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PTA News for Week of 4/3

Reported by on 4/3/17

VOTE ON TUESDAY APRIL 4! The upcoming local elections are especially important to Still Middle School parents as this election will decide 4 of the members of the IPSD School Board for the next four years. Right now, the State of Illinois owes IPSD 204 $15 million and a property tax freeze is likely to pass in Springfield: both of these developments directly impact how our schools are funded. This means the budget cuts are very likely to come to our district in the very near future. Don't you want a say in electing the people who will decide where to cut and where to spend at our schools in the coming years? Take the time to learn a little about the candidates. Here is a link to the Candidate Forum which IPSD 204 held on March 7: Here is a link to an article in the Daily Herald where the candidates were interviewed about class size: Also, please see the Voter's Guide which includes a questionnaire filled out by each candidate.

TEAM 8-1 THANKS THE PTA: Team 8-1 received a PTA Teacher Grant and sent the following note & picture:

"Team 8-1 would like to thank you for your generous grant, with which we were able to purchase a wide variety of prizes and incentives to help recognize our students for going above and beyond. Through advisory we recognize those students who have done something great for others - Thanks for helping us to build strong students and community members who will continue to be giving as they move forward throughout their lives. You have enabled us to reach out to so many more students and thank them for the great things they do everyday!"

IM@STILL PART 2: Silent Auction! A fun and effortless silent auction, bid from work, home or on the go for big ticket items. April 10 through April 23. Click here for more info.

STILL PTA Board Nominating Committee: Thanks to those who volunteered to be on the Still PTA Nominating Committee: Viral Shah, Nancy Cabrera, Jennifer Cassidy, Marylee Leu and Maria Cerda. This Committee will present a full slate of candidates running for Board positions for the Still PTA for 2017-2018. If you are interested in serving on the PTA Board, please email asap. The list of candidates will be posted on April 17, 2017.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 5 -- BYOT TECH LUNCH FOR SEVENTH GRADE!! The Seventh Grade are the big Box Top winners! So they will get a technology lunch this Wednesday. Great Job Seventh Grade!! Don't stop sending those Box Tops in, by the way. Each one equals 10 cents, and these contributions add up to hundreds of dollars for our faculty and students! It's free money, so let's not pass it up.

PTA Meetings: Thanks to the fantastic Linda Herwaldt, Health Services Coordinator for 204, for an amazing talk at our last PTA meeting. Our final PTA Meeting is May 16 at 6:30pm in the Still LMC. Elections for the 2017-2018 Still PTA Board will take place. Please join us, all are welcome!

204 NEWS: FYI, Aramark will not be the District 204 food vendor next year. Instead, the district has gone for a lower bidder who specializes in locally grown, organic and tasty scratch-made food that still complies with federal guidelines: Organic Life. Here is an article from the Chicago Tribune about the new food service vendor if you are interested:

-- Tuesday April 4, 4pm-8pm Chipotle (95th & 59) - 50% of proceeds to Still PTA Chipotle April 4th Flyer
-- Monday, April 10, 4pm & 8pm Chipotle (95th & 59) - 50% of proceeds to Still Wrestling Team Chipotle April 10th Flyer
-- Thursday, May 18, ALL DAY TCBY (95th & 59) - 30% of proceeds to Still PTA TCBY May 18th Flyer
-- Tuesday, May 23, MOD Pizza (95th & 59) -- (flyer to come)

Online Auction Info (pdf)

Chipotle 4-4 Flyer (pdf)

Chipotle 4-10 Flyer (pdf)

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