Ivy Hill PTA

PTA HAPPENINGS– December 6 – December 12, 2019

RECYCLE HOLIDAY LIGHTS DRIVE: The Environmental Awareness Committee will be holding a “recycle holiday lights” drive December 9 through December 19.  So please bring in any old & broken holiday lights to the Commons area where we will have boxes to recycle these holiday lights. For questions, contact Michelle Derochowski (michelledycus@gmail.com).

BOX TOPS & SHOPAROO: Help support Ivy with these 3 simple steps:
1. Download the BoxTops Digital and ShopaRoo apps to your mobile device. 
2. Register for accounts if you don’t have one yet.  For Shoparoo, link your email and Amazon to get big bonuses! 
3. Start snapping pictures of receipts in the app to earn. That’s it! 

This is a quick and easy way to help raise $ for our school.

Which receipts can I scan for each app? Great question! The Box Tops app scans your receipts for products containing Box Tops and credits you for those products only. (Ex. If you buy a gallon of milk and a magazine and scan the receipt, you will receive 0 Box Tops. If you buy 3 eligible products, when you scan the receipt, you’ll be credited for the 3 Box stops and you DON’T need to clip anything! Toss your receipt and the product packaging. )
ShopaRoo gives points and sweepstakes entries for ANY receipt. Points for grocery and drug stores, and sweepstakes for everything else. So scan every receipt you get (e.g. fast food, gasoline, grocery store, restaurants, etc. )! 
Download the apps from the App Store or Google Play. See flyers for more info, or email Jules Motschall (IvyHillBoxTops@gmail.com).

SIX FLAGS – READ TO SUCCEED is back!  Think summer, sun and splashing at Great America next summer!  Students need to read 6 hours (homework assignments not included) and keep a log of reading titles and minutes read to earn a FREE Six Flags Great America one day pass for the 2020 summer season (these can also be used to purchase a Season Pass for a discount).   NEW THIS YEAR – parents/guardians will need to register their student(s) for the program on-line using a Teacher Specific Code, which will be sent home soon, if you haven’t received it already.  Then, complete the online eReading log, by Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 (there are no paper forms to send back this year).  Personalized day passes will be issued and set home in May.  Additionally, if students read more than 6 hours they may be eligible for Extra Rewards this year.  Once these are determined by Six Flags, you will be able to see them in the Rewards area of the online site.  You must attend Ivy Hill to be part of our program.  For questions, contact Nikki Wolverton (nicholewolverton@yahoo.com) or Louann Benbow (benbowunit@gmail.com).  

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE DESIGN CONTEST: Do you love to draw and flex those creative muscles? Enter the t-shirt and poster design contest for the 9th annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge. Any District 25 student can participate. The winning design will be featured on the promo posters and race day t-shirt. Click here for the official rules and entry form. All entries are due by December 18, 2019. We can’t wait to see your creative designs! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent race updates.

WINTER WONDERLAND NIGHT: Save the date for Tuesday, December 17, from 5:30-8pm for our Winter Wonderland Night. All Ivy family members are welcome to join in on the fun which includes cookie decorating, a picture frame craft, hot chocolate, as well as gifts for the kids to purchase. See flyer for more information. Also, since it’s a season of giving, please bring in a non perishable item for a food pantry we will be donating to, while you come and enjoy a night of crafts and shopping. If you have any questions, contact Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

We are also looking for vendors for the Winter Wonderland Event to sell crafts! Vendor tables are $25 and Student tables are $10. Complete this Vendor Agreement no later than December 13 if you are interested.

PTA MEETING: Save the date, our next meeting is on Wednesday, January 8 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. Here is information about our guest speaker who will be joining us:

Meribeth Cassidy, pediatric occupational therapist and owner of Step Forward Therapy, a pediatric OT and Speech clinic in Arlington Heights, will give a short presentation titled “Why We Misunderstand Behaviors.” Meribeth will talk about how we can be more present with our kids as well as using their “behaviors” as a guide to facilitate communication and problem solving. She will also introduce the opportunity to participate in a book club during the remainder of the school year to discuss “Raising Human Beings” by Dr Ross Greene. Dr Greene’s book introduces a different approach to problem solving through our children’s behavior called Collaborative Proactive Solutions (CPS). CPS is a proactive, collaborative approach that focuses on problem solving between parent and child to address lagging skills and unsolved  problems. It focuses on working with the child to help him or her develop the skills to problem solve, be successful through difficult situations, and develop skills to be more thoughtful, resilient and empathic. The book club will be facilitated by both Meribeth Cassidy and Carrie Holt.

Babysitting is available. If you have any general questions about the PTA or PTA meetings, contact our PTA Co-Presidents Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, December 12 @ 7:30 p.m. at Dunton.

PTA HAPPENINGS– November 22 – December 5, 2019

ABC/25 MEMBERSHIP: Are you a member of the ABC/25 Foundation? ABC/25 is a non-for-profit organization founded by a group of caring parents to give A Better Community for District 25 by fostering innovation, creativity and excellence in our schools.  Over the past 24 years, the Foundation has raised and contributed over one million dollars to fund numerous projects and grants for District 25 which directly impact students and teachers!   

Each school that meets the goal of 25% of families having memberships will receive a $2500 grant.  Cost of membership is $40 per family.  If you have a student at Ivy Hill and Thomas, both schools will get counted for the family membership. See some past grants in action here! Learn more about the wonderful things ABC/25 is doing in our community at www.abc25.org and become a member here! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Megan Geltner (mgeltner717@gmail.com) or Erin Lakomski (erinlakomski@gmail.com).

RECYCLE HOLIDAY LIGHTS DRIVE: We will be holding a “recycle holiday lights” drive December 9 through December 20.  So please bring in any old & broken holiday lights to the commons area where we will have boxes to recycle these holidayy lights. For questions, contact Michellle Derochowski ( michelledycus@gmail.com ).

SIX FLAGS – READ TO SUCCEED is back!  Think summer, sun and splashing at Great America next summer!  Students need to read 6 hours (homework assignments not included) and keep a log of reading titles and minutes read to earn a FREE Six Flags Great America one day pass for the 2020 summer season (these can also be used to purchase a Season Pass for a discount).   NEW THIS YEAR – parents/guardians will need to register their student(s) for the program on-line using a Teacher Specific Code, which will be sent home soon, if you haven’t received it already.  Then, complete the online eReading log, by Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 (there are no paper forms to send back this year).  Personalized day passes will be issued and set home in May.  Additionally, if students read more than 6 hours they may be eligible for Extra Rewards this year.  Once these are determined by Six Flags, you will be able to see them in the Rewards area of the online site.  You must attend Ivy Hill to be part of our program.  For questions, contact Nikki Wolverton (nicholewolverton@yahoo.com) or Louann Benbow (benbowunit@gmail.com).  

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE DESIGN CONTEST: Do you love to draw and flex those creative muscles? Enter the t-shirt and poster design contest for the 9th annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge. Any District 25 student can participate. The winning design will be featured on the promo posters and race day t-shirt. Click here for the official rules and entry form. All entries are due by December 18, 2019. We can’t wait to see your creative designs! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent race updates.

ROTARY CLUB SANTA RUN: Arlington Heights Rotary Club is generously supporting Arlington Heights Council of PTAs D25 Scholarship Fund through this year’s Santa Run.  The Rotary Club will be donating a portion of every D25 registration to the 2019-2020 ACHPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund.  This year Arlington Heights Council of PTAs plans on awarding $10,000 in college scholarships to graduating high school seniors as well as Summer U scholarships to current D25 students.  These awards are made possible by the generosity of our community. 

Whether you run, walk, or just want to support participants and this amazing cause, please use this link to register for the 2019 Rotary Club Santa Run.  This event takes place on Saturday, December 7. For tracking purposes only registrants who use this link will have a portion of their registration fee donated to the ACHPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund. More race info is available here.

WINTER WONDERLAND NIGHT: Save the date for Tuesday, December 17, from 5:30-8pm for our Winter Wonderland Night. All Ivy family members are welcome to join in on the fun which includes cookie decorating, craft making, shopping at the Holiday Gift Shop and enjoying some yummy and warm treats. See flyer for more information. If you have any questions, contact Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

We are also looking for vendors for the Winter Wonderland Event to sell crafts! Vendor tables are $25 and Student tables are $10. Complete this Vendor Agreement no later than December 13 if you are interested.

PTA MEETING: Save the date, our next meeting is on Wednesday, January 8 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. We will have a guest speaker join us too. More info to come. Babysitting is available. If you have any general questions about the PTA, contact our PTA Co-Presidents Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, December 12 @ 7:30 p.m. at Dunton.

HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING BREAK!

PTA HAPPENINGS– November 15 – November 21, 2019

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE DESIGN CONTEST: Do you love to draw and flex those creative muscles? Enter the t-shirt and poster design contest for the 9th annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge. Any District 25 student can participate. The winning design will be featured on the promo posters and race day t-shirt. Click here for the official rules and entry form. All entries are due by December 18, 2019. We can’t wait to see your creative designs! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent race updates.

ROTARY CLUB SANTA RUN: Arlington Heights Rotary Club is generously supporting Arlington Heights Council of PTAs D25 Scholarship Fund through this year’s Santa Run.  The Rotary Club will be donating a portion of every D25 registration to the 2019-2020 ACHPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund.  This year Arlington Heights Council of PTAs plans on awarding $10,000 in college scholarships to graduating high school seniors as well as Summer U scholarships to current D25 students.  These awards are made possible by the generosity of our community. 

Whether you run, walk, or just want to support participants and this amazing cause, please use this link to register for the 2019 Rotary Club Santa Run.  This event takes place on Saturday, December 7. For tracking purposes only registrants who use this link will have a portion of their registration fee donated to the ACHPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund. More race info is available here.

WINTER WONDERLAND NIGHT: Save the date for December 17, from 5:30-8pm for our Winter Wonderland Night. All Ivy family members are welcome to join in on the fun which includes cookie decorating, craft making, shopping at the Holiday Gift Shop and enjoying some yummy and warm treats. If you have any questions, contact Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

PTA MEETING: Save the date, our next meeting is on Wednesday, January 8 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. We will have a guest speaker join us too. More info to come. Babysitting is available. If you have any general questions about the PTA, contact our PTA Co-Presidents Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, December 12 @ 7:30 p.m. at Dunton.

I-FIVES GO TO: Julie Soderna for heading our coat and mitten drive and to all of the families who made donations!

Coat and Mitten Drive Extended!

The Ivy Hill Coat and Mitten Drive will extend through next Friday November 15th. We have boxes outside the office along the wall for your gently used or new donations.

PTA HAPPENINGS– November 8 – November 14, 2019

ROTARY CLUB SANTA RUN: Arlington Heights Rotary Club is generously supporting Arlington Heights Council of PTAs D25 Scholarship Fund through this year’s Santa Run.  The Rotary Club will be donating a portion of every D25 registration to the 2019-2020 ACHPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund.  This year Arlington Heights Council of PTAs plans on awarding $10,000 in college scholarships to graduating high school seniors as well as Summer U scholarships to current D25 students.  These awards are made possible by the generosity of our community. 

Whether you run, walk, or just want to support participants and this amazing cause, please use this link to register for the 2019 Rotary Club Santa Run.  This event takes place on Saturday, December 7. For tracking purposes only registrants who use this link will have a portion of their registration fee donated to the ACHPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund. More race info is available here.

WINTER WONDERLAND NIGHT: Save the date for December 17, from 5:30-8pm for our Winter Wonderland Night. All Ivy family members are welcome to join in on the fun which includes cookie decorating, craft making, shopping at the Holiday Gift Shop and enjoying some yummy and warm treats. If you have any questions, contact Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

PTA MEETING: Save the date, our next meeting is on Wednesday, January 8 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. We will have a guest speaker join us too. More info to come. Babysitting is available. If you have any general questions about the PTA, contact our PTA Co-Presidents Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, November 14 @ 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Middle School.

SANTA RUN 2019

Arlington Heights Rotary Club is generously supporting Arlington Heights Council of PTAs D25 Scholarship Fund through this year’s Santa Run.  The Rotary Club will be donating a portion of every D25 registration to the 2019-2020 ACHPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund.  This year Arlington Heights Council of PTAs plans on awarding $10,000 in college scholarships to graduating high school seniors as well as Summer U scholarships to current D25 students.  These awards are made possible by the generosity of our community. 

Whether you run, walk, or just want to support participants and this amazing cause, please use the unique link provided below to register for the 2019 Rotary Club Santa Run.   For tracking purposes only registrants who use these unique links will have a portion of their registration fee donated to the ACHPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund.

Learn more about ACHPTA:  www.ahcpta.org 

Race Page: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/ArlingtonHeights/RotaryClubSantaRun?rsus=500-400-e08828a9-4e59-418f-8315-5a67831e39d1


Race SignUp Page: https://runsignup.com/Race/Register?raceId=48627&rsus=500-400-e08828a9-4e59-418f-8315-5a67831e39d1

PTA HAPPENINGS– November 1 – November 7, 2019

YEARBOOK: Please help the Ivy Hill PTA Yearbook Committee by uploading your photos throughout the school year.  Please Register or Login to your account at: https://www.replayit.com/#/home 

To Register for the first time: 

  • Click Register at the top left of page
  • Search for our school: Ivy Hill Elementary
  • School Password: iheagles25

PTA MEETING: All parents and guardians are invited to join us on Tuesday, November 5 @ 7pm. Babysitting is available. If you need babysitting please Debbie Johnson(Ivyhillsecretary@gmail.com) by Monday, November 4. We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any general questions about the PTA, contact our PTA Co-Presidents Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, November 14, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m., Thomas Middle School.

I-FIVES GO TO: Juvenile Protection Committee (Jen Silva) for organizing Red Ribbon week; Classroom Rep Committee (Katie Erickson, Melissa Van Buren, Peg Janson, & Kim Eckert) and to all of our wonderful room parents who ran fun Halloween class parties!

PTA HAPPENINGS– October 25 – October 31, 2019

RED RIBBON WEEK: We will be hosting our Red Ribbon Week from October 28 – November 1. The Red Ribbon campaign was established to raise awareness about alcohol, tobacco, drugs, violence and bullying. We would love to have each student participate in the daily activities. Please see the schedule below:

  • Monday – Favorite Sports Team
  • Tuesday – Pajama Day
  • Wednesday – Crazy Hair Day
  • Thursday – Halloween Fun
  • Friday – School Spirit Day

REFLECTIONS COMMITTEE: Does your child enjoy art, music, and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films, and taking photos? Then they should join us and have fun unleashing their inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Look Within”, calls for their own unique interpretation through the arts. Additional information regarding submission guidelines will follow in the coming weeks. Projects will be due Monday, October 28. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards.

YEARBOOK: Please help the Ivy Hill PTA Yearbook Committee by uploading your photos throughout the school year.  Please Register or Login to your account at: https://www.replayit.com/#/home 

To Register for the first time: 

  • Click Register at the top left of page
  • Search for our school: Ivy Hill Elementary
  • School Password: iheagles25

PTA MEETING: Save the date for our next meeting on Tuesday, November 5. We’re looking to bring in some guest speakers for future meetings. If you know of anyone or have any general questions about the PTA, contact our PTA Co-Presidents Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, November 14, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m., Thomas Middle School.

I-FIVES GO TO: Movie Night Committee (Polli Bakir and Demetra Papaioannou) and to all of our wonderful parent volunteers for running a fun 3rd-5th grade movie night for our students!

PTA HAPPENINGS– October 18 – October 24, 2019

REFLECTIONS COMMITTEE: Does your child enjoy art, music, and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films, and taking photos? Then they should join us and have fun unleashing their inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Look Within”, calls for their own unique interpretation through the arts. Additional information regarding submission guidelines will follow in the coming weeks. Projects will be due Monday, October 28. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards.

RED RIBBON WEEK: We will be hosting our Red Ribbon Week from October 28 – November 1. The Red Ribbon campaign was established to raise awareness about alcohol, tobacco, drugs, violence and bullying. We would love to have each student participate in the daily activities. Please see the schedule below and mark your calendars:

  • Monday – Favorite Sports Team
  • Tuesday – Pajama Day
  • Wednesday – Crazy Hair Day
  • Thursday – Halloween Fun
  • Friday – School Spirit Day

PTA MEETING: Save the date for our next meeting on Tuesday, November 5. We’re looking to bring in some guest speakers for future meetings. If you know of anyone or have any general questions about the PTA, contact our PTA Co-Presidents Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, November 14, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m., Thomas Middle School.

PTA HAPPENINGS– October 11 – October 17, 2019

FUN RUN PARENT SURVEY: Please complete this short survey by Sun, October 13. Since this was the first year doing this event, we’d love your feedback!

IVY SPIRIT WEAR: It’s Spirit Wear Time!! Eagles, get ready to show your school spirit this Fall. Color order forms went home with your child on Friday, October 4 and should be returned to school with your child with payment by Friday, October 18. We are offering a selection of items at a variety of price points starting at $10 in all of the students favorite colors from royal blue to cyber pink and tie dye. We have four tee shirts, two hoodies for children, one hoodie for adults, a 1/4 zip dry-fit long sleeve tee and a beanie hat. 

Parent Volunteers, we’d love for you to join the fun and sport one of these styles to the school the next time you are volunteering. It makes it easier for the students find help at an event and it promotes community. All items are available in adult sizes.

All orders are being done via this paper form. No late orders after the 18th will be accepted. Make checks payable to “Ivy Hill PTA” or send exact cash payment in an envelope. Estimated delivery date is the week of November 6th.  Please direct questions to Meghann VanderBaan (meg@mkvanderbaan) with the subject line “IVY HILL SPIRIT WEAR QUESTION” and she will get back to you. 

3rd-5th GRADE IVY MOVIE NIGHT: Students have elected to watch Ralph Breaks the Internet on Friday, October 18th.  Permission slips went home soon and are due back by October 11th.  Doors open at 6:15pm and movie starts at 6:30pm.

REFLECTIONS COMMITTEE: Does your child enjoy art, music, and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films, and taking photos? Then they should join us and have fun unleashing their inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Look Within”, calls for their own unique interpretation through the arts. Additional information regarding submission guidelines will follow in the coming weeks. Projects will be due Monday, October 28. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards.

PTA MEETING: Save the date for our next meeting on Tuesday, November 5. We’re looking to bring in some guest speakers for future meetings. If you know of anyone or have any general questions about the PTA, contact our PTA Co-Presidents Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, October 17, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m., Thomas Middle School.

I-FIVES GO TO: Garden Committee (Michelle Derochowski and Lisa Nason) for working with our students and the Ivy Lunch Staff to prepare delicious salsa for everyone to try; Spirit Wear Committee (Meghan VanderBaan and Connie Lasalvia-Gonzalez) for all of their awesome work getting our Ivy spirit wear picked out and ready for order; Tammi Grippo and Lisa Akelian for always updating our Ivy Hill sign in front of the school to keep our community aware of important dates and events at our school.