Wildcat Weekly - The PTO Newsletter of Countryside Elementary School
Barrington220.org/Countryside February 21, 2017
Key Dates
Box Tops Contest Ends   2/24
Countryside Cares Movie Night   2/24
Coat Drive Ends   2/28
Countryside Cares Meeting      3/6
Green Club Meeting   3/9
Parent Party @ 6pm  3/11
Spring Bling   4/7
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In This Issue
Principal Interview Team
If you are interested in serving as a member of the Countryside Principal Interview Team, please complete an application and return it to Mary Dudek, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources by March 8 at 12pm.
Applications and can be found in the Countryside Front Office. 
Countryside Cares Family Movie Night Tonight
Friday, February 24 from 6-8pm
Pizzas Arrive at 6pm & Movies at 6:30pm
Bring your blankets, put on your PJs and bring the whole family for this FREE event. NEW THIS YEAR!! Movies will be shown on three screens. In the multipurpose room and music room: Finding Dory. In the library: Secret Life of Pets.  Movie Night Flyer
Finding Dory   Secret Life of Pets
Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club will host the event and have snacks available for sale. Student Council will be taking pre-orders for pizzas – look for forms coming home in backpacks. All proceeds benefit the Countryside Cares Club “Adopt A Village” program through Free the Children. This year we are supporting the agricultural programs in our village of Kipsongol, Kenya. We hope you will join us for this fun evening. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Questions contact Cali Bergold at cali@chefcali.com, 312-656-1363 
Box Tops
It's not too late to win a party for your class - get your box tops in today!
Here are the current leaders:
Blue 1st
Feng 2nd
Parisi 3rd
McGann 4th
McGivern 5th
Last day for the last Box Tops contest of the year. Turn in your box tops today by 3:40 pm in a ziplock bag marked with your teacher's name to win an ice cream party for your class. 
Thank you to the many families who have already contributed! The PTO appreciates your support.
Any questions, please contact Jamie Brashler at jamiebrashler@gmail.com or Lindsay Golich at lgolich@hotmail.com 
Help Countryside Reach District 220’s Waste Reduction Goal!
As part of the 2010 strategic plan, the Healthy and Environmentally Sustainable Schools committee has set a goal to reduce solid waste going to landfill 25% by 2020.  In order to achieve this, we will be sending our cafeteria food waste  (over half of the total waste generated) to a local composting facility.  Countryside is now recycling their food scraps!  
The success of this program depends on parent volunteers.  Please sign up to help students place their waste in the correct bins (only food can be composted), so together we can become a more sustainable school!  http://signup.com/go/NZyVmB
Blueprint 220 Meeting @ Countryside March 1, from 7-8:30pm
Countryside families are invited to a community conversation surrounding  Blueprint 220: A future-ready facilities plan. 
Blueprint 220 is a multi-year plan to align our facilities with our innovative style of teaching and learning. A successful plan will incorporate feedback from the community and educational stakeholders, paired with current research and best practices in educational planning and design. 
Phase one of this process already started. Architectural firm  DLR Group has been conducting environmental and structural evaluations of our buildings as well as shadowing students to understand the flow of traffic through each school. Results from these studies will be presented to the community at each meeting. Architects will also seek input from those in attendance on ideas for improving our spaces in the future, and provide insight on next steps of the process. See the Blueprint 220 site for a complete timeline and list of meetings.  
Countryside Cares…about our Earth and oceans
The Countryside Cares Volunteer Club Joins Forces with Green Club to Care for our Oceans by Taking the RE SUP CHALLENGE
In honor of World Water Day and Earth Day, the Clubs will take the RE SUP Challenge which is a fun, simple way to engage individuals and families. It involves sorting and counting the different types of plastic a household uses over the course of one week. The core element is a consumer-plastic assessment chart, designed to give people baseline data on their current weekly consumption. After establishing a baseline, participants then set actionable goals for reducing plastic usage. They may also challenge their friends to do the same.
Attend one or both! meetings to learn more.
Countryside Cares Club Meeting: Monday, March 6 @ 8am
Green Club Meeting: Thursday, March 9 @ 8am
Register Today for Our Countryside PTO Parent Party
Join us from 6-10pm on Saturday, March 11, as we transform Lake Barrington’s Onion Pub and Brewery into The Lodge at Wildcat Mountain. Brewing with “Cabin Fever,” the evening is set to be full of great food, craft beverages, music by Sons of Bildor, live and silent auctions, wine raffles and more. Invitation for further details, and register today at cabinfever.gesture.com.
We are currently collecting contributions for our live and silent auctions. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact Melissa Rolka (melissa_rolka@yahoo.com). As always, your support and participation are greatly appreciated!
In the Community
Guest Speaker - Dr Christopher Willard 
Dr. Christopher Willard, Harvard Medical School Professor and author of "Growing Up Mindful," will speak in the Barrington High School Auditorium Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Willard is a psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness with adolescents and young adults. He has been practicing meditation for over 15 years and leading workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness. This event is free to the public and sponsored by LEADS, Barrington Youth and Family Services, and Barrington 220.
Click here for more info. 
Barrington 220 School Board Candidates Forum:
Wednesday, March 15
Join us on Wednesday, March 15 from 9:30-11:30am at the Barrington Area Library to learn more about the school board candidates and where they stand on current topics affecting our schools.  There are seven candidates running for four open seats in the April 4 school board elections.  
Questions for the candidates can be submitted to barrington220.org/candidateforum.
Presented by the Barrington 220 PTO Presidents’ Council
School Board Elections: April 4th
VOTER REGISTRATION closes for this election on March 7.  If you are not registered to vote, you can go to your village or township office, or your county clerk’s office to register in person.
EARLY VOTING runs March 20 - April 3 and is available to any registered voter. Contact your village or township office, or your county clerk’s office for voting locations and hours.
Screenagers April 13 at 7-9pm
Good Shepherd is hosting a screening of Screenagers.  The email below outlines the details.  Here is a link to the Screenagers website, too:  http://www.screenagersmovie.com.  The tickets do cost $10/each and are purchased through link in the email provides.  
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