NBS PTO Colts Newsletter

March 29, 2021

Welcome Spring!

Important Dates

  • Thursday, April 1st, No Foolin'- It's Colt Pride- Wear your NBS Spirit Wear!

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

  • Friday, May 21st, NBS Field Day for K-4

  • Monday, May 24th, 5th Grade Field Day

  • Tuesday, May 25th, Field Day Rain Date for K-4

  • Wednesday, May 26th, Fifth-Grade Recognition Ceremony at BHS

  • Thursday, May 27th, 5th Grade Field Day Rain Date

  • Friday, May 28th, Last Day of School!


District Calendar 20-21 Link

District Calendar 21-22 Link

From the PTO Presidents

Happy Monday NBS and happy "first day back"!


We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful spring break. Thank you again to all the NBS families who contributed to the Staff Taco Truck dinner last week. We heard the staff really enjoyed it and we could not have pulled it off without your support! We are also so excited that all the students are back in the building starting today. Please reference Mr. Johnson's newsletter that went out yesterday for all the details on how school will look like for the rest of the year. Lastly, this Thursday please send your child in Colt Pride apparel! We thought a fun spirit day would be a great way to end this exciting week.


As always, we so appreciate your support.


Have a great week NBS!

Amy and Ilana

“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!!


PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS INCLUDED IN THE SHOW

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


FRAMED ORIGINAL AND PRINTS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE if you choose!

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.