Monday, November 30, 2015

Spirit Wear Orders Due

Spirit Wear Orders are due 12/2 (Wed)!
Due to the holidays, late orders cannot be accepted. 
Contact Advertising Solutions with questions!
See the following information for details.

Secret Santa Shoppe

PES Secret Santa Shoppe is this week!

If you would  like to volunteer to help (we always need wrappers & shopping help) 
send an email to and we'll set you up!

It's Secret Santa Shoppe time again!  We will be having the Secret Santa Shoppe open at PES this week for your children to shop for holiday gifts for friends and family!  If you would like your child(ren) to participate, please send money in the envelope (we can accept cash or checks) that will be sent home with students.  Please also list the maximum you would like them to spend and an idea of who they should be buying for.  We will have volunteer parent helpers there to help them make their purchases.  Below is the breakdown of the days the classes will be shopping.  

Tuesday:                Morning:  Mrs. Hamning, Mrs. Caza, Ms. Paeth
                                Afternoon:  Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Weirich, Mrs. Norvilas

Wednesday:           Morning:  Mrs. Rojas
                                Afternoon: Mrs. Devore, Miss Zaker, Mrs. Knap

Thursday:              Morning:  Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Graniczny, Ms. Hartsfield, Miss Deutsche
                                Afternoon:  Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Monahan, Mrs. Ernst

Friday:   Morning only, for those who forgot their money or were out sick during
                                their scheduled shopping time.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Last Call...

Last Call For...Vendors/Crafters!!!
Did you think it was going somewhere else???
The deadline for Vendors and Crafters is 11/30!
If you are interested in reserving a spot for the 
Holiday Extravaganza on 12/12 - 8am-2pm
Contact Kati Cann -

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas In The Village

Peotone Christmas In The Village
Schedule of Events
December 12th

Monday, November 23, 2015

Open Board Positions 2016-2017

Open PTO Board Positions
2016-2017 School Year
With Thanksgiving approaching and food on our minds...
how about some food for thought.
Why become a PTO board member?

* It's a great way to benefit your child and their schools. 

* There is no better way to get to know what's happening in your 
child's school and the community. 

* PTO events are a great opportunity to meet other parents and educators in our district. 
Grow as a parent by sharing parenting ideas, school concerns and experiences.

* A great way to share and hone your existing skills and hobbies...and benefit from working with other parents with different skills and abilities to enhance your own. 
Or seek out a challenge and try something new! 

* Promote change by being part of the solution in helping to make positive changes 
as a crucial part of fundraising efforts. 
Those efforts enhance Pre-K through 5th grade students and staff for years to come. 
The PTO strives to work hard for educational based programs and giving students activities such as field trips, guest speakers and building enhancements they may not receive with state funding.

* By becoming a PTO board member, you demonstrate to your child the importance you place on education and the importance of working together for the betterment of all students. 

2016-2017 PTO Board Openings
Terms are 2 years
If you have questions on a position, email 
and a board member of that position will be in touch with you to answer your questions.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed...The More the Merrier! 
Pancake Breakfast 
6am - 2pm - no time is too little - we have something for you!!!
Breakfast is on 12/12 at Peotone High School
Please contact Mary Klecka (708) 670-5878

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November Meeting Minutes

The November PTO meeting minutes have been posted.

Amazon Purchases

Did you know that you can shop Amazon all year round 
and a percentage of your purchase can go to Peotone PTO? 
Now THAT is something to smile about!!!!

"" is the same as! 
It allows you to choose your organization under the search bar after you sign in under
Peotone PTO is a certified non-profit organization. 
Go to
Search - Peotone PTO

*Please note that Peotone PTO's business address is the PIC building address of Frankfort, IL. 

Take 5 With...Scott McAllister

Take 5 With...Scott McAllister
Job Title: 4th Grade Teacher
School: PIC

1) What was the best present you ever received when you were a kid? 
Ticket to See Lou Brock get his 3,000th hit.

2) What is your favorite season and what do you like about it? 
Summer, relaxing

3) If you had to pick one... would you sing or dance in public?  

4) What is your favorite band/singer? 
Bruce Springsteen

5) Something memorable a student once said to you about your hair/clothes or their own hair/clothes?
"Mr. McAllister, you must really be upset about getting paint on your new pants."   

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Box Tops Totals

Box Tops Totals
Keep on clipping!

Totals for August and September:

Monahan- 206

Deutsche- 131
Norvilas- 260

Hamning- 30

Ernst- 110
Weirich- 50
Zaker- 587

Totals for October:

Caza- 53
Devore- 345

Norvilas- 63
Graniczny- 22

Hamning- 224


McAllister- 91
Peppmuller- 424


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Scrip & Teacher's Wish List

It's the most wonderful time....of the year!
If you haven't looked at a calendar...Black Friday is coming soon.
Which means Scrip (gift card fundraiser) and Teacher's Wish List is too!
Scrip allows one stop shopping for a huge selection of gift card shopping. 
Basically if you purchase your gift cards through us, we get money back for your purchase.

Be on the lookout for Scrip information to come home this week!
Teacher's Wish List will be posted online for your convenience by Thanksgiving!
Questions on Scrip contact: Kathy Derkacy -

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fannie May Totals

Fannie May results!!!
The Fannie May fundraiser made a profit of 
That is a lot of dollars to count and chocolate bars to track.
Thank you Kim Pierson for Chairing this fundraiser for all 3 buildings!
Thank you again for participating!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Calling All Volunteers

Calling all Volunteers!!!!
The Pancake Breakfast is in need of many volunteers!
There is something for everyone and every age group.
No time is too little or too small - if you're free anytime between
6am - 2pm we have something for you!!!
Breakfast is on 12/12 at Peotone High School
Please contact Mary Klecka (708) 670-5878

Thursday, November 12, 2015

No School PES

It's a little like Groundhogs Day around here...
No School at PES only Friday (11/13).
All other schools are in session.

Take 5 With...Adam Rusek

Take 5 With...Adam Rusek
Job Title: Band Director
School:  PIC and PHS

1) What was the best present you ever received when you were a kid? 
Sesame Street Letter Railroad track. My mom tells the story about how I wanted it so badly one year for Christmas that she learned the midnight delivery schedule for Toys R Us and would go and wait for the trucks to unload to see if there was one on there.
2) What is your favorite season and what do you like about it? 
I like the summer because of the opportunity to go outside and spend time with my daughter playing in the yard, zoo, or pool.

3) If you had to pick one... would you sing or dance in public? 
I would rather dance because I'm bad at it and it's just comical. 

4) What is your favorite band/singer? 
I like a wide variety of music, but one of my old standbys is Metallica. 
I'm also a big Beatles and Hendrix fan, though I do like pop too.
5) Something memorable a student once said to you about your hair/clothes or their own hair/clothes? 
"Mr. Rusek, you look hot" while I was wearing a dress shirt and tie one day when the temperature was over 90 degrees. The student immediately turned red because they realized what they just said, though they didn't mean it that way. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

No School 11/12 At PES Only

There will be no school Thursday (11/12) at PES only.  All other schools will be in session.  See the following link if you would like further details.

PTO Sponsored Blankets for Veterans

Great job!!! Many 4th and 5th grade students (including pictured: Kyle Coners, Keetyn Pines, Avery Klecka, Alicia Hunding, & Ian Kreske) completing the blankets for veterans.  The PTO purchased materials that resulted in 17 blankets that will be distributed by Manteno's IVH to veterans in need.
Thank you students and staff for your hard work on this special project! 

PIC Veterans Day


Pictures of PIC preparing for their Veterans Day Celebration this morning. 

The Band

Scouts prepping for flag ceremony.

These are the fleece blankets that the PTO purchased materials for last year.
It was worked on by students and parents last year, 
with this years students finishing the final product. 
They will be donated to a local veterans home. 

PES Wall of Honor

PES Veteran's Day Wall of Honor 
* PIC will be posted later.

Happy Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PIC Book Fair Sales

PIC Book Fair Sales are in and WOW!
Sales totaled $3,560.90!!
That's a lot of books.
Thank you for stopping in and making purchases.

Monday, November 9, 2015


Happy Monday!
Hope you enjoyed the long weekend...just a few things for the week:
Tuesday (11/10) PTO Meeting at PES - 6:30pm
Wednesday (11/11) Veteran's Day -  School is in session
Each building will have thoughtful remembrance honoring our Veterans.

* Still looking for a photographer to volunteer their time to take pictures of the children with Santa at the Pancake Breakfast on 12/12 - 8am-1pm.  This is a great opportunity to build your business as you may hand out fliers highlighting your business to the families as they come through. This is also a community event, which would be great advertisement to show your support of the schools and community! 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Fannie May Winners

Congratulations to the top sellers of
 Fannie May Candy!!! 
(Imaginary drum roll....)

Tyler Gill - 22 Boxes - $100 Winner
Avery Klecka - 18 Boxes - $75 Winner
Sarah Pierson - 10 Boxes - $50 Winner
Awesome job!

Total profit will be announced soon!
Thank you for participating in this fundraiser!!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thank You Parents & Volunteers

A huge thank you goes out to the parents and students who shopped at 
the PIC Book Fair over the last 2 days!
We also could not do it without the help of our 
awesome volunteers and chairs! You are the BEST!!!
A special thank you to the teachers for your patience!
Thank you Joyce Sears & Kim Pierson 
for chairing the PIC Book Fair!!

Stay tuned for the book sales totals....

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Long Weekend

Don't forget Parent-Teacher Conferences are Thursday! 
PIC Book Fair will be open Thursday during conferences.
No school Thursday & Friday.
Enjoy your long weekend!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Parent Teacher Conference Tips

Here are some tips for Parents as Parent-Teacher Conferences approach this week.
The 2 best tips:
1) Be a little early or on time for your appointment time.
2) Write down questions you want to never fails we forget them when we sit down.

For more detailed tips:

Monday, November 2, 2015

Photographer Needed

The PTO is in need of a photographer to volunteer
to take pictures of the children with Santa
at the Pancake Breakfast on 12/12 8am-1pm @ Peotone High School.
Please contact Mary Klecka if you are available or have questions:
Mary Klecka     (708)670-5878

Short Week

Happy November!
Just a few reminders for this short week!
11/4 - PIC Book Fair
11/4 - Spirit Wear Order is Due
11/5 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - PIC Book Fair will be open during the conferences.
11/5 & 11/6 - No School

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fannie May Prize Envelopes

Fannie May Prizes!
Students who sold complete totes of chocolate 
will get to pull their prize envelopes on the following days: 
Tuesday (11/3) @ PES & CSC
Wednesday (11/4) @ PIC
We will announce Wednesday who won the prize for the most totes sold!
Thank you for supporting the Pre-K-5th Grade Students!!!!!!