Wildcat Weekly - The PTO Newsletter of Countryside Elementary School
Barrington220.org/Countryside March 17, 2017
Key Dates
No School      3/24
Spring Break - No School  3/27 - 4/2
Countryside Cares Club  4/3
Spring Bling   4/7
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In This Issue
Countryside Cares & Green Club Join Forces...
Caring for Oceans by Taking the RE SUP CHALLENGE
In honor of World Water Day and Earth Day, Countryside Elementary students and community will take the RE SUP Challenge, which is a fun, simple way to engage individuals and families. It involves sorting and counting the different types of plastic a household uses over the course of one week. The core element is a consumer-plastic assessment chart, designed to give people baseline data on their current weekly consumption. After establishing a baseline, participants then set actionable goals for reducing plastic usage.
RE SUP grids and logs will go home in Friday folders THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 17.
Students can determine what week they would like to have their family take the challenge.
Students who complete the challenge will be mailed a free RE SUP kit, which includes a stainless steel water bottle, stainless steel straw, bag, stainless steel take-out container.
For more information visit: www.resupnow.org
World Water Day (March 22) focuses attention on the importance of fresh water and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources, while Earth Day (April 22) supports environmental protection.
Single-use plastic makes up half the estimated 300 million tons of plastic produced annually worldwide. That’s 150 million tons manufactured merely to be thrown away. Not all plastics are bad, but we believe convenience plastics aren’t worth the environmental damage they cause. Plastic production has increased by an average of 5% during each of the past 20 years. The only sustainable way to reverse this trend is changing consumer behavior.
Parents...We Need Your Help!
As part of the 2010 strategic plan, the Healthy and Environmentally Sustainable Schools committee has set a goal to reduce solid waste going to landfill 25% by 2020.  In order to achieve this, we will be sending our cafeteria food waste (over half of the total waste generated) to a local composting facility.  Countryside is now recycling their food scraps!  
The success of this program depends on parent volunteers.  Please sign up to help students place their waste in the correct bins (only food can be composted), so together we can become a more sustainable school!  http://signup.com/go/NZyVmB 
Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club Meeting
Monday, April 3 at 8am in the Art Room 
All students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are invited to attend. 
Parents and younger siblings welcome! A light breakfast will be served.  
Spring Bling Dance 
It's time for our annual Spring Bling Dance on Friday, April 7, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  It will cost $20 per family.  The proceeds will benefit our new garden and outside classrooms.
If you would like to pre-order some pizza and raffle tickets, click on the attached file.  Get ready to boogie!
Schools and districts throughout the state have begun to administer the SY 2016-2017 federally required accountability assessments. In order to help support you, ISBE has provided the following letter to parents about required testing. You are free to utilize this letter in whatever way is most appropriate for your school and district, without changing its text. This letter will also be posted to the assessment website along with a Spanish version when available. If you have questions, please contact the Assessments and Accountability Division at assessment@isbe.net.
We thank you for your dedication to supporting and serving all Illinois students.
Movie Time! 
In honor of Earth Day 2017, The Barrington Chinese Immersion Council (BCIC) is overjoyed to bring to Barrington School District 220 and our wonderful Chinese Immersion Community a special viewing of Disneynature’s Born in China at AMC South Barrington 30 on Sunday, April 23 at 12:30 pm.
This stunning film, which follows three special families (panda, snow leopard, and golden monkey) over time, captures intimate and remarkable family moments that will feed souls young and old.
BCIC has reserved the whole theatre for this showing at AMC so mark your calendars for this special family outing and plan to bring friends and grandparents!
Tickets for the show are $5 each and BCIC would appreciate a matching donation of $5. For this showing, Disney Nature will donate some of its proceeds to the World Wildlife Fund to protect Pandas and Snow Leopards in China and Barrington Chinese Immersion Council will apply all donations to plant gardens at our local schools and to purchase a beautiful Chinese Dragon for use at our Barrington District parades and rallies. 
Questions contact
Julie Carani
Office: (262) 745-5075
Incoming 6th Graders - Prairie Middle School
Show your Prairie Pride by wearing your spirit wear to your elementary, April 7. (Your counterparts from Station will be doing the same) and again when you visit Prairie with your classmates, and whenever the mood strikes you, of course! This years shirts are black and will feature the above logo, in red distressed foil. 
Order online on the Barrington website under Lunches and fees, or this link https://barrington220.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=62
We hope that everyone enjoyed the Cabin Fever Parent Party on Saturday night! The event sold out and was a huge success! Our fundraising goals were not only met, but exceeded. Thank you to all of you who donated, coordinated grade level baskets and bid on our auction.  
The 50/50 Lucky Jackson helped us reach our goal for the butterfly garden honoring Bridgett Kennicott. Thank you to all who entered the raffle!
This event could not have been this AMAZING without our co-chairs, Annette Isaacson and Colleen Smith - an extra special thank you to you both for your time, dedication and passion! From the decor to the food - The Onion Pub was beautifully transformed into Wildcat Lodge for the night. Also, thank you Cali Bergold - that S’mores Bar was the best! 
If you haven’t already seen the stunning photos by Something Blue Design from the night please check them out at: http://www.somethingblue-design.com/cabinfever
Ms. McMillan’s first grade class is the winner of the Hot Chocolate and Donut party! Congrats to our little first graders for the largest group of parents at the event!  The party will be this Friday, March 17.
If you have not received your auction winning from Saturday please be sure to pick up any certificates or baskets in the front office as soon as possible.
In the Community
School Board Elections: April 4
VOTER REGISTRATION closes for this election on March 7.  If you are not registered to vote, you can go to your village or township office, or your county clerk’s office to register in person.
EARLY VOTING runs March 20 - April 3 and is available to any registered voter. Contact your village or township office, or your county clerk’s office for voting locations and hours.
Screenagers April 13 at 7-9pm
Good Shepherd is hosting a screening of Screenagers.  The email below outlines the details.  Here is a link to the Screenagers website, too:  http://www.screenagersmovie.com.  The tickets do cost $10/each and are purchased through link in the email provides.  
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