Meadowbrook PTO Purchases
$7000 in books for classroom libraries.
Kiley Sullivan, Sam Sullivan and
Tommy Ott help to unpack and Inside this Issue:
deliver books to classrooms. Letter from the Principal ..........................2 Family Math Game.................................12
Message from the PTO President .............3 Environmental/Recycling........................12
Thanks to our amazing fundraising Dates to Remember .................................4 Meadowbrook School Prairie Garden .....13
efforts the PTO was able to allot Buzz Book Release Form...........................5 PALS .....................................................14
$300 for each teacher to enhance PTO Membership Form ...........................6 Sally Foster ............................................14
his/her classroom library. The teachers PTO Fall Committee Interest Form..........7 Board of Education Report.....................15
chose an amazing variety of genres Market Day ..............................................8 Meadowbrook PTO “Rules of the Road” ..15
and levels to support the literacy Meadowbrook Spirit Wear ........................8 Thank Goodness It’s Music! ..............16-17
program used throughout the school! Quick Notes .............................................8 Disability Awareness Program...........18
Junior Great Books ...................................8 Foundations of Social Behavior ........19
School Supply List ....................................9 Back to School Dance ......................20
Pumpkinfest ......................................10-11 District 28 5K Fun Run/Walk..........21
From the Desk of the Principal
Planning for Next Year
Greetings Meadowbrook families! It is my pleasure to welcome you to the
2006-2007 school year. The staff has been working very hard this summer
to be prepared for the students when they arrive on August 29 (August 30
for Kindergarten Students) for the first day of school. District wide, our
K-5 grade teachers have been attending training in Literacy and are very
excited about the innovative techniques and thinking strategies to help
students learn. The staff is eager to bring the new and innovative ideas
back to the classrooms to further enhance your children’s learning.
Not only are we preparing the academics for the students, the maintenance staff has also been working to
make the school ready for the new year. Believe it or not, it takes the entire summer to clean and repair
items in the school so it is ready when school starts. The students will be happy to see a new traversing wall
in the large gym so they can practice their climbing skills! New carpeting in a few of the classrooms as well
as in the lower halls has given the school a fresh look.
We also have most of our new faculty and staff hired for this year:
Mary Carney is our new librarian here at Meadowbrook. Mary has her Bachelor’s Degree from National
Louis University and is completing her Master’s in Library Science from Chicago State University. She has
been teaching in Chicago since 1991 and is thrilled to be coming here next year. We are thrilled to have
Kathryn Mazzarella is a new 4th grade teacher for us! Kathryn received her Master’s of Education Degree
from DePaul University and has worked at Meadowbrook as an aide for a few years as well as a maternity
sub last year for a second grade class. Kathryn knows the school and students very well and we are proud to
have her join the teaching staff. Congratulations, Kathryn!
Laurie Poelking is a new 5th grade teacher. She has her Master’s in Teaching from National Louis and
her Master’s in Finance, Marketing and Operations Management from Northwestern University.
She has recently worked in Barrington as a Special Services Assistant. We are very happy that you are
joining us, Laurie!
Christy Stewart is our new school psychologist. She has her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Illinois
State University and has recently worked at NSSED, the District’s special education cooperative. We are
looking forward to her great insights into working with all students. Welcome aboard, Christy!
It is my honor and privilege to be serving as the Principal of Meadowbrook. Have a very safe, fun, and
relaxing rest of your summer. I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.
Scott Warren, Principal
Message from the PTO President
Dear Meadowbrook Community,
I know, it still feels like summer, but an exciting new school year is just
around the corner! This Meadowbrooklet contains useful information
about our PTO and the many wonderful programs we offer. The PTO
hopes that you will be able to use this issue of the Meadowbrooklet as a
guide to get organized for the 2006-07 school year.
Once again, we will have the PTO Headquarters on “Meet Your
Teacher Day.” Please stop in from 1:00-3:00 to take care of all your PTO “business” including:
*Turning in forms
PTO Membership and Dues (bring form and $5.00)
Buzz Book release form
PTO Committee volunteer sign-up
We will do our best to help you!
Fortunately this year, school supplies purchased through the PTO will be delivered directly to the
student’s classroom. We hope that this will alleviate waiting in long lines on an important and exciting
day for our children!
Please also be on the lookout for a large mailing from District 28. It will contain important information
including your District 28 PTO Calendar. Please keep this calendar handy as it provides dates for the
entire school year, especially PTO meetings and events which I hope you will be able to attend. It also
lists district personnel and PTO committee chair contact information.
I am so amazed at the fabulous work being done at Meadowbrook. Our parents, teachers and staff are
preparing exciting projects and programs both new and old to involve our children academically,
physically, socially and emotionally throughout the year. Ideas are constantly being evaluated and
challenged in order to ensure a quality environment for our children. I welcome your input, support,
comments, enthusiasm and constructive criticism while serving as PTO President this year. Our PTO
has over 40 committees, so I encourage each of you to be involved in as many ways as you can.
Enjoy the last few days at the pool!
PTO Dates to Remember
AUGUST 14 No School Lift-off Conferences noon to 7pm
23 AM Kindergarten “Meet Your Teacher” at 21 Playground PALS Orientation 9:15
22 Kindergarten Coffee w/Principal 9:15am
24 PM Kindergarten “Meet Your Teacher” at
assigned times Special Lunch
28 Room Parent Meeting 11:30 am 27 Picture Day
Room Parent/Staff Luncheon at Noon Playground PALS orientation 7PM
PTO Sign-up in the big gym 1 to 3pm 29 Sally Foster Gift Wrap Sale Ends
1st thru 5th Grade “Meet Your Teacher” in OCTOBER
the classroom 1:30 to 2:30pm
2 No School (Yom Kippur)
29 First 1/2 Day of School 8:55am until Noon for
1st thru 5th—NO 1/2 Day for Kindergarten 6 Half Day of School
30 First Full Day of School AM Kindergarten only
PM Kindergarten—no school
9 No School (Columbus Day)
4 No School (Labor Day)
13 Sally Foster Gift Wrap Sale Pick-Up
6 Kindergarten/New Parent Meeting in the
small gym 6:30 pm 18 PTO Meeting in the Staff Lounge at 9:15am
Open House (Room Parents will be on hand) Family Math Carnival 7-8:30pm
Kindergarten PM, 1st & 2nd 7 to 8pm 20 Pumpkinfest Bake Sale
Kindergarten AM, 3rd, 4th & 5th 8 to 9pm 21 Pumpkinfest 11:30-4PM
8 1st Grade Coffee w/Principal 9:15am 27 Special Lunch
8 Back to School Dance 7 to 9pm 29 Daylight Savings Time Ends
10 Grandparents Day Turn Clocks Back One Hour
11 Sally Foster Gift Wrap Sale Begins 31 Halloween Parades & Parties 2:30pm
13 PTO Voting Meeting in the Staff Lounge
(everyone welcome) 9:15am
Monday, Jan 22, 2007
Monday, Mar 19, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
If you would like to make a submission to any of the
Thanks to all of you who helped issues, please feel free to send a word document
put together this newsletter: attachment to: email@example.com.
Susie Fogel, Susan Horine, Casandra Hayes.
If you have any questions, you can reach me at:
The following dates are deadlines for future issues: (847) 291-6524.
Friday, Sept 29, 2006
Joei Shavitz, Meadowbrooklet Chair
Monday, Nov 20, 2006
BUZZ BOOK Release Form
2006/2007 Meadowbrook PTO
Fall Committee Interest Form
year. However, these committees are still looking for
volunteers. Please mark “M” if you are interested in
becoming a committee member.
If you would like more information about a committee,
Phone: _______________________________________ please mark “I”, or contact the Committee Chair with
your questions. Committee Chairs are listed in the PTO
Calendar under “Meadowbrook PTO.”
You may bring this form with you to “Meet Your Teacher
Day” on Monday, August 28. A PTO drop off box will
Listed below are some of the Meadowbrook PTO be provided in the Large Gym from 1:00-3:00PM. Or, send
sponsored committees. Please select all of the this to you child’s classroom teacher via backpack as soon
Committees that you are interested in. Each committee as possible.
already has a Chair (or Co-Chairs) for the 2006-7 school Thank you!!!!
SCHOOL PROGRAMS: _____Diversity: _____Prizes
_____Jr. Great Books _____Disability Awareness _____Raffle/Silent Auction
___Group Leader _____Cultural Diversity _____Tattoos
_____Library Assistant _____Nature Walk _____Tickets
_____Recycling/Environmental _____Planter Pals PARENT & FAMILY
_____Special Lunches FUNDRAISING/ EVENT
_____Fifth Grade Yearbook
_____ Box Tops/Quick Notes _____Meadowbrooklet
_____Fifth Grade Breakfast
_____ Sally Foster _____NCDAA Liaison
_____Fifth Grade Awards Assembly
_____ Spirit Wear _____New Family Liaison
EVENT FUNDRAISERS: _____PALS
_____Book Fair _____Playground Pals
_____Ice Cream Social
_____Pumpkinfest DISTRICT 28 PROGRAMS:
_____Bake Sale _____Gift Advantage
_____Dracula’s Disco _____ Health & Safety
_____Food _____Market Day
Help our School with Market Day
Meadowbrook participates in the Market Day fundraising • French Toast sticks
program through the sale of quality restaurant style food • Supersweet Corn
products from the same vendors that supply many • Broccoli Florets
upscale restaurants. This program is the largest fundraiser • String Cheese
for District 28 contributing funds without having • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
students selling door to door. Market Day contributes • Cheese Pizza Eat-zzas
10% of the sales to District 28. Some of the Market Day • Apple Deep Dish Pie
items are also available for sale at the Sara Lee outlet store
It is extremely easy to order. Just send your order back to
at 453 Waukegan Road in Northbrook contributing 5%
school with your child or visit www.MarketDay.com to
to District 28.
place your order. Your order will be ready for pick up
An order sheet showing products available for sale will be on a Saturday morning at Meadowbrook School. We’re
sent home with the students each month. There are confident that this fundraising program will not only
many healthy options. Here is a brief listing of the best benefit our school but also benefit you as a consumer.
selling items from Market Day:
Cheryl Zatz and Joei Shavitz
• ChicNSteaks – moist, succulent, boneless and
skinless chicken breasts
Meadowbrook Spirit Wear
We will be selling cool new Spirit Wear on Opening Day. Don’t forget your checkbooks!
Look for our table near the PTO sign up in the large gym.
Hello everyone, in to his or her teacher. If you have used them before,
I’m sure you will agree that they are a definite must have.
I am writing to tell you about an exciting and easy way
for you to communicate with your Meadowbrook The Quick Note pads will be for sale on August 28, 2006
teachers and staff. in the school gym. The cost is $5.00 per pad, 2 for $8.00
or 3 for $10.00. Please feel free to contact me with any
Quick Notes, are a popular and helpful way to let your
questions at DebbieW236@Comcast.net.
teachers know if you will be picking up your child early
on a certain day or if your child will be going home with Thank you,
someone on the bus at a given time. Just fill in the blanks
on the already printed note, and have your child turn it
Junior Great Books
Junior Great Books is returning to Meadowbrook again by a parent trained by Junior Great Books at a training
this fall. Junior Great Books is a nationally recognized session held last September.
reading and discussion group where children learn to
If you are interested in leading a
interpret selected works of literature. I will be returning
JGB group, and can volunteer one
as Chairperson for the program. Last year we did two
lunch hour a week, please contact
JGB sessions, one in fall and one in spring, each consisting
me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
of six lunch hour sessions. We had a total of 45 children
from first through fourth grades. Each group was lead Thank you. Carolyn Ferber
school supply list
(ask Susan Horine for list)
August 2006 day of the school year. Please make a donation to the
Pumpkinfest Silent Auction.
Dear Meadowbrook Parents and Families,
We are looking for exciting items like tickets or talents
We hope you are enjoying the last of the lazy days of
that can be auctioned off. We would love to see items
summer and that you and your family have shared many
such as vacation homes, get-a-away weekends, and tickets
wonderful memories. We know you are looking forward
to professional or college events. Autographed sports
to the new school year with the many exciting adventures
memorabilia, “themed” gift baskets, large toys, bikes, etc.
and new challenges it holds for you and your children.
would be greatly appreciated. Also, please try to be
Meadowbrook School is able to offer its students and creative. Donate something you love….cooking lessons,
families quality programs and services due to the generous scrapbooking classes, cake decorating, flower arranging or
contributions made by the Meadowbrook PTO. The handyman services. Coordinate a group gift with other
PTO is able to do this because of the many parents who families. Everyone has something that they can donate!
volunteer their time and money to make Meadowbrook
Please complete the form below with your donation
the very special school it is. Monies made last year enabled
commitment and return it to Maria Fox, 1403 Walters
the purchase of new books for each classroom totaling
Ave., Northbrook or you can leave it in the donation
approximately $300.00 for each classroom from the PTO.
commitment box in the school office. Actual Donations
On Saturday October 21, the Meadowbrook PTO will should be given to Maria Fox by October 6.
hold its annual family fun fair, Pumpkinfest! Last year,
If you have questions, please contact Maria directly at
the Silent Auction Committee, thanks to you, was able to
double its revenue! The donations that you make will
directly affect your children in a positive manner each Thank you for making a difference at Meadowbrook!
2006 Pumpkinfest – Silent Auction Donation Commitment Form
Please return form by September 22nd
Name: _______________________________________________________Home Phone ____________________
I would like to donate___________________________________________________________________________
to the 2006 Pumpkinfest Silent Auction. The estimated value is $________________________________________
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Family Math Game
What you’ll need
Coins, grocery store coupons, and a pencil
could be saved with coupons for a week’s worth of
What to do groceries? How would that money be counted out?
What could be purchased with those savings? A book?
1. Coin clues. Ask your child to gather some change in
A movie ticket? What percentage of the original price
his or her hand without showing what it is. Start with
is the coupon worth?
amounts of 25 cents or less (for first-graders, you can
start with pennies and nickels). Ask your child to tell 3. Count the ways. How many ways can you make 10
you how much money and how many coins there are. cents, 25 cents, 30 cents, 40 cents, or 50 cents? You
Guess which coins are being held. For example, “I have can help your child add the coins in various ways to
17 cents and 5 coins. What coins do I have?” (3 nickels get different answers.
and 2 pennies).
4. Try playing the coin games with coins from another
2. Clip and save. Cut out grocery store coupons and tell country.
how much money is saved with coins. For example, if
you save 20 cents on detergent, say 2 dimes. Ask your Parent Pointer
child what could be purchased using the savings from Coin games help children to learn the value of coins.
the coupon. A pack of gum? A pencil? How much They also teach counting, addition, subtraction, and
money could be saved with 3, 4, or 5 coupons? How multiplication. Coupons can help teach children
could that money be counted out in coins and bills? money management, as well as subtraction and
What could be purchased with those savings? A pack percentages.
of notebook paper? A magazine? How much money
Trashless Tuesday Since this committee seems to be working so smoothly
and fresh ideas are always wanted, we feel this is a perfect
The Environmental/Recycling Committee is looking opportunity for current volunteers to learn the ropes to
forward to another successful year with Meadowbrook take over for next year. Contact either Marcy
families and staff helping to reduce lunchtime garbage Kirshenbaum (498-1128) or Pam Fisher (847-509-0991)
and increasing the amount of recycled items. for more info.
The students learn all sorts of trivia about recycling Please use the volunteer sign-up form included in this
throughout the year with the weekly Trashless Trivia issue of the Meadowbrooklet if you are interested in
questions. We’ll also try some different ways of helping with Trashless Tuesday or any of the committee’s
measuring the school’s success with reducing trash. other recycling programs.
Remember, the objective of Trashless Tuesday is to help Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
students recognize how each person contributes to
reducing lunchtime garbage and improving the Pam Fisher
environment by using reusable lunch bags or boxes and Marcy Kirshenbaum
containers. (A reminder of all the specific guidelines will
be passed on to the students/parents before the first
official Trashless Tuesday.)
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PALS’ mission is to educate and activate Meadowbrook volunteers led and supervised new, non-competitive
parents about bullying and other social-emotional issues games during recess. The Playground PALS program
that impact all children. PALS is looking forward to provided opportunities for children who might feel more
another exciting year. For those not familiar with this comfortable joining a game that is structured and adult
committee, we began as a group of Meadowbrook parents supervised.
dedicated to working with the school and District 28 to
The response to Playground PALS was phenomenal.
support the bully prevention education program.
The number of children participating far exceeded our
Over time, we broadened our mission to help educate expectations and a fun time was had by children and
parents about social-emotional issues beyond bullying parents. We look forward to this program’s continued
that affect our children. We hope to involve parents by development and success this year.
providing stimulating programs, discussion groups, book
If you are interested in learning
chats, literature and other venues throughout the year.
more about our committee, or
By bringing parents together to discuss some of our
becoming part of Playground PALS,
parenting challenges, we can learn new ways to actively
please call us.
promote our children’s healthy development and safety.
Together, we can create a respectful school environment Lauren Bondy
where everyone can focus on learning. 562-9492
Last year, we launched a very well-received program Lenore Deutsch-Albert
called “Playground PALS.” This lunchtime recess 205-5630
program was created to help children who don’t look
forward to recess and may even dread it. Trained parent
50% of every purchase goes directly to our school! Plus, with Magazine Discount Network you can
subscribe to, or renew, your favorite magazines and
Our fundraiser featuring Sally Foster giftwrap and
our school earns 40% of the subscription price!
gift products is just around the corner!
Watch for the Sally Foster and Magazine Discount
*Premium giftwrap, value priced
Network catalogs coming home on:
*Gifts for everyone September 11
*Bath and Body Anni Goldberg
*NEW! Sally’s Home Bakery I am looking for volunteers to help distribute the
*Chocolates so good they’ve been served at Sally Foster Goodies from school on October 13 in
the White House the pm. Please call if you can help. 847-562-0506
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The Board of Education Reports
IN JUNE, the board heard an update on the progress of The two-year self-study assessment will be
the district’s effort to re-design the teacher evaluation completed during the 2006-07 school year, resulting in a
system. Board President Mady Fern told members that long-range plan for continuous improvement. In the first
the Teacher Evaluation Committee has drawn up the new phase, staff will examine the district’s current program
evaluation forms and is holding all-day training sessions offerings and compare existing programs to best practice
over the summer to teach staff how to use the new standards. The assessment also will focus on the cost-
rubric. Members of the committee have volunteered to effectiveness and accountability of the district’s special
introduce the new system to teacher representatives from education programs. The second phase of the study
each school; those teachers then will present the new involves developing a long-range plan and vision for
method to colleagues at their individual schools. continuous improvement of the district’s special education
Discussing the committee’s work, Mrs. Fern told the programs. In the third phase, staff will develop an action
board that she believes the new system is more plan for attaining the long-range goals.
collaborative than the previous model. It also will help IN JUNE, the board heard from three Meadowbrook
teachers discover both their strengths and areas where School parents who praised the multi-age class at that
they can improve their skills. She said the goal is to make school and asked members to consider continuing the
teacher evaluation a meaningful process “that opens program in future years. The group also presented a
minds” through dialogue. petition signed by 64 families who support the program,
IN JUNE, the board ratified the contracts of five new including 30 with children soon to enroll at
teachers for the 2006-07 school year. Melissa Jacobson Meadowbrook. Board President Mady Fern thanked the
will teach music at Greenbriar. Stephanie Lang will teach group for appearing at the meeting to share their views
special education at Northbrook Junior High. Laurie and said the district is still studying the issue.
Poelking will teach fifth grade at Meadowbrook. Kathryn IN JUNE, Assistant Superintendent Kathy Horvath
Mazzarella will teach fourth grade at Meadowbrook. summarized the district’s 2005-06 allocations from state
Patricia “Patti” Sacks will teach kindergarten part-time at and federal grants and shared how the funds were utilized
Westmoor. during the school year. Dr. Horvath also discussed
IN JUNE, Director of Pupil Services Susan Slagle estimated funding for the 2006-07 school year. The
updated the board on the Special Education Self-Study district applies for and receives a variety of grants, which
training session that was held on June 14. Twenty-seven are used to fund comprehensive literacy training for
teachers attended the training session, and they will be teachers, drug education activities in schools, and other
analyzing 13 different areas as part of the study. The programs. The state has decreased funding for a number
group is examining the district’s current special education of grants in past years, Dr. Horvath said, noting the
practices and developing long-range goals to ensure the state’s gifted education grant, which had funded Excel
district maintains its high-quality programs in the future. teacher salaries, isn’t available now.
Dave Peterson, project consultant, previously was IN JUNE, the board approved student textbook,
superintendent of the Northern Suburban Special transportation and milk fees for the 2006-07 school year.
Education District (NSSED) in Highland Park. Mr. There were no changes to the fees from last year.
Peterson will facilitate the self-assessment process and
meet with the committees. 06/2006
Meadowbrook PTO “Rules of the Road”
Meadowbrook School is fortunate to have the wonderful All Parents: Please enter the school from the office, sign-in
support from our PTO Parents. The PTO offers many and wear an I.D. Badge at all times on the school grounds.
enrichment activities for our children throughout the You must always be identified as a Visitor whether you are
school year, thanks to your efforts! volunteering in your child’s class, assisting in the Library,
attending an assembly or meeting, etc…
Please help foster these experiences by following a few
simple guidelines when you enter Meadowbrook School. continued on page 20
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Meadowbrook PTO “Rules of the Road” continued from page 15
Cell Phones: Please refrain from using your cell phone used for PTO business after 12:00 p.m. each school day.
while in the school building and please turn off the During the a.m. hours, rooms are busy with Teachers,
ringer. The phone can be a distraction to our students Aides and Staff. When photocopying large quantities,
and the classroom teaching environment. please defer to teachers. The PTO can use either white
or colored paper.
Classroom Visitation: It is important for parents to
stick to PTO business when in the school or on school PTO Flyers/Brochures: Please secure Mr.
grounds. Parents may not “drop by” classrooms without Warren’s approval prior to disseminating any
prior consent from the teacher. materials in the Teacher/Staff mailboxes.
School Parking: Please park your car in the school PTO Contracts/Agreements: When entering
parking lot or in a legal parking zone on the street. into any contract or agreement on the part of the
Please do not park in the bus lane at any time during the Meadowbrook PTO, you must first either meet
day. There is a mid-day dismissal, an after-school with and/or secure written approval from the
dismissal, field trips and safety regulations which require Principal and/or the Executive PTO Board.
an open lane at all times. Also, please ensure our
Thank you for your cooperation, your continued
children’s safety by keeping them out of the parking lot.
support, and helping to make Meadowbrook a
PTO Photocopying: There are two workrooms with quality school!
photocopiers. One is next to the office and the other
Susie Fogel 8/1/06
next to the downstairs gym. The school copiers may be
Back to School
Family Dance Night
Friday, September 8th, 7:00-9:00pm
DJ, Dancing, and Refreshments
Put on your bling bling and Dance
to the funk of the Hip Hop Vibe.
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Save the date
5k Fun Run/walk
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