Week of September 25th 2020

PTA News & Updates

September 25, 2020

Upcoming Dates:

September 28–NO SCHOOL

September 30–Deadline for PTA Membership Choices

October 2–Deadline for PTA Community Needs Survey


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 - Make your choice by 9/30

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.

new boxes of stories across evanston

The Book Nook Bins in front of school are getting re-named as “Boxes of Stories”— we are joining the effort of all D65 PTAs to increase the number and variety of books available to families all over Evanston during 2020-21.  The Orrington bins will be added to a map of book bins (coming soon!) located all over town and open to all D65 students.  Some of our many bins are moving to Fleetwood-Jourdain Center (1655 Foster St).  Please come take a look at Orrington or Fleetwood for books to read--there are books across every reading/interest level!  We are always accepting donations—if you have books your children are no longer reading, please donate them so another D65 student can enjoy them! Please leave donated books in the “To Be Sorted” bins. 

If you would like to host a bin of books in your yard or volunteer to help in any way, please fill out the survey HERE


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. We are in the process of entering the data shared with us through D65.  Look for an email from AtoZ Connect asking you to verify the information you previously provided the district.


new option for fall clubs! register today!

There is a new music offering from Evanston Young Artists (starting 10/1)  and still many openings in virtual enrichments that have already begun for Fall.  Check out what’s still available in before/after school clubs at Evanston/Skokie District 65 . 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: https://bit.ly/D65scholarship. Late enrollments may be pro-rated—please reach out to D65Enrichments@gmail.com to inquire, and with any additional questions.


new! learn about ESCCA changes in 2020-2021

ESCCA (Evanston School Children's Clothing Association) is an organization that makes clothing available to all K-8th grade children of Evanston/Skokie District 65 Schools.  Each year it provides clothing and shoes to 650-700 children.  Every child receives a full wardrobe of clothing, mostly gently-used items, and also new gym shoes, boots, underwear and jeans.  Please notify Ms. Robinson, our school health clerk (847-859-8780), if you wish to receive assistance from ESCCA.


The clothing center is located at 1500 McDaniel Avenue in the District 65 Administrative Building / Joseph E. Hill Center (www.escca.org).  There is a 24-hour drop-off bin for donations outside on the west side of the building.  We are not accepting clothing donations at Orrington, inside the lobby or on the porch, at this time. Under normal circumstances, families are scheduled to come to the center in the evening and volunteers help the children select clothing.  ESCCA is doing everything we can to prepare to safely serve D65 families in need this year. We are moving to a model where volunteers will select appropriate clothing for students, and families will be able to come to pick it up.

Please see the donation guidelines HERE for what donations we can accept as space and volunteer time are limited.  If you have any questions, please contact Orrington ESCCA co-chairs Alli Hackney (allihackney@gmail.com ) or Tracy Cassidy (tracy.wasserman@gmail.com).


Get Involved!

Orrington PTA is entirely made up of volunteers and we are always looking for more!  We’d like to thank some of our more recent additions—Alina Valle is our new EB/International Family Coordinator and Laura Graham is our New Family Coordinator. 

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.  Each grade-level group will organize at least one (virtual) community-building event this year. We have a few new Community Connector volunteers already—thank you Jane Hennessey (2nd) and Melissa Foster-Boresi (3rd)!

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.