December 8, 2020

Good Evening,

As you know, only half of the information I wanted to share went out on Friday.  I am hopeul this will come in its entirity.  If it doesn’t, I will try to send just the second part.

Mark your Calendars – Aldrin PTA Bingo Night: 

Aldrin PTA invites you to join us at our virtual Winter BINGO-land event. Join us on December 16, 2020 from 7:00-8:00 pm (immediately following our PTA meeting) for a night of fun and prizes. Please join us through Zoom to play BINGO and win gift cards/certificates to local businesses (Jewel, WalMart, Dairy Queen, and more). Complete our google form by clicking on the blue link below to receive your digital BINGO card and Zoom link closer to the date of our event- Aldrin’s Winter BINGO-land. We ask that only one entry per family be submitted.

Ringing in the Holidays: 

As you know, each year the week prior to break we celebrate with a unique theme for each day.  Here’s our plan for the week of December 14th. We can’t wait to see the creativity of our students come out each day!

  • Zoom into a Merry Monday- The students can decorate the space behind them (snowflakes, pictures, etc.) so they have a festive zoom background for the week.  They can also create a new fun holiday zoom name for themselves.  
  • Twinkling Tuesday- Staff and students wear some holiday flair and give out compliments to other staff and students.  Again, you can make this as big or small of an activity as you want. 
  • Winter Wonderland Wednesday-  Staff and students wear their favorite holiday sweater and accessories. At some point throughout the day put your students in breakout rooms so they can have a snack with a friend. 
  • Winter Character Thursday- Dress as your favorite holiday character.  Have the students take an “Elfie” (selfie) and email it to a teacher in the school to brighten their day! 
  • Fleece-ey Flannel Friday-  Wear your fleece, flannel or winter hats today!  On zoom, you can screen share a fire and have your students cozy up for a read aloud to end your holiday week together.  HERE is a link to a cozy fire. 

Gobble Up Books – Aldrin PTA Event

Our PTA would like to invite your family to participate in our Gobble Up Books Delivery event. With Thanksgiving and winter break coming up, we thought we’d help keep everyone busy and cozy with some reading.

If your family wants to receive free lightly used books, please complete this form- Gobble Up Books Delivery. We offer two ways for your family to get books: home delivery or curbside pickup (no contact). If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help us, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. Books delivery requests will run from Nov. 17 through Dec. 18, 2020 (or until we run out of books). 

The Holiday Gift Shop is Back… Virtually

It’s hard to believe but 2020 is almost over and the holidays are just around the corner.  This year, we are inviting you and your child to participate in the Aldrin Virtual Holiday Gift shop. We are very pleased to continue this school tradition in a virtual format and we hope you enjoy choosing gifts for your loved ones from the comfort of your home.

Here’s how it works: 

  • The holiday gift shop will be from 11/23/20 – 12/11/20. 
  • The shipping will be free on all the orders $35 or above. Otherwise shipping will be $6.99.
  • All gifts will be delivered to directly to your home. 
  • Look at the flyer for more information 
  • Click here to order: 

Optimistic Household Series: Module 4 Release:

Sometimes we come across obstacles in our lives that lower our overall level of happiness and disrupt our path to success. The fourth Optimistic Household module, Being Adaptive in the Midst of Uncertainty and Change, is now available for you to access with your family here: Optimistic Household homepage. You can also view the first three modules. Don’t forget to share your family’s experiences with us on social media with #OptimisticHousehold and #54Happiness or by sending photos and videos to [email protected].

Outreach of Community Support – District Food Pantry Information:

In order to better meet the needs of our communities, there have been some changes to which district pantries serve each of our schools. Below you will find a link to the pantry that will serve our school beginning 12/1/20.

Aldrin to Use the School District 54 Food Pantry at Lakeview:  The D54 Food Pantry at Lakeview is open and ready to serve our District 54 families. All families are welcome to use this resource if you have a need. Although you will not be able to come into the pantry due to COVID restrictions, you will be able to place an order online and pick up at the pantry site.  Please click on this link to place your order online.  If you have any questions, please call (847) 357-6600.

The Pantry Supervisors are Dianne Buffo and Aubrey Hayes.

6th Grade Junior High Information

Next year’s scheduling for junior high is around the corner. Earlier in the week, our 6th graders had the opportunity to learn more about the courses they will be a part of next year and even had an opportunity to ask loads of questions during our 6th grade Zoom meeting with Frost.  Today your child received a google form that will allow him/her to select electives for the upcoming year. Please be on the lookout for this form. The Elective Selection Google Forms must be submitted by Friday, December 11.

In addition, today the Junior Highs also shared a 6th Grade Parent Night video. Both the Elective Selection Google Form and Parent Video will be emailed to you by your student’s junior high administration. The goal for all videos is to provide specific information about junior high programming.


Have a fabulous weekend!

Mary Botterman and Allison Schultz

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 16 – PTA Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16 – PTA Bingo Night @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 18 – Winter Break begins @ 3:00 p.m.