May 9: NWSC Spring Fling

I wanted to send out some last minute info about our Spring Fling Annual Dinner tonight at Conyers Learning Academy:

Drop off Basket Raffle baskets prior to 5:45 pm if you have not dropped it off already

Arrival Check-in 5:45 pm
Please tell your guests- board members and Principals to go in the Local unit Check in lines in the CLA vestibule for faster check in
Make sure to put 1/2 of your ticket in the basket raffle item of your choice

Food Pantry Collection tables inside Gym:
Remember to bring items for the Food Pantry to get an extra ticket for the Basket Raffle Drawing and to help those in need.

Dinner begins at 6:00 pm
We are still needing help with putting out food and helping switch from dinner to dessert. If you can help- please come up to Jody by the buffet at the event and she would welcome your help.

Meeting begins at 6:30 pm
Meeting Minutes: March 15, 2016 General Membership Meeting Minutes More copies will be available at the event. Election and Installation of officers, recognition, etc.

Raffle Basket Drawing – Will take place prior to Workshops

Workshops begin at approximately 7:30pm

Presidents: (front left table- facing stage) Jeanette Harris, Incoming NWSC President; Past President, Lincoln PTA
Kris Ahlgrim, VP Programs, NWSC PTA/PTSA; Past President, Lincoln PTA
Treasurers: (front middle table) Jen Zelazny, President, Lake Louise PTA; VP Legislation, NWSC PTA/PTSA
Membership: (front right side) Julie Holdeman, President, NWSC PTA/PTSA; Incoming IL PTA Membership Marketing Director
Fundraising: (back left table) Mariann Beach, Ways & Means Chair, Lincoln PTA
Free Stuff: (back middle table) Kerri Bloom, President, WCJHS; Treasurer, NWSC PTA/PTSA
Family Events: (back left table) Jim Tileston, President, Pleasant Hill PTA
Julie Boldt and Rupal Patel, Multi-Cultural Event Co-Chairs, Pleasant Hill PTA

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

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.

IL PTA Convention 2016

Check out some of the photos from the 2016 IL PTA Convention.

April 7: NWSC Presidents’ Meeting

We will have our last NWSC President/Board meeting this Thursday, April 7 at 7pm at Lincoln Elementary School. I know this is a very busy time of year but I ask that you make arrangements to attend this meeting. If you have a President elect- or Co-President, please ask them to join us. I would love to see everyone and it is important for all to hear the various reports from Dr. Thompson, Principal Kneoppel, & our PTA reports that we need you to share with your board, membership, and families.

We will have reports on : SPARK workshops, membership dues increase retraction (come to hear more), Spring Fling banquet, workshop/roundtables after Spring Fling, Clothing Closet, Nominating Committee, etc.

BRING INFORMATION TO SHARE: about fundraisers. In order for everyone to benefit, we ask that you come prepared with ideas, information, and/or contact information. Please consider typing up a list of fundraiser ideas that have been successful at your school or from other community groups you may be involved. OR BRING 25 COPIES THAT CAN BE DISTRIBUTED TO ALL.


  • type of fundraiser
  • company name/contact person
  • percentage profit?
  • online selling options?
  • Is your fundraiser: product based or activity fundraiser based or pay to participate in event?

Bring information to share- perhaps you will get new ideas that you can look into for next year.

In order to hear all our reports, have questions answered, and have time to share ideas, our meeting may last longer than usual but you will come away with important information and resources for your local units.

Please let me know if you have any questions or have a topic you want covered at our meeting. We are here as a resource to you.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Lincoln on Thursday night at 7pm.

Meeting Attachments:

March 15: NWSC PTA/PTSA Parent Education Night

Northwest Suburban Council PTA/PTSA Parent Education Night Presents:

“Successful Communication with Your Kids: How to Speak So They Will Listen, and Listen So They Will Speak”

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Walter R. Sundling Junior High School’s Auditorium
1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine, IL 60067
7:00 p.m.

Join us as we learn how better communication is key to bridging the generation gap between parents and students. We will learn some practical tools and helpful hints from Troy McLennan LCSW who has helped students and their families with communication and clinical issues since 1993.

Contact Kris Ahlgrim at kahlgrim@comcast.netfor more information or with any questions.

Northwest Suburban Council of PTA (NWSC) consists of the 20 District 15 PTA/PTSA local units and is a liaison between the District 15 Administration, Region, State and National PTA. NWSC PTA promotes leadership training, communication, networking, and cooperation among the local units. NWSC also provides District 15 students the opportunity to participate in the National PTA Reflections Program and offers parents with resources and parent education programs. The NWSC and Local Unit PTA/PTSAs strive to provide resources, information, and programs that enhance the educational experiences for all children and help them to reach their greatest potential.

D211 Family Engagement Meetings Feb 2 & 3


Residents of Township High School District 211 are invited to share their ideas about the future of District 211 schools at upcoming monthly meetings.

The first meetings will be 7-9PM Monday, February 1 at Wm Fremd High School and Tuesday, February 2 at Schaumburg High School.

Both meetings will include the same information and offer the same opportunities for engagement.

More Information

Jan 27: Reflections Showcase & General Membership Meeting

Relections LogoJust a quick reminder – the Reflections Showcase as well as the NWSC General Membership Meeting is tonight at Carl Sandburg Junior High School.

Schedule of events:

  • Art Gallery is open from 6pm.
  • NWSC General Membership Meeting will be at 6:45 (all local units need 4 PTA member/delegates to attend).
  • 7pm Reflections Recognition program for those students that advanced to the Region and State level.

January 11: Listening With Your Eyes; Seeing With Your Ears (SPARK Event)

sparkCome to this free workshop that is open to anyone in the local community. Frustrated because your child is struggling in school? A solution could literally be staring you in the eyes. That’s because undiagnosed vision imbalances or a failed connection between the eyes and ears may be the source of your child’s comprehension, attention and behavioral deficits. Learn more about fixes for how the eyes “listen” and ears “see” in this lively discussion by optometrist and scientific researcher, Deborah Zelinsky, O.D.

Monday, May 18, 2015
Walter R. Sundling Junior High School
1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine, IL 60067
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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 or connected with SPARK, contact Jenni Bennett 224.725.3795.

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!