Week of January 22, 2021

PTA News & Updates

January 22, 2021


Upcoming Dates:

January 23–Supply Pick Up—front of school—1-3pm

January 29–Virtual Community Game Night—5-6pm



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. 


flyer connect raffle

Family communication is essential to our students’ achievement. We have made 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.

To encourage participation we are having a raffle for a $50 gift card for any Orrington caregivers who download and begin using the app!

Follow these steps to set up your app and enter the raffle:

  1. 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.
  2. Once you’ve installed the app, select the Add option to search for Orrington and then select + Add.
  3. Tap the English option on the bottom left of the app screen to select your preferred language.
  4. Enter the school's page, and tap the first banner that shows up to complete the raffle enrollment form.

You’re now entered to WIN a $50 gift card!!! We will be drawing the winner on 2/5/2021.


fostering student connections

Have you been wondering how to connect to other Orrington Families?  There is a schoolwide directory sponsored by the Orrington PTA at AtoZ Connect. You can search for other families by classroom!  Just select the teacher and then see family contact information for all students in the classroom.  If you have not registered please visit https://atozconnect.com/cls/login.php

Once you have found your student’s friends you can look at this document for some ideas for virtual gatherings AND for information about our NEW Minecraft server just for the Orrington Community!  Please email info@orringtonpta.org or use this form if you have any community building ideas you would like to share with our community.


game night on january 29

We will host our next Community Game Night--a scavenger hunt--on Friday, January 29th from 5-6pm. Please RSVP here to help us plan. 


bulletin board volunteers needed

The bulletin boards throughout Orrington’s hallways need a makeover!  Please consider adopting a board and beautifying it to create a welcoming atmosphere for children when they re-enter the building for in-person learning this winter.  All paper supplies (to cover the board, plus forms for cutting letters) are available at school.  Volunteers may work independently on a board or in teams of 2 maximum.  If you would like to help but aren’t feeling creative, we will come up with a design and do the letter cutting for you.  You will just need a stapler!  

Access to the building will be given Tuesday thru Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, and on Saturday, 1/23, from 1-3pm.  Children may not be present in the building during regular school hours.  Social-distancing guidelines must be followed. To sign up for this volunteer role, please enter your information on this form.


welcoming changes in 2021

Happy New Year to the Orrington Community!  With the arrival of 2021, we look forward to the many changes that will be taking place to help bring more equitable experiences to all children and families in our broader community.  The unanimous passage of One Fund across Evanston means our efforts at Orrington continue and our responsibility expands to collectively support the success of all D65 PTAs in achieving the community building and enrichment opportunities that are routine for us.  We will succeed in this effort by working together, increasing volunteer efforts within our own school community, increasing our number of volunteers, and committing to fundraise with enthusiasm. 

We look forward to embracing this new challenge together with all of you, while we continue on the path towards making Orrington a more welcoming, equitable school where all children and families feel valued and included.  There is much work to be done, and we look forward to joining with all of you in the effort.


orrington read-a-thon: coming in february

Our Reading Eagles Read-A-Thon will take flight in February. It will be virtual, all children can earn prizes, and we will celebrate reading.  Stay tuned!


still seeking community connectors!

We are still looking for some fun-loving caregivers who would like to be Community Connectors 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.