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Clow PTA News 8/20/19

Reported by on 8/21/19

Note from the PTA President

Hello Clow families -- I’d like to take a moment to personally welcome you all to the 2019-2020 school year. Super excited to see the new incoming Kindergartens and their families yesterday and all the smiles (maybe some frowns if I’m being honest) from the returning students as well. I am happy to serve as your 2019-2020 PTA President for a second year – although, this will be my last so any takers, come find me 😊——. For those of you new to the school, a very brief introduction. Together with my husband, Mark, we have three children at Clow – Addison (5M), Aubrey (3M) and Ayden (1H) and we are all excited for what the year will bring. As the year continues on, please be on the watch for some quick updates like this that will be included in these weekly newsletters. We try to combine school news and PTA news as we are united in our purpose so be certain to scroll all the way down in the newsletters in the coming weeks for a one stop briefing. We are working on updating our website and the PTA MemberHub portal to provide you with information at your fingertips, but should you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out. Looking forward to partnering with you all -- Go Cougars!

--Diane Guskey, PTA President (

Upcoming Events

8/23 – BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC – Please join us for a evening of fun (click for flyer) as we celebrate the beginning of another school year! Bring a picnic dinner or pre-order (click link for order form) a large Jet’s pizza for your family. Pre-order forms include a large cheese, sausage or pepperoni with Jet’s Cinnamon Breadsticks. Full meal will be $20. Also available for pre-order is TCBY Ice-Cream sundaes cups and cotton candy. Limited quantities will be available for purchase at the picnic so be certain to get your order in. Water and popcorn will be available to purchase at the picnic. If paying by check, please make checks payable to CLOW PTA for all pre-orders. Pre-orders are due Thursday, August 22nd.

As with anything – we cannot do it without you. Please consider helping with one of our game stations for a quick 30 minute time slot. Sign up here:

9/11– First PTA Meeting in the Cougar Den at Clow at 9:30 AM. Come out and meet the board and hear about the upcoming plans for the year. We love to hear fresh ideas and work towards making our students year a fun and enjoyable school year.

Spirit Wear

Deb’s Embroidery has updated our Spirit Wear Shoppe with some great new styles for 2019-2020. Deb’s Embroidery is a local shop owner and we have been working with her now for our second year to provide you with some great options for your little (or BIG) Cougar. Be sure to get your Spirit Wear in time for our School Spirit Fridays. August and September orders will be delivered to the school. Be sure to check out the NEW online store that is now open for orders. Samples of various items are in the office for sizing.

Spirit Wear Store:

click: New Store

locate Clow Elementary and enter password: cougars (all lower case)

PTA Membership

The Clow PTA is a part of the Illinois Parent/Teacher Association that strives to enhance children’s education experiences. As part of our mission, we are always looking for new members. Joining is easy and always open. Signing up does not automatically make you a time committed volunteer, but it does mean that you support our group and believe in what we are trying to achieve. Thank you to those that have answered the call and already joined. We are about 200 families strong as of the start of school and looking to make this year our best one yet with full support of our families. Pick up a form in the office or print out the attachment below if you are interested in joining.

PTA Programs and Fundraising

Our primary objective as a local PTA is to provide our school with funds, programs, resources and services that will enrich and maximize the education and experience of every child. To meet this objective and afford services that are not covered by our school budget, we must fundraise. While being cognizant that we do not overreach and bombard you all with fundraisers over fundraisers, because no one wants that – including us – we are focusing our main fundraisers in the fall in order to raise funds for the school year. Our fall Fundraisers will be announced in the next couple of weeks and more information will be forthcoming about these efforts under separate cover.

Additionally, there are many passive fundraising opportunities we want to highlight.

AMAZON SMILE: Attention all Amazon shoppers. We have registered our school on Amazon Smile as a simple, easy way to raise some money for our school and classrooms. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charities selected by customers and Clow's unique charity link is:

Only limitation is that Amazon Smile cannot be used through the app on your mobile device for charitable donations. You can however, use the app to fill your basket and then can go through safari or your web browser using the link above on your mobile device to complete your purchase for ordering. All proceeds received from Amazon will go directly to our students. Happy Shopping!

PEDIPED: Through the Pediped loves schools program, Pediped Shoes gives 10% back on all sales.

School name: Clow Elementary School
Unique code: SCHYWPI

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Save your Box Tops from your already eligible purchases and Clow earns $.10 for each one submitted. Multiple contests for classrooms and students will be announced soon but start clipping or scanning your receipts with the NEW BoxTops App to get a head start. Easy way to give back to Clow.

Thanks for all that you do Clow Families!

Your Clow PTA Executive Board
Diane Guskey
Ginger Haines
Steven Mosshamer
Ixta Rosa

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