Author: Askham

Irving Celebrates Black History Month!!!

Hello Irving Families,

In celebration of Black History Month this year, Irving proudly presents African Heritage Week  February 24th – 28th (see attached flyer for details). This will be an exciting, week-long schedule of activities designed to engage students and to highlight the history, achievements, and contributions of African Americans to our society. Please be sure to mark your calendars!
Additionally, to help culminate our Black History Month and African Heritage Week celebrations, all of our students will be working on a collage project entitled, “Black is Beautiful”, on
Friday, February 28th. The finished works will then be displayed throughout the school.
These collages will be created using images taken from predominantly African American publications, such as Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Jet Magazine, etc. If you have any magazines that you could donate to use for these collages, please send them in with your child to school. Also, feel free to search media outlets for positive images of African Americans and print in full color. The more images to pull from, the more beautiful these projects will be!
Thank you so much for your help and support!
~Your Diversity & Inclusion Team
Irving Black History Month (1)

Uniquely You, Tea Party Sunday 2/23 2:30-5:30pm

Event: Uniquely You Tea Party
The “Uniquely You Tea Party” is a culturally responsive gathering for girls that identify as Black, ages 8 -11 and are enrolled in the Oak Park, District 97 Elementary Schools.  This event offers a safe space for Black girls to tell their stories, engage with other Black girls, while learning to cooperate in group settings. The girls will learn conflict resolution skills and positive ways to build lasting friendships. In this space our goal is that each girl will be affirmed and leave feeling celebrated and empowered!
Note: We are also looking for black women to help facilitate a discussion with a group of girls at a tea table.  To inquire or sign-up, please email Juantagriffin@yahoo.com

Loved Ones Dance This Friday 2/14

But first – Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s Monthly Meeting
Tomorrow Tuesday, February 11 at 7 pm

All are welcome, help us plan our next activities including the Loved Ones Dance and the African American History Assembly, childcare available.

Friday 2/14 7 pm to 9 pm: The Loved Ones Dance is an inclusive event designed to celebrate our many unique and diverse families at Irving. We encourage students to come celebrate with their loved ones in an atmosphere that promotes acceptance and kindness to all.

Please use this link to RSVP:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-loved-ones-dance-tickets-90369721269


Volunteer Link to Help (1/2 Hour Slots Available, Food and Drink Donations and More): 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4fa8ac22a1f85-loved

 

 

Irving Needs You! Ways to Get Involved!

Was your New Years Resolution to get more involved with the fantastic staff and parent volunteers at Irving? If so, you are in luck!

We have a great variety of ways for you to help out – no matter what your time commitment or availability! Check out these! And let us know if you have any questions!

WANT TO ATTEND MEETINGS FOR LATEST AND SHARE YOUR VOICE AND EXPERTISE?

  • Thursday 2/6/2020: Our next PTO meeting will be held on February 6th at 7 pm in the Irving Auditorium. As always, all are welcome and childcare is available.
  • Tuesday 2/11/2020: Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s Monthly Meeting
    Tuesday, February 11 at 7 pm
    All are welcome, help us plan our next activities including the Loved Ones Dance and the African American History Assembly, childcare available.

WANT TO HELP OUT DURING THE SCHOOL DAY? 

  • Zero Waste Lunch: Volunteers needed during lunch hour (11:30 am – 12:25 pm) to guide kids through composting and recycling. Only a one hour commitment whenever it is convenient for your schedule! The kids love seeing their parents in the lunchroom! Please sign up here:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4fa8ab28a6fc1-lunchroom1

WANT TO HELP OUT DURING THE LOVED ONES DANCE AT NIGHT? 

CAN’T VOLUNTEER ON WEEKDAYS OR NIGHTS BUT WEEKENDS OKAY? 

HAVE NO TIME TO VOLUNTEER BUT CAN BAKE OR DONATE? 

  • The Loved Ones Dance needs snacks and things! Going to Costco? Look at this list first! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4fa8ac22a1f85-loved .
  • Bring a dessert for the Fun Fair for “dancing with desserts” Dancing for Desserts is part of the Irving Fun Fair. Think guest djs, smooth moves and delicious prizes! We’ll need bakers (and those wiling to work the tables).  All Desserts are welcome but for those who like a little competition…..New this year – Best in Show Awards!  Details here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a094daba62caa8-irving 
  • The Irving Online Silent Auction is Coming Sunday, February 23rd @ Noon!

    We will be auctioning off donated items such as tickets to sporting events and theaters, services & goods.  Also, tickets to Irving Parent Parties will be sold. If you can: * Donate an item * Donate Tickets * Donate a Service * Host a Party * Ask your company to donate Please reach out to Michelle Ahring at emichelle1975@hotmail.com ASAP.

CAN’T DONATE, VOLUNTEER OR BAKE BUT TOOK SOME CUTE PHOTOS? 

  • Please send any submissions (classroom parties, field trips, first day, assemblies, more) to Alison Price Askham at tiggerap2000@gmail.com by mid- February to meet our deadlines!

 

 

 

Irving Fun Fair February 22 Sign Up

Irving Fun Fair February 22, 2020 10-2

Welcome to volunteer central!

The fun fair can not succeed without our amazing volunteers!

Please sign up to run a station of some kind

AND/OR…..bring a dessert for “dancing with desserts”

Dancing for Desserts is part of the Irving Fun Fair. Think guest djs, smooth moves and delicious prizes! We’ll need bakers and those wiling to work the tables.

All Desserts are welcome but for those who like a little competition…..

New this year – Best in Show Awards!

  • School Spirit Dessert
  • Most Creative
  • Best Superhero Dessert
  • Happiest Dessert

You can drop off your dessert the morning of the Fun Fair starting at 9:00 a.m. Please note if your dessert includes nuts. One prize should consist of 12 cupcakes, 12 bars, 24 cookies, 1 cake or 1 pie.  If you are willing to bring a donation, please sign up below.

Bring it, Irving!

If you have questions, email Kara Sakellaris at ksakellaris@op97.org

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a094daba62caa8-irving