District 54 students advance to state level of PTA Reflections program

Posted January 21st, 2015 by Terri McHugh

The following students from District 54 moved on to the state level for Reflections, a PTA writing and fine arts competition. The theme of the 2014-15 Reflections Program was “The World Would Be a Better Place If.” District 54 students were able to submit an entry in any of the following six arts areas:  film/video production, dance/choreography, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts.

Name, Title of Work, School, Grade

Dance Choreography

  • Reagan, Wake Up World, Armstrong, 5
  • Sydney, Can’t Buy Me Love, Fairview, 5
  • Stephanie, Be Yourself, Link, 6
  • Cayla, Who I Am, Blackwell, 6

Film Production

  • Aidan, The World Would Be A Better Place If… Teddy Bears Could Play Baseball, Collins, 1
  • Shreyansh, The World Would Be A Better Place If Super Heroes Were Alive, Fairview, 2
  • Angela, If Every Bully Saw A Smile, Enders-Salk, 5
  • Abigail, Less Pollution Better Solution, Stevenson, 6
  • Olivia, What I Think, Lincoln Prairie, 6


  • Karina, The World and Us, Campanelli, 1
  • Shlokah, With a Touch of Magic, Blackwell, 3
  • Jasmine, Smiling Trees, Fairview, 4
  • Nihar, The World Would Be A Better Place If, Einstein, 4
  • Riya, 5 Virtues, Campanelli, 5
  • Haley, The Best Day of My Life, Campanelli, 5
  • Rose, Part Two, Lincoln Prairie, 8

Musical Composition

  • Monika, Stop This War, Campanelli, 5


  • Mia, Happy Smiles, Dooley, 3
  • Olivia, Sunshine, Lincoln Prairie, 6
  • Nicolas, A Day At the Pond, Lincoln Prairie, 6

Visual Arts

  • Iris, Colors, Lincoln Prairie, 1
  • Rebecca, Peace for Nature, Fairview, 4
  • Labdhi, Love, Collins, 6

Special Artist

  • Maximilian, Garbage, Addams, 8
  • Michenzie, Outside Nature, Addams, 8

Upcoming Events

Posted January 14th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

January 15 - Bylaws II Lab, 7 p.m. at the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center

January 20 – Nominating Committee Workshop, 7 p.m. at the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center

February 3 – High School Scholarship application deadline

February 4 – Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs Meeting

February 15 – Illinois PTA Awards due

February 17 – PTA Founders’ Day

February 23 – PTA Auction Basket drop-off

February 26 – Blood Drive, 2:30-7 p.m. at the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center

March 1 - Illinois PTA Awards due (different awards than the February 15 deadline)

March 4 – Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs Meeting

March 13 – PTA Auction, 5:30 p.m. at the Stonegate – Reservations due by March 4

High School Scholarship applications available

Posted December 10th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Schaumburg Township Council of PTA offers scholarships for graduating seniors who attended a District 54 school.  STC plans to award 11 $1,000 scholarships in 2015.  There are three types of scholarships:

  • Junior College/Trade School/Vocational School Scholarships for seniors with a GPA of 2.85 or higher (one scholarship available);
  • Four-Year College/University Scholarships for seniors with a GPA of 3.3 or higher (nine scholarships available); and
  • The Bonnie Greenberg Memorial Scholarship for a graduating special needs senior with a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The student need not be enrolled in special education classes, but must have a current IEP (one scholarship available).

All seniors who meet the following eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply:

  • Attended any District 54 school for two years; and
  • Will attend a career development program, an accredited college, university, junior college or trade school upon graduation from high school.

Applications for the 2014-15 scholarship are posted below and are due no later than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at your high school college and career center or at the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road. Candidates will be notified by April 13.

An awards banquet to honor the students will be held May 13, 2015 at Mead Junior High School. For more information, contact Nicole Villafuerte at (847) 975-0489 or

PTA seeks nominations for Executive Committee

Posted December 1st, 2014 by Terri McHugh

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs (STC) is seeking nominations for its Executive Committee. Nominations are being accepted for President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer.

To be eligible for nomination an individual must have served as a member of the STC executive board, or as an officer of a local unit in the council or have attended STC executive board/president meeting within the last three years.  The consent of each candidate must be obtained before their name can be placed in nomination. Please submit nominations to Lisa Reck ( by Friday, January 9, 2015.

President – Preside over all meeting of the council and its executive board.  Is a member ex-officio of all committees except the nominating committee and, if authorized to sign checks, the audit committee. Sign all legal documents, including contracts. Appoints members to special committees subject to approval of the executive board. Sign with the secretary all orders on the treasury of the council. Help to extend PTA work into all parts of the council territory. Provide a monthly report to the STC Board of Education as on their agenda. Coordinate the work of the officers and committee in order that the Objects may be promoted.  Submit council plan of work and all circularized materials. Have completed the Illinois PTA President’s Course before election or within six (6) months of election. Serve on the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation Board as well as other duties that may be delegated or assigned.

First Vice President – Assist President as needed. Perform duties of the president in the absence of that officer. Serve as chairman of the program committee and perform such other duties as may be delegated.

Second Vice President – Assist President as needed. Perform duties of the president in the absence of that officer and the first vice president. Serve as chairman of the legislation committee and perform such other duties as may be delegated.

Recording Secretary – Keep accurate record in a permanent form of the minutes of all meetings of this council and the executive board. Sign all delegate credentials. Cosign checks in the absence of the president or treasurer. Not serve on the audit committee and perform such other duties as may be delegated.

Corresponding Secretary – Conduct the official correspondence of this council in triplicate, keeping one copy on file, transmitting one to the president and one to the respective board member. Keep an accurate roster of the name of the local PTA/PTSA units in membership, the name and addresses of local PTA/PTSA unit officers and delegates, and the names and addresses of the members of the council executive board and perform such other duties as may be delegated.

Treasurer –  Receives all monies of this organization and keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures. Place all monies in a depository approved by the executive board. Pay out funds in accordance with the budget as approved by the membership and authorized by properly signed vouchers. Vouchers shall be signed by two persons. Checks shall be signed by the treasurer and one other duly elected and authorized officer. Present a written financial statement in triplicate at every meeting of the organization and at other times as requested by the executive board. Provide the checkbook, all bank statements, canceled and voided check, deposit slips, receipt book, treasurer’s record book, vouchers and invoices for all disbursement to the audit committee who shall satisfy that the treasurer’s annual report is correct and shall prepare and sign a statement to be incorporated with said annual report no later than July 15. Be responsible for completion and filing of appropriate forms as may be required by IRS no later than the date established by the regulations. Not be a member of the audit committee. Complete the official Illinois PTA Finance training within six months of election and close the books annually by June 30.

Click here to access the STC Nomination Form.

STC Auction tickets on sale now

Posted November 11th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

This year’s Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs annual benefit auction and dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 13, 2015, at The Stonegate, 2401 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. With St. Patrick’s Day less than a week away, the theme this year is Creating a Pot of Gold for Kids.

Tickets will be $30 per person and includes appetizers and a dinner buffet. All proceeds from this event will benefit the STC Scholarship Fund. In 2014 we raised about $15,000 through the a silent and live auction.

To purchase tickets contact Amy McCarthy at or visit

For more information, visit

Upcoming Events

Posted October 7th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Oct. 7 – STC General Meeting & Online Safety Presentation at 6:30 p.m. at Keller

Oct. 20 – Illinois PTA District 37 Fall Conference Dinner at The Cotillion

Oct. 23 – Blood Drive from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at the Rafferty Administration Center

Nov. 5 – PTA Council meeting at 9 a.m. at the Rafferty Administration Center

Nov. 24 – Reflections viewing at Keller Junior High School

PTA hosts blood drive on Oct. 23

Posted October 7th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTA’s is helping Heartland sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 23. It will be held from 2:30-7 p.m. in the board room at the School District 54 Rafferty Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

Anyone between the ages of 17 and 75 who weighs at least 110 pounds can participate.

A minimum of 500 pints of blood is needed every day for patients in area hospitals, according to Heartland. The Council of PTA’s hosts blood drives each year to help meet these needs.

To make an appointment, visit and click on Schedule an Appointment. Walk-ins are also acceptable.

For more information about this blood drive or to sign up to be a donor, please contact Laurie Fetterman, Health and Safety Chairperson of the PTA Council, (630) 806-1347 or by email at

Help PTA Spend the Cash

Posted October 7th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs has $12,000 available for special projects and wants your suggestions. During the 2013-14 school year, the PTA Council voted to use the money to purchase movie licenses for school PTAs, purchase carnival games for use at the schools and made a donation to District 54′s 1,000 Books per Classroom initiative by sponsoring the Run to Read.

We are once again soliciting ideas for a special project that upholds the mission and values of PTA and benefits all District 54 students.

Click here to access the STC Spend The Cash Proposal Form 2014-2015 and submit your idea t0 the PTA Council by Dec. 3, 2014. A list of PTA values and purposes is included on the form. Winning ideas will be announced at the PTA Auction in March.

Any PTA member may submit an idea. Send your ideas to your school PTA president or to PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh at For more information email or call Mikel at (947) 627-0147.

President Mikel Eppenbaugh wins Those Who Excel Award

Posted September 4th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Mikel2 Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs President Mikel Eppenbaugh won an Award of Merit in the community volunteer category of the 2014 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Awards. She was nominated by School District 54.

Mikel is currently the president of the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs. In this role, she oversees a council that consists of the PTA presidents from 28 schools, as well as a council board. Mikel is an outstanding volunteer for many reasons, including her commitment to communication and her commitment to healthy living. As the PTA president and a member of the District Citizens Advisory Committee, she facilitates communication between school PTAs, with the Illinois and National PTAs, with District 54 administration and School Board, and with the community as a whole.

Mikel’s commitment to student health began when she was the PTA president at MacArthur, when she led a cohesive initiative to improve the health of students. This included the purchase of the Peaceful Playground program for recess, health and fitness nights for families and healthier food choices on the hot lunch menu. This commitment continues at a districtwide level in her support of the Schaumburg CAN healthy lifestyles initiative

Fall Trainings

Posted August 7th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Northwest Cook Region PTA offers the following trainings in September. All trainings will begin at 7 p.m. at Central Road Elementary School, 3800 Central Road in Rolling Meadows. Register online or via email to Walk-ins are welcome but materials cannot be guaranteed.

September 10 – President’s Course
Now that you have stepped up to be President, learn what it takes to do the job well! This course will give you the information needed to manage your PTA and have a fun exciting time doing it.

September 16 – PTA Road to Success
This course explains the who, what and why of PTA. This course is for everyone! The bylaws require this for the entire board (chairmen and officers).

September 16Reflections
Learn more about the ins-and-outs of hosting and supporting the Reflections program, including rules, due dates, packaging, promotion, judging, best practices, success stories, program tips, and Q&A time.

September 17 – Communications: Tips and Tools for Your PTA
Email blasts, Facebook, newsletters, Twitter, Pinterest, websites – there are more ways than ever to share news of your PTA. We’ll explore a variety of resources including the new Communications quick reference guide from National PTA. This workshop is for presidents, newsletter editors, corresponding secretaries, publicity chairs, and everyone else whose role involves PTA communication.

September 17 – Money Matters 101
This course will take you through everything you will be responsible for as a PTA treasurer including how to prepare a budget, conducting an audit, fundraising, managing money and bank accounts, treasurer’s financial reports, accountability to members and the government, and how to protect your 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. It is suggested that all PTA treasurers and presidents take this course, but it would be beneficial to any PTA officer.

September 24 – Council Course
This course explains what a council is, how it connects multiple PTAs together and enhances our voice for children, what councils can do for PTAs and its role within the PTA structure. This course should be attended by Presidents and Council Board members or anyone who wants to learn more about PTA.

September 25 – Money Matters 201
This course will take you more in depth into some of the legal issues you may encounter as a 501(c)(3) association. It is suggested that all PTA treasurers take this course, but it contains many legal issues, which other PTA officers should be aware of.