Ivy Hill PTA

PTA HAPPENINGS– September 20 – September 26, 2019

BRUSCHETTA GARDEN TASTING: It’s Bruschetta tasting time!  As you may recall, your children helped plant a Bruschetta garden in the spring.  Now that it’s harvest time, your children will have the opportunity to sample some of the lovely vegetables they planted such as tomatoes, onions and basil in a Bruschetta we will be serving with some sort of chips or bread during lunch on Thursday, September 26.

DIRECTORY SPOT: One of the many benefits of joining the PTA is access to Directory Spot. Quickly access contact information for parents, students, staff and PTA members, plus the school calendar, all from your mobile device!  Get the Directory Spot app in the App Store or Google Play today, or visit DirectorySpot.net. Questions or edits? Contact Jules Motschall (IvyHillDirectory@gmail.com).

NEW BOX TOPS PROGRAMS: Supporting Ivy Hill has never been simpler. Just scan for your school and earn money via the BoxTops Digital and Shoparoo programs.

  • BOX TOPS DIGITAL 
    • No more clipping!  No more sending Box Top$ to school.  All you need is your phone.  
    • Download the ALL-NEW BoxTop$ App today (if you have an old version of the app, update or reinstall). 
    • Register & select Ivy Hill Elementary.
    • Shop as you normally would, then scan your store receipts (within 14 days) to find participating products.
    • The App will automatically credit our school’s Box Tops earnings online.   
    • You may submit any remaining clipped Box Tops you may have throughout this school year, as they are being phased out of production.
  • SHOPAROO
    • Say hello to Shoparoo!  Shop. Scan Receipts. Earn.
    • Download the Shoparoo app today. 
    • Register & select Ivy Hill Elementary 
    • Select the grade level you want to support (there will be grade-level competitions starting in October.) 
    • Snap photos of your receipts and earn Roo points, which turn into donations for our school.

Scan your receipts into BOTH apps for double the earnings. Download both apps today in the App Store or Google Play. If you have questions, email Jules Motschall (IvyHillBoxTops@gmail.com).

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 MEMBERSHIP: It is not too late to join the Ivy Hill PTA. Membership ($12) includes a membership card and 2 log-ons to the online school calendar and directory.  The PTA supports and organizes many different activities throughout the school year, including Movie Night, Fun Fair, Field Day, Chess Club, and many, many more. To join, please complete this form and return it via backpack mail with your payment.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Vanburen (studyfreak2005@yahoo.com).

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.

PTA HAPPENINGS– September 13 – September 19, 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.

PICTURE DAY: School picture day is Thursday, September 19. Look for more information from Mr. Kaese’s weekly newsletter.

PTA MEMBERSHIP: It is not too late to join the Ivy Hill PTA. Membership ($12) includes a membership card and 2 log-ons to the online school calendar and directory.  The PTA supports and organizes many different activities throughout the school year, including Movie Night, Fun Fair, Field Day, Chess Club, and many, many more. To join, please complete this form and return it via backpack mail with your payment.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Vanburen (studyfreak2005@yahoo.com).

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 MEETINGSeptember 19, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m., Thomas Middle School.

I-FIVES GO TO: Fundraising Committee (Kari Rosczyk and Katie Hacias) for organizing our first Fun Fun and to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped. A special thank you to all of our Ivy families for helping to raise money for our school and for coming to cheer on our students!

PTA HAPPENINGS– September 6 – September 12, 2019

FUN RUN: The Fun Run is off to a great start and the students are super excited for the event on Thursday, September 12. If you haven’t already, please register your students at www.FunRun.com.  Parents and family members are welcome to come cheer their students on even if you aren’t an official volunteer!  The run schedule is:

  • 9:10 – 10:10 AM: Morning Kinder & 4th Grade
  • 10:10 – 11:10 AM: 3rd and 1st Grade
  • 11:10 AM – 12:10 PM: 2nd and 5th Grade
  • 1:15 – 2:15 PM: Afternoon Kinder & Kinder Extended Day

PTA MEMBERSHIP: It is not too late to join the Ivy Hill PTA. Membership ($12) includes a membership card and 2 log-ons to the online school calendar and directory.  The PTA supports and organizes many different activities throughout the school year, including Movie Night, Fun Fair, Field Day, Chess Club, and many, many more. To join, please complete this form and return it via backpack mail with your payment.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Vanburen (studyfreak2005@yahoo.com).

PTA MEETING: We had a great first PTA Meeting on Wednesday. We loved seeing new and old faces! 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 MEETINGSeptember 19, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m., Thomas Middle School.

PTA HAPPENINGS– August 30 – September 5, 2019

Welcome Ivy families!

PTA MEETING: The first PTA General Meeting is on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. This will be opportunity to learn more about the PTA and its various committees. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Pizza will be served. Contact our PTA Co-Presidents Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com) with questions. Babysitting is available. If you need babysitting please Debbie Johnson (Ivyhillsecretary@gmail.com) by Tuesday, September 3. We look forward to seeing you there!

PTA SURVEY: Calling all 2018-2019 Ivy families! Please complete this 5-10 minute survey to share your feedback about how we can continue to make sure we’re meeting the needs of our Ivy families. We hope we can get the majority of our families to complete it to help us make decisions for this school year. The final deadline to complete it is Monday, September 2. Thanks so much!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The PTA runs so many wonderful events throughout the year that aren’t possible without parent volunteers. If you haven’t had a chance to complete this PTA Volunteer Form, please do! Thanks for all of your support.

FUN RUN: Mark your calendars – the PTA kicking off a new and exciting Fun Run fundraiser for the school!  This fundraiser is replacing the Stress Free Fundraiser that we’ve done in the past. It will officially kick off with a big student pep rally on Tuesday, September 3, and then students will collect online pledges and participate in daily character lessons through Wednesday, September 11.  The fundraiser will conclude with an all-school Fun Run on Thursday, September 12 during the school day.

Parents are welcome to come cheer their students on!  The run schedule for 9/12 is:

  • 9:10 – 10:10 AM: Morning Kinder & 4th Grade
  • 10:10 – 11:10 AM: 3rd and 1st Grade
  • 11:10 AM – 12:10 PM: 2nd and 5th Grade
  • 1:15 – 2:15 PM: Afternoon Kinder & Kinder Extended Day

We are in need of volunteers to help during each of the run sessions (each session is 1 hour) to help mark laps, pass out waters, and cheer on the students.  You can sign up for multiple run sessions and help cheer on your children.  We need 12 volunteers per run session.  Please sign up today! Fun Run Volunteer Sign Up. Parents are welcome to attend even after the volunteer spots are filled!

Parents can log on and register their students starting NOW at www.FunRun.com.  More information will be coming home with the students starting next week.

PTA MEMBERSHIP: It is not too late to join the Ivy Hill PTA. Membership ($12) includes a membership card and 2 log-ons to the online school calendar and directory.  The PTA supports and organizes many different activities throughout the school year, including Movie Night, Fun Fair, Field Day, Chess Club, and many, many more. To join, please complete this form and return it via backpack mail with your payment.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Vanburen (studyfreak2005@yahoo.com).

I-FIVES GO TO: Welcoming Committee (Becky Foster, Katie Rausch, and Erin Ejnik) for organizing wonderful new family and kindergarten orientations and our PTA ice-cream social; Supply Kit Committee (Julie Ratzki and Connie Gonzalez) for putting the supply kits together and getting them distributed. Thank you!

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING:  September 19, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m., Thomas Middle School.

PTA Fun Run 2019

Our school is hosting a multi-day, fitness-based fundraiser where students (and families) will help raise funds while also learning important character lessons. 

September 12th the students at Ivy Hill will all be participating in a Fun Run during the school day!

This fundraiser will be replacing our STRESS-FREE FUNDRAISER that we have had in the past.

Ivy Hill has a goal to raise $25,000 for Community Building Activities, and to Enhance Our School Experiences & Events! 

Help us reach our goal this year by connecting with sponsors.

If we meet our school goal, then the Principal and Assistant Principal will get the opportunity of being slimed!

Learn more by viewing our PLEDGE SHEET

PTA HAPPENINGS– June 7, 2019

PTA SURVEY: We’ve created a survey to get parent feedback about how we can continue to make sure we’re meeting the needs of our Ivy families. Look for an email from Mr. Kaese with a survey link coming soon. We hope we can get the majority of our families to complete it to help us make decisions for next year. Thanks so much!

2019-2010 PTA MEETING: Save the date for our first meeting on September 3, 2019.

I-FIVES GO TO: Field Day Committee (Julie Soderna, Julie Ratzki and Dina McBride) and all of the volunteers who made it such a great event!

WE WANT TO SEND A BIG SHOUT OUT TO ALL PARENT VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE MADE THIS YEAR INCREDIBLE FOR OUR STUDENTS! WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE AGAIN IN AUGUST. HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

PTA HAPPENINGS– May 31 – June 6, 2019

FIELD DAY: Field Day is coming up on June 7th and we need lots of volunteers and water balloons, so please consider volunteering! The schedule of which classes are participating in the morning or afternoon is in the SignUpGenius. Please click here to sign up. Thank you!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES KITS: It’s time to order your school supplies for next year! Check out this flyer for more information on how to purchase and save time and money on back-to-school shopping. Sale ends June 16!

I-FIVES GO TO: All parents who helped the 5th grade show this week!

PTA HAPPENINGS– May 24 – May 30, 2019

SCHOOL SUPPLIES KITS: It’s time to order your school supplies for next year! Check out this flyer for more information on how to purchase and save time and money on back-to-school shopping. Sale ends June 16!

FIELD DAY: Field Day is coming up on June 7th and we need many volunteers!  Be on the lookout for a sign up genius being emailed soon.

2019-2020 PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD: Our new Executive Board was voted in at our May 15th PTA meeting. They will assume their new roles on July 1.

  • President – Caroleen Guiwargis (incumbent)
  • Executive Vice President- Jennifer Sadowski
  • 1st VP – Tajalli Horvat (incumbent)  
  • 2nd VP – Denise Wagner
  • Co-3rd VP – Katie Hacias (incumbent)  
  • Co-3rd VP – Kari Rosczyk
  • Treasurer – Joelle Vena
  • Secretary – Debbie Johnson

I-FIVES GO TO: Staff Appreciation Committee, Melissa Sherman, Laura Fritzsche, Kim Greenstein, and Tammi Grippo for all their hard work making our Ivy Hill staff feel appreciated; Sara Born, Suzanne Krause, Caroleen Guiwargis, and Kim Mullan, and the Ivy Hill staff for organizing and running our 2nd successful Ivy Hill Senior Walk, as well as the volunteers who donated their time and snack contributions; Jennifer Sadowski for all her hard work coordinating the volunteers at the many special events held throughout the year and hosting the wonderful end-of-year party for all of our special volunteers who made it happen; Julie Soderna for organizing our food drive; Nominating Committee, Kari Rosczyk, Joelle Vena, Luanne Eisenhardt, Claudia Kowalski, and Julie Soderna for helping us finalize our Executive Board Officers for 2019-2020.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

PTA HAPPENINGS– May 17 – May 23, 2019

FOOD DRIVE: Ivy Hill PTA is holding a FOOD DRIVE the week of May 20th-24th.  Please donate non-perishable food items like peanut butter, pasta, rice, canned veggies, fruits, meats and fish, cooking oil, crackers, cereal, soup, etc.  Kids should bring items to their classrooms and parents can drop off in the box in front of the office.  Remember that hunger doesn’t take a summer break!!  Let’s stock up the Wheeling Food Pantry stores!!

FIELD DAY: Field Day is coming up on June 7th and we need many volunteers!  Be on the lookout for a sign up genius being emailed soon.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES KITS: It’s time to order your school supplies for next year! Check out this flyer for more information on how to purchase and save time and money on back-to-school shopping. Sale ends June 16!

PTA HAPPENINGS– May 10 – May 16, 2019

FOOD DRIVE: Ivy Hill PTA is holding a FOOD DRIVE the week of May 20th-24th.  Please donate non-perishable food items like peanut butter, pasta, rice, canned veggies, fruits, meats and fish, cooking oil, crackers, cereal, soup, etc.  Kids should bring items to their classrooms and parents can drop off in the box in front of the office.  Remember that hunger doesn’t take a summer break!!  Let’s stock up the Wheeling Food Pantry stores!!

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The following individuals are slated for Executive Board Offices for 2019-2020.  Please mark your calendars for the May 15th PTA meeting, when the new Executive Board will be voted in.  Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the time of the election. Nominees must have agreed to take on the role (if elected) prior to their nomination.

  • President – Caroleen Guiwargis (incumbent)
  • Executive Vice President- Jennifer Sadowski
  • 1st VP – Tajalli Horvat (incumbent)  
  • 2nd VP – Denise Wagner
  • Co-3rd VP – Katie Hacias (incumbent)  
  • Co-3rd VP – Kari Rosczyk
  • Treasurer – Joelle Vena
  • Secretary – Debbie Johnson

SAVE THE DATE: Our last PTA Meeting of the year is Wednesday, May 15th @ 7pm. All parents are welcome! We will be voting in our 2019-2020 Executive Board at the meeting and need at least 15 to vote in our new Board. Refreshments will be served and childcare is available.