Library Reader needed this week for Kindergarten PM.

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A volunteer spot is available this Wednesday to help PM Kindergarten during their library time. 

Volunteers for Kindergarten will have the opportunity to read to the students.

Volunteers for 1st and 2nd grade will help students find books for checkout and then read to the students.

Following is the library schedule for K, 1st, and 2nd grade:

Wednesdays
AM Kindergarten: 8:30 – 8:50am
2nd Grade: 1:50 – 2:20pm
PM Kindergarten: 2:20 – 2:50pm

Thursdays
1st Grade: 12:20 – 12:50pm

TO VOLUNTEER, please click on the sign-up button:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Questions? Contact Jennifer Sloger at jensloger@gmail.com or Patty Prodanich (librarian) at prodanichp@district96.org

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week donations needed by Wednesday.

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The Blythe Park PTA is preparing to celebrate our teachers and staff during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week will take place Monday, May 6th – Friday, May 10th. There will be several opportunities for parents and students from Early Learners–5th Grade to be involved (a volunteer signup will be posted closer to the event).

This year’s theme is “Reading with the Stars”. The week will feature special events and treats for all teachers and staff (Early Learners thru 5th Grade).

DONATIONS – You can make a monetary donation toward the week’s activities in the following ways. *Please send donations by this Wednesday, March 20th.

  • Send cash/check to the school office with “ATTN: PTA/Jill Crist” on the envelope (Please make checks payable to Blythe Park PTA.)
  • Click on the following Cheddar Up button to donate electronically:
  • If you are interested in donating items such as gift certificates or event tickets, please contact Jill Crist directly at (773)758-0210. These items will be used as prizes for the teachers and staff throughout the week.

Questions? Contact Jill Crist at (773) 758-0210 or chicagolmt@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed – Election Day Bake Sale on April 2nd

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The Blythe Park PTA Election Day Bake Sale will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd. 

The PTA is looking for volunteers to bake and help run the sale throughout the day.

VOLUNTEER – Please click on the following button to volunteer:

Sign Up!

Questions? Contact Debbie Strama at dastrama@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed – 5th Grade Games Night

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The 5th Grade Games Night committee still needs several volunteers to make this night run smoothly and fun for everyone! 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Please click on the following sign-up button to volunteer:

Sign Up!

5th Grade Games Night is on Friday, April 5th from 5:45-8:30pm at Hauser Junior High

5th Grade Games Night is a great opportunity for your 5th grade student to experience Hauser and help ease the transition to junior high. It’s also a fun way for the kids to meet their future classmates.

The students are grouped into teams with kids from all the D96 elementary schools. They will travel around Hauser with their team and play games in different areas (library, gym, cafeteria, etc).  

Questions? Contact Debbie Strama at dastrama@gmail.com or Mary Smith at mnmsmith95@gmail.com

Kids Yoga – Session 4 starts April 10th

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Sign-up for Kids Yoga – Session 4! Classes start Wednesday, April 10th.

Kids Yoga
Stephanie Roldan from Blissful Owl will instruct Kids Yoga classes on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 3:45 pm in the Blythe Park Gym for boys and girls in Kindergarten – 5th Grade.

Session 4
Wednesdays, 3:00 – 3:45 pm
April 10th – May 29th (7 weeks) *NO CLASS April 17th
$70

TO REGISTER – Please click on the following CheddarUp button, no matter your payment method (cash, check, credit). *NOTE: No single class passes will be available. Also, no prorating, no make-up days unless the instructor needs to reschedule, no refunds.

Questions? Contact Maria D’Amico at vmariadg@gmail.com

Parks & Rec After-School Programs – Register NOW for Spring Sessions

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Riverside Parks and Rec After-School Spring Sessions at Blythe Park will begin the week of April 8th.

NOTE: Registration deadline is 5 days prior to the class start date.

The Riverside Parks and Rec after-school spring classes:

  • Give Artfully
  • Stage Stars
  • Chess Scholars

Classes will take place directly after school from 3-4pm.

To view the class schedules OR register online, click on the following links:

Registration is also available in person at the Water Tower, 10 Pine Ave.

Questions? Contact the Riverside Parks & Rec Department at 708-442-7025

Raging Waves Fitness Logs are due Friday, April 5th

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Turn in your completed Raging Waves Fitness Log by Friday, April 5th.

Each student completing the program requirements between February 11th –April 5th will receive a FREE full day admission pass to Raging Waves, located in Yorkville.

STUDENTS: Keep track of your exercise by coloring one item on the fitness log for every 30 minutes you exercise. Complete 25 hours of exercise between February 11th – April 5th.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Print the log listed below and help track your child’s fitness, then sign the form and send it back to school or email to the School Coordinator, Deb (Galloway) Strama at dastrama@gmail.com by April 5th.

Raging Waves Flyer 2019
Raging Waves Log 2019

Questions? Contact Deb Strama at dastrama@gmail.com

2019-2020 PTA Executive Board Slate – Voted on at the April 16th meeting.

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The following proposed 2019-2020 PTA Executive Board slate will be voted on at the April PTA General Membership meeting.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 16th at 8:30am.

Proposed Slate: 2019-2020 PTA Executive Board –
Co-President – Katie Ford
Co-President – Sarah Leone
1st Vice President – Deb Strama
2nd Vice President – Jill Crist
3rd Vice President – Karla Highland
Secretary – Mary Beth Wynn
Treasurer – John Bowes
Parliamentarian – Jennifer Sloger
Communications Officer – Maria D’Amico

PTA Science Fair is April 25th – Start your project now!

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Bring out the scientist in your child and be a part of the PTA Science Fair on Thursday, April 25th at 5:30pm (prior to Spring Open House).

REGISTER your student for the Science Fair by clicking on the following button –

Sign Up!

Need to Know Details –

  • Participation is open to Kindergarten – 5th Grade.
  • Students will conduct their own science experiments and create their display board at home.
  • Students may work individually or in a group of no more than two students.
  • Each student’s display will be setup on a card table in the gym.
  • There will be no judging.
  • Participation is optional.
  • Each student will receive a participation award.

Display Boards Available –
Half-size display boards will be available for purchase in the office from the PTA for $2.


Need help getting started with your Science Fair project?
Check out the following resources:

Flyer  – “What Type of Science Project Should You Do?”

Website Resources –

  • If you need help finding a topic/project that would be of interest to your student, click on the following link: “Topic Selection Wizard“. After answering a series of questions about everyday interests and activities, project ideas will be suggested.
  • Education.com – Science fair project ideas
  • ScienceBuddies.org/guide – Science fair project guidance

Library Resources –
Riverside Public Library has a great collection of science experiment books by the following authors!

  • Janice VanCleave, author
  • Bill Nye, author

Any questions, contact Katie Ford at fordfamily4@rocketmail.com

PTA Standing Rules changes for review – Comment deadline is April 14th.

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Over the course of this year, the PTA Executive Board descriptions in Blythe Park PTA’s Standing Rules were reviewed and updated.

Attached for review by the general membership are the proposed changes to Article VII – Duties of Officers, Sections 1-5 in the Blythe Park PTA Standing Rules. 

The proposed changes will be voted on at the PTA general membership meeting on Tuesday, April 16th at 8:30am.

Click on the following link to view a full copy of the Standing Rules (changes are highlighted): Blythe Park PTA Standing Rules 2019-20: PROPOSED

The PTA has two documents that guide the organization in conducting business – the Bylaws and the Standing Rules.  

The Standing Rules outline the procedures of the association with specific details that are not included in the Bylaws.

Questions or comments? Contact Jen Sloger at jensloger@gmail.com