Wildcat Weekly - The PTO Newsletter of Countryside Elementary School
Barrington220.org/Countryside April 21, 2017
Key Dates
5th Grade Father/Son Event @ 6pm   4/21
Green Club Recycling Drive @ 9am  4/22
BCIC - Movie   4/23
Book Fair   4/24 - 4/28
Art Fair @ 6pm   4/28
New Backpack Flyers                      Prior Backpack Flyers 

In This Issue
5th Grade Father/Son Night – Tonight @ 6pm
Please join us for a FUN, ACTIVE night in the Gym on Friday, April 21 from 6 – 8pm!
5th grade boys- grab your 
dad, an uncle, grandfather or an adult you want to spend time with working together on FUN activities!  This night is all about action problem solving, using teamwork and being leaders! It’s a bonding experience for all!  Light refreshments will be provided.
RSVP to Lisa Witek at lwlw0918@gmail.com if you plan to attend. 
BCIC Movie Time! 
In honor of Earth Day 2017, The Barrington Chinese Immersion Council (BCIC) is overjoyed to bring to Barrington School District 220 and our wonderful Chinese Immersion Community a special viewing of Disneynature’s Born in China at AMC South Barrington 30 on Sunday, April 23 at 12:30pm.
BCIC has reserved the whole theatre for this showing at AMC so mark your calendars for this special family outing and plan to bring friends and grandparents!
Questions? Contact Julie Carani at julie.carani@gmail.com or call (262) 745-5075.
Art Fair - Friday, April 28
Join us on April 28 from 6pm to 7:30pm to celebrate our children's artistic talent at the annual Countryside Art Fair.  The students at Countryside have created their artwork for an amazing Art Show celebration.  Every student will have their masterpiece framed and on display, plus the multi-purpose room will feature live entertainment, crafts and snacks. 
NOTE:  Your child's framed art will be available for purchase for $25 payable by cash or check (payable to the Countryside PTO).  All proceeds from the artwork sold will be given to the Countryside Art Department.  All unsold artwork will be returned to the students at the end of the year. 
Countryside School's 6th Annual Canned Food Drive
Supporting the Cuba Township Food Pantry
The food drive will be on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10 from 8:30 - 9am and 3:30 - 4pm.
We will be accepting; 
1. Nonperishable Food Items (Cannot accept expired food. Please check the expiration dates before you fill up your bags for donation.)
Canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned meats, soup, rice, pasta, cereal, etc.
2. Household Staples (toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent, soap)
3. Gift Cards to any local grocery stores ($20 - $25 per card)
More than 100 families rely on Cuba Township Food Pantry. Let's fill up the Food Pantry before summer starts and assure that no child will go hungry. 
Thank you for your support!
Student Council, The Kids Feeding Kids Club, and Countryside Cares
The Book Fair will be camped out in our Library April 24 - 28.  Once again, the PTO is pleased to announce that each student will receive a $15 scholastic gift certificate to purchase BOOKS ONLY!  Teachers will hand out the gift certificates to students on Monday! 
The Book Fair will be open the following hours:
Monday 9 - 4pm (preview day)
Tuesday-Thursday 8:30 - 9am, 11- 1:30pm, 3:30 - 4pm (parent must accompany a student after school)
Friday 8:30 - 9am, 11 - 1:30pm, 3:30 - 4, 5:30 - 8:30pm (stop by the Art Fair AND the Book Fair)
We are looking for volunteers to help during the fair next week!  Please use the volunteer sign up link to help on Monday when your child’s class is previewing or throughout the week!  The morning and lunch hours are our busiest!  We have lots of campers with little time to grab their books and get back to class!  Please consider helping during the morning or early afternoon!
Please stop by the Library to shop for your summer reading! 
Spirit Wear Spiritwear
Time to get more Spiritwear!! Free shipping on orders placed through Monday, April 24. Please visit our Spiritwear webpage:
Please help make a difference in the lives of our Countryside families in need!
Blessings in a Backpack provides students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program with four to five food items to take home over the weekend.
Packing takes place every Thursday from 9:15 - 10:30am in the multi-purpose room at Sunny Hill School, 2500 Helm Road in Carpentersville.  Volunteers from Countryside are asked to assist each Thursday morning. A driver then brings the sacks to Countryside (all driver spots are filled for the remainder of the school year-- thank you).
“Packing” volunteers are needed to help with this worthwhile cause and make a difference in our community.
To view sign up, go to:
Friday, May 5 @ 4 pm
Countryside Elementary School, 205 W County Line Road, Barrington 
$10 suggested donation per person (cash or check made payable to Countryside PTO)
All proceeds benefit Bridget's Butterfly Garden and the Countryside Outdoor Classroom.
Everyone welcome to attend ... students, parents, siblings ... friends & family ... community members!
There will be concessions available, with proceeds benefiting the garden and outdoor classroom.
Wear a rainbow! ... for every lap that is completed, runners will receive a bracelet ... wear a rainbow in honor and memory of Countryside Student Bridget Kennicott.
Sign up form attached. Please return to Countryside by May 1 (On-site day of registration also available).
Popsicle and DJ Dance Party @ 4:30!
For more information, contact Cali Bergold at 312-656-1363 or cali@chefcali.com.
Field Day
It's that time of year again....Field Day is right around the corner!  This year, Field Day is scheduled for May 19 with a rain date of May 26. Also mark your calendars for May 1, when station and chaperone volunteer slots open.  An email will be sent on that date as a reminder as well.
Cross your fingers for good weather and count on a fun day to celebrate another awesome year at Countryside!!
Angela Wilcox                                Melissa Marquis
312-720-7751                                 773-230-9723
RE SUP CHALLENGE -- Return Completed Grids by APRIL 28
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, Countryside Elementary students and community 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.
RE SUP grids and logs are available on-line through the Wildcat Weekly or in the Office
Students can determine what week they would like to have their family take the challenge
Completed grids and logs must be returned by Friday, April 28 to the Office.
Students who complete the challenge will be mailed a free RE SUP kit which includes a stainless steel water bottle, stainless steel straw, bag, stainless steel take-out container.
For more information visit: www.resupnow.org
Amazing Family Friends and Educators Coming Together
AFFECT was started by two District 220 families and two amazing teachers who saw a need in our community. We have a lot of families in our district with beautiful children with differing abilities who cannot always fully participate in school wide events. We wanted to find a way to bring those families together to participate more, have fun and provide support to each other. Our goal is to adapt at least one event/activity at each school to make it more accessible to all kids. What that will look like depends on the activity but it could mean opening early for families or providing a sensory friendly space to participate.
In February, we hosted a movie night at Countryside where we had a sensory friendly room, with adapted seating and closed captioning. We had several families across the district participate and it was a great experience for all of us. On April 28, we will host the school Art Fair at Countryside and will open that event at 5:15 so that families can participate in the crafts and other activities before the event officially starts at 6:00. Finally, on May 19, we will host a Fun Fair after school at 4:45 at Countryside where families can join in playing games and winning small prizes. Before the end of the school year, we will also post dates for events at schools across the district so you can mark your calendars for next year!
If you have any questions or would just like more information, feel free to contact Becky Klinghofer at becky.klinghofer@gmail.com  
In the Community
BMS - Station Presenting Madagascar
April 20-23
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the Barrington Station Stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.  Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
Countryside Elementary School PTO