From our PTA Presidents

Hello Springman and Attea Families,


As we mentioned in last newsletter, the past few months have been a whirlwind of activity within the PTA.  We feel we have so much to give thanks for within our PTA community. 


The Attea and Springman book fairs were very well attended by students, staff and parents. Thank you to everyone involved in those efforts. Especially Cherie DiCesare and Kathy Hartsig, our book fair chairs. One of the highlights of our book fair, is the fact that PTA was able to offer $10 gift certificates to over 200 students that are currently on free and reduced lunch. These children, with the assistance of their Language Arts teacher, purchased a book to read. The Attea Administration also provided a large number of $10 gift certificates for the students in each grade level as an extra incentive to purchase books. Getting kids to read is what the book fairs are all about!


Teacher Luncheons were held at both middle schools during the Friday of Parent Teacher Conferences.  Monique Collins and Colleen Klosa deserve a big thank you for their coordinated efforts for volunteer donations from Springman and Attea families to provide a delicious meal. The teachers were much appreciative to have a quick break and delicious food that included hand made goodies from our family members.

On the Friday of Parent Teacher Conferences, Alison Sipe coordinated our Dining for Dollars all day at Corner Bakery. Corner Bakery was decorated with Spiritwear from both schools and created a festive atmosphere.  Corner Bakery saw their largest lunch sales of the year that day! Thank you for participating in raising almost $400 for the PTA. 

Thank you to Jen Biank and Christy Murray, our school representatives for our annual Character Counts Canned Food Drive. The Northfield Food Pantry appreciated the efforts and the donations will be of great help to our community.

We are extremely fortunate to have Christy Shellenbarger donate her time and effort to provide PTA members with the ease of the ELECTRONIC directory!

Be on the lookout for the printed school directories. Rick Miller single-handedly raised $3900 in ad sales!

A large portion of the money raised from Innisbrook/The Choice is YOURS fundraiser and other PTA fundraisers go towards PTA GRANTS. Springman and Attea teachers submitted fall grant applications to the PTA. Our diligent grant committee are currently collecting, reviewing, discussing and voting on submissions. The committee will present the grants for voting at the December meeting.

At the last meeting, we welcomed Dr. Nicholson and Ms. Tsuoumas from District 34 to further discuss the topic on many families’ minds, the math curriculum. The PTA was pleased to be able to provide a forum for the topics relevant to our middle school families’ interests and needs.

The PTA also won screenings of The Empowerment Project. This is such a positive message that was well received at the screening last Thursday by parents and will be available for screening on November 17th @ 7pm at Springman for parents and students.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank the administrative teams at Springman and Attea for providing their “student incentives” for the Choice is YOURS fundraiser.  At Attea, once the goals were met, Mr. Richter and Mr. Polonsky made good on their offer.  Mr. Richter dyed his hair “ATTEA” blue and Mr. Polonsky was duct taped to the wall.  At Springman, the student from each grade level who raised the most, chose a friend and coiffed Ms. Thorne, Mr. Hoeft, and Ms. Wojeck into some great “hair-raising” styles. We thank them for their willingness to go the extra mile to raise money for our schools, while mixing in the fun!

Please join us!  Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, December 8th at 9:15a.m. at Springman.  Even if you are not a committee chair or hold a board position, we hope you will take the opportunity to get to know other parents and our principals, as well as learn about the programs your PTA supports at these monthly meetings.

We welcome your feedback, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any suggestions, questions, or concerns.


Missy Amrol and Shonne Ehrhardt

Springman/Attea Co-Presidents