Montgomery Elementary News

February 26, 2021

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Dr. Amy Debelak, Principal

Ms. Sally Ganz, Asst. Principal

Office 686-1730

Absence Line 686-1707

FAX 792-6131

School Nurse 686-1733

Cafeteria 686-1735

Transportation 686-1785

What a great week!! I got to see the sunshine, a bunch of virtual 4th graders who came for the 4th-grade picture, and many of our families for Family Fun Night. Stay well. Spring is just around the corner!



5 - PBIS Spirit Day (wear blue PBIS t-shirt to school)

15 - Spring Break / No School

16 - Spring Break / No School

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18 - Spring Break / No School

19 - Spring Break / No School




You may request that your child be tested on the InView Ability Test; the InView Ability Test is a paper-based ability test and takes approximately 2 hours to administer. In order to decrease disruption to your child's instruction, this optional testing opportunity will take place during the mornings of March 10 and 11 from 8:00 - 9:00 before the school day starts; this opportunity is for both in person and virtual learners. Students are required to attend both morning sessions in order to complete the assessment. If you wish to have your child participate in this round of testing, all requests must be made below by March 1, 2021. You may click here to register. This testing opportunity is optional for all students.

Please note it is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation to school on the mornings of testing. Students who are in person learners will stay at school and students who are virtual learners will need to be picked up by 9:05 from the home school. Since various common areas will be used for testing, we ask that parents leave after dropping off their child and plan to return at the predetermined time for pick up (parents can also choose to stay in the car in the parking lot, if that is easiest). If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Zellner at

The email address you use to sign your child up will be the email address used for any communication regarding this spring testing opportunity. Thank you!

March 1-5 is Read Across America week. I am sharing a choice board full of books that you can use at home with your child next week. (This choice board is also in my google classroom - Messer Media.) Capstone has generously offered some books free through March 5th. They are organized on this slide show by theme. Check it out and find some time to allow your kids to read next week to celebrate READ ACROSS AMERICA as a family! (click on the blue link!)


for Virtual and F2F

March 1-4th!

Attention ALL Montgomery Elementary Families:

Help us fill up those yearbook pages with fun snapshots! Usually we would have carnival, trivia night, Boosterthon and an array of special day events, but let's make lemonade out of lemons and have some fun and fill those pages!

Yearbook theme week : March 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

Monday March 1st: Favorite color Day- dress head to toe in your favorite color(s)

Tuesday March 2nd: Dress like your teacher or a staff member at Montgomery Elementary- make sure to include a name tag!

Wednesday March 3rd: Show off your hobby or interest that you like to do outside of school. Scouts/sports/art/music/sewing/baking

Thursday March 4th: Celebrate the world of books. Dress like your favorite author or book character.

Virtual and Face to face - here's the link to upload your student(s) participating in YEARBOOK theme week!

416103939 is the school ID in case the website asks for it.

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Dear Montgomery Families,

Whether your child is attending school face to face or virtually the PTO continues to strive to make sure you are kept up to date with information. Thank you for your patience and please see all the new information below in the S'more and also on the PTO website and Facebook!

The Montgomery PTO is an organization that consists of parents, teachers, and school staff that works together to enhance the education of every child. We support the school and teachers with volunteers, provide a forum for two-way communication, happily fund many school items/teaching tools, and host a variety of events. This year, obviously, looks much different than any other school year, but we want to let you know that the PTO is working hard to provide the same support as we always have.

This years Directory is up and running and available through the Directory Spot App! In light of this unusual school year we have decided to make the Directory Spot App available to ALL our Montgomery families and staff. New families should receive an email how to set up your account. If you have issues logging on or have any questions please email but please make sure that you have not opted out in Final Forms first please. A special thank you to Wendy Andersen for all of her help with the Directory!

Please consider (if you are able to do so) making a donation to the PTO for this school year. Our typical membership fees usually only cover about the cost of our yearly DirectorySpot membership! In the past few years the PTO has been fortunate enough to donate a new sound system for the gym/cafeteria, a new kindergarten playground, technology like chromebooks/iPads, and countless activities/programs for our students, such as the Author Visits this past school year. A link for PayPal is available after completing the Google Form and can also be found on the PTO Website if you wish to make a donation. This school year will not have the traditional fundraisers (Boosterthon and Carnival) so we ask that you please take this into consideration as we are not able to do what we do without the generosity of our families. We are brainstorming ideas for additional Hassle-Free donations, in addition to Kroger, Box Tops for Education, and Pipkins (see below for more information) and considering adding a spring fundraiser if possible, but nothing has been finalized.

As always please make sure that you are following updates from the PTO via these three ways:

1) Montgomery Elementary Facebook Group

2) Sycamore District Montgomery Elementary PTO Page (

3) Montgomery Elementary Weekly Newsletter (S’more)

Building a strong Montgomery Elementary Community for ALL is a goal for the PTO. We are working hard on ways to increase student/teacher support this school year and thinking of ways to still have fun (and some FUN-Draising) activities throughout the year.

I, and the rest of the executive board, look forward to working with you this year as we do our best to make a positive difference for our children, the staff, and our school. Please contact me anytime with questions.


Kristy Felss

Montgomery Elementary PTO President


If you are part of the Montgomery Elementary family, we encourage you to join us in making our school a great place for all of our kids! PTO membership offers you many opportunities to learn about what is going on at the school, to be involved and make some friends along the way. PTO members can vote on the PTO budget and receive access to our directory via the DirectorySpot app. Joining the PTO does not obligate you to volunteer; it's just a great way to show your support of Montgomery Elementary!

Joining the PTO is a simple process! Please just fill out the Membership Form!

General PTO Virtual Meetings:

Wednesday, March 10 @ 9:30-11am - Link to follow

Wednesday, May 12 @ 9:30-11am - Link to follow

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Ordering information: order your child's 2020-2021 yearbook online through this link

(no checks and no cash).


Base cost is $20 with options for personalization at additional costs.

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You can earn money for Montgomery Elementary PTO just by using your Kroger Plus card at Kroger. But first, you must log onto your Kroger account and designate Montgomery Elementary as the organization you want to receive Community Rewards. Here is how…

1. Log onto your account

2. Click “My Account”

3. Click “Community Rewards”

4. Choose Montgomery Elementary PTO (Organization # VP832)

5. You can verify if you are already set-up by looking at the bottom of your most recent Kroger receipt. It will indicate that you have designated Montgomery Elementary PTO as the organization you chose to receive your rewards.


GOT CLIPS? Drop off all your unexpired Box Tops at school in the Healthy Drop Box (outside the front doors) between 10am-2pm Monday-Friday! Please make sure they are in plastic ziplock bags and at the school before February 12!

GOT LABELS? Use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will automatically find the products and instantly add Box Tops to your school’s earnings online. No clipping required! NO MORE CLIPPING! SCAN YOUR RECEIPT! SEE HOW AT BTFE.

Click here for a video demonstrating how to scan your receipts and receive credit via the App.


Anytime you shop at Pipkins Market they will donate a percentage of your spending to Montgomery Elementary PTO. All you have to do is bring your receipt(s) to school just like the box tops!

Bring Box Tops and Pipkins Receipts to school between 10am-2pm in a plastic bag and drop them outside the front doors in the Healthy Drop Box! Please do not send them to school with your child at this time or drop them off during Morning Drop Off or Afternoon Pick Up!

Questions about any of the Hassle Free programs or alternative ways to turn in your Box Tops and/or Pipkin’s Receipts before October 19th please contact Molly Duffey at

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Due to weather we had to reschedule our Presidents Day Camp to Spring Break.

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