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PTA Announcements 5-1-17

Reported by corey_swift@ipsd.org on 4/30/17

MAY 1, 2017 PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS
May 9th – Volunteer Evening Out!!! 7:30pm at On The Border
May 12th – Muffins with Moms (Last names A-L)
May 19th – Muffins with Moms (Last names M-Z)
May 19th – Dinner Night Out – Chuck E Cheese 3:00 – 9:00pm
May 31st – Field Day

MUFFINS WITH MOMS
Please send in RSVP’s ASAP for our Muffins with Moms (or grandmas, or aunts, or older sisters etc…)! Be sure to mark the date you are going to attend on the RSVP form – we’ve split it up alphabetically. We are also looking for donations for baked goods for the morning, as well as a few volunteers to help that morning (this is a great opportunity for dads!). The link to donate is: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48afaf2ca02-muffins If you have any questions, please contact Jaime Daggett (Jaime.Jaime@rocketmail.com).

FIELD DAY
Save the date! Field Day is fast approaching – May 31st! Students will once again be able to spend a half day outside with their classmates playing a variety of games and engaging in activities!

We are looking for volunteers to help run the games. The grades will be split up as follows:

A.M. Session 9:15-11:15 – 1st, 4th, and 5th grades
P.M. Session 1:00-3:00 – Kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grades

Please use the link below to sign up for one (or both!) sessions.
http://signup.com/go/hHLyDTo

If you have any questions contact Maria Murphy (mariamurphy@rocketmail.com)

VOLUNTEER GET TOGETHER
We had so much fun last year with our volunteers… we would love to do it again! Let’s celebrate another great year – please join us at On The Border for night of fun and laughs! All are welcome to attend on Tuesday May 9th at 7:30pm

CAREER DAY
Career Week Committee is still looking for 8 parent volunteers to come and help out 4th and 5th grade classes on May 12, 2017 from 1:40 to 3:20pm. The responsibilities of the volunteers are very simple. They include:
1. Introduce the name of the speaker and ask the students to applaud for the speaker before and after the talk
2. Monitor the time and give the speaker a reminder when there is 5 minutes remaining.
3. Ask the student to quietly get up and move to the other classroom (if needed)

Please contact Tracy Leung (630) 640-6501 or tracy1000@gmail.com ASAP. We cannot complete the event successfully without your help!
In addition, we are also looking for someone who is in the trade business as an electrician, plumber, carpenters, painter, or builder to come and share your profession with our 4th and 5th graders on Career Day on May 12. Please contact Joshua Hunt (847)284-1674 or jhunt@itwccna.com if you are interested. We would really like to hear from you by May 3.

FIFTH GRADE FAREWELL
ATTN: FIFTH GRADE FAMILIES

We have a few more weeks of school left and preparing for our 5th Grade Farewell event. We are in the last stages of planning and need your help in the areas below:

Please return the permission form and T-SHIRT form ASAP or your child will not receive a T-SHIRT.
If you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please sign up here. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094BA9AA23A1FD0-5thgrade

We need water and snack donations for the field games. If you are able to donate, please sign up here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094BA9AA23A1FD0-5thgrade

Please email Tina Rupich trupich@gmail.com your pictures for the Fifth Grade Farewell Slideshow by MAY 15TH!!!

If you have any questions, email Tisha @ tmdanehl@msn.com

DINNER NIGHT OUT
5/19/17 - SAVE THE DATE: End of the year fun and fundraiser, at Chuck E.Cheese's from 3:00-9:00 p.m.

More information to follow, and a flyer will be sent home in backpack mail in the coming weeks.

STAFF APPRECIATION
The PTA has updated the Teacher/Staff wish lists and they are available to view on the PTA website for any families interested in purchasing a gift for Teacher Appreciation or year end!
https://sites.google.com/site/cowlishawelementarypta/home

PDAC
You are invited to nominate an Equity Champion through the Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC). Please consider nominating a staff member, teacher, principal, parent or community member that supports equitable access and opportunity for students. Entries accepted through June 30, 2017. Multiple Equity Champions are recognized at the annual PDAC World Café. The current PDAC District Leadership is ineligible for this award. To complete the nomination form, please scroll to the bottom of this PDAC subpage.

Dear District 204 Families,
More than 390 Illinois school district superintendents, representing more than 1.3 million students, have signed on to support a grassroots statewide initiative called, simply enough, “Pass Illinois’ Budget!” We hope you will support this effort, which launches today, April 24.
While Illinois public schools have benefited from a partially-funded state budget, our schools, students, families, and communities will continue to suffer without a full state budget. We also will suffer if Mandated Categorical state payments, which support special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services, do not get paid this year. To date, the State of Illinois owes our District $15.7 million in those Mandated Categoricals, and there is no state budget on the table for approval. We are calling on members of the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor to do the following:
• Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
• Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education institutions.
• Pay school districts what they are owed this year.
Please join the effort and:
• Contact your legislator! Click here to find your state legislator.
• Ask your legislator to take action to address the three items mentioned above.
• Use social media to share your budget concerns with the hashtag #PassILBudget.
• Share this email and ask your friends and community members to join our efforts.
Let’s all work together to #PassILBudget and create adequate and equitable funding for our schools.
Sincerely,
Dr. Karen Sullivan
Superintendent


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
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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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