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2014 Scholarship Recipients

Posted May 20th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs is proud to announce its 2014 scholarship recipients:

The Bonnie Greenberg Memorial Scholarship

  • Kelsey Louro (Lakeview/Keller/Schaumburg)

Two Year Junior College/Trade or Vocational School Scholarship

  • Katarina Pielmeier (Armstrong/Eisenhower/Hoffman)

Four Year College/University Scholarship

  • Ryan Eberhardt (Hoover/Keller/Illinois Math and Science Academy)
  • Taylor Bogacz (Collins/Frost/Conant)
  • Hannah Brostoff (Einstein/Addams/Hoffman)
  • Ryan Sinclair (Churchill/Eisenhower/Hoffman)
  • Sarah Meyer (Hoover/Keller/Schaumburg)
  • Mary Blonde (Nerge/Mead/Conant)

Each student was awarded a one-year, $1,500 scholarship at the annual STC Scholarship Recognition Dinner May 14 at Addams Junior High School.  The recipients are all seniors in high school who once attended a District 54 school.

Frost student wins national Reflections award

Posted May 5th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

The photography entry Nature’s Beauty from Frost student Ashleigh F. for the PTA Reflections program has been given an award of merit by National PTA.

Reflections is a PTA writing and fine arts competition. The theme of the 2013-14 Reflections Program was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” 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.

Pamela I., a Fox student, also qualified for the national competition in the film production category for her entry Believe, Dream, Inspire – JDRF.

June Trainings

Posted May 5th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Northwest Cook Region PTA offers the following trainings in June. All trainings will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the District 54 administration building, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Register online or via email to nfentem@ilpta-d37.org. Walk-ins are welcome but materials cannot be guaranteed.

June 2 – 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 3 - 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 9 - 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 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.

For more information, contact Nicole Fentem, Northwest Cook Region Director, at nfentem@ilpta-d37.org.

Illinois PTA offers free celebration of art and community

Posted April 23rd, 2014 by Terri McHugh

SPOTLIGHT is a free event presented by Illinois PTA on May 3 to celebrate the children in our state.  This new event is open to all children in Illinois and their families. The afternoon event, held on Millikin University’s Campus in Decatur, will open up the arts to children of all ages through various workshops.

The afternoon will include the following:

  • Workshops for children and adults presented by faculty and students from Millikin University;
  • An art gallery of almost 500 Reflections pieces presented alongside the work of university artists; and
  • A reception with light refreshments.

The culmination of the afternoon will be a ceremony recognizing:

  • Students with Reflections pieces advancing to National PTA;
  • Reflections students receiving Honorable Mention Awards from Illinois PTA;
  • Student Service Leader Award Recipient; and
  • Illinois PTA Scholarship Winners.

For more information visit http://www.illinoispta.org/spotlight.html.

Two students advance to national fine arts contest

Posted April 8th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Fox student Pamela I. and Frost student Ashleigh F. have qualified for the national level in Reflections, a PTA writing and fine arts competition. The theme of the 2013-14 Reflections Program was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” 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.  

Pamela qualified in the film production category for her entry Believe, Dream, Inspire – JDRF. Ashleigh qualified in the photography category for her entry Nature’s Beauty.

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

Dance Choreography
Aahana from Fairview - Incorporating Different Styles of Dance
Ashley from Frost - River

Film/Video Production
Angelyn from Link - What I Did Last Summer

Literature
James from Collins - Free

Photography
Harlow from Lincoln Prairie - The Wish
Olivia from Lincoln Prairie - Morning Breath

Upcoming Events

Posted April 7th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

April 8 – Schaumburg Early Childhood PTA meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Frost

April 11 – Illinois PTA Convention in Lisle

April 23 – Vendor Fair at 5:30 p.m. at Mead

May 7 – PTA Council meeting

May 14 – Scholarship Recognition Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Addams

May 21 – PTA Council meeting – Old Board/New Board

May 23 – Boomers Benefit Night at 6:30 p.m.

Vendor Fair – April 23

Posted April 3rd, 2014 by Terri McHugh

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs will host its annual Vendor Fair, including workshops for presidents and treasurers, on Wednesday, March 23, at Mead Junior High School, 1765 Biesterfield Road in Elk Grove Village.

The vendor fair from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. is an opportunity to meet a variety of local vendors who would love to assist you in planning for the coming year. Possible categories of vendors include, but are not limited to, hot lunch, treat day, spirit wear, year book and fall product. Looking for some new ideas? This is a great place to start.

The workshops following the vendor fair (7-8 p.m.) will be geared toward incoming presidents and treasurers to kick off a good year.

For more information about the vendor fair or workshops, please contact Mucia Burke at 847.476.0339 or Mikel Eppenbaugh at 847-627-0147.

Special Projects Vote

Posted February 7th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs currently has a Special Projects Fund which is used to finance projects that benefit the children of District 54 and support the PTA’s Mission, which is “To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.”

We have asked our local PTAs to submit ideas on how to spend this money to benefit the children of District 54. This year we received three ideas and voted at our March Council meeting to fund them all. Winners were announced at the STC Auction on March 14.

The following ideas will be funded.

  • Movie License - STC will pay for a one-time movie license for each of our 28 local units.
  • Run to Read Donation - STC will donate $2,000 toward the district’s 1,000 books per classroom initiative.
  • Family Fun Games - STC will purchase family fun games that local units will have the opportunity to check out and use for events at their school. The proposed total to be spent is between $3,000 and $4,000.  The final amount will be determined based upon what games are purchased.

Nominess for the 2014-15 PTA Executive Committee

Posted January 22nd, 2014 by Terri McHugh

The nominating committee met on January 21, 2014, for the purpose of creating a slate of nominees to serve as officers of Schaumburg Township Council of PTA for the 2014-2015 term.

We, the nominating committee, submit the following individuals as the STC officer nominees:

  • President: Mikel Eppenbaugh (Eisenhower)
  • First Vice President:  Amy McCarthy (Dooley)
  • Second Vice President: Lisa Guagenti (Mead)
  • Recording Secretary:  Shonda Dudlicek (Armstrong)
  • Corresponding Secretary: Lisa Reck (Aldrin)
  • Treasurer: Kate Johnson (MacArthur)

Respectfully submitted:

  • Chairman Lisa Reck (Aldrin)
  • Lori Filby (Stevenson)
  • Merydith Brostoff (Addams)
  • Michelle Tunquist (Campanelli)
  • Yvette Quintanna (Einstein)
  • Angie Hosp (Keller)
  • Madhavi Yellapragada (Blackwell)
  • Alternate LaToya Walton (Hoover)
  • Alternate Kelly Behnke (Nerge)
  • Superintendent Andy DuRoss

District 54 students advance to state level of PTA Reflections program

Posted January 21st, 2014 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 2013-14 Reflections Program was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” 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.

There will be a reception honoring the Reflections students from PTA District 37 (which includes School District 54) whose entries advanced to the state level on March 5 at South Middle School, 400 S. Highland Ave., Arlington Heights.

Name, Title of Work, Grade, School

Dance Choreography

  • Madison, Dreaming of Cinderella, 2, Lincoln Prairie
  • Aahana, Incorporating Different Styles of Dance, 5, Fairview
  • Ashley, River, 7, Frost

Film/Video Production

  • Ananth, Never Give Up!, 2, Link
  • Fatima, Believe in Your Dreams, 4, Enders-Salk
  • Angelyn, What I Did Last Summer, 4, Link
  • Liz, Dream for Trouble, 5, Lincoln Prairie
  • Jyllian, Growing Friendship, 5, Stevenson
  • Pamela, Believe, Dream, Inspire – JDRF, 6, Fox
  • Emily, All Animals Can Dream, But Only A Few Make Dreams Come True, 6, Campanelli

Literature

  • Adya, Believe, Dream, Inspire, 5, Fairview
  • Manisha, Believe! Dream! Inspire!, 6, Fairview
  • James, Free, 6, Collins
  • Rose, She, 7, Lincoln Prairie
  • Nathan, An Inspiring Legacy, 8, Frost

Musical Composition

  • Akshata, Jewels, 2, Hoover
  • Manisha, Nature’s Beliefs, 6, Fairview
  • Jessica, Trumpet Dream, 6, Lincoln Prairie
  • Kira, Butterflies’ Flight, 6, Lincoln Prairie
  • Wei, Fantasize the Spark, 8, Addams 

Photography

  • Harlow, The Wish, Kindergarten, Lincoln Prairie
  • Emma, Long Haired Grass, 2, Enders-Salk
  • D’Angelo, The Red Rose, 2, Enders-Salk
  • Thomas, The Staircase, 2, Hoover
  • Olivia, Morning Breath, 5, Lincoln Prairie
  • Manisha, Crossroads in the Sky, 6, Fairview
  • Ashleigh, Nature’s Beauty, 7, Frost

Visual Arts

  • Labdhi, Believe, Dream, Inspire, 5, Collins
  • Clare, My Dream To Dance, 8, Mead
  • Eleanor, Books Can Inspire, 8, Frost