August 31, 2016
In This Issue
  • President's Message
  • Volunteer to help the JSSPVA
  • Volunteer in the Library Technology Center (LTC)
  • Donate to the JSSPVA through Amazon Smile
  • Sign Up for Chess Club
  • Marlas School Lunches
Dates to Remember:
  • August 31 - 8th Grade Washington D.C. Parent Information Night-6:30 p.m.                     Nygaard Auditorium
  • September 5 - No School
  • September 6 - Late Start for Students (9:20 a.m.)
        • First Day of Junior Kindergarten
  • September 7 - Curriculum Night (K-5th Grades) - 6:15 p.m.
  • September 8 - Chess Club Registration Deadline
        • Curriculum Night (6-8th Grades) - 6:15 p.m. 
  • September 13 - 2nd and 3rd Grade First Day of Chess Club - Lunchtime
  • September 14 - K and 1st Grade First Day of Chess Club - Lunchtime
  • September 15 - 4th-8th Grade First Day of Chess Club - Lunchtime
  • September 22 - Picture Day JK-7th Grade
  • September 23 - Picture Day 8th Grade Only
  • September 24 - Outdoor Classroom Open House - 3:15-5:00 p.m.
  • September 29 - Outdoor Classroom Movie Night - 7:00-9:00 p.m.


President's Message
Welcome Back Sears Families!
I enjoyed seeing most of you at the Meet and Greet last Friday morning.  The children (as well as many parents) looked eager for school to begin again.  

A big thank you to Paula Smith and Bobbi Rowe for hosting a fabulous Newcomer's Party.  We welcome over 30 new families to Sears school this year.  Thank you also to those who have volunteered to be host families to our newcomers.  If you see a new face, please take the time to introduce yourself.  We were all new at one time or another!  

Yani Huften and Beth Ottsen coordinated a delicious lunch for our faculty and staff, after school on Monday.  An Apple a Day provided sandwiches, salads, fruit and cookies.  Thank you, Yani and Beth, for feeding our amazing team of teachers!

Lastly, thank you to Candice Stepan and her crew of volunteers for a great Family Fun Day!  Another great Sears tradition was enjoyed by many!!

I hope you and your children have a wonderful first week back.

Kath Lyman
JSSPVA President

Volunteer to help the JSSPVA
Each year volunteers provide services to enrich school programs and raise money for school needs.   Volunteering is a great way to be involved with the Sears Community. The Committee Chairs are looking  forward to a wonderful year and are very grateful for your support.

Attached is a list of many of the JSSPVA Committees that have requested assistance for the upcoming  school year. Please check as many as you are interested in, as not all committees need help every year. There
are big and small jobs for every interest.  

Please return the filled out sheet to Sarah Mohr.  Thank you.

Volunteer opportunity in The Library Technology Center (LTC) 
Volunteering in the  LTC is a great way to contribute to Sears School
and experience time with children in their school environment! 
Come and help our children check in / out books and laptops, restock and  straighten  the shelves and assist Elisabeth LeBris with small projects
We are still looking for volunteers for Monday and Friday mornings!

If interested, please contact:  Melissa Ross (312-961-5822)

Donate to the JSSPVA through your Amazon shopping
We have signed up to participate in the Amazon Smile program.  With this program, if you are an Amazon Prime Member, you can click the link below and sign up at no cost, to have Amazon donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the JSSPVA any time you shop on Amazon.  We'd love to have your support.  Please sign up.

Sign up for Sears Chess Club
Enroll now in the Sears Chess Club.  It is open to all students from 1st-8th grade.  Kindergarten students are welcome if they have had previous chess experience.  Chess Club meets once a week at lunchtime in the Link at Sears School. The  cost  is $128 for the first  session September  13- January16th. Checks can be made to JSSPVA.   September 8th is the Registration Deadline.  Class will begin the week of September 13th.  Please fill out and return the registration page and your check to the Sears School Office.

Questions, please contact  Chris Tribe.

Marlas School Lunches
Sears School offers the opportunity to order daily lunches for students through the Marla's School Lunch. If you would like to order one day or all five days of lunch for your student, please go to  All ordering must be complete by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday the week before.  To place your order, please follow the process outlined on the Marla Ordering Process Link below.  

Questions, please contact: Fiona Byrne-Ferguson