Current News & Notes


Teacher's Holiday Luncheon

 

It's time for us to celebrate our wonderful middle school teachers and staff with our annual holiday luncheon!

 

Please help treat our teachers and staff to a delicious holiday lunch on Wednesday, December 19th!

 

Please volunteer to bring in appetizers, salads, desserts, drinks, gift cards or gift baskets or help serve lunch to the teachers!

 

Thank you for your time and amazing food donations!!

 

All details regarding times and drop off locations for each school are included in the sign-up genius:

ATTEA HOLIDAY LUNCHEON SIGN-UP                      SPRINGMAN HOLIDAY LUNCHEON SIGN-UP

 

Attea questions, please email:

Karen Hitzeman at kjhitzeman@ameritech.net or Colleen Klosa at cklosa@sbcglobal.net

 

Springman questions, please email:

Moira Hathcock at moiradages@aol.com or Sally Claffey at theclaffeys@comcast.net


SPAT PTA Membership Sign-Up

 

Missed the deadline to join the SPAT PTA??? No worries- it's not too late!

 

Now that we have made it very simple to pay your PTA dues online with no additional fees, please consider supporting your school, by joining the PTA. 

 

You can pay your $20 fee by logging into AtoZ directory via your personalized login link and completing the verification wizard.  Paying the PTA Membership dues is step 2 of the wizard. 

 

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at: spatpta@gmail.com.


National Junior Honor Society

 

National Junior Honor Society recognizes students for their contributions as caring community members as well as for their academic achievement.  Initial consideration for NJHS is based on a student's GPA, and applications for eligible students will be provided in the spring.  In the meantime, interested students may use the attached forms to keep track of their extracurricular activities and service hours completed during the 2018-2019 school year.


NO-FRILLS, STRESS-FREE PTA FUNDRAISER

 

We started the new school year off with a bang by hosting a breakfast for our awesome teachers! Events like this are paid for by the PTA and we need your help.

 

We're trying to make this as easy as possible, so please check out the details and donate at whatever level you’d like (It's so low stress we’ve copied it from last year).

 

Thank you in advance for your support!!!

 

$15 I do not want to bake, so here is the money I would have spent on those cupcakes.

 

$25 I do not want to hit up friends, family, and co-workers, so here is the money I would have spent buying wrapping paper.

 

$50 I do not want to walk, swim or run in any event with the word “thon” in it. Here’s money I would have spent on my child’s “free” t-shirt.

 

$75 I don’t want to attend any fancy parties, so here is the money I would have spent on a new outfit.

 

$100 Here is $100 to forget my name.

 

$             I am making this donation to express my appreciation for having nothing to buy, sell, or do, except read this form.

 

Please make your donation via the Paypal button OR print this form and drop a check made out to SPAT PTA into a container marked “PTA No Stress Fundraiser” at your school’s office between Sept. 5-20.


Letter from the Principals - August 2018

 

Welcome back to a new school year!  We eagerly await the arrival of more than 1,600 students at both middle schools.  Of course, we know that there is plenty of excitement and probably a good measure of nervous anticipation for our new 6th graders as well as for a number of our returning 7th and 8th graders.  Transitions very typically are challenging, and re-starting school is no exception.  A change in schedule, routines, daily demands, and for some of our students, a big change in the place and people they are going to spend significant time with – any or all of these can present a challenge to our adolescents.  

 

The middle schools embrace these challenges because we know that they are key components of our students’ growth.  We can and certainly do provide targeted support for our students (indeed, that is a big part of what the “middle school philosophy” is all about).  For our new families/students, for example, we host a New to Glenview Orientation (Aug. 20 at 4pm at each school); we have an Open House for our 6th graders (Aug. 20 at 5pm at each school); and during the first week or so of school the teachers and administration devote significant time to “re-orienting” students back to school

 

At the same time, however, we know that students need to face challenges in order to develop the kind of resiliency, coping capacity, and problem-solving skills that will serve them in life.  At the middle school level the demands to mix and mingle with new people will increase, the expectations for independence will rise, the choices they’ll have to make for pursuing interests will get more complex; the degree of accountability for their decision making will expand.  As they all should.  Growth is attained by developing new capacities to address a need or overcome problems.  And the middle school philosophy focuses on the growth of the whole child, which means that our students need opportunities to be fulfilled through successes as well as to wrestle with intellectual, social, and emotional challenges.  

 

A complex and important process to be sure… We aspire to provide all of our students with what they need to fulfill the District’s mission: to be self-directed learners and responsible decision makers.  

 

We look forward to partnering with you this year as we help our students increase their levels of independence.

 

Wishing you a happy and successful school year.

 

Jason Kaiz and Mark Richter


From the PTA Presidents - August 2018

 

Dear Springman and Attea Families –

 

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

 

We are the co-presidents of this year’s PTA and wanted to welcome you back to school!  Our goal is to continue to promote a sense of community between the two schools and encourage participation among all parents. Being part of the Springman-Attea PTA (SPAT PTA) is a great way to connect with your school, its teachers and administration. There are many opportunities to be involved this year and we are excited to begin! We realize how busy everyone is with kids, work and other commitments and truly appreciate any level of involvement and support.

 

We will communicate via eblast every Monday. The eblasts will be the primary form of communication between the PTA and its members and will contain up to date information about what is happening with the PTA at the schools. We understand that many people cannot attend the PTA meetings and want to find a way to encourage participation regardless. There will be a brief synopsis of each meeting on the website (www.spatpta.org) along with a link of the detailed minutes. We would love to hear from you with any ideas throughout the year. Please contact us at info@spatpta.org.

 

Thank you to all who have already volunteered to work with the PTA. We still have many opportunities for those who are interested to help, whether it be behind the scenes at home or at the school participating in functions. Please see the SPAT PTA website for more details.

 

Join us on September 11th at 9:15 at Attea and learn more about how to get involved!

 

Looking forward to a great year ahead!

 

Alisa Cios & Dana Doffin

 

SPAT PTA Co-Presidents

 

Parents Volunteering at School Should Tailor Skills to Different Stages


District 34's Social Media Policy

 

As we mentioned in last week's focus, here are the links to District 34's Social Media Policy as well as the link to Jenn Nimke's presentation about the world of social media.

 

 

Click here to view the presentation.

Click here for the District Social Media Policy.


Box Tops Reminder


Don't forget to drop off your box tops at the front office of each school! This is an amazing program that raises money for our schools!

 


Upcoming Events


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PTA Membership Drive

 

December 19

Dining For Dollars - Meatheads

 

December 19

Teacher's Holiday Luncheon

 

December 5 - January 6

Holiday Break - No School

PTA Meetings


All meetings start at 9:15 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

 

September 11       Attea

 

October 10  7:00pm   Attea

 

November 7  7:00pm Springman

 

December 11        Springman

 

January 14           Attea

 

February 13  7:00pm  Attea

 

March 13  7:00pm     Springman

 

April 9                       Springman

 

May 7                  Attea

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