• PTA News & Updates

    February 19, 2021


    Upcoming Dates:


    February 21-March 7:  Read-a-Thon

    February 23:  Orrington Literacy Night:  6:30-7:30pm

    March 18:  PTA Meeting:  7 PM


    All PTA information, including past and current newsletters, can be found on our our website.  Please check out the Orrington PTA Welcome Packet to meet the Exec Board and to learn more about the basic goals, functions and activities of the PTA. 


    orrington READ-a-thon Starts sunday february 21st!

    Orrington students, get ready to READ!  Students received a paper copy of all the Read-a-Thon forms from their teacher today, plus an EAGLE READER KEYCHAIN to hang prizes on.  (Students not attending in-person can pick up theirs on the school porch, at Fleetwood-Jourdain, or we will deliver—look for the email from Dr. Plaza)

    We are reading for the love of it, and we hope everyone participates!  Our primary goal is to have a fun reading challenge that we can all do together.  Our secondary goal is to raise PTA funds that will go to support enrichment and community-building  opportunities for ALL students in ALL schools across our District 65 community, including Orrington.  We are all in this together now, and we are excited to embrace the challenge and the opportunity.

    The book bins in front of school are stocked with books just waiting to be read.  A new load of books just went to Fleetwood-Jourdain.  We will be raffling off books to students who log on to Orrington’s first virtual Literacy Night on 2/23, and we will be having fun raffles during the Read-a-Thon.  Eagles, let’s do this!  Get ready!  Get set!  Get READING!

    Don’t forget to check backpacks for the printed forms and KEYCHAIN!  Here are links for the the instructions, minute-tracking form and donation-tracking form in case you need them again.


    please join the PTA nominating committee

    The PTA nominating committee helps find people to fill roles on the PTA Executive Board.  Anyone can participate!  If you think you might want to fill one of these roles yourself, this is a great way to learn more about the open positions.  We are always excited to have new volunteers join this process!  Please email info@orringtonpta.org if you’re interested in helping.


    orrington alum heather mcghee wows on FAN!

    Heather McGhee, a graduate of Orrington and Haven, spoke with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren at Wednesday evening’s Family Action Network presentation.  Her new book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together” explores the economic, moral and spiritual impact that racism has on communities of color AND white people.  If you missed the presentation, here is the video link of her conversation with Senator Warren.

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    camp pajama at EAC - A night out for kids, a night off for the grown-ups

    Enjoy a kid-free Friday night, and support the arts! Kids are invited to put on their PJ’s and head to the Evanston Art Center to create a variety of artistic media, such as collage, painting, and sculpture that will inspire imagination. BYOS (Bring Your Own Stuffie).  Camps for kids ages 4-14!

    •       In-person camp (w/ reduced capacity) following Restore IL guidelines.
    •       Face masks required throughout the duration of camp.
    •       Includes COVID-19 cleaning fee and all art supplies.

    Camps are offered on Fridays—2/26, 3/26, and 4/30–from 6-8pm.  Register for one night or all three!  For more information, click here.


    calling all minecraft and among us players!

    Minecraft Among Us Looking for ways to keep your child connected to Orrington friends after school? The PTA has set up Minecraft servers and has many other suggestions on how to set up virtual playdates.   Click HERE for some ideas for virtual gatherings AND for information about our NEW Minecraft servers just for the Orrington Community!  

    Please email iinfo@orringtonpta.org or use this form if you have additional virtual community building ideas you would like to share with our community.



    orrington's directory needs you!

    Have you been wondering how to connect to other Orrington Families?  There is a schoolwide directory sponsored by the Orrington PTA at AtoZ Connect. You can search for other families by classroom!  Just select the teacher and then see family contact information for all students in the classroom.  If you have not registered please visit AtoZ Connect to sign up using whatever information you are comfortable sharing--it’s never too late to get connected!


    still (always) seeking volunteers!

    We are still looking for some fun-loving caregivers who would like to be Community Connectors for first grade, fourth grade and fifth grade!

    If you are interested in volunteering as a Community Connector (or in any capacity) please enter your information HERE and someone will reach out to discuss this or other current open PTA POSITIONS you have interest in.  The 2020-21 school year will be like no other and we need volunteers more than ever to help us build community during this uncertain time.