NBS PTO Colts Newsletter

March 1, 2021

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, March 3rd, Barrington 220 School Board Candidate Forum via Zoom at 9am

  • Thursday, March 4th, Parent University at 7 pm via Zoom

  • 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)

  • Friday, May 28th, Fifth-Grade Recognition

District Calendar 20-21 Link

District Calendar 21-22 Link

From the PTO Presidents

Happy Monday, NBS!

March 2021 has officially arrived. So much has changed in the last year, and it seems like just yesterday we were planning our annual Pancake Breakfast and Spring Book Fair. While we are not back at "Pancake Breakfast-Level programming, we are thrilled to announce that we have started to plan for some spring programs. (Pssst . . . we don't know exactly what it will look like, but we're going to make Field Day happen. Get excited!!)

We wanted to honor our teachers and staff who have gone above and beyond for these students in the last year. Our Executive Board member, Jackie Kardesh, put together this display for our NBS Superheros, to remind them of all of the amazing things they have done for this community. As the banner says,

"Within them, they had powers beyond everyone's imagination. They were brave, patient, courageous, helpful, creative, strong and smart, . . . but the most incredible superpower they had within them was the power to EVOLVE."

We are going to continue to highlight our fantastic teachers and staff throughout the building each week. If you have anyone you think deserves special recognition, e-mail us at nbsptonewsletter@gmail.com! Who was your NBS hero this year?

Please join us for our next PTO Meeting on Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00 pm, via Zoom. The meeting ID and password will be e-mailed through Campus Messenger for security reasons. We hope to see all of your faces both virtually and in-person very soon.

Have a great week!

Ilana & Amy

Join us for a Parent University session this week!

Barrington 220 is excited to partner with BStrong Together and Barrington Youth & Family Services for an upcoming virtual Parent University session titled "Cultivating Resilience During COVID-19". The session will take place on Thursday, March 4 at 7 pm. Dr. Doug Bolton will guide parents through these challenging times by highlighting strategies that will build resilience in our children, so they can effectively manage stress now and in the future. Dr. Bolton has used his degrees in clinical psychology, school psychology, and educational leadership to support students with social, emotional and behavioral challenges in schools since 1987. He worked in therapeutic schools for 10 years as a school psychologist, before spending the next 14 years as principal of North Shore Academy, a K-12 public therapeutic school.

NBS Student Council February Report

Fifth Grade

This month has been very successful for the student council. The student council has just recently paired up with buddy classes and made empathetic Valentine’s for the senior citizens that are very much appreciated. This year we have decided to partner with the primary grades because they don’t have any student council representatives. This way we can transfer all of the information that we have discussed in the zoom to their classroom. So far we have shared news about Valentine’s Day cards that we made for senior citizens going through the pandemic in assisted living homes. They haven’t seen their loved ones in months, so we thought we could spread a smile over their face by making Valentine’s Day cards for them. We are proud to say that this went well. We had a big box full of cards and are positive this has made a difference.

Fourth Grade

Hi families, we are the 2020-2021’s student council representatives for fourth grade. So far this year we have done Valentine’s Day cards for the seniors. We got a huge overloaded box of Valentine’s cards. Thank you all for participating in this very special event! We are very happy about it and we hope you had a great time being creative and writing sweet things in those cards! We have also arranged buddy classes so we will be doing fun activities with kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. Hope you will have lots of fun with us!! Hope you have a great rest of your day!!

Third Grade

So far in student council, we have buddied our classes to inform primary grades about Valentine’s Day cards for seniors. We tried to get cards from every class so seniors could have an amazing Valentine’s Day. In the end, we got cards from all of the classes and sent an overflowing box to the senior home. We tried to include everyone and even put a bin outside for the kids who stayed remote.

“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!!!!

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.