Movie Nite!

Hello Prussing community! You are invited to join the PTO for an “Incredible Prussing Movie Nite” on Saturday, May 1st!

This online event will include a gift bag, a trivia contest, a bingo game, and a screening of The Incredibles 2. The cost is $5/family (additional gift bags $3/each). Win prizes, see friends, and watch a movie with your crew!

You must register by Sunday, April 25th to participate. Click here to do so: https://forms.gle/nxMridQfpSyLqD9v6

PTO, you?

Welcome to Prussing!

Are you a parent or guardian of a student at Prussing? Then you are also a member of the Prussing Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Don’t worry, you are not required to participate. But we would be grateful if you did! We would also be happy to see you at one of our meetings or events.

What is the PTO?

The Prussing PTO is a nonprofit, volunteer parent/teacher organization whose membership includes all parents, legal guardians and staff at Prussing Elementary School. The PTO’s mission is to promote open and positive communication and understanding between parents and staff of the Prussing Elementary School.

What does the PTO do?

The PTO provides financial assistance to teachers in their classroom settings, organizes fund-raisers for supplemental educational materials and experiences, and supports school and family social interaction. It is our belief that the team effort of a PTO offers the best possible learning environment for our children.

Why do we need to raise money?

Unfortunately our country’s government does not prioritize public education and does not provide resources to adequately cover all of the needs of the students and teachers. It is up to the PTO and the community to fill in the gaps.

We raise money in order to provide teachers and students with the supplies they need; with enriching experiences such as field trips, musicals, art projects and dances; and with creating a beautiful environment in which to learn.

Some of the projects we have worked on in the past include:

  • Lending libraries
  • Beautification efforts: Gardening, cleaning, decorations for the school, etc.
  • Run-a-thons
  • Fall dances
  • Movie nights
  • Game nights
  • Coffees with the Principal
  • Music programs
  • End of the school year celebrations

Would you like to participate?

Participating with the PTO is easy. Do you have an idea? Is there a program you would like to see at Prussing? Come to a meeting, send an email, and talk to us in person. We are always looking for volunteers to share new ideas and help with our projects and events.

community cookbook!

We are excited to announce that we will be putting together a Prussing Community Cookbook!

Is there a recipe that is important to your family? A recipe that you enjoy making? Or maybe one that your Prussing student likes to make (or eat)? If you answered yes, we would love to include your recipe in the cookbook.

In addition to the ingredients and instructions you can also include a brief description of why you are sharing your recipe or what makes it meaningful to you. When you are ready to share your recipe please send it to us at prussingelementarypto@gmail.com

Our tentative timeline is to have all of the recipes received by the end of March. Then we’ll assemble the cookbook in April so that we can distribute them in May. All proceeds from the cookbook will go to the PTOs efforts to support students and teachers during remote/hybrid learning.

We look forward to seeing (and making) all the recipes!

movie night!

The PTO will be screening (virtually) “How to Train your Dragon: Hidden World” for K-5 students on Saturday, February 27th from 6:30 – 8:45. The cost is $5/student. Participating students will not only be able to watch the movie online, but will…

– Receive a goodie bag with treats
– Play a Dragon-themed trivia game
– Create a dragon craft
– Play a bingo game as they watch the film

Parents should register students (registration is required to participate) at this link: https://forms.gle/hacmXD13vikrhZca9.

Deadline to register is Saturday, Feb. 20th.

After you register, the PTO will contact you about paying the $5 (cash only) and picking up your goodie bag.

This event is fully online and not in-person. Join the fun!

stress reduction and mindfulness workshop

Hello Prussing community,

Understanding that many of us may be experiencing more stress this holiday season with the restrictions on air travel and limited social opportunities, Prussing parent and PTO member Michele Rodriguez Taylor, is offering a special program for parents and guardians to connect with others within the Prussing community and learn some stress reduction strategies. She teaches this class at UIC School of Public Health and is happy to share it with you.   This is a national program that is offered on college campuses, veteran hospitals, community centers, high schools, etc. Please note that the class size is limited to 12 people so make sure you are able to attend all four sessions.

The class will be offered via Zoom from 8pm-9.15pm on the following Wednesday evenings: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 and 12/23. The last date may change depending on participant preference and availability and can be decided once the series starts.

This class is free of charge but participants are asked to purchase the accompanying app for $3.99 which includes the guided meditations we will review in class.The purchase of the app is not required but will significantly help with at home practice.

To register please follow this link.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the series.

Thank you!

PTO Elections

Hello Prussing community,

Our annual PTO board elections will take place at our December meeting – all positions are up for election. If you are interested, please get in touch before then. Below are descriptions of the duties of each officer. Please let us know if you have any questions.

President. The president presides over meetings of the organization and the executive board, creates the agenda for meetings, serves as primary contact for the principal, represents the organization at meetings outside the organization, and coordinates the work of all the officers and committees so that the purpose of the organization is served. The president will be the liaison to the LSC and makes a report at all LSC meetings.

Vice President. The VP assists the President and carries out the president’s duties in his/her absence or inability to serve.

Secretary. The secretary keeps all records of the organization, takes and records minutes, prepares the agenda, and sends notices to the members about meetings. The secretary keeps a copy of the minutes book, by-laws and any other necessary supplies and brings them to the meetings.

Treasurer. The Treasurer receives all funds of the organization, keeps an accurate record of receipts and expenditures and pays out funds in accordance with the approval of the executive board. They present a financial statement at each meeting and at other times of the year as requested. The treasurer makes a full report at the end of the year.

Mindfulness / Stress Management Workshop?

The Prussing PTO would like to provide a free mindfulness workshop to parents and guardians in the Prussing community. It is a curriculum that has been developed over 10+ years out of Duke University to help individuals with stress, anxiety, sleep, and focus. The workshop consists of four one hour sessions over four weeks. We can offer it in November on weeknights after 5pm or on Sundays. Please fill out this survey so that we can determine what the best time will be.

https://forms.gle/jWyg4jYThMAQvWLg7

This is not an official registration for the workshop, we just want to get an idea of when would be best to offer it.

Thank you!

Yard Signs!

Hello Prussing community: The PTO is offering Prussing Yard Signs – consider buying one today!

For $10, you can show your Panther Pride with a Prussing yard sign. Simply fill out this form (https://forms.gle/FShkz1RnVsqHw2He9) and the PTO will have a yard sign ready for you in 2 – 3 weeks.

You have until Monday, October 26th to order. And, if you can afford it, consider donating beyond the $10 sign cost to help support the work the PTO does for our school community!