District 29 PTO Monthly Matters! | October

October 11, 2021


 

President’s Welcome






Hi Everyone!

Our Movie in the Park was a huge success!! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the DJs, balloon artist, candy, popcorn, and the movie, Vivo. More than 100 people were in attendance, and several families have told me how much they enjoyed it, which is great to hear. Thank you to Chrissy Geraghty and Mekhala Middleton for running such a fun event for all District 29 families to enjoy!

The PTO has a lot planned for this year, including Coding at Middlefork, AM Rec at Sunset Ridge, Social Dance, Holiday Projects, and our Book Fair, and we’re able to provide these opportunities through our PTO Fund. This is why it is so important to pay your PTO dues if you have not done so already. It’s only $25 per family!


You may think, “Eh, we don’t plan on attending any of these great things Bridget has listed, why contribute?” Many of the enhancements at our schools have been made through contributions from the PTO that your child is currently using at school, including new books in classrooms, picnic tables, pedometers, music curriculum at Middlefork, a virtual reality bundle paired with the Fine Arts Program at Sunset Ridge, instruments, ninja fitness activity course, GoPro cameras, playground block sets, and a digital books fund. So, while you may feel like what the PTO does doesn’t affect you or your child, it really does.


You can view the long list of items that the PTO has funded on our website, under “What We Fund” (district29pto.org/what-we-fund/). This is where your money is going. Think about all you’re getting for just $25!


Head to MySchoolBucks.com now and help us continue to offer these great things to our kids!


And don’t forget – tomorrow we have our Regular Board Meeting on Zoom at 9am. Please pop in and join us if you can!


https://us06web.zoom.us/j/7359573302

Zoom ID: 735 957 3302


Thanks all,

Bridget Kennedy


 

District 29 PTO Monthly Matters! October 11, 2021President’s Welcome Hi Everyone! Our Movie in the Park was a huge success!! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the DJs, balloon artist, candy, popcorn, and the movie, Vivo. More than 100 people were in attendance, and several families have told me how much they enjoyed it, which is great to hear. Thank you to Chrissy Geraghty and Mekhala Middleton for running such a fun event for all District 29 families to enjoy! The PTO has a lot planned for this year, including Coding at Middlefork, AM Rec at Sunset Ridge, Social Dance, Holiday Projects, and our Book Fair, and we’re able to provide these opportunities through our PTO Fund. This is why it is so important to pay your PTO dues if you have not done so already. It’s only $25 per family! You may think, “Eh, we don’t plan on attending any of these great things Bridget has listed, why contribute?” Many of the enhancements at our schools have been made through contributions from the PTO that your child is currently using at school, including new books in classrooms, picnic tables, pedometers, music curriculum at Middlefork, a virtual reality bundle paired with the Fine Arts Program at Sunset Ridge, instruments, ninja fitness activity course, GoPro cameras, playground block sets, and a digital books fund. So, while you may feel like what the PTO does doesn’t affect you or your child, it really does. You can view the long list of items that the PTO has funded on our website, under “What We Fund” (district29pto.org/what-we-fund/). This is where your money is going. Think about all you’re getting for just $25! Head to MySchoolBucks.com now and help us continue to offer these great things to our kids! And don’t forget – tomorrow we have our Regular Board Meeting on Zoom at 9am. Please pop in and join us if you can! https://us06web.zoom.us/j/7359573302 Zoom ID: 735 957 3302 Thanks all, Bridget Kennedy


 

PTO Communications

Stay Informed/ Be Involved:


• We are continuing to work on the Directory and are now back to updating DirectorySpot to use as our solution moving forward. Be on the lookout for additional communication, as it will be ready to access soon. • The upcoming Parent Connections Meeting, a monthly meeting for parents with Dr. Stange to discuss relevant district initiatives, is Wednesday, October 20th at 9am via Zoom. The main topic will be Assessment in District 29. All District 29 parents are invited to attend.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83503539634

Meeting ID: 835 0353 9634

• Do you have a son who is interested in signing up for Cub or Boy Scouts? If so, please contact Mike Kennedy and Keith Day for Cub Scouts (grades 1st – 5th) at NorthfieldPack17@gmail.com, or Rob Knight for Boy Scouts (6th and up) at rknight3@gmail.com for more info.

• Likewise, do you have a daughter who is interested in Girl Scouts? Please contact Amy Manojlovski at amymano0728@gmail.com for more info.

• If you are interested in being added onto the sub list as a lunchroom volunteer, please contact Laura Hendricks for Middlefork at mflunchroommanager@district29pto.org, or Justine Fowler for Sunset Ridge at srslunchroommanager@district29pto.org.

• As a reminder, there is Early Dismissal on Friday, October 15th for a Teacher Institute Day. • No School on Tuesday, Oct. 19th, as Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held from 1-7pm. • For anyone who may need financial assistance with the events run at school, please contact your principal. • Don’t forget, the next PTO meeting is TOMORROW, October 12th at 9am via Zoom. All are welcome! https://us06web.zoom.us/j/7359573302

Meeting ID 735 957 3302


In Other Community News


News and Updates from Northfield Park District

Boo Bash

Join us for Halloween fun at Boo Bash on Friday, October 29th from 6:00 to 7:30PM. This year the event will be held outdoors at Clarkson Park. Get your costume ready and enjoy carnival games, a balloon artist, and a train ride around the park. This free event is for children ages 3 to 8 with an adult.

Go Green after Halloween and Compost your Pumpkins

Drop your pumpkins off in the dumpster located in the parking lot of the Community Center instead of throwing them in the garbage! Painted pumpkins are accepted, but remove any non-organic items such as candles, stickers, and other decorations. Pumpkin collection will be available from November 1-15. Sponsored by Go Green Northfield, the Village of Northfield, and the Northfield Park District.

General Registration Opens November 1st for the 2nd Session of Club Dolphin After School Care Program

After Care is available for Middlefork School students every day school is in session. The second session runs from January 3rd through June 7th. Spaces are extremely limited. See details on the Park District website and register online.


An Update from our Liaisons at the Family Action Network (FAN)

CREDIBLE: WHY WE DOUBT ACCUSERS AND PROTECT ABUSERS

Deborah Tuerkheimer

Author and professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Interviewer: Megan Twohey

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times

Thursday, October 7, 7–8 PM CST

The #MeToo movement touched off a massive reckoning and exposed how victims have been badly served by a system that is designed not to protect them, but instead to protect the status quo. Credibility lies at the heart of this system. In her landmark book, Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers, former

prosecutor, legal expert, and leading authority on sexual violence, Deborah Tuerkheimer reveals how we are all shaped by a set of false assumptions and hidden biases embedded in our culture, our legal system, and our psyches and offers a path forward to ensuring justice is truly served.


Tuerkheimer is a professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her law degree from Yale Law School. Tuerkheimer served for five years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where she specialized in domestic violence and child abuse prosecution.


Tuerkheimer will be in conversation with Megan Twohey (FAN ’19), a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and co-author, with Jodi Kantor, of the bestselling book She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement.

This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available later on our website and YouTube channel.

BONUS AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Credible from FAN’s partner bookseller, The Book Stall, are invited to attend an after-hours event hosted by Tuerkheimer that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


BABY, UNPLUGGED: ONE MOTHER’S SEARCH FOR BALANCE, REASON, AND SANITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Sophie Brickman

Writer, reporter, editor, and author of Baby Unplugged

Interviewer: Joy Hurd

Head of Lake Forest Country Day School

Tuesday, October 12, 7–8 PM CST


There seems to be an app or device for nearly every aspect of parenting today, from monitoring your baby and entertaining your toddler to connecting with other parents for tips, tricks, and socializing. It’s easy for parents to become overwhelmed with all the choices of which gadgets to use and when, but what if you didn’t have to? Well, for all the parents of preschoolers or younger, here’s the simple truth: with very few exceptions, technology for kids under the age of five is basically worthless. The same goes for parent targeted tech shilled out by Silicon Valley. If you want to raise a resilient, smart, successful human and minimize your parenting anxiety, shove your phone in the freezer and forget about it.


The mother of three young children, journalist Sophie Brickman interviewed experts, academics, doctors, and innovators for advice and insight about the effects of technology on child-rearing and parenting. In her first book, Baby, Unplugged: One Mother’s Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age, she weaves this in-depth research into a very personal, and often humorous, journey of becoming a parent alongside her tech-loving husband, offering an engaging and illuminating examination of our tech-saturated world.


Brickman is a writer, reporter, and editor who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, Saveur, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other outlets. A Harvard graduate, she lives in New York City with her husband and three young children.

Brickman will be in conversation with Joy Hurd, Head of School at Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, Illinois.


This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available later on our website and YouTube channel.

BONUS AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Baby, Unplugged from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an after-hours event hosted by Brickman and Hurd that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


MUSIC IS HISTORY: AN EVENING WITH QUESTLOVE

Questlove

Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots

Interviewer: Hanif Abdurraqib

Poet, essayist, and music critic

Thursday, October 14, 8–9 PM CST


In Music Is History, best-selling author and Sundance award-winning director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson harnesses his encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and his deep curiosity about history to examine America over the past fifty years. He observes, “I think of the America we live in as a series of songs.”


Music Is History focuses on the years 1971 to the present, not only the country’s most complex and rewarding half-century when it comes to the ways that pop culture and culturally diverse history intersect and interact, but also the years that overlap with Questlove’s own life. Music Is History moves fluidly from the personal to the political, examining events closely and critically, to unpeel and uncover previously unseen dimensions, and encouraging readers to do the same. Whether he is exploring how Black identity reshaped itself during the blaxploitation era, analyzing the assembly-line nature of disco and its hostility to Black genius, or remembering his own youth as a pop fan and what it taught him about America, Questlove finds the hidden connections in the American tapestry.


Drummer, DJ, producer, director, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots — Questlove is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this 5-time GRAMMY Award-winning musician’s indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released multiple books including the New York Times best-sellers Mo’ Meta Blues and Creative Quest, GRAMMY-nominated audio book Creative Quest, Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation, James Beard Award nominated somethingtofoodabout and, most recently, Mixtape Potluck.


Questlove will be in conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib, a New York Times best-selling poet, essayist, and cultural critic. Mr. Abdurraqib was recently named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His latest book, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, has been long-listed for the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is also the host of the Sonos podcast “Object of Sound.”


This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available later on our website and YouTube channel.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


BONUS BOOK GIVEAWAY! We are giving away copies of Music Is History to attendees selected at random! All details on the webinar registration page.


Future October Events:


October 21:

Unprotected: An Evening with Billy Porter

Billy Porter & Jamal Jordan


October 26:

Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions

Jeff Selingo & Adam Harris


October 28:

Three Girls From Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood Dawn Turner & Heidi Stevens


A Message from the Alliance for Early Childhood


Let’s Play! at the Farm

Saturday, November 13th

10:00AM – 12:00PM

Historic Wagner Farm

1510 Wagner Road, Glenview, IL


Join The Alliance for Early Childhood in partnership with Historic Wagner Farm for a morning of exploration at the farm. Families can explore the 1920’s historic Wagner farmhouse, build corn shocks, play on the new Farm Adventure Area playground, and visit the Heritage Center, which includes a 1930s recreated grocery store.


Registration is preferred but drop-in attendees are welcome. Please visit www.theallianceforec.org a month prior to the event to register. All ages are welcome.


Parking is located on the east side of Wagner Road (across from the farmhouse). Additional parking is available in the Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church parking lot on just south of the Historic Wagner Farm parking lot.


PTO Shout Outs & Thank Yous


Fall Event Chairs Chrissy Geraghty and Mekhala Middleton for running a fantastic Movie in the Park! Everyone had a GREAT TIME! From the DJ, to the balloon guy, to the movie, it was executed beautifully, and I appreciated that you guys rolled with the weather. This may be a new PTO tradition!


Picture Day Chairs Seong McGarry, Abby Hurwitz, Soo Moon, Liz Juedes, and Kelly Caruso for getting all our kids to smile for the camera and look great! Picture Day went on without a hitch – thank you!

Bike Safety Week Chairs Soo Moon and Abby Hurwitz for helping to run this program at Middlefork. Traditionally, 3rd grade Bike Safety Week runs in the spring, but you guys were great to roll with the change of moving it up to the fall, and gather extra volunteers as needed. Can’t wait to see the 3rd graders riding around town!


Website Coordinator Brent Payne and his company, Loud Interactive, for helping us with an updated website!! This took a lot of work in their free time, and the new platform is great. Please check out the updated site at district29pto.org, and let us know what we can do to make it better for everyone to use! Thank you, Brent!

As always, thank you to Communications and Directory Chair Sara Thompson for all her work on this newsletter and directory. We did a pivot with the directory, and eventually went back, and I appreciate you rolling with it all – thank you!!


Coming Soon - At a Glance:

October 11: Return to School Task Force Meeting 3:30pm – 4:45pm October 12: PTO Meeting 9am October 12: Board of Education Meeting 7pm October 13: MAP Parent Info Meeting 7pm October 15: Early Dismissal – Teacher Institute Day October 19: No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences October 20: Parent Connections Meeting 9am November 9: PTO Meeting 9am November 15: Return to School Task Force Meeting 3:45pm – 5pm November 16: Parent Connections Meeting 9am November 16: Board of Education Meeting 7pm All Zoom links can be found on the D29 Calendar: District 29 Calendar


How to Help

Community involvement is instrumental in making the PTO a success. Please consider volunteering your time!

As a reminder, the PTO is able to provide its services based on the dues/fees that we collect at the start of the year. Please remember to pay your dues on MySchoolBucks.com:

$25 per FAMILY Annual Dues $25 per CHILD Classroom Fees

For anyone who may need financial assistance with the events run at school, please contact your principal.

Questions about the PTO? Contact Bridget Kennedy at president@district29pto.org. ALL are welcome at our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 12th at 9:00 am via Zoom.



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