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PTA Happenings – March 17-23, 2017

RUNNING CLUB COMMITTEE:  The Ivy Hill Running Club is starting the week we return from Spring break.   Grades 3-5 will run on Tuesdays (4/4, 4/11, and 4/18).   Grades K-2 will run on Thursdays (4/6, 4/13, 4/20).   Registration is open through next Friday 3/24, so sign-up NOW!!   Eagle Run Club Sign-Up

BOOK FAIR COMMITTEE:  SAVE THE DATE: Ivy Hill Book Fair will be on Wednesday, April 12th from 3:30 pm- 8:00 pm.  Watch for more information in future Friday Packets!  We will need volunteers for both the preview day (April 11) and the Book Fair (April 12).  To volunteer, sign up using this link:  Ivy Hill Book Fair volunteer sign-up. Any questions about volunteering, you can contact Judy Newman at judy.ivyhillmom@gmail.com.

REFLECTIONS COMMITTEE:  Reflections is wrapping up for this year! We heard many memorable stories from very talented students at Ivy Hill.  Arlington Heights School District 25 had 5 students who received Honorable Mentions at the state level. Three were from Ivy Hill!    Their names are:  McKenna Wagner, The Life Song, Music Composition; Natalie Michale, My Story Snapshot, An I Spy Tale, Photography; Kalyani Sunil, Going to a New World, Visual Arts  All of those who participated should have received their projects back, as well as certificates of participation. Thank you to all of you who shared your wonderful stories. Keep up the great work until next year!
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: Movie Night Committee, Becky Brown and Tajalli Horvat, and the following volunteers who helped make it happen:  Star Cinema Theatre  for donating the popcorn, Principal Kaese, Leslie Charnews, Jennifer Sadowski, Alix Calderaro, Falak Najam, Demetra Bubaris, Brian Hacias, Katie Hacias, Louanne Benbow, Katie Erickson, Polianthi Bakir, Sherri Anagnostakos, Sherry Geer, Kari Rosczyk, Sal Evola, Sara Mungovan, Lisa Nason, Sowmya Chepuri, Erin Ejnik, Cheryl Hampton, Kim Greenstein, Holly Gibbs, Sowmya Madkaiker; Reflections Chair, Claudine Mele.

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

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING:   April 6, 2017 @ 7:30, Dryden Elementary School

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