News from Homewood School District 153/ February 15, 2017
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2017-18 School Year Calendar Released

The calendar for next school year has been approved. You can find it on our website  here.
Happy 100th Day of School

The 2016-17 school year is flying by with Willow School students celebrating the 100th day of school on Feb. 10th. They counted to 100 many times and in many different ways that day. Also, the centenarian costumes were plentiful. 
Eight Music Students to Attend U of I Summer Music Program

While we are all anxious for summer to arrive, the eight student musicians pictured below have an extra reason to be excited. They will be attending one of the best summer music camps in the country thanks to a scholarship from the Homewood PMA. These students will attend the Illinois Youth Summer Music (ISYM) camp at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. PMA provides half-scholarships to defray the costs of camp. The scholarships are available to James Hart students who are entering the 8th-grade and are awarded based on teacher recommendations and a student application and essay. Congratulations kids!
From band:

(L to R): Bill Colton,  Kaitlyn Bolton-Shannon

From orchestra:

Bradley Levant

From choir:

(L to R):   Ellie Wojcikowski,   Aaron Latman,  Drew Bingham,  Bianca Esparza,  Grace Opyd
Family Reading Night a Big Hit at Willow 

Hundreds of pajama-clad students and their loved ones turned out on Feb. 8th for Willow School's Family Reading Night. They signed up for library cards from the Homewood Public Library and snuggled up for stories of all kinds. Homewood author Tracy Watland read from her children's book, "The Kindness Can."
PTA's Next Schwan's Fundraising Campaign Starts Monday, Feb. 20

Homewood PTA will be starting their latest Schwan's campaign on Monday, February 20th.  This campaign will be titled "Churchill School", campaign # 31487. 

Schwan's has a wide variety of frozen foods that fit every lifestyle.  Whether you're looking for a quick meal, breakfast that your kids will love, appetizers for a get-together, Heart Healthy menu options or delicious desserts and ice creams, Schwan's has it all. 

The best part is that Schwan's delivers right to your door, with deliveries to Homewood every 2 weeks! 

Do you have friends or family members that live out of state?  Schwan's is a national company, so let them know that they can order, and help out our campaign as well!  Homewood PTA will earn 20% of all product sales and 40% of all gift cards sales until April 6, 2017.  Please consider ordering from this campaign, as all proceeds go directly back to the students at all three schools, in the form of enrichment activities and assemblies. 

Order at
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PTA "Cook's Day Off" at Aurelio's, Monday, March 6

Plan to NOT COOK on Monday, March 6th while you're supporting the great work of Homewood PTA. Aurelio's will donate 20% of your food and drink purchases that day to Homewood PTA when you present  this flyer.
Save April 8th on your calendar and
look for your invitation from Foundation 153 
in the mail!
Upcoming Events

Feb. 17           Early Dismiss Day
Feb. 18           Incoming Freshman Registration, HF High School, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Feb. 20          No School: President's Day
Mar.  2           Seussical, Jr, JH Stage Gym, 7 pm
Mar. 3            Seussical Jr., JH Stage Gym, 7 pm
Mar. 6             Cook's Day Off at Aurelio's
Mar. 7           Early Dismiss Day 
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