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PTA Happenings– May 21, 2020

Hello Ivy Eagles!

On behalf of the PTA we hope that you and your families have been staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. The year has definitely ended in a way that we didn’t imagine but as the Eagle way, we have all done our very best to make it through. We have some news and special thank you’s that we would like to share as we near the end of our school year. 

Nominating Committee: First off, thank you to the Nominating Committee for electing 4 new members to the board for the upcoming school year 2020-2021.The following individuals are slated for Executive Board Offices for 2020-2021 school year.  Please mark your calendars for the June 10th PTA meeting via Zoom at 7pm, when the new Executive Board will be voted in.  Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the time of the election. Nominees must have agreed to take on the role (if elected) prior to their nomination.  Zoom ID and Link will be distributed the week of the meeting.

President – Jennifer Sadowski (incumbent)
Executive Vice President- Julie Soderna
1st VP –  Angela Sisi
2nd VP – Denise Wagner (incumbent)
Co-3rd VP – Katie Taranda 
Co-3rd VP – Kari Rosczyk (incumbent)
Treasurer – Laura AckleySecretary – Debbie Johnson (incumbent)

Ivy Food Truck Fundraisers: Ivy Hill is excited to provide opportunities for our community to purchase a variety of delicious food items through several food trucks that will be coming to our school parking lot.  A percentage of all sales will be donated back to our PTA!!   Please be sure to share this info. with all your family and friends!!  We hope to see you all there!

*Very important to remember, PLEASE follow social distance guidelines! These events are not meant to stay and gather. School grounds are still closed*

MYFUNNEL TRUCK on Friday May 22nd, 5pm to 8pm Come and enjoy an ice-cream/and or a funnel cake.

SWEET CONNECTION on Wednesday May 27th, between 5pm -7pm. All orders need to pre-ordered by May 24th. You can email your orders to anna@asweetsgirl.com or via phone/text at 312-404-9415. Be sure to mention Ivy Hill, and the date May 27th in your order!

5 SQUARED PIZZA on Wednesday June 3rd, between 5pm-7pm. Please pre-order your pizzas by calling/texting 224-595-5781 by June 1, or by emailing  events@fivesquared.com.

END OF YEAR REPORTS: The end of year has approached and we need our committee chairs to please fill out the End of Year Report and Plan of Work Report by clicking on the forms listed below. Your responses will go directly to Caroleen.  Feel free to contact Caroleen with any questions. We kindly ask that you complete the forms on or before EOD May 27th.Thank you!

Plan of work form to complete:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScn1-deC3CW4LjU189qYaEf32KJfHmvYWQLvS6Un9SKFesGFw/viewform?usp=sf_link

End of Year Report form to complete:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScufKqdgiSfAZ2MErohqVUIX9QDnmJQmHZJSoAKXjABUHkMPw/viewform?usp=sf_link

COMMITTEE CHAIRS: If you have chaired a committee and would like to move on to another committee or you are no longer chairing that committee please click on the link below so that we can get the committees updated and filled out before the new school year. Just remember that without all of your help, our events would not run as smooth as they do, so for that, THANK YOU!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UDoFSjW3MG1k-6mi6wMNHvfxUfzF1cszzxVxmEJ5kRI/edit

YEARBOOKS: If you forgot to get a yearbook you just got lucky. We have extra yearbooks for sale for $20 each. Please email Delilah327@yahoo.com Supplies are limited!

I-FIVES: We would like to send a special thank you to Mr. Kaese, Mrs. Jimenez and the 5th grade teachers who showed their love and support for our 5th grade students by passing out their 5th grade t-shirts and lawn signs!!  It was an incredibly emotional day as students and teachers got to say good-bye during this drive-thru event.  It was a great sense of closure, and extremely heart warming how the Ivy Hill staff helped make it happen!  Thank-you!!  We wish each of the 5th graders the best of luck as they move on to Middle School. Soar high as the Eagle as you have been these past 5 years. 


A big thank-you to Michelle Derochowski and Kate Buttita for continuing to work on their environmental awareness committee and help create the grounds of Ivy Hill to be beautiful and welcoming! We appreciate you ladies!

A big thank you to Melissa Sherman, Tammi Grippo, Laura Fritzsche and Kim Greenstein for coming up with some creative ways to acknowledge our amazing teachers and staff at Ivy Hill during Teacher Appreciation Week. They definitely came up with some creative ways to say THANK YOU to the amazing teachers/staff that make it happen for our kids.

Thank you again for all that each of you do as an Eagle! We ended this year differently but we still manage to be strong and come through together. Thank you!

Caroleen Guiwargis and Jennifer Sadowski

PTA HAPPENINGS– March 13 – March 19, 2020

PTA NOMINATING COMMITTEE: It’s the time of year where we need to nominate individuals for a few positions for our PTA Executive Board. We are currently looking for a Co-President, Treasurer, 1st VP and 3rd VP. If you know someone that will be a good fit for any position or even are interested yourself, please fill out this Google Form by Friday, March 20. This form contains a summary of each position. Everything our PTA does isn’t possible without all of you, so please take the time to nominate for these positions.

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE: Audition now to perform the national anthem live at the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! D25 students may audition by sending a video recording of themselves or with one friend performing the national anthem “a capella” to abc25challenge@gmail.com. In your video, please state your name, grade, and school. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 15. 

Register today for the 9th Annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! Choose the 5k or 1 mile and walk or run with friends and neighbors who are coming together to support the ABC/25 Foundation. All proceeds from this event go directly back to SD25 classrooms through grants awarded to the teachers! Register by Friday, March 22 to receive early registration perks including a $5 discount on the entry fee, a guaranteed race t-shirt and the option to have your race packet delivered to your D25 school. Race day is Saturday, April 25, 2020! REGISTER NOW!

Not a runner? Nursing an injury? Looking for a different experience on race day? We are always in need of volunteers to make race day a success! Many options are available and most are flexible to enable you to volunteer and also participate in a race. Sign up here!  Don’t miss any race updates. Follow ABC25 Get Burbed Challenge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: Save the date for the Ivy Hill Book Fair! Scholastic books will be set up in the commons on April 22 for the students to preview books during school. The book fair where you can purchase books will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 3:35-8pm in the Ivy Hill commons. Percentage of the sales will benefit PTA sponsored activities.

YEARBOOK: Please help the Ivy Hill PTA Yearbook Committee by uploading your photos from Valentines Day parties and throughout the school year.  Please Register or Login to your account at: https://www.replayit.com/#/home To Register for the first time: 

  • Click Register at the top left of page
  • Search for our school: Ivy Hill Elementary
  • School Password: iheagles25

PTA MEETING: Join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, April 1 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. We will be presenting our 2020-2021 PTA Board nominations. Babysitting is available.

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, April 2 @ 7:30 p.m @ South Middle School.

PTA HAPPENINGS– March 6 – March 12, 2020

PTA NOMINATING COMMITTEE: It’s the time of year where we need to nominate individuals for a few positions for our PTA Executive Board. We are currently looking for a Co-President, Treasurer, 1st VP and 3rd VP. If you know someone that will be a good fit for any position or even are interested yourself, please fill out this Google Form by Friday, March 20. This form contains a summary of each position. Everything our PTA does isn’t possible without all of you, so please take the time to nominate for these positions.

IVY K-2nd GRADE MOVIE NIGHT: Movie Night @Ivy Hill for K-2nd grade is Friday, March 13 at 6:30pm. Come and join the fun!!  Bring a sleeping bag and hang out in your PJ’s to watch Frozen 2 with your friends.  Doors will open at 6:15pm and the movie will start promptly at 6:30pm.  Pickup will be at 8:15. Please make sure that all kids are signed in and checked out the night of the event.  If you didn’t already submit your permission slip, you can pay $7 at the door.

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE: Audition now to perform the national anthem live at the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! D25 students may audition by sending a video recording of themselves or with one friend performing the national anthem “a capella” to abc25challenge@gmail.com. In your video, please state your name, grade, and school. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 15. 

Register today for the 9th Annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! Choose the 5k or 1 mile and walk or run with friends and neighbors who are coming together to support the ABC/25 Foundation. All proceeds from this event go directly back to SD25 classrooms through grants awarded to the teachers! Register by Friday, March 22 to receive early registration perks including a $5 discount on the entry fee, a guaranteed race t-shirt and the option to have your race packet delivered to your D25 school. Race day is Saturday, April 25, 2020! REGISTER NOW!

Not a runner? Nursing an injury? Looking for a different experience on race day? We are always in need of volunteers to make race day a success! Many options are available and most are flexible to enable you to volunteer and also participate in a race. Sign up here!  Don’t miss any race updates. Follow ABC25 Get Burbed Challenge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: Save the date for the Ivy Hill Book Fair! Scholastic books will be set up in the commons on April 22 for the students to preview books during school. The book fair where you can purchase books will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 3:35-8pm in the Ivy Hill commons. Percentage of the sales will benefit PTA sponsored activities.

YEARBOOK: Please help the Ivy Hill PTA Yearbook Committee by uploading your photos from Valentines Day parties and throughout the school year.  Please Register or Login to your account at: https://www.replayit.com/#/home To Register for the first time: 

  • Click Register at the top left of page
  • Search for our school: Ivy Hill Elementary
  • School Password: iheagles25

PTA MEETING: Join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, April 1 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. We will be presenting our 2020-2021 PTA Board nominations and need as many parents possible to vote! All parents attending will receive an Ivy bumper magnet. Babysitting is available.

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, March 12 @ 7:30 p.m @ Dunton.

PTA HAPPENINGS– February 28 – March 5, 2020

IVY K-2nd GRADE MOVIE NIGHT: Movie Night @Ivy Hill for K-2nd grade is Friday, March 13 at 6:30pm. Come and join the fun!!  Bring a sleeping bag and hang out in your PJ’s to watch Frozen 2 with your friends.  Doors will open at 6:15pm and the movie will start promptly at 6:30pm.  Pickup will be at 8:15. Please make sure that all kids are signed in and checked out the night of the event.  Permission slips are due March 6.

PARENT BOOK CLUB: Join us at the Olive School library March 2nd and April 23rd from 7-8:30 pm for a 2 part book club to discuss the book “Raising Human Beings” by Dr Greene. Dr Ross Greene is psychologist and creator of the model Collaborative & Proactive Solutions. This book offers a different approach to parenting and solving everyday problems using empathy and collaboration instead of rewards and punishments. Dr Greene equips parents with the tools needed to tackle every day problems.

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE: Audition now to perform the national anthem live at the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! D25 students may audition by sending a video recording of themselves or with one friend performing the national anthem “a capella” to abc25challenge@gmail.com. In your video, please state your name, grade, and school. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 15, 2020. 

Register today for the 9th Annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! Choose the 5k or 1 mile and walk or run with friends and neighbors who are coming together to support the ABC/25 Foundation. All proceeds from this event go directly back to SD25 classrooms through grants awarded to the teachers! Register by Friday, March 22 to receive early registration perks including a $5 discount on the entry fee, a guaranteed race t-shirt and the option to have your race packet delivered to your D25 school. Race day is Saturday, April 25, 2020! REGISTER NOW!

Not a runner? Nursing an injury? Looking for a different experience on race day? We are always in need of volunteers to make race day a success! Many options are available and most are flexible to enable you to volunteer and also participate in a race. Sign up here!  Don’t miss any race updates. Follow ABC25 Get Burbed Challenge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

YEARBOOK: Please help the Ivy Hill PTA Yearbook Committee by uploading your photos from Valentines Day parties and throughout the school year.  Please Register or Login to your account at: https://www.replayit.com/#/home To Register for the first time: 

  • Click Register at the top left of page
  • Search for our school: Ivy Hill Elementary
  • School Password: iheagles25

PTA MEETING: Join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, March 3 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. Dr. Bein will join in the beginning of the meeting to talk about bullying. Babysitting is available.

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, March 12 @ 7:30 p.m @ Dunton.

I-FIVES GO TO: The Fun Fair Committee (Linda Swalla and Michelle Derochowski) and all of the wonderful volunteers to make it such a successful and fun evening for all of our families; Demetra Bubaris and Poly Bakir for organizing dinner for our wonderful teachers during parent teacher conferences.

PTA HAPPENINGS– February 21 – February 27, 2020

BOX TOPS: Remember, we are still accepting physical paper Box Tops. Please submit them by February 27 to be counted for this school year. And keep scanning your grocery receipts with qualifying purchases to earn digital Box Tops!

IVY K-2nd GRADE MOVIE NIGHT: Save the date for the K-2nd Grade Movie Night on Friday, March 13. More details coming soon.

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE: Audition now to perform the national anthem live at the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! D25 students may audition by sending a video recording of themselves or with one friend performing the national anthem “a capella” to abc25challenge@gmail.com. In your video, please state your name, grade, and school. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 15, 2020. 

Register today for the 9th Annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! Choose the 5k or 1 mile and walk or run with friends and neighbors who are coming together to support the ABC/25 Foundation. All proceeds from this event go directly back to SD25 classrooms through grants awarded to the teachers! Register by Friday, March 22 to receive early registration perks including a $5 discount on the entry fee, a guaranteed race t-shirt and the option to have your race packet delivered to your D25 school. Race day is Saturday, April 25, 2020! REGISTER NOW!

Not a runner? Nursing an injury? Looking for a different experience on race day? We are always in need of volunteers to make race day a success! Many options are available and most are flexible to enable you to volunteer and also participate in a race. Sign up here!  Don’t miss any race updates. Follow ABC25 Get Burbed Challenge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

YEARBOOK: Please help the Ivy Hill PTA Yearbook Committee by uploading your photos from Valentines Day parties and throughout the school year.  Please Register or Login to your account at: https://www.replayit.com/#/home To Register for the first time: 

  • Click Register at the top left of page
  • Search for our school: Ivy Hill Elementary
  • School Password: iheagles25

PTA MEETING: Save the date, our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 3 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. Dr. Bein will join in the beginning of the meeting to talk about bullying. Babysitting is available.

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, March 12 @ 7:30 p.m @ Dunton.

PTA HAPPENINGS– February 14 – February 20, 2020

BOX TOPS: Remember, we are still accepting physical paper Box Tops. Please submit them by February 27 to be counted for this school year. And keep scanning your grocery receipts with qualifying purchases to earn digital Box Tops!

IVY K-2nd GRADE MOVIE NIGHT: Save the date for the K-2nd Grade Movie Night on Friday, March 13. More details coming soon.

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE: Registration is open for the 9th Annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge on April 25, 2020! Choose the 5K or 1 mile and walk or run with friends and neighbors who are coming together to raise funds for the ABC/25 Foundation. All proceeds are put directly back into our schools and classrooms through teacher grants for innovative teaching methods and materials. Register by March 22nd to receive early registration perks including a $5 discount on the entry fee, a guaranteed race t-shirt and the option to have your race packet delivered to your D25 school. REGISTER HERE!

Visit abc25challenge.org for full details about the race and follow the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge on FacebookInstagram or Twitter for the latest race updates.

FUN FAIR: Fun fair is next week on Friday, February 21 from 5:30-8:00 pm. Wristbands will be sold for $15 at the door. We are in need of many volunteers for this event. Please sign up using the link below! Ivy Hill Fun Fair 2020 Volunteer Sign Up

YEARBOOK: Please help the Ivy Hill PTA Yearbook Committee by uploading your photos from Valentines Day parties and throughout the school year.  Please Register or Login to your account at: https://www.replayit.com/#/home To Register for the first time: 

  • Click Register at the top left of page
  • Search for our school: Ivy Hill Elementary
  • School Password: iheagles25

PTA MEETING: Save the date, our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 3 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. Dr. Bein will join in the beginning of the meeting to talk about bullying. Babysitting is available.

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, February 20 @ 7:30 p.m. at Dunton.

I-FIVES GO TO: All of our wonderful room parents who ran fun Valentines celebrations!

A special thank you to Bach to Rock for supplying music for the 5th grade Valentine’s Day Party. They are located at 65 W Rand Rd in the Trader Joes Shopping Center.

PTA HAPPENINGS– February 7 – February 13, 2020

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE: Registration is open for the 9th Annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge on April 25, 2020! Choose the 5K or 1 mile and walk or run with friends and neighbors who are coming together to raise funds for the ABC/25 Foundation. All proceeds are put directly back into our schools and classrooms through teacher grants for innovative teaching methods and materials. Register by March 22nd to receive early registration perks including a $5 discount on the entry fee, a guaranteed race t-shirt and the option to have your race packet delivered to your D25 school. REGISTER HERE!

Visit abc25challenge.org for full details about the race and follow the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge on FacebookInstagram or Twitter for the latest race updates.

FUN FAIR: Fun fair is coming to Ivy Hill!!  Please mark your calendars for Friday, February 21 from 5:30-8:00 pm. Wristbands will be sold for $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

We are in need of many volunteers for this event. Please sign up using the link below! Ivy Hill Fun Fair 2020 Volunteer Sign Up

YEARBOOK: Please help the Ivy Hill PTA Yearbook Committee by uploading your photos throughout the school year.  Please Register or Login to your account at: https://www.replayit.com/#/home To Register for the first time: 

  • Click Register at the top left of page
  • Search for our school: Ivy Hill Elementary
  • School Password: iheagles25

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: We are happy to announce that we have formed our nominating committee for the selection of PTA officers for upcoming school year 2020-2021. Please be on the lookout for the email that will contain information on how to proceed with entering your nominees for available positions.

PTA MEETING: Save the date, our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 3 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. Dr. Bein will join in the beginning of the meeting to talk about bullying. Babysitting is available.

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, February 20 @ 7:30 p.m. at Dunton

PTA HAPPENINGS– January 31 – February 6, 2020

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE: Registration is open for the 9th Annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge on April 25, 2020! Choose the 5K or 1 mile and walk or run with friends and neighbors who are coming together to raise funds for the ABC/25 Foundation. All proceeds are put directly back into our schools and classrooms through teacher grants for innovative teaching methods and materials. Register by March 22nd to receive early registration perks including a $5 discount on the entry fee, a guaranteed race t-shirt and the option to have your race packet delivered to your D25 school. REGISTER HERE!

Visit abc25challenge.org for full details about the race and follow the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge on FacebookInstagram or Twitter for the latest race updates.

There’s still time to pick your favorite race day t-shirt design. Voting is open until February 2nd! Vote today

PTA NOMINATING COMMITTEE: We are in search of several people to serve on our nominating committee, which will be forming soon. Nominating committee is elected for the sole purpose of seeking qualified individuals to be the nominee for each office to be filled in the upcoming year. The time commitment for this committee is very flexible, so it’s a great opportunity to get involved.  We need 3 people who are current committee chairs, one person who is a PTA member, but not on a committee, and 2 alternates. If you are interested please contact Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

FUN FAIR: Fun fair is coming to Ivy Hill!!  Please mark your calendars for Friday, February 21 from 5:30-8:00 pm. Wristbands will be sold for $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Paperwork to purchase the wristbands were sent home last week.

We are in need of many volunteers for this event. Please sign up using the link below! Ivy Hill Fun Fair 2020 Volunteer Sign Up

YEARBOOK: Please help the Ivy Hill PTA Yearbook Committee by uploading your photos throughout the school year.  Please Register or Login to your account at: https://www.replayit.com/#/home To Register for the first time: 

  • Click Register at the top left of page
  • Search for our school: Ivy Hill Elementary
  • School Password: iheagles25

PTA MEETING: Save the date, our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 3 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. Dr. Bein will join in the beginning of the meeting to talk about bullying. Babysitting is available.

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, February 20 @ 7:30 p.m. at Dunton.

PTA HAPPENINGS– January 24 – January 30, 2020

DEADLINE EXTENDED – SIX FLAGS – READ TO SUCCEED: 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).  Using the code sent home by the teacher, complete the online eReading log, by Saturday, February 1st, 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).  Please contact your student’s teacher if you need the code as each classroom has its own.

ABC/25 GET BURBED CHALLENGE: SD25 students submitted their designs and we need your help to decide on the design for this year’s race t-shirt! Vote now for your favorite t-shirt design. Voting will be open until February 2nd.  Mark your calendars for race day on April 25th! Follow us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter for current race updates.

PTA NOMINATING COMMITTEE: We are in search of several people to serve on our nominating committee, which will be forming soon. Nominating committee is elected for the sole purpose of seeking qualified individuals to be the nominee for each office to be filled in the upcoming year. The time commitment for this committee is very flexible, so it’s a great opportunity to get involved.  We need 3 people who are current committee chairs, one person who is a PTA member, but not on a committee, and 2 alternates. If you are interested please contact Caroleen Guiwargis (cguiwargis@yahoo.com) and Jennifer Sadowski (jenjen5757@aol.com).

FUN FAIR: Fun fair is coming to Ivy Hill!!  Please mark your calendars for Friday, February 21 from 5:30-8:00 pm. Wristbands will be sold for $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Paperwork to purchase the wristbands were sent home this week.

We are in need of many volunteers for this event. Please sign up using the link below! Ivy Hill Fun Fair 2020 Volunteer Sign Up

YEARBOOK: Please help the Ivy Hill PTA Yearbook Committee by uploading your photos throughout the school year.  Please Register or Login to your account at: https://www.replayit.com/#/home To Register for the first time: 

  • Click Register at the top left of page
  • Search for our school: Ivy Hill Elementary
  • School Password: iheagles25

PTA MEETING: Save the date, our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 3 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. Babysitting is available.

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGThursday, February 20 @ 7:30 p.m. at Dunton.

PTA HAPPENINGS– January 17 – January 23, 2020

LUNCHTIME READERS-VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We still need a few volunteers!! Lunchtime Readers starts January 21st and takes place during recess Tuesday’s through Friday’s (this is only a six week program).  Volunteers don’t need to commit for the entire time. Even if you can only be there some days, or some weeks, only 2-3 days total, we could still use your help. The program is for kids in 3rd grade thru 5th grade, but parents of a younger child (K-2) can also volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please reach out to Meghann VanderBaan ( meg@mkvanderbaan.com )and/or Suzanne Krause (svkrause@hotmail.com ).

DEADLINE EXTENDED – SIX FLAGS – READ TO SUCCEED: 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).  Using the code sent home by the teacher, complete the online eReading log, by Saturday, February 1st, 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).  Please contact your student’s teacher if you need the code as each classroom has its own.

CHESS CLUB: Calling all chess enthusiasts in grades 1-5! Chess Club play begins on January 27 and continue each Monday through March 16 during lunch recess and will take place in the Gym – participation each week is voluntary. No chess experience is necessary. If you want to volunteer, please sign up here. Questions, email Julie Soderna (julie@soderna.com).

FUN FAIR: Save the date for Ivy’s Fun Fair on Fri, February 21st from 5-8pm. This fundraiser is a really fun event for all Ivy families. There are kid carnival games, a DJ, concessions and more! Kid wristbands are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Flyers and more info to come soon.

PTA MEETING: Save the date, our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 3 @ 7pm at Ivy in the LMC. Babysitting is available.