Week of September 18th

September 18, 2020

Upcoming Dates:

  • September 19–School Supply and Yearbook pickup, 2 to 4 pm, behind school
  • September 21 @ 6pm—registration closes for D65 Fall Enrichments
  • September 22–4th/5th Co-Ed Flag Football registration ends
  • September 22 @ 7pm—Orrington Community Night
  • September 28–NO SCHOOL
  • September 30–Deadline for PTA Membership Choices


NEW! Check in with the PTA!

The current school year presents unique challenges for all of us.  The PTA would like to hear from all parents/guardians/caregivers to better understand how we might best support our Orrington community in 2020-21.  Please fill out this survey to help us make important decisions about what programming we should prioritize this year.

Since we are unable to meet in person, the Orrington PTA Welcome Packet introduces you to the current Executive Board with photos. In the packet you will also find an overview of some of the basic goals, functions and activities of the PTA.  It's here as a Quick Link, too.


 membership update

Our PTA membership drive has begun!  We’re making it easy this year, because 2020 is hard enough.  Orrington PTA needs your participation and voices, now more than ever, so membership is automatic for all parents/guardians/caregivers for the 2020-21 school year.  Our PTA pays a registration fee ($4.50 per adult member) to the Illinois and National PTA organizations which provide education, advocacy and non-profit administrative support.  The Orrington PTA will pay these membership dues for all members. Please click HERE if you would like to make a donation to cover some of these costs.

What are the benefits to being a member?  While everyone is encouraged to attend PTA meetings and PTA sponsored activities, PTA members can vote on budgets and other matters of importance and help guide the direction of the PTA’s efforts and programming. Orrington PTA, through the work of volunteers and the donation of funds, supports many great programs that make our school a special place.  Click HERE to learn more about what we accomplish together. 

In order to satisfy IL PTA regulations, the Orrington PTA is required to record all members in memberhub (a web based database).  We don’t share emails or phone numbers--just names.
    •    If you would like to be registered anonymously, please complete this form by September 30, 2020, and we will anonymize your membership.  

    •    If, for whatever reason, you do NOT want to be a PTA member please OPT OUT by September 30, 2020 by completing this form.

book nook on the porch!

The Book Bins in front of school are getting re-sorted this weekend.  Please come take a look for books to read--there are books across every reading/interest level!  Many Orrington teachers are helping get books into the hands of students across our school community--if you donate books your children are no longer reading, another Orrington student can enjoy them! Please leave donated books in the “To Be Sorted” bins.  Let’s keep the spirit of Book Nook going even though we’re not together!


last chance for fall clubs! Registration ends 9/21

There are still openings left in virtual enrichments for this Fall, but TIME IS RUNNING OUT!  Check out the before/after school clubs, including many of the usual Orrington vendors plus some exciting new ones, that are now offered through Evanston/Skokie School District 65

Choices include some FREE favorites such as the options through Girls Play Sports, YWCA,and Ridgeville, and paid clubs, including your favorite sports, martial arts, DIME, arts, Mudlark, STEM, Hebrew Club, Spanish clubs and MORE

Please note that the 8am - 8:45am slot is only for elementary schools; 3pm - 3:45pm is only for MAGNET schools; 4pm - 4:45pm and 5pm - 5:45pm is open for all. 

If you are in need of a scholarship please fill out this request form

Please reach out to D65Enrichments@gmail.com if you have additional questions.


new directory (still) coming soon!

Looking to connect with some of the faces you now see only on Zoom?  Orrington will be using a new directory platform--AtoZ Connect--in 2020-21, the same one utilized by all the elementary schools feeding into Haven Middle School. 


co-ed flag football update -- registration closing soon!

Orrington 4th and 5th grade students will still have opportunities to play co-ed flag football this year in an Evanston Park District league. There will be 6 teams at each grade level across the district, with a maximum of 20 students per team; all games will be intra-team ONLY.  Students may register individually.  If a group of players want to register for the same team, please sign up individually for the same team.  Please email info@orringtonpta.org if you have any questions. Get the packet here: here


Get Involved!

Orrington PTA is entirely made up of volunteers and we are always looking for more!  Whether you have an hour a week, an hour a month, or an hour a year, your help is much appreciated. 

We have an exciting NEW volunteer role this year: Community Connector.  The Community Connectors are replacing the role of room parents and will embrace the diversity and richness of the Orrington community.  The Community Connectors will work together in a grade-level team to make connections, support teachers, build community and unite families and students.  If you are interested in volunteering for this role (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 20-21 school year will be like no other and we need volunteers more than ever to help us build community during this uncertain time.