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PTA Happenings : Dec. 12 – 18, 2014

LUNCHTIME READERS is a program sponsored by the Ivy Hill PTA. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are eligible to participate. Once a week, for 6 weeks, parent volunteers lead a book discussion group during the ½-hour lunchtime recess period. The groups are formed based on the students’ book choices. The program will begin the week of January 12, 2015 and conclude the week of February 16, 2015. You should have already received the information and permission slip via backpack mail. The permission slips need to be turned in by Dec. 19th.  For the books to choose from click 3rd grade reading list and 4th/5th grade reading list. *Please note that Because of Winn Dixie was inadvertently left off the registration Form as was Mr. Lemoncello’s Library on the 4th grade form.  If your child wants to read either, please write it in or contact Shanin Trivanovic sjtrivanovic@gmail.com or (630)453-8292.

Parents we need your help! PLEASE consider volunteering to be a group leader. To do so, fill out the leader sign up section at the bottom of the registration form. It is only a half hour time commitment, one day a week, for 6 weeks. Questions? Contact Shanin Trivanovic sjtrivanovic@gmail.com or (630)453-8292.

The ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS COMMITTEE will be holding two drives in December/early January.  One is our annual recycling of holiday lights drive.  So if you have any old and/or non-working holiday lights, please drop them off in the designated boxes in the Commons area starting December 1st. Secondly, we are having a used board games collection.  We are requesting any gently used board games with all pieces included. These board games will be given to our teachers that are in need of some new board games, especially for indoor recess.  Please leave these donations in the marked box in the Commons area, too.  Both drives will be taking place December 1st –January 9th. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Derochowski (michelledycus@gmail.com) or Angela Zulaski  (Ajz95331@yahoo.com

BOX TOPS: Lots of holiday cooking usually means wonderful treats and lots of Box Tops! If you have collected a few Box Tops, turn them in for our December raffle! On Dec. 17th one lucky winner will get a pottery painting package! The package includes – 2 pieces to paint and free paint on your own pottery, studio fees for up to 16 people to create.  To be used for a drop in creation or reserved party.  Turn in those Tops for a chance to win this fun prize!  Good Luck!

Attention All High School Seniors:  The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs Scholarship Application is now available in the College Counseling Office at Buffalo Grove, Hersey, Rolling Meadows, Prospect and St. Viator high schools.  It is also available on the School District 25 website at sd25.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating Seniors who attended any District 25 schools for at least three years.  Applications are due February 28, 2015.

I FIVES go to:
The Holiday Gift Shop Committee: Emily Morrison and Kelly Nix for their hard work organizing the merchandise, crafters, snacks and volunteers for the Holiday Gift Shop last week.
A huge thank you to all of the people who helped to make the holiday gift shop a success!  It took 35 volunteers to set up the gym, work the registers, wrap gifts, sell refreshments and assist our shoppers!  That isn’t even counting the generous wrapping paper donations, which made a huge difference!  Many Ivy faculty and staff members were critical to the success of the event. Mr Kaese, Mrs. Jimenez, Mrs. Crowley, Mr. Hengels, Mrs. Fajks, Mrs. Polito and Ms. Craig generously offered their time and resources to the cause!  No doubt, this event would be impossible without lots and lots of help. Thank you so much!  From the Holiday Gift Shop
And thank you to all the Ivy Hill families who came out and took part in this great tradition and purchased items for their friends and family!

PTA Third Co-Vice Presidents: Carla Kim and Lynn Feder for organizing the Manna Gift Card Sale.  And all the Ivy Hill families and staff who participated and ordered gift cards.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Enjoy your winter break Dec. 20th – Jan. 4th. Classes resume January 5, 2015

 

Click HERE to visit Mr. Kaese’s Blog!

Holiday Gift Shop!

Holiday Gift Shop was a Huge Success!

Thanks to all who made time on Saturday to stop by the PTA’s 2014 Holiday Gift Shop! Shoppers enjoyed purchasing items sold by our kid and adult vendors as well as those sold by the PTA in the gym. Free gift wrapping saved time for all our shoppers and everyone enjoyed socializing over a cup of hot cocoa and a donut!

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Special thanks to all the volunteers who made this year’s Holiday Gift Shop amazing!

PTA Happenings : Dec. 5 – 11, 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP is this Saturday, December 6th from 9:00-11:30 families are invited to visit the school and purchase fabulous low-cost items. We are also welcoming crafters and vendors who will offer something unique for everyone.   Children can find gifts for everyone in the family and leave with them gift wrapped. Donuts and Coffee can be purchased and hot cocoa is always complimentary. Be sure not to miss this very special IH tradition. If you are interested in volunteering for the Holiday Gift Shop, contact Emily Morrison emmorrison@sbcglobal.net or check out our volunteer sign up page at www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F49ACAB22A31-20141  We hope to see you there!

REMINDER: Cash only for Holiday gift shop purchases. Thank You!!

MARKET DAY:  December is here and it’s Holiday Baking time.  Why not make it easier on yourself and buy cookie dough from Market Day?  The more you buy, the more the school earns! AND the more you save!  Buy 2, Save $2.  Buy 3, Save $5.  Lots of other Holiday favorites available.  With a $40 purchase* you get a FREE pound of broccoli florets. Internet orders are due Monday December 8th by 11pm.  Pick up date will be on  Thursday December 11th.

BOX TOPS: Lots of holiday cooking usually means wonderful treats and lots of Box Tops! If you have collected a few Box Tops, turn them in for our December raffle! On Dec. 17th one lucky winner will get a pottery painting package! The package includes – 2 pieces to paint and free paint on your own pottery, studio fees for up to 16 people to create.  To be used for a drop in creation or reserved party.  Turn in those Tops for a chance to win this fun prize!  Good Luck!

In November, the PTA sponsored a Hat & Mitten Drive for  JOURNEYS: The Road Home.  Ivy Hill families were so generous in gathering..
  • 10 coats
  • 34 hats
  • 40 gloves
  • and 12 additional winter items

Thanks to all who ordered MANNA GIFT CARDS!  If you didn’t get a chance to place your order, you have one more chance! We will be at Holiday Gift Shop TOMORROW collecting final orders.  Stock up on gifts for family, friends, and teachers for easy holiday shopping — while also supporting the PTA.  Here are links to the Letter  and the Order Form .  We will also have hard copies of the forms for you to fill out at Holiday Gift Shop.  All orders are due by the close of Holiday Gift Shop tomorrow.  Any questions, please contact Carla Kim, cmk17@sbcgobal.net or Lynn Feder, lynnfeder@hotmail.com.

The ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS COMMITTEE will be holding two drives in December/early January.  One is our annual recycling of holiday lights drive.  So if you have any old and/or non-working holiday lights, please drop them off in the designated boxes in the Commons area starting December 1st. Secondly, we are having a used board games collection.  We are requesting any gently used board games with all pieces included. These board games will be given to our teachers that are in need of some new board games, especially for indoor recess.  Please leave these donations in the marked box in the Commons area, too.  Both drives will be taking place December 1st –January 9th. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Derochowski (michelledycus@gmail.com) or Angela Zulaski  (Ajz95331@yahoo.com

LUNCHTIME READERS will be starting soon. More information and permission slips will be coming home soon via backpack mail. The permission slips will need to be turned in by Dec. 19th.   For the books to choose from click 3rd grade reading list and 4th grade reading list.

Click HERE to visit Mr. Kaese’s Blog!

Hat & Mitten Drive for Journeys

Hat & Mitten Drive for Journeys: The Road Home

In November, the PTA sponsored a Hat & Mitten Drive for  JOURNEYS: The Road Home.  Ivy Hill families were so generous in gathering..
  • 10 coats
  • 34 hats
  • 40 gloves
  • and 12 additional winter items
Jake Boehm and Richie Mele at JOURNEYS in Arlington Heights

Jake Boehm and Richie Mele at JOURNEYS in Arlington Heights

JOURNEYS provides shelter and services to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County. The goals of the Emergency Shelter Program is to provide hospitality, food and overnight shelter to the homeless between October 1 and April 30, seven days a week.  The sites are staffed entirely by volunteers with an average of 75 guests staying at the sites each night.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make this drive a success! Our thanks also go out to the Community and Family Involvement committee for their work organizing this great philanthropy project for Ivy Hill!

 

Pro-Kids Assembly – November 2014

Pro-Kids Assembly

Recently Ivy Hill students were treated to an assembly by Pro-Kids, thanks to the Cultural Arts committee. Thanks to the committee members for providing this fun and educational program!

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PTA Happenings : Nov. 21 – 27, 2014

The Environmental Awareness Committee will be holding two drives in December/early January.  One is our annual recycling of holiday lights drive.  So if you have any old and/or non-working holiday lights, please drop them off in the designated boxes in the Commons area starting December 1st. Secondly, we are having a used board games collection.  We are requesting any gently used board games with all pieces included. These board games will be given to our teachers that are in need of some new board games, especially for indoor recess.  Please leave these donations in the marked box in the Commons area, too.  Both drives will be taking place December 1st –January 9th. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Derochowski (michelledycus@gmail.com) or Angela Zulaski  (Ajz95331@yahoo.com

MANNA GIFT CARDS are here — just in time for the holidays!  Stock up on gifts for family, friends, teachers for easy holiday shopping!  A hard copy of a letter with more information and an order form were sent home in backpack mail last week. Here are links to the Letter  and the Order Form . Orders are due no later than Friday, December 5th.  This is a fundraiser sponsored by the Ivy Hill PTA — all proceeds are used by the PTA to benefit the students of Ivy Hill.  Happy Shopping!  Any questions, please contact Carla Kim, cmk17@sbcgobal.net or Lynn Feder, lynnfeder@hotmail.com.

HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP will be here before you know it! Saturday, December 6th from 9:00-11:30 families are invited to visit the school and purchase fabulous low-cost items. We are also welcoming crafters and vendors who will offer something unique for everyone.   Children can find gifts for everyone in the family and leave with them gift wrapped. Donuts and Coffee can be purchased and hot cocoa is always complimentary. Be sure not to miss this very special IH tradition. If you are interested in volunteering for the Holiday Gift Shop, contact Emily Morrison emmorrison@sbcglobal.net or check out our volunteer sign up page at  www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F49ACAB22A31-20141

The Holiday Gift Shop Committee is looking for wrapping paper donations.  Do you have any plain or holiday rolls that you wouldn’t mind donating? Free gift-wrapping service has always been a favorite perk at this event. Our supplies are quite low this year.  If you are interested in donating, there will be a labeled drop-off box in the commons.  Thank you so much! Any questions? Please contact Emily Morrison at emmorrison@sbcglobal.net

Market Day:  A BIG thank you to those who ordered in November!  We increased our earnings from $85.50 to $215.35!  We also increased our customers from 17 to 26!  Hope you enjoy your pies & your family gatherings for Thanksgiving. December is coming so start thinking about those cookies…

BOX TOPS: On November first, we submitted $1010.00 worth of Box Tops!  Thank you so much to the families and staff members who contributed.   Hopefully we can keep this pace up and continue to break records!  Our next raffle winners will be drawn on November 20th.  The lucky winners will receive Family Video movie night gift packs.  Congratulations to the Gonc and Nix families for winning the DQ ice cream cakes!

IFives got to:
CULTURAL ARTS COMMITTEE: Soumya Subash & Praveena Aardhya for the Pro-Kids assembly. The students LOVED it! Thank you also to Mrs.Jimenez for her help too!

COMMUNITY & FAMILY INVOLVEMENT: Sharon Bank & Linda Boehm for all their hard work with the Hat & Mitten Drive.

District/Community Happenings: Damine Kabuki November 22nd 1:00 pm @ Niles North High School. Click HERE  for more information. Or go to District 25’s website at http://www.sd25.org/pages/sd25

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Click HERE to visit Mr. Kaese’s Blog!

PTA Happenings : Nov. 14 – 20, 2014

As a reminder, next week is the “Hat & Mitten Drive” for JOURNEYS: The Road Home.  We encourage the following new or like-new items in any size: gloves, hats, scarves, socks (new only), coats or winter boots.  Please leave your donations in the designated boxes found in the Commons area. JOURNEYS provides shelter and services to those who are homeless in suburban Cook County.
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Boehm (linda_swalla@yahoo.com) or Sharon Bank (sharonlbank@yahoo.com).

Yankee Candle orders are in!  Order pick-up will be on Monday, November 17 from 3:00-5:30 pm in the Commons.  Please make every effort to pick up your order during this time.  Thank you for your orders!

CULTURAL ARTS COMMITTEE : will present Tim Hannig’s Pro-Kids Show for students on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 9:30am & 10:30am. Hannig’s Show is a fast-paced, entertaining one-man show with custom music, amazing illusions, hilarious comedy, ventriloquism, drama, and audience involvement. For more info go to pkshow.com

LAST CALL FOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS of AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER EVENTS!!
The Yearbook committee is closing out the photo collection for early fall events as we prepare to layout the yearbook. If you have photos of the following, please submit them to the Yearbook website by next Friday, November 21:
Ice Cream Social/Meet & Greet, First Day of School, Flagpole Sing. Fire Safety Simulator, Walking School Bus
Here is how you can submit photos online:
• Go to: https://images.memoryebooks.com/login
• If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 401853939
• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
• Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
• Click “Save Details”.
It’s that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos of these events is 11/21/2014.
Thanks to all who have already submitted your photos!

MANNA GIFT CARDS are here — just in time for the holidays!  Stock up on gifts for family, friends, teachers for easy holiday shopping!  A hard copy of a letter with more information and an order form were sent home in backpack mail today. Here are links to the Letter  and the Order Form . Orders are due no later than Friday, December 5th.  This is a fundraiser sponsored by the Ivy Hill PTA — all proceeds are used by the PTA to benefit the students of Ivy Hill.  Happy Shopping!  Any questions, please contact Carla Kim, cmk17@sbcgobal.net or Lynn Feder, lynnfeder@hotmail.com.

HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP will be here before you know it! Saturday, December 6th from 9:00-11:30 families are invited to visit the school and purchase fabulous low-cost items. We are also welcoming crafters and vendors who will offer something unique for everyone.   Children can find gifts for everyone in the family and leave with them gift wrapped. Donuts and Coffee can be purchased and hot cocoa is always complimentary. Be sure not to miss this very special IH tradition. If you are interested in volunteering for the Holiday Gift Shop, contact Emily Morrison emmorrison@sbcglobal.net or check out our volunteer sign up page at  www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F49ACAB22A31-20141
Holiday Gift Shop Committee is still in need of wrapping paper donations.  Free gift-wrapping service has always been a favorite perk at this event.  If you are able to donate, there will be a labeled drop-off box in the commons.

BOX TOPS: On November first, we submitted $1010.00 worth of Box Tops!  Thank you so much to the families and staff members who contributed.   Hopefully we can keep this pace up and continue to break records!  Our next raffle winners will be drawn on November 20th.  The lucky winners will receive Family Video movie night gift packs.  Congratulations to the Gonc and Nix families for winning the DQ ice cream cakes!

IFives got to:
REFLECTIONS: Thank you to all the Ivy Hill students who participated in the 2014-2015 Reflections Arts Program.  We wish you luck in advancing to the next level of this program. Thank you again Lori Ann Oyen for all her hard work with this committee!

GARDEN COMMITTEE: would like to thank Brendan Smith, Michelle Derochowski and her father and Tiger Scouts Den 468 families for coming out on Saturday to complete the Fall Clean up. Thank you also to Michelle Derochowski and Jen Talley for heading up this committee!

District/Community Happenings: Damine Kabuki November 22nd 1:00 pm @ Niles North High School. Click HERE  for more information. Or go to District 25’s website at http://www.sd25.org/pages/sd25

Click HERE to visit Mr. Kaese’s Blog!

Movie Night

3rd – 5th Grade Movie Night!

An awesome time was had by our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who attended the PTA movie night on Friday, October 17! Students watched a Dolphin Tale while hanging out with friends and enjoying drinks and treats provided by the PTA. We would like to thank the Movie Night Committee and all of our great parent volunteers for making it a great night!

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4th Grade Show – Summer Camp!

4th Grade Show – Summer Camp!

Congratulations to Mrs. Optiz and the 4th Graders on their production of Summer Camp! on October 22We saw some fantastic acting, heard some wonderful singing and laughed at bugs and bears and jokes, oh my!

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Friday Packet – 2014 Nov. 7- 13

Click HERE to visit Mr. Kaese’s Blog!

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA) Happenings:

 The Family and Community Involvement Committee will be organizing a charity drive in November for JOURNEYS: The Road Home, from November 17 – November 21.  JOURNEYS provides shelter and services to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County. The goals of the Emergency Shelter Program is to provide hospitality, food and overnight shelter to the homeless between October 1 and April 30, seven days a week.  The sites are staffed entirely by volunteers with an average of 75 guests staying at the sites each night.
The committee is requesting the following new or like-new items in any size: gloves, hats, scarves, socks (new only), coats or winter boots.  Please leave your donations in the designated boxes found in the Commons area.  If you have any questions, please contact Linda Boehm (linda_swalla@yahoo.com) or Sharon Bank (sharonlbank@yahoo.com).  Thank you for your support!

ABC/25 NEWS!  Our goal has been met!  Just over 25% of our families joined the ABC/25 Scholarship & Grant Foundation, earning our school $2500!  Thank you to all who joined.  Your contributions will make a big impact on our school.  Be sure to look for news about how this award will be used at Ivy Hill!
Yankee Candle orders are in and will arrive within the next two weeks, just in time for the holidays!  You will be notified of pick-up times after their arrival.

Holiday Gift Shop Committee is looking for wrapping paper donations.  Do you have any plain or holiday rolls that you wouldn’t mind donating? Free gift-wrapping service has always been a favorite perk at this event. Our supplies are quite low this year.  If you are interested in donating, there will be a labeled drop-off box in the commons.  Thank you so much! Any questions? Please contact Emily Morrison at emmorrison@sbcglobal.net

file   Metra is having a Poster and Essay Contest for grades K-12 regarding train safety.  Prizes are an iPad, $250, and $100. For more information go to:  www.metracontest.com

Market Day:  Reminder you may order online until Monday, Nov 10th.  Pick up date is Thursday, Nov 13th.  November is pie month – the more you buy the more our school earns!  FREE dessert pedestal with $90 online purchase* Promo Code: NOVBONUS

WE NEED YOU: to help pick the next PTA Executive Board. We will need three current Lead Committee Chair Members and three members who are not currently Lead Committee Chairs. If you are interested please contact PTA Co-Presidents Denise Schreiner (deniseschreiner@sbcglobal.net) or Kara Janus (KMACKJAN@aol.com)

SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS:  November 20th & December 18th 7:30 @ Mary-Olive Stint Elementary School

Find us on Facebook: Ivy Hill Elemetary PTA

IFives got to:
YEARBOOK COMMITTEE: Nikki Wolverton for helping with Picture Retake Day.

Everyone who attended the November PTA meeting. There will not be a meeting in December. The next meeting will be held on January 6, 2015.

 District/Community Happenings: Damine Kabuki November 22nd 1:00 pm @ Niles North High School. Posted on District 25’s website at http://www.sd25.org/pages/sd25