Week of October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020


Upcoming Dates:

October 15 - Orrington Community-Building Brainstorm @ 7pm tonight!

October 16 - NO SCHOOL

        ABC Virtual Kickback @ 6:45pm

October 18 - Chalk the Walk @ JEH 

October 21 -  Community Town Hall on PEP One Fund Initiative @ 7-8:30pm

October 31 - Deadline for Joining AtoZ Directory

November 18 - Orrington PTA Meeting—membership vote on One Fund


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.  

community building brainstorm Thursday october 15 @ 7p

Based on the responses to the PTA Survey, the Community Building Committee is hosting an open zoom to talk about ideas to bring our community the support it is looking for tonight, Thursday, 10/15, @ 7pm.  All are welcome to attend and meet the committee members who will be behind  these efforts, as we seek to connect and help each other through this year.  Please join us if you can!

Zoom information: 7pm on Thursday, 10/15


Meeting ID: 845 9403 5818

Passcode: 211992


new!!! Join the ABC virtual kickback on 10/16!

Attention: ABC Families -  Please attend our information virtual kickback on October 16th, 6:45pm. We'll tell you about our mission and plans for this school year--- and you can tell us a little about you and your family. But most importantly, make sure to wear your favorite t-shirt!

Where: Zoom

Join link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88175029727

African-American, Black, & Caribbean (ABC) Family Group of D65 is designed to create community and a safe space where parents and guardians of ABC children can come together to discuss policy, influence change, and learn about the initiatives in D65.


new!!! Chalk the Walk and Sign Making @ JEH on 10/18!

King Arts PTA is hosting a gathering to show community support for D65 leadership.  Many racists around the country--and some locally--harass, threaten, and demean Dr. Horton and district leadership because of their brave and explicit commitment to racial equity. 

Many community groups organized by NAACP have gone on record supporting D65, and this is an opportunity for parents/guardians/caregivers to express our support this Sunday from 2-4pm at the D65 building at 1500 McDaniel.  King Arts PTA  will provide sidewalk chalk and yard sign materials, and they encourage you to bring your supplies, too. 

King Arts PTA has gotten the green light from D65 to chalk the walk all around the building and to put up homemade yard signs. Messages of support and appreciation for the administration’s commitment to racial equity are encouraged.

Please wear masks and stay socially distant. Bring your own water and remember there is no bathroom access on Sundays. 


PEP Town Hall NEXT WEEK on 10/21!

The PTA Equity Project--PEP--will be hosting a virtual Community Town Hall on October 21st, 7-8:30 pm.  Join parents and caregivers across District 65 in learning more about the ONE FUND initiative! The PTA Equity team will share more details about this initiative and how it will support students across the district. PEP was founded in 2016 on the basis that all students and families in District 65 should have equitable access to the important enrichment and community-building opportunities that PTAs provide, regardless of the school they attend. To access the virtual meeting on October 21, please use this link:  bit.ly/peptownhall

Orrington PTA membership (which is households with children attending Orrington) will vote on whether to participate in One Fund at our November 18th PTA meeting. If you would like to learn more about PEP, please visit the website at ptaequityproject.com.  For additional questions, please reach out to info@orringtonpta.org.

Please attend the PEP community town hall:

When: October 21st 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 

Where: Please click the link below to join the webinar:



directory emails sent - Please Verify your Info!

Our directory is up and running!  Orrington PTA is using an online directory, hosted by AtoZ Connect, to manage family contact information.

Those families who agreed to release their information when registering with District 65 are already included in the Directory and received an email earlier this week--from Orrington PTA--to verify their information. Check your inbox!  You will need to verify the information before it is released.

If you did not agree to release your information and would like to be included in the Directory, click this link: https://atozconnect.com Please fill in as much or as little information as you would like to be listed in the Directory. There is room for multiple addresses, phone numbers and email addresses if you would like them listed. 


If you have any questions, please contact Sonia Kinra at orringtonelementarydirectory@gmail.com. Thank you!


boxes of stories across evanston

The Book Nook Bins in front of school have been 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.


Get Involved!

Orrington PTA is entirely made up of volunteers and we are always looking for more!  

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 are still looking for some volunteers 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.