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Spring Book Fair is Tonight
The Spring Book Fair is tonight, Friday, April 13 from 6pm to 8pm! Your child will preview the fair this week, and the teachers will have their "book boxes" filled with new, exciting titles for their classrooms. Please consider adding one of your teacher's selections to your order, as "Teacher Appreciation Week" is the second week of May. In addition, the spring fair is a great way to add to your personal library and will encourage your child to practice their reading. This book fair is a great way to stock up on your summer reading list that are below retail prices, for your summer break. If you have questions regarding the sale please contact Christine Stevens at email@example.com or Kristi Ketel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Encouragement Book Swap
On Friday, April 20, the PTO Reading Encouragement Committee will sponsor a book swap. From April 16-20, please send any gently used books to school that you are willing to donate. There will be collection boxes at the front of the school and in the office. Please give as generously as possible to ensure we have enough books for our students. Every Countryside student will take home at least one book. Students who donate books will get to take two books home from the swap. Any remaining books will be given to Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children. If you have questions or would like to volunteer on the day of the book swap, please contact Liz Szarek at 847-829-4560 email@example.com.
Countryside Cares 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, May 19, at 9 am
Proceeds to support WALK ON FARM!
Registration now available on-line at www.countrysidepto.com!
Join us for this fun, family event! Run/Walk in the 5k or participate in the 1 Mile Fun Run! Awards for top 5K runners in the adult and student divisions, male and female categories and top student finishers in the 1 Mile Fun Run. Food and refreshments will be available for a fee and games and music will keep spectators entertained! Shuttles to/from the church parking lot will be available.
Send in registration forms by April 20 and receive a free event t-shirt. Pledges also encouraged. Download pledge forms here. Top two pledge earners will win a $25 gift card to Target and any student who hands in 5 or more pledges earns a PAW!
The Countryside Cares Student Committee made up of students from grades 4 and 5 researched local charities and selected Walk On Farm to be the recipient this year of the proceeds from the event. Walk On provides equine assisted activities to people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities. Walk On is organized for charitable and educational purposes to inspire people to advance to their highest potential. Equine Assisted activities provide motivational, educational and recreational benefits that enhance the quality of life. Benefits derive from the interaction with the horse. The gentle rhythmical gait of the horse moves the rider's body in a manner similar to the human walk. You can learn more at www.walkonfarm.com or check out this youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ0OS3Q45Sg&feature=related.
Want to volunteer or have questions related to the event? Contact Kelly Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
At the April PTO Meeting, and to the delight of the Countryside Staff, the following staff purchases were approved:
Thank you to everyone that made this a successful year of fundraising by assisting with a fundraiser or making a monetary donation. Together we DEFINITELY make a difference!
It's that time of year again....Field Day is right around the corner! This year Field Day is scheduled for May 25 with a rain date of May 29. In an effort to make field day as safe and fun as possible, we need volunteers to help ensure that this day remains a highlight for the kids as we wind down the school year. We need volunteers to run the field day stations, and to chaperone the kids as they move throughout the field day activities. The morning shift for field day begins at 8:30 and ends at noon, and the afternoon shift begins at 12:15 and ends at 3:40. Please contact Jenn Adams at email@example.com to volunteer. Please provide the following information:
1. Specify whether you are available for the morning, the afternoon or both.
2. Specify whether you have a preference for
a.) Chaperoning - please specify grade and boys or girls - or-
b. ) Supervising one of the stations
Thanks in advance for volunteering, and remember that in order to be on the property for field day, you will need to have a volunteer name badge when you check in that day.
A project of the District 220 Educational Foundation
The District 220 Educational Foundation invites you to make an incredible difference in the lives of students who have special reading needs. “For people without special needs, technology makes things easier. For people with special needs, technology makes things possible.” Join us, and together, let’s make things possible!
Barrington 220 offers a range of tools for students with reading challenges. The Educational Foundation now has a unique opportunity to enhance that effort by providing innovative new assistive technology devices developed specifically to help students with special needs become better readers.
The Educational Foundation wants to provide a set of these reading tools for every school, K-12, in Barrington 220. Although that’s a total cost of over $27,000, a generous donor has already pledged half the amount needed — with a challenge. Can the community match the grant? The remaining challenge is only $1,200 per school!
To read more about the assistive technology, or to make a donation to READ∙ability, please visit our website at www.220foundation.org.
The District 220 Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that finds the funds for initiatives that enhance learning but are not otherwise supported by tax revenues. Donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.
Character Counts Awards
Character Counts! and the Barrington Junior Women's Clubare inviting members of the community to nominate someone they know for one of our “Six Pillar Awards” - RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, FAIRNESS, CARING, TRUSTWORTHINESS, and CITIZENSHIP. Since 2001, Character Counts! Awards have been offered to people who are not usually in the limelight, and may never have received an award before. Awards can be based on an act of character whether large or small and are a wonderful way to recognize an outstanding individual in our District 220 community. Their character may be exemplified in a unique act of kindness, or a track record of displaying one of the six pillars. Award recipients can be students, coaches, employees or neighbors who reside or work in the District 220 attendance area. Go online to www.BWJC.org to fill out a nomination. Or contact Christy Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is April 15. Thank You!
Safety Town is a two-week educational summer program for children sponsored by the Barrington Junior Women’s Club. Safety Town participants learn important safety lessons through hands-on activities and demonstrations. The Safety Town permanent site, located at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, was built in 1997 through community support and is an integral part of the program. This miniature town gives the children hands-on experience in using safety skills while riding bikes and acting as pedestrians. Speakers, movies, songs, poems and art projects that support safety lessons are completed in a classroom setting. A field trip to the Barrington Public Safety Building and a local park are also included in this program. The Safety Town program is designed to help children enjoy and understand safety rules and lessons. Four (4) Safety Town sessions are offered for 2012: Sessions 1&2 are offered June 11-22. Sessions 3&4 are offered July 16-27. During the two- week sessions, children attend classes Monday through Friday for two and a half hours each day at The Orchard Church in Barrington. The Safety Town enrollment fee is $100. Scholarships are available based on financial need. To request a scholarship please contact BJWC by April 30. Children who will be five years old by 9-01-12, entering kindergarten or first grade, residing in zip code 60010 or enrolled in a CUSD 220 school, and who have never participated in Safety Town before, are eligible to register during our walk-in registration on Saturday, April 21st. Following walk-in registration, in district and out of district campers may register by mail-in or on the internet, www.bjwc.org. Please note that Safety Town is not a Barrington Park District, CUSD 220 or The Orchard Evangelical Free Church sponsored program. All questions about Safety Town and registration should be directed to the Barrington Junior Women’s Club Safety Town program at email@example.com.
Prairie Spring Musical
Barrington Middle School Prairie Campus presents “Once Upon A Mattress” April 12 – 14 at 7:00 p.m. and April 15 at 2:00 p.m. The production is a musical tale of “Princess and the Pea”. Tickets may be purchased by contacting 847.630.2434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.