Week of March 26, 2021

PTA News & Updates

March 26, 2021


Upcoming Dates:


March 29-April 2:  Spring Recess

March 31 and April 1:Take-Out for PEP 

April 29:  Orrington Dinner and a Movie w/ Siam Splendour!


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. 


TAke-out for pep -- gotta B crepes (3/31) and good2go (4/1)

Need a recess from cooking during Spring Recess?  Please support PEP’s fundraising and these great Evanston businesses by ordering from them instead!  Gotta B Crepes (3/31) and Good to Go (4/1) will donate a portion of their sales to PEP One Fund.

Take out for PEP


save the date! dinner and a movie w/ siam splendor on 4/29!

Eat a delicious dinner from Siam Splendour, owned by Orrington’s own Chantarangkul family, and learn more about why Evanston’s school attendance boundaries became such a charged issue through a streamed viewing of “Concerning Foster,” a Mudlark original play about Evanston’s children and the closing of the 5th Ward school.  The Orrington PTA is grateful to be collaborating with Siam Splendour for this educational opportunity for our community.  Stay tuned for more details!


orrington read-a-thon and fundraising update

Orrington Fundraising Our Reading Eagles did a fantastic job, raising over $13,000 is just 2 weeks! Thank you readers and sponsors! 

Prizes are being delivered today and should come home with in-person students.  Remote students’ prizes are either being delivered home or can be picked up at school today or after Spring Recess.  Special prizes for raffle winners from the “Share your Thon” selfie contest will arrive after Spring Recess.  Families--we did our best figuring out the minutes read and prizes earned--please reach out to info@orringtonpta.org if we missed something.  We had more than 124 students earn prizes!  GO EAGLES!


Fundraising Update:  We are off to a good start but have work ahead of us as we aim for our $43,000 target for One Fund by June 1st.  All the money we raise at Orrington helps ensure that we are able to continue offering PTA enrichments and support at our school while also enabling all children in our community to experience equitable PTA programming at their schools.  


To achieve this goal, one that was broadly and enthusiastically backed by Orrington families, we need your help!  We will continue to collect donations, and will hold future fundraising events this spring.  Click HERE to see all the ways you can make a contribution at ANY time!  

Together, we can hit our target and help ALL Evanston schools thrive!


PTA nominating committee looking for executive board volunteers for 2021-22!

The PTA nominating committee (Clare Scane, Kristi Raftery, Amy Hodgman, Kiera Kelly and Kirsten Everspaugh) was approved at last night’s PTA meeting.  The PTA nominating committee helps find people to fill roles on the PTA. If you think you might want to join the PTA in a leadership capacity, the committee would love to hear from you!  All parents and guardians can participate, and we are always excited to have new volunteers.  Please email info@orringtonpta.org to learn more.


Orrington's directory updated with new class assignments!

Have you been wondering how to connect to other Orrington Families and are navigating a new class of students?  Our school-wide directory, AtoZ Connect, has been updated with the current classroom information.  Just select the teacher and then see family contact information for all students in the classroom.  If you have not registered please visit AtoZConnect to sign up using whatever information you are comfortable sharing--it’s never too late to get connected!  

Questions or concerns about the directory?  Please contact Sonia Kinra at orringtonelementarydirectory@gmail.com


camp pajama at EAC - A night out for kids, a night off for the grown-ups

Enjoy a kid-free Friday night, and support the arts! Kids are invited to put on their PJ’s and head to the Evanston Art Center to create a variety of artistic media, such as collage, painting, and sculpture that will inspire imagination. BYOS (Bring Your Own Stuffie).  Camps for kids ages 4-14!

  •       In-person camp (w/ reduced capacity) following Restore IL guidelines.
  •       Face masks required throughout the duration of camp.
  •       Includes COVID-19 cleaning fee and all art supplies.

Camps are offered on Fridays—3/26, and 4/30–from 6-8pm.  Register for one night or both!  For more information, click here.


calling all minecraft and among us players!

Minecraft Looking for ways to keep your child connected to Orrington friends after school? The PTA has set up Minecraft servers and has many other suggestions on how to set up virtual playdates.   Click HERE for some ideas for virtual gatherings AND for information about our NEW Minecraft servers just for the Orrington Community!  

Please email info@orringtonpta.org or use this form if you have additional virtual 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.