Teacher Parties!

Did you miss your chance at the Fun Fair to sign up for these amazing teacher parties? No worries!! We still have a few spots left for each of these three parties:

  1. Monday, May 1st from 3:00 – 4:30 pm! Please join Ms. Kaunelis, Ms. Parkinson, Ms. Richards, and Ms. Zience to watch Toy Story and eat some delicious popcorn! Our Movie and Popcorn Party will take place on Monday, May 1st from 3:00-4:30. They hope to see you there! 25 Students, $15 (https://washington-irving-pto-2.square.site/product/movie-popcorn-night-with-ms-kaunelis-ms-parkinson-ms-richards-and-ms-zience-/86?fbclid=IwAR0tlmDMeZ7qvVVL2ZKY-N8TRQjBYxhFmc5Z94IFV-uPs5RqWlUgq_LW2nk)
  2. Thursday, May 18th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm Crafting and Cookies with Ms. Koransky – Ms. Koransky is inviting students to join her after school for cookies and coloring! Cookies and all coloring materials will be provided. 15 Students, $10 (https://washington-irving-pto-2.square.site/product/crafting-cookies-with-ms-koransky-open/109?fbclid=IwAR3SDEvxdtxuWimG3GUicuYJG0bIQlMNBkpvMH2gDjHVMA–8peLb2tOgoM)
  3. Friday, June 9th at 7:15 am Bagels & Byes with Ms. Gray – Join Ms. Gray for a Bagel Breakfast on the Last Day of School! (https://washington-irving-pto-2.square.site/product/bagels-byes-with-ms-gray-open/110?fbclid=IwAR1PNcy1RLlPp3or_mVX3rcr6lr4ZDe2P6uBqmn_5102L_E39rsHtDL7E8g)

Garden club spring kickoff

It’s Spring and that means GARDEN CLUB is starting back up! Join us this Friday 4/21 right after school for our spring kickoff!

Help Irving’s Garden Club celebrate Earth Day and welcome spring into our garden. There’s something for everyone! We’ll start cleaning up the garden to get ready for early planting; we’ll check out our mulch bin, see what insects we can find and learn how we compost; we’ll take a field trip around the school to pick up garbage and help beautiful our shared space. Learn about native (to Illinois) plants and why they’re worth celebrating. Finally, we’ll cover our R’s and Z’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, and Zero Waste.

Garden Club is free and all are welcome! **The only requirement is to come with your grownup, as otherwise we don’t have enough adults to help keep kids safe while we work with tools.**

Questions? Contact our gardening extraordinaires, Denise Frank and Alix Strunk

Spring Book Fair this Week

It’s time for the Anderson Book Fair!! We’ll be set up for shopping Mon-Thurs this week in the kindergarten hallway! Class previews will take place during school on Monday and Tuesday, followed by a very special Spring Read-Aloud event in the school auditorium on Wednesday evening at 6pm!

The book fair will be open after school until 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and until 7pm on Wednesday for our special event! Can’t wait to see you there!

If you or your 4th/5th grade student helpers would like to help out, please volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A084DA5AC2A1-spring2

Fun Fair this Saturday

Saturday is the DAY!

Come one, come all to the Fun Fair, and in between carnival games and snacks, don’t forget to stop by the silent auction and raffle area on the Irving “porch” outside the main office doors!

In this exciting corner, you can bid on a chance to be principal or teacher or librarian for a day, hit the museums with Mr. Packer, do nails with Ms. Gibson, or golf with Mr. Daniel. You can have lunch at Pete’s with Ms. Blackney or have Mr. Blecha come to your house to read bedtime stories!

And while you’re at it, why not take home a basket filled with the best Candycopia has to offer (plus a toothbrush!), everything you need for family game night, an instant Mexican fiesta, Squishmallows galore, or bubbles for your bath and your glass?

Some of these items you can bid on in the silent auction, some will be for raffle, and for some of the teacher parties, all you have to do is sign up. Oh – and you can help decide which Irving staffer gets a pie in the face at 3:30 too!

Cash or online payment via the PTO website will be accepted for baskets. Tickets are cash only and available for purchase this week and at the fair. 

Irving’s Got Talent show begins at 1pm, followed by the Fun Fair at 2pm and a sensory hour at 4pm. See you on Saturday! 

PS! We could use a few more 4th and 5th grade student volunteers – please sign up if you can!

It’s the CAN Do Challenge

This April, we are helping fight hunger with Beyond Hunger in their annual CAN DO Community Challenge, where local schools compete to see who can raise the most points (combination of money and actual food donations). Please support us by joining our team and/or making a donation! For every $1 donated, Beyond Hunger can provide 3 meals!

Items can be donated to the collection box in Irving’s main office throughout the month of April! Below is the list of 10 non-perishable food items worth 5 points each. All food donations will be weighed for a total number of pounds, but only the items below will count towards the competition.
• Jelly
• Peanut Butter
• Canned Chicken Soup
• Cheerios’ Cereal
• Canned Mixed Vegetables (low sodium)
• Diced Tomatoes
• Tomato Paste
• Bagged Rice (White or Brown)
• Refried and Dry Beans (Pinto and Black)
• Canned Pineapples

Beyond Hunger’s off-site pop-up pantry serves newly immigrant families and relies entirely on private donations. Due to the organization’s limits in space and staff/volunteers for sorting, they are asking us to please stick to donations off this list.

OR Donate money here: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/vf/CanDo/team/Irving

Take it one step further and join our team!
• Go to https://fundraise.givesmart.com/vf/CanDo/team/Irving
• Enter your First, Last, Email and then Join our Irving Team
• Finish setting up your page and share with your friends!

Interested in volunteering instead, or even becoming the star of your own Beyond Hunger promotional video? Amazing!! Click here to learn about even more ways to get involved and earn Points for Irving in the CAN DO Community Challenge!

We will check the donation bins every other day during the collection period. The final day to donate food items will be 

Friday, April 28th @ 3:00PM

Thank you for your support of our community and our school!