Monthly Archives: September 2014

Friday Packet – 2014 Sept. 26 – Oct. 2

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DIRECTORY – Last chance for your child’s Name/Address/Phone Number to be included in the school directory!!!
If you are not sure if your child is in the directory you can reference the online registration.
– Go to
– Search for Online registration Ivy Hill
– Click on Registration (Current Student)
– Click on the English or Spanish registration
–  Enter your email address
– Enter your Password and press sign in
– Locate your child’s submitted forms for the 2014-2015 school year
– Click on the Registration link
– You can now view your registration documents to see if you are already signed up to be in the directory
– Under PTA membership you will see the section on the directory. You will NOT be in the directory if you checked the box next to the section that states:
I DO NOT wish to have my student’s contact information listed in the 2014-2015 directory
Please contact Jessica Palano @ if you would like to be added or deleted from the directory
Changes MUST be received by Friday, Oct. 3rd

REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM – All Ivy Hill students are welcome to participate in the 2014-2015 PTA Reflections Arts Program. This year’s theme is “The world would be a better place if…”.  Reflect on the theme.  Create an original work.  Be recognized.  Art categories are photography, visual arts, literature, film production, dance choreography and musical composition.    For information, rules and entry forms please see the Reflections handbook located in our school office, visit or contact Lori Ann Oyen at / 847-255-1195.  All projects are due by Friday October 24th.

EVERYBODY COUNTS Week is coming October 20-24.   Everybody Counts is a program designed to teach children about various disabilities and how children with these challenges cope with them.  The goal is understanding; to help everyone look for the person behind the disability and to create a climate in which we all feel at ease with our differences.  Each presentation will provide the children with an opportunity to experience what it would be like to cope with a disability.  Would you like the opportunity to lead you child’s class in this experience?  A script will be provided and there are typically 4-5 volunteers who share each presentation.  Please contact Jennifer Sadowski ( to be added to our volunteer list.  When the dates and times are confirmed for each grade level, we’ll follow up with you to confirm if you are available at those times.

BOX TOPS – Congratulations to our winning families of this month’s Box Tops Raffle. Lucky families brought home a certificate for a free hamburger at Wendy’s!  Next month’s prizes will be a sweet one!  We will have two Dairy Queen ice cream cakes to raffle off in October!  Every ten Box Tops is equal to 1 ticket in the raffle drawing.  Good luck, and thanks again for your support.

I Fives go to:

Juvenile Protection Committee – Kathy Thompson and Stephanie Horvath for coordinating the Fire Safety Trailer event on Tuesday.

District/Community Happenings: posted on District 25’s website at


Friday Packet – 2014 Sept. 19 – Sept. 25

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Fire Safety Event: On Sept 23rd,  Lt. Andrew Larson, Public Education Director for the Arlington Heights Fire Department, will once again bring the Fire Safety Trailer to Ivy Hill.  Lt. Larson will spend the day educating the Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students on fire safety.

Movie Night Grades 3-5:  Will be held on Oct. 17th @ 6:30.  Please note that this date is a change from the Sept, 26th date listed in the PTA Calendar. The students will soon have an opportunity to vote for one of the following movies to be shown: Dolphin Tail, Frozen or the Lego Movie.  Questions? Contact Amy Hoffman (

KidStuff Coupon Books: Thanks to all who participated in the PTA’s KidStuff Coupon Book fundraiser!  We raised over $1200 for the Ivy Hill PTA thanks to your participation! The fundraiser officially ended last Friday, September 12th and we still have a lot of books outstanding! As a reminder, a KidStuff Coupon Book was given to each Ivy Hill student a few weeks ago. If you still have your child’s coupon book, and you wish to purchase it, please send in your order envelope and $25 payment. If you still have your book but do not wish to purchase it, please remember to send the book back to school with your child as soon as possible. Thanks so much!!  Any questions, contact Carla Kim, or Lynn Feder,

I Fives go to:

All the parent volunteers who attended the Room Rep Meeting and are volunteering in their child’s classroom. We are looking forward to a great year!

Our Market day Committee – Kelly Nix and Jennifer Sadowski for coordinating the ordering and pick up of our first Market Day of the year.

OUR 3rd CO-VICE PRESIDENTS, Carla Kim and Lynn Feder for getting us started with our first  fundraiser of the year!  Thanks also to all the families who participated by ordering KidStuff Coupon Books.

District/Community Happenings: posted on District 25’s website at

Friday Packet – 2014 Sept. 12 – Sept. 18

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PTA Meeting:  Thank you to all the parents who attended our first PTA General Meeting of the year.   We were glad to meet some new members and look forward to working with you throughout the year.  The Next meeting will be held on Wednesday Oct. 8th @ 7:00. For further questions about PTA, contact our PTA Co-Presidents Denise Schreiner ( or Kara Janus (

Volunteers needed: Have you signed up to be a PTA volunteer? The PTA plans many fun events for our children throughout the year and we need VOLUNTEERS to help make them all successful! There is something for everyone – some activities are during the school day, some in the evening, some involve working with students, some are behind the scenes.  Click this link to complete a survey indicating events you are interested in volunteering for. The event organizers will contact you prior to the event to confirm your availability and role. Questions?  Contact PTA 2nd Vice President and Volunteer Coordinator Dina Oberman (

LMC Volunteer Training – Will be held on Sept. 18th at 10:45-11:45 or 2:30 – 3:30. Please RSVP to Lucy Block (

Movie Night Grades 3-5:  Will be held on Oct. 17th @ 6:30.  Please note that this date is a change from the Sept, 26th date listed in the PTA Calendar.

MARKET DAY:   You can order online until 11:00 pm on Monday, September 15th!  Order pick-up this month will be on Thursday, September 18h from 2:45-3:30 in the Ivy Hill Commons.  Any questions, contact Kelly Nix ( or Jennifer Sadowski (

ABC/ 25: The all-volunteer, non-profit organization created to raise funds for innovative projects and programs benefiting all District 25 students. Funds are raised in three ways: the Just Move It fun run, the Yankee Candle sale, and the membership drive going on now. ABC/25 has funded numerous projects such as a climbing wall in the gym, iPod Touches, iBooks, Chromebooks, lighting improvement for fine art, garden initiatives and many more. Our school will receive $2500 in incentive grant money if 25% of our families and staff join and $5000 if 50% of our families join! This money will go directly to enhance the education of our Ivy Hill students! Go to the Foundation’s website, to register. You can pay on-line or send a check in your child’s backpack. Make sure anything you send via your child’s backpack is clearly labeled “ ABC/ 25 Membership.” Questions? Contact Archana Shukla (

I Fives go to:
YEARBOOK COMMITTEE – Jen Talley, Liz Dombroski and Luanne Eisenhardt for all their work managing kids and orders on Picture Day!

LMC COORDINATORLucy Block for doing a great job organizing the LMC volunteers!

SAFETY PATROL COMMITTEE – Julie Ratzki, and all of our 5th grade patrols for getting our students off to a safe start this year at school!

ROOM REP COMMITTEE –  Linda Boehm, Suzanne Krause,  and Laurie Witt for organizing all our classroom reps for the year!

SPIRIT WEAR COMMITTEE – Denise Kalka and Cassy Mrowicki for  FRidachoosing such great Ivy Hill clothes for this year!

HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE – Gail Esler, Suzanne Krause, Lucy Block, Lori Ann Oyen for organizing the food and drinks at the PTA meeting!

District/Community Happenings: posted on District 25’s website at

 Music for Youth Flyer

Friday Packet – 2014 Sept. 5 – Sept. 11


PICTURE DAY is on Monday September 8th!  All students will be photographed for class pictures and yearbook portraits. You should have already received your pre-pay envelope and order form. Every student who is ordering pictures must have their envelope filled out completely.  A separate check will need to be written for each student ordering pictures and the envelopes need to be returned to school by Monday, September 8th. Only those students who have returned their money in the envelope will be able to order pictures. There is an option to pay by credit card online. Please see your order form for more information. There will be a picture retake day for students who are absent on Picture Day.  Questions?  Contact Jen Talley (

Hope to see you at the first PTA General Meeting on Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m. Pizza will be served to adults in attendance and you will have an opportunity to learn more about the different committees in PTA.   All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.   We look forward to seeing you there!  You can still sign up to volunteer for various PTA happenings through our “green sheet” at Contact our PTA Co-Presidents Denise Schreiner ( or Kara Janus ( with questions.

On-site Babysitting can be made available for children over two years old. To make arrangements for babysitting, please contact (no later than noon on Sept. 9th) Judy Newman at

KidStuff Coupon book:  Thanks to all who have participated so far in the PTA’s KidStuff Coupon Book fundraiser!  A KidStuff Coupon Book (and more details about the fundraiser) was given to each Ivy Hill student last week. Please look through the coupon book — it has lots of great coupons!!  The book cost only $25.  If you use the coupons, you’ll easily pay for the cost of the book (and more!) and our PTA will earn a 50% profit on each book we sell!!  This fundraiser is optional, but we hope you will consider participating and benefiting the students of Ivy Hill School!!!  You can also buy/order extra for grandparents, family, & friends!  And there are even editions of the book that can be ordered for other geographical areas (see the order envelope for more details). For every 5 books you buy/sell, you receive an additional book for free!!  If you decide to purchase any coupon books, please send your order envelope and payment to school. Orders are due Friday, September 12th. If you do not wish to purchase the coupon book that your child received, please remember to send the book back to school with your child.  Thanks!  For questions about the fundraiser, contact Carla Kim, or Lynn Feder,

MARKET DAY:   Check out the September Order Guide that will be coming home in backpack mail.  Orders are due in the Market Day basket in the office by 3:00 on Thursday, September 11th Better yet, order online until 11:00 pm on Monday, September 15th!!  If you do, you can take advantage of Market Day’s ONLINE ONLY DEALS (free Mixing Bowl set with a $50 order in September and First-Time Order $5 Discount) AND you can sign up for email to receive discount offers throughout the month to save you more $$$!  Go to  Don’t forget the FREEQUENT BUYER promo starts this month (see details in Order Guide and on Market Day website).  Order pick-up this month will be on Thursday, September 18h from 2:45-3:30 in the Ivy Hill Commons.  Any questions, contact Kelly Nix ( or Jennifer Sadowski (

Spirit Wear Sale has been extended – all orders are due to the office by Wednesday, September 10th!!  Order forms were available during curriculum night and were also sent home via backpack mail earlier this week.  No late submissions will be accepted.  Unfortunately we are not able to provide size recommendations, please check out the sample sizes in the Commons for assistance.