PTA hosts Candidates’ Forum

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs invites all District 54 residents to meet the candidates for the District 54 School Board.

The PTA will host a Candidates’ Forum at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

Schaumburg Township Council Second Vice President Jim Sklena will serve as the moderator, asking all candidates pre-determined questions that involve issues related to the education of the students in our school district.

There are four seats up for election in District 54 and five candidates running.

Candidate Forum Flyer 2017


Elementary Summer Scholarship Applications online

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 Kindergarten through 7th grade who wish to broaden their education, talents and experiences.

The 2017 applications are now available online and are due to your PTA/PTSA Elementary Scholarship Coordinator on the date determined by that individual. Click here to access the application page.


Nominating committee presents slate of nominees

The nominating committee met on Thursday, February 2, 2017, for the purpose of creating a slate of nominees to serve as officers of Schaumburg Township Council of PTA for the 2017-2018 term.

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

  • President:  Jim Sklena
  • First Vice President:  Jennifer Ratkovich
  • Vice President:  Shonda Dudlicek
  • Recording Secretary:  Michelle Pikscher
  • Corresponding Secretary:  Lisa Reck
  • Treasurer:  Alison Carlson 

Respectfully Submitted:

  • Lisa Reck (Chair) – Aldrin
  • Alison Carlson – Einstein
  • Jim Sklena – Eisenhower
  • Nicole Villafuerte – Frost
  • Kim Moore – Nerge
  • Andy DuRoss – Superintendent

High School Scholarship Applications available

Schaumburg Township Council of PTA offers scholarships for graduating seniors who attended a District 54 school.  STC awarded 11 $1,000 scholarships in 2016. There are three types of scholarships:

  • Junior College/Trade School/Vocational School Scholarships for seniors with a GPA of 2.85 or higher or a weighted GPA of 2.9 or higher (one scholarship available);
  • Four-Year College/University Scholarships for seniors with a GPA of 3.3 or higher or a weighted GPA of 3.6 or  (eight scholarships available); and
  • The Bonnie Greenberg Memorial Scholarship for a graduating senior with special education needs. The student need not be enrolled in special education classes, but must have a current IEP (one scholarship available).

Click below to access the applications.

Applications for the 2017 scholarship are due by 3 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2017. Candidates will be notified by April 15. An awards banquet to honor the students will be held May 10, 2017. Candidates have been notified. For more information, contact Nicole Villafuerte at (847) 975-0489 or

Nominations sought for 2017-18 PTA Council

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs (STC) is seeking nominations for the Executive Committee for the 2017-18 school year.  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 a STC executive board/president meeting within the last three years. The consent of each candidate must be obtained before they can be nominated. Please submit nominations to Lisa Reck ( by Monday, December 12.

PRESIDENT – Presides 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. Signs all legal documents, including contracts. Appoints members to special committees subject to approval of the executive board. Signs with the secretary all orders on the treasury of the council. Helps to extend PTA work into all parts of the council territory. Provides a monthly report to the District 54 Board of Education. Coordinates the work of the officers and committees in order that the Objects may be promoted. Submits the council plan of work and all circularized materials. Has completed the Illinois PTA President’s Course before election or within six (6) months of election. Serves on the District 54 Education Foundation Board as well as other duties that may be delegated or assigned.

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT – Assists President as needed. Performs duties of the president in the absence of that officer. Serves as chairman of the program committee and perform such other duties as may be delegated.

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT – Assists President as needed. Performs duties of the president in the absence of that officer and the first vice president. Serves as chairman of the legislation committee and performs such other duties as may be delegated.

RECORDING SECRETARY – Keeps accurate record in a permanent form of the minutes of all meetings of this council and the executive board. Signs all delegate credentials. Cosigns checks in the absence of the president or treasurer. Not on the audit committee. Performs such other duties as may be delegated.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY – Conducts the official correspondence of this council in triplicate, keeping one (1) copy on file, transmitting one (1) to the president and one (1) 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 performs such other duties as may be delegated.

TREASURER – Receives all monies of this organization and keeps an accurate record of receipts and expenditures. Places all monies in a depository approved by the executive board. Pays 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. Presents a written financial statement in triplicate at every meeting of the organization and at other times as requested by the executive board. Provides 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. Is responsible for completion and filing of appropriate forms as may be required by IRS no later than the date established by the regulations. Not a member of the audit committee. Completes the official Illinois PTA Finance training within six (6) months of election and closes the books annually by June 30.

Please complete the STC 2017-2018 Nomination Form and return it to any member of the nominating committee, listed below, by Dec. 12, 2016.

Spend the Cash

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs has $9,200 available for special projects, and it is looking for your ideas to Spend the Cash.

The funds are available because of a multi-year donation from Lifetouch (our school picture provider). Your idea for spending all or part of that cash must be a program or event that upholds the mission and values of PTA and benefits all of the School District 54 students.

Any PTA/PTSA member may submit an idea. To submit your idea, please complete this STC Spend The Cash Proposals Form and send it to your school’s PTA/PTSA president or directly to Schaumburg Township Council President Sue Budak ( Applications are due by December 7, 2016.

Last year, the Council implemented three projects from submitted ideas: grants of up to $200 per PTA/PTSA to support a cultural arts assembly open to the entire student body, grants of up to $200 per PTA/PTSA for the purchase of gym/recess equipment, and $1,000 for the purchase of Baggo games, a Karaoke machine, and sturdy transportation boxes to be added to our carnival games lending program.

Spend the Cash reimbursement forms can be found at

District 54 students advance to state in Reflections

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

2016 High School Scholarship Recipients

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs is proud to announce its 2016 scholarship recipients:

The Bonnie Greenberg Memorial Scholarship

  • Rebecca Fuentes (Fox/Addams/Schaumburg)

Two Year Junior College/Trade or Vocational School Scholarship

  • Celina Perez (Fox/Addams/Schaumburg)

Four Year College/University Scholarship

  • Ayesha Mohan (Hoover/Keller/Conant)
  • Rachel Fox (Dooley/Addams/Schaumburg)
  • Kelsey Davis (Aldrin/Frost/Schaumburg)
  • Melissa Wickland (Aldrin/Frost/Schaumburg)
  • Daniel Torres-Solache (Enders-Salk/Keller/Hoffman Estates)
  • Jack McCoy (Blackwell/Addams/Schaumburg)
  • Jessica D’Souza (Campanelli/Mead/Schaumburg)
  • Shriram Chennakesavalu (Campanelli/Mead/Conant)
  • Morgan Wessel (Stevenson/Mead/Conant)

Each student will be awarded a one-year, $1,000 scholarship at the annual STC Scholarship Recognition Dinner May 11 at Addams Junior High School.  The recipients are all seniors in high school who once attended a District 54 school.

Elementary Scholarships Announced

The STC Elementary Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the scholarships for summer enrichment camps and programs this year. The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs extends its congratulations to the 75 recipients and its best wishes to all of the 95 students who applied. The committee would like to thank the local unit Elementary Scholarship Coordinators at each of our schools who worked to make this program a success.

Name School Grade Camp
Alesandra C. Anne Fox 6 Robotics Using Lego NXT
Rayhan A. Armstrong 6 Camp Napowan
Alexia B. Armstrong 5 Girls Scouts – Make It, Take It
Nicholas P. Armstrong 4 Harper Coaches Basketball Camp
David P. Armstrong K Explorer’s 3 Day Camp
Nick S. Armstrong 6 Camp Napowan
Mason T. Armstrong 6 Napowan Adventure Camp
Dominic R. Blackwell 6 Camp Napowan
Kaden C. Campanelli 1 Roosevelt University Summer Reading
Lara D. Campanelli 3 Precious Angel Summer Camp
Neela G. Campanelli 6 Conservation Science Investigation-Brookfield Zoo
Riya J. Campanelli 6 Debate & Discourse-Current Events
Kelly M. Campanelli 3 The Big Dig
Monika N. Campanelli 6 Introduction to Manufacturing Camp
Gianna G. Collins 4 Piano Lessons
Sophia M. Collins K Lil Astronauts
Madeline M. Collins 1 Tumble Stars
Arden M. Collins 2 Video Game Animation
Cecilia S. Collins 4 Junior Golf
Zephyr Z. Collins 1 NWSRA Swim Lessons
Haley B. Dooley 1 Drama Camp
Mia H. Dooley 4 All About Fish
Miu S. Dooley 2 Frozen Claymation Camp
Ken S. Dooley 2 Chicago Bulls Half Day Camp
Ethan G. Einstein 2 Video Game Programming
Tallen P. Einstein 2 NWSRA Sunrise Camp
Tanvi S. Einstein 2 Video Game Programming
Valerie V. Einstein 3 Piano Lessons
Richard Y. Einstein 1 Summer STEM Academy
Matthew C. Eisenhower 7 Camp Napowan
Jessica F. Eisenhower 7 Girl Scout Camp Cadets Sampler
Giselle A. Ender-Salk 3 Science Camp
Emma J. Ender-Salk 4 Summer Basketball Skills Camp
Angela T. Ender-Salk 6 Theater amp
Rachel D. Fairview 5 Sister Act -Girl Scout Camp
Emily G. Fairview 2 Nature Pirates
Alexandra H. Fairview 4 Cookin’ Up History
Cady M. Fairview 1 Youth Tennis Camp
Fateh S. Fairview 2 Professional Soccer Academy
Alexander  W. Fairview 4 White Pines Ranch Camp
Amber S. Hanover Highlands 4 YMCA Camp MacLean
Morgan A. Hoover 3 Perfecta Farm Blue Ribbon Summer Camp
Skanda A. Hoover 1 Summer Kasper Program
William D. Hoover 1 Pre-Engineering Camp w/ LEGO We Do Robotics
Kayla P. Hoover K All Star Sports-Basketball Camp
Cadence T. Hoover 3 Heritage Farm-Victorian Finishing School
Aarohi V. Hoover 4 Adventure Day Camp
Nicholas D. Lakeview 6 Summer Basketball Skills Camp
Clara E. Lakeview 1 Girl Power Pre-Engineering w/ Lego Mini Camp
Michelle K. Lakeview K Girl Power Pre-Engineering w/ Lego Mini Camp
Nayda S. Lakeview 1 Explorer 3 Day Camp
Rikuto T. Lakeview 2 Bash ‘em Bots Using LEGO
Zoe C. Lincoln Prairie 4 Spotlight Youth Theater
Chiara D. Lincoln Prairie 3 Summer Dance Camp
Finn J. Lincoln Prairie K Brookfield Zoo Discovery Camp
Nicholas M. Lincoln Prairie 6 Lights, Camera, Action Movie Camp
Niko O. Lincoln Prairie 6 Drama Rama – Girl Scout
Saanji S. Lincoln Prairie 7 Young Architects – In Zone
Ayaan S. Lincoln Prairie 1 Robotics Using Lego WEDO
Teagan W. Lincoln Prairie 7 Program Aide Take the Lead
Ashlyn V. Link 2 Beginning/Intermediate Musical Theatre Camp
Troy J. MacArthur 3 Northwest Flag Football Camp
Brandon P. MacArthur 5 Summer STEM Academy
Gwendolynn R. MacArthur 2 Elite Soccer Summer Camp
Cristina W. MacArthur 4 Skyhawks Track & Field Camp
Isabel W. MacArthur K Summer STEM Academy
Zalen C. Mead 7 Camp Napowan
Robby S. Mead 7 Private Saxophone Lessons
Avery C. Nerge 3 Summer Art Camp
Cole H. Nerge 1 Skyhawks Beginning Golf Camp
Kyle P. Nerge 1 Summer Art Camp
Cole S. Nerge 3 Video Game Programming
Charlotte S. Nerge 5 Girl Scout Stay Up-Sleep-In Camp
Lillian S. Nerge 2 Setting The Stage – Guys & Dolls
Trevor F. Stevenson 5 A Matter of Chemistry – In Zone