Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween & Happy Friday!
Students will be released early today. PIC: 11am & PES: 11:50am

Please slow down on the roads!  We need to keep our little goblins safe.

Have a SPOOKtacular weekend!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PES Halloween Outdoor Costume Parade Cancelled

PES The Halloween outdoor costume parade has been cancelled due to weather conditions. Students will have an indoor parade, but parents are not permitted inside the building unless they are a scheduled party helper. 

PES Market Day Pick Up Reminder

PES Market Day Order Pick-Up is Thursday (10/30) 4:30-5:30pm.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Odds & Ends

Fannie May prizes and results will be announced in mid-November! 

PIC Principals Coffee with Mrs. Hiller is Thursday (10/30) @ 9am. 
Please call the office or send Mrs. Hiller an email to say your coming.

PTO Meeting is November 11th, 6:30pm @ Peotone High School's Media Center

Market Day Holiday Pies

Market Day Pie's are Deeeeelicious! 
If you aren't Martha Stewart or you have no time to bake, order Market Day Pie's for your holiday gatherings during bonus days. 
Every child that sells 1 pie gets entered in the drawing for cool prizes! 
See the Market Day Tab on either the Blog or Facebook (under "notes").
PIC: Orders Due By: 11/7 – Pick-up 11/12
PES: Orders Due By: 11/17 – Pick-up 11/24

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Veteran's Day Celebrations

PES Students: Reminder to return your sheet to honor Veteran's for the"Wall of Honor" 
by Wednesday (10/29).
PES does a touching tribute to Veteran's with a Poppy that the students will make! You may also include a picture of your Veteran to be displayed.  Be sure to label your picture with students name and teacher so it can be returned to you. Stay tuned for pictures of the Wall of Honor!

PIC Veteran's Day Guest forms for the breakfast & program are due by October 31st. Each PIC student can invite 1 Veteran to attend this special event on November 11th @ 8:30am.

Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes are Wednesday (10/29)!
Please be sure you have returned your original pictures.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

PES Market Day Orders Due

PES Market Day Orders are due Monday (10/27) by 11pm.
You can participate at either PES or PIC! 
Order your Holiday Desserts!
Market Day has it's own tab on our Blog & note on our Facebook page if you want to see when orders are due at either building. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Spaghetti Dinner

Spaghetti Dinner was a big SUCCESS!!
The dedication from the Chair's of this event is what 
pulled this together with only a few weeks of planning.  Complete gratitude to Shannan Erikson, Vicki Moore & Heather Boehl for leading the charge and implementing this new event. 
Thank you to all of the Family Spaghetti Dinner volunteers who served food, desserts and set up/cleaned up the event.  Also the volunteer's children who busily cleared and wiped down tables as our guest came and went.
We had hoped for 100 attendees and we received just a couple shy of 190!
Thank you to the community, school families and staff who came out! 

Thank you to Tony's Pizza (who catered the delicious food), Terri Wuske (who was gracious to allow us use of the High School kitchen), and Market Day (for donating and serving delicious pies)!

Shannan giving the kids their assignments.

Ready for guests!

Surprise Bears tickets donated by Shannan & Roy Erikson that were raffled off! 

Maybe the cutest couple on the face of the planet! 
Community members that came out just to support the schools.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Family Spaghetti Dinner Tonight

Tonight (10/24) is the Family Spaghetti Dinner!
Come out between 4:30-7:30pm @ Peotone High School
Public is welcome - you can pay at the door.
Adults $8 - Kids 12-4 $5 - Kids 3 & under FREE

Friday is also an early release - PIC 12:45pm & PES 1:30pm Students will need a lunch.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Change Of Release Time

Please note the early release time on Friday has changed. 
PIC: 12:45pm
PES: 1:30pm
Students will need a lunch. 

PIC Veterans Day Celebration

PIC - To Salute those who have Served ---
take part in the Veteran's Day Celebration on November 11th @ 8:30am.
PIC students can invite 1 family or friend who is or has served in the military.
Breakfast and a short program will take place.
Return your reservations by October 31st.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Party Reminders

School Halloween party reminders: 
> No Edible Treats (any treat bags must also have NO food items)
> Costumes cannot be worn on the buses for safety reasons.  
Bring them to school and they can be put on and taken off after the party.
> No weapons or make-up that needs to be applied at school.
* These are district rules - the PTO does not set school rules. ;-)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fannie May Order Money Due

To be eligible for prizes ALL Fannie May Money must be turned in Wednesday (10/22)!
Thank you for participating in this fundraiser! 
We will let you know the results when they are tallied.

PIC - Coffee With Mrs. Hiller

PIC - Coffee with Mrs. Hiller!
Parents and younger siblings are invited for this fun gathering at 9am on Thursday (10/30)
and get to know the Principal better.
Call 815-469-5744 or email Mrs. Hiller 
to let them know you are coming.
Coffee and donuts will be served.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spaghetti Dinner Pre-pay

Did you know...if you aren't a fan of red sauce you can also get buttered noodles
 at the Family Spaghetti Dinner?!?! 
Just a friendly reminder if you wish to pre-pay for the Spaghetti Dinner (10/24),
 money is due tomorrow (10/21).  You can also pay at the door or take it to go!
Questions or to let Shannan know you're coming: email

Board of Education Meeting Tonight

October 20, 2014 7:00PM
Peotone High School

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Reminder: Parent-Teacher Conferences are on Thursday, November 6th!
If you have not signed up,  you can sign up online at either school's website. 
Or call the school office to schedule your time.
Reminder notices will be sent prior to the conferences. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fannie May Candy Sales Extended

Due to the success of the Fannie May Fundraiser, the due date is being extended until Wednesday (10/22). All money is due on or before the 22nd. 
Thank you for your efforts!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Things to Know...Family Spaghetti Dinner

Family Spaghetti Dinner - Friday 10/24 - 4:30-7:30pm - Peotone High School
Things to know....
> Public is welcome and you can pay at the door.  Adults $8 - Kids 12-4 $5 - Kids 3-under Free
> If you know you are coming and want to pay at the door, you can fill out the reservation form, send it in with your total number of attendee's so we have an idea of how many folks to expect. Just mark "pay at the door" on the sheet.
> If you still want to pay in advance - Payments are due Tuesday (10/21)
> If you want the great food, but can't stay long, you can "take it to go"!
> You can send an email to to give your headcount. (The email on the last flier was incorrect. If you sent Shannan an email and didn't get a response, that would be why. This is the correct email. Sorry for any inconvenience.)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thank You From The Director Of Food Services

On behalf of the Director of Food Services Terri Wuske and the food service staff, THANK YOU for participating in the National School Lunch Week!  The kids enjoyed the raffles and wearing their themed shirts through the week. 

Enjoy your weekend!

PES Book Fair

The totals are in for the PES Book Fair!
The total amount after taxes was $5,501.50.
PES earned $3,300.90 in Scholastic Dollars!!!
It will be determined at the next PTO Meeting (11/11) how it will be used.
Again, GREAT job to Amanda, Karen and all of the volunteers!

Spaghetti Dinner Money Due

Who doesn't love a good spaghetti face?! 
Money is due for the Spaghetti Dinner Friday (10/17).

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PIC School Lunch Menu Change

PIC Lunch Menu Change for Friday 10/17.
Walking Nachos will be served instead of Pasta Salad. 

Take 5....Mr. Scott McAllister

Take 5...With Mr. Scott McAllister - PIC 4th Grade Teacher

1) What is your favorite Color?  Cardinal Red

2) What is the funniest or most creative excuse a student has given for not doing their work?  "It was too loud in the bar that my dad took me too last night to finish my homework."   Absolutely serious.

3) What is your favorite TV show and/or book?  Cheers or Seinfeld/ book) To Kill a Mockingbird or HOLES

4) Do you like something sweet or salty?  Sweet

5) If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go?  Italy

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Family Spaghetti Dinner

With our district coming together as one, we thought this would be a fun family event to bring parents and kids out for a nice casual dinner to meet the families they are just getting to know.  The Spaghetti Dinner is on Friday (10/24) @ Peotone High School.  You just come in anytime during the serving hours of 4:30-7:30pm to eat and meet!  You do not need to stay the entire time or come at a specific time. How great is that? Plus, who doesn't love Tony's food?  Win-Win!   Send in your ticket reservations by this Friday (10/17)!  

PIC Market Day Pick-Up Reminder

PIC Market Day Order Pick-Up is Wednesday (10/15) 3:30-4:30pm.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PIC Intramural Sports Cancelled

PIC Intramural Sports have been CANCELLED for today (10/14) and tomorrow (10/15) due to weather.  Students will be released and sent home at 2:25pm.

National Principal Month

October is National Principal Month!
Nominate your Principal!
Go to:

Week Ahead

Hope you enjoyed your long weekend!
The PES Book Fair was a big success!  Online sales ended last night...stay tuned for the results.
Thank you to all of the parent volunteers that helped work the fair!  Special thanks going out to Amanda Bostjancic & Karen O'Brien who lead the way!  Our parent volunteers are the best there is.

Fannie May Candy is still going on!  Thank you to the families that contacted the PTO through the weekend to get more candy to sell.  Thank you to Mrs. Hiller for allowing us to open the doors at PIC to allow for pick up.  If you have sold your box and want more, just turn in your money ($52) and you can get another box.  Sale ends and all money/candy are due back on Monday 10/20.

Phew!  Did anyone get some good sleep this weekend?!?!

Monday, October 13, 2014

National School Lunch Week

October 13-17 is National School Lunch Week!
Each day is a different sports theme.  
Giveaways and raffles will take place at both schools for students 
who participate in the School Lunch Program.
Fliers can be seen on the schools website under the "lunch menu".

TUES (10/14): PES - Basketball  PIC -Soccer
WED (10/15): PES Hockey  PIC - Baseball
THUR (10/16): PES - Baseball  PIC - Any Sport
FRI (10/17): PES - Football  PIC - Football

Happy Columbus Day No School

Happy Columbus Day!  There is no school today. 
Go out and DISCOVER something new for yourself! ;)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Family Spaghetti Dinner

Don't forget to order your tickets for the Family Spaghetti Dinner!
October 24 (Friday) 4:30-7:30pm @ Peotone High School
Food will be catered by Tony's Pizza!
Come out for a great night of family fun & food!
Tickets $8 adult - $5 12 and under - 3 and under Free
Order forms available at PES or PIC.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

PIC Market Day Orders Due

PIC Market Day Orders are due by 11pm on Saturday (10/11)!
Pick up is Wednesday (10/15) 3:30-4:30pm.
Did you know...if you missed ordering at PIC, you can order at PES? 
It doesn't matter which school or even if you have a child at either building. 
You can order Market Day at the building that is most convenient for you!

Friday, October 10, 2014


Enjoy your 3 day weekend!  There is no school on Monday due to Columbus Day!


Did you hear that?!  It's the sound of happy kids reading books that were purchased from the PES Book Fair!  If you were unable to make it to the Book Fair or you want to get some Holiday shopping done early, Books can be purchased online until Monday (10/13)!  Here is the link to the online orders:

Special Veteran's Day Program PIC

PIC Families:  Special Program On Veterans Day (11/11)

The students and staff of PIC will be honoring Veterans during our upcoming Veterans Day Program. Each student is encouraged to invite a family member, family friend or neighbor who has served in the military to attend our Veterans Day Program on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
Veterans and their student host will be invited to enjoy a breakfast, followed by a 30-45 minute program at our school in which we learn about our past, honor our military and celebrate our country.
Please consider asking family and friends who have or are currently serving in the military to join us for this special day. 
Notes are coming home on Friday 10/10 regarding this.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fannie May Candy Permission Slips Due

Permission Slips are due Friday (10/10) to participate in the Fannie May Candy Fundraiser!
Don't forget Fannie May Candy makes great treats for trick or treaters, football parties, hockey parties or if you just like a chocolate for yourself. 
1st - $100.00 2nd - $75.00 3rd - $50.00 
Each student who sells 1 tote will participate by drawing a CASH ENVELOPE!
Each additional tote sold earns a draw for another CASH ENVELOPE!
Each envelope will contain from $1.00 to $50.00 CASH!
Plus, one envelope will contain a certificate for a free MP3 PLAYER!

Blue Book - Digital Directory

Did you receive an email inviting you to The Blue Book - digital school directory?
If you have not and you signed up, have questions, or want to sign up: 
Contact Joyce Sears
Please be sure you include what school and class you have students in for verification.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Take 5...Jaclyn Zywica

Introducing a new segment to get to know faculty members from both PES & PIC. 
Over the course of the school year, a different staff member will be highlighted.
We hope you enjoy!

Take 5....with Jaclyn Zywica - PES 1st Grade Teacher

1) What is your favorite Color?  My favorite color(s) are blues, pinks and purples.

2) What is the funniest or most creative excuse a student has given for not doing their work?  I have not had many creative or funny excuses for students not doing their school work but I did have a student write a note to their parents stating that she did not have to go to school and signed my name with an explanation of "I know this does not look like my handwriting but it is" and then signed my name, incorrectly.  I still have the note today! The parents thought I'd enjoy the humor of the note and I did.

3) What is your favorite TV show and/or book?  My favorite television show right now would be a three way tie between The Black List, Sleepy Hollow and New Girl. I love reading mysteries.

4) Do you like something sweet or salty?   I prefer something salty.  I can easily pass up sweets for chips and dips!

5) If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go?  I'd go to Ireland and I'd like to have a tour or the experience of sleeping in a haunted castle.