Congratulations to our District 15 IL PTA 2018 Award Winners!

Congratulations to the following District 15 2018 Illinois PTA award winners!

  • 2018 Illinois PTA Outstanding Teacher of the Year: Winston Campus Elementary School Teacher Kim Haas
  • 2018 Illinois PTA Outstanding Principal of the Year: Walter R. Sundling Junior High School Principal Jason Dietz
  • 2018 Illinois PTA Outstanding Volunteer of the Year: Plum Grove Junior High School parent Sherri Lamerand

The awards will be presented at the 116th Illinois PTA convention at Northern Illinois University’s Naperville Campus next month.

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the students, families and community!

Bylaws Available for Review

The bylaws of the Northwest Suburban Council of PTA/ PTSA have undergone their biannual review. 1 item was corrected (Article VIII, officer elections are at the Spring General Membership meeting). These will be posted for comment until the April 9th General Membership meeting and then voted on.

NWSC bylaws 2017-2018 for review

Please submit any questions or comments to Jeanette Harris and Stefanie Boucher

October 11, 2017: The NWSC’s position of neutrality during a potential strike

We believe that during work stoppage or strikes by educational personnel, the PTA should act as a source of information, maintain its position as advocates for children, and urge educational personnel to return to their work assignments while continuing negotiations.

In the case of a strike, important points to remember are:

  • That the PTA does not take a side in this matter.
  • The PTA does not staff classrooms.
  • PTA does not march in picket lines or distribute literature from either side.

For further information – please see the Illinois PTA document: Strikes, Protests, Work Stoppages and the PTA

2017 Spring Training Opportunities

All courses will be held at School District 25 Administration Center 1200 S Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights. Courses run from 7 to 9 PM

Date Title Description
June 12 PTA Road to Success This course explains the who, what and why of PTA. This course is for everyone! The bylaws require this for the entire board PTA Road to Success (chairmen and officers).
June 12 Council Course This course explains what a council is, how it connects multiple PTAs together and enhances our voice for children, what councils can do for PTAs and its role within the PTA structure. This course should be attended by Presidents and Council Board members or anyone who wants to learn more about PTA.
June 14 Presidents’ Course Now that you have stepped up to be President, learn what it takes to do the job well! This course will give you the information needed to manage your PTA and have a fun exciting time doing it.
June 14 Membership Workshop Learn what resources are available to you. Learn how to engage everyone in growing your membership and the benefits of every-one being a PTA member. This can be a simple and fun job to take on. It’s a great way to meet your community.
June 20 Money Matter 101 This course will take you through everything you will be responsible for as a PTA treasurer including how to prepare a budget, conducting an audit, fundraising, managing money and bank accounts, electronic banking, treasurer’s financial reports, accountability to members and the government, and how to protect your 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. It is suggested that all PTA treasurers and presidents take this course, but it would be beneficial to any PTA officer.
June 20 Reflections Share the arts with your students while helping build confidence and self-esteem through recognition and celebration of their efforts. Learn more about the ins-and-outs of hosting and supporting the Reflections program, including rules, due dates, packaging, promotion, judging, best practices, success stories, program tips, and Q&A time.
June 22 Money Matter 201 This course will take you more in depth into some of the legal issues you may encounter as a 501 (c) (3) association. It is suggested that all PTA treasurers take this course, but it contains many legal issues, which other PTA officers should be aware of.
June 22 Council Course This course explains what a council is, how it connects multiple PTAs together and enhances our voice for children, what councils can do for PTAs and its role within the PTA structure. This course should be attended by Presidents and Council Board members or anyone who wants to learn more about PTA.

Watch your email for information on additional courses to be offered.
Please register here or email Walk in are welcome but materials only guaranteed for those that preregister.

2017 Spring Fling

Thanks to all who attended 2017 Spring Fling!

Thank You!

We wanted to thank all our District 15 School Board candidates for participating in our Candidates’ Forum last night! We will submit any unanswered questions to all candidates and then post only questions answered by all candidates.

Thanks to our volunteers as well who helped with the event!

Please note: per the ground rules of the forum: No Voice, image, or other duplication of the forum may be used by any candidate, candidate’s representative, or campaign in any campaign advertising.

March 21: District 15 Board of Education Candidates’ Forum

Northwest Suburban Council PTA/PTSA
present a District 15 Board of Education Candidates’ Forum

Tuesday March 21, 2017 • 7:00pm-8:30pm
Walter R. Sundling Junior High School, 1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine

Candidates will have a two-minute opening statement followed by a Question & Answer session. Written questions will be submitted by the audience. Candidates will also have a one-minute closing statement at the end of the forum. Mikel Eppenbaugh, Illinois PTA District 37 Region Director, will serve as moderator.

The following candidates are seeking election:

Barbara A Kain (2 year term)
David Border (2 year term)
Lisa Beth Szczupaj (4 year term)
Anthony Wang (4 year term)
Frank J. Annerino (4 year term)
Michael Smolka (4 year term)
Margaret (Peggy) Babcock (4 year term)
Gerald D. Chapman (4 year term)
James G. Ekeberg (4 year term)
Adam Bauske (4 year term)
Asad ‘Sid’ Aman (4 year term)


February 27: SPARK Meeting: Effective Behavior Management at Home

Come to this free workshop that is open to anyone in the local community. Does your child come home from school or other activities and act out now that they’re back in their safe space, sometimes disrupting family dynamics? Alice Belgrade, of Belgrade Behavior Consulting, will be sharing research-based interventions with proven results to help children and families create happier, heathier relationships. Her methods take a comprehensive view of the whole child in the context of his/her family and community life and applies the science of behavior is a whole-child approach. Not just a ‘cook-book technology’, her methods address the physical and emotional life of the child from the behavioral perspective.

Alice Belgrade, MSEd., LCPC, BCBA is a board certified behavior analyst, and a licensed clinical professional counselor. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, she received her Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University and her certification in behavior analysis from Pennsylvania State University. Her experience spans more than 25 years in the fields of education and behavior analysis. She has provided individualized and classroom instruction to children and adults with a variety of disabilities, as well as with neuro typical development. Her distinctive behavior change programs are characterized by a blend of sound behaviorist theory, creative, practical and accessible techniques, and realistic goals.

* Spanish Translation will be available*

Monday, February 27, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Walter R. Sundling Junior High School
1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine, IL 60067

Brochure in Spanish

SPARK meetings are designed to give parents information to help them in their current and future steps of the journey of parenting children with unique needs. At SPARK we realize the importance of providing:

  • Relevant programs and resources related to special education
  • Opportunities to network, receive support and help
  • Connections for parents with outside sources

The programs can also be found on the District 15 website:
If you would like to be contacted by SPARK, contact Sarah Winter ( SPARK is a Northwest Suburban Council of PTA committee serving families of children with special needs in Community Consolidated School District 15 and beyond.