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    Dear Hough Parents,

    The week of September 24th will be when all Barrington 220 schools focus on educating our students on school safety and the components that are in place to keep us safe each day. During the morning announcements at Hough Street School, I will spend a few minutes talking about various components of safety. A short video will highlight those things that are discussed in the classroom. As we partner together to keep all safe, I would encourage you to spend time revisiting these topics at home with your child.

    The Safety Week points of interest include:

    Monday, September 24th……. Weather Emergencies

    Tuesday, September 25th……. Law Enforcement

    Wednesday, September 26th..Well Being/Safe Behaviors

    Thursday, September 27th……Evacuations

    Friday, September 28th…………See Something/Say Something

    Please join me on Tuesday, September 25th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at BHS as we will come together as a district to discuss keeping our students safe in all of our schools.

    I neglected to mention at our Back to School Night last week one more way in which we can help ensure that our students remain safe as they are dropped off in the mornings. Please avoid dropping off your child near the school on Lincoln Avenue. We have a crossing guard in place on Lill Street to assist children crossing. This will free up the area near the buses that are dropping off students in the morning and will prevent children from crossing the street unassisted.

    It’s hard to believe that we are four weeks into the school year already. We are off to a great start.

    Mr. Aalfs

    BE THERE … OR ELSE.

    Amaze Your Kids

    There’s a magical bit of handheld technology that connects you to people and the world. It’s called a book. We need your help to introduce this non-digital marvel to Hough students. Volunteers are needed for the Fall Book Fair on Tuesday September 25th, Wednesday September 26th, and Thursday September 27th. Sign up here:  Questions? Contact Mara Bregenzer at marabregenzer@yahoo.com or Katey Baldassano at kbaldassano@gmail.com

    Come Scare Some Crows

    The scarecrow-making date is Wednesday, September 19 at 2:05 pm. We expect to turn crows white with fear by 3:00 pm. A parent or caregiver must stay and snacks will be served. (But not to crows.) Rain date is for Friday, September 21 at 2:40 pm.

    T-Minus Six Months for Parents’ Night Out

    Parents’ Night Out has, over the course of almost two decades, attracted a cavalcade of stars to raise money for programming and improvements. Captain Merrill Stubing and Julie McCoy. Axl Rose. Slash. Who do you want to see this year? Help us figure it out. Join us on Tuesday, September 25th to kick off planning for the 20th Annual Parents’ Time Out. All are welcome (except for crows!) to the Keppler home (216 W Lake St.) at 10:30 am.

    Hough Street Fun Run

    Please join us for the Annual Hough Street Fun Run on Friday, October 5th after school from 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm. Meet on the big playground with a full water bottle to keep you hydrated and squirt at the crows. (CROWS!!! *shakes fist*) K-5 students are welcome to join and find their happy pace. Volunteers needed. Please text (312.504.4224) or email (christie.shoemacher@gmail.com) if you're interested.

    220 Foundation - Prescription for Success

    The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation presents the Alumni Legends Event on Thursday, September 27 at Barrington High School. Join us for an Open House in the new Health Sciences Lab at 5:30 pm followed by a panel discussion with Healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and business leaders in the healthcare industry at 7 pm. For more information, visit 220foundation.org

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR … OR ELSE.

    September 19
    Scarecrow Making 2:05

    September 24-27
    Book Fair 

    September 25
    District 220 Safety Night 7:00

    September 27
    Family Reading Night 6:30

    October 5
    Fun Run 2:45

    SUPPORT HOUGH … OR ELSE.

    Blessings in a Backpack

    Blessings in a Backpack meets every Thursday at 9 a.m. at Sunny Hill Elementary School. Volunteers are needed and welcome to show up even if the sign up is full. For more information on the Blessings in a Backpack program contact laurenklauer@gmail.com To sign up please click here. 

    Last Call: Hough Lunch Helpers Needed

    Want to help students learn to separate compost, recycling, and garbage? Of course you do. Click here to help save the planet. (Unless you are a crow.)

    Box Tops For Education®

    By clipping coupons and sending them into Hough, we earn cash that can be used to buy anything we need. (Like jorts. GLORIOUS JORTS!) We earn 10 cents for each one you clip. (And send in, obviously. Clipping them and leaving them on your island only gives you a giant pile of box tops with which to make homemade jorts, which is of course exactly what you would do with them because why wouldn’t you?) Please attach box tops to a collection sheet or bundle them in plastic sandwich bags. Collection sheets can be found here.

    HEINEN’S ABC School Donation Program:

    The Barrington Heinen’s supports Hough Street School through their ABC School Donation Program. Reward members can select our school and Heinen’s will donate up to 1% of eligible purchases from September through April each school year to the chosen school. Each year the system resets, so login and re-register using this link. Then select "My Profile" then select Hough St. School. And then go on a wild, wild shopping spree.

    Wonder Woman Supports Hough!

    Support Hough School when shopping with an Amazon. Simply accompany Wonder Woman in her Invisible Jet to the store of your choice. Wait. Someone’s whispering in my ear. What? You have to shop ON Amazon? How do you shop on Wonder Woman? Oh. You mean online. Amazon.com. That’s … almost as fun as an Invisible Jet. Log on to Amazon using smile.amazon.com. Choose Parent Teacher Org of Hough Street School as your charity to support. Amazon will give 0.5% of your purchase total to our school.

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