Kildeer PTO Blog, Dec. 6, 2019

Kildeer PTO Blog, Dec. 6, 2019


We have so many thanks to give out in this month's blog post. We want to be sure to thank everyone who donated to our Teachersgiving hospitality meal last week (see pictures). We received so many generous donations from many of you that we were able to provide our educators with an amazing spread that they all greatly appreciated! So, Thank You!

table buffet with homemade casseroles lined up and Thanksgiving decorThank you to all the families that participated in the Noodles and Company fundraiser this past Tuesday. This was a new event for us and we appreciate the support! We had a great turnout!

Finally, a big Thank You to all who donated winter coats and apparel to the Kildeer Coat Drive last month. We were able to make a hefty donation to children and community at Little Fort Elemetary in Waukegan. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.... so, THANK YOU! 


Toys for Tots red train logo

In partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps, Kildeer's annual Toy Drive to support Toys for Tots is in full swing! Bring in new unwrapped toys for less fortunate children by Dec. 11. Collection boxes are located in the main hallway. So many of our families have already donated, which really warms the heart and helps our students realize the importance of giving this holiday season. Please help make the holiday season brighter for those in need and donate today! Thank you!


Papa John's Pizza Restaurant red and green logo

We're bringing in Papa John's for our Special Lunch on Fri., Dec. 13! Your child will be served 2 slices of cheese pizza. This is just a friendly reminder for those who have ordered. Our January Special Lunch is earlier in the month, so mark your calendars for Fri., Jan. 10, when we will be bringing in Original Bagel & Bialy.


graphic of child giving teacher wrapped gift box

If you plan to contribute to the class gift for this holiday season for your child's teacher, please send your money as soon as possible. Our Room Parents are working hard coming up with ideas and gifts for our teachers and it is easier for them if they have all the donations in earlier, rather than later. The suggested donation is $20, but you can send in to the Room Parent any amount in a check via your student's backpack.


The word Party decorated with stick figure children, balloons, and confetti

Our classroom Winter Parties are fast approaching and we want to send a friendly reminder that if you are volunteering and plan to bring your child home with you after the party, you still need to send a note stating this to the Kildeer Office no later than the morning of the party (12/20). Students can meet their parent in the small gym.

Aditionally, if you are bringing treats, note that treats must be dropped off to the school office no later than 11 AM on Thursday morning (12/19) to be checked by our school nurse. All snacks for the class parties must come in ORIGINAL packaging, or the snack will not be served due to safety concerns. Please select only from snacks included on the District APPROVED SNACK LIST. Goodie bags are NOT allowed. We appreciate your support in keeping our students safe.


That's right–it's time to mark your calendars for our annual Bingo Blast event on Feb. 21.

Due to the lack of volunteers to coordinate this iconic school event, we have decided to make some changes. We are completely eliminating the silent auction gift basket table, as we understand it is quite a burden to assemble and solicit donations for those elaborate baskets.

We will still have the "Teacher Experience" items, along with a few more popular events. We also will still have the classroom basket raffle items. We are also considering changing Bingo to Trivia to generate more excitement for the event. This is definitely not a final decision, so keep an eye out for more information on our social media pages.

Did you know Bingo Blast is our biggest fundraiser? Bingo Blast pays for our Cultural Arts assemblies, which cost over $4000 each year, as well as author visits, which can total over $1000 a year. Not only do we use the money raised from Bingo Blast on some fantastic events for our children, the kids LOVE it! However, in order for this event to be successful, we are looking for volunteers to help with various tasks of the event. If you are interested (or willing) to help with any of these specific tasks listed below, please contact Marlene Aaron or Rebecca Bacci.

  • Pizza coordinator – work with pizza vendor to pre-order pizza prior to the event
  • Ice cream coordinator – work with Culver's to pre-order ice cream prior to the event
  • Volunteer coordinator – Schedule volunteers (from a list we provide) throughout the evening and coordinate High School volunteers
  • Ticket pre-order coordinator – Organize the pre-orders and have envelopes ready the evening of the event
  • Raffle basket coordinator – Plan and organize the grade-level raffle baskets
  • Teacher Experience Silent Auction coordinator 

Box Tops for Education proof of purchase symbol

Help the PTO earn funds to purchase supplies for our school by sending in your Box Tops! Box Tops can be found on many household products, including General Mills, Ziploc, Annie's, and many more! Classrooms have collection envelopes and are currently accepting physicial Box Tops; however, there is an easier way to collect Box Tops.

New this year, download the Box Tops for Education app and scan your receipts to submit Box Tops electronically!

Our Winter Collection will be Mon., Jan. 13–Fri., Feb. 14, so please continue to send in your Box Tops or scan your receipts! Box Tops scanned now will apply for our Winter Collection. Thanks!

Questions? Contact Eugenia Hahn, Nikki Ziomek, or Amy Feygin.


Stage with closed red curtains and Variety Show sign

The 5th-Grade Variety Show has been changed to Feb. 7! Please take note of our new date and keep an eye out for more information coming home with your 5th grader about the show and rehearsal schedules. Although we moved it back, please have your children begin thinking about their performances and what they'd like to do! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Valerie Converse.


infant face photo

The Yearbook Committee is creating a special tribute to our 5th graders, but we need your help!!! Please submit a headshot of your child when he/she was 6–12 months old. The baby pictures will all be displayed in the yearbook and matched with your child's future dreams/favorite memories. Digital photos are preferred and can be emailed to [email protected]


Show your Cougar Pride and place your Spiritwear order today! Spiritwear is open all year and will make a great Holiday gift! Your items will be delivered directly to your home address! We have many new designs and options to choose from for your student or yourself! We have two different stores this year to maximize your choices! Shop on BOOMTHREAD or APPAREL NOW for customizable spiritwear apparel, hats, and accessories. See the SPIRITWEAR FLYER.
Questions on spiritwear? Please contact Elizabeth McInerney.


Consider sharing your time and talents with the Kildeer PTO!

graphic of hands of varying skin colors raised

Interested in meeting other parents, being involved in your child's school, or even being part of his or her day? Consider chairing a PTO committee for the 2019-2020 school year. There are many different opportunities available. EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES available for Committee Chairperson positions. If you have questions or may be interested in a committee, please contact Marlene Aaron or Rebecca Bacci. Thank you for considering volunteering your time and your talents to the Kildeer PTO. We could not offer these programs for our students and school without your support!

We are asking ALL–both RETURNING chairs and NEW chairs–to go to the Kildeer PTO MEMBERSHIP TOOLKIT to sign up. Log in to your family account and you will find the sign-up on the home screen.

We are still in need of chairs for our Evening Story Time Committee. Coordinate the evening with our principal. Pick out a story and readers for the event. Publicize and invite all Kildeer first graders and Willow Grove kindergartners who will be attending Kildeer School the following fall. Event Date: Thurs., Apr. 23, 6:30 p.m.

Please share this information with friends/parents you think might be interested in chairing a committee next year, including families with incoming first graders. We would love to have as many families as possible involved in the wonderful activities we plan for students at Kildeer. We thank you for your continued support of the Kildeer PTO and look forward to having you join us this year!

Membership Toolkit Instructions – Sign Up Today!!

The PTO uses an online database system called Membership Toolkit to organize our school activities. This system will better assist us in conducting business, organizing our volunteers, and streamlining our communications to you. Plus, parents can pay for events by credit card and easily view what they have purchased!

A friendly reminder regarding Membership Toolkit, please be sure you Complete the Checkout Process by hitting “PLACE ORDER.” A receipt will pop up on Membership Toolkit immediately after you place your order and then you will be emailed a copy of the receipt shortly after you place your order. If you do not receive a receipt, then your order wasn’t placed.

Let’s get started! 
1.    Click HERE to access our Kildeer PTO Membership Toolkit webpage.  If you have already created an account to order school supplies last year, your account is still valid – just log in!  If you are new to Membership Toolkit, you will need to create an account using your personal email address.

2.    Update your Family Information from the link on the homepage. Validate your family contact information and update your student(s) current grade in school. If you have a student who is now at Woodlawn or another school, click the box to indicate they are no longer a student.  

3.    Sign up! 
• PTO Chairperson Sign-Up – we are still in need of Chairpersons for Bingo Blast, 5th-Grade Transition Day, and more!  Sign up today!
• PTO Committee Volunteer Opportunities – Get involved in the Kildeer community by volunteering for one of our awesome committees!  There are a ton of ways to support Kildeer – sign up today! 
• PTO Dues – If you did not pay PTO dues during school registration last spring, you can pay via Membership Toolkit.  

4.    Check out!  Once you have made your selections, click the “Proceed to Checkout” button at the bottom of the screen.   Make payment through PayPal or a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover).  Sorry–no checks or cash can be accepted for pre-pay events or items.

5.    Continue to read the Kildeer PTO Blog for updates – we will add opportunities throughout the year! 

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