Upcoming Events

Posted November 4th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

Nov. 23 – Reflections viewing at 7 p.m. at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg

Dec. 2 – PTA Council meeting at 9 a.m. at the Rafferty Administration Center

Upcoming Events

Posted September 2nd, 2015 by Terri McHugh

September 16:  Premier Showcase (Cultural Arts,

September 17:  Money Matters 101, Eisenhower Junior High School, Hoffman Estates

September 17:  PTA Road to Success, Eisenhower Junior High School, Hoffman Estates

September 17:  Grassroots Advocacy, Eisenhower Junior High School, Hoffman Estates

September 23:  PTA Road to Success, Eisenhower Junior High School, Hoffman Estates

September 23:  Money Matters 101, Eisenhower Junior High School, Hoffman Estates

September 23:  PTA Publicity & Communications, Eisenhower Junior High School, Hoffman Estates

September 27:  Run to Read, Dirksen School, 116 W. Beech Drive in Schaumburg

September 29:  President’s Course, Eisenhower Junior High School, Hoffman Estates

September 29:  Healthier Food in Our Schools, Eisenhower Junior High School, Hoffman Estates

September 29:  Tech Tools, Eisenhower Junior High School, Hoffman Estates

October 6:  STC General Meeting & The 411 on Crisis Prevention and Communication in District 54, 6:30 p.m. at Keller Junior High School

October 7:  STC Meeting 9 a.m.

October 19:  Illinois PTA District 37 Fall Conference Dinner at The Cotillion in Palatine

October 22:  Blood Drive – 2:30-7 p.m. District 54 Board Room

November 4:  Reflections Projects due to STC

Northwest Cook – June Trainings

Posted May 18th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

Northwest Cook Region PTA offers the following trainings in June. All trainings will begin at 7 p.m. at Eisenhower Junior High School, 800 Hassell Road in Hoffman Estates. Register online or via email to Walk-ins are welcome but materials cannot be guaranteed.

June 2 and 8 – 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).

June 2 – Reflections Get a Head Start Now
Share the arts with your students while helping build confidence and self-esteem through recognition and celebration of their efforts. 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.

June 2 and June 10 – Market Your PTA Workshop
Create a display board to show your community what PTA is and what your PTA continues to do; or one to use at your membership table at PTA functions; how about a board to help promote your Reflections Program. Come prepared to make a marketing piece. You must supply your own large tri-fold board to use.

June 2 and 10 – 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, electronic banking, 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.

June 3 – Membership Recruitment All Year Long
Learn what resources are available to you. Learn how to engage everyone in growing your membership and the benefits of every-one being a PTA member. This can be a simple and fun job to take on. It’s a great way to meet your community.

June 3 and 8 – 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. Vice presidents and any other interested members are welcome to take this as well.

June 8 – 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.

June 10 – Cool Tech Tools
Cool Tech Tools to help you as a volunteer. This will include social media, graphics apps, volunteer coordination, email systems, scheduling, etc.

For more information, contact Nicole Fentem, Northwest Cook Region Director, at

Illinois PTA Convention News

Posted April 20th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs President Mikel Eppenbaugh submitted the following photos and report from the Illinois PTA Convention this past weekend.

Matthew Rodriguez, former Mead PTA president, was installed as our next Illinois PTA President.  What a great moment!

Nicole Fentem, former Schaumburg Township Council President, won the ballot vote 52-39 to become the next Illinois PTA Vice President of Program Services.

STC won honorable mention as Outstanding Council for our legislative work on Senate Bill 16!  Way to go STC!  Only one honorable mention was given out in the state.

We had many first timers from our council attend convention.  It was great to see new faces and people excited to see that there is a bigger picture in PTA.  Our caucus which was held on Friday night was so well attended, it ended up being standing room only!


2015 Scholarship Recipients

Posted April 13th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs is proud to announce its 2015 scholarship recipients:

The Bonnie Greenberg Memorial Scholarship

  • Roxanne Espinoza (Blackwell/Addams/Hoffman)

Two Year Junior College/Trade or Vocational School Scholarship

  • Dakota Halterman (Aldrin/Frost/Schaumburg)

Four Year College/University Scholarship

  • Joseph Kosiek (Einstein/Addams/Hoffman)
  • Kevin Chang (Dooley/Mead/Conant)
  • Angela Killian (Dooley/Mead/Conant)
  • Riya Shah (Link/Mead/Conant)
  • Robin Barr (Link/Mead/Conant)
  • Emilee Baldwin (Enders-Salk/Keller/Schaumburg)
  • Mariah Calubag (Hanover Highlands/Frost/Schaumburg)
  • Christopher Napier (Hoover/Keller/Schaumburg)
  • Anthony Argueta (Enders-Salk/Frost/Schaumburg)

Each student will be awarded a one-year, $1,000 scholarship at the annual STC Scholarship Recognition Dinner May 13 at Mead Junior High School.  The recipients are all seniors in high school who once attended a District 54 school.

Spend the Cash winners announced

Posted April 6th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs has announced the following recipients of the Special Project money for the 2015-16 school year:

  1. A one -time movie license for each school PTA;
  2. A $2,000 sponsorship donation to the District 54 Run to Read for the 1,000 books per classroom initiative; and
  3. A soft-sided artist portfolio for each school PTA to use with their Reflections program.

“We are excited to be able to offer these wonderful opportunities to our local units,” PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh said.

The grand total that we will spend for these three projects is $6,255 which will be taken out of the Special Projects Fund. The Council received a donation from Lifetouch, our school picture company, and for the third year decided to solicit ideas from the PTA members on how to spend this donation.


Two students advance to national PTA Reflections contest

Posted March 11th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

Dooley student Mia H. and Collins student Aidan M. have qualified for the national level in 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 production, dance choreography, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Mia, a third-grade student, qualified in the photography category for her entry Happy Smiles. Aidan, a first-grade student, qualified in the file production category for his entry The World Would Be a Better Place if Teddy Bears Could Play Baseball.

Other District 54 students received honorable mentions at the state competition. They are as follows:

Dance Choreography

  • Cayla, Who I Am, Blackwell, 6


  • Riya, 5 Virtues, Campanelli, 5

Visual Arts

  • Labdhi, Love, Collins, 6

Special Artist

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

These students will be recognized at SPOTLIGHT, a free children’s celebration of art and community presented by the Illinois PTA, from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at Millikin University in Decatur. The recognition portion of the event will occur at 3 p.m. For more information and to register, visit

District 37 Training and Vendor Fair – April 6

Posted March 5th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

The Illinois PTA Northwest Cook Region/District 37 presents “Jump Start Your PTA,” a free training event and vendor fair, from 5 to 9 p.m. April 6 at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg.

The vendor fair includes potential vendors for PTA programs and fundraisers including spirit wear, assembly performers, yearbooks, product sales, hot lunch and more.

PTA Training sessions are as follows.

  • PTA Presidents Course: 6-8 p.m.
  • Dangerous Games: 6-8 p.m.
  • Fundraising Ideas and Best Practices: 6:30-7 p.m.
  • Parliamentary Procedure: 6:30-7 p.m.
  • Membership Recruitment: 7:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Treasurer Tips:  7:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Family Engagement Programs:  7:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Convention Prep: 8-8:30 p.m.

For more information, view the Jump Start Your PTA Flyer.

PTA hosts District 54 Candidates Forum March 31

Posted March 5th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs is hosting a candidates forum for the five candidates running for the District 54 School Board. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. March 31 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

Candidates will answer predetermined questions that involve issues related to the education of students in District 54. All questions will be delivered and moderated by the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs. If you have any questions, contact Council Second Vice President Lisa Guagenti at

Elementary scholarships available

Posted February 13th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

As part of its commitment to life-long learning, the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs (STC) offers scholarships for summer programs/camps to District 54 students currently in first through seventh grades who wish to broaden their education, talents and experiences.

Scholarships will be awarded for the full cost of the program/camp up to $125. The camp or program must start on or after June 1, 2015 and be completed by September 1, 2015.  To comply with the Bylaws of PTA, to be “noncommercial, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan,” a camp with the purpose of religious instruction will be ineligible for a scholarship.

Submit your application to your school office by the date designated by your PTA/PTSA Elementary Scholarship Coordinator. All candidates will be notified of committee decisions shortly after May 1, 2015.

For more information, visit the PTA Elementary Scholarship page.