NBS Colt - The North Barrington Elementary School PTO Newsletter
Barrington220.org/North February 21st, 2017
Key Dates
Mini Courses January 27th- February 27th
Spring Box Tops  Friday, February 24th
NBS Adult Social Fundraiser-"The Great Gatsby" Saturday, February 25th
NBS Book Drive Monday, March 6th
Blueprint 220 Community Input Meeting 7pm Wednesday, March 15th

In This Issue

The Great Gatsby is in just a few days...

great Gatsby   

Priceless Kid's Art, Teacher Treasures, Event Tickets, and so much more!!

Even if you cannot make it to the event you can still make a bid and

support our school via online bidding!

  Online Bidding available at social17.gesture.com now!

Please contact Kelly Niese at tkrhfamily@att.net or Sangeetha Basker at sbasker99@gmail.com with any questions.


Green Corner


If you have old, unwanted or broken crayons or markers please send them to the recycling stations located just outside the front office.  Together with your help we can help recycle these into new crayons and markers and keep them out of our landfills.  Read more about these exciting recycling opportunities at http://thecrayoninitiative.org/ and http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx

Looking for additional variety and healthier school lunch options for your kids? Drop us an email at gogreennbscolts@gmail.com as we would be happy to share your parental feedback during upcoming quarterly Parent Menu planning meeting later this week where not only parent representatives from the various 220 schools but also representatives of 220 school district and Chartwells will be discussing future lunch menus. Also Green Corner has partnered up with several local businesses for the NBS social. Look for their donations this Saturday evening at the Adult Social!  Happy Recycling!


Box Tops

box Calling all Box Tops Clippers!  The Spring Box Tops Classroom Collection is underway!  Friday, February 24, 2017, is the deadline! The class with the most Box Tops collected will be awarded a party in March! Please send in the Box Tops in a baggy/envelope with the teacher’s name on it, or on the attached collection sheet or flyer from virtual backpack. They can be placed in the box labeled box tops in the lobby area at NBS or turned in at the front office.  Each box top is worth 10 cents!   

New this year is a Box Tops Bonus App that can be downloaded on Apple or Android devices.  300 winners will be chosen to win $50 and 500 Bonus Box Tops for NBS.  Just download the app, sign in and redeem 3 different offers by February 3rd to be entered.   Please see the attached flyer.

Please look at the expiration dates.  Only unexpired box tops can be counted.  Thank you for your support!!  Happy clipping!!!  

If you are new to clipping Box Tops, watch for them on thousands of participating products (a complete listing can be located at www.boxtops4education.com


NBS Book Drive


Save your gently used books!  NBS will collect books beginning Monday, March 6th to donate to Bernie's Book Bank.


Growing Up Mindful


 Dr. Christopher Willard, Harvard Medical School Professor and author of "Growing Up Mindful," will speak in the Barrington High School Auditorium Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Willard is a psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness with adolescents and young adults. He has been practicing meditation for over 15 years and leading workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness. This event is free to the public and sponsored by LEADS, Barrington Youth and Family Services, and Barrington 220. Please click here for more information.


North Barrington students and community members are invited a community conversation surrounding Blueprint 220: A future-ready facilities plan. Blueprint 220 is a multi-year plan to align our facilities with our innovative style of teaching and learning. A successful plan will incorporate feedback from the community and educational stakeholders, paired with current research and best practices in educational planning and design.

Phase one of this the 10-year process has begun. Architectural firm DLR Group has been conducting environmental and structural evaluations of our buildings as well as shadowing students to understand the flow of traffic through each school. Results from these studies will be presented to the community at each meeting. Architects will also seek input from those in attendance on ideas for improving our spaces in the future, and provide insight on next steps of the process. Click here for a complete timeline.  For information and a list of additional input forums click here. The meeting at North Barrington will take place: March 15th, 7-8:30 PM


220 Barrington 220 School Board Candidates Forum: Wednesday, March 15th 

Join us on Wednesday, March 15th from 9:30-11:30 at the Barrington Area Library to learn more about the school board candidates and where they stand on current topics affecting our schools.  There are 7 candidates running for 4 open seats in the April 4th school board elections.  

Questions for the candidates can be submitted to barrington220.org/candidateforum.

Presented by the Barrington 220 PTO Presidents’ Council

School Board Elections: April 4th

VOTER REGISTRATION closes for this election on March 7th.  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 20th through April 3rd and is available to any registered voter. Contact your village or township office, or your county clerk’s office for voting locations and hours.

In the Community
virtual Don't forget to check out the Virtual Backpack for more events happening in our School, District and Community! The Virtual Backpack is a place for Barrington 220 families to receive flyers and other information from the district and community organizations without the hassle of sorting through printed papers sent home with your child. Click here to check out the North Barrington School Virtual Backpack!

Newsletter / Website Submissions: Please send submissions for both the newsletter and the website to nbsptonewsletter@gmail.com. Submissions are due by Friday, 4pm for the following Monday's newsletter. Please keep submissions brief and concise as we reserve the right to edit. Please include all necessary forms and flyers.

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