Week of November 6, 2020
November 6, 2020
November 11 - NO SCHOOL
November 14 - 1-3pm - Supply Pick-Up
November 18 - 7pm - Orrington PTA Meeting—Vote on One Fund
November 20 - 5-6pm - Orrington Game Night
November 21 - 1-3pm - Supply Pick-Up
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 PTA meeting on 11/18 -- vote on one fund
Please join us on Wednesday, November 18 at 7pm for a virtual PTA meeting. We will be joined by Biz Ryan, District 65 School Board member. Biz will introduce herself to our Orrington community and host a question and answer session about One Fund for District 65, the PTA Equity Project’s initiative to pool PTA fundraising from all D65 schools and distribute it back to PTAs using a formula that prioritizes equity. Biz was a founding member of the PTA Equity Project (PEP).
Orrington PTA membership (which is all households with children attending Orrington) will vote on whether to participate in One Fund after our meeting. If you would like to learn more about PEP, please visit their website at ptaequityproject.com. A recording of the One Fund Town Hall can be found here: https://ptaequityproject.com/our-work For additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoom information for 11/18 @ 7pm :
Or by entering the Zoom Meeting ID: 820 9330 3471 and Passcode: 637666
download orrington's app to receive more school-wide communications
Family communication is essential to our students’ success. We’re making a great change at Orrington to improve our communication! Our new Flyer Connect app will deliver essential school information like the Eagle Update, PTA Newsletter and an integrated school calendar into one place for you to review at your convenience.
Follow these steps to set up your app:
- Search for “Flyer School” or "Flyer Connect" in the Apple or Google play store, or visit https://www.flyerconnect.org/app to download the app.
- Once you’ve installed the app, select the Add option to search for Orrington and then select + Add.
- Tap the English option on the bottom left of the app screen to select your preferred language.
- Tap our school's name to view our school content.
That’s it! You are now connected to our school's app and will receive all school-wide communication.
supply pick-ups on 11/14 and 11/21 - yearbooks available!
Please pick up yearbooks and Flyer Connect information from the PTA when you stop by school on 11/14 and 11/21 between 1-3pm. Tables will be set up behind Orrington with important school supplies. We have many yearbooks left to distribute--come get one!
reGister now for Winter enrichments
Please check out the virtual enrichment classes offered for all District 65 students and organized through PTA Council. The winter class schedule can be found at http://bit.ly/D65Enrichments. There are many Orrington favorites again, including Sticky Fingers, Mudlark, D.I.M.E. and Connolly’s Martial Arts. Winter Enrichment classes run from November 16 to March 5 (12 weeks).
To request a scholarship, please fill out the form at https://bit.ly/D65Scholarship . For more information or if you have questions, please reach out to D65Enrichments@gmail.com. Registration ends 11/22.
PEP town hall recording available
The PTA Equity Project--PEP--hosted a virtual Community Town Hall on October 21st where parents and caregivers across District 65 learned more about the ONE FUND initiative. The PTA Equity team shared details about the 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. The recording of the meeting plus the slideshow can be found at https://ptaequityproject.com/our-work.
Orrington PTA membership (which is all households with children attending Orrington) will vote on whether to participate in One Fund after 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 email@example.com.
Next steps - anti-racism learning studio
Evanston is beautiful, liberal, diverse...and racist. Despite our best intentions, Evanston’s practices and policies disproportionately harm our Black and Brown community. APPLY to The Next Steps Anti-Racism Learning Studio to ORGANIZE and BUILD truly anti-racist Evanston schools.
In our third year of programming with the District 65 community, Next Steps is using an application and cohort model. We invite diverse and demographically representative school teams and individuals to apply by December 9. For the application and more information, visit www.NextStepsEvanston.com.
directory emails sent again today!
Our directory is gradually filling up, but we need your help to make it happen. Orrington PTA is using an online directory, hosted by AtoZ Connect, to manage family contact information. We are trying to have a complete directory so our community can connect with each other this year!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
boxes of stories across evanston
Our “Boxes of Stories” book bins in front of Orrington are full of great books and free to all D65 students. Some of our books are now at Fleetwood Jourdain (1655 Foster St) and they have made it outdoors at last! They are on a shelf outside the main entrance during business hours and will be re-stocked regularly. We would like to thank Mr. Dorsey at Fleetwood Jourdain for his help!
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 book 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 at Orrington.
Join us for our next Orrington Game Night! Volunteers still needed!
A big thank you to the children and adults who joined us for our Game Night last Friday. It was fun! Mark your calendars for Friday, 11/20 @ 5-6pm for the next one. Details coming next week.
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.