NBS Colt - The North Barrington Elementary School PTO Newsletter
Barrington220.org/North February 13th, 2017
Key Dates
Mini Courses January 27th- February 27th
NBS Spirit Week Monday, February 13th-15th
Tasty Tuesday Tuesday, February 14th
Inservice Day/No School Friday, February 17th 
President's Day/No School Monday, February 20th
Spring Box Tops  Friday, February 24th
NBS Adult Social Fundraiser-"The Great Gatsby" Saturday, February 25th
Blueprint 220 Community Input Meeting 7pm Wednesday, March 15th

In This Issue
Spirit Week

spirit Student Council is sponsoring a spirit week leading up to the 5th grade vs. staff basketball game.  We will have spirit days on Monday, February 13th, Tuesday, February 14th and Wednesday, February 15th.  

The theme of each of the above 3 days will be:

Monday, February 13th:          PJ day.  Come to school dressed in your comfy PJ's.

Tuesday, February 14th:         Munch with music.  Music will be played in the cafeteria during student lunch hours.

Wednesday, February 15th:    THE BIG GAME DAY!! Wear your NBS spirit wear or black and red.  Let's have a sea of black and red in the stands as we cheer on the basketball players.

We are looking forward to a fantastic fun filled week!


The Great Gatsby is almost here...

great Gatsby   

Online Bidding for Silent Auction is open!  

Priceless Kid's Art, Teacher Treasures, Event Tickets, and so much more!!

  Online Bidding available at social17.gesture.com now!


Please contact Kelly Niese at tkrhfamily@att.net or Sangeetha Basker at sbasker99@gmail.com with any questions.


Student Council

stud council

Student Council will be selling gourmet lollipops during the lunch periods on Monday, February 13th and Tuesday, February 14th. There will be over 11 flavors of these Yummy Lix and Yummy Hearts.

The pops will sell for .50 cents each!  We will have tags available if you would like to purchase a gourmet lollipop as a Valentine's Day treat for someone special.

Thank you for supporting your NBS student council. This is a sweet treat for a sweet school!


Tasty Tuesday

tasty This Tuesday, February 14 will be “Tasty Tuesday” for our children during their lunch period.  PTO volunteers will encourage students to sample dried plums this month.  The goal of Tasty Tuesday is to increase opportunities for students to taste a variety of fruits and vegetables at school and home to promote healthy nutrition habits for life.  Research shows that children learn to like new foods through multiple exposures (between 5-10).  Click here to read about dried plums.


Green Corner


Do you want to recycle but are not 100% sure which particular items are acceptable to recycle and which are not? Can plastic number 6, paper cups, paper plates, waxed paper, aluminum foil and etc. be recycled? It might depend who your solid waste management company is but also what conditions the aforementioned items are in.  

Please click here for some quick recycling references for Barrington area residents (zip code 60010). Should you have any specific questions, feel free to email us at gogreennbscolts@gmail.com.

Here is an interactive and educational link on recycling that might also be fun to do with your children:



Box Tops

box Calling all Box Tops Clippers!  The Spring Box Tops Classroom Collection is underway!  Friday, February 24, 2017, is the deadline! The class with the most Box Tops collected will be awarded a party in March! Please send in the Box Tops in a baggy/envelope with the teacher’s name on it, or on the attached collection sheet or flyer from virtual backpack. They can be placed in the box labeled box tops in the lobby area at NBS or turned in at the front office.  Each box top is worth 10 cents!   

New this year is a Box Tops Bonus App that can be downloaded on Apple or Android devices.  300 winners will be chosen to win $50 and 500 Bonus Box Tops for NBS.  Just download the app, sign in and redeem 3 different offers by February 3rd to be entered.   Please see the attached flyer.

Please look at the expiration dates.  Only unexpired box tops can be counted.  Thank you for your support!!  Happy clipping!!!  

If you are new to clipping Box Tops, watch for them on thousands of participating products (a complete listing can be located at www.boxtops4education.com


Cub Scouts

Cub Congratulations to Cubmaster Matt Scavo and Cub Scout Pack 229 on achieving the Boy Scouts “Journey to Excellence” Gold Award for 2016. "Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure performance. The Gold Award is the top level of recognition for excellence in providing a quality scouting program.


NBS Book Drive


Save your gently used books!  NBS will collect books beginning February 27th to donate to Bernie's Book Bank.


Growing Up Mindful


 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. Please click here for more information.


North Barrington students and community members are invited 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 the 10-year process has begun . 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. Click here for a complete timeline.  For information and a list of additional input forums click here. The meeting at North Barrington will take place: March 15th, 7-8:30 PM


220 Barrington 220 School Board Candidates Forum: Wednesday, March 15th 

Join us on Wednesday, March 15th from 9:30-11:30 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 7 candidates running for 4 open seats in the April 4th 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 7th.  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 20th through April 3rd and is available to any registered voter. Contact your village or township office, or your county clerk’s office for voting locations and hours.

In the Community


Please join us for the first Annual

North Barrington Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance!

February 18th, 2017


Biltmore Country Club ~ 160 Biltmore Dr, North Barrington

Get ready, get set, and get DANCING! The event is this weekend!  Just a reminder there will be a full buffet provided. The DDD committee will be selling flowers for the girls and dads for just $1. This is to help raise money for a Barrington community charity. We are also collecting goods to donate to the local food pantry, please bring a few nonperishable items. We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Today is the last day to RSVP! please see our Flyer or email dddnorthbarrington@gmail.com

*This event is sponsored by North Barrington Pawnee Indian Princess Tribe
*This event is not sponsored by Barrington District 220 
virtual Don't forget to check out the Virtual Backpack for more events happening in our School, District and Community! The Virtual Backpack is a place for Barrington 220 families to receive flyers and other information from the district and community organizations without the hassle of sorting through printed papers sent home with your child. Click here to check out the North Barrington School Virtual Backpack!

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