May 15, 2018

The Zebra Express - A newsletter from the Barrington Early Learning Center May 15, 2018
Key Dates
Tasty Tuesday-Rescheduled May 15
PTO Camp May 16
Parent Night Out May 18
Spirit Wear Day May 23
Red Nose Day May 24
Memorial Day-NO school May 28
Last Day of Preschool May 29

Last Day of Dual Language & Chinese Immersion Kindergarten

May 30
UIsborne Book Sale Through August 2018
The Greatest Cookie Sale All school year AND summer
Shop with Scrip All school year AND summer

In This Issue


 Tasty Tuesday
The goal of theTasty Tuesday program is to "encourage sustainable healthy lifestyle choices in our school community."  The more kids taste healthy food choices, the more likely they will try them again at home. 
Tasty Tuesdays are currently scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month and are expected to continue on Tuesday, May 13th  when students will taste Melon!  Make sure to ask your child what they had for snack time.
PTO Camp
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, and potential PTO members

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

Where: Barrington Area Library505 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: 

Mon. May 14: 7pm, Grove Elementary Gym 

Thurs. May 17: 9:30am, 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.


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 May, Spirit Day will be on May 23th.

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is on a mission to end child poverty - one Nose at a time. Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated. 

Half of Red Nose Day's grant money will be spent right here in America on projects close to home. The other half will be spent in some of the poorest communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. 

Beneficiaries of Red Nose Day grants include charity organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children's Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; UnidosUS; Save the Children; and the Global Fund. 

How can I get a Red Nose?

Please send in $1.00 (one dollar) with your child by Friday May 18th.  We will buy the red noses for the kids to wear on Thursday May 24th.   


 Holiday and Last Days of the School Year

 Don't forget that Monday, May 28th is a Holiday, and there is NO school.

The Last day of Preschool is May 29th.
The Last day of Dual Language & Chinese Immersion Kindergraten is May 30th.
Usborne Book Sale

Avoid the summer slide while supporting the ELC!

Keep the kids reading and learning all summer long with Usborne Books & More! 

Shop online at (click on Barrington ELC as your event) through the end of August and 25% of each sale will be donated to YOUR ELC ! 

Books for infants - teens!  Great for traveling or to beat the Summer Boredom Blues! Thank you for supporting your Early Learning Center.  Happy reading!

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. 



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.

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. The last day for this school year is Thursday, May 17th.

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.


Bicycle, Tricycles & Scooters Collection

Are you looking to replace a bicycle, tricycle or scooter? Donate your used one and get a $25 off coupon at Village CycleSport.  Please drop it off to the 2018 Barrington Giving Day Toy Committee during their collection times Friday, May 18th from 9-11am or Saturday, May 19th from 9am-12pm at 111 Lions Drive, Suite 210.  If you are in the market to buy a new bicycle you can bring it to Village CycleSport at 234 West Northwest Highway from Monday, May 14th to Sunday, May 20th (opens at 10a).  
Donate at either drop-off locations to receive the coupon.  Please note that bicycles in any size or in need of minor repairs are acceptable.  If you are unable to make it to one of these drop off times please contact Angie Schwartz ( to arrange a pick-up.



Upcoming Events in the Community
Check out Living60010 for many events coming up.