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PTA Announcements 10-3-16

Reported by corey_swift@ipsd.org on 10/2/16

October 3, 2016 PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS
October 3rd – PTA Membership Deadline for Directory
October 5th – 9:30am at Chick Fil A – Halloween Party Planning Meeting
October 11th – All School Assembly
October 17th – Informal PTA Meeting – 9:30am at Chick Fil A
October 21st – Fall Classroom Parties
October 28th – PTA Halloween Party

MEMBERSHIP
The link to the online membership directory will be sent out in early October. This will be a members only link. If you still looking to become a PTA Member, the form is on our website! Please submit by October 3rd to be included in the Directory
https://sites.google.com/site/cowlishawelementarypta/home

PTA HALLOWEEN PARTY
The Halloween Party Committee is looking for volunteers for the night of the event: Friday, 10/28/16!

Please check out http://signup.com/go/H2pVeh to sign up. We have a lot of different spots and various times available. We are also looking for candy donations to use during trick-or-treating during the party! Thank in advance for helping us this another great Cowlishaw event!

We welcome any volunteers to share ideas from a creative standpoint on games etc to make this event the continued success it has been in years past. Below are Toni and Alison's email addresses should anyone wish to contact them directly.
Alison Gister: alisongister@me.com Toni Matteson: tlmbrit@gmail.com

COAT AND BOOT DRIVE
Fall is the time of year to clean out our closets, and during the month of October, we are holding a district-wide winter coat and boot collection. Due to the growing need in our district we will be collecting new or gently used, clean coats of all sizes (infant through adult), in addition to other winter accessories (boots, hats, coats, scarves, snow pants, etc.). The items will be distributed to families in need within our district in early November.

Cowlishaw Elementary will be collecting clean, gently worn coats and boots from Monday October 17th through Monday October 31st. Please drop off by the main entrance of the school in the box(es) provided.
If you have any questions about the coat drive in your school, please contact Maria Murphy(mariamurphy@rocketmail.com) or Jodie Moreno (jodiemoreno@ymail.com)

BOX TOPS
It’s time for our Fall Box Tops Collection Contest this October 10 through 21, 2016
Cowlishaw PTA will hold a contest to see which class can collect the most Box Tops for Education! This program supports many of the PTA-funded programs such as Accelerated Reader, Assemblies, and more! Turn in your Box Tops between October 10-21, and the classroom submitting the most will receive a prize.
Don’t forget to put your Box Tops in a bag or envelope with your teacher’s name on it!

If you have any questions, please contact Box Tops Chair Daina Saleh, salehfam@gmail.com

REFLECTIONS
Hey kids - Get everyone to see your creativity, send in entries for reflections. Everyone who participates gets a certificate!! The theme for this year is “What is your story”.

PDAC
Any parents who are interested in attending the PDAC (Parent Diversity Advisory Council) meetings at Cowlishaw and the district level, here is my info. Thank you so much for your involvement!
Mariam Hussain - mariamfh@hotmail.com
Follow the link for upcoming district meeting dates – http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/uploads/PDAC/PDACCalendar1617.pdf

READ WITH RUSTY PROGRAM
We are happy to partner with the Chicago Steel Hockey team this year for an exciting new reading program! Your child has the chance to earn a free ticket to a Chicago Steel hockey game! On Friday, September 23rd, your child came home with a reading log and information on the program. This also included an order form for tickets on completion of the program. A portion of the sales of any additional tickets go back to the PTA. This form is due back to your child's teacher (with payment for any extra tickets) no later than December 7th, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or Tracy Hurley at tkmarich@gmail.com

PTA WELCOME COMMITTEE
Cowlishaw PTA Welcome Committee is looking for a couple of Spanish Speaking as well as Arabic Speaking "Ambassadors" to help us welcome the newly arrived students and their family.

When a new student transfers to Cowlishaw, we are hoping the ambassador family, who share a similar background or can speak the language of the new family, would be willing to be the contact person to welcome the family and to acclimate them to Cowlishaw and the area. When needed, the ambassador would find time to share with the new family knowledge about the school, the city, and the United States. Answering questions and addressing concerns of the new parents and students will be the main tasks of our Ambassadors.

Please contact Tracy Leung at 630-640-6501 or tracy1000@gmail.com if you can help!

TEAM IPEF
The response to support Team Cowlishaw with your colored in shoes and donations has been fantastic!! THANK YOU!
We are still short to reach the minimum goal of $250 per runner, each having committed to not only running 13.1 miles but also raising funds for Cowlishaw. There is still time until September 30th to send in your creative shoes and donations, so keep them coming! You can also donate by going online to https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_a519e202-ad91-11e4-b8ac-0a8b51b42b90&WidgetId=1100800. Donations are accepted through October 15th.

Half the funds raised will go to the school designated by each runner and the other half helps provide district wide programming supported by the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation.

Our Cowlishaw Runners are: Lindsay Boten (staff), Daina Saleh (parent) and Joe Meiresonne (parent of former Koala) running. Please consider donating and show them your support

STAY CONNECTED
Find us on Facebook for up to date happenings in the Cowlishaw community! Cowlishaw Elementary PTA - https://www.facebook.com/CowlishawPTA
Visit our website for more information: https://sites.google.com/site/cowlishawelementarypta/home
The website can also be accessed via the Cowlishaw Homepage under the PTA heading.

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