OCTOBER 2017 -  Volume 50, Issue 2
A PTA Publication, Illinois PTA District 37

El Reportero de Virginia Lake

Para los artículos en español, haga clic aquí .

Upcoming Dates:
Monday, October 2-6
 Book Fair
Tuesday, October 3
 Dine N Share at Chipotle
Wednesday, October 4
 Morning Muffins
Thursday, October 5
Family Reading Night
Monday, October 9
Tuesday, October 10
Teacher Plan Day
Tuesday, October 17
 PTA Meeting
Thursday, October 19
 No Excuses University - Parent University
Tuesday, October 31
 Halloween Party
In this issue:
  1. Dolphin Details
  2. Seifert's Spot
  3. Meet the Board
  4. Homecoming
  5. Book Fair
  6. Reflections
  7. Walk and Roll
  8. Fall Fundraiser
  9. Box Tops
  10. Halloween Costume Closet
  11. Amazon Smile
  12. SPARK
Letter from the PTA Presidents
Welcome to Fall at VL! So many of our great fall events are happening, even if the weather still feels like summer. We had a great turn out at VL Homecoming. Thanks to Alicia and Amanda for coordinating all of the fun activities and volunteers. The bubbles were a fun addition! Thank you to the following volunteers who have set up or completed their committees for the year:

  • Allison Jellison for taking care of School Kidz.
  • Kathy Veendendaal for Room Reps-bilingual classroom reps still needed!
  • Stacey O'Keefe for Assemblies-the students already enjoyed the first assembly and had fun learning about character building.
  • Thea Ayyad for Charleston Wrap-we exceeded our fundraising goal, so thanks to everyone who ordered!
  • Rachel Stevens for School Pictures-thanks for making sure everything ran smoothly.
  • Jenn Schiavone and Betsy Gates-Ehlers for Calendars-we appreciate all of your hard work.
  • Lesley Fletcher for Membership-thanks for everyone who signed up so far! It's still not too late to become a member.
  • Lydia Steinbach for Direct Donations-it's over budget! Don't forget, all donations are tax-deductible!
  • Maria Hall for our Walk to School Day-everyone had fun walking, riding, and dancing into school!
  • Erika Dix for putting together this fun and informative newsletter! Also, for the ongoing beautiful bulletin boards.

We ran our first Dine N Share at Photo's and it was a success! Don't forget our next Dine N Share is Tuesday, October 3rd at Chipotle on Dundee Road. Please see the flier for more information, and this is a big fundraiser as we get back 50% of all sales! These are an important part of our fundraising activities, so please attend if you are able.

Please reach out to Rachel or Mindy if you may have an interest in becoming a PTA Board Member or running a Committee next year. For 2018-2019, we will have the following Board positions that need to be filled: VP Room Reps, Secretary and Treasurer. Other Committee positions that need to be filled: Directory, SPARK, Bulletin Boards, and VL Reporter/Newsletter.

We are looking forward to a fun fall at VL!
Rachel Stevens & Mindy May
PTA Co-presidents 2017-2018
Seifert's Spot
  A note from Mrs. Seifert, Principal…
Hello VL Parents,

Welcome to fall! The school year is up and running. Kids are settling in nicely, and we are off to a great start.

As I sit and reflect on the last month of school, I can only look back with a smile. It has been such a pleasure to watch students and teachers build new relationships. There is nothing that brings more joy to my day then to watch students enter the building in the morning. Each day they come in with a renewed sense of excitement and energy. I often wish I could channel their energy in my direction. As they are warmly greeted by their teachers, they enter their classrooms to prepare for another adventurous day of learning.

I hope over the past month, our weekly eblasts have allowed you to see beyond the doors of The Lake. So many wonderful learning experiences are taking place daily. Students are growing not only their minds, but also their confidence, abilities to problem solve, capacity to work with others on a team, and collaboration skills. Teachers are stepping back to provide them challenges, while offering them the opportunity to productively struggle to find the answer. Students are engaged and invested in their learning.

If for any reason you are not receiving our email updates, please call the office to update your contact information. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. As a working mom of two wonderful daughters, I know how difficult it can be to feel connected to my kids and their learning. Social media and other methods of communication can help us stay connected while sparking some great dinner table conversations. Please join our social networks.

Thanks for investing in your students and in our school. We are all very proud to be DOLPHINS!
Kristy Seifert
Meet your 2017-18 VL PTA Board!
Thank you to these wonderful PTA members who have stepped up this year to be on the VL PTA Board! Some are new to "The Lake," while others have many VL experiences helping the PTA. If you aren't able to make it to a PTA meeting, here's your chance to meet the current board members. Thanks again to them, and all past board members and volunteers!
Mindy May, Co-President (with Rachel Stevens). Mindy has a 6th grader, Francie and a 4th grader, James. She has previously held the Secretary position on the PTA Board. She has been a Room Mom and currently heads or has headed the committees of Spring Dance, Yankee Candle Fundraiser, Spirit Wear, Boxtops for Education, and Dine n' Share fundraiser. She has also volunteered at Book Fair, VL Homecoming, Plant Sale, Teacher Appreciation week, and Mobile Dentist.
Rachel Stevens, Co-President (with Mindy May). Rachel has a 4th grader, Riley and John is in 1st grade. She has been the VP of Room Representatives on the PTA Board, and in addition to Co-President, she is committee co-chair with Mindy May for the School Dance and Dine n’ Shares. She has previously been the Committee Head for Field day, Winter Wonderland of Reading, and the Yankee Candle Fundraiser. She also volunteers and helps at many other VL PTA events. She is one of the Girl Scout Leaders for her daughter Riley's troop and this will be their 5th year as a VL troop.
Jenn Schiavone, Co-President Elect (with Maria Hall). Jenn has Tyler in 5th grade, and has a 2nd grader, Caden. She has chaired Morning Muffins, Donut Day, and PTA Calendar, and she is also a Room Representative.
Maria Hall, Co-President Elect (with Jenn Schiavone). Maria has a daughter, Rose, in 4th grade at VL, and she also has a son, Douglas (6th, now at Winston Campus Elementary), and a daughter, Ruth (7th, now at Sundling JH). She currently holds Chair positions for Reflections Committee, Walk/Bike to School Committee, and Science Fair Committee. Her previous PTA Board position was the VP Cultural Arts in charge of assemblies, and she has also been, and is currently, a Room Rep.
Stacey O'Keefe, 1st VP–Cultural Arts  Stacey has a 2nd grader, Annie, a 5th grader, Kyle, and has an 8th grader at Sundling JH. She is a Room Representative and chaired, co-chaired, and/or assisted with Book Fair, Six Flags Reading Program, Movie Night, and Teacher Appreciation. 
Stacy Leinheiser, 2nd VP–Legislation Stacy has a 1st grader, Saige, and a son who will be coming to VL for 1st grade next year. She will be co-chairing the Movie Night event this year with Kathy Veenendaal and Michelle Chidichimo.
Kathy Veenendaal, 3rd VP–Room Reps Kathy has Talan in 5th grade and Trinity in 3rd grade. This is her second year as VP Room Reps, has co-lead on Health & Safety Committee for vision and hearing screening, and is currently a Room Rep. Kathy has also served in the past on the following committees: Grandparents Day, Moms and Muffins, Dads and Donuts, Book Fair, and has volunteered in the Library, in her kid’s classrooms as a helper, or chaperoned on field trips.
Zeena Melody, Secretary Zeena has a son in 3rd grade at VL. She is helping with the Yearbook Committee, and she has been a Room Rep since her son was in 1st grade. She has also volunteered for: Teacher Appreciation, Library, Grandparents Day, Book Fair, Picture Day, taking pictures for Year Book and Summer Reading.
Krutika Tripathi, Treasurer Krutika has a son, Ravi, in 2nd Grade at VL, Nisha (Senior in College), and Vivek (Sophomore in College). Her previous PTA experience has been with Book Fair and being a Room Rep. She has also volunteered at Homecoming and the Teachers Luncheon.
PTA Events
Virginia Lake Homecoming
Our second annual VL Homecoming event was a huge success! We served over 400 popsicles and ice cream treats and over 450 boxes of popcorn! We would like to thank the following businesses for their kind donations: Kernal Seasonings, Grundy Family Chiropractic, Cinemark Deer Park Theater, Jewel Osco and Marianos. Thank you to the Palatine Library for coming and handing out prizes, and to the Fire Department and Police Department for opening up their vehicles to us. The Homecoming banners will be hung in the hallways at the school. Very special thanks to our amazing custodial crew and to Lydia, Popcorn Lady Extraordinaire, who spent many hours popping and handing out popcorn for us. 

          Alicia Grundy and Amanda Grandlienard, co-chairs.
VL Book Fair
Come to our Wild West Book Fair at Virginia Lake Elementary School!

Book Fair dates:
Monday October 2nd, 2017-Friday October 6th

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair . Our Online Fair is available from Friday September 29th-October 13th. Consider sharing the online Book Fair with friends and family members. Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Please click or copy the link below to visit our Online Book fair.
Shopping hours: 
Monday-Thursday 8:15am-3:45pm, 
Friday 8:15-11am
Thursday Evening: 7:00-8:15pm
Does your child enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist and participate in the PTA Reflections Contest.

Students are invited to create works of art interpreting this year's theme, "Within Reach," in any of six different arts categories:
dance choreography film production literature
music composition photography visual arts

Submissions are due October 23rd. Official general rules:

Please email Maria Hall at doug.maria@sbcglobal.net with your student's name, grade, teacher and area(s) of interest and I will send them the specific rules and entry form for each category.
VL Walk and Roll to School Day
Great turnout for the annual, "Green" event! Thanks to Maria Hall for organizing.
PTA News
Fall Fundraiser Goal Achieved!
Thanks to all who participated in the Charleston Wrap fall fundraiser. Because of your efforts, we met the annual goal for our first fundraiser of the year, which sets the year off to a great start! We received over 80 orders online and via paper forms. Watch for an email coming soon for the date when you can pick up your items from school (likely end of October or early November).
Box Tops And Labels for Education
Halloween Costume Closet
The Halloween Costume Closet is a VL PTA run program that provides costumes for children in need. Children can borrow a costume for their holiday parties and return it after Trick-or-Treating. This is a wonderful program that allows all students at Virginia Lake to have a fun, safe Halloween. To effectively run this program we need volunteers to set up, manage, and break down the Halloween Costume Closet. Opportunities for volunteering will be available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Halloween week. The time commitment is short, so it's a great way to give a little back to the Virginia Lake community. 

Halloween Costume Closet is currently accepting donations! We are greatly in need of older kids costumes, size 8-10 and above. Please drop them in the VL school office. 

Contact Allison Jellison if interested in volunteering or with any questions about donating costumes. ajjell@comcat.net or 773-590-8913
Amazon Smile
An easy, free way to support Virginia Lake PTA! 

Are you an Amazon Shopper? If you haven’t signed up already, please go to the following link to select Virginia Lake PTA as a charitable organization. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3308497

When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.
Special Education Advocacy: What Parents Need to Know!
Join us on Monday, October 16th at Sundling JH at 7pm for a program that is open to anyone in the local community.

Special Education can be a confusing "world". This session will break down what parents need to know to be an active, educated member of your child's team. We will discuss what special education is, who it serves, and touch on evaluations, IEP meetings, what you are entitled to and all those acronyms everyone is using. Come learn from Attorney Matt Cohen about advocating for your child.

Any questions? Email dixe_cup@yahoo.com , Erika Dix VL SPARK rep (Special Education Parents Accessing Resources & Knowledge)
(847) 963-7100
Absence Recorder
(847) 963-7101
Mrs. Kristy Seifert
Ms. Karen Daly

PTA President
Rachel Stevens & Mindy May
Newsletter Editor
Erika Dix
This Newsletter is funded by the Virginia Lake PTA and is produced by Virginia Lake PTA volunteers.

  This Newsletter is funded by the Virginia Lake PTA and is produced by Virginia Lake PTA volunteers.