Wildcat Weekly - The newsletter of Countryside PTO
Barrington220.org/Countryside May 20, 2016
Key Dates                      

 Field Day May 20 
 5th Grade Recognition May 23 
 Last Day of School May 26 
New Backpack Flyers                             Prior Backpack Flyers 

In This Issue                     


Field Day:  Today

Today is FIELD DAY, and your child should wear their Field Day t-shirt.  The t-shirts are color specific for each grade level:

Kindergarten - yellow

1st Grade - orange

2nd Grade - green

3rd Grade - grey

4th Grade - blue

5th Grade - red

Students are allowed to bring a marker to school to have their classmates and teachers sign their t-shirt.

Lunch for Field Day

PIZZA will be served to all Countryside Students (except AM Kindergarten) for Field Day lunch. The Countryside Cafeteria will be CLOSED. The “cheese only” pizzas will be purchased by the PTO and supplied by Primo Pizza.  If your child has any allergies, please send an alternate lunch.  Room Parents will also serve snacks and beverages to accompany the pizzas.  

Please contact Lisa Witek at lwlw0918@gmail.com with any questions.
5th Grade Recognition Ceremony
Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast / Hoop Dreams - "Groundbreaking" Celebration
Thursady, May 26 at 8:30am - All volunteers join us in the Multi-Purpose room for appreciation breakfast. 
Stay for the Hoop Dreams celebration, with all of the school kids on Thursday, May 26th at about 9.15am outside, on the big kid’s playground.


Donating This Year’s School Supplies
Once again, Countryside School is collecting new and gently used school supplies, from the classroom, for donation.  This year, the PTO hopes to fill needs within our school, as well as the needs within our community.  
All new items will be donated back to Countryside for our teachers to utilize next year.  The remaining gently used items will go to the Barrington Service League, to be handed out at Barrington Giving Day’s Back to School event. 
The result is a win for all as children get the school supplies they need, teachers get equipment for their classrooms and many items are diverted from the landfill.
As students clean out their desks, they can donate their used clipboards, scissors, crayons, unused notebook paper, etc.  If you would like your child/children to participate, please have them deposit their donated items in the labeled collection bins that will be placed in each pod.  Collection bins will be available starting Monday May 23.
Thank you for supporting an effort to reduce waste while helping students and teachers in need.  Please contact Becky Klinghofer at becky.klinghofer@gmail.com with any questions.
Bus Driver Baskets--All Aboard the Bus Driver Thank You Express!
To recognize the efforts of our bus drivers, both morning and afternoon, the Countryside staff is putting together baskets of small gifts and letters from the students that will be given to the bus drivers on the last day of school.  We plan to put the baskets together on May 24th.  We hope you'll join us and donate a small item for the baskets.  Items can be dropped off in the office before May 24th. It is our hope that the baskets reflect our appreciation for ensuring our most prized possessions get to and from school safely. Thank you!

The Countryside PTO is making shopping for back-to-school supplies quick and easy.  The School Pack Supply Sale for the 2016-17 school year is offered as a convenience and is completely optional.  This is not a fundraiser as all savings offered by our supplier have been passed on to YOU!  School supply packs will only be available for purchase online through the SchoolKidz website.
Order your school packs today. Here’s how:
• Login to SchookKidz website:  www.shopttkits.com  
• Enter Countryside’s Account # 1152
• Choose the grade your child will be in for 2016-17
IMPORTANT:  Supply packs purchased through SchoolKidz will NOT automatically include headphones, but you may purchase them at the site for an additional charge.  While all grades require headphones, you may elect to purchase them separately (outside of SchoolKidz) or reuse an existing pair.  The headphones come with a SchoolKidz grade year guarantee, which is one year guarantee against manufacturer's defects.
Supply packs will include a page of personalized labels with your child’s name (as provided when ordering) to allow him/her to label all items.
Supply packs will be delivered directly to the school and distributed to your child’s classroom.  The kits will be in your child’s classroom on “Meet the Teachers Day” on Friday, August 19. Supply packs CANNOT be picked up ahead of time.
Orders must be in by June 17 and no orders will be accepted after this date.
If you have any questions, please contact a School Pack Committee Member:
• Joni Smego via email at dave-joni@earthlink.net.
• Shirley Miller via email at squirleyhip@yahoo.com

Countryside PTO Survey
Did you complete the Countryside PTO Survey?  If not, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts.  Your feedback is very important to us as to what worked this year and where we can improve upon.  
If you need the survey resent to you, please email Lisa Witek at lwlw0918@gmail.com.

Incoming 6th Graders Pool Parties
Station Pool Party August 15, 2016 - Click Flyer for details
Prairie Pool Party August 16, 2016 - Click Flyer for details

Barrington Committed
Community Happenings        

The Barrington Speaker Series has a rich, 10-year history of presenting distinguished speakers and authors in education, parenting and family well-being. This March, the Barrington Speaker Series was fortunate to have author Jessica Lahey visit the Barrington 220 Community to discuss her book “The Gift of Failure: How to Let Go So Your Children Can Succeed”.  We are continuously evaluating what we offer our community, and ask that you take a moment to answer a few short questions.  All feedback is anonymous and will help us identify areas of interest for future speakers.  The survey may be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KF3NN36  Thank you!

Let’s help stock up the pantry before school gets out!  There are many items that are needed to help out families over the summer.  Just a few include: sunscreen, low sodium canned goods, pasta, cereal, diapers/pull-ups, and personal hygiene products.  Please go to www.cubatownship.com/food-pantry for a full list of continuous needs.  Any and all donation can be dropped off at the Cuba Township Food Pantry or please feel free to contact Abby Reagen at alreagen@hotmail.com if you would like to set up a drop-off location at an event for delivery directly to the food pantry.  The pantry is open all summer, so please feel free to continue to donate anytime, it is greatly appreciated!

Got2Run for Education is an event that promotes wellness initiatives in schools.  Lines Elementary and Sunny Hill Elementary School participated in the run/walk last year and each school raised over $500 for our Running Club/ PE department.  

 The 12th Annual 2016 Golf Challenge
The 12th Annual 2016 Golf Challenge is being held at the Biltmore Country Club on June 23.  This is an exciting, new venue and date for this major fundraising event.  Players of all skill levels are welcome to participate in a fun, relaxing day of golf.    
The day will begin at noon with an open driving range and luncheon followed by a Shotgun start at 1 p.m.  Afterwards, golf participants and their guests are invited to an on-site reception for d’oeuvres, cocktails, and music.  
In 2015-2016, the Foundation began its partnership with District 220 on the new K-5 STEM program. The success of the Golf Outing is critical to the Foundations’ fundraising efforts. This event draws numerous donors and business sponsors from the community.
The Foundation is offering sponsorship opportunities of this exclusive golf challenge.  For more information and complete details on the event, visit www.220foundation.org.  

Mark your calendar for Rock The Ride, an all day music fest at the Barrington Brat Tent on Sunday, July 3rd.  This event celebrates Ride for 3 Reasons 2017! Barrington resident, Bob Lee has passed the torch to Barrington High School junior, Jan Gierlach, who will embark on a 3,300 mile solo bike ride along the Southern Tier of the United States in February of 2017. He will ride for three causes: Cancer, ALS, and Hospice.
Learn more about Ride for 3 Reasons 2017 at ridefor3reasons.org.
Countryside PTO, 205 W. County Line Road, Barrington, IL 60010, (847) 381-1162