More events listed on the Waters Elementary Site.
More than 40 8th grade students came together this past weekend to wash cars in the school parking lot to raise funds for their Spring 2020 Field Trip. They were joined by their teachers, Ms.Alvarez, volunteer parents and many siblings. They all worked very hard and with the support of the community they raised close to $1300 at their first fundraiser for the school year. A big thank you to everyone that was able to attend this event. We hope you will join us at the next 8th grade fundraising event this Friday, September 20th at the school for the Little Big Night that is open to all grades.
More events listed on the Waters Elementary Site.
Wednesday, September 25, 8 p.m.
4500 N Lincoln Ave
Please join us at Gideon Welles directly after Curriculum Night to kick off the start of the 2019 Pledge Drive. Come to hang with old friends, make a few new ones, and learn more about WatersToday's fundraising efforts over a drink or two. (Don't forget that Gideon Welles is kindly donating $1 per pint of every Maplewood Brewery "Charlatan" pale ale sold during the entire month of September!)
Bonus: Donate to WatersToday at the party for a chance to win a mini-session with Leah Rieger Photography.
Our goal is to pack the bar with as many Waters parents as we possibly can, so please help us spread the word! We can't wait to see you there.
Leonardo's Workshop, the Art Room Maker Camp at Waters, will begin in October. Students in third through fifth grade are eligible to participate. Vets are students who have participated in Leonardo's workshop in the past. The Vets camp will meet on Thursdays. Tyros are new participants. The Tyros camp will be held on Tuesdays. Mrs. Vecchioni will distribute enrollment forms to students in their classrooms during the third week of September Please email Mrs. Vecchioni with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Leonardo's Workshop, please visit http://mrsvecchionisartroom.com/blog/our-makerspace/
Thank you for your support!
Saturday, September 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Waters Parking Lot
Bring your car for a wash and support our fundraising efforts to have the ENTIRE Class of 2020 go on their 8th Grade Spring Field Trip. Enter on Maplewood. Cars washed for $10. SUVs and Trucks washed for $15. Cash preferred! Sign up to help.
Friday, September 20, 6 -8:30 p.m.
Waters Annex and Gym
All are invited to attend Little Big Night on Friday, September 20th! All proceeds will benefit the 8th grade Spring 2020 field trip. We will have hot dog and taco sales in the Waters Annex starting at 6pm-7pm. The dance will be in the gym from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Entrance for dance will be through the Annex doors. Come enjoy some food, stay for the dance and we hope you get lucky with some raffle prizes! Do not miss this Friday night fun with the whole family!
Thank you to all who participated in and came to visit the first annual Waters Volunteer Opportunity Fair! It takes many helpers to make our community strong, and we look forward to a great year together! If you missed out but want to get involved, please send an email to info@Waterstoday.org
Sunday, September 15, 1 to 3 p.m.
2333 W. Sunnyside
The Cub Scouts at Queen of Angels are starting off a new year after a fun summer of scout camps and activities. This is our 2nd year of family scouting that is inclusive of both girls and boys; in fact 15% of our Pack are girls! If you have a Kindergarten – 5th grade girl or boy interested in scouting please reach out to the Assistant Cubmaster Todd Woelfl or our girl’s den leader Rachel Abajain. All neighborhood youth are welcome to our picnic on September 15.
We are looking forward to another fun year of camping, pinewood derby cars, and other fun activities.
September 1 - 30
FolkThat @ Sacred Art
4619 N. Lincoln Ave
Check out FolkThat for unique print t-shirts celebrating Chicago's social culture and give back to WatersToday! FolkThat is donating $5 of each order to WatersToday during the entire month of September.
There are two ways to purchase the t-shirts from FolkThat:
1) Online at www.folkthat.tv
2) In-person at the Sacred Art Gallery & Gift Boutique in Lincoln Square
September 1 - 30
4500 N. Lincoln Ave.
Gideon Welles helping us kick off the new school year by donating $1 per pint of every Maplewood Brewery "Charlatan" pale ale sold during the entire month of September! Stop by Gideon Welles between September 1st and September 30th and order a Charlatan Pale Ale to help support WatersToday.
August 22 - September 1
The Genevieve Shop4Schools event returns! 10% of each Genevieve sale will be donated to the local school of a customer's choosing from 8/22 to 9/1. Be sure to mention Waters at checkout! Genevieve will also match the donation to the school that raises the most, with another 10% of total proceeds raised for that school. Let's raise some money for Waters!
Calling all Waters parents, visit CPS Parent U to become a qualified CPS volunteer. It's easy! Getting approved takes just 3 simple steps. However, the overall approval process takes time within CPS, so don't wait, take the first step by signing up today. Once you complete this step, you'll receive an email from CPS asking you to show your ID in the Waters school office (step 2), after that, you'll receive another email from CPS indicating that you've been approved to chaperone on field trips and volunteer at Waters (step 3).
If you have any questions, please contact our volunteer team.
Wednesday, September 4, 6- 7 p.m.
You are invited to spend an hour mingling with parents and learn how to get involved in your children's educational experience. WatersToday board members, parent volunteers and administration will be on hand to answer questions about the fun activities we have planned for the year. Meet the event chair and volunteers from a variety of events including Pledge Drive, Big Night, Walk a Thon, Craft Fair, Waters Community Garden, Art Program and more. We are always looking to grow our committee involvement and need YOU! Invite a friend and get excited for a successful year!
Please contact Jessie Novak if you have any questions.
Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 30
Waters Elementary Office
It's time for school supplies! Lists came out at the end of July, and many of us have been out shopping already. With no bulk supply program to help us collect for Waters families in need this year, the Circle of Help put together a list of supply kits needed by grade. Please sign up on this Google doc, purchase, box up and label your supply kit with the relevant grade, and bring to the Waters office on Teacher Meet & Greet Day on Friday, August 30, 8:15-8:45 a.m. Thank you for your help – you will ease a lot of back-to-school stress for families in need. Any questions? Contact Karen Nevotti.
WatersToday would like to thank all of the 2018-2019 business sponsors for your generous support throughout the year! Your sponsorships, giveback programs and events have helped fund ecology, fine arts, science and technology programs, extracurricular opportunities, and much, much more for the students at Waters Elementary. Thank you for helping Waters grow!
2018-2019 WatersToday Business Sponsors
Big Fork Brands | Brezicrew Partners Inc. | City Kids Dental | Gideon Welles
Jewell Animal Hospital | Lou Malnati's | Matt Tierney, Guaranteed Rate
Scott Ray Designs | Yellow Spoke
Bistro Campagne | Bloom Yoga Studio | Borelli's
John Byrne and Mike McCallum, Baird & Warner | Chicago Athletic Clubs | Galter Life Center | Half Acre | Kendra Scott | Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
Roots Pizza | Swedish Covenant Hospital | Timeless Toys
Additional Business Support
Angeline’s Attic | Carbon Arc Bar | Chicago Primal Gym | Gather | Leah Rieger Photography
Merz Apothecary | Orangetheory Fitness | Sacred Art | Yümmallo
Thanks to the outstanding efforts and generous contributions of Waters families, friends, community members, local businesses and volunteers, WatersToday raised more than $242,000 this school year to support programs in the 2019-2020 school year!
Where Your Donations Go
The Waters Local School Council (LSC), which is an elected body, determines the allocation of funds raised by WatersToday. Here are just a few of the items your donation helps fund:
Learn more about WatersToday's fundraising activities.
Questions? Want to get involved? Contact us.
WatersToday is looking for a marketing and communications maven to join our board. Be part of our fundraising efforts by sharing our mission with the Waters community. For more information, please reach out to communications
co-chair Jennifer Davidson.
WatersToday would like to thank Sara Byerly, Rick Bolliger, Vanessa Summer and Jessica Kaune for their contributions and dedication over the past few years on the WatersToday board. Under their leadership, we have had an amazing year of fundraising and community building!
We also welcome our new board members who will be serving a two-year term beginning July 1, 2019:
As parents and community members, we are all part of WatersToday. Thank you to everyone who attended an event, volunteered time in any way, led a fundraising initiative, served as a business sponsor or donated to WatersToday.
Our success is because of YOU! We wish you a safe and happy summer.
There are still tickets available to a few parent/student parties this summer. From Bad Moms to Yoga in the Park, there is something for everyone. Check out the descriptions and buy your ticket now!
Come meet other kindergarten families and start connecting to the Waters community.
Wednesday, July 17 – 5 to 6 p.m.
Join us for Garden Night to volunteer in the community gardens and learn about Waters’ one of a kind ecology program.
Sunday, August 25 – 3 to 4 p.m.
Join us for a playdate at Ravenswood Manor Park (4604 N Manor). Feel free to bring along balls, bubbles or other outdoor fun!
WatersToday will provide juice and a small snack for each event. Please reach out to Jesse Brannan if you have any questions.
The Waters Walk-a-Thon was a huge success, raising more than $20,000 for Waters gym equipment, sports/academic teams, team uniforms, coach stipends, and more! Thank you to the many fabulous volunteers who helped ensure our kids were safe, had fun, and enjoyed watermelon/bananas after they walked/ran! Kids who raised any amount received a Waters fandana, and those who raised $70 or more will receive their blankets before the last day of school.
Congratulations to Ms. Boozko's classroom for raising the most money in the entire school, earning a one-hour fitness clinic with Mr. Kurz and the Walk-a-Thon trophy!
Congrats to Harrison Chrisler for raising more funds than any other student!
The following teachers' classrooms raised the most money per grade and will receive an extra hour of recess:
Kinder - Ramos
1st - Beza
2nd - Frieswyk
3rd - Boozcko
4th - Leatherwood
6th - Aguilar
7th - Jones
8th - Raman
Thanks to our generous sponsors, in kind donors and many volunteers who made the event a success!
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