Collect Box Tops to help Blythe Park PTA earn $$

Posted by admin on September 15, 2019 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

Box Tops is a great way to donate to Blythe Park PTA through products you already purchase. Each Box Top you collect is worth 10 cents to our school. Click to view the list of participating products: Box Tops for Education Participating Products

Starting this year, the Box Tops program has gone digital! Download the Box Top App to send your Tops to Blythe Park without clipping, bagging or bundling. Simply scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to identify participating products and twice a year Blythe Park PTA will receive scanned online.

  • Click below to download the app:
  • Choose Blythe Park Elementary as your school
  • Scan your receipt within 14 days of purchase

Traditional Box Tops are still accepted. – If you have traditional Box Tops or purchase new items with traditional Tops, you can still clip (*unexpired only) and hold on to them for now. We’ll announce details on how to turn them in, in the future.

Rainbow Run T-Shirts and Schedule of Events

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Rainbow Run shirts will be coming home next Thursday, Sept 19 Each family’s shirts will be bundled together and sent home with their eldest child at Blythe.

Pizza: (CASH ONLY) Pizza, lemonade, and bottled water will be for sale – $3.00 for 1 slice of pizza and a glass of lemonade, $1.00 for bottled water from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Ice Cream Social: (FREE) Enjoy ice cream and a variety of toppings from 6:30 – 7:30 pm courtesy of the PTA

5:00 – 7:30 pm – a DJ will be entertaining! Spirit Wear will be for sale!
5:00 – 7:00 pm – PIZZA, lemonade, and water will be for sale.*CASH ONLY
5:30 – 6:15 pm – RAINBOW RUN!!
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Ice Cream Social: Enjoy ice cream and a variety of toppings.*FREE

Rainbow Run –
Families will run loops around the school, you may stop to be sprayed with liquid colors (food coloring and water) as often as you are comfortable. Once your family decides it has done enough running, please head to the tables between the tennis courts and the playground for packets of dry colors (cornstarch and food coloring) that may be tossed on oneself or each other. Families are given 1 packet per paid registration.

*NOTE: The color washes out of most materials but just in case, wear items you aren’t worried about staining so you can enjoy the event to it’s fullest! Depending on how colorful you get, the color may stain your skin, hair, and clothes until finally coming out after a few washes. If you have lighter colored hair you may want to cover up with a hat!

A huge thank you to our sponsors: Sean O’Brien Law, Twilight Home Services, Riverside Bank, Burlington Realty, Riverside Foods, Athletico, Blissful Owl, Paramount Events, Eden, Solve my PC, Max Aquatic, Code Play Learn, Chew Chew Restaurant, Reveal, Solid+ Pattern and Brennan Spa!

*NOTE: To preserve the color on your t-shirt AFTER the Run, you must treat it with vinegar before washing. For a list of full instructions click on the following link – How to Preserve the Color in Your Rainbow Run T-Shirt

If that doesn’t work… we’ll be hosting a Tie Dye event the following week.

We are looking forward to a fabulous fun-filled night!

Questions? Contact Mrs. King at or Katie Ford at

Blythe Park PTA Tie Dye Event Sept 24 4:30 to 7PM

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Did your Rainbow Run shirt run white? We’ve heard from families that despite their best efforts at following the instructions, the powder color used during the color run just doesn’t “stick.” If this has happened to your shirt, we’re offering to tie dye it for you! 

Sign up for a time to come with your child to the amphitheater behind the school and we’ll help you through the tie-dye process.

Interested in volunteering?

Picture Day Helpers needed – Tuesday, September 24th

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Parent helpers are needed during Picture Day next Tuesday, September 24th. 

Parent helpers assist the photographer in making sure that pictures are taken in an orderly fashion. Helpers also make sure kids look their best by straightening outfits and smoothing little hairdos. Here are some of the things parent helpers can keep an eye on so every photo turns out great:

  • Clothing: buttons are buttoned and collars lie flat.
  • Accessories: Straighten hair clips and make sure jewelry clasps are behind the neck.
  • Hair and face: Check that hair is neat and noses and faces are clean.

If you’d like to help, please sign-up by clicking on the following button:

Sign Up!

Questions? Contact Ms. Gorman at

Room Parent Volunteers still Needed for Kindergarten!

Posted by admin on September 9, 2019 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

Please consider applying to be a Room Parent for your child’s class for the 2019-2020 school year. Sign-ups will be accepted until Friday, September 13th. Two roomparents will then be selected at random for each grade level. Selected room parents will be notified by September 20th. 

Duties include:

  • Serving as a liaison between PTA and classroom families. Informing parents of PTA meetings and other school activities.
  • Working with teachers as needed and assisting class parties/activities.
  • Help with the following events: Halloween Celebrations, Fun Lunch, Teacher Appreciation Week and ACES Walk.
  • If needed, assist in volunteer recruitment for events with a large number of volunteers needed.

To sign up visit: 

Early Learners

Grades K- 5th:

Halloween Play – Calling all dramatic parents!

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Calling all dramatic parents! We are in need of parent volunteers for this year’s Halloween production!

Be a part of a unique Blythe Park tradition! Blythe Park parents/guardians will perform a short play for students during their Halloween celebration on Wednesday, October 31st. (The students love seeing their family members onstage and look forward to the play every year!)

Questions? Contact Kelley Migacz at to see how you can help.

Hot Lunch starts Sept 27th! Register by 9/25 for Sept, Oct and Nov

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Hot Lunch will be served by the PTA once a month starting  Friday, September 27th.

*ATTENTION – Payment options will only be available in the following three month increments OR for the entire year.

*NOTE – If you have not registered your student by next Wednesday, September 25th, they will NOT have the opportunity to register again for Hot Lunch until the next payment period in December. *Single lunch payments will NOT be available this year. Also, no prorating, no make-up days, no refunds.

2019-2020 Hot Lunch PAYMENT Schedule –

  • PAYMENT #1 Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 25th for
    September, October, and November ($15 per student for 3 lunches) OR Entire Year ($45 per student for 9 lunches)
  • PAYMENT #2 Deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 18th for
    December, January, and February ($15 per student for 3 lunches)
  • PAYMENT #3 Deadline: Wednesday, March 18th
    March, April, and May ($15 per student for 3 lunches)

The Hot Lunch menu will include: a slice of cheese pizza, seasonal fruit, a treat and a drink.

TO REGISTER – Please click on the following CheddarUp button, no matter your payment method (cash, check, credit).

If paying by cash or check (payable to Blythe Park PTA) please place payment in an envelope marked with your family name and “Hot Lunch” and bring to the school office.*NOTE – This program is only for children that have the option of staying at school for lunch.

2019-2020 Hot Lunch will be served on the following days –

  • Friday, September 27
  • Friday, October 25
  • Friday, November 15
  • Friday, December 20
  • Friday, January 24
  • Friday, February 21
  • Friday, March 20
  • Friday, April 24
  • Friday, May 22

Questions? Contact Katie Ford at

Author David Bierdrzycki is coming to Blythe Park Oct. 9

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Blythe Park PTA is hosting children’s book author and illustrator David Bierdrzycki on October 9th. If you like to order some of his books please use the order form below and return to school by September 25th. Checks should be made out to David Bierdrzycki

Attention Blythe Park Volunteers!

Posted by admin on September 7, 2019 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

District 96 is now using the Raptor Volunteer system to perform background checks on volunteers.

Before volunteering at a District 96 school campus or field trips, individuals must be cleared through the Raptor system and are required to provide a picture ID to receive their volunteer badge upon check-in. To become a volunteer, an individual must complete a Raptor Volunteer Application. The application is to be filled out completely by the volunteer at their home by visiting

The levels associated with each volunteer function are based on being under the direct supervision of District 96 staff.

  • A Level 1 volunteer is always under the supervision of District 96 staff and will be requested to complete an online application to complete a background check using the national sex offender database.
  • A Level 2 volunteer may not be under the direct supervision of District 96 staff and will be requested to complete an online application and submit their Social Security number to complete a criminal background check (including the National Criminal Database and national sex offender database).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jason Smit at or 708.447.5007. Thank you for your understanding and support of enhancing school safety protocols in our school and district.

Fall Parent Night is this Thursday, September 12th.

Posted by admin on September 6, 2019 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

Fall Parent Night is this Thursday, September 12th beginning in the auditorium with a presentation by Principal Casimira Gorman. After her presentation, parents will head to their child’s classroom for a presentation by their teacher.

Fall Parent Night (each session starts in Blythe auditorium) –
Early Childhood: 5:45pm – 7:15pm
Kindergarten – 5th Grade: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

*Please note, this is an evening for parents only.

Questions? Contact Ms. Gorman at