April 15, 2018

The Zebra Express - A newsletter from the Barrington Early Learning Center
Barrington220.org/ELC April 15, 2018
Key Dates
Parent Night Out April 20
Wear Earth-themed clothes April 23
Spirit Wear Day April 25
Ugly Duckling Theater April 30
The Greatest Cookie Sale Through the end of the school year
Shop with Scrip All school year

In This Issue


 Spring Sing

Spring Sing 2018 was a wonderful success and the goal for an in-house field trip by the Kohl's Children Museum was met!  This in-house field trip will be planned for later this school year along with other events such as the Ugly Duckling performances and an EarthDay-inspired craft.

A big Thank You to all who helped and participated!!



 Parent Night Out

Please join the ELC PTO Board and other ELC Parents at

Kelsey Road House on

Friday, April 20th, 7 - 9 p.m. located at

352 Kelsey Rd, Lake Barrington, IL 60010.



Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on Sunday, April 22.  Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally.

Please support Earth Day this year by dressing your children in Earth-themed clothing on Monday, April April 23rd.

The ELC PTO will be providing ELC classroom with supplies for an Earth Day-inspired craft for all the ELC students to take home.


Spirit Wear Day

The last Wednesday of every month will be Spirit Wear Day when all staff and students may wear their ELC spirit apparel that day!

For the month of April, Spirit Day will be on April 25th.


 The Ugly Duckling Musical

The ELC PTO Board is proud to present:

The Ugly Duckling is an updated musical version of the classic tale about belonging. Impov Playhouse Theater for Young Audiences is committed to producing a variety of unique, interactive programs. They engage the medium of theatre to bring classic folk tales to life.

Two performances will be made in the morning and the afternoon of April 30th.

The Greatest Cookie Sale

At only $2, who can say no to the deliciousness of The Greatest Cookie?

  • $2.00 for each giant 3 oz soft, chewy cookie with 50% Profit for ELC!
  • Individually wrapped, 30 cookies per case.

The PTO still has 22 cookie boxes to sell before the end of the school year.

Parents: please consider taking a case of cookies to sell at your place of work.

Shop with Scrip-Flash Sale 

Please use Scrip during the holiday season for all of your purchases, from the Thanksgiving turkey to Christmas stocking stuffers. Take a look at the full retailer list before starting to shop. Check out these flyers to learn more about the Shop with Scrip program!

Please support our school by purchasing gift cards through the Scrip program. Click here to enroll! Use this Family Enrollment Code 57199DDB56648

You may order gift cards from the ELC PTO at face value  at https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/login.  Parents may pay directly online with Prestopay or send in a check (made payable to BELC-PTO) in their student's backpack.   Your PTO coordinator, Sheila Schneider, will place the bulk order for those cards from Great Lakes Scrip Center. 

Box Tops
Box Tops provide a great way for our to raise money on items they already buy.  
Look for the pink labels on grocery products, cut them out, and turn them in to the school by taping (no staples please) them to the collection sheet. You may also submit them (in counts of 50) in a zip lock bag or envelope labeled with the teacher’s name. There is collection box in the school office.
The next deadline for Box Top submissions is May 15th!! The teacher of the winning classroom will determine how the class celebrates being the Box Top winner.

Please support our school by enrolling or renewing your participation with Heinen’s card! The loyalty program can benefit the ELC PTO with donations if you register your card.

When you make a purchase with your Heinen's card, our school earns money.

  • It is very simple (and free!) to sign up or renew! 
    Heinen’s: (http://www.heinens.com/)
  • Click on the “Tasteful Rewards Program” in the Quick Links section near the bottom of the website.
  • Please note that you will need to renew this if you signed up last year.
Amazon Smiles

Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3975912 and Amazon will donate to the Barrington Early Learning Center PTO 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

Ink Catridges

Please support our school by recycling all your used printer cartidges with the ELC PTO.  

1. Send your used ink and toner cartridges (all brands are accepted) in your child's backpack for the ELC PTO.

2. The ELC PTO will receive $2 back in rewards per recycled cartridge when a $10 qualifying purchase is made during the same month. (Limited to 10 cartridges per month)


In the Community


Blessings in a Backpack

Looking to get involved to help a need in our community? Want to finish your day knowing that you've helped a hungry child? Then please volunteer to help fill bags of food for our school district's Blessings in a Backpack program. Blessings in a Backpack provides food for school children who may otherwise have little or no food to eat on weekends during the school year. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to this program.
Every Thursday 9-10 a.m., all the elementary schools in our district get together at Sunny Hill Elementary to help pack bags in assembly-line fashion.  Some volunteers may also take bags back to district schools and deliver to the front office. Hope you can make time to help feed a child! 
For more information, check out the Blessings in a Backpack National Site.

Give Kids a Smile

Help spread the word!

Harper's Dental Hygiene Clinic is offering free dental hygiene care for children ages 5 to 15. 

Services include cleaning, x-rays, fluoride and sealants. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Dental Hygiene Clinic, 847-925- 6534.


B Strong Together-Parent Coffee

"Stress Busters" Parent Coffee & Workshop
Wednesday, May 2nd
9:30 - 11:00 am
Barrington Area Library

Join us for the BStrong Together "Stress Busters" Parent Coffee and Workshop.  We'll talk about stress and anxiety, and share tools and techniques for all ages that can be used to manage stress in order to be happier, healthier, and more productive.  We will offer demonstrations and mini-workshops in a variety of stress management techniques for parents and students, with a focus on ideas that you can easily implement with your entire family.



Upcoming Events in the Community

Check out Living60010 for many events coming up.