Newsletter for Week of 4-16-18


Hot Lunch

Monday, April 16 -- Viccino’s

Wednesday, April 18 -- Drumstix Market

Thursday,​ April 19 -- McDonald’s

Friday, April 20 -- Panera Bread

Show your school and Earth Day spirit on April 20 by wearing your Earth Day colors (blue, green, brown, yellow).

Upcoming First Grade Field Trip

Pl​ease be sure to check the date on your permission slip to make sure you know your child’s field trip day. We can never guarantee the weather, so please be sure to watch the forecast and dress appropriately. Boots are always a good choice as it can sometimes be muddy at the nature center. We are very excited for our fieldwork for our weather unit.

Earth Week Celebration

We​ will be celebrating Earth Week this week so we are ready for Earth Day on April 22. The students are encouraged to bring their snack in a reusable container, or maybe no container so they can compost the scrap. On Tuesday, the students in the 3R’s Club will be giving out a prize for students who bring their lunch in a reusable bag. Students will also be bringing home a Recycling Wheel, compliments of the PTA. We are always working to make Hickory Point, and all of Northbrook a better place. Please continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle!!!!

The PTA and 3R’s Club are teaming up to bring composting to both Hickory Point and Shabonee in celebration of Earth Month (April). Mrs. Singer will be going into each classroom to teach about composting and explain the process both for backyard composting and commercial composting.

Students will then be collecting their food waste from both snacks and lunches and putting it into large composting bins in the lunchroom. Please note that your child does not need to bring anything different from what they usually bring for lunch or snack. If your child gets hot lunch, we will compost any post-lunch food waste also.

Composting is intended for uneaten bits and crumbs. Please help us achieve composting success by reminding your kids to eat their lunches and not throw full sandwiches or other whole lunch items into the compost bins! Students are eager to participate, but of course we want them to eat what they bring to school! You may find this an opportune time to check in with your students, to see if they are taking appropriately-sized lunches to school for their appetites.

A commercial composting company will collect the food waste and bring it to a large compost facility. Students will learn the benefits of adding compost to gardens everywhere. Hopefully, some students and their families will want to begin composting in their own backyard! If you would like to learn more, check out the following websites and videos. Questions? Contact Laura Singer at

Parent Volunteer Opportunity: Help your children help the planet! April is Earth Month, and in celebration, Eco-Empowered Kids and the PTA are bringing composting back to Hickory Point. Students will learn about the composting process and then have a chance to participate by collecting food scraps from both lunch and snack during school hours. We are asking for Parent Volunteers to help oversee the lunch room process. For more information and to sign up, please visit:


Future Dates:

April 20 PTA Family Night



Eat at Portillo’s on Tasty Monday, April 16 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Stop by for dinner and show the attached flyer on your phone and 20% of your bill will come back to Hickory Point. If you visit the the drive thru, you must mention the fundraiser to person taking your order.



The next HP PTA and Council Meeting is this Wednesday, 4/18 in the Hickory Point Teacher Lounge. HP PTA will meet at 8:45am and D27 Council PTA Meeting begins at 9:15. The PTA Council supports all 3 schools in D27.  The meetings provide an opportunity to address the Superintendents of the District and hear about topics such as Emergency Preparedness, Curriculum Initiatives and assessments. The Council meets monthly and all parents with children in the D27 schools are invited to attend. Feel free to bring along younger siblings.



Mark your calendars for our upcoming Family Night. It will be an exciting night for all with Frankie Ace the Magician. We hope you are able to join us for fun and entertainment. Feel free to come in your pajamas and bring a blanket to sit on.

Our second graders are invited to continue the family fun and visit Shabonee following our evening to take part in the Shabonee Family Fun Night after Hickory Point’s.



Volunteer to help out at the Teacher Appreciation luncheon May 9.​/go/10C094CA4AA28A0FC1-teacher  


ATTENTION 2nd GRADERS!!!  Mark your calendar for the BOGO Spring Book Fair at Shabonee School!  You read it correctly, the Shabonee Spring Book Fair is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!!  ONE DAY ONLY!  Wednesday, May 9th from  3:15pm - 8:15pm  

This is an AMAZING opportunity for your second grader to visit their future school.  Of course, everyone is welcome. There are books for all ages. The buy one get one free deal applies to books, posters, and all accessories.  In addition, we are also looking for anyone who is interested in getting involved with next year's Shabonee Book Fair Committee. It’s a wonderful way to be involved and help the school.  Please stop by and talk to anyone working the book fair. See you there! Don’t miss out!



Are your kids transitioning to Shabonee? Are you interested in leading Shabonee PTA? We have an exciting opening for PTA Co-President for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 (it’s a 2-year position). This is a shared position with the ongoing President. The main responsibilities include overseeing PTA committees and PTA communications, helping at events, as well as leading the PTA meetings once a month.  Please email Anna Harris if you’re interested or with any questions: harris1147@gma​