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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 www.heartlandbc.org 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 LJFetterman@yahoo.com.

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 hairstyle9902@yahoo.com. 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 nfentem@ilpta-d37.org. 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.

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