District 142 Parent Facebook Groups

Did you know that the Forest Ridge PTA has set up parent Facebook groups for each of the schools in District 142?  Be sure to join to keep up to date on what’s happening!


You can click the links below to find each group or search on Facebook for the group names.

Ridge Early Childhood Center

  • Search on Facebook for “Ridge Families”

Kerkstra Elementary

  • Search on Facebook for “Kerkstra Moms and Dads”

Foster Elementary

  • Search on Facebook for “Lee R. Foster Family Findings”

Hille Middle School

  • Search on Facebook for “Hille Parents”

Forest Ridge PTA

  • Search on Facebook for “Forest Ridge PTA”







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Boo-ingo at Foster on Friday

Tomorrow the PTA will be hosting Boo-ingo at Foster Elementary from 6-8pm.

$5.00 admission fee (unlimited bingo)

Wear your costumes
Win prizes
Participate in the costume parade
Enjoy our concessions

Help support the PTA shoe drive by donating new or gently worn shoes.
Any gender or style accepted from children’s to adult.

We hope to see you there!


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PTA Fundraiser at Potbelly in Crestwood Tomorrow!

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Eat at Potbelly in Crestwood to help support our PTA!  Don’t forget to mention the Forest Ridge PTA when you place your order!




What does our district’s PTA do?

Each year our PTA works to fundraise a total of $16,000 each year for District 142’s schools ($4,000 each). That money is used to fund after school activities, assemblies, field trips and more!  Without the PTA our schools would be a much bleaker place for our students- in fact, when compared with other nearby districts, our children have many more opportunities and activities in their schools as a direct result of our Parent Teacher Association!

The Forest Ridge PTA also plans after school activities throughout the year: movie nights, jump zone nights, bowling nights, our family fun fair, family fun nights, skating parties, and so much more!


What can you do to help our schools and District 142’s PTA?

The first thing would be to join the PTA!  We sell PTA memberships for a $12 donation which entitles you to a PTA calendar, which lists every PTA activity for our district’s children.  Joining the PTA through a membership donation does not mean you are roped into helping with anything (though of course we absolutely welcome new members at our meetings and parents to help with school events)!  To join, you can send an envelope marked with “PTA Membership” with your child to school, and we will send your PTA calendar home with your child.

Also, we have a number of other ways to help our schools:

  • You can sign up for a free Food for Less Card and designate our PTA as your beneficiary for points through their Community Rewards Program. You can sign up in the store or on their website.
  • Target RED Cards can benefit our schools though their Take Charge of Education Initiative. You can sign up on their website by searching by the 60452 zip code, they give 1% of all purchases to our schools.
  • Shoparoo is a free app that you can download for iPhone and Android to scan receipts, which then gives free money to our district when you sign up with your child’s school.




Also, be sure to like the Forest Ridge PTA on Facebook to keep up to date on all of our activities!

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Health Fair at Hille

Our Health and Safety Fair is happening THIS THURSDAY! It’s sure to be a fantastic time! Please join us at Hille Jr. High for this annual event. There will be plenty of FUN, FOOD and PRIZES!!  Hope to see everyone there!

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Kerkstra School Wins Blue Ribbon

Kerkstra Elementary School in Oak Forest has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2015, the only school in the Southland and one of only 16 in Illinois to receive the prestigious designation. The award is granted by the U.S. Education Department and recognizes overall academic excellence or significant improvement in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is meant to honor schools that show all students can achieve at high levels of excellence. Forest Ridge School District 142 Superintendent Paul McDermott said Kerkstra, which serves students in the first through fifth grades, received National Blue Ribbon status because of improvements it has made in various aspects of education in recent years. “This is about overall academic excellence,” he said. “It’s not a fleeting honor. This is for the long term and something that will make us stand out for years to come.”

McDermott said the improved student performance at Kerkstra, 14950 Laramie Ave., is largely due to the efforts of its former principal, Lori Leppert, who’s now director of pupil personnel services for District 142, to change the curriculum and motivate students to do better. Leppert, who was Kerkstra principal from 2004 to 2014 and has been an educator in the Chicago area for 25 years, said her focus was on making students think they were capable of doing better schoolwork and achieving goals that might not otherwise occur to them.

She said one such tactic is getting students as early as the second or third grades thinking about attending college. “We will ask them, ‘Where do you want to go to college?’ ” she said. “You get them to think in terms of wanting to do more.” Leppert said her efforts to improve academic performance began in 2009, and she recently met with students who were the youngest when the changes began to be implemented then. “I was able to tell them, ‘We did it,’ and you could see they felt it as well,” she said. “This is their accomplishment as much as anyone else’s.” Leppert said her goal now is to apply the changes made at Kerkstra to the other schools in District 142, Foster Elementary School and Jack Hille Middle School. “We’re always looking at what works in our schools and trying to see how they improve the blueprint for us all,” she said. Of the 335 schools across the United States that were recently named National Blue Ribbon Schools, 285 are public schools and 50 are private schools. All of them will be acknowledged Nov. 9 and 10 in Washington, D.C., and each school will get an award flag it can fly outside the school. Gregory Tejeda is a freelance reporter for the Daily Southtown.

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Kenootz Pizza PTA Fundraising Night


This Tuesday, October 6th, the Forest Ridge PTA is having a dine out fundraiser at Kenootz Pizza in Midlothian!

Take your family out for an amazing pizza at Kenootz and the Forest Ridge PTA will receive 25% of the proceeds.

You must mention the Forest Ridge PTA when ordering.

This is an easy way to help our schools while enjoying a delicious dinner!


Kenootz Pizza

4659 147th St, Midlothian, IL 60445




Kerkstra is named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School


The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. More than 7,500 of schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. Congratulations Kerkstra!!


Family Bowling Night at Oak Forest Bowl

Family Bowling Night at Oak Forest Bowl!!
October 8th…space is limited!! Click the link below for more details!!