District 29 PTO Monthly Matters: January 2022

President’s Welcome

Welcome Back All!

I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing break, and a Happy New Year.

I wanted to take a minute and welcome all the new families that have joined us in District 29 over winter break! Sunset Ridge gained four new students, while Middlefork gained two. If you are a new family, the PTO would like to connect you with a Welcomer Family, which is a family that has been in the district and can help answer any questions you have. We’re still planning to host the New Families Ice Cream Social at Clarkson Park this spring, which will be a great way to meet new families and friends, so keep an eye out for communications from the PTO about connecting with a family if you are new.

The PTO is still searching for people to lend a hand and help run Fundraising for the 2023 Winter Benefit. Currently, the dynamic duo of Devon Pearce and Ange Oliver will be running the event (whoop, whoop!!), so we just need a person to two to help organize the fundraising side of things. The more people who pitch in, the easier this will be to run. If you have experience with fundraising or gathering auction items, or you just want to hang with super cool and fun people like Devon and Ange, then please reach out to me and we’ll get you rolling!

Outside of the Winter Benefit, the PTO has more in store for the rest of this school year. We have new author visits coming up, AM Rec is running, the Book Fair is to run in the spring, and a Family End of Year Event in June. There will be lots of opportunities to volunteer if you would like to get involved with various events going on in the upcoming months.

Our first regular board meeting of the 2022 year is tomorrow, and we’d love to have you all join us. For those who haven’t been to a meeting, that’s no problem. You just sign in to Zoom, sip your coffee, and get updates on the PTO, the schools, the district, and the community. You can wear your pjs! You can be all business on top, pjs on the bottom! You can wear no pjs – but seriously, wear something, or it will just get weird.

Join us, won’t you? Zoom in tomorrow at 9am. ALL are welcome!


Zoom ID: 735 957 3302

Take care,

Bridget Kennedy

PTO Communications

Stay Informed/ Be Involved:

• Don’t forget, the next PTO meeting is TOMORROW, Jan.11th at 9am via Zoom. All are welcome! https://us06web.zoom.us/j/7359573302

Meeting ID: 735 957 3302

• No School on Monday, Jan. 17th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

• The upcoming Parent Connections Meeting, a monthly meeting for parents with Dr. Stange to discuss relevant district initiatives, is Tuesday, Jan. 18th at 9am via Zoom. The main topic will be an update on Strategic Planning.


Meeting ID: 826 8890 8455

• Kindergarten Registration for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year is Wednesday, Jan. 26th 3:30pm – 6:30pm at Middlefork School.

• 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.

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

In Other Community News

News and Updates from Northfield Park District

Clarkson Park Outdoor Ice Rink

The Clarkson Park seasonal ice rink is now open! Check the Park District’s website and Facebook page to see if the ice rink is open or the flag outside Clarkson Lodge (green flag if open/red flag if closed). Please stay off the ice if the rink is closed so that the ice won’t be damaged.

Winter Classes for ages 3 through 3rd Grade Begin the Week of January 10th

Register online now! See the class schedule and class descriptions in the digital winter guide.

Sign Up for the Daddy/Daughter Dance

Create memories at this special event on Friday, February 11 from 6:15-8:30PM at Sunset Ridge Country Club. Early bird online registration ends on 1/31/21. Registrations received after this date will be assessed a 20% price increase. Space is limited. Ages 4+. $100/couple; $40 each additional child. Per the latest CCDPH Covid guidance, all persons 19 years and older must be fully vaccinated and verify with the Park District.

Summer Camp

Look for the digital camp guide available at northfieldparks.org and get a jump on summer! The Northfield Park District offers flexible camp options for ages 3 years old through 8th grade. Register for camp by the day for the schedule that best fits your needs! Camp runs from June 13 through August 12, 2022. The Counselor in Training (CIT) program is open to those entering 6th through 10th grade.

Resident registration starts January 17; non-resident registration opens February 7. Take advantage of early bird pricing through March 31 and save 10%. Some camps may fill early due to the popularity of our camps.

Keep Healthy during the Winter at the Northfield Fitness Center

Stay fit with workouts at the Northfield Fitness Center. Members and non-members are welcome at our friendly, convenient facility located inside the Northfield Community Center. A variety of memberships are available at great rates, or you can pay per time.

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

Join us at the upcoming FAN events:


Ayelet Fishbach, Ph.D.

Interviewed by Wendy Wood, Ph.D.

Tuesday, January 18, 7–8 PM CST

In her new book Get It Done: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation, Ayelet Fishbach, Ph.D., the Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, takes on the questions: What happens when the person you most want to influence is yourself? How do you know where to start? How do you carry on in the face of roadblocks and distractions? How do you decide which tasks and ambitions to prioritize?

Fishbach will be in conversation with Wendy Wood, Ph.D., Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California and author of Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes that Stick.


Interviewed by Lolly Bowean

Thursday, January 20, 7–8 PM CST

In Letters to the Sons of Society: A Father's Invitation to Love, Honesty, and Freedom, Shaka Senghor traces his journey as a Black man in America. He issues a passionate call to all fathers and sons to cultivate positive relationships with other men, seek healing, tend to mental health, grow from pain, and rewrite the story that has been told about them. Senghor is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and the New York Times best-selling author of Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison. Senghor will be in conversation with Lolly Bowean, a writer, award-winning journalist, and community storyteller.

Please visit FAN to register and find more details on these events

A Message from the Alliance for Early Childhood

Join us at the upcoming Alliance event:


Part of The Alliance for Early Childhood's 21-22 Virtual Parent Series, Making Sense of Kids: What Kids Need Most from Adults

Wednesday, January 19, 7–8PM CST

While it is within every human's capacity to be resilient and resourceful, this potential is not always realized for everyone. Raising children who can face adversity with confidence and find creative solutions to challenges has never been more important. Adults play a key role in cultivating the roots of resilience that will have lasting effects on their capacity to endure and find a way through difficult experiences. Facilitated by Deborah MacNamara, PhD. Dr. Deborah MacNamara is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute, author of the best-selling book Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), and the Director of Kid’s Best Bet Counselling and Family Resource Centre.

Parents Register Here Virtual Program via Zoom- a link will be shared once registration is confirmed.

PTO Shout Outs & Thank Yous

Thanks again to everyone helping to sub in for the lunchrooms at both schools as we get back into the swing of things, and to Laura Hendricks and Justine Fowler for running the schedules. It takes a village, and it helps a ton when people respond quickly to the “I need a sub” email. Thanks everyone!

Coming Soon - At a Glance:

January 11: PTO Meeting 9am

January 11: Board of Education Meeting 7pm January 17: No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18: Parent Connections Meeting 9am

January 26: Kindergarten Registration 2022-2023

February 8: PTO Meeting 9am

February 15: Parent Connections Meeting 9am

February 15: Board of Education Meeting 7pm

February 17-18: No School – Parent/Teacher Conf.

February 21: No School – President’s Day 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!

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, January 11th at 9:00 am via Zoom.

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