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PTA Announcements 9-27-17

Reported by corey_Swift@ipsd.org on 9/26/17

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS
September 27 – Chipotle (Near Meijer) Dinner Night Out 5-9pm (see attached flyer)
September 28 – Picture Day
September 28 – 9th Annual Special Needs Resource Fair 6-8pm at Peterson Elementary
September 29 – Spirit Friday
September 29 - Movie Night 6:30pm
October 6 – Spirit Friday
October 10 – Reflections Art Program Submission Deadline
October 13 – Spirit Friday
October 20 – Spirit Friday
October 27 – Halloween Party
October 27 – Spirit Friday

CHICAGO STEEL READING PROGRAM CHAIR
We are looking for a Chicago Steel Reading program chair. The program will go from Oct 7th to Dec. 15th. Chicago Steel is our local USHL (Hockey) Team located in Geneva, which is right next to the Cougars stadium.

Students track amount of reading for a period of time and they will receive a free ticket to one of two games in January. This position can mostly be done from home with the exception of collecting completed logs and dropping off tickets from the school office. The chair would distribute flyers/reading logs, collect the logs and ticket order forms, communicate with our Steel contact, report any info/deadlines to our families, and then distribute the tickets. If you are interested, please contact kristinwolfgram@gmail.com.

SPECIAL NEEDS CHAIR
We are still looking for a Special Needs PTA chair. This person would attend the District Special Needs PTA meetings and report back any events or information to our Cowlishaw families via the weekly announcements. If you are interested in becoming the Representative for Cowlishaw, please contact one of our PTA Presidents.

The 9th Annual Special Needs resource Fair will be held on Thursday, September 28th, from 6-8PM at Peterson Elementary School (4008 Chinaberry Lane, Naperville). All are welcome! See attached Flyer.

FALL FUNDRAISER
We already have about $600 in donations towards our $12,000 goal! Keep those donations coming so we can continue to fund our great programs. When submitting a cash/check donation, in lieu of selling Yankee, please write your student’s name and grade on the form or envelope to help us know where to deliver prizes. If you have any questions, please contact Katy Loo at ktloowho@yahoo.com.

DINNER NIGHTS OUT
Our Chipotle Dinner Night Out is Wednesday, September 27th, from 5-9pm. Make sure to mention Cowlishaw when you order because our PTA earns 50% back of sales!

MOVIE NIGHT
Save the date! Friday, September 29th at 6:30pm we will be hosting our epic movie night featuring SING!
$1.00/per child for admissions
PTA Members: FREE!
Snacks/candy/water will be $0.50 cents each

Please contact shannonRkillmer@gmail.com with any questions.

HALLOWEEN PARTY
The Halloween party is Friday, October 27. We will be asking for candy donations and volunteers in the next couple weeks so stay tuned! If you are interested in helping with or volunteering at the party, please contact Michelle McCorkle at mmccorkle@deloitte.com.

PTA MEMBER HUB WEBSITE COMING SOON!
Our PTA will be using an online communication tool called MemberHub.com. This software was provided free to our school because of a partnership between MemberHub and our state PTA.

Cowlishaw will use MemberHub to bring you into our school community and keep you informed and engaged with what is happening. Within our MemberHub site, you will find newsletters, signup sheets, shared calendar events, files, photos, reminders, and much more all in one place!

With MemberHub you can:
· Pay for PTA dues and other items online
· Sign up for volunteer time slots or needed items and receive reminders
· Receive emails and/or texts with communications from all levels of your school PTA
· Share files and photos in a secure environment
· Utilize the school calendar and receive event reminders
· Access a private online school directory
· Install the MemberHub app on your smartphone for info on the go

Your information is stored securely and privately. Here’s a link to a quick introduction of MemberHub: General Overview for MemberHub Users

We will be emailing all of our PTA Committee Chairs and Members an invitation to join Member Hub, and all Hubs that pertain to your family, this week. We’re really excited about this site and hope it will make planning and communication between our board, chairs, and volunteers easy! If you still would like to become a PTA member, now’s the time! Please fill out our Membership Form (available on our school website under the PTA tab) and turn into the school office with the $15 fee ASAP.

REFLECTIONS ARTS PROGRAM
Reflections Arts Contest is in full swing!! Submit your project(s) in the “Reflections Art Contest Submission Box” placed in the main entrance lobby, next to the school front office from October 2nd until 3:00 PM on October 10th. Not started yet? You still have time! Click on the following link now to register and get started:
https://tinyurl.com/CowlishawRef

For forms, rules & regulations go to Cowlishaw Reflections website:
https://sites.google.com/site/cowlishawelementarypta/events/reflections

You may also go through the following slides to understand the Reflections program:
http://tinyurl.com/Reflections-Info-SessionSlides

You can download the form from our Reflections site and print them on your own or we also have extra reflections forms available in our school office. There are no fees to participate in the Reflections Arts Program, the PTA is organizing this FREE program.

Ensure the following points while submitting the project:
- Each project must be submitted with one Entry Form.
- Use protective packing / envelope to ensure that the project does not get damaged.
- Every Entry Form must be legible, correct and complete. Parents/guardians may fill in the Entry Form.
- Strictly follow the Reflections rules specific to the art category, otherwise it will get disqualified by the judges.

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your children’s creativity. Every student with complete and valid submission(s) will get a “Reflections” certificate.

If you have any questions, please contact shivamv@gmail.com or call (717) SHIV-AMV or (717) 744-8268.

BOX TOPS
Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. Submit Box Top Certificates and Box Top codes to earn more. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school.

Please remember to mark the envelope or plastic bags with your child’s classroom, as we will be holding a contest in October. The classroom with the most clipped box tops will receive a prize!

Enter the sweepstakes at http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/sweepstakes to win even more. For any questions please contact Charitra at charitra.iyer@gmail.com.

FIFTH GRADE FAREWELL
We are looking for gum donations to sell on Bubblegum Friday's to the 4th and 5th graders (see attached flyer). If you are interested in helping the planning committee or selling bubblegum on Friday mornings, please contact Liz Sieben at ensieben@gmail.com.

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.

Chipotle (pdf)

2017 RF FLYER (PDF)

Bubble Gum Donations (pdf)

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