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

Special NWSC President and Council Board Meeting

Northwest Suburban Council is hosting a Q&A with Superintendent Dr. Thompson for our Council Board members and Local Unit PTA/ PTSA Presidents. The purpose of this meeting is to allow each local unit to share the same understanding of the referendum with their local school community.

Local Unit Presidents (or your representative), please join the Council board for this important discussion with Dr. Thompson on:

Tuesday, August 30th at 7 pm in the ESC (administration building behind the Bakers Square), room 121.

May 23: SPARK Workshop (Just Give Him a Whale)

Come to this free workshop that is open to anyone in the local community. Considering the fascinations, passions and interest areas of learners, powerful new ways of viewing these areas as positive teaching tools that calm, motivate and improve learning will be illustrated. Dr. Patrick Schwarz will include learning standards-based academic content, developing social connections, minimizing anxiety, boosting literacy learning and mathematics skills, expanding communication skills and much more!

Dr. Patrick Schwarz is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, Educational Leadership) and Human Services. He is a professor at National Louis University, Chicago. Patrick’s company is Creative Culture Consulting LLC. He is the author of From Disability to Possibility, You’re Welcome (with Paula Kluth), Just Give Him the Whale (with Paula Kluth) and Pedro’s Whale (with Paula Kluth). His new book is From Possibility to Success.

Monday, May 23, 2016 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Walter R. Sundling Junior High School
1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine, IL 60067

Time to Register Your Local Unit for 2016-2017

Each Local unit needs to register their local unit and leaders with IL PTA by May 15, 2016. Registration is being done ONLY online at illinoispta.org – clicking on Leadership Resources link.
(if you prefer to get a paper form, contact Iinois PTA, P.O. Box 907, Springfield, IL 62705-0907 | 1-800-877-9617 | Fax: 217-528-9490 | info@illinoispta.org)

IL PTA asks that you supply name of your local unit, various specifics to your local unit: principal contact, elected officers name, phone, address, e-mail, membership, newsletter, cultural arts, legislation, and and other officers you want to submit.

If you do not have all your offices elected or have vacancies- that is fine. Send IL PTA the information that you have and you can always update it in fall or at a later date.

Registration is REQUIRED in order for your local unit to receive your IL PTA Local Unit Packet and Membership Cards this August prior to the start of school.

SPOTLIGHT: A Children’s Celebration of Art and Community


The Illinois PTA in partnership with Millikin University’s College of Fine Arts will hold a free event to celebrate art and community April 30th at Millikin University’s Campus in Decatur, Illinois.

This IL PTA event includes two art workshops that have been created for children of all ages, a gallery display of almost 500 IL PTA Reflections pieces, as well as a
reception with light refreshments.

Read more/register for this fun family event.

April 18: PARCC and DLM Assessments (SPARK Event)


Come to this free workshop that is open to anyone in the local community. This presentation will explore the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and DLM (Dynamic Learning Maps) assessment systems, discussing the universal design and accessibility features that are embedded in the assessments, along with accommodations that support students with disabilities.
Susan Gehring is the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services in District 15. She has over 30 years of experience as an educator and 15 years as an administrator. She began her career as a special education teacher, then spent 5 years as an Educational Diagnostician. She is also a parent, foster parent and adoptive parent. Ms. Gehring has her Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a certification in General Education and Special Education and has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

Monday, April 18, 2016
Walter R. Sundling Junior High School
1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine, IL 60067
7:00 – 8:30 pm