Upcoming Event

February 1: STC Meeting at 9 a.m. in the District 54 Board Room

February 10: Auction commitment forms due

February 15: Deadline for the following Illinois PTA Awards – Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Principal of the Year and Outstanding Youth Service Leader Award

February 17: Auction donation drop-off from 9 a.m. to noon at the District 54 warehouse

February 23: Bylaws II Workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Dryden School in Arlington Heights

March 1 – Deadline for the following Illinois PTA Awards – Local PTA Unit Leadership Award, the Membership Growth Award, the Membership Retention Award and the Community Membership Award

March 10: STC Auction at 5:30 p.m. at the Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates

March 15: Deadline for the Advocacy in Action Award

April 7-8: Illinois PTA Convention in Lisle


Winter Trainings

The Northwest Cook Region Winter Training Schedule is listed below. All courses run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Click here to register here or email Walk-ins are welcome but materials are only guaranteed for those that preregister.

January 10, 2017  – Bylaws I Training
South Middle School, 400 S. Highland Ave. in Arlington Heights
This workshop covers what bylaws are and what needs to be considered in updating them for your PTA and how to handle the process. Questions are welcome. The goal is to make a seemingly overwhelming task an easy task and process to go through. Bylaws are required to be reviewed and updated every two years.

January 10, 2017 – Nominating Committee Workshop
South Middle School, 400 S. Highland Ave. in Arlington Heights
This course explains the election of the nominating committee, the function of the nominating committee and provides the process and timeline needed to select quality candidates for your PTA. At least one person from your nominating committee should attend.

February 23, 2017 – Bylaws II
Dryden School, 722 S. Dryden Place in Arlington Heights
This is an interactive workshop in a computer lab that will allow onsite answers to last minute questions before approval by the director. Bring your last approved bylaws or desired changes on a jump drive to update the bylaws template. Time permitting, completed bylaws may be printed and approved onsite. Come prepared to create your final bylaws.

Northwest Cook Fall Trainings

All courses will be held from 7-9 p.m. at South Middle School, 400 S Highland Ave. in Arlington Heights.

Sept 12 – 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).

Sept 12 – Reflections
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.

Sept 14 – Presidents’ 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.

Sept 20 – 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.

Sept 22 – Money Matter 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.

Sept 22 – 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.