Week of January 29, 2021

PTA News & Updates

January 29, 2021


Upcoming Dates:

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

February 1-February 14:  Virtual Book Fair

February 22-March 7:  Read-a-Thon

February 23:  Orrington Literacy Night—6:30-7:30pm

March 18:  PTA Meeting 7 PM


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. 


virtual book fair february 1 - february 14

Support our school AND get some fun new books in time for the Read-a-Thon!  We will be hosting a virtual book fair with Anderson Book Fair for the next two weeks at www.abcfairs.com.  There are so many good books on the elementary book flyer and middle school book flyer.  Instructions for ordering from the book fair can be found here.  For every book purchased a portion of the profits will return to Orrington as either books for teachers or as a monetary contribution to One Fund.  The store opens on February 1, 2021, and closes on February 14, 2021.  All books will be delivered to the school on February 17, 2021, and will be ready for pick-up before the Read-a-Thon begins on February 22, 2021.

Virtual Book Fair


orrington READ-a-thon coming in february

Our Reading Eagles Read-A-Thon will take flight February 22nd. It will be virtual, all children can earn prizes, and we will celebrate reading.  Stay tuned!


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 you can help with installation. If you’d like to create a board but don’t want to come in, we can figure that out, too!  To sign up for this volunteer role, please enter your information on this form and we will reach out with more information.


Evanston City Basketball is Back (sort of)

As in past years, the City Of Evanston is organizing a winter basketball program for grade-school kids. While this year will be different due to COVID, please see the attached flyers regarding the opportunity. As the teams will not be organized by each school this year, it is up to interested parents to communicate directly and to register their players for participation. Please contact the City (as requested on the flyers) with any questions or requests for additional information. Unfortunately, Orrington School will have no direct involvement in the basketball program this year but we wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of it in case you were looking for some basketball activity.

Evanston City Basketball


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.


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!

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.


still (always) seeking volunteers!

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.