Ivy Hill PTA

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.

PTA HAPPENINGS– January 10 – January 16 , 2020

CHESS CLUB: Calling all chess enthusiasts in grades 1-5! Chess Club will be held during lunch recess each Monday starting with an informational session in the LMC on Monday, January 13. Play will begin 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 sign up your child or volunteer, please sign up here. Questions, email Julie Soderna (julie@soderna.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).  

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.

I-FIVES GO TO:

  • Kari Rosczyk, Katie Hacias, Joelle Vena, Mr Kaese, Mrs. Jimenez, Ivy’s Maintenance Team, and to all of our volunteers who helped make our first Winter Wonderland possible. The Winter Wonderland event was a great success this year. These events cannot happen without the help of you, the community of Ivy Hill. As a Board we would like to thank all those individuals who took time to come out and volunteer their time.
  • Michelle Derochowski for organizing our holiday lights drive and to everyone who donated.
  • Julie Soderna for organizing our coat and mitten drive and to all of the families who donated items.

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, January 16 @ 7:30 p.m. at Dunton.

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.

PTA HAPPENINGS– December 6 – December 12, 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).

We are also looking for vendors for the Winter Wonderland Event to sell crafts! Vendor tables are $25 and Student tables are $10. Complete this Vendor Agreement no later than December 13 if you are interested.

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).

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