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)

ELECTION DAY IS APRIL 4, 2017

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*

When/Where:
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: http://www.ccsd15.net.
If you would like to be contacted by SPARK, contact Sarah Winter (sarahwintertj@comcast.net). SPARK is a Northwest Suburban Council of PTA committee serving families of children with special needs in Community Consolidated School District 15 and beyond.

Junior High Transition Round Table (SPARK)

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Come to this free workshop that is open to anyone in the local community. Transitioning from Elementary School to Junior High can be a stressful time full of unknowns for students and and their families. Please join us as we welcome representatives from Sundling, Sandburg, Plum Grove and Winston Campus Junior High schools, as well as from Conyers Learning Academy, for a panel discussion and to answer your questions about transitioning students and their IEP/504 plans.

Please feel free to submit questions prior to the event so that we make sure that they get answered! Email your questions to sarahwintertj@comcast.net.

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

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: www.ccsd15.net.
If you would like to be contacted by or connected with SPARK, contact Sarah Winter (sarahwintertj@comcas.net)

SPARK is a Northwest Suburban Council of PTA committee serving families of children
with special needs in Community Consolidated School District 15 and beyond.
SPARK is proud to be in partnership with PTA!

November 14: Square Pegs/Round Holes, the Right Fit for the Right Student (SPARK)

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Come to this free workshop that is open to anyone in the local community. Lisa Stankus, Director of Road to Learning, will be presenting on the topic of dyslexia – What is it? Who does it affect? How can you help? Approximately 80% of the population fits into round holes, but what about the other 20%? Do you have a struggling student but cannot quite put your finger on the problem? Could your student be one of the “square pegs” in the 20% group? Ms. Stankus shares the latest brain research regarding dyslexia, as well as classroom strategies that promote success for all learning styles. Come and learn how the dyslexic brain thinks, experience what it is like to be the square peg trying to fit into the round hole and participate in hands-on simulations depicting a dyslexic’s struggles in the classroom setting.

Lisa Stankus serves as the Director of Road to Learning, as well as the Special Education Coordinator for the Quentin Road Christian School. She graduated with her BA from Northern Illinois University and has been teaching over 25 years in both special and regular education. Please check out the Road to Learning website at http://www.roadtolearning.org for more information on Ms. Stankus and the Road to Learning center.

Where/When
Monday, November 14, 2016
Walter R. Sundling Junior High School
1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine, IL 60067
7:00pm – 8:30pm

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: www.ccsd15.net.
If you would like to be contacted by or connected with SPARK, contact Sarah Winter (sarahwintertj@comcas.net)

SPARK is a Northwest Suburban Council of PTA committee serving families of children
with special needs in Community Consolidated School District 15 and beyond.
SPARK is proud to be in partnership with PTA!

September 28: Safe Schools Presentation

Tonight, School Safety Officer, Jeff Schlee, will discuss safety procedures in our grammar, middle, and high schools.

Jeff will explain parental roles and responsibilities in case of a school emergency.
RSVP to Kpoliquin@palatine.il.us

When/Where:
Wednesday, September 28th 7:00 pm
Palatine Police Headquarters
595 N. Hicks rd.
Palatine, Il. 60067
847-359-9000

September 26: SPARK Meeting (Nurturing Friendship Skills and Creating Opportunities for Your Child with Special Needs)

Join us as we explore ways to nurture the development of friendship skills, create social opportunities, and foster and support interactions for your child with special needs through childhood and beyond.

Presented by:
Gina Musielski, Family Resource Specialist
STAR NET Region II

As Family Resource Specialist for STAR NET Region II, Gina Musielski provides training and assistance to families of young children with special needs and the professionals who work with them. Gina has presented on a variety of topics related to special education, learning and development, and resources for families. A parent of a child with special needs herself, Gina weaves the parent perspective into everything she presents.

When/Where:
Monday, September 26, 2016 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Walter R. Sundling Junior High School
1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine, IL 60067

Brochure in Spanish

The programs can also be found on the District 15 website: http://www.ccsd15.net.
If you would like to be contacted by SPARK, contact Sarah Winter (sarahwintertj@comcast.net). SPARK is a Northwest Suburban Council of PTA committee serving families of children with special needs in Community Consolidated School District 15 and beyond.

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.

August 15: Presidents/Board Meeting

It’s almost time for that 1st day of school so it must be time to ramp up our PTAs. Please join the NWSC Board at Emmett’s tonight at 7 PM for our 1st Presidents/ Board meeting of the year.

Thank you to everyone who was able to send a representative to LUP night Tuesday. If you were unable to get someone to pick up your membership cards, LUP and tax letter please contact Mikel Eppenbaugh at mikel@ilpta-d37.org directly.

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