Mark your calendars, Harvest Day is back on Friday, October 25th during the school day. All Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade classes participate in this fun annual Fall festival. Activities include pumpkin patch, face painting, roasted potato feast with hot apple cider and storytelling in the garden, as well as a petting zoo -- with 3rd graders visiting the petting zoo as schedules and time permits. Sign up here to volunteer. Contact Eliva Heneghan for more information.
Help Mrs. Vecchioni and Waters Elementary School get ready for one of our favorites, the Dia de Los Muertes celebration on November 1st. Help is needed papering the hallway and hanging student art for the celebration during school hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday October 28-30. An hour or two? Any help goes a long way! Then again on November 14 and 15, help will be needed to take down the artwork. Again an hour or two of your help is welcome!
Sign up here. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're only a week into the 2019 Pledge Drive, and thanks to some amazing donors, we've already raised over $40,000 for Waters!
That's incredible momentum, but we still have work to do to hit our goal—and you can help!
If you haven't yet donated, please do! The suggested family donation is $750, but every single dollar helps support our incredible school.
Visit waterstoday.org/pledgedrive.html for details.
Saturday, December 7
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Waters Elementary School
The Waters Makers Fair Committee is working diligently in recruiting top notch makers. If you know a talented artist, please pass the following information along!
To Apply: Applications now open for Lincoln Square/Ravenswood 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 11; notifications via email by October 25. Because we receive many more applications than we can accept and to keep the items offered at the market within our quality standards, Waters Makers Fair is a juried event. A table fee of $100 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:
Type “2019 Application” in the subject line
Your Name & Business Name
Email address & Website URL
Street Address & Phone number
Brief description of your work
Price point (a range and average price)
3-5 jpeg images of your work, a digital portfolio, Etsy site or a website URL
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 $100. All items must be creatively and professionally presented.
The Waters Makers Fair 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!
September 23 to October 11
It's officially underway, and we're already off to a great start. If you've already donated, THANK YOU! If not, you've still got time—and while $750 is the suggested per-family donation, any amount helps.
There are lots of ways to donate:
Together, we can help Waters Grow!
Friday, October 11, 3:15 to 5 p.m.
After school on October 11, we'll be celebrating our supportive community for raising funds to support Waters Elementary! There will be free pizza, a photo booth, music & hip hop class, and maybe even a surprise visit from the Waters Wildcat!
Donate to the Pledge Drive or sign up to volunteer for the party.
Saturday, September 28 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
Let's meet each other, build community and celebrate our diversity! The Multi-Cultural Potluck at the Garden takes place on September 28th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. We will need parent volunteers to help with the setup at 11:00 and the clean-up at 1:30! Contact Maripa Abella for more information or sign up here.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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