• PTA News & Updates

    May 7, 2021


    Upcoming Dates:

    May 12:  Virtual Talent Show submissions DUE

    May 18:  Orrington PTA Meeting

    May 21:  Stand Against Racism (rain date 5/25)

    May 28:  5th Grade Student Celebration

    May 31:  Memorial Day--NO SCHOOL

    June 2:  Last Day of School


    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. 


    pta fundraising update

    fundraising goal

    We have a huge goal at Orrington--$43,000 by June 1st.  Our Read-a-Thon raised $13,000 in March, so that leaves $30,000 to raise.  Our goal is big because we have proven in the past that generously giving to the PTA in our community is a cause we embrace at Orrington.  Our goal is big because the need is big, and the moment to embrace a new understanding of what makes our community is NOW. 

    Evanston is one of the first cities in the country to move to an equity-focused model for its PTA fundraising and all eyes are watching to see if we can be successful.  At Orrington we voted overwhelmingly to support PEP One Fund and this process.  Any and every gift, of any size, shows that we really embrace that support.  So please give, and give generously.  Your gift will ensure the success of One Fund in its inaugural year and help the Orrington PTA continue the important work of making our school a welcoming and supportive environment for all our students.

    To make a donation, checks can be sent to Orrington Elementary PTA at 2636 Orrington Avenue, Zelle/QuickPay payments can be sent to info@orringtonpta.org (please note One Fund in the memo for both) and credit card payments can be made at https://orrington-pta.square.site/. 


    thank you, teachers and staff!

    Many thanks to all the families who generously contributed to the celebration of our awesome Orrington teachers and staff.  The teacher’s lounge is filled with abundant snacks and drinks, and will keep Orrington sustained for a while! 

    Teachers and staff enjoyed lunch from Tomate Fresh, smoothies from 4 Suns Fresh Juice, and coffee and donuts from DB3, all provided by the PTA.  Each teacher and staff member received a nice Target gift card thanks to families choosing to fund a communal, rather than individual, gift.

    Please take a look at the Kudo Board  “Thank You” card put together for Orrington teachers and staff by students and families. 


    orrington community equity project listening sessions continue

    Now that the listening sessions with families of color have been completed, Corey Winchester is inviting White families to share their experiences, in an affinity of their own, as part of the Orrington Community Equity Project.


    This is a community project, and your input is necessary! If you identify as a White family, please sign up to attend the session that best aligns with your schedule. We will be discussing your thoughts around Orrington's school climate, sense of inclusivity and belonging, academic success and community needs. Once you’ve signed up, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the appropriate time.

    Session Offerings:

    Session #3: Saturday, May 8th at 10:30AM-11:30AM

    Session #4: Saturday, May 15th at 11AM-12PM

    If you have any questions about the sessions, please connect with Corey Winchester: howld.llc@gmail.com



    last week for virtual talent show registration!

    virtual talent show poster

    You have ONE MORE WEEK to submit your act!  Please click HERE for how to sign up. Remember each act can be no more than 60 seconds (even if it’s a group!), and children may perform in one act.  

    Video submissions are due no later than Thursday, May 12.  A final production will be posted on the PTA YouTube Channel at the end of May.  We can't wait to see our students SHINE!  Please contact Kate Knox at lindley00@gmail.com or 773-454-2748 if you have questions about how to submit.


    orrington students to stand against racism

    What: Orrington will be holding a silent protest on Ridge Avenue to stand against racism. 

    When: MAY 21st  (Rain Date: May 25th)

    Times: 10:30-11 for AM students / 2:30-3:00 for PM students

    Why: Raise awareness about racism, raise money and donate to PEP (PTA Equity Project), and learn about Asian-American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) leaders to honor AAPI month.

    Preparing for the Protest: The week of MAY 17th students circle time will be spent understanding racism, PEP, and Asian-American and Pacific Islander  heroes.  Copies of these slides will be sent out prior to this week. 

    Want to get involved?  Here are a few ways…

    1. Support our community.  Donate to PEP. 
    2. Talk to your child about being an anti-racist. Here’s a resource from PBS Kids. 
    3. Send in (new or recycled) materials for signs.  

    Covid-19 social distancing guidelines and precautions will be followed.


    Special education parent advisory council

    Please see the attached document available in ENGLISH and SPANISH for an important message about a new D65 group for families of students with disabilities. 


    orrington's directory updated with new class assignments!

    Have you been wondering how to connect to other Orrington Families and are navigating a new class of students?  Our school-wide directory, AtoZ Connect, has been updated with the current classroom information.  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!  

    Questions or concerns about the directory?  Please contact Sonia Kinra at orringtonelementarydirectory@gmail.com


    calling all minecraft and among us players!

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




    still (always) seeking volunteers!

    We are still looking for some fun-loving caregivers who would like to be Community Connectors

    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.