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    Wildcat Weekly - The PTO Newsletter of Countryside Elementary School
    Barrington220.org/Countryside November 17, 2017
    Key Dates
     
    No School 11/22-11/24
    Flag Raising Ceremony & BBQ 12/1
    Student Council Mtg. @ 2:45pm 12/7
     
     
    New Backpack Flyers                      Prior Backpack Flyers 
     
       PTO Fees Form
       BCC - Blessings in a Backpack
     Infinite Campus                                

    In This Issue
              
     

    Countryside Gift Cards Sale!

     

    The PTO is offering gift cards for the holidays as a fundraiser. It’s the easy way to shop! You pay the face value of the gift card, and we receive a percentage of the amount. Percentages are noted next to the retailer name. The higher the number in the column, the greater the percentage we earn.

    The gift cards are from a variety of retailers – those you shop at all the time like grocery stores, gas stations, or home improvement retailers as well as your favorite restaurants and entertainment venues.

    You should receive the flyer and available retailers in your child's backpack today, but you can also print it here.

    Please fill out the attached form, and send in your child's backpack along with a check-made payable to Countryside PTO, return it by Monday November 27th. All orders will be available for pick up by Friday December 1st.

    Contact Beth Wiggenhorn for questions. 847.652.0195
       
     

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    Six Flags Read to Succeed: The Fun Starts Now!


    Thrill-seekers & Bookworms...Grab a book and start logging your six hours of unassigned reading to earn a free Six Flags ticket for Summer 2018! You have plenty of time to read for fun during your Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. Student Reading Logs and Parent Letters will be sent home prior to Thanksgiving Break. Also, please feel free to access an additional copy using the links below. Thanks and happy reading! Reading Logs are due February 2.


    Questions can be directed to Heidi Doyle heidimdoyle@gmail.com.

     

    http://static.sixflags.com/rea dtosucceed/StudentReadingLog.pdf

     http://static.sixflags.com/rea dtosucceed/ParentLetter.pdf

       
     
    THURSDAY MORNING “PACKING” AND “DRIVER” VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK

    Blessings in a Backpack provides students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program with four to five food items to take home over the weekend.

    Packing takes place every Thursday from 9 - 10:30am in the multi-purpose room at Sunny Hill School, 2500 Helm Rd., Carpentersville. Volunteers from Countryside are asked to assist packing bags each Thursday morning. A driver then brings the bags to Countryside.

    “Packing” and “Driver” volunteers are needed to help with this worthwhile cause and make a difference in our community. If you have small children at home, please feel free to bring them along! Little hands are big helpers.
     
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    Raise Money While Shopping

    Looking for a simple and automatic way to support Countryside every time you shop? Sign up with Heinen's and Amazon Smile and a portion of every purchase will raise funds for our school!

    Heinens
    If you are a Heinen's Preferred Card member and enrolled in the Tasteful Rewards program, simply select your school online at www.heinens.com and click on the Teaming Up For Education link from the main page. You will be prompted for your school of choice: IL/Barrington Hills/Countryside School/Save. It is that simple to give back!

    If you are new to Heinen's, you can obtain a Preferred Card, sign up for Tasteful Rewards, and select to support Countryside from the same link. You can also visit your local store and ask Customer Service to enroll. You must re-enroll every year - so click and save or visit Heinen's today to support Countryside.


    AmazonSmile

    Signing up for AmazonSmile to support Countryside School PTO is so easy!

    Log onto the Smile.Amazon.com website on your computer using your Amazon or Amazon Prime account information.

    Select your charity to support. Our organization can be found by searching: Parent-Teacher Organization of Countryside School Location: Barrington, IL

    When you order through Smile.Amazon.com you receive all the benefits of your Amazon Prime account (if you are a Prime member) plus Countryside School PTO receives a portion back on all eligible purchases. This website works EXACTLY the same as your Amazon.com account, but with an added benefit to our school. You can still access all of your Amazon account history, wish lists, orders, cart, and payment information through Smile.

    Be sure to log in using Smile.Amazon.com for all of your orders to help support Countryside.
                    
     
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    It's the time for Giving!!

    Order your photo cards through Charleston Wrap, your school receives the profit and you receive a great price. What a gift!!
     
    • Order your Holiday Photo Cards from www.charlestonwrapstore.com
    • Enter our school's name: Countryside
    • customer number: 11129 to receive profit!
    • Click on the Personalization Section.
    • Great prices---Order a minimum for FREE shipping to your home.
    • Allow 2-4 weeks. To expedite the process this year, NO approval will be sent IF the downloaded photo (color or black/white) is excellent quality.

    Questions: Call customer service at Charleston 866-395-2926

    Did you know? We will continue to earn with Charleston all year! Use the link above to order Charleston anytime!

    Direct questions can be sent to Beth Wiggenhorn 847-652-0195
                      
    In the Community
              

    2017 Teacher Tributes NOW Available

    The gift-giving season is just around the corner, and we have a great way to help you honor your child’s teacher! A donation to the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation through the Teacher Tribute program provides you with a meaningful way to tell District Teachers and Staff that they are appreciated. Honorees will receive personalized seasonal cards to commemorate your donation. Cards will be delivered to all schools the week before Winter Break. Honorees will also be acknowledged on the Educational Foundation website. In order for the staff member to receive the Tribute prior to the winter break, gifts must be received by December 12, 2017. Click here to honor a teacher. Thank you for supporting the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation. Together, we are transforming the classroom in Barrington 220!

        

    BHS - YH4L Cardiac Screening Program 

    We still need to fill another 180 volunteer spots for the YH4L Cardiac Screening Program to BHS on December 7, 2017.

    This screening offers a FREE ECG (electrocardiogram) to identify students at risk for sudden cardiac death. Each week 60 young adults in the United States die from sudden cardiac death. Barrington High School and YH4L need over 250 adult volunteers to make this event possible.

    Volunteer shifts are from 7:45 am to 11:45 am, 11:00 am to 3:20 pm, or all day (7:45 am to 3:20 pm). In addition, all volunteers must attend a brief training session the evening of December 6.

    Volunteers are vital to our ability to offer this program, as well as to the lives of the young adults who will be screened. No medical knowledge is required to volunteer! It is simple and you will always have a partner!

    Sign up to volunteer using this link: http://signup.com/go/Hdct1v.

    A reminder to sign up your student! Parents must sign up their son or daughter and will need their student ID number (available on Infinite Campus). Students will be screened during their PE, lunch or open period. All BHS students are eligible for a free screening. Sign up your student HERE.

    A Special thank you to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital for funding this life-saving program!

    Thank You!

    The BHS PTO Health & Wellness Committee
    Melissa Buckley, Barbara Harris, Laura Horak, and Karen Trzaska

            
    Countryside Elementary School PTO