Officer nominees for 2016-17

Posted January 27th, 2016 by Terri McHugh

The nominating committee met on January 25, 2015, for the purpose of creating a slate of nominees to serve as officers of Schaumburg Township Council of PTA for the 2016-2017 term.

The nominating committee submitted the following individuals as the STC officer nominees:

  • President: Sue Budak
  • 1st Vice President: Jennifer Ratkovich
  • 2nd Vice President: Jim Sklena
  • Recording Secretary: Shonda Dudlicek
  • Corresponding Secretary: Michelle Pikscher
  • Treasurer: Alison Carlson

District 54 students advance to state level of PTA Reflections program

Posted January 21st, 2016 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 2015-16 Reflections Program was “Let Your Imagination Fly.” District 54 students were able to submit an entry in any of the following six arts areas:  film production, dance choreography, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts.

Name, Title of Work, School, Grade

Dance Choreography

  • Sai, Dance, Churchill, 1
  • Sai, Electronic Dance, Churchill, 2
  • Madison, Stand Tall, Lincoln Prairie, 4

Film Production

  • Faro, When Pigs Fly, Fairview, 4
  • Soham, “Click” Go To Sleep, Fairview, 5
  • Haley, Fly, Campanelli, 6
  • Ashley, A Runner’s Dream, Lincoln Prairie, 6
  • Vineeth, Let Your Imagination Fly, Churchill, 6
  • Julian, Lego Natural Disasters, Hoover, 6
  • Olivia, Who We Want To Be, Lincoln Prairie, 7
  • Grace, It Was Just My Imagination, Eisenhower, 8


  • Anish, Brothers, Fairview, Kindergarten
  • Charlotte, Upside Down World, Hale, 2
  • Karina, Imagine a Fall Rainbow, Campanelli, 2
  • Jessica, The Peace Book, Nerge, 3
  • Allison, Pigs Fly, Collins, 4
  • Dev, The Football King, Link, 5

Musical Composition

  • Vedant, Leo the Lion, Churchill, 2
  • Allison, Dreaming, Lincoln Prairie, 4
  • Sanjana, My Feelings, Churchill, 5
  • Shreya, Twirling in to Dreams, Fairview, 5
  • Monika, City of Dreams, Campanelli, 6
  • Annie, Waking Up, Frost, 8


  • Julia, A Little Ghost Visits My Room, Lincoln Prairie, 1
  • Simran, The Butterfly and the Flower, Fairview, 3
  • Julia, Up in the Sky, Fairview, 6
  • Nicolas, Out of this World, Lincoln Prairie, 7
  • Allison, A Wheel of Hope, Keller, 8

Visual Arts

  • Maiya, Fairy Tale Forest, Dooley, 1
  • Aarav, All Hands on Deck to Save Animals, Fairview, 2
  • Amelia, Inmajynate is real, Hoover, 2
  • Angel, Let Your Imagination Fly, Campanelli, 4
  • Rebecca, My Imaginary World, Fairview, 5
  • Sean, Moose-n-around, Eisenhower, 7

Special Artist – Film Production

  • Clara, Clara’s Hotel Transylvania 2 Facts, Lakeview, 1

Special Artist – Visual Arts

  • Annabelle, Buildings, Aldrin, 4

Special Artist – Photography

  • Jack, I Believe I Can Fly, Addams, 8
  • Clara, The Yoshi, Lakeview, 1

Dudlicek receives PTA Bachelor’s Degree

Posted January 14th, 2016 by Terri McHugh

Congratulations to Shonda Dudlicek – an Armstrong PTA member and the recording secretary for the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs – on receiving her Illinois PTA University Bachelor’s Degree this month.

Shonda receiving PTA bachelor's degree

The Illinois PTA University is an incentive program open to any member, designed to encourage leadership development. Each level recognizes the accomplishment of PTA members by have completed several requirements, including attendance at a variety of workshops, courses and PTA events.

Shonda said it has taken her years to complete it and she is well on her way to earning her master’s degree. Shonda is pictured with Illinois PTA President Matthew John Rodriguez and Illinois PTA Vice President of Programs Nicole Fentem.

For more information about obtaining your PTA bachelor’s degree, visit the Illinois PTA website.

Upcoming Events

Posted January 2nd, 2016 by Terri McHugh

Jan. 26 – Nominating Committee and Bylaws I training at 7 p.m. in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. For more information and to register, click here.

Feb. 2 – High school scholarship applications due

Feb. 23 – Bylaws II and Safe Food Handling training at 7 p.m. in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. For more information and to register, click here.

Feb. 24 – Drop off for auction baskets (9 a.m. to noon at the District 54 Warehouse, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg)

Feb. 25 – PTA Blood Drive from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at the District Office, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg

March 11 – PTA Auction at 5:30 p.m. at the Stonegate, 2401 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates.

April 1-2 – Illinois PTA Conference in Springfield

Reflections Projects Advance

Posted December 4th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs is proud to announce that the following Reflections projects are advancing to the Northwest Cook Region Reflections judging.

Reflections Projects Advancing to Northwest Cook Region 2015

The PTA Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Students participate in the Reflections Program by submitting entries to their local PTA or PTSA. Any PTA/PTSA in good standing is eligible to sponsor a Reflections Program.

PTA believes all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts Reflections Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit works of art in six areas:  dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts (which includes art forms such as drawing, painting, print making, and collage).

The theme for 2015 was “Let Your Imagination Fly…” Entries were judged before the Nov. 23 viewing in District 54.

High School Scholarships

Posted December 2nd, 2015 by Terri McHugh

Schaumburg Township Council of PTA offers scholarships for graduating seniors who attended a District 54 school.  STC awarded 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 2015-16 scholarship are posted below. Completed applications must be returned to their High School College and Career Center or the District 54.

An awards banquet to honor the students will be held May 11, 2016 at Mead Junior High School. For more information, contact Nicole Villafuerte at (847) 975-0489

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!