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Upcoming Events
Monday 1/19No SchoolMartin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Tuesday 1/207:20am5th Grade Band Practice
Tuesday 1/20 2:45pmMarket Day Pick-up 
Tuesday 1/20 3:30pm Troop 773 Girl Scouts
Tuesday 1/207:00pmPack 229 Boy Scouts
Wednesday 1/217:00pm2015/16 KG Information Meeting. NBS Kindergarten program
Friday 1/232:15pmNBS Spelling Bee 
Sunday 1/2511:30am-2pmSpirit Day Bowling Event
Monday 1/269:30-11amWhat's the Matter? Science program 1st grade
Tuesday 1/277:20am5th Grade Orchestra
Tuesday 1/277:00pm2015/16 KG information Meeting. Hough Street
Wednesday 1/286:30-8:30pmParent University Roslyn Road Elementary
Thursday 1/297:00pmChinese New Year Celebration at BHS
Monday 2/34:00pmMardi Gras coloring contest closes
Monday 2/37:00pmBoard of Education Meeting at North Barrington
Tuesday 2/37:20am5th Grade Orchestra
Saturday 2/76:30pm - LateMardi Gras Event!
Monday 2/168:00am5th Grade Transfer Request for change of Middle school deadline
Friday 2/207:00-9:00pmRare Disease Rock Night! COLTS Family event
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Chinese New Year 2015  
Wishing you Health, Prosperity & Happiness! Chinese New Year 2015
Mardi Gras  
     Mardi Gras is almost here! Come join the fun with old and new friends. Just 70 tickets to go, don't be left out, get your tickets now!       

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

Market Day January Market Day is almost here!  Pick-up will be on Tuesday, January 20th in the circle starting at 2:45pm. Thank you for your continued support of this initiative!  Any questions please contact ksprungman@gmail.com  
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. Please check the dates above or on the school calendar as dates have changed due to the inclement weather at the start of the school year.
Spirit event  Join us for our annual NBS SPIRIT DAY!  A fun Family event on Sunday, January 25th at Deer Park Brunswick Zone Bowling from 11:30am to 2:00pm. To participate start asking friends and family members to be on your team! Fill out the flyer and return it with payment to the NBS office market Spirit Day!. Check out the flyer here. If you have any questions please contact Michelle at Senescu4@comcast.net 
Blessings in a Backpack  Thank you to all the volunteers to-date for supporting Blessings in a Backpack! We still need volunteers for January through March! If you are able to volunteer please click here to sign up. Also, did you know this is a country-wide initiative and it's founder was interviewed by Dr. Oz? Please click here to see a video on this worthy program!
Cub Scouts  NBS Pack 229 Scouts Jewel Osco Cuisinart saver stamps drive! The scouts will present the 12 Frying pans, worth over $600, to The Home of the Sparrow at the next Pack Meeting on Jan 20th.  "The Home of the Sparrow" 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 join us in recognizing Roger & Laurie Lindquist who were selected as "Cub Scout Family of the Year" from the Northwest Suburban Council of Cub Scout Packs. Over 100 volunteers were nominated by their peers for leader of the year ! Congratulations to our NBS Family! You can see more details here .
Mini courses  Mini-courses are here!   The NBS PTO is excited to offer a 4 week mini-course program for your child! Volunteer parents and local businesses offer this opportunity for your child to learn a hobby or a new skill after school during the cold, slow month of February! The signup will start on Tuesday, January 20th. Look for the flyer in your child's backpack and for the Sign-Up Genius email to register your child. As always more volunteers are welcome!  It takes a lot of support to run these programs even if you cannot make every week. Any questions, please contact Elizabeth Kramer ekramz99@yahoo.com . 
Mardi Gras Coloring  Like Contests? Get Coloring! In honor of the upcoming Mardi Gras Adult Social on February 7th, the PTO will be sponsoring a coloring contest of a festive Mask found here. Color, decorate and cut out. Submission are due February 3rd in the front office. A contest winner will be chosen from each grade level. Teachers: Special prize to the classroom with the most Entries!
The Winner's mask will be featured in the halls of NBS and at the Adult Social Mardi Gras event! 
Mardi Gras  Mardi Gras Adult Social Saturday February 7th at 6:30pm - Tickets are available to reserve ON-LINE ONLY  at www.nbspto2015.myab.co . A maximum of 200 tickets can be sold. RESERVE your tickets NOW only 70 left! Price is $65 per person ( 20% less than previous years.) There will be 2 live bands and a New Orleans style dinner buffet.  A Gift Idea for someone very deserving - how about surprise a Teacher or member of Staff by purchasing them a ticket!
Any questions  please contact Melissa Proebsting melchicago70@aol.com or Elizabeth Kramer ekramz99@yahoo.com. Thanks! 
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! 
Barrington 220 Attention 5th Grade Parents, Middle School Transfer Documents! Over the last several years, we have had a small number of requests for students to attend a middle school other than the one to which they have been assigned.
Parents of 5th graders who feel they have a compelling reason to justify a transfer request should complete the District's Middle School Transfer Request Form and submit to Dr. Craig Winkelman, Principal of Barrington Middle School Station Campus, prior to February 15th, 2015.  This form is available in all elementary school offices, on the website and the District 220 web page at www.barrington220.org 
Tentative approval and denial of transfer requests will be made by March 15th. 
Rock Night  Save the date for the Rare Disease Rock Night to remember! The COLTS are sponsoring a fun, casual and free family event supporting "The National Rare Disease Day" and "Hope for Bridget" on Friday, February 20th. There will be live music and lots of fun! More details to follow in the next newsletter.
Speech   Come one, come all to the District #220 Speech Tournament! The Tournament is a fabulous opportunity for students in Grades 4 to 8 to memorize poetry, prose, or a short skit and perform at Station Middle School on March 7th.
A team of judges will score the presentations for verbal and written feedback. Students build confidence and self-esteem while learning important communication skills in a fun and supportive environment. The district are also looking for volunteers to judge. Please see more details in the enclosed flyer about the tournament (sign-up for the tournament is closed) or if you are able to judge here . Our school coordinators are Ms. Kubiak and Ms. Borck.   
escrip  Earn money for NBS with easy shopping on line! The eScrip online mall website is a free 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.  
Happy New Year  Kick off the Chinese Year of the Goat! Come enjoy on Thursday, January 29th at 7:00pm an amazing evening of traditional Chinese dance and music, as well as songs performed by district students. The Yellow River Performing Dance Group is performing at the BHS auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Barrington Chinese Immersion Council and the Bridge to Chinese program. There is no charge for this event; everyone is invited to attend. Check out the group's website : http://www.yellowriverusa.org/about.html
 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.
Barrington Committed  Barrington committed - guess what our children need a good amount of sleep! Sleep is so important for our minds, body and overall well being. See some facts about what sleep does for you here! Lots more helpful information here .
Parent University  Kicks off the New Year learning more about your child's curriculum. Math and Literacy are the topics for January 28th's meeting at 6:30pm at Roslyn Road. Please go to Parent University website for more details and to RSVP 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.

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.