Please contact Karen Nevotti with any questions.
Big Night may be over, but you still have a chance to score a spot for some really great Parent and Teacher Parties. Click here see what parties are still open. Available Parent Parties will remain open until their respective dates, and available Teacher Parties will remain open until Saturday, March 14.
Please contact Karen Nevotti with any questions.
WatersToday would like to say thank you very much to all of the teachers for all of their hard work, dedication, and creative energy! Teacher Parties, Classroom Art Projects, Decorations, and our teachers' caring ways are a huge part of what makes Big Night such a success each year! And having Ms. Kipp, Ms. Alvarez, and so many of our wonderful teachers join parents to celebrate at Big Night was the icing on the cake! Thank you to all of you from all of WatersToday, we love you!
This year, we are thrilled to announce that money raised during our Give from the Heart will fund our classroom libraries! A strong classroom library should have 20 books per student. That is 500 books per classroom! From Harry Potter and Dogman to comfortable seating and shelving, we can provide our students with the supplies needed to create lifelong readers! Our goal is to raise $15,000 to make sure every classroom has the books and supplies they need.
Consider making a donation to our libraries and we will know it is from the heart.
Sales Open February 29 at 8:30 p.m.
Parent parties are a great way to meet other Waters parents and community members. Be sure to preview the parent parties online so you don’t miss your opportunity to secure a spot in one or more of these ever popular experiences! See the complete calendar of parties below to make your list and mark the dates for a beer tasting, a boat cruise, a Cubs rooftop party, and a backyard bash ... or two!
Don't forget to have your phones charged and the website bookmarked – these parties sell out fast!
Open on Monday, February 24 at 9 a.m.
Big Night Online Auction
There is nothing cooler to a child than joining their friends at a special party given by their teacher. From a pool party, to a day out downtown, Teacher Parties offer lots of fun ways to support our school and surprise your kiddos. See the full list on our auction site!
Have you seen our amazing classroom art projects? Take home a piece of original art created by our amazing teachers and students. View them all – Kindergarten original art, photography and more – in the online auction and bid to win!
If you are an Amazon shopper, AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support WatersToday every time you make a purchase. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to WatersToday. Just select Waters Today (note the space) as your charitable organization on your first visit. Then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will help support our school. Check out our other giveback programs here.
If you made a donation in 2019 to WatersToday and need a written receipt for tax purposes, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that receipts for any donations made as part of the Big Night 2019 event were provided by OneCause via email at the time of the event (March 2019).
Monday, February 17 at 9 a.m. - Friday, February 28 at 10 p.m.
The Waters' Big Night online auction is back! Bid early and often on some amazing items including tickets to Out of Space music festivals, Aleman Brewmaster for the day, sports tickets, jewelry, home decor items and more.
Teacher Parties and Classroom Art Projects will be available for online bidding beginning February 24. Set a reminder to bid on these awesome items!
Winning bidders may pick up their items on Saturday, March 7 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Lisa Kearney's house, 4507 N. Artesian Avenue.
Please contact Lisa Kearney or Karen Nevotti with questions.
Friday and Saturday, February 28-29
Monday, March 2
4740 N. Western Ave.
Please help the Big Night team prepare for Waters School's BIGGEST fundraising event of the year - Leaping Back to the 80s!
Volunteers are needed on Friday, February 28th for setup, on Saturday, February 29th during the event, and Monday, March 2nd for final wrap. Leapin Back to the 80s is going to be a totally radical party and your help is needed to make it a success! Sign up here.
Meeting 6 p.m. - Waters Annex
Social 7:30 p.m. - Gideon Welles
Please join the WatersToday board at its February meeting to learn more about our fundraising group and all that we have planned for 2020. We will talk about Waters' Big Night, volunteer opportunities, upcoming events, open board positions and more. See the agenda here or read more about the current board members and their roles. Watch next week's Green Notes for more highlights.
After the meeting, stop by Gideon Welles to meet and mingle with the board and other parents. We look forward to seeing you!
Calling all 3rd - 5th grade girls!
The spring season of Girls on the Run will kick off in mid-March. Practice will be held from 3:30-5 on Monday and Friday afternoons at school. Interested girls need to commit to attend practice both days. Register at www.gotrchicago.org.
Registration deadline is 2/14/2020
Due February 12
Our Teachers need a few volunteers to assist with their Classroom Art Projects! These one of a kind pieces will be up for auction during Big Night on February 29th. Sign up to help your classroom teacher today! If you have any questions, please reach out to WatersToday Volunteer Team.
WatersToday is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Dr. Scholl's Foundation to support our Ecology Program. This is the second time WatersToday has received this grant and we hope they will continue to support our one of a kind Ecology Program. To learn more about the Dr. Scholl's Grant visit their website. To learn more about our Ecology Program, please visit the Waters Garden and Ecology website and subscribe to Mr. Leki's blog.
Wednesday, January 29, 11 a.m to 11 p.m.
Roots Handmade Pizza
2200 W. Lawrence Ave.
Join us for our next Waters Dines Out fundraiser on Wednesday, January 29th at Roots Handmade Pizza. Roots will be donating 15% of sales all day when you mention the fundraiser. Dine in only.
What is a parent party? A parent party is a party hosted by a parent to be purchased by our Waters community. Past parent parties have included backyard BBQs, outdoor movies for kids, cookie decorating, game nights and more. Often times, multiple families get together and host larger parties such as wine strolls, beer tastings, food tastings, karaoke parties, dance parties, etc. Parent parties help build community and raise lots of money for our amazing school!
Be creative! You could host a backyard s'mores and fire pit party, a trip to the zoo with five kids, an ice cream party, a bourbon tasting party – the options are endless! You choose the place and all the details, the maximum number of people, who can attend (e.g. 1st grade, kids, parents), and the price per attendee. Costs incurred for parties are taken on by the host(s). All money raised goes to the school.
Interested in hosting? Please submit your party plans by February 1, and/or contact Vanessa Summer with questions.
Donations Due Saturday, February 1
Big Night 2020 is around the corner and we are in need of items for our online auction. Do you have a talent or a connection? Do you happen to have a best friend who owns a restaurant who might donate a gift card or a tasting? Do you work for an amazing company who will donate a gift? Are you an artist who would like to donate a piece of work? Does your tattoo artist owe you a favor? Do you belong to a CSA farm that can donate some veggies?
Last year we raised over $25,000 from our online silent auction and know we can do it again. Contact us at email@example.com if you would like to donate to the auction or have a connection. We would love to hear from you!
Volunteers are needed to help with the art show and there's something for everyone: hanging artwork, putting together one of the art stations, grabbing materials, or help run the event - all we're asking for is a couple hours of your time at home or at school! Join the fun and become be a part of this fabulous event! Sign up now or contact Mrs. Vecchioni to see how you can help!
Hello Waters Parent Volunteers,
As we head into the new year, let’s look back at the long list of wonderful community moments we’ve shared at our school:
We can all agree that was a great start to the year, and that’s why we’re reaching out now as we head into the new semester. Plan to expect the same level of fun at Waters School in 2020! Here is a list of events that happen early in the year, and will provide plenty of opportunities for all Waters parents to get involved. Whether you’ve got an hour or two in the evenings, time during the day, or a skill or talent you can share, there is something for everyone. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what interest you.
Volunteer to help with the 1st Semester Visual Arts Show: Andy Warhol, Pop Americas
The visual arts shows are truly epic, and they take a ton of work to put together. All hands on deck are needed success! The planning meeting for this special show is Monday, January 6, at 3:30 p.m.
in Mrs. Vecchioni’s room, please join us.
Can’t make the meeting? Don’t worry, you can still help, simply email email@example.com and we’ll
keep you in the loop!
Our School's Annual Fundraising Gala is called Big Night, and this year’s theme is Leaping Back to the 80s
There are a ton of ways to get involved with this very special party, from soliciting auction items, to decorating, running errands, event set-up and take-down, to donating an hour of your time during the actual event. This fabulous party takes a village to put on, and being a Waters parent, makes you a villager, so come help!
The planning meeting for this event is:
Thursday January 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln Ave.)
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you feel even more connected to the wonderful community that is Waters Elementary!
Happy Holidays, and Best Wishes for a wonderful New Year!
Maripa Abella and Hope Nichols
Thursday, January 16, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro
3905 N. Lincoln Ave.
Do you love parties? Do you love parties with 250 of your closest friends? Come learn about Big Night (our largest fundraiser of the year). This is one of the highlights of the year for our school. We are looking for helpers for decorating, planning, soliciting, organizing, helping with catering, and anything else you can bring to the table. We hope to see you there at 730pm on January 16th. Bring a friend! Please contact event chair, Jaime Freedman with any questions.
On January 30, 2020, Waters will unveil the Andy Warhol & Pop Americas Exhibit at school. This is one of the fantastic art shows put on by Mrs. Vecchioni, that we all look forward to and have fun planning! If you are interested in taking part and volunteering for this celebration of arts and community, please join us for a planning meeting on January 6 at 3:30 p.m. in Mrs. Vecchioni’s room. Email WatersToday volunteer team to sign up!
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