D67 PTA Cardinal Newsletter

Vol. 3 - November 4

Welcome to Vol. 3 of the D67 Cardinal PTA Newsletter!

This newsletter is designed to keep you informed about upcoming events and ways to support the Cardinal community -- all in ONE PLACE! :) As parents and teachers, we want to be engaged in the education of our children - and research shows kids perform better when we are involved in school AND at home!


This week:

  • Hynes after school clubs begin
  • Tues., Nov. 6 - No school!
  • Wed., Nov. 7 - PTA Fundraising Committee Meeting
  • Fri., Nov. 9 - Wear BLUE to school to celebrate Hynes' Blue Ribbon School award!
  • Fri., Nov. 9 & 10 - 8th Grade Play, Beauty & the Beast Jr.


Save the date:

  • Tues., Nov. 13 - D67 PTA Meeting
  • Thurs, Nov. 15 - 1st & 2nd Grade Music Festival
  • Sun., Nov. 18 - Fall Book Fair @ Half Price Books (NEW DATE & LOCATION!)
  • Mon., Nov. 19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mon., Nov. 19 - Fri., Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Tues., Dec. 4 - Holiday Bonanza (gift store, chorus performance and more!)

Fall Book Fair - Volunteers Needed!

Sunday, November 18, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (NEW DATE!)

Half Price Books in Village Crossing
5605 West Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL


Join us at Half Price Books in Village Crossing for story time, teacher book gift list, gift wrapping and more! 20% of all sales between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. will benefit D67 PTA. Also, stay tuned for details about Dine & Donate opportunities nearby!


Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help wrap gifts, assist with the teacher book wish list and read stories to children who attend! Click this link for additional details and sign up time slots!

8th Grade Play - This Fri & Sat!

  • Friday, November 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 10 @ 2:00 p.m.
  • Golf Middle School
  • Friends and family are welcome!
  • Tickets available at the door.

D67 PTA Cash Card Program

What is the D67 PTA Cash Card program?

The cash card program is a fundraising opportunity for our PTA. But instead of asking you to buy something you don't need, it allows you to purchase gift cards from over 700 places you already shop, eat or visit, and D67 PTA earns cash for every gift card sold.


How does it work?

When you purchase a gift card through this program, you will receive the exact same gift card as you can purchase from the retailer, for the same dollar amount (if you buy a $10 gift card, you will get a $10 gift card). AND, the retailer will give D67 PTA 2-12% of your purchase in CASH! Everyone wins!!!


Why would I purchase gift cards?

  • As a hostess gift, thank you gift, teacher gift or gift for that hard-to-please big kid in your life :)
  • Do you typically buy gift cards from the drug store or the grocery store? Buy through the cash card program instead!
  • Do you typically start your day with a stop at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? Get your groceries at Mariano's? Have an Amazon package delivered daily? Pay with a gift card!
  • Have a long list of holiday gifts to buy? Pay with gift cards!


What gift cards are available?


How do I order? You have a few choices!

  1. Download the November Cash Card Order Form. Fill it out, attach a check written to "District 67 PTA" and send it in an envelope marked with "CASH CARD" to school with your student by the due date below.
  2. Email Carol Fisher at mathmaven.fisher@gmail.com with your order. Then, place a check written to "District 67 PTA" in an envelope marked with "CASH CARD", and send it to school with your student by the due date below.


When are orders due and when will I receive my gift cards?

November Orders

  • Orders and checks due by Friday, November 9
  • Gift cards will be sent home with students by November 16
December Orders
  • Orders and checks due by Friday, December 7
  • Gift cards will be sent home with students by December 14

International Celebration of Cultures (ICOC)

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m., Golf Middle School
Tickets at the door - $2 per person

The International Celebration of Cultures is an amazing event, where so many families and friends of D67 come together and have a great time sharing who we are! The planning for this wonderful event has begun, check out how you can get involved!


  • Performers needed - We are looking for talented students and parents to perform a cultural dance, demonstration, poem or other performance during the the ICOC. If interested, please contact Jeanne Austria, jeanne.austria@gmail.com.
  • Culture table hosts needed - We are also looking for families who would like to host a culture table during the event. If interested, please contact Kristina Otte, kristinaotte1@gmail.com.
  • Event volunteers needed! - Volunteers are also needed to help set up, clean up or do other tasks during the event. If interested please contact Prasan Fernando, prasanfernando@hotmail.com.

Upcoming Meetings

PTA Fundraising Committee Mtg.

  • Wed., Nov. 7 @ 6:30 p.m., Golf Middle School Board Room
  • Looking for volunteers who are interested in helping raise money to support new events and activities for Cardinal students! This committee will discuss reshaping the PTA fundraising model and develop a 1-3 year plan.
  • Contact dyana.barnas@gmail.com for more details


Monthly PTA Mtg.

  • Tues., Nov. 13 @ 7:00 p.m., Golf Middle School Media Center