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Wildcat Weekly - The PTO Newsletter of Countryside Elementary School January 20, 2017
Key Dates
Spelling Bee @ 6pm  1/20
Popcorn and Pop with Principal K-2 @ 7pm  1/24
Popcorn and Pop with Principal 3-5 @ 7pm    1/26
Family Fit Night   1/27
Six Flag Reading Due   2/1 
Countryside Cares Club   2/6
Book Swap   2/10
Box Tops Contest Ends   2/24
Parent Party @ 6pm  3/11
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In This Issue
Countryside’s 2nd Annual Scripps Spelling Bee - Tonight
When:  Friday, January 20
Time:   6pm
Where: Countryside Multipurpose Room 
Who:   1st - 5th grade Countryside Students
Countryside Family Fit Night - January 27 @ 6pm
Please join us for a fun family night out! Countryside's annual Family Fit Night is packed full of activities for all ages. Spend some time with a personal trainer, learn about nutrition and how to pick the healthiest foods, you can even try out martial arts! We will have something for everyone and each family will get to participate in all activities. Don't miss it!
To register for this FREE event, please RSVP to Angie at by January 25 with your name and number of attendees.  
Countryside’s Book Swap, Friday, February 10th
Time to clean out your bookshelves. We need your used books!
We are looking for gently used books, appropriate for elementary children in kindergarten through our advanced 5th grade readers. Donation bins will be placed in each grade level pod and the Office. This is a great opportunity to recycle your books. Every student will receive a book at the swap and all extra books will be donated to Reach Out and Read - a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children.  For more information, please click here for flyer.
Please contact Jennifer Mueller with questions –
Popcorn and Pop with the Principal
Popcorn and Pop with the Principal evenings – something like a "chat and chew" – where you can speak with Mrs. Barnabee about concerns and ideas for Countryside.  Two evenings are offered, one for parents of students in Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades, and one for parents of students in Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades. 
Grades K-2 : Tuesday, January 24, from 7-8pm RSVP 
Grades 3-5: Thursday, January 26, from 7-8pm RSVP 
Box Tops
Please help Countryside raise funds by clipping and submitting pink Box Tops! The class that submits the most by Friday, February 24 at 3:40pm will receive A SWEET SUNDAE PARTY FOR THEIR CLASSROOM!
Look for the pink labels on grocery products, cut them out, and turn them into the school by taping them to the collection sheet or submitting them in a Ziplock bag or envelope  labeled with the teacher's name. 
Please help us reach our $1,000 goal for the school! 
Any questions, please contact Jamie Brashler at or Lindsay Golich at 
Six Flags
Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Logs due February 1
Attention all thrill-seeking bookworms, be sure to complete your six hours of unassigned reading to earn a free park admission ticket to Six Flags Great America this summer!  
Additional reading logs can be accessed with the link that follows:
Questions? Please contact Heidi Doyle at
Coat Drive  
Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club and
Countryside Student Council Join Forces to Collect Coats for Chicagoland School in Need
For this winter's service project, the Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club joins forces with Countryside Student Council to collect coats for a Chicagoland elementary school in need of coats through the non-profit group Button & Zipper.
Coats will continue to be collected at Countryside School through February 28. Please bring your new or gently worn, clean coats to the collection box outside of the Office.  
Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club
All students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, please join us at the next meeting on Monday, February 6 at 8am in the Art Room.  Parents and younger siblings are welcome.  
Please join us for our February meeting when we will welcome speaker Khiry Johnson from Free the Children / WE Day ... Khiry will talk with the Club about our adopted village in Kipsongol, Kenya and how we, as students, can make an impact and change the world. We will also talk about our annual movie night which will be held Friday, February 24 and which benefits Free the Children.  
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