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PTA Announcements 10-11-16

Reported by corey_swift@ipsd.org on 10/11/16

October 11, 2016 PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS
October 11th – All School Assembly
October 17th – Informal PTA Meeting – 9:30am at Chick Fil A
October 18th – Dinner Night Out at Culver’s
October 21st – Fall Classroom Parties
October 28th – PTA Halloween Party
November 8th – Mom's Night Out at Pinot's Palette. Come and join other Cowlishaw Mom's for a night of fun and also support the PTA! Information and registration information to come.

MEMBERSHIP
The 2016-2017 PTA Members Directory link was emailed to all paid members last week. If you did not receive an invitation to view the directory and you believe you are a PTA member or would like to become one, please contact Kristin Wolfgram at kristinwolfgram@gmail.com or (224)422-8406.

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)

5TH GRADE FAREWELL
5th Grade Farwell Committee is looking for parent volunteers to sell bubble gum to 4th and 5th graders Friday mornings at Cowlishaw from 8:45am-9:05am. To sign up or to donate gum (Juicy Fruit, Big Red, Starburst or Cobal) please contact Jen Don at jenn.don64@gmail.com

BOOK FAIR
The Cowlishaw Book Fair is coming in early November and we need your help to make it a success! We need volunteers for set up, preview, sales, and tear down. Remember, proceeds from all sales go right back to the LMC for new books and materials. Sign up to volunteer using the link below. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Tracy Hurley at tkmarich@gmail.com or Vidya Sekhar at vidya_gop@yahoo.com

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/eGKjBr
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

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
The reflections art program is due Monday, October 17th and the theme this year is What Is Your Story? .

There are different project categories and students may enter as many projects as they like, in as many categories as they like! The different categories and the full rules for each are available on the PTA/Reflections portion of the school website (link below), along with electronic copies of the entry form and rules in brief.

https://sites.google.com/site/cowlishawelementarypta/events/reflections

Do not miss out on this opportunity to encourage and showcase your child’s talents!
Please contact the Reflections Chairperson Chanda Jaini with any questions: sjaini@hotmail.com or 630-527-0151.

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

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!! We have reached our minimum goal of $250 per runner! THANK YOU!
You can still 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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