Countryside PTO  
Wildcat Weekly - The newsletter of Countryside PTO February 20, 2015
Key Dates                      

Countryside Movie Night                      February 20
Spirit Wear Orders Due  February 24 
Boxtop contest end February 25 
Countryside Cares Volunteer Club Meeting  March 2 
Meeting to discuss selection of new Principal  March 12 
Parent Party
March 14
Countryside Cares 5k  May 15 

In This Issue                       
Dear Countryside Parents~
By now, you’ve become aware that this is the last school year that Kimberly Foster Thomas will have at our school.  We wanted to extend a personal invitation for you to join us, along with Dr. Brian Harris and Mary Dudek, on Wednesday, March 12 to discuss the transition process for the selection of our new school principal.  We would like as many parents as possible to join in the discussion from 6:30 to 7:30pm in our school library to provide feedback on specific characteristics which we’d like to see in our next principal. This is your chance to provide your valuable input!
If it is impossible for you to join us in this important meeting, please consider sending either of us your feedback via email. We’ll be sure and forward your thoughts prior to the meeting, or during the meeting.
Thank you!
Anne Horwath
Kara Wheaton

Popcorn TONIGHT Join Us For Countryside Family Movie Night 
Come out on this chilly winter night for some fun with your Countryside friends!  Bring your blankets and pillows and even wear your jammies!   The whole family is invited for this FREE event in the multi-purpose room. Family Movie Night at Countryside is Friday, February 20 at 6:30 pm featuring: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY!  Starring Steve Carell.  Rated PG. (Even parents will enjoy this one!)
Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club will host the event and have lots of fun snacks and drinks available for sale.  If you pre-ordered a Primo Pizza, please arrive at 6 pm to pick up your pizza and claim a great spot for the movie!
All proceeds will benefit the Countryside Cares ‘Adopt A Village’ program which supports a village in Kenya. This year we are supporting alternative income and livelihood programs.  If you like, you can even buy a goat for a family in Kenya for $50!  We hope you will join us for this fun evening. All children attending must be accompanied by an adult. 
Click here for flyer.


Pack the Pub

Get ready to PACK THE PUB!  The Countryside PTO Parent Party is scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at The Onion Pub and Brewery.  Invitations will be coming home soon so save the date!  Plan on enjoying great food, craft beer (with a special brew just for Countryside) and some karaoke! 

Do you or someone you know have anything to donate for our silent auction?  If so please contact Koren Marino @ or fill out and return the donation form that came home this week.  Forms are also available for download on our website or Click Here.  It is a great way to promote a business!   Don’t miss out on your chance to help usPACK THE PUB!! 


Spiritwear                Spirit
The spring FunWear sale is on!  Show your school spirit and get ready for spring (it will come we promise!)  Spiritwear items are perfect for wearing on Friday’s and to the many sporting events throughout our district!  Look for flyers that came home in your child’s backpack.  Orders are due Tuesday, February 24 with delivery occurring March 19 (before spring break!!)  If you have any questions please contact Gayle Gianopulos at
Box Top Contest                Box Top
Box Tops are due Wednesday, February, 25!  Do you have the luck of the Irish?  Be sure to clip and submit by the end of the school day on Wednesday to give your class a first place finish and win the St. Patrick’s Day surprise!  Thank you for all the Box Tops so far! Here is the update for the latest Box Tops contest:
Geiger - 1st place
Feece - 2nd place
McGivern - 3rd place
Keep an eye out for those pink labels because each one is worth 10 cents for Countryside School. Clip and submit your Box Tops so your class can win!  Good Luck!  
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.
Countryside Cares Volunteer Club Meeting- Monday, March 2 8am
Please join us for the March Countryside Cares monthly meeting Monday, March 2nd at 8 am in the Art Room.
We will begin our final project of the year which is our 5th annual 5k.  Each year we support a local charity through fundraising, education, and service.  This year's beneficiary will be JourneyCare.  Journeycare is a local non-profit hospice and palliative care organization with a mission to make every moment count for those touched by serious illness or loss.  Education will be geared at an appropriate age level.  At the meeting, we will learn about the many volunteers that support JourneyCare, including a visit from a pet therapy dog (please be aware of this is your child suffers from allergies).  We will also engage in a service project for JourneyCare.
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.
Countryside Cares 5K Committee Members Needed
This fifth annual Countryside Cares 5k will be held on Friday, May 15th.  This is a fun family event promoting fitness and supporting a local charity.  This year's proceeds will support JourneyCare, a local hospice and palliative care organization.  We are in need of committee members to help with the Run.  You don't need to be a runner, just an enthusiastic volunteer who believes in a great cause and the Countryside community!  Areas you can help with are volunteer coordination, promotion, t-shirts, assembly, registration, concessions, race management, logistics etc.
If you are interested, please contact Kelly Henry at or Cali Bergold at  We will be arranging a meeting of the committee in early March. Thanks in advance for your support!
Barrington Committed
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Community Happenings                      
Barrington High School Presents GREASE
February 26, 27 & 28 at 7pm and February 28 & March 1 at 2pm.
Tickets may be purchased at Adults $13, Children/Students $9, Senior Citizens Complimentary.

Barrington 220 School Board Candidates’ Forum
Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Barrington Area Library
The District 220 PTO Presidents’ Council extends an invitation to the Barrington 220 community to attend its School Board Candidates’ Forum on Wednesday, March 11th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Barrington Area Library.
There are five school board candidates running for three seats on the District School Board in the upcoming April 7th election.  
The five candidates include:
 - Joseph Ruffolo, South Barrington
 - Brian Battle, Barrington
 - Alexandra “Alex” Bernardi, North Barrington
 - Angela Wilcox, Barrington Hills
 - Michael Shackleton, Barrington Hills
The event will start with a short period of introduction by each candidate, followed by a question and answer session using questions from the audience and questions submitted in advance online. The forum is open to the public and free of charge.  All interested community members are encouraged to attend.
Please click on the link to submit your question for the candidates.

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