PTA

MEETINGS

  • Sept 21, 2021 @ 7pm
  • Oct 19, 2021 @ 11:30 am 
  • Nov 9, 2021 @ 7 pm 
  • Dec 14, 2021 @ 9 am
  • Feb 8, 2022 @ 9 am
  • March 14, 2022 @ 7 pm 
  • April 19, 2022 @ 9 am 
  • May 17, 2022 @ 7 pm 

For more details, including location (online or in-person location) and meeting notes, please see the Meetings page.

2021-2022 Executive Committee

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Sandburg PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. We collaborate with the school to encourage students to become confident, independent, responsible and respectful learners.

CONTENTS & DATES

Last Updated: May 17, 2022
Note: Incoming 5th and 6th grade parents for the 2022-23 school year: please also reference the PTA's New to Sandburg and 5th Grade webpages for more helpful information.

Click on a topic below to see further details:

CURRENT NEWS
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

More school information can be found on the New to Sandburg page.

Please note: We do our best to keep this page updated and correct; but in our ever-changing world we might not always have everything right. This information is not a substitute for your own due diligence (and if you see something on this page that needs to be corrected, please contact Anna Wick).

DETAILED UPDATES

Last Updated: May 17, 2022
 
LOST AND FOUND

Please remind your student(s) to check the lost and found table and garment rack in the hallway outside the gym balcony. Any items left after the last day of school will be disposed of. Thank you.

former Hawthorne Families - Mrs. Graff Retiring

Mrs. Graff is retiring at the end of this school year. She has been a longtime 5th grade teacher at Hawthorne. Hawthorne parents have created a kudoboard for her and invite any past students/families to add their well wishes. They ask that all entries be completed by Tuesday May 24. Thank you!

2022-2023 School Supply Kits

Sandburg PTA is partnering with 1st Day School Supplies to offer school supply kits for your ordering convenience for the 2022-2023 school year. Kits will be shipped to your house! Click Click here to order to order through July 1.
See the complete info about school supplies, which includes details about PE uniforms and links to the full school supply lists. (Parents of incoming 9th graders: York typically does not have any school supply lists for high school, instead teachers will let students know the 1st week of classes if they need to have anything.)

Donate Unused/New School Supplies to We Pop Up

We Pop Up, a local organization that assists D205 families in need, is collecting new school supplies that will be distributed prior to the start of the next school year. If you have new school supplies that your child didn’t use this year or you would like to donate new supplies, please place them in the bins in the Sandburg lobby.
If you would like to purchase new supplies to donate and to make your shopping a little easier, we are suggesting the following items for grades 6-8: zip binders and 1-inch binders, pens, nylon pencil cases, post-it notes, loose-leaf paper, dry erase markers.
We will be collecting at Sandburg through the end of the year. You may also drop off supplies at 560 S. Sunnyside or 954 Fern through the end of June. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR NEW SUPPLIES ONLY. Thank you for helping to support We Pop Up!

FREE LUNCHES ENDING

For the last two years, the USDA has provided free waivers for all breakfasts and lunches for students. We have been notified that the USDA has made the decision to end this free waiver. 
Beginning June 1, 2022, all meals will revert back to paid meals unless you fill out a free lunch application (one per family please). Please be sure that any student that will be purchasing a breakfast or lunch has the appropriate funds loaded in their PushCoin account prior to this time so we can ensure no disruptions in service.

NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL PE UNIFORMS

Starting Fall 2022, all three middle schools will be using a new PE uniform vendor and have a new uniform design. The D205 Beck’s Bookstore eCommerce website is open and ready to take uniform orders. Sandburg will "grandfather" old uniforms in, so your student can wear either uniform design for the 2022-23 school year.

Last Day of School Information

At the April 12, 2022 Board of Education meeting, the final day of school for students was approved:

  • 8TH GRADE: The last day of school will be May 26 with an 11:30 am dismissal - 8th grade students will not be in attendance on May 27
  • 6TH AND 7TH GRADE: The last day of school will be May 27 with a 1:30 pm dismissal and a grab and go lunch option on the way out. 
    • On our last day, Friday, May 27, school will start at 8:30 am and students will dismiss at 1:30 pm. Any student walking and/or being picked up will dismiss at 1:30 pm. We do anticipate that students riding the bus will be picked up from school by the bus at 1:45 pm. Please note that students will be supervised by staff between 1:30 pm and 1:45 pm when the buses arrive. Should you have any questions, please contact the school. Thank you.

INFO FOR CURRENT 8TH GRADE FAMILIES

8th Grade Career Day

On Monday, May 23, the 8th grade students will have the opportunity to hear from many Sandburg parents about their careers. The day kicks into high gear with an assembly speaker, followed by six 15-20 minute chats and Q&A with the speakers of the student's choice, taking up the entire afternoon. Be sure to ask your student which careers they found most interesting and why! This is a PTA supported event and is co-chaired by a PTA member and the 8th grade Counselor. Special thanks to our Student Council who will be aiding our speakers before and during the event. Questions? Contact Patti Berner.

8th Grade Activity Day

Students are invited to join their classmates for a private boat cruise luncheon charter aboard the Anita Dee II, on Lake Michigan in Chicago, IL:

  • Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
  • Cost: $52 per student (The cost of the trip is waived if your student has an approved Financial Assistance Waiver or qualifies for Free/Reduced Lunch for the 2021-22 school year.)
  • Timing, Transportation and Location: Students should arrive at school at their normal time, and will be bused from Sandburg to the boat ride which goes from 11 am to 1 pm (Anita Dee II, on Lake Michigan in Chicago, IL) and back to the school after the event. Upon their return, they will participate in a yearbook signing event at school and will be dismissed at the normal time.

Parents/Guardians - To Do by May 4

Further Details

  • Mask Mandate: Students must agree to comply with any and all Covid-19 policies that apply at the time of the event. The Anita Dee is regulated by the USCG and currently MASKS ARE REQUIRED to board and while on the interior decks of the yacht unless eating or drinking. They are NOT currently required on any of the outside areas of the vessel. Any changes to this policy will be communicated to students and families.
  • Chaperones: The boat cruise event is chaperoned by Sandburg staff and the PTA co-chairs of the event. No additional parent volunteers are needed.
  • Yearbook Signing Party: When students return from the Boat Cruise there will be a yearbook signing party at Sandburg. We are asking for volunteers as well as item donations for the event. To volunteer or donate items, and for more info please visit the Yearbook Party sign-up genius. If you have questions about yearbooks, please see the Yearbook FAQ.
  • Additional Info: See the 8th Grade Activity Day FAQ Sheet, or visit the Sandburg PTA website
  • QUESTIONS? Please email parent organizers Julie McNichols or Lara Stavridis with any questions.
Last Day of School for 8th Grade

The last day of school for 8th grade will be Thursday, May 26. On this day, the 8th grade students will participate in an honors assembly and promotion practice activities at Sandburg Middle School. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am. Bus service will be provided. 8th grade students will not be in attendance on May 27. (Note that 6th and 7th grade will have school on May 27 with a 1:30 pm dismissal time.)

8th Grade Promotion

Promotion will take place on Thursday, May 26. High level details include:

  • Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • Location: York High School 
  • Student Arrival Time: 3 pm
  • Promotion Ceremony: Starts 4 pm, duration will be about an hour, please leave York by 5:15 pm
  • Tickets: Are not needed and there is not a limit on the number of guests allowed to attend, bleacher seating is first-come first-served

See Mrs. Fehrenbacher's Letter about 8th Grade Promotion for all of the details and who to contact if you have questions or special requests.

8th Grade Promotion After Party

We are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of your 8th grader on promotion day! The PTA is pleased to host a promotion after-party for the students which will include will include a DJ, photo booth, snacks and dancing! 

  • Date & Time: Thursday, May 26, 2022, 8-10 pm
  • Cost:  Free
  • Location:  River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst
  • Dress Code: Students must follow the River Forest dress code policy (no denim, no sweatpants and no midriff-baring tops)
  • RSVP: Please RSVP at the Evite link. Please be sure to RSVP so that we know how many students to expect and can be ready for everyone. Your student will also receive an addressed paper invitation to the event in their FLL classroom.
  • Volunteers:  The event will be chaperoned by Sandburg parents. Please consider volunteering or contributing to the event's entertainment, prizes and refreshments using the After Party sign-up genius. Thanks!

Further Details:

  • This is a drop off event only. Unfortunately, capacity does not allow for outside friends or family to join.
  • A parent will need to sign students in and out of the party. Carpooling is encouraged.
  • Questions: Michelle PikeErin Stratton or Julie Vacko.

8TH GRADE/RISING FRESHMAN RESIDENCY VERIFICATION

As is the District's normal practice, all 8th Grade students must have current residency documentation on file prior to the start of their Freshman year at York. We require all original documentation be presented in person.  

Accepted Documentation: All need to be current.
One of the following:

  • Current DuPage County Tax Bill
  • Current Mortgage Statement
  • Current Lease

Two of the following:

  • Gas bill
  • Electric bill
  • Water/sewer bill
  • Driver's license
  • Home or Apartment Insurance Certificate
  • Department of Immigration Letter

In order to ensure your child is able to start school on time, please provide all documentation prior to the end of this school year. Failure to provide proof of residency will result in the student's schedule being pulled and course selections removed. Proof can be brought to Sandburg's main office Monday - Friday between 8:30am and 4:00pm.

OTHER IMPORTANT 8th Grade INFO AND LINKS
First Day of School for 2022-2023

August 17, 2022 will be the first day of school for all students attending Sandburg. See below for schedule details:

  • 5TH GRADE - will have a normal first day of school  from 8:15 am to 3 pm with their own busses running.
  • 6TH GRADE - will attend for a full day from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. From 8:30 - 10 am, 6th grade students will get a basic orientation, receive their locks, set up lockers, etc. Busses will be provided in the morning and the afternoon.
  • 7TH AND 8TH GRADE - will attend on a late start schedule from 10 am to 3:30 pm. (This is so the 6th graders will have time for orientation in the morning.) Busses will be provided for the late start morning and in the afternoon.

Join THE PTA for the 2021-22 school year

Please join us! Joining the PTA does *NOT* obligate you to any commitments - the PTA uses your dues to help fund the many great events, programs, and more for our students and Sandburg staff. That said, we are always looking for volunteers to help with all the activities and events we sponsor during the year, and you will be invited to help out with those events as they come up. As an added bonus, when you join the PTA, you get access to the helpful Directory Spot app. We need you and thank you for supporting Sandburg! Visit the Sandburg Online PTA Store to register and pay online. See the PTA website for further details about PTA Membership. For questions please contact Kelly McDermott.

 

Thank You from Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry

To the Students, Parents, and Faculty:

Thank you so much for your amazing food drive. You donated a total of 406 items that our neighbors often request but are ones that are not available through the food bank system. Donations like yours help us keep our pantry fully stocked and allow our neighbors to choose all the necessary ingredients they need for their favorite recipes.

We see quite a cross-section of neighbors in need – low-income families, single moms, seniors on fixed incomes, people with disabilities, and families battling catastrophic illnesses. And the inflationary prices we are all seeing at the grocery stores is just compounding the situation.

We have remained a client-choice food pantry even during the COVID pandemic. Clients receive a shopping list so they can select the items they prefer or need if they have dietary or religious preferences. This short video demonstrates how we can safely offer client-choice.

Also, please see our Facebook post which includes the photos sent.  

Thanks, once again, partnering with EYFP,
Kathie Watts
Executive Director, EYFP