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PTA Happenings – Feb. 24 – March 2, 2017

BOX TOPS/SHOPAROO COMMITTEE: Do you want a chance to win the February raffle?  It’s easy!  Cut out Box Tops from participating brands (http://www.boxtops4education.com), drop them in an envelope labeled with your child’s name/teacher and have your child bring it into school.  Five lucky winners will receive Oberweis gift certificates.  Submit your receipts to the Shoparoo App and have a chance to win a Half Price Books gift certificate.  Good Luck!

MOVIE NIGHT COMMITTEE:  MOVIE NIGHT for grades K-2nd  is Friday, March 10 at 6:15 p.m. We will be showing the movie “Trolls.” Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the movie will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Pick up is at 8:00 p.m.  Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring a sleeping bag, pillow and their favorite stuffed animal to enjoy the movie.  Movie Night Permission Slips will be sent home very soon by backpack mail. Please return your signed permissions slips and money by Thursday, March 2nd.Only one per family please.  Popcorn will be served. Questions? Contact Becky Brown (bbecky4936@gmail.com) or Tajalli Horvat (tajalli@gmail.com).

ABC/25 COMMITTEE:   ABC/25 Foundation Supports our School.  Congratulations to the following Ivy Hill teachers that were awarded Foundation Teacher Grants:

  • Allison Black:  Flexible Seating in the 21st Century Classroom
  • Anny Lee:  Books that Foster a Growth Mindset
  • Anny Lee:  STEM in Action
  • Anny Lee:  An Interactive Approach to Language Arts
  • Nashwa Mekky, Samantha Gavigan, Kristen Baker and Jennifer Hansen:  Disrupted Innovation with Blended Learning
  • Edie Opitz: A Clicker to Make Presentations Quicker

These teachers were recognized with candy filled light bulbs to remind our District 25 Community that “bright ideas” pursued can impact the learning in our classrooms. Teachers will also be recognized at the March 16th School Board meeting.

The Membership Incentive Grant of $2,500 our school received in the fall was used to purchase a variety of  technology items for our innovation area in our LMC.  These items focus on building number sense, as well as coding and problem solving.  We additionally have purchased a green screen and lighting kit. This will be used to enhance our morning announcements, while also providing another pathway for students to use when demonstrating their learning. Specific items include: Osmo Numbers, Osmo Coding, Puzzlets, and Maze. Your Support of ABC/25 Foundation fundraisers such as the Just Move it! Challenge, Membership Drive, and Yankee Candle have made these grants possible. Thank you.

ABC/25 Foundation Needs YOU!  The Foundation Board has openings for the 2017-2018 school year: President (or 2 Co-Presidents), Vice President, and School Liaison for Ivy Hill. To learn more contact abc25president@gmail.com or the current Ivy Hill Liaison, Diane Liigsoo  (dliigsoo.ivyhill@gmail.com).

VIDEO/MUSIC PRODUCTIONS:   Our video/music productions committee needs volunteers to run the new lighting equipment, videotape each grade’s musical show, and provide DVDs for parents to purchase, all under the direction of Mrs. Opitz.  All equipment is provided.  It’s very easy to run the new, state-of-the-art equipment and does not require a huge commitment.  If you can work a video camera, you are qualified.  If interested, please contact Lynette Nimmo at net02134@aol.com.

I-Fives go to:  Video/Music Productions Committee, Lynette Nimmo, Judy Newman, Emily Morrison, Praveena Aradhya, and Lucy Block for videotaping the second grade show, and all other musical productions, handling the lighting, as well as assisting in creating the DVDs for purchase.

NEXT PTA MEETING:   March  8, 2017 @ 7:00

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING:   March 16, 2017 @ 7:30, Dryden Elementary School

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