Wescott School NEWS BRIEFS: Wescott Welcomes Yin He Dance Company!

Wescott School NEWS BRIEFS:  Wescott Welcomes Yin He Dance Company!

Wescott Welcomes Yin He Dance Company!

Wescott School's staff and students warmly welcomed the Yin He Dance Company on February 15.

The PTO Cultural Arts Committee, with Catherine Caporusso-Hartman and Molly Chen, coordinated a fantastic presentation featuring the Chicago-based Chinese Dance Company, in honor of the Chinese New Year. 2019 is the year of the pig.

Yin He Dance programs promote Chinese dance in the Greater Chicago area. They work towards this mission through three main programs: the professional performing company, a school of dance, and community partnerships.

Through these three programs, they work to build new avenues of cultural dialogue and most importantly, to share the joy of dance with all communities.

Everyone at Wescott enjoyed viewing the dancers' intricate and beautiful dance movements!

For more information, go to http://yinhedance.org

Wescott's Jamie Reding, Joan Marsh and Margaret Janavicius

Wescott to Welcome Author Jason Henry on March 22

Wescott School will welcome children's author Jason Henry on Friday, March 22. He will address the third and fourth-grade classes about his popular book "Up and Away." Librarian Margaret Janavicius, with assistant Joan Marsh said that they are thrilled that he is coming to Wescott; and that "Up and Away," is the story of the first-ever public demonstration of a hot air balloon. @jasonhenrybooks #d30learns #d30reads


Wescott's International Day is Set for April 5

For the first time, Wescott School is hosting an International Day as part of Wescott PTO's Spring Madness fundraiser. It will take place after school on Friday, April 5. It is a drop-off event for the students. Those kids who sign-up ahead of time can stay after school to attend the party. Booths representing the following countries will showcase their unique cultures and traditions: China, Korea, Russia, Israel, and Pakistan.

Throughout the afternoon, children will experience the cultural activities at each table, while enjoying the artfully-crafted ethnic snacks. International Day will serve as a window for the student to see the rich cultures in the community and a chance for families from different cultural backgrounds to display their heritage.

Those families that would like to host a booth should contact Molly Chen by February 20 at mollyschen2016@gmail.com
Wescott Third Graders Proudly Present "The Kindness Diaries"

On February 13, the Wescott School third-graders paid tribute to the virtue of kindness, by serenading parents, faculty, and friends during two performances of their show, "The Kindness Diaries."

Music teacher Quentin Coaxum said that the show was inspired by "The Kindness Diaries" book and television series by Leon Logothetis.

Principal Dr. Chris Brown welcomed everyone and proudly introduced the third graders. He commended Mr. Coaxum for his work with the children and on how he developed the theme of kindness for this production.

The kids sang "Kindness" by Theresa Jennings, "What the World Needs Now" by Burt Bacharach, "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper, "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers", "Loves in Need of Love Today," and "We are the World," by Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones.

Those who helped coordinate the show included the third-grade teachers Elissa Anderson, Alexis Georgis, Joel Losoff, and Courtney Sislow. The scenery and backdrops were created by library assistant and artist Joan Marsh. Others who contributed to the success of the show were Christina Fee, Roy Grober, Joe Burdi, Tia Stevens, Talia Block, Heather Cherney, Lucio Castrejon, Anna Davis, Margaret Janavicius, Debbie Grundy, Jamie Reding, Jeanne Mills, the PTO, and fifth-grade teacher David Karnoscak.

Leon Logothetis from "The Kindness Diaries" (Netflix) Visit to Be Rescheduled

Leon Logothetis, the nationally-televised humanitarian, cause adventurer and author of The Kindness Diaries will not be able to visit Wescott as originally planned on Thursday, January 31. The PTO will reschedule his visit for a later date. Watch for the new date in future Friday Flyers.

Contact Joanna.kaplan@gmail.com or gracejeon11@gmail.com with any questions.

Northbrook and Glenview Park Districts Offering Additional Programs to District 30 Families!

The Northbrook and Glenview Park Districts are offering programs for students from the end of May through September 3. For more information go to http://bit.ly/2CcMDFQ (for Glenview programming), and https://bit.ly/2N1cNjS (for Northbrook programming) (for Northbrook programming.

Wescott's PTO is Taking Class Party Reservations for Spring Madness Fundraiser!

The PTO annually hosts a Wescott Spring Madness Fundraiser, which is a community event where party/entertainment options are offered for kids and adults to attend throughout the spring. All profits go to Wescott School. This year's goal is to purchase new playground equipment.

Wescott's Spring Madness fundraiser begins the week of February 25. Raffle flyers will go home with students on February 21. Collections will run until March 1.  Winners will be announced at the end of the school day on March 4. Wescott Spring Madness party sign up takes place at 7:00 a.m. on March 4 and 5.  Look for E-blasts with alerts about new and past favorite parties involving the whole school, grade levels, and for Wescott parents. 

For more information, contact wescottfundraising@gmail.com

Community members who are interested in hosting a grade-level party between March-May, email Liz Kim with details at lizyoo2009@yahoo.com

Maple PTO Fundraiser to Help Build New All Abilities Playground!

Maple Playground Fundraiser is Scheduled for April 13

Save the Date:  Join the PTO at Bowlero in Buffalo Grove for a fun adult night of dinner and bowling at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 13.  This is a district-wide fundraiser for the new All Abilities Maple School playground. For more information about this fundraiser to build an all-abilities playground at the new Maple School, go to https://www.maplepto.org/scratch-and-give

For more information about the Maple School All Abilities Playground, go to https://www.maplepto.org/playground-donations

PTO Nominating Committee Members Wanted for 2019-2020 School Year

Wescott School's PTO is looking for volunteers to join the Nominating Committee, which will help seek out potential candidates for next year’s open board positions. If you are interested in joining the committee or know someone who wants to join, please contact Mara Rose at wescottsecretary@gmail.com

The 19th Annual Lew Blond 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019

Register Today at lewblondrun.org!

The 19th Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run will be held at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Maple School. It is an esteemed CARA Circuit Race and is USATF certified. The event is among the top running events in the north suburban area.  For 18 years, this fundraiser has been helping to support research for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), in memory of Lew Blond, a Maple School teacher who passed away from this disease in February 2000. Proceeds benefit ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and support scholarships for prospective teachers at the Glenbrook High Schools and special District 30 projects. The 2018 race drew over 1,000 participants and volunteers. Total funds raised over 18 years exceeds $450,000. For more information, go to lewblondrun.org

Volunteers Needed for the Lew Blond Run

Contact Roy Grober at rgrober@district30.org to volunteer on race day, or one of the three days prior to race day. Thank you for your support!