Wildcat Weekly - The PTO Newsletter of Countryside Elementary School
Barrington220.org/Countryside May 12, 2017
Key Dates
Field Day   5/19
Affect's Family Fun Fair      5/19
5th Grade Recognition   5/22
1st - 5th Grade Celebration   5/23
5th Grade Track Meet   5/25
No School   5/29
KINDER Celebration   5/30
Last Day of School   5/31
School Pack Orders Due   6/2
New Backpack Flyers                      Prior Backpack Flyers 

In This Issue
2017-2018 School Supplies Pack
The Countryside PTO is making shopping for back-to-school supplies quick and easy. The School Pack Supply Sale for the 2017-18 school year is offered as a convenience and is completely optional. This is not a fundraiser, 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 2017-18 school year. 
Orders are due by June 2nd  
Donate School Supplies 
Once again, Countryside School is collecting used school supplies for donation.  This year the PTO hopes to fill needs within our school so we will donate needed supplies back to Countryside and the remaining items will go to Barrington Giving Day’s Back to School event.  This year, they are hoping to provide supplies for 250 families in need.  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 Friday, May 26.
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.
2017-2018 Room Parents 
Are you interested in being a Countryside Room Parent for the upcoming school year? 
If so, please complete the following form and return it to the school office by Friday, May 19. We are always looking for new and returning volunteers!  Room Parent teams collaborate to plan classroom parties, recruit classroom volunteers, welcome new families and support Countryside’s fabulous teaching staff.  
Contact PTO Room Parent Coordinators Heidi Doyle heidimdoyle@gmail.com & Kaycee Coles kayceecoles@gmail.com with questions.  Thank you!
Thanks to all the students, teachers, family and friends who came out last Friday for the annual Countryside Cares Club Fun Run. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped behind the scenes to make the run smooth and successful. The Run raised $1,500 which will be donated to the Outdoor Classroom and Bridget's Butterfly Garden in honor of student Bridget Kennicott. Thanks again to all those who participated, donated and volunteered.  
Please help make a difference in the lives of our Countryside families in need!
May 18 & May 25 are the last days!!  Please sign up. 
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.
Packing takes place every Thursday from 9:15 - 10:30am in the multi-purpose room at Sunny Hill School, 2500 Helm Road in Carpentersville.  Volunteers from Countryside are asked to assist each Thursday morning. A driver then brings the sacks to Countryside (all driver spots are filled for the remainder of the school year-- thank you).
“Packing” volunteers are needed to help with this worthwhile cause and make a difference in our community.
To view sign up, go to:
Field Day
It's that time of year again....Field Day is right around the corner!  This year, Field Day is scheduled for May 19 with a rain date of May 26.
If you are interested in volunteering for an activity station or chaperoning a class, please contact Angela Wilcox.
Cross your fingers for good weather and count on a fun day to celebrate another awesome year at Countryside!!
Angela Wilcox                                Melissa Marquis
312-720-7751                                 773-230-9723
AFFECT Family Fun Fair - Friday 5/19 at 4:30 at Countryside School
Join AFFECT for a fun event where every family can be who they are in a judgement-free-zone.  Meet other families from across the district and make lasting connections and friendships.  There will be carnival games, inflatables and popsicles by the playground.    
AFFECT is a group of District 220 families and educators working to connect kids with differing abilities across the district.  We aim to bring families, friends and teachers together to provide fun activities for all our kids.
For more information contact Becky Klinghofer at becky.klinghofer@gmail.com or Krista Markowski at kmarkowski1304@yahoo.com.
In the Community
School Supplies for Incoming Station 6th Graders!
School supplies are available to purchase now through May 25 at http://tinyurl.com/stationsupplies. All school supplies are guaranteed for the school year - if your student's binder breaks, the vendor replaces it at no charge! (Locker Ladders excluded - as they're a different vendor.) Order now, and pick up at walk through days in August.
Questions? Contact Laurie Morch at morchfam4@aol.com
Countryside Elementary School PTO