Week of April 30, 2021

PTA News & Updates

April 30, 2021


Upcoming Dates:

May 3-7:  Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6:  Conversation on Race with Corrie Wallace & Heather Sweeney

May 12:  Virtual Talent Show submissions DUE

May 18:  Orrington PTA Meeting

May 31:  Memorial Day--NO SCHOOL

June 2:  Last Day of 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. 


help us thank teachers and staff next week!  -- may 3-7

teacher appreciation week

The PTA is treating teachers and staff to coffee and donuts, smoothies, lunch, and a stocked teacher’s lounge.  If you’d like to bring in pre-packaged snacks or beverages for the lounge, sign up HERE.

Please help fill the KUDO BOARD “Thank You” card 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--CHALK THE ORRINGTON WALK 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! 


orrington equity project listening sessions continue this weekend

Now that the listening sessions with families of color have been completed, Corey Winchester is inviting White families to share their experiences, in an affinity of their own, as part of the Orrington Community Equity Project.


This is a community project, and your input is necessary! If you identify as a White family, please sign up to attend the session that best aligns with your schedule. We will be discussing your thoughts around Orrington's school climate, sense of inclusivity and belonging, academic success and community needs. Once you’ve signed up, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the appropriate time. 


Session Offerings: 

Session #1: Monday, May 3rd at 7PM-8PM

Session #2: Tuesday, May 4th at 7PM-8PM

Session #3: Saturday, May 8th at 10:30AM-11:30AM

Session #4: Saturday, May 15th at 11AM-12PM

If you have any questions about the sessions, please connect with Corey Winchester: howld.llc@gmail.com


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.


a conversation on race with corrie wallace & Heather sweeney -- Thursday, may 6th, 7-9p on Zoom

conversation on raceOur community has been through a lot in the month of April:  a highly contested local election, the Chauvin verdict, and ongoing murder of Black and Brown people.  Please join Evanston parents, caregivers, teachers and staff to hear, reflect, and plan next steps with equity facilitators Corrie Wallace and Heather Sweeney.  Group discussions and affinity spaces will be provided.  Zoom details coming soon.  Co-sponsored by the Haven Feeder Schools for Equity and the PTAs of Haven, Kingsley, Lincolnwood, Orrington and Willard.


virtual talent show is back

virtual talent show poster

You have TWO 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.


air quality study on d65 buses -- student volunteers needed

From the D65 Green Team:  A group of Northwestern graduate students is seeking 5 student  volunteers who ride the bus to/from school, with smartphones, who would be willing to assist in studying air quality in Evanston buses over a 1-2 week period in May. 

Please reach out to Claire Juracka, clairejuracka2021@u.northwestern.edu if you wish for your child to participate, or if you have any further questions.  An informational session will be held on Thursday, April 29 at 6pm at this zoom link:  https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/97337362633


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

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.