Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Kwanzaa

Happy Kwanzaa!
Kwanzaa begins today and ends January 1st.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Break

Winter Break Begins!  
Thank you to all of the parent helpers and the staff for giving the students a wonderful holiday party. 
Enjoy your holidays!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Friday Early Release

Friday (12/19) is an early release day!
PIC: 12:45pm
PES; 1:30pm

Friday Winter Parties

Classroom Winter Parties are Friday (12/19)!
Students will have a treat of cheese pizza and bottled water!
If they don't want the pizza, then students will need to bring a lunch or purchase a school lunch.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PIC Letters to Billy

If you didn't know it already, our students are AWESOME!

PIC Students participated in an anti-bully letter writing program called "Letters to Billy" which was offered through the JJ Watt Foundation.  
We sent 166 letters to Billy along with a spirit shirt & water bottle.  The kids took such care to encourage him and some shared their own stories of being bullied.  Dream Big, Work Hard!
To watch the video the kids watched: 

For more information on the JJ Watt Foundation you can go to their Facebook page or 

Thank you to Mrs. Hiller and Tabitha Hurley for implementing this project to our students. 

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah! 
Hanukkah begins today and end December 24th.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Capri Sun/Recycle

Send in your foil pouches prior to winter break! 
Thank you to those who have been sending them in.
If you have any recycle items such as ink cartridges, toner cartridges, 
old cell phones or small electronic's, send them in too! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

PIC Internet Safety Program

PIC Internet Safety Program for parents is Monday (12/15) @ 1:00pm.
Young children are welcome.  If you have not already given notice that you want to attend, just call the office at 815-469-5744.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

PES & PIC Secret Santa Shoppes

Thank you to all of the wonderful helping hands we had to work the 
Secret Santa Shoppe's at PES & PIC!  
Kudos to Chair's Rinda Tosi, Kim Gayeski, Emily Kuypers & Lisanne Gaidamavice for leading the way! Hopefully you will find something FABULOUS under your tree 
just for you and the rest of the helpers.  
Here are just a few shots from the 2 shoppe's.

Remembering Sandy Hook Elementary

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Early Release Friday

Friday is an Early Release Day!
PIC Students 11am
PES Students 11:50am
Pre-K - No School
Students will not need a lunch.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PIC Secret Santa Shoppe

PIC's Secret Santa Shoppe is Thursday (12/11)!
Please be sure your child has money and a list of who they are shopping for.

PIC Market Day Pick Up Reminder

PIC Market Day Pick-Up is Wednesday (12/10) 3:30-4:30pm!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Take 5 With... Jill Ostby

Take 5...With Mrs. Jill Ostby - PIC - 4th Grade Teacher

1) What is your favorite Color?  My favorite color is green because it reminds me of the spring and new life.

2) What is the funniest or most creative excuse a student has given for not doing their work?  This one is hard to think of.  Hmmm...... I actually did get the "dog ate my homework!"  Guess that's not very creative. Sorry. I find most kids are honest, "I didn't have time."

3) What is your favorite TV show and/or book?  My favorite show is TLC's 19 Kids and Counting. Love the positive life they lead!

4) Do you like something sweet or salty?  I love something sweet!

5) If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go?  I would go to Australia.  My sister did live there with her family for 2 years and I should have visited but my daughter was 2 at the time and I didn't want to take her alone on the 18 hour flight (her dad couldn't get the time off of work). 

Mrs. Ostby scores! Extra Credit: Some other facts:  I have a 14 year old daughter who is a JV cheerleader for LW Central and plays the violin. I have a 7 year old who is an ice hockey goalie for the Joliet Jaguars.  And I play the violin!

Monday, December 8, 2014

PES Kitchen Donation Request

PES Kitchen is requesting any new or gently used hand towels anyone would like to donate.
Thank you!

PIC Parent Program for Student Internet Safety

With gift giving season upon us and all those awesome electronics the kids want....why not be prepared as a parent with what your child can get into!
 PIC is offering an Internet Safety Program for parents on Monday (12/15) @ 1:00pm. 
Young children are welcome.  Please let Mrs. Hiller know if you can attend: or call 815-469-5744

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Pearl Harbor Day

5 Facts About Pearl Harbor:
1. Some of the battleships sunk that day were resurrected.
2. Veteran's of the attack can be laid to rest at Pearl Harbor.
3. The USS Arizona still leaks fuel.
4. Servicemembers stationed in Hawaii took care of the memorial during the 2013 government shutdown.
5. Many tourists from Japan come to visit the memorial. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

PIC Market Day Orders Due

PIC Market Day Orders are due Saturday (12/6) by 11pm.
Pick-up is on Wednesday (12/10) 3:30pm.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Good Deed

Here is a simple good deed you can do during this holiday season:

Addie is a 6-year-old Utah girl who is dying! Doctors have no idea from what, but her brain is wasting away. She loves Christmas and wants holiday cards for what is most likely her last Christmas. PLEASE SHARE this with your friends and help make Addie's Christmas bright!

PTO Board Member Openings 2015-2016

There will be 2 PTO Board positions open for the 2015-2016 school year. 
You must be able to serve a 2 year term. 
Have a student at either PES or PIC. 
Be willing to work with all buildings (PES, PIC & Pre-K Connor Shaw).
Attend 5 PTO meetings as well as executive meetings when necessary. 

If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else, you must attend the January 13th PTO meeting.  Anyone receiving a nomination will be asked if they accept or decline the nomination. 

If there is more than 1 person nominated for a position, an election will be held at the March 10th meeting.  If you have questions regarding one of these positions, please feel free to contact any of the board members currently serving those positions.  Email

Thursday, December 4, 2014

PIC Secret Santa Shoppe Volunteers Needed

PIC Secret Santa Shoppe is in need of a few more volunteers!
Set-up: 12/10 @ 2:30pm
Shoppe: 12/11 - 7:40am - 2:30pm 
Contact Emily Kuypers with questions or to let her know your availability!

PES Market Day Pick Up Reminder

PES Market Day Pick-Up is Thursday (12/4) 4:30-5:30pm.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Scrip Orders Due

Scrip order forms are due Thursday (12/4)!
Thank you for using our program for your gift card needs!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Market Day Pie Results & Winners

Thank you for participating in our Market Day Pie fund raiser!
We sold 167 pies!  That's a lot of pie.
PES: 126
PIC: 41

Market Day also brought out some awesome teamwork.  Several PTO Board members pitched in at PIC and to learn the ropes.  The PIC Chairs went to PES to help the PES Chair who was on her own.  Thanks ladies!  Here are the winners of the prizes that were raffled off:

Joseph M. - Guitar Hero Air Guitar Buckle

Kiersten B. - iclassic phone alarm clock/lamp

Aidan S. -  Jumbo MP3 player

Evan S. - Jumbo MP3 player

Alyssa I. -  iWin headset and laptop camera

Kyle G. - Guitar Hero Air Guitar Buckle

Upcoming Community Events

Tis' The Season To Be Jolly....So Get Jolly!
Here are some fun things happening in our community.
Thursday (12/4) Community Tree Lighting Ceremony  @ Peotone Library.
6-7pm - Mrs. Rojas (PES 3rd Grade Teacher) and the 3rd graders will 
play a special role in this event. 

Saturday (12/6) Peotone Jr. High Barnes & Noble Book Fair Benefit
The 4th annual Peotone Junior High book fair event is at Barnes & Noble in Bradley, located in Target parking lot, on Saturday December 6th from 11-3. Proceeds from the book fair benefit Peotone Junior High. There will also be book baskets that Mrs. Schubbe, our media specialist,  has put together offering books that can be purchased and donated to any of our school district libraries. It’s a great community event!  Come down on Saturday to start your own Christmas shopping, visit with friends and help raise money for our school. We hope to see you there.

Mrs. Schubbe has a wish list for each of the schools that will be there at Barnes and Noble so it will definitely benefit all schools libraries as well as the junior high.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ho, Ho, Ho Secret Santa Shoppe PES

Let your kids get their HO, HO, HO...Holiday Shopping on!
PES Secret Santa Shoppe is this week.  (PIC's Secret Santa Shoppe is on 12/11)
Classes will shop on the following dates. Friday is planned as a make-up date as needed.
Monday information will be going home with students. (Hint..check their backpacks!)  Please be sure your child has their list of people to shop for and money/check. 

Tuesday December 2nd

Wednesday, December 3rd

Thursday, December 4th

Sunday, November 30, 2014

PES Market Day Orders Due

PES Market Day Orders are due Monday (12/1) by 11pm.
Pick-up is Thursday (12/4).

Scrip Orders Due

Only 4 days left to get your Scrip gift card orders in!
Thank you to those who have already turned in your orders. 
Order forms & payment are due Thursday December 4th. Cards will arrive by the 12th.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Humor

Just a little fun for the people who are making the turkey today! ;-)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
There is no school Wednesday (11/26) - Friday (11/28)!

The PTO is thankful for all of our dedicated volunteers, the district families, and especially our own families!  
We appreciate all you do for us and your willingness to be open to this new journey. 
What are you thankful for? 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Take 5...With Amy Deutsche

Take 5...With Amy Deutsche - PES - 1st Grade Teacher

1) What is your favorite Color?  My favorite color is green. 

2) What is the funniest or most creative excuse a student has given for not doing their work?  The best excuse is, I have a paper cut and it hurts too much to write.

3) What is your favorite TV show and/or book?  My favorite television show is Modern Family and my favorite book is One Tuesday Morning. 

4) Do you like something sweet or salty?   I like sweet and salty together!!

5) If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go?   I would love to go to Australia. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

PES Secret Santa Shoppe Volunteers Needed

PES Secret Santa Shoppe is in need of volunteer elves!
PES has shopping on 12/2-12/5 for students and is in need of additional volunteers who can work chunks of time to help wrap gifts (consists of putting gifts in a decorative plastic baggie and writing the names on it) and assist kids in shopping (not just your own ;-).)  Help is needed primarily on the 2nd and 3rd.  If you can help any day for a window of time, that would be great.  
Please contact Rinda Tosi at 708-533-0846