Countryside November 20, 2015
Key Dates                      

 Manna Gift Cards Deadline Nov 24 
 No School Nov 25, 26 & 27 
 Coins for Court Ends Dec 4 
 Countryside Care Meeting Dec 7 
 Green Club Meeting Dec 10 
New Backpack Flyers                  Prior Backpack Flyers 

In This Issue                     

Hoop Dreams    Hoop Dreams
Hoop Dreams announces the“Virtual Brick Wall”
The Hoop Dreams team is excited to announce its Virtual Brick Wall. Until the outdoor court is installed, and the paver walk-way is complete, you can see the names of the families who have already donated to the project.  Click HERE to view the Virtual Brick wall.
We have raised over $50,000 to date! But we are still short of our goal so please don’t delay.  You can make your donation NOW to secure your brick or basketball hoop and submit your brick form in early 2016. Once we meet our fundraising goal, we will close the portal and no longer accept donations so we don’t want you to miss the opportunity to leave your family’s permanent mark at Countryside School. Click HERE for the donation form.
Please consider your family donation now.  If you have questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to Megan at meganelwell@ymail.com or Anne at anne@strategyskills.com. Thank you for your continued support and for helping us turn our Hoop Dreams into a reality!
Please be sure to view the new "Hoop Dreams"video produced by BHS TV students. You can view it (Here)
Coins 4 the Court
The children have donated a total of $4,246.64. The last day to donate coins is on Friday, December 4th.  The Hoop Dreams Hoopla is on Friday, December 11th.  The winning grade level will get to stay after school for FOOD, FRIENDS, & FUN! This also gives parents some extra free time during the busy month of December so encourage your little ones to bring in that change!!!! 
Here are our current grade level leaders:
1st place-Third grade
2nd place-Second grade
3rd place-Fourth grade
Please fill out the order form and return it along with a check made out to Countryside PTO no later than Tuesday, November 24th.  All gift cards will be available for pick up in the front office on Monday, December 7th from 3:30-4:30.  For questions about Manna gift card orders please contact Melissa Rolka at melissa_rolka@yahoo.com.  

Green News
The Green Club had a fun food-themed meeting last week.  We sampled a variety of healthy and organic snacks.  Students learned the importance of composting food waste and were able to feed their leftovers to red wiggler worms!  Our next meeting will be held on December 10th after school in Mrs. Ruer’s room.
Thank you to all that participated in the Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge.  We recycled 60 lbs., which is equivalent to 4,000 plastic bags!  Congratulations to our second graders for collecting the most.  We will continue to collect plastic bags and film in the main office as part of the Trex Recycling Program.  
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Pictures for Yearbook
Please submit photos for yearbook!   If you have taken any great pictures at Halloween or throughout the school year, please send them our way! Be sure to include the grade level and classroom teacher's name when you submit pictures.   Thanks for your help!
Pictures taken from Kindergarten, 2nd & 4th grades can be sent to Heidi Doyle (heidimdoyle@gmail.com). 
Pictures taken from 1st, 3rd, & 5th grades can be sent to Amy Chavous (amy.chavous@gmail.com). 

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.  We're pleased to announce Barrington Children's Charities will be funding the Blessings in a Backpack Program for ALL 8 elementary schools in Barrington 220 School District, for a period of three years - the first in the country that funds all elementary schools in one district! 
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.  Volunteers from each of the elementary school are asked to assist each Thursday morning. Once packing is complete, one of the volunteers is responsible for taking and dropping off the packed food to Countryside. 
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For more information, please visit:
Volunteers are needed! To help with this worthwhile cause and make a difference in our community, please visit VolunteerSpot for signups. 
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/3JUnyE
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) 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. 
You should have received the flyer for the final Box Top competition for the 2015-16 school year.  The class that brings in the most Box Tops by Thursday, February 25th at 3:40 pm will receive a March Munchie Madness party!  Please be sure to label the collection sheet or baggie with the teacher's name.  Contact Jamie Brashler at jamiebrashler@gmail.com with any questions. 

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The Square 1 Art fundraiser was successful thanks to your support! The orders should arrive at school around December 9th. 
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Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club Joins Button and Zipper
to Warm the Body, Heart and Soul of Chicagolands’s Homeless and At-Risk Youth
Countryside Cares Club is a student club, for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, that meets once a month at Countryside Elementary School. Children engage in creative activities that benefit local and global causes. Over the course of the school year, students are introduced to a variety of causes and projects to learn about issues behind the causes they are supporting and help educate their fellow students. 
For the Club’s December service project they will join forces with Button & Zipper to collect coats, mittens and gloves for homeless and at-risk youth. Button & Zipper began as a coat drive in 2013 to help Chicagoans stay warm during the city’s long and grueling winter months.
The Countryside Cares Club is looking for men’s, women’s and children’s outerwear. These items will be distributed to homeless shelters, youth organizations, and individuals on the streets throughout the Chicagoland area this winter. Please bring your donations to the Countryside office from now until Friday, January 29, 2016. 
For more information: http://buttonandzipper.com
Please attend the next meeting of the Countryside Cares Club Monday, December 7 at 8 am in the art room to learn more about Button & Zipper 
To learn more … 
Parent Coordinator: Cali Bergold cali@chefcali.com 312-656-1363 or
Teacher Coordinator: Barb Floyd at bfloyd@barrington220.org
Help Us Reach Our Goal of 100 Blankets by November 30! 
If you would like to donate a no-sew fleece blanket to be donated to Giving Day, please purchase a kit at craft/fabric store. Follow directions on package (cutting strips and tie) then drop off finished blanket in the office BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30. Our goal is to donate 100 blankets on behalf of the Countryside School community. This is a wonderfully meaningful family project -- perfect for Thanksgiving break days ... 

Please don't forget to visit our new storefront at countryside.shutterflystorefront.com and purchase your items through any of the four Shutterfly brands and 13% of your purchase will be donated back to our school.  Contact Cathy Malinger at cmarie313@yahoo.com with questions. 

Six Flag
SIX FLAGS READ TO SUCCEED....the ride starts...Now!
Be on the look-out for Six Flags Read to Succeed forms; the explanatory letter and the Six Hour Reading Log are both being sent home next Tuesday, November 22 and can be accessed in the links below.  Please note that a child is required to read for 6 hours (beyond homework or assigned reading) by February 1 in order to receive a free admission ticket to Six Flags for summer 2016.  Again, the reading logs are to be handed in to your classroom teacher by February 1, so your child should have ample time to complete the six hours of recreational reading. Bring on the bookworm fun!
Please contact Heidi Doyle at heidimdoyle@gmail.com with any questions. Ready, set, READ!

With the holiday season approaching, now is the perfect time to select Countryside PTO as your charitable organization to support! Here are the simple steps to set it up:
1. Go to smile.amazon.com 
2. Sign in with your email and Amazon password (or sign-up if you don't have an Amazon account yet)
3. towards the bottom right there is a search box. Type in Parent-Teacher Organization of Countryside School and hit search
4. Select our school in Barrington, IL
Once you select the school a Thank you box should pop up verifying the Parent-Teacher Organization of Countryside School.
In order for the school to get credit for the order you HAVE to shop on smile.amazon.com. When you are on the site you will see Supporting: Parent-Teacher Organization of Countryside School under the search box. 

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Weekly Tip – Healthy Choices

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Because the brain continues to develop, it requires great care and attention for young people.  The developing brain is a work in progress!
Community Happenings                      

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills Essay & Drawing Contest 
December 13, 2015 marks the National Day of the Horse and we would like to hear and see what horses mean to you. Whether it s an experience, a story, a dream, or a holiday tale, all essay and drawing entrants horse related are welcome.  
Entries must be received by November 25, 2015. 
Please Click Here for more details 

Honor a teacher this holiday season
Through the Teacher Tribute program, you can honor your child’s teacher(s) or any District staff member with a personalized seasonal card that acknowledges your donation to the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation in their name. Cards will be hand delivered to all schools the week before winter break. Honorees will also be acknowledged on the Educational Foundation website.
Teacher Tributes make a great holiday gift! In order for the staff member to receive your Tribute prior to the winter break, gifts must be received by December 11, 2015.
[Click here] to make your Teacher Tribute (formerly known as a Holiday Honorarium) today!  
Thank you for supporting the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation. Together, we are transforming the classroom in Barrington 220!

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