May 1, 2018

The Zebra Express - A newsletter from the Barrington Early Learning Center May 1, 2018
Key Dates
Staff Appreciation Week May 7 - 11
Tasty Tuesday May 8
PTO Meeting May 10
Parent Night Out May 18
Spirit Wear Day May 23
HOLIDAY Memorial Day May 28
Last Day of Preschool May 29
Last Day of Kindergarten May 30
The Greatest Cookie Sale Through the end of the school year
Shop with Scrip All school year

In This Issue
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Show your teachers and aides how much you appreciate

all their hard work!

Monday: Wear your teacher’s favorite color.

Tuesday: Make a thank-you card/picture for your teacher. Chair massages for teachers & staff.

Wednesday: PTO will be providing brunch for the staff.  

Thursday:  Make thank-you cards/pictures for your classroom aides

Friday: Student special gift to teacher.

PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting will be held Thursday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m. at Pepper Park Coffee at 22000 N Pepper Rd, Lake Barrington, IL 60010. 

Coming to the meetings are a great way to stay informed about the school and to hear the latest ELC news. 

We always have a Parent Social for 15 minutes at the start of our meetings.  All parents are welcome and children are always welcome to join us.

Parents: Please note this meeting will be off-campus at Pepper Park Coffee in Lake Barrington

Camp PTO

Please join fellow PTO members from across the District as they network and share ideas to help make your time volunteering as effective as possible.  Whether you're new to your position or just looking for some new ideas, we have sessions for you!

Who: All PTO Board Members & Chairs

When: Wednesday, May 16th 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Barrington Area Library, 505 N Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL

Join us in Meeting Room A on the 1st floor.

RSVP by May 11 at



At its April 17 meeting, the board of education scheduled three meetings in May to seek community feedback about the Blueprint 220initiative. For the past few months, the board has been working to refine a draft master-facilities plan, based on feedback received from the Blueprint 220 Core Team and community meetings last fall. 

Now the board would like to share what it has been working on and get more feedback from the community. Details on the format of the meetings will be made available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the following dates: 

Saturday, May 12: 9am, BHS Guidance Resource Center 
Monday, May 147pm, Grove Avenue Gym 
Thursday, May 179:30am, BMS-Station Library
Parent Night Out

Please join the ELC PTO Board and other ELC Parents at

Roaring Table on

Friday, May 18th, 7 - 9 p.m. located at

 739 IL-22, Lake Zurich, IL 60047.

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 21 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  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: (
  • 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 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 and adults. 

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

Spring Semester-Mondays through Thursdays, appointments from 8 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Summer Semester-Tuesdays and Wednesdays, appointments at 8 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


B Strong Together-Parent Coffee

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

Join B-Strong Together for our final Parent Coffee of the school year. Learn more about stress and anxiety as well as tools and techniques for all ages that can be used to manage stress in order to live a happier, healthier, and more productive life. 
We will begin with a presentation from Josette Day of The Barrington Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy followed by time to explore demonstrations and mini-workshops on a variety of stress management techniques including: 
• mindful breathing 
• simple yoga 
• the power of spending time in the natural environment 
• art as a tool for stress reduction 
• how to do a mini body scan 
• defusing techniques to navigate unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and sensations 
• mindfulness activities for all ages 
The focus will be on sharing helpful resources and ideas to manage stress that you can easily implement with your entire family. We hope you can join us!



Upcoming Events in the Community

Check out Living60010 for many events coming up.