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PTA Happenings – March 10-16, 2017


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LUNCH TIME READERS COMMITTEE:  Lunchtime Readers was held from the week of January 30 –  March 10, 2017. Throughout the six weeks, students read the assigned book during the week, met in small groups once a week where discussions and activities were lead by  Parent Volunteers. The committee would like to thank Suzanne Krause, Joelle Vena, Judy Newman, Denise Wagner, Manu Majumdar, Shruthi Mahishi, Jennifer Baumeister, Kara Janus, Diane Liigsoo, Kelly Nix, Shradda Agrawal. We would also like to thank all the teachers, LMC and office staff for their help and support.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:  The nominations for the PTA Executive Committee for next year are:
            For Co-Presidents                                Luanne Eisenhardt
            For C0-Presidents                               Suzanne Krause
            For 1st Vice President                         Lucy Block
            For 2nd Vice President                       Jennifer Sadowski
            For 3rd Vice President                        Caroleen Guiwargis
            For 3rd Vice President                        Kelly Nix
            For Treasurer                                         Joelle Vena
            For Secretary                                         Amy Hoffman
We will be voting on the slate at the April 11 meeting . Nominations from the floor will be accepted, as well.  Please plan to attend this meeting – your votes are needed!


ABC/25 FOUNDATION:  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).

I-FIVES go to:  Lunchtime Readers Committee, Soumya Subash and Praveena Aradhya, for coordinating and organizing this great program; Nominating Committee, Becky Brown, Sharon Bank, Sherri Geer, Cheryl Hampton, Claudine Mele, and alternate members, Claudia Kowalski and Stephanie Lazzari.

NEXT PTA MEETING:   April 11, 2017 @ 7:00

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

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