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Weekly Message - September 10, 2018

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Hello Spring Brook Parents -

Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night is Wednesday, September 12th. You will hear an overview of what your child will be learning this year and visit various tables in the LMC.

The Curriculum Night schedule is as follows:

5:45-6:15 Kindergarten-Second Grade

6:20-6:50 Kindergarten-Fifth Grade

6:55-7:25 Third-Fifth Grade

The teacher’s presentations will be in their classroom.


Thank you to all of the families who have joined the PTA this school year and a reminder that our Membership Drive will continue thru September 28th!! Every year our goal is to have 100% of our families join. Forms are due back by September 28th. Getting your forms in by September 28th will ensure that you get access to the Directory Spot App for our 2018-2019 online directory and ONLY PTA members will get access to this after the 28th. If you need another form please see the attached form, and if you have any questions please contact Katie Finke or Sarah Kuehl @

PTA Committee Chair

Are you interested in chairing a PTA committee? There is currently an open position on the PTA board for PDAC Liaison. This committee chair helps the Parents Diversity Advisory Council advocate for educational equity in all District 204 schools. Time commitment is low and includes attending one evening event per month. Please email Kathy Dunn ( for more information if interested.


Do you love art or love to help out in your child's classroom? Art connects our students with the world. The PTA is in need of parents to volunteer to teach Art Awareness lessons to your child's class. We provide everything you need to do the lesson, no experience necessary!

On a quarterly basis, volunteers pair up and teach the students about well-known artists and their works and then facilitate an art project using the style just taught. ALL teaching materials, training, and activities are provided for volunteers. The students always enjoy the lessons and will amaze you with their interpretation of the art presented.

You will self-schedule the lesson with your teacher during the quarter at your own convenience and is a great way to be a part of your child's education and keep art flowing through our school!

Any questions, please email co-chairs: Sina Fong ( or Christine Estacio (

Please use link below:

Charleston Wrap Fundraiser

The PTA Fall Fundraiser is under way! This fundraiser is a catalog fundraiser through the company Charleston Wrap, and offers very unique & fun wrapping paper, kitchen items and other products for the home. Last year the Charleston Wrap fundraiser raised almost $5,000 for the Spring Brook PTA, which helps pay for things like field trips, Ice Cream Social, teacher requested supplies and Art Awareness. We hope to exceed last year's sales this year, so that we can do even more for Spring Brook!

Today, each student should receive a Charleston Wrap fundraising packet. Additional order forms and packets are available in the front office.

What you can do to participate

- First, read the welcome letter included in the Charleston Wrap packet your student brought home

- Register your student online at using our School ID provided on the form

- Obtain your student's Charleston Wrap student ID upon registration

- Share the Charleston Wrap link with others via the Charleston Wrap site

- Share the Charleston Wrap link along with your student ID on Facebook

- Submit orders on 9/24 or sooner, products will be delivered to the school around November 7th— online orders delivered sooner

- Make all checks payable to: Spring Brook PTA

Online ordering is available and will help insure orders are processed as quickly as possible. It is also a great way to get distant relatives and friends involved in helping your child's school! Please note that when you or your family and friends order online you can either choose to have their products shipped to their house (free shipping on orders over $85) or they can have their products delivered to the school for $4.50. There is no shipping charge for catalog orders, as these will be automatically delivered and picked up at the school.

This year, we have some great incentives for the students to get excited about and earn during the fundraiser, rather than just at the end. Students can earn prizes by sending emails to family and friends through the Charleston Wrap website, and can earn a lanyard with zoo animals by turning in "items sold" coupons included in their packet. These will be distributed in classrooms twice a week.

Please read the welcome letter sent home today closely. If you have any questions after reading the letter, please email Tiffany Malik ( or Laura Schutte (

Room Parent Sign Up 2018-2019

Parents interested in becoming a Spring Brook Room Parent please click on the Sign Up link below. Find your child’s classroom teacher (Kindergarten classes are at the bottom of the list) and enter your name, e-mail and phone number by Wednesday, September 19th. Room Parents will be notified by Monday, September 24th.

Room Parents will work with their child's teacher on assisting with classroom parties, recruiting party volunteers and party supplies. Room Parents will also help the PTA spread information to the class for events throughout the school year. You must be a PTA member to be a room parent. If you have questions regarding the role of a room parent please contact Lynn McElhone at

Third-Party Educational Programs

The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:

Spring Brook: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

Spring Brook: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes

Bricks 4 Kidz Lego STEM Club

Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 10 Fire Drill

Wednesday, September 12 Curriculum Night

Thursday, September 13 Lock Down Drill

Monday, September 17 Fire Drill

Thursday, September 27 PTA Meeting – 9:30 AM

Have a great week! - Dave

2018-19 PTA Membership Packet.pdf (pdf)

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