Welcome to the Owen Elementary PTA
Click here to see a calendar of all the PTA events for 2012-2013!!!!
What is PTA? The Owen Parent Teacher Association’s mission is to advocate for our children. We are a group of parents, teachers and administrators that work together to give Owen students the best possible elementary school experience.
We accomplish this by providing educational and social programs to our students and families. We are volunteer driven. Each of our programs is made possible through the donation of time and talents of Owen parents and teachers. Click on our Volunteer tab to learn more about opportunities to get involved.
We hope you will join us as a member. PTA membership gives you a vote at PTA meetings where we discuss current programs at Owen and around the District. We invite new ideas and want to hear your opinions. Everyone is welcome! Click on the Membership tab to learn more.
If you have any questions, please contact any of our PTA Officers.
Join us at our General PTA Meetings – Everyone is Welcome
7:00 pm in the Owen LMC:
· Wednesday, September 5th
· Thursday, December 13th
· Tuesday, March 19th
· Monday, April 22nd
· Tuesday, May 28th (DATE CHANGE!!!!!)
Co-President: Jen Barron
Co-President: Mary Frances Koyl
Vice President: Sunitha Narayanan
Treasurer: Bonnie Budzyn
Recording Secretary: Lynn Pekkarinen
Corresponding Secretary: Sue O'Neill
Owen PTA General Meetings
Wednesday, September 5th
Thursday, December 13th
Tuesday, March 19th
Monday, April 22nd – Election of Officers
Tuesday, May 28th
All meetings are at 7:00 pm in the LMC at Owen
and will last approximately 1 hour.
Everyone is welcome at General Meetings and
PTA members are entitled to vote.
BECOME AN OWEN PTA MEMBER
Won’t you join us? PTA membership gives you a vote at PTA meetings where we discuss current programs and invite new ideas. Everyone is welcome. Volunteering is not a requirement of membership. But we have tons of opportunities. Please visit our Volunteer tab for a list of all the volunteer positions.
Only $15 per Family provides a lot of Services to our Owen Community
The PTA sponsors far more than parties or social activities. Owen PTA spends more than $40 per student to provide funding and/or volunteer power for:
· Educational Programs such as Reflections, Publishing Center and Art Awareness
· Funding for Field Trips
· Science Fair
· Educational Assemblies
· Student Directory (FREE for members)
· Teacher Grants for classroom supplies and support materials
· Improvements such as reducing lunch room waste and planting gardens
· Community Service programs
· Kindergarten Orientation
· After School Clubs
· Teacher Appreciation events
...just to name a few.
And we also provide social opportunities:
· Dads & Donuts and Moms & Muffins
· Classroom parties and special events
· Family Night Events
· Halloween Party
& so much more
Joining PTA makes for a stronger community bond between teachers, students and parents. Follow this link to read an article from PTO Today about the benefits of getting involved: http://www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/article/1032-its-worth-every-minute
CLICK HERE FOR MEMBERSHIP FORM
Thank You for Supporting Owen’s Fundraisers!
Owen PTA Flower Order Fundraiser
Direct Link to Website (Click Here)
Supporting these fundraisers helps to fund all of the great programs sponsored by the Owen PTA. Some of these programs include World Kaleidoscope, Science Fair, Art Awareness, Owen Revue and so much more. We make every effort to keep our fundraising to a minimum, but without your support we cannot offer the programs that enrich your child’s education. Please help us keep all of these great learning opportunities available at Owen by supporting our fundraisers.
Market Day is a great way to buy something that you need already…food for your table. Each month a sale flyer will be sent home with your child. You can place your order online by going to http://www.marketday.com. (Owen’s account number is 19179.) Your order is delivered to school and will be available for pick-up in the MPR.
The Fall & Spring Owen Resale offers Owen families the opportunity to sell or donate used children’s clothing, toys and equipment. Both sellers and PTA get a percentage of the sales. It is truly a win-win, you get a clean closet and your children get great programs at school. These two events are our biggest fundraisers of the year. Be sure to check the Resale tab on the Owen website for current information.
The Box Tops for Education program pays cash for the labels we submit during the school year. The money we earn helps to pay for PTA programs. Please clip your Box Tops labels and send them to school in an envelope or plastic bag with your child’s name and classroom marked clearly on the outside. Last year our PTA earned $1300 through this program. It’s a great way to earn cash for your school from products that you are already using. You’ll find these labels on products such as Cheerios, Betty Crocker and Ziploc. For a complete list of all of the Box Tops for Education products go to www.boxtops4education.com/earn/clip/brands/aspx
The Labels for Education program allows Owen to earn points for the UPC labels from various products by Campbell’s Pepperidge Farm, Prego, V8 and many more. The points accrued from this program may be redeemed for educational products by the Owen Staff. Please send in your Labels for Education in envelopes or bags marked with your child’s name and classroom on the outside. For a complete list of participating products go to www.labelsforeducation.com/Earn-Points/Participating-Products
Owen has partnered with several businesses in the community that offer incentive programs.
· Dominick’s eScrip program
How the plan works: Register your Dominck’s Fresh Value Card and choose Owen Elementary as your preferred organization for contributions.
Dominick’s is starting a special promotion beginning August 9th 2012. Throughout their stores a picture of a school bus will appear by certain items. When that item is purchased 10%of the cost of that item will be donated to the specified school. This promotion will run until mid-September.
· Gordon Food Service Fun Funds Rebate Program
How the plan works: Shop at the GFS Marketplace store. Based on the quarterly purchases of the cardholders Owen earns up to a 10% rebate. The more money that is spent at GFS, the more money Owen earns.
To enroll in the program go to http://gfs.com/funfunds/home.page?OrgNumber=2172397
(Owen’s account number is 2172397).
Each new person to enroll will receive a $10 discount on their first purchase and a $10 donation will be made to the school.
· Meijer Community Rewards (MCR)
How the plan works: Enrolled members can pay with cash, PIN-based debit card or linked Meijer Credit Card. Purchases made with a Meijer Credit card or a Meijer Master card earn 1% to Owen. Cash or a PIN-based debit card earns .5%. Checks and bank credit cards are not eligible for rewards. The bank credit card must be used as a debit-card (with a PIN) in order to qualify for the MCR program.
To enroll in the plan go to www.meijer.com/rewards and click “Join Now”.
· Target Red Card Program
How the plan works: Apply for a Target Red Card during checkout or apply via mail by downloading the .pdf from the Target website, filling out the application and mailing it to the address provided on the form.
Aside from saving 5% on all purchases, you can use Target’s Take Charge of Education program. Once you have received your Target Red Card, simply go online and designate Owen Elementary as your school. One percent of your future Target Red Card purchases will go to Owen.
Please note that the Target Red Card program is NOT a PTA fundraiser and the money earned does not go into the PTA treasury. This money goes directly into the Owen Student Materials Account. The money in this account is used to purchase items that are directly used by students. In the past this money has been used to purchase books for the library, new instruments for music class, and to replace broken nets in the gym.
We are continuing to recycle ink cartridges and used cell phones to help our environment and also earn cash. Used ink cartridges may be sent to school. A recycle bin has been put in the LMC for these items. Depending on the brand of cartridge or phone, the PTA will earn as much as $10.00 per item.
As part of our 10th anniversary celebration, we will be creating an Owen Cookbook. Details on this project and how you can help will be posted soon.
If you have any questions regarding any of these fundraisers, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Owen PTA Ways & Means
We invite all Owen PTA members to join us by contributing their time as a volunteer. We could not bring all the wonderful programs we provide to Owen students without volunteers.
We have tons of opportunities from a one time, at-home project to coordinating an event to becoming a Board Member and everything in between. It’s a great way to make new friends, share your talents or develop new skills.
Please read through the Volunteer Descriptions link below and complete the Volunteer form. If you have any questions, contact our Membership Chairperson.
Owen PTA Committees
We are grateful to the many PTA members that run our programs and events. Below is a list of the leadership roles. We are always looking for more volunteers. If you are interested, please find descriptions of each committee and a volunteer form under our Volunteer tab of the website.
Owen PTA Committee Chairs and Coordinators
Titles listed in bold serve as Owen PTA board members.
Budget and Finance Chair
- Audit Committee Members
- Bylaws Committee
Educational Enrichment Chair I
- Art Awareness Coordinator
- Assemblies Coordinator
- Reflections Coordinator
- Science Fair Coordinator
- Variety Show Coordinator
- World Kaleidoscope/Diversity Coordinator
Educational Enrichment Chair II
- Green Owls Club Coordinator
- K-2 Publishing Center Coordinator
- Kinder Press Coordinators
- First Edition Coordinator
- Going 2 Press Coordinators
- 3-4 Publishing Center Coordinator
Health & Safety Chair
- Helping Hands Coordinator
- Red Ribbon Week Coordinator
- Spring Field Day Coordinator
- Vision & Hearing Coordinator
- Walk to School Coordinator
Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA Liaison
Indian Prairie Parents' Council Representative
- Student Directory Coordinators
- Nominating Committee
Parent Diversity Advisory Council Liaison
Project Arrow PTA Liaison(s)
Public Relations Chair
- Display Case Coordinator
- Calendar Board Volunteer
- Scrapbook/Historian Coordinator
- Newsletter Coordinator
- Publicity/Newspaper Liaison
- Apparel Coordinator
- Community Service Coordinator
- Kindergarten Orientation Coordinator
- Picture Day Coordinator
- School Supply Kit Coordinator
- Donuts with Dad Coordinators
- Family Night Coordinator
- Fifth Grade Farewell Coordinator
- Halloween Family Event Coordinator
- Ice Cream Social Coordinator
- Muffins with Moms Coordinator
- Staff Appreciation Breakfast Coordinator
- Staff Appreciation Meal Coordinator
- Staff Appreciation Week Coordinator
- Winter Party Coordinator
Ways & Means Chair
- Box Tops Coordinator
- Business Partner Coordinator
- Labels for Education Coordinator
- Market Day Coordinator
- Recycling Fundraiser Coordinator
- Resale Committee Representative
The Owen PTA Spring/Summer Children’s Resale is Saturday, March 2nd. Doors open at 7am, numbers are handed out for first access beginning at 6am. The sale runs from 7am-11am with a half-price sale from 11:30am-1:30pm. Our gym is transformed into an amazing shopping venue for all things kid-related. From babies on up, there will be shoes, toys, books, games, sporting equipment, clothes and much more!
This semi-annual event is the PTA's primary fundraiser. An army of volunteers are needed to pull it off, but an army of shoppers is needed to make it fun and successful. So mark your calendar now and invite a friend. You should also bring a basket to carry your treasures. Cash and checks are accepted. Sorry, no strollers, wagons, or unsupervised children allowed at the sale.
If you're curious about the Resale and just want to ask a question or two, please contact a committee member. This event is FOR the kids at Owen, please come and support the efforts of the PTA and resale community. See you on March 2rd!
PTA Resale Committee
Bonnie Budzyn email@example.com 630-778-6165
Marylee Leu firstname.lastname@example.org 630-229-6848
Stella Myers email@example.com 630-898-2025
Click below for forms:
Seller Sign Up Form (PDF)
Seller Instructions - colored tickets
Seller Instructions - bar-coded tags
Seller Manual- bar-coding system
PTA Reflections Art Contest
2012-2013 Entry Form
Rules in Brief
2012-2013 Theme: “The Magic of a Moment”
Entry Deadline: October 15, 2012
Contact: Kim Theiss email firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year your PTA sponsors an art contest for students K-12. Students compete at their local school for an opportunity to advance to district, state and national levels. The competition is an invitation for students to express themselves in a fresh way. The Art in Education committee hopes to encourage every student to submit at least one entry, if not more. There are six categories to choose from and no limit to how a student can interpret the theme.
Categories include: Dance, Film, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Art. (For specific guidelines on each category please visit the Reflections tab of the Owen website.)
Grade Divisions: This year there is a NEW Special Artist grade division. (See the Reflections tab on the Owen website for more details.) Students may enter the PTA Reflections program in the appropriate division for their grade. The divisions are: Primary: preschool-grade 2; Intermediate: grades 3-5; Middle School: grades 6-8; High School: grades 9-12; Special Artist: ungraded
Student Entry Process: Students must fill out the entry form from the Owen website.
All entries MUST contain a title.
All entries must include an Artist Statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work and how it relates to the theme. It also describes the content of the work. The statement must include at least one sentence, but may not exceed 100 words.
Originality: Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted. Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student’s individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed. Plagarized entries will be disqualified and returned to the student. Use of copyrighted material is not acceptable.
Entry forms and official rules may be downloaded from the Owen website.
If you have any questions regarding participating in the Reflections program, please contact Kim Theiss at email@example.com
Below are the rules for each specific category.........
Teacher Grant Information
Indian Prairie Special Needs (IPSN) PTA
The IPSN PTA represents the parents, caregivers and staff of special needs students in District 204. If your child has an IEP or a section 504, the IPSN PTA can be a great source of information.
Our primary mission is to support and offer resources to these families. We accomplish this through our meetings, as well as events and programs that are run by the SN PTA. Some examples of the types of programs and events we have offered include the IPSN PTA Resource Fair, the Teacher Grant program, District 204 Special Olympics Expo, and great guest speakers at our monthly meetings.
In addition this year we have a Back to School Picnic, Family Bingo night and other social events in the works. It’s great to have an arena to be able to talk to other parents who may be going through some of the same issues as you, and learn about school policies and legislation that may affect you and your family.
Is IPSN PTA for you? Check out the answers to these frequently asked questions: http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/uploads/IPSN/IPSN_PTA_FAQ.pdf
Join as a Member: http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/uploads/IPSN/IPSNMembershipApplication1213.pdf
Attend a meeting to learn more: http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/ipsn/Default.aspx/SpecialNeedsMeetings
For more information on helpful resources and upcoming events, visit the IPSN PTA website: http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/ipsn/
Also see the District 204 Student Service website page for the Special Education Parent Guide including information on student and parent rights: http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/StudentServices
Owen Elementary 10th Anniversary Cookbook
As part of our 10th anniversary celebration the Owen PTA will be creating and selling a cookbook. In order to make this project a success we need your help! We would like for every family, teacher and faculty member to contribute at least one recipe for this project. We want this cookbook to represent the Owen community.
Recipe Submission Guidelines:
- You may submit recipes via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can drop a paper copy of your recipe in the “Cookbook Bin” that is located in the main office. (It is on top of the PTA file cabinet.) Please remember to include your name and the name(s)/grades(s) of your children. At the end of the recipe we will put your family name and your child’s name. For example:
- The ingredients list must be separated from the directions.
- We are looking for recipes in the following categories
- Main Dishes
- Soups & Salads
- Appetizers & Beverages
- Side Dishes
Recipe submission deadline is December 21, 2012. The cookbooks will be delivered prior to Mother’s Day 2013.
Please help us commemorate this important milestone in Owen’s history, and submit your recipes today!
If you have any questions please contact a member of the Owen Cookbook Committee.