2019 Geography Bee

All 3rd, 4th & 5th graders are invited to participate in the Geography Bee during the International Fest on December 10, 2019 at 7:15PM.  

Can you name the smallest US state by area? Do you know the world’s longest river? It's time to learn and have some fun with geography!

The study guide is available in the front office, and will be in the digital backpack and also on the PTO website.  

Interested students can sign-up in the office.   Please contact Chad Doobay with any questions or if you are interested in assisting with judging, prize coordination, or any other assistance with the Geography Bee. 

International Fest

All Mann families are invited to International Fest on Tuesday, December 10th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

Enjoy a trip around the world with holidays, games, music, dance, and crafts from across the globe. Sample complimentary international cuisine and have loads of fun with your Mann friends.

If anyone has something they would like to share from their culture, or if you’d just like to help out with the event, please reach out to Kim Gerbosi or Mindy Cultra.. All ideas are welcome and appreciated!

5 Essentials Survey

The parent survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You may skip questions you do not wish to answer, but the survey must be completed in one sitting and cannot be retrieved once it is submitted. If you have more than one child enrolled in a building (i.e., two students who attend the same school), you have the option of completing multiple surveys for that building. In addition, if you have children enrolled in multiple schools (i.e., a District 97 elementary school and middle school), you may participate in the survey for each school.

However, only one parent/guardian per household may fill out the survey. Your identity will be kept completely confidential and your responses will not be linked to you. In addition, school-level reports will only be generated if at least 20 percent of our parents/guardians complete the survey, which can be accessed until Friday, February 14, 2020 by visiting http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/. This percentage will be based on the total number of students enrolled at each school.

If we successfully meet this requirement, we will receive our reports in Spring 2020. The results will also be made available to the public via the Illinois School Report Cards, which will be released in the fall.

You can access general information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey by visiting https://illinois.5-essentials.org/.

Thank you for participating in this important endeavor, and for your continued support of our schools and the children we serve.

Exemplary Rating from State of IL

Congratulations to Mrs. Sullivan, teachers, staff, the PTO and all of our Mustangs on having another year exemplary academically!  As Mrs. Sullivan shared, we received, like last year, an exemplary rating from the State of Illinois.  

This means that our Mustangs are doing well on their state exams and that there are not large disparities by demographic groups.  As you may know, for the last two years the PTO has been working alongside our principals and their team on our School Improvement Plan.  We highly encourage you to read the State of Mann documents to understand and support what we are doing together this year to take our efforts to the next level!

Volunteers Needed - Room Parents, Art Appreciation and More! 

Did you miss the PTO Volunteer table at Open House last week?  It's not too late to get involved and volunteer.  Click here to complete a quick survey about where'd you'd be interested in volunteering.  

Classroom Parents: Sign up to help other parents in the class plan holiday parties, teacher gifts, class t-shirts and more.  The more parents that volunteer in each class means less work for all!

Classroom Art Appreciation: Sign up to lead or help facilitate an art project in your child's classroom.  Usually done once a trimester with a date arranged with the class teacher.

Special Events, Fundraising, Green Team and Programming all need volunteers as well.  If you have questions, please contact Jacinda Bauman.

Pay Your PTO Fees

Before the craziness of back to school, remember now to pay your yearly PTO fees. These include fees (and sign-ups) associated with Class T-shirts, Birthday Books, Mannapalooza tickets (get the early bird discount!), Junior Great Books and more. 

Thanks for paying your PTO fees by September 15th. There is no additional service charge for using a credit card.  

Get Your MannWear Now!

It's time to get ready to show your school spirit this year with MannWear. Shabby Fly! T-shirts and sweatshirts are offered for kids and adults. Youth clothing is now sold in sizes as small as 2T for the future Mann students in your family! Visit Shabby Fly to purchase MannWear and have it shipped directly to your home. If you have feedback, questions or sizing issues, please contact Shabby Fly.

Please email Karen Lareau Patel with any questions.  If you have feedback, questions, or sizing issues, please contact Shabby Fly directly. 

Mann is a Box Top School!

For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy. 

Here's how to add cash to your school's earnings online:

  • Download the new Box Top for Education App:

  • Create an account designating the school you want the funds to go to
  • Scan your receipt after you shop and it automatically calculates the total Box Tops! 

More information available on the Box Tops for Education website.

Next PTO Meeting

Friday, November 8th, 8:15am
Mann Auditorium

PTO Calendar

12/10: Geography Bee
12/10: International Fest, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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