Countryside PTO  

Wildcat Weekly - The newsletter of Countryside PTO March 13, 2015
Key Dates                      

Parent Party
March 14
Last Day to Upload Photos for Yearbook  March 16 
Countryside Cares 5K Committee Meeting March 16
5th Grade Father Son Experience  April 9
Countryside Cares 5K  May 15 
Got2Run for Education May 16 
5th Grade Talent Show     May 28 

In This Issue                       
Pack the Pub
At this point, you have to ask yourself - do you feel lucky?  Because this is your LAST CHANCE TO RSVP for the Countryside PTO Parent Party PACK THE PUB, Saturday, March 14 at The Onion Pub and Brewery. Come out and enjoy great food, great company, craft beer (with a special brew just for Countryside) and some karaoke - hosted by our very on Mr. D!  
The Onion Pub has generously donated 5 tastings with every purchase of a commemorative Countryside tasting glass.  These glasses are being sold for $20 each.  Glasses with tasting tickets will be available for pick up/sale at the event.  Tickets at the door the night of the event will be $50.
Pull out your favorite pair of jeans, bring some St. Patrick’s Day spirit and help us PACK THE PUB!!

Tasty Tuesday
The Tasty Tuesday food for March was red pepper slices and were sampled Tuesday, March 10. During lunch, students in grades 1-5 sampled a red pepper slice. Did you know…one medium red bell pepper contains only 30-40 calories, is virtually cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium free and contains 3 grams of fiber. Click here to download an informational flyer which includes a recipe for Roasted Bell Pepper Salad.  Any questions, contact Lori Madison at
We NEED Photos for Yearbook  
We need your support in making our 2014-2015 yearbook a success!  To assist you here are step by step instructions to make your registration process easy.  We ask that all parents and teachers go to and enter access code NSBUAX (Caps) so that you can register.  If you are a new user, you will need to create your account first.  If you already have an account, enter your email address and password to log in. 
1.      Create Your Account or Log In – Must login first before Uploading Picures;
2.      Click on link sent to your email – if new user;
3.      Enter your login (email address) and password
4.      It will take you to the “Community Upload” Page – Choose options to find          pictures
5.      If using smartphone or computer go to your photos and choose pictures;
6.      Select Photos and Upload – Pictures must be Jpg format, 10mb and should          not exceed 25 characters and include no special characters
7.      Submit.
8.      If your preference is to provide a hard copy of the picture, we will have a          basket in the office or classroom.
Please upload any picture that relates to your child’s activity while attending Countryside Elementary School.  Such activities may include:  Back to School Night, First Day of School, Halloween/Winter Parties, Food Drive; Music Club, Student Council; Basketball, Concerts, Class Field Trips, Chess Club, Just Having Fun at Recess or Learning in Class.  In addition, only upload pictures that are clear images; otherwise we may not be able to use.
Pictures will be requested throughout the year; so we hope you will contribute and help us create a memorable year for your child!
Thank you!  Any questions please email Darla Stieper at


Countryside's 5th Grade Talent Show
Permission Forms Due TODAY!
We hope that your child will participate in the second annual 5th Grade Talent Show! Permission forms are due back on TODAY, March 13th.  5th graders can sign up to perform their special talents or gather some friends, create an act, and show everyone what they've got!  This talent show is all about having fun, being creative, and gaining some extra self-confidence performing in front of a supportive audience.  No-Cut Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 at 3:45 to 5:30 pm. The talent show is scheduled for Thursday, May 28 from 6-8pm.  Click here for the permission slip or look out for it in your child's backpack.  You can also access it on the Countryside Website.  Any questions, please contact Shannon Monteiro at or Vicky Carroll at


Countryside Cares 5K T-shirts for Sale

Purchase your Countryside Cares 5k t-shirts early so you have it in time for our all school pep rally and 5k kick-off assembly on April 17th!

Please help support Countryside Cares and JourneyCare! Purchase a shirt NOW for $10.  Deadline to order is March 18th!  Shirts will be delivered to your classroom by April 15th.  Please put attached form in an envelope marked “Countryside Cares t-shirt” and send to the office with cash or check.  All checks can be made payable toCountryside PTO.  Please use one order form per child.

There will be another opportunity to purchase t-shirts with registration to have in time for the 5k on May 15th.

Countryside Cares 5K Committee Members Needed
Committee Meeting Monday, March 16th 10 am
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 holding our first committee meeting on Monday, March 16th at 10 am at Countryside.  Thanks in advance for your support!
Library Volunteers Needed 
We are in need of library volunteers on Wednesday mornings from 10-11, and Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2:30-3:30. 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 VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: VolunteerSpot 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 or

Barrington Committed
Weekly Tip – Sleep
Power Nap
Power Up on Power Naps
Taking naps for 20-30 minutes reenergizes the brain and central nervous system.  A good nap increases alertness.
Naps reduce the stress hormone cortisol and promote the muscle building growth hormone.
A nap a day keeps stress at bay!
Community Happenings                      

Save the Date for Prairie's Earth Day Recycling Drive-Thru Event
Get Your Green on, Barrington!
 April 18, 2015, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
 Prairie Middle School’s PTO Environmental Awareness Committee is hosting a community-wide recycling event in honor of Earth Day.  With support from Prairieland Disposal & Recycling, Chicago Textile Recycling, and Chicago Logistic Service, you can dispose of electronics, textiles, and Styrofoam responsibly in one convenient location. Spring clean and go green! Click here for more info
Got2Run for Education, May 16
The District 220 Foundation has decided that the funds raised by participants in this year’s Got2Run For Education event will go directly to the PTO’s at each school.  Click here for Flyer. Feel free visit the website ( for more information on the event 


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