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Why Join PTA

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General Membership Meeting ~ June 2nd

June 2nd…Mark your calendars!! We are having a general membership meeting and everyone that is a PTA member gets a vote.  What you think matters!!  Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, June 2nd at pm in the District Board Room.  Refreshments will be served!!

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PTA Meeting

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Please join us on Thursday, May 5th at 7pm in the District Board Room for our May PTA Meeting.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Everyone is welcome!!

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Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Today the PTA held their Annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. A token of gratitude for all the teachers and staff do for our children everyday. The teachers and staff enjoyed the treat!

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PTA Donation Drive!

Our PTA is doing a donation drive! Donations will benefit both the Epilepsy Foundation as well as our schools! Donations can be brought in kitchen garbage bags to any of the main offices of our District 142 schools.

We are collecting clothing, shoes, accessories, household items, linens, books and more! Small items only, no furniture, please.

We are collecting through April 22nd.  Please help us reach our goals!  You can benefit our schools just by cleaning out your closets!

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Forest Ridge PTA is on Amazon Smile

The Forest Ridge PTA is now officially a member of Amazon Smile!  Amazon Smile is a program on amazon.com that gives a percentage of purchases to a designated non-profit.
Please go to smile.amazon.com and select Forest Ridge PTA as your beneficiary, then when you shop the PTA gets a percentage of every sale, at no cost to you!  Please see the easy instructions below, and be sure to tell everyone you know!
The money raised by our PTA goes directly to helping the children of District 142- 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!
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What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop atsmile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
Can I change my charity?
Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in tosmile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”
How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply.


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PTA Annual Family Fun Day

Saturday February 20th

Hille Junior High

11-2pm

UNLIMITED GAME PLAY BRACELET ONLY $12.00 per child AT THE DOOR!!

Climb the Rock Wall for $1.00

Create Sand Art for $1.00

Buy a chance to win an American Girl Doll or a Nintendo DS

Concessions will be available for purchase

Parents we are in need of Volunteers

…if you can help out please contact Melissa Crim @ (708)203-1683

Volunteers will receive 1 raffle ticket per shift and a chance to win some goodies!!! J

Please come out and have fun with us!!!

Visa, MasterCard & Discover Accepted

Please make checks payable to Forest Ridge PTA



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Special Needs Movie Night this Friday

Special Needs Movie Night is this Friday at Kerkstra- we will be showing Despicable Me 2! Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $2 and all children are welcome. There will also be concessions available for purchase. We hope to see you there!

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Ridge Chuck E. Cheese Night this Wednesday!

This Wednesday (January 6th) is a Chuck E. Cheese Fundraising Night from 4-7 for Ridge Early Childhood students and families! No admission fee!  Don’t miss out on what should be a really fun night!

Please be sure to mention Ridge Early Childhood Center when ordering at the desk for our school to receive a portion of the proceeds.

Chuck E. Cheese, 16090 Harlem Ave, Tinley Park

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PTA Bowling at Oak Forest Bowl this Tuesday!

Don’t miss PTA Bowling tomorrow, December 29th, from 11-1 at Oak Forest Bowl!

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The PTA Shoe Drive Was a Huge Success!!

A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Forest Ridge PTA Shoe Drive!  We had originally hoped to gather 2,500 shoes, a lofty goal, though with each of our schools working together and the help of our wonderful community, we were able to collect a grand total of a whopping 3,900 pairs of shoes- an absolutely staggering number!Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

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Kenootz Pizza Fundraiser this Tuesday!

This Tuesday, December 1st, the Forest Ridge PTA is having a pizza 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.  This fundraiser is valid for dine-in, carry out, or delivery.

You must mention the Forest Ridge PTA when ordering.

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

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4659 147th St, Midlothian, IL 60445

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December PTA Event Cancellations

Due to the busyness of the holiday season, we will be cancelling December’s PTA meeting scheduled for this Thursday.

We will also be cancelling Holiday Bingo on December 12th due to scheduling conflicts.

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Kenootz Pizza Fundraiser- Tonight!

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Tonight, November 1oth, the Forest Ridge PTA is having a 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 can dine in or have take out or delivery, we will still benefit as long as you mention the Forest Ridge PTA when ordering.

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

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Shoe Walk Today at Gene Leanord Park

Don’t miss today’s Shoe Walk! There will be lots of prizes and a raffle!

4pm at Gene Leanord Park, 149th and Laramie.  Bring a pair of shoes to donate to win a prize and enter a raffle!

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PTA Movie Night this Friday!

The PTA is having a Movie Night of Disney’s Inside Out at Kerkstra this Friday!

Admission is $2 per person

Doors open at 6:30, and the movie starts at 7:00.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

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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!

 

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WHY IS THE PTA SO IMPORTANT?

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.

 

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