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PTA HAPPENINGS– December 13 – December 19, 2019

RECYCLE HOLIDAY LIGHTS DRIVE: The Environmental Awareness Committee will be holding a “recycle holiday lights” drive December 9 through December 19.  So please bring in any old & broken holiday lights to the Commons area where we will have boxes to recycle these holiday lights. For questions, contact Michelle Derochowski (michelledycus@gmail.com).

BOX TOPS & SHOPAROO: Help support Ivy with these 3 simple steps:
1. Download the BoxTops Digital and ShopaRoo apps to your mobile device. 
2. Register for accounts if you don’t have one yet.  For Shoparoo, link your email and Amazon to get big bonuses! 
3. Start snapping pictures of receipts in the app to earn. That’s it! 

This is a quick and easy way to help raise $ for our school.

Which receipts can I scan for each app? Great question! The Box Tops app scans your receipts for products containing Box Tops and credits you for those products only. (Ex. If you buy a gallon of milk and a magazine and scan the receipt, you will receive 0 Box Tops. If you buy 3 eligible products, when you scan the receipt, you’ll be credited for the 3 Box stops and you DON’T need to clip anything! Toss your receipt and the product packaging. )
ShopaRoo gives points and sweepstakes entries for ANY receipt. Points for grocery and drug stores, and sweepstakes for everything else. So scan every receipt you get (e.g. fast food, gasoline, grocery store, restaurants, etc. )! 
Download the apps from the App Store or Google Play. See flyers for more info, or email Jules Motschall (IvyHillBoxTops@gmail.com).

SIX FLAGS – READ TO SUCCEED is back!  Think summer, sun and splashing at Great America next summer!  Students need to read 6 hours (homework assignments not included) and keep a log of reading titles and minutes read to earn a FREE Six Flags Great America one day pass for the 2020 summer season (these can also be used to purchase a Season Pass for a discount).   NEW THIS YEAR – parents/guardians will need to register their student(s) for the program on-line using a Teacher Specific Code, which will be sent home soon, if you haven’t received it already.  Then, complete the online eReading log, by Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 (there are no paper forms to send back this year).  Personalized day passes will be issued and set home in May.  Additionally, if students read more than 6 hours they may be eligible for Extra Rewards this year.  Once these are determined by Six Flags, you will be able to see them in the Rewards area of the online site.  You must attend Ivy Hill to be part of our program.  For questions, contact Nikki Wolverton (nicholewolverton@yahoo.com) or Louann Benbow (benbowunit@gmail.com).  

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE DESIGN CONTEST: Do you love to draw and flex those creative muscles? Enter the t-shirt and poster design contest for the 9th annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge. Any District 25 student can participate. The winning design will be featured on the promo posters and race day t-shirt. Click here for the official rules and entry form. All entries are due by December 18, 2019. We can’t wait to see your creative designs! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent race updates.

WINTER WONDERLAND NIGHT: Save the date for Tuesday, December 17, from 5:30-8pm for our Winter Wonderland Night. All Ivy family members are welcome to join in on the fun which includes cookie decorating, a picture frame craft, hot chocolate, as well as gifts for the kids to purchase. See flyer for more information. Also, since it’s a season of giving, please bring in a non perishable item for a food pantry we will be donating to, while you come and enjoy a night of crafts and shopping. If you have any questions, contact Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

PTA MEETING: Save the date, our next meeting is on Wednesday, January 8 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. Here is information about our guest speaker who will be joining us:

Meribeth Cassidy, pediatric occupational therapist and owner of Step Forward Therapy, a pediatric OT and Speech clinic in Arlington Heights, will give a short presentation titled “Why We Misunderstand Behaviors.” Meribeth will talk about how we can be more present with our kids as well as using their “behaviors” as a guide to facilitate communication and problem solving. She will also introduce the opportunity to participate in a book club during the remainder of the school year to discuss “Raising Human Beings” by Dr Ross Greene. Dr Greene’s book introduces a different approach to problem solving through our children’s behavior called Collaborative Proactive Solutions (CPS). CPS is a proactive, collaborative approach that focuses on problem solving between parent and child to address lagging skills and unsolved  problems. It focuses on working with the child to help him or her develop the skills to problem solve, be successful through difficult situations, and develop skills to be more thoughtful, resilient and empathic. The book club will be facilitated by both Meribeth Cassidy and Carrie Holt.

Babysitting is available. If you have any general questions about the PTA or PTA meetings, contact our PTA Co-Presidents Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com). We hope you can join us!

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, January 16 @ 7:30 p.m. at Dunton.

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Happy holidays and have a wonderful winter break! The next Ivy Hill PTA Happenings will be published on January 10.

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