September 14, 2016
In This Issue
  • Invitation to see the Updated New Trier Facilities in Winnetka
  • Student Picture Day
  • Volunteer to help the JSSPVA
  • Donate to the JSSPVA through Amazon Smile
  • Sign Up for Chess Club
  • Marlas School Lunches
Dates to Remember:
  • September 14 - K and 1st Grade First Day of Chess Club - Lunchtime
  • September 15 - 4th-8th Grade First Day of Chess Club - Lunchtime
  • September 16 - First Drop In for 7th and 8th Graders
  •                         - 8th Grade Parent Party
  • September 19 - District and Community Discussion and Presentation with                             Sears School Board in Library Technology Center -                                       7:30-8:45 p.m.
  • September 20 - JSSPVA Board Meeting in MPR - 8:20 a.m. 
  • September 22 - Picture Day JK-7th Grade
  •                        - Outdoor Classroom Open House - 3:15-5:00 p.m.
  • September 23 - Picture Day 8th Grade Only
  • September 27-30 - 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip
  • September 29 - Outdoor Classroom Movie Night - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • September 30 - 5th Grade Parent Party


Invitation to see the Updated New Trier Facilities in Winnetka
For all Sears families and Community members:

The Winnetka Campus at New Trier High School is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the first phase of the Winnetka Campus Facilities Project. The improvements include the new library, cafeteria and classrooms.

The event will be held on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact:

Student Picture Day
Student Picture Day is coming up.  Kindergarten students through 7th grade students will have their picture taken in school on Thursday, September 22.  If they are absent or need their picture retaken, the Retake Day will be on October 20th.   All students are encouraged to wear light or brightly colored clothing as the background will be grey. 

8th Grade Pictures will be taken on Friday, September 23rd.  Retakes will be taken by studio appointments only.  

Questions, please contact:
Mari Franklin:
Linda Ransford:

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.

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.  When you are looking for us in the list of organizations, look under Joseph Sears School Parent Volunteer Association.

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