Tuesday, November 6, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Lou Malnati’s Lincoln Square
Make it a pizza night! Lou Malnati’s will donate 20% of total sales to WatersToday from every order received from dine-in, carryout or delivery. MUST MENTION WATERS FUNDRAISER AT TIME OF ORDER. No online orders.
Harvest Day in the Garden
Friday, October 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Sign Up to Help
On this special day, parent volunteers can work with children from Kinder through 3rd grade on a variety of Harvest Day activities including:
Day of the Dead Celebration
Thursday, November 1, Sign Up to Help
Help is needed starting the week of October 29. On Monday, we will hang paper throughout the hallways as background for the artwork. We will hang the student art on Wednesday, October 31 after the Halloween parade. If you are planning on coming to the parade, please consider staying after to help.
Questions? Please contact our volunteer coordinators.
Sunday, October 28, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Queen of Angels Parish
Join the Cub Scouts Pack 3894 for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast fundraiser in the church basement. The Pack will also run a silent auction and bake sale during breakfast.
Adults $8. Children (12 and under) and Seniors $6.
Questions? Please contact Charles Marsh.
Monday, October 15, 6 p.m. – Waters Annex
Please join us at our first open WatersToday meeting for this school year. We will meet in the annex and will be focusing on the upcoming Pledge Drive. WatersToday is the 501c3 volunteer parent organization, raising money on behalf of Waters Elementary. Come see how you can get involved!
Questions? Please email Sara Byerly.
Saturday, October 13 to Friday, October 19 – Waters Lobby
It's time to empty out your Halloween bin! Please donate gently used Halloween costumes to local families. There will be a collection bin by the fish tank starting Saturday, October 13 during the Cardboard Challenge. The deadline for donations is October 19 to allow for distribution before Halloween. Please do not send any weapon accessories. We will accept children's costumes of all ages.
Questions? Please contact WatersToday.
October 1 to 31 – Gideon Welles, 4500 N Lincoln Ave
Gideon Welles is helping kick off the 2018 Waters Pledge Drive. For each purchase of Half Acre Goneaway, Gideon will donate $1 to Waters. Drink up, it's for the kids!
Monday, October 8 to Monday, October 15 – teaschooldays.com
Shop Tea School Days with promo code SDF18WATERS and receive 15% off plus free shipping! When you shop, Waters will receive 15% of sales. You must shop at teaschooldays.com to make an eligible purchase. Happy shopping!
Questions? Please contact Karla Gidwani.
Save the date: Saturday, December 1
Waters Holiday Craft Market
The Waters Holiday Craft Market Committee is working diligently in recruiting top notch makers. If you know a talented artist please pass the following information along.
CALL FOR ARTISTS & MAKERS
Lincoln Square/Ravenswood Holiday Craft Market
Saturday, December 1, 2018
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Waters Elementary School
4540 N. Campbell Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
To Apply: Applications now open for Lincoln Square/Ravenswood holiday/DIY juried craft market. Ideal way for newcomers or small-scale/Etsy shop vendors to showcase DIY talent and work, while supporting a Chicago neighborhood public arts magnet school and its students. Hundreds of neighbors, families and friends attend this annual holiday market for food, fun, community and shopping locally together. Applications accepted from now through October 8; notifications via email by October 15. Because we receive many more applications than we can accept and to keep the items offered at the market within our quality standards, Waters Craft Market is a juried event. A table fee of $75 will be collected once you are accepted for costs associated with the event; 100% of proceeds of your sales will be your own. To apply, please email the following information to email@example.com:
Keep in mind the following when you apply: Your items must be made by hand and DIY craft-oriented in approach. We aim to offer a diverse line of goods, or specialized products that are available in a variety of styles. The jewelry category, for example, is incredibly competitive; if you offer jewelry along with other items, this is to your advantage. The average price of your items fit our goal of promoting accessible, affordable handmade/DIY goods; prices typically range between $1 to $75. All items must be creatively and professionally presented.
The Waters Holiday Craft Market will be promoted extensively on websites and social media, and via flyers and street banners. For additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reviewing your application!
There is a lot going on at Waters this fall, and whether you are new to the school or skilled at public school volunteering, we need you! Please take a look at our volunteer opportunities and let us know if you would like to help.
Book Fair Help: We are in need of a volunteer to serve as book fair co-chair, alongside Hilary Prosser, who is able to devote approximately 3 to 4 hours of time leading up to the book fair and a significant amount of time during the week of the fair. Tasks include implementing and tracking All For Books campaign, developing and distributing book fair materials, set up, tear down and working the fair with Hilary. Waters currently has two fairs scheduled during the year: the fall fair is tentatively scheduled for November 28 to December 1 and the spring fair is tentatively scheduled for the end of May. Ideally, Hilary is looking for a co-chair to help run both. The book fair always comes and goes so quickly! The kids love it and it is so fun to see the excitement first hand. Also, it is a great opportunity to interact with Waters staff and families. If interested, please email WatersToday volunteer coordinators.
Boys Soccer Coach: We are need of a coach or coaches for 5th/6th and 7th/8th boys soccer. The season usually runs from the end of September to late October/early November and games take place once to twice a week, Monday through Thursday after school. Home games are played on Waters' field, and the team carpools to all away games. For more information, email Mr. Orlov or the volunteer coordinators.
Circle of Help: This program provides a service for Waters Elementary families in need of support. Circle of Help aims to alleviate the stress of financial hardship on students and their family members by offering assistance through community aid. We are in need of individuals to assist in organizing, compiling and delivering supplies. This is a program that provides school supplies, coats, boots, food and any other item necessary to ensure that Waters students can focus on their education. It is a small time commitment, usually 1 to 2 hours per month, but has a lasting impact for our students and their families. If interested, email the volunteer coordinators.
Volunteers for Upcoming Events
Picture Day – September 26: The school needs help organizing the students as they take their pictures. Sign up to volunteer at picture day.
Waters Golf Outing – September 30, Robert Black Golf Course, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: We need help registering players, driving the beverage cart, and helping with the raffle and lunch. Sign up to help at the golf event.
Harvest Day – October 26: Help K-3rd graders as they “pick” pumpkins in the garden, visit the petting zoo, and have their face painted at one of their favorite events of the year! Save the date and stay tuned for a volunteer sign-up sheet!
For additional information about any of these opportunities, please email WatersToday volunteer coordinators Vanessa Summer and Hope Nichols. Thanks for being a member of our community!
Thursday, September 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m. – Kendra Scott
Please join us for sips, sweets and jewels in our back to school kickoff event at Kendra Scott, 3426 N Southport Ave. Waters will receive 20% of the evening's proceeds! If you are unable to make it, phone orders are welcome throughout the day. Call Kendra Scott Southport, (708) 669-0230.
Monday, September 10 - Sunday, September 23 – primary.com/school/waters
The Waters Primary.com spirit week is here! When you shop Primary, you save 20% off your orders during our spirit week sale (use code "WEWEEK"). Plus, our school earns 10% on every purchase throughout the year! After the spirit week sale, please use code "WATERS" at checkout. Visit Waters' special Primary URL and start shopping today!
Thursday, September 20, 11 a.m. to midnight – Roots Pizza,
2200 W Lawrence Ave
Join us to kick off Waters Dines Out at Roots! Roots will donate 20% of sales all day for pick up or dine in. Phone orders only. Must mention Waters fundraiser for donation to apply. Questions? Please email Jessie Novak.
Thank you to everyone who purchased school supplies through Yubbler. We had 55% participation, up from 49% last year and will receive $3400 in profit sharing. We also raised $750 for the Circle of Help thanks to your generous donations. A note of gratitude to Amy Straky who coordinated
Yubbler this year.
Starting Fall 2018
For all boys and girls kinder through 5th grade and the entire family. The Scouting year is just kicking off, so come try something new...all sorts of outdoor activities; camping, learning new skills like reading maps to tying square knots, working towards goals, and making new friends. Visit the Chicago Cub Scouts Pack 3894 site for details.
For more information contact Charles Marsh.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
WatersToday volunteer coordinators, Vanessa Summer and Hope Nichols, will be sharing volunteer opportunities as they arise throughout the school year. Check out the WatersToday fundraising events page for a list of annual activities – all need volunteers. Also be sure to sign up for the Green Notes email (see "Subscribe" in right column) and like/follow the Waters Facebook page to hear about new requests from teachers and staff. Have some free time or flexibility in your schedule? Get on the Waters Volunteer Helper List by emailing us.
We promise there is a volunteer opportunity to suit every Waters parent, no matter how much time you have to spare. Your choice to help out can be as easy as spending an hour or two on a teacher project, setting up an art show, working in the garden, or judging the science fair. Fundraising events like the Holiday Craft Market, Big Night, the Scholastic Book Fair and more, are happening all year long, offering parents a fun way to get to know each other and support our great school.
Important Volunteer Info: If you plan on chaperoning a field trip, helping out at Harvest Day, or any other volunteer opportunities at Waters, then you need to fill out the CPS volunteer application. It only takes a minute to complete and the whole process is really easy. (On the application, parents are "Level 2" volunteers and do not need to go through the fingerprint criminal background check.) After submitting the online form, visit the Waters main office at your leisure and show identification. After that you’re all set to volunteer – and we can’t wait to meet you!
Update on Team, September 6:
We are officially part of the Chicago Mustangs youth league that plays at Northside College Prep. Right now, it looks like we'll have a 3rd/4th grade combined team. Games will commence mid November. There is a $700 league fee that will be split based on the number of players. Parents with boys still interested in this league should email Coach Mitch Langeler.
Previous Post, August 26:
Is your 3rd or 4th grade son is interested in playing basketball in a local league this winter? We need at least 8 boys, ideally 10, to form a full team. The cost will vary based on that number, however, it will be under $100 per family for the whole season. The season runs from November 18 through February, with games on Sundays – double headers on those days except for holiday weekends. Games are at Northside College Prep, practice TBD based on finding a place. The program manager expects us to respond before Labor Day with a full team pulled together. Let's do this!
Tuesday, September 4 - Thursday, September 13 – Genevieve Boutique
Need some cute new clothes? Want to raise money for Waters? Genevieve Boutique, 4745 N Lincoln Ave, is giving 10% of each sale back to the school of your choice (just mention Waters). Happy shopping!
Attention new and returning parents: The Parent Resource Guide, assembled by parents for parents, contains important back-to-school information for the current school year as well as other resources that you may reference throughout the year. For additional updates throughout the year, be sure to watch school news and WatersToday News.
Place Online Orders by Next Week
Didn't get around to ordering those school supplies? You can still place an online order and avoid busy stores. It's fast, easy and convenient, and Yubbler donates 50% of its profits back to our school! If you order by August 31, you can include the classroom/community supply lists (section 3). After that date, please remove those items from your cart. See the Waters school supply lists by grade for more details on classroom needs.
Questions? Email Yubbler.
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