Week of December 4, 2020

PTA News & Updates

December 4, 2020

Upcoming Dates:

December 14 - Read-a-thon BEGINS!

December 18 - 5-6pm - Orrington Game Night

December 21 to January 1 - Winter Recess—NO 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. 


orrington read-a-thon: let's get lit!

Chapter One of Orrington’s novel fundraiser begins on December 14th! The Read-A-Thon will provide the opportunity for Eagle Families to pledge support to the enrichment and improvement of our educational environment and community. Through the PTA Equity Project (PEP), our capacity has grown so that now your support reaches district wide, ensuring equitable opportunity for all D65 students to fulfill their potential. Our Reading Eagles will connect to the same community vision by discovery through reading! Orrington is Evanston! 

Interested in volunteering? Please email kipperjonespta@ymail.com


orrington spirit wear store is open!

Spirit wear makes a wonderful gift and supports our PTA and school.  Visit https://www.yellowspokepromo.com/orrington to purchase items.  Orders placed by 3 pm on December 15 will be delivered by December 22.


school-wide communication information moving to website

Family communication is essential to our students’ success. All information regarding our Flyer Connect app, our school-wide directory through AtoZ Connect, our Facebook page, and our grade-level Slack channels (coming soon) can be accessed in the Communication section of our website.  Any questions should be directed to info@orringtonpta.org


Join us on 12/20 for game night!

Please join us Friday, December 20 @ 5-6pm for a virtual scavenger hunt!  We’ll have Orrington gear as prizes again.  More details coming next week.


Winter break camp: all about masks

Join Art Encounter Teaching Artist Ms. Yadi for two fun mask-making art camps over winter recess.  Open to children ages 9-14.  Week One’s theme is Character and Animal Masks, Week Two’s theme is Superheroes and Villains.  FOLLOW THIS LINK for the full Mask Camp details.  

Scholarships are available.  

Please email leslie@artencounter.org to sign up or learn more!


PTA membership votes to join one fund

At the 11/18 PTA meeting, the Orrington community voted resoundingly in favor of joining One Fund, the PTA Equity Project’s initiative to pool and redistribute PTA fundraising more equitably so that all Evanston children will benefit from more robust PTA funding.

The attendance at the 11/18 meeting was astounding.  108 people voted virtually by ballot, with nearly 93% choosing to join the One Fund, continuing the Orrington PTA’s  track record of supporting the initiative wholeheartedly.  Our PTA has collaborated on and shared funds with PEP since its inception--in fact 2 of PEP’s founding members are Orrington parents and PTA members. 

The Covid Relief Fund established by PEP in the Spring of 2020 exemplifies Orrington PTA’s embrace of PEP’s all-of-Evanston philosophy.  Our PTA Executive Board voted unanimously to contribute 75% of our reserves--$47,495--to the relief fund that grew to surpass $500,000 used to support more than 700 Evanston families during that crisis.  Some Orrington families were supported by this contribution, but our shared dollars helped Evanston families and children district-wide get through that difficult time.

Our community’s overwhelming vote to support One Fund means our Orrington community will need to fundraise as successfully as we always have (or BETTER!), while we recommit to volunteer efforts within Orrington itself.  There is work to be done at Orrington that requires people-power, as we strive to make attending Orrington a welcoming, affirming experience for all children and families. 

Our dollars at Orrington will be fewer, so our efforts will need to increase to meet that change.  We will need to donate, fundraise and volunteer like never before, for Orrington and our whole community.  Committing to this transformative shift is the right thing for all of Evanston’s children, and the Orrington community has made that commitment powerfully.


volunteers are always needed!

We are still looking for some fun loving caregivers who would like to be Community Connectors. Community Connectors have replaced the role of room parents.  Community Connectors will embrace the diversity and richness of the Orrington community by working together in  grade-level teams 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 looking for 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.