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PTO Monthly Matters - March 2024





Monday, March 4, 2024


Dear District 29,


When you hear “the PTO”, whom do you think of?  Likely it is the volunteers you may know of or see around that are working to plan and run the various PTO programs.  But guess what?  ALL parents and guardians of children in attendance at District 29 are part of the PTO!!  


Interested in being on the PTO Board (that’s the planning and running part)?  Read on for more info from our Nominating Chair on how to get involved.


And of course, many of these programs happen thanks to the generous donations from district families.  Did you receive my fundraising letter in the mail?  Donations in any amount are GREATLY appreciated and can be made here on MySchoolBucks.  


Come and hear what your PTO is up to, as well as community and school district news.  The next PTO meeting is on March 11th at 9:00AM via Zoom  - Zoom Link and Schedule.  


Thank you!


Sandy Norbot




PTO Board Slate for 2024-2025 School Year

We are still looking to fill some positions for the PTO Board for the 2024/2025 school year.  Please reach out to PTO Nominating Chair, Christie Caceres, at or 773-550-5111 with any questions or to express an interest.

District 29 100 Year Anniversary Committee

Did you see in the Feb 16th Friday News the plans for District 29’s 100 Year Anniversary on April 12th? What an exciting and momentous occasion! The PTO will have a committee chaired by Jeanine Fragale-Rashkow to help with the commemorative piece of the celebration. Email if you are interested in helping out.

Civics In Action (CIA)

The Ruler Reps will continue their emotion word puppet shows at Middlefork; 2nd and 3rd grade are up next!


Are you in the PTO Directory, DirectorySpot? If not, you could be missing out on communications from room parents or from other district parents who simply want to get in touch. Email Directory Chair Catherine Lucas at to have your record added.





A Message from the Northfield Park District


EGGSTRAVAGANZA Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 16th at 10:30-11AM

Bring your basket and join us at Clarkson Park on Saturday, March 16th for the annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt. Take a picture with the bunny at the gazebo from 10:30-11AM. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 11AM and is divided into age groups. Free event for ages 2-8.


Camp Early Bird Registration Ends March 31st

Camp calendars will be available soon. Check out the various activities, then take advantage of our camps’ flexibility and choose the specific days that work best for your family!


SPRING CLASSES start the week of April 8th

Sports, IBA Baseball, STEAM, Cooking, Yoga, Art & more! RoboThink Battle Robots is back by popular demand. New – New Trier Aquatics Pre-Competitive Swim Classes (details)!

See the class schedule and descriptions.


Winnetka Beach Passes Available at Resident Rates

Northfield Park District residents get Winnetka resident rates when purchasing beach passes. Passes must be purchased in person at the Winnetka Park District administrative office, 540 Hibbard Road in Winnetka. Proof of Northfield residence (photo ID or utility bill) may be required. Learn more…





8th Grade chairs Jessica Adams, Karen Halverson, Erica Marinello, and Shiva Seth for providing many of the elements for a memorable year for our 8th graders.   The “Let’s GLOW Crazy” themed winter dance was a success and fun was had by all thanks to their creativity, planning, and dedication.  


Conference Meal chairs Ema Dzaka-Dizdarevic, Nicole McLachlan, Dan Friedman, and Erica Marinello for providing a delicious spread for the District 29 staff during February parent/teacher conferences.  Their efforts were another way for us to show just how much we appreciate our teachers!


Author Visit chairs Maria Mastroianni and Tricia Gainsberg for working with the Middlefork and Sunset Ridge librarians to research and schedule some exciting upcoming author visits and events!  


Directory Chair Catherine Lucas for keeping the PTO directory up to date with additional records all year long.  Thanks to her, parents can contact each other for room parent news, play dates, carpooling, the list goes on!




Important Dates

March 11:  PTO Meeting 9AM

March 12:  Board of Education Meeting 7PM

March 22:  Early Dismissal – School Improvement Day

March 25-29:  No School – Spring Break

April 8:  PTO Meeting 7PM

April 9:  Board of Education Meeting 7PM

April 26:  Early Dismissal – School Improvement Day

All Zoom links can be found on the District 29 Calendar.


How to Help

Community involvement is instrumental in making the PTO a success. Please consider volunteering your time! Contact Sandy Norbot at to get involved or with any questions.


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