North Elementary: 310 N. Highway 59 • Barrington, IL 60010

      
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Upcoming Events
 
Monday 12/15 8:00 - 8:55am 4th Grade Orchestra. WEAR T-shirts for pictures
Monday 12/15 1:05pm     1:30pmInformance Ms. Pearce   Informance Ms. Paulus
Tuesday 12/16 7:20 - 8:35am  1:15pm5th Grade Orchestra  WEAR T- Shirts for pictures 1.15pm
Tuesday 12/169:00am -12:00pmKG Field Trip 
Tuesday 12/16 2:45pmMarket Day Pick-up Circle Drive 
Tuesday 12/1611.30am - 2.30pmPTO Holiday Luncheon
Thursday 12/18 12:00pm Colts Meeting Library 
Monday 12/221:30pm School Sing-a-long 
Monday 12/22 2:00pm Holiday Class Parties 
Tuesday 12/23  NO SCHOOL Winter Break 12/23 to 1/7
Tuesday 1/6  All Day Teachers In Service 
Wednesday 1/7  9:00amBack to School 
Wednesday 1/7 7:00pm Parent University 
Friday 1/9 9:15am PTO Meeting 
 
 
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Reptile  
 
 
 
 Fun was had by all at the Reptile Guy event. Hosted by the NBS PTO, Girl and Boy Scouts,
Find some amazing pictures of the children overcoming their fears and touching all kinds of Reptiles here ! YUK!
 
 
 
Happy Holidays  
                 
 
 
Wishing all the NBS Families and Staff a
Happy and Safe Holiday season
from the NBS PTO !

In This Issue
Dear parents and staff, please be aware we will be issuing the newsletter every 2 weeks now through January, when activities start to pick up. Thank you for all you do to make our school a great place for the kids to learn and grow! 

PTO Tree  PTO Fundraisers what causes did we support to date? Parents please find how the money raised through PTO activities, along with the countless hours of volunteer hours, is being used to help our children, NBS families, teachers, staff, school and our community!
Teacher stipends - $9,350 was divided among 19 classroom teachers and 21 special services staff for educational and classroom materials. See the "Thank You to PTO" poster outside the office for all the Thank You notes from the teachers and staff, along with the explanations of how the money is being used.
 
Assemblies and Speakers - Our children will particapte in 3 exciting assemblies this year. They pair fun with encouraging messages about making kind choices and dealing with bullies. The combined programming cost is $3,000. We just had the first assembly, which was a presentation by Chris McBrien on bullying. His entertaining performance involved student and teacher participation - great fun yet an important topic covered. 
 
Handbook - A new parent handbook was created, printed and distributed at a cost of ~$450. This was a valuable resource that was sent out in early August to all new NBS families and distributed to NBS families as a school reference.
Interactive Habitat - The school courtyard has been cleaned up and a new pump and heating system were installed at a cost of $993 to keep the pond fresh and the fish alive through the winter. This area is a key go to place for the children, in every season. The prairie has gone through a restoration at a cost of $2925 and is ready for Spring. 
 
Family Night - Over 350 parents, children, teachers and staff attended the PTO sponsored pizza and bingo night that connected families together for a fun time. This wildly successful event cost $1016. 
 
Tasty Tuesday - This program introduces different fruits and vegetables to the children during lunch at a cost of $200 for the year. 
 
COLTS - The money raised from the car wash has been used to combat hunger in our community by supporting "The Community Meal" and globally by supporting "Kids around the World."
 
Along with these funded programs, there are also 26 other PTO programs that don't require funding, but are done through the generous volunteer time of NBS parents to support our children's learning, help families connect, teachers and staff do their jobs, help the school facility, and support the needs of our community. Click here to see the PTO programs supported at NBS.
Cheers to all the parents who manage and participate in these PTO programs to make a difference! If you would like to get involved, please contact Alex Bernardi, Beck March or come to the next PTO Meeting!
PTO Holiday Luncheon  PTO Holiday Luncheon, old friends, new friends come join us on Tuesday, 16th December! Come celebrate the holiday with a luncheon at Slyce in Wauconda. The entire restaurant is reserved for us to mingle, munch and have a fun ornament exchange! If you would still like to attend please see flyer for more details here  . Look forward to seeing you at the fun event! 
escrip  Earn money for NBS with easy holiday shopping on line! The eScrip online mall website is a fre website that is connected with over 800 large retailers to give a % back to schools and non-profit organizations.  Shops such as Amazon, Walmart, Kohl's, The apple store, Best Buy, Gap etc. Here's how to get started:
2. Register your contact information, then enter PTO of North Barrington School as your organization.
3. Once you register, choose eScrip ONLINE MALL and scroll down to "See ALL Shops."
4. Choose your store, and start shopping as you normally would! 
Once registered, you can start shopping any time at  https://shopping.escrip.com/
 
For more details on eScrip please click here. 
This one extra step can make your holiday shopping even more rewarding for NBS! Thank you!! 

Artsonia Totally Unique gift ideas, personally created by your children! Looking for some gift ideas for those tough to buy family members? What a wonderful opportunity to show off art from your budding Rembrandt, Michelangelo or even a matchstick piece worthy of competition to Mr. A.S. Lowry himself!  Your children's artwork is stored ready to personalize items such as mugs, placemats, T-shirts and so many more fun keepsakes. Please visit www.Artsonia.com to locate and order. Please note this is also a great fundraiser for the school, with 20% of proceeds being donated to NBS. Happy shopping!
 
Free Cusinart  NBS Pack 229 Scouts is collecting Jewel Osco Cuisinart saver stamps  up to December 23rd! Please consider donating your stamps as you complete your holiday food shopping. So far 820 stamps have been collected and been exchanged for Two 8", Two 10" and Three 12" frying pans a value of $333!. These will be donated at the January pack meeting to "The Home of the Sparrow" who provides housing and supportive services to homeless and low-income women who want to improve their lives and become self-sufficient. Click here to learn more about Home of the Sparrow. Please consider donating your saver stamps to this worthy cause, a clear tumbler container is placed in the entry way at school until December 23nd.  
 
5th grade  5th Grade Video & Yearbook ! Attention 5th Grade Parents: Requesting the following photos of your 5th Grader for the VIDEO and/or YEARBOOK!
1. Toddler photo (approx. 2 years old) CLOSE-UP of FACE. No infant photos.
2. Kindergarten photo ( school photo or other photo)
3. Current photo (best photos are simple without other people)
4. Fun group photos of NBS kids. Especially the early years (NO birthday parties or sleepover type photos please)
Instructions for uploading, emailing or sending actual photos can be found by clicking here for English or here for Spanish.
 
5th Grade Video Production seeking help please! We need a 5th Grade parent with VIDEO Production Talent. Interested in creating a 20 minute photo-clip video. Please contact Susan Huttinger, 847 970 1928 or shuttinger@gfxi.com.  Please consider if you have the talent this is such a wonderful memory of NBS for our students. Many thanks in advance!
Scholarship  
Support Excellence is Education ! With your help, the Barrington 220 Education Foundation has been transforming the classroom. This holiday season, we hope you will consider a gift to the Foundation. Your gift will allow us to continue to enhance programs and resources that help our students to achieve excellence, such as PLTW Gateway to Technology at both middle schools, incubatoredu@bhs, and PIE and Helping Hand grants for teachers and staff. An investment in the Foundation directly impacts the educational environment for students now and in the future. Every gift makes a difference. Please click here to read our Annual Appeal letter to learn more about our projects and impacts.
 
Consider a tax-deductible donation to the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation as part of your year-end giving. Click here to donate
 
PTO Meeting  PTO Meeting will be be held this Friday, January 9th at 9:15 am. Please find the minutes of the December meeting here. They will also be posted on the PTO website. 
 
Colts  Hold the date for fun! We will have a spirit day on Sunday January 25th at Deer Park Brunswick bowling from 11:30am to 2:00pm. More details to follow in January's newsletter.
  
 
Mini courses  NBS mini-courses looking for course leaders and volunteers! The PTO would like to offer the ever so popular after school mini-courses in February 2015. These courses can only be run with the help from NBS families. Do you have a hobby that you would like to share with the NBS children by teaching a mini-course? Be a cool parent and sign-up now! Click here for more details. Any questions, please contact Elizabeth Kramer at ekram99@yahoo.com
 
Adult social 2015 Mardi Gras Adult Social Saturday February 7th at 6:30pm - Tickets will be available to reserve ON-LINE only from Wednesday December 17th at www.nbspto2015.myab.co . A maximum of 200 tickets can be sold. RESERVE your tickets NOW! Price is $65 per person ( 20% less than previous years.) There will be 2 live bands and a New Orleans style dinner buffet. Any questions  please contact Melissa Proebsting melchicago70@aol.com or Elizabeth Kramer ekramz99@yahoo.com. Thanks! 
 
Kindergarten  Barrington 220 Kindergarten information available! The standard Half-Day program will be available as well as optional programs that includes Chinese Immersion, Spanish Dual Language and Full-Day Kindergarten. There will be a presentation at each Elementary school to explain the options. Please click here for more details.
 
Student Directory  NBS Student Directory a friendly reminder of how to find on the NBS website. We went paperless this year and to find the student directory you will need to go to the home page of NBS here . Choose Parent Resources then click on Student Directory, at this point you will be asked to Sign In  Enter your Inifinite campus User Name  but for the Password you must enter "Barrington220" , once signed in you will be able to search by name OR you can download the entire NBS Student Directory. Please note there is a mistake on the downloaded file it says Barbara Rose Directory but the content is definitely NBS, we will try to get this corrected! 
 
                 
HAPPENINGS IN THE COMMUNITY
 
 Handball Handball instruction by Top Coach! - NBS is encouraging all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders interested in being coached by Craig Rot who is the USA Junior National Coach. Mr. Rot is also President of the Barrington Team Handball Club. Contact the Barrington Park District for more information.
 
BASA soccer  Barrington Area Soccer Association Winter Programs start up in November. Indoor Academy for U6/U7 starts on November 5th or 8th and runs for 5 weeks. The Indoor recreational league (with no practices required) start up in January. For more details Please see here .

Link   Link is a local resource for parents in 220 District offering parent programs that help navigate technology and topics affecting our children. Please click here to learn more about this great resource and also upcoming programs in December.

 
Newsletter / Website Submissions
Please send submissions for both the newsletter and the website to nbsptonewsletter@gmail.com. Submissions for the newsletter should be submitted with this form (click hereby Thursday 4pm for the following Monday's newsletter. Please include all necessary links and flyers. Please keep submissions brief and concise as we reserve the right to edit.