NBS PTO Colts Newsletter

March 8, 2021

Important Dates

  • Monday, March 8-March 19th, NBS Spring Spiritwear Sale!

  • Wednesday, March 10th, NBS PTO Meeting at 7:00 pm via Zoom

  • Wednesday, March 17th-Thursday, March 18th - Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Friday, March 19th - No School

  • Monday, March 22-Friday, March 26, Spring Break!

  • April 21st-May 5th, "Gallery Night" Online

  • Friday, May 21st, NBS Field Day (Rain Date May 28th)

  • Wednesday, May 26th, Fifth-Grade Recognition

District Calendar 20-21 Link

District Calendar 21-22 Link

From the PTO Presidents

Happy Monday, NBS!

It is truly starting to feel like spring after all of that sunshine this weekend. Break out the shorts and sandals!

You should have received a link for Spring Parent-Teacher Conference sign-ups this morning. Conferences will be held Wednesday, March 17 (4-8 pm) and Thursday, March 18 (3-7 pm). As a reminder, there is no school on Friday, March 19th. Conferences will be held at NBS, in person, but if you wish to hold your conference virtually, please notify your teacher and he or she will send you a Zoom conference invitation.

Speaking of Conferences, the PTO traditionally supplies dinner for our amazing teachers and staff for conference night. This year is no exception, but we have planned an extra special surprise for them! We have scheduled a Taco Truck for Wednesday, March 17th. The truck will provide tacos with all the fixings. How can you help?

  • SIGN UP to donate sides, beverages, and desserts! For safety reasons, all items must be store-bought and individually wrapped.
  • DONATE to help fund the Taco Truck! We know this has been a difficult year for everyone, so we truly appreciate donations in any amount.

Election News!

As members of the PTO President's Council, we had the opportunity to host a Board of Education Candidates' Forum on March 3rd, where all 11 candidates running for the Board of Education were able to introduce themselves, their platforms, and answer some questions from the community. If you were unable to watch live, the recording is linked HERE. It is two hours long, and it is a great chance to get to know the candidates. The election is coming up right after Spring Break on April 6, 2021.

Speaking of elections, we worked hard with Lake County and the Village of North Barrington over the last two years to have NBS removed from the list of polling places. We believed that hosting elections while our children and staff were in the building created an unnecessary safety risk. We are pleased to announce that all of our hard work paid off, and going forward, elections for North Barrington residents will be held at Biltmore Country Club. If you are a North Barrington resident, you should have received this communication from the Village. For other election information, please refer to the Lake County Clerk's Website. Thank you to everyone who worked together to make this happen.

The next NBS PTO Meeting will be held this Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm via Zoom. You will receive a separate e-mail with the Zoom link and login information. Hope to see you all there!

Have a great week, everyone! We can't wait to see you all again soon.

Ilana & Amy

The NBS Spring Spiritwear Sale is open!

Spring is here and kids are growing!

Visit https://spring2021nbs.itemorder.com/ the shop

Open TODAY - March 19th.

Items will be available the week of April 19th.

If you have questions, please contact:

Courtney Young courtney.y@me.com

Mary Kate Harazin mkharazin10@sbcglobal.net

“GALLERY NIGHT” 2021 - A celebration of Spring! Hop on in!

Let’s celebrate Spring and the transcendent beauty, vibrant life, and new beginnings it brings through a celebration of ART!

Hop on into Virtual Gallery Night 2021

Coming to you via link available from April 21 through May 5!

Gallery Night is an all-school art show sponsored by the PTO, featuring the professionally-framed art of each student at NBS! This year Gallery Night will be coming to you Virtually - via a link to our show. We will sorely miss our chance to see each other, enjoy our childrens’ art in person, and laugh and talk in the Gallery Lounge (next year!) but there is a silver lining! You can enjoy the show over several days AND share the link with family and friends, who can purchase their own print of your child’s original piece if they choose! I know George is already excited ALL of his aunties will see his piece on display:) The Virtual Art Show ensures a secure approach to display our artists’ masterpieces!!


As part of Virtual Gallery Night this year, the Show will include a gallery of PHOTOS OF OUR KIDS being artistic. Please send in UP TO THREE photos of your child doing ART! It does not have to be a pic of them doing art for school - ANY pic of them engaging in the artistic process! Upload via this google doc: https://forms.gle/QdwvsjUAJDpxMdJG6


As in every other year, we have celebrated our students’ creativity and works of art via Gallery Night, every child will display a work of personal art they have created “in class” with our fabulous art teacher, Alexis Siddons (who drew our beautiful logo!!) Each original piece is professionally framed in a beautiful, double-matted frame (mine are hanging all around the house) - and the original framed artwork and framed prints ((hello Aunties!) are again available for purchase. This year Artome can ship your framed pieces directly to your home (or the home of the Auntie who bought a print) (for a shipping fee) OR ship for free to the school (where you can pick up!) You will be able to purchase your pieces ONLINE during the show. If you do not purchase, don’t worry! Your child’s artwork will come back to you via Mrs. Siddons:)

“[P]rojects that lead to an all-student school exhibit have tremendous benefits and can be a powerful experience for your students… [displayed art] is a great way to boost confidence and self-esteem.” @ theartofeducation.edu

Questions? Contact me, Angela Gordon, your PTO Gallery Night Chair at 773-550-6092 or leinadeneg@aol.com or our MASTERMIND Alexis Siddons at ASiddons@barrington220.org

Thank you for your continuing support of the Arts!!!!

The PTO Presidents' Council presented a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 3 from 9-11 am via Zoom. You can watch the replay here.

Need someone to talk to? Download the META app.

To provide easy access to counseling services, Barrington 220 counselors are available to all students through the META mobile app. The app is FREE to download on Apple and Android devices. Counselors can be reached during school hours on the secure platform via voice, video, or chat. We welcome all students to connect with school counselors on META. Click here to download the app.

NBS PTO Fundraising

No Stress Fundraising

Traditionally, we would be preparing for our biennial Adult Social, which is our biggest fundraising event of the year. We are postponing this event until the 2021-2022 school year. We have decided as a Board to open up a “No Stress” fundraiser where parents can contribute as much as they want directly to the PTO without purchasing any extra products or attending fundraising events. We will be in touch with all of the details!

Easy Fundraising!

Did you know that you can help support NBS by clicking a button and shopping normally? We have partnered with both Amazon Smile and Heinens to provide us with a small percentage of all of your purchases! Everything is automatic and there are no extra steps for you once you enroll. See below for more information on how to enroll.

Please direct all Fundraising questions and ideas to Amy Vandenbergh, at amykballet@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!

Bullying Resource and Text-a-Tip info

Need help with Bullying or Cyberbullying? Here are just a few resources and supports available in the Barrington Area:

Barrington 220: https://www.barrington220.org/Page/208

Barrington 220 META App info, click here.

Text-a-Tip: Students or parents can text a tip for resources to a student that is depressed or going through a difficult situation.

BStrong Together Barrington also has many useful resources around help for Bullying and other supports for Barrington Families.

Virtual Backpack

Don't forget to check out the Virtual Backpack for more events happening in our School, District and Community! The Virtual Backpack is a place for Barrington 220 families to receive flyers and other information from the district and community organizations without the hassle of sorting through printed papers sent home with your child. Click here to check out the North Barrington School Virtual Backpack!

Newsletter/PTO Website Submissions

Please send submissions for both the newsletter and the website to nbsptonewsletter@gmail.com. Submissions are due by Friday for the following Monday's newsletter. Please keep submissions brief and concise as we reserve the right to edit. Please include all necessary forms and flyers.

Check out Facebook for coverage of all the latest happenings at NBS and highlights of upcoming events… and cute pics of your kids! Find us on Facebook at ”North Barrington School PTO

North Barrington Elementary School

Elementary School Hours
Regular: 8:00 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Wednesday Early Release: 2:10 p.m.

Kindergarten Hours
A.M. Only 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Full Day: 8:00 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Wednesday Early Release: 2:10 p.m.