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PTA Announcements 3-6-17

Reported by corey_swift@ipsd.org on 3/6/17

February 27, 2017 PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS
March 6th – PTA Meeting 9:15am at Chick Fil A
March 10th – Cowlishaw LUAU – 6:30pm
March 21st – Dinner Night Out at Pie Five

LUAU
RSVP’s for the Luau are due back to school by March 6th! Please remember to turn in your RSVP as we are not selling tickets at the door.
We will be doing Luau decorating and prep work at the school on February 27th at 6:30pm – any one is welcome to attend and lend a hand!

Last week a letter went home in backpack mail regarding gift baskets items. Those are due back to by March 6th! These can be small items and we encourage families and students to be creative! If there is another theme that you would like to donate an item to (instead of or in addition to the themes listed for your child’s grade level) please feel free!!

The Volunteer Spot for the Luau is now live – please visit http://signup.com/go/fLjTt2 to signup for a slot to help out that evening, or to donate food for our dessert buffet. As always, your help and generosity are appreciated!

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Mieszala shoelover76@hotmail.com

INDIAN PRAIRIE PARENTS’ COUNCIL
In partnership with The League of Women Voters, the IPPC will be hosting a School Board Candidate Forum.
March 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora
Four seats on the seven member, District 204 Board of Education will be filled at the April 4th election. The candidates will serve four-year terms. This is an opportunity to educate yourselves and gather more information about each candidate. There will also be the opportunity to submit questions to the moderator.
Incumbents Michael Raczak and Cathy Piehl are running along with challengers Laurie Donahue, Vasavi Chakka, Renata Sliva, Susan Taylor-Demming, Marland Brazier, and J. Randy Sidio.

The forum will be streamed live at www.ipsd.org. It will also be available the following day on 204tv.org.

SCIENCE FAIR
Cowlishaw PTA Science Fair Registration is OPEN!!!
ALL Cowlishaw students are invited to participate in the Cowlishaw Elementary School
PTA SCIENCE FAIR on Friday, April 21, 2017. Registration for the participants will be open on Monday, February 13 at: http://cowlishawelementary.oursciencefair.com/Register.aspx

We need volunteers for Science Fair night, especially "Science Experts" to interview our young scientists! (No need to be an actual "Science Expert" - we just need adult volunteers to speak with the students about their projects! Questions will be provided for the interviews!) Sign up to help us here:
http://signup.com/go/2qMfgS

For details/questions regarding the Cowlishaw PTA Science Fair, please contact: Dipti Patki at diptisp@gmail.com

SPRING BOOK FAIR
It's time for the Cowlishaw Spring Book Fair! We need volunteers to help make it a success. Dates are March 15th-23rd. Please sign up using the information below. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Hurley at tkmarich@gmail.com or Vidya Sekhar at vidya_gop@yahoo.com. Thank you!
We're using SignUp.com (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for March 2017 Cowlishaw Book Fair!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/QeG2o6
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

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.

LMC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The LMC needs volunteers to shelve and organize books and reading materials, assist students, repair books, and work on various projects. This is a great way to see your child in action and get a sneak peek at what they do at school. Volunteers needed on Thursday mornings and Fri-day afternoons. However, if you are available on different, please let us know and we can try to accommodate your schedule. Contact Jen Don at jenn.don64@gmail.com for more details.

PDAC
The Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) in conjunction with the Metea Valley High School PDAC committee, invite you to attend a FREE screening of the film: Most Likely to Succeed. An acclaimed film offering an inspiring look at what students and teachers are doing in schools. The screening will take place on Friday, March 10th, 6:30 pm, at Metea Valley High School (auditorium). For additional information and to RSVP, please visit THIS LINK.

FIFTH GRADE FAREWELL
Please email Tina Rupich trupich@gmail.com your pictures for the Fifth Grade Farewell

AMAZON SMILE
The Cowlishaw PTA now has an Amazon Smile account!! Use the link below for all of your Amazon shopping needs, and 0.5% will automatically come back to our PTA!
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4165360

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.

BOOK DRIVE
Do you have books you no longer need? Do you have books you'd like to share with others? We have an opportunity for you to donate your gently-used books to a great cause. A senior student from Neuqua Valley High School is doing a community service initiative. She is collecting for local organizations like People’s Resource Center. She received 10,000 books last year! Please help this cause to make a difference in the lives of people who don't have access to the books we are so privileged to have. You may drop off any books at the designated box starting Tuesday, February 21th through Friday, March 7th. Thank you in advance for your support!
If you have any questions, please email me at marzenna_chmielecki@ipsd.org

Waubonsie Valley High School Craft Fair
2590 Ogden Avenue
Aurora, IL
Band Boosters Craft Fair
March 18th
9am - 3 pm
Admission: $2 adults, $1 students, 5 & under free
Info: Over 70 vendors, raffle, and bake sale All proceeds go directly to the band program.

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