September 28, 2016
In This Issue
  • My School Anywhere - Online Family Directory
  • FAN Event - Mindfulness and the Power of Possibility 
  • Second Cup Of Coffee - Parent Education
  • Annual Porch Light Night
  • Calling all Veterans
  • Donate to the JSSPVA through Amazon Smile
  • Marlas School Lunches
What is Going on in the Next Two Weeks?Dates to Remember:
  • September 27-30 - 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip
  • September 28 - FAN Event - Mindfulness and the Power of Possibility                                  7:00 p.m. Gaffney Auditorium, New Trier Winnetka Campus
  • September 29 - Second Cup of Coffee - Discussion on Digital Citizenship                              8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - in the Sears LTC
  • September 29 - Outdoor Classroom Movie Night - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • September 30 - 1st Grade Field Trip
  • September 30 - 5th Grade Parent Party
  • October 2 - 1st Grade Parent Party
  • October 3 - No School - Local School Holiday
  • October 4-7th - Walk and Bike to School Week
  • October 4- Book Bats Starts in the School Library
  • October 5 - Second Cup Of Coffee - Writing, a discussion with Carol Jago,                      Nationally and Internationally Awarded English Educator,                              Speaker and Author - 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 172
  • October 10 - No School - Columbus Day
  • October 11 - No School - Teacher Institute Day
  • October 12 - No School - Local School Holiday
  • October 13 - Late Start 9:20 a.m.
  • October 13 - Guest Speaker - Author Henry Neff
  • October 14 - Drop In for 7th and 8th Graders
  • October 14 - Kindergarten Parent Party
  • October 15 - 4th Grade Parent Party


Get connected today! My School Anywhere
MySchoolAnywhere provides a safe, secure and convenient way to access the family directory from your tablet or mobile device. This system allows for instant access to faculty contact information, as well as family addresses, cell phone numbers and email addresses.  The app allows users to sort the data by name, grade or teacher/advisor if necessary.  Any portion of this information can be printed from your home computer.

Access The Joseph Sears School family directory TODAY through the MySchoolAnywhere app, which has recently been released on the iTunes and Google Play Stores. The web-based app from last year will continue to be available and supported by MySchoolAnywhere. You can also access the family directory on your computer through the  MySchoolAnywhere homepage.
We encourage you to download the free app and log in to the service using the primary email address you provided the school during registration. (Follow the forgot password prompts in the event of a lost password.) 

For more information, contact Mrs. Stacy Smith from the JSSPVA at 

FAN Event - "Mindfulness and the Power of Possibility"
Ellen Langer, Ph.D. will speak on  Wednesday, September 28, 2016   at TWO EVENTS - 12:30 PM  at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 10th Floor, Ceremonial Courtroom, 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago;  and  7:00 PM  at New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus, Gaffney Auditorium, 385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka.

Ellen J. Langer, Ph.D., is a renowned Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, the "mother of mindfulness" who has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. An award-winning social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard, Prof. Langer is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years. Her best-selling books include  Mindfulness (with a new 25th anniversary edition); T he Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and her most recent book,  Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility, which documented her groundbreaking work examining the ways in which the aging process is strongly affected by how we "mindlessly" respond to social and cultural cues about aging. Her recently published book, The Wiley Mindfulness Handbook, is an anthology on mindfulness in which leading researchers integrate work derived from her western scientific theoretical base of mindfulness with research on eastern derived forms of meditation. 

Among other honors, Prof. Langer is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and four Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Liberty Science Genius Award. The citation for the APA distinguished contributions award reads, in part, "... her pioneering work revealed the profound effects of increasing mindful behavior ... and offers new hope to millions whose problems were previously seen as unalterable and inevitable. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making."

2nd Cup of Coffee Series
There will be several parent education opportunities through the year in a series called "A 2nd Cup of Coffee".  We have two currently scheduled.

First, on Thursday, September 29th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the LTC at Sears, we will have a discussion about Digital Citizenship.  All are welcome.  

Second, on October 5, from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m, please join us for a discussion about "Writing, shifts, expectations and rigor in the ELA classroom," with nationally and internationally awarded English educator, speaker and author, Carol Jago and Sears School Instructional Faciliator, Megan Panje in Room 172.

Outdoor Classroom Movie Night - Thursday, September 29
Please join us for our first Outdoor Classroom Movie Night on Thursday, September 29th!  We will enjoy watching t he movie "Ratatouille."  It will run from  7:00-9:00 p.m.   Please bring a blanket or chairs to sit upon.  We will provide popcorn and water.  All are welcome!

If you have questions, please contact Debbie Kelly.

Annual Porch Light Night for Kenilworth United Fund - October 3
For nearly a century, volunteers have knocked on doors throughout Kenilworth on Porch Light Night to ask their neighbors to make a donation to the Kenilworth United Fund.  This year, Porch Light Night will be on Monday, October 3rd from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  The funds raised are allocated to community organizations within Kenilworth and social service agencies that serve Kenilworth residents.  A detailed letter from the Kenilworth United Fund gives more explanation below.

If you have questions, please contact Glenn Trout.

Calling all Veterans!
Sears School is inviting all military Veterans in our community to come and enjoy a special lunch with our students this Veterans Day, Friday November 11th.

If you have a Veteran in your family who would like to participate in this memorable event with our students, we would love to include them and thank them for their service to our nation.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Quigley at: 

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.

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