Week of April 23, 2021

PTA News & Updates

April 23, 2021


Upcoming Dates:

April 26-27: Takeout for PEP @ Gyros Planet

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

May 3-7:  Teacher Appreciation Week

May 12:  Virtual Talent Show submissions DUE

May 18:  Orrington PTA Meeting


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. 


dinner and a movie w/ siam splendor on 4/29 - rsvp now for next week!

Concerning Foster Take a night off cooking, support an Orrington family business, and learn some Evanston history!   Phone in your order to Siam Splendour for a delicious dinner on 4/29, and settle in to 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.  Siam Splendour, owned by the Chantarangkul family, will generously offer Orrington families a 15% discount on phone orders (4/29 only).   Please RSVP on the google form HERE to receive the video link.


Teacher appreciation week is nearly here -- may 3-7

Help us celebrate and thank our teachers after a very unique year.  We will be creating a KUDO BOARD “Thank You” for our teachers and staff.  Visit our Kudo Board page and write a personal note to a teacher or staff member, upload a drawing, picture or gif.  The sky's the limit to show appreciation!  Please submit your “thanks” by May 5th.

We encourage all families who plan to give to a teacher/staff member to participate in the communal gift collection—it keeps gifting equitable for everyone.  We suggest a gift of $10 per student.  All money raised will be divided equally among all teachers and staff. Monetary contributions to teacher/staff gift cards can be made in several ways: write a check and send to school (with TAW in the memo), send a Zelle to info@orringtonpta.org (with TAW in the memo) or pay with a credit card at square and choose “Teacher Appreciation Week”. Please send contributions by May 5th.  

Weather Permitting--on Sunday, May 2nd, we’ll have boxes of sidewalk chalk outside for socially-distanced, outdoor expressions of thanks.  Sidewalk and black-top ONLY--nothing on the building! 


pta nominating committee for executive board volunteers for 2021-22

The Orrington PTA Nominating Committee (Clare Scane, Kristi Raftery, Amy Hodgman, Kiera Kelly and Kirsten Everspaugh) is excited to announce that it is soliciting nominations  for new Officers to join the Executive Board for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. There are open positions available for anyone interested in adding their voice to our dynamic community! Take advantage of nationally renowned equity training offered to Executive Board members, opportunities to impact school culture, and the chance to make Orrington a place where all students can thrive!  No one is more qualified—these roles are open to all members of the Orrington community! If you think you might want to volunteer for the PTA in any 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 or fill out this form to indicate your interest.


orrington equity project listening sessions continue this weekend

Listening sessions for families of color with ETHS teacher Corey Winchester will take place this weekend and next via Zoom.  Participating families have connected with this process through their teachers and/or the administration.  If you need information or have any questions, please reach out to your teacher, Dr. Plaza, or info@orringtonpta.org for help. 

The Orrington teachers, administration, and PTA collaboration with Corey Winchester began this winter.  Together we are working to create a space that is welcoming and affirming for all students.  The first part of this work involves centering the well-being of families who have been historically marginalized by our society and our schools.  At some point, all families will have an opportunity to participate--please stay tuned for information on future listening sessions.  To learn more about the project, please read Corey Winchester’s letter to the Orrington community.



virtual talent show is back

virtual talent show poster

You have three weeks to submit your act!  Please click HERE for how to sign up. Remember each act can be no more than 60 seconds (even if it’s a group!), and children may perform in one act.  

Video submissions are due no later than Thursday, May 12.  A final production will be posted on the PTA YouTube Channel at the end of May.  We can't wait to see our students SHINE!  Please contact Kate Knox at lindley00@gmail.com or 773-454-2748 if you have questions about how to submit.


fundraising for Pep - gyros planet and antiracist af gear

Please support PEP’s fundraising and some great Evanston businesses. Gyros Planet will donate 10% of all sales on 4/19-20 and 4/26-27 to PEP One Fund.  AntiRacist AF will donate 50% of profits from “PEP Fundraiser” items on their website.   Have a business and would like to participate in supporting PEP?  Please reach out to D65pepfundraising@gmail.com.

gyros for everybody!




summer theater and social skills program for middle school/oder elem students

The Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) is hosting Bard House: A Co-creation Theater Program this summer. The program is geared toward middle-schoolers, though a session may also be offered for late-elementary students (inquire if interested).

You will realize your artistic potential as performers, writers, designers, or managers of a show that YOU create TOGETHER. Join our creative arts therapists for a fun summer experience designed to help you:

  • Grow Self-Confidence
  • Improve Social Skills
  • Practice Problem Solving
  • and Develop Leadership Abilities

Compliant with CDC guidelines including masks and social distancing. Maximum 8 participants per pod.

Date: Session 1: July 19th – 30th (Monday – Friday) OR Session 2: August 2nd – 13th (Monday – Friday)

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Price: $550 per session. Financial aid is available.

Contact CreativeGroups@ITAChicago.org to register.


open leadership positions in the pta equity project (pep)

District leaders, PTA leaders, PEP members and members of District 65 community:

The PTA Equity Project ensures that students across Evanston/Skokie District 65 have more equitable access to PTA resources through the PEP Fund. We are excited to announce that PEP is looking for leaders to support and build on this important work in the years to come.  PEP is seeking candidates for the following six positions. Please consider submitting your own statement of interest via this link, encouraging someone else to submit, and sharing this opportunity with your networks.


2 Co-Chairs: Lead the strategy and planning for all PEP initiatives including but not limited to the PEP Fund. 

2 Financial Co-Chairs: Lead the financial planning and execution for all PEP initiatives including the PEP Fund. 

Communications Chair: Lead a small team in the strategy and execution for all communication related to PEP initiatives. 

Development Chair: Lead a small team in the strategy and planning for all of the PEP fundraising including support to individual D65 schools. 


This is an exciting time for our community and PEP.  We hope you take a look (Link) at the detailed job descriptions and consider being a leader for PEP. Additionally, please fill out this Statement of Interest Form. Please reach out to our Nominating Committee if you are interested: email ptaequityproject@gmail.com or submit your Statement of Interest Form.


Visit the PEP website to learn more about PEP and how the PEP Fund is equitably distributing PTA funds across the district so that all students can access important enrichment and community-building opportunities that PTAs provide, regardless of the school they attend.


Thank you,

Molly Rouch, Claire Marcy, Lish Aiken, Tracy Olasimbo

PEP Nominating Committee


Special education parent advisory council

Please see the attached document available in ENGLISH and SPANISH for an important message about a new D65 group for families of students with disabilities. 


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 AtoZ Connect 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


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.