The Week Ahead: April 23rd – 27th

Monday, April 23rd:

  • Spring Book Fair (9am to 4pm) – click here to volunteer

Tuesday, April 24th:

  • Spring Book Fair (9am to 4pm)

Wednesday, April 25th:

  • Stuff A Squad Car Food Drive – Click here for details
  • Super Hero Tshirt Day
  • Spring Book Fair (9am to 4pm)

Thursday, April 26th:

  • Fine Arts Night (6pm – 7:30pm)
  • Spring Book Fair (9am to 7pm)

Friday, April 27th:

  • Deadline for Yearbook Personalization
  • Author Visit – Lynn Brunell (Click here for book order form)

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Book Fair This Week

The Book Fair is this week and Mrs. Wodka can use your help. Please click here to sign up to volunteer. Thank you!

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‘Stuff The Squad’ for HCS Family Services at Monroe Elementary School April 25th!

The Hinsdale Police Department and all four School District 181 elementary schools will try to ‘Stuff the Squad’ with non-perishable food items and dry goods the week of April 23rd in an effort to help stock the HCS Family Services food pantry in the village. Click here for more information.

A Hinsdale squad car will be at Monroe Elementary School on April 25th from 8:15 to 9AM. Students and their families may drop off their donated items from 8:15 to 8:40AM.

Among suggested donations: healthy, shelf-stable food items such as cereal, vegetables, soups, pasta, rice, beans, etc., baking items including flour, oil, etc. diapers, paper products like paper towels or toilet paper; toiletry items.

Children who donate will receive a sticker from the Police Department!

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Monroe Fine Arts Night

Please join us for the Monroe School Fine Arts Night on Thursday, April 26th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Each student will have two pieces of art on display in the first-grade hallway and the 4th and 5th-grade chorus will be performing in the gym at 6:30 pm. Don’t forget to check out the book fair in the library! Hope to see you all there!

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2018/19 PTO Registration – order school supply packs, yearbooks, and directories

PTO Registration for the 2018/19 School Year is open! The online form includes the opportunity to order school supply packs, yearbooks, directories, and pay fees. Don’t delay as PTO Registration is only open until May 6th. Please click here to register. We do not recommend completing this form on your phone as there is a lot of data to enter. Thanks!

Questions: contact

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PTO General Meeting Recap

Thanks to all who came and voted at our PTO General Meeting last week, “Monroe Step Up”. A special thanks to Principal Brown and Ms. Steinhebel from CHMS who joined us and all of the Monroe teachers who prepared information for our “Monroe Step Up” section. We appreciate Mrs. Oliva (1st) who spoke to us about PTO grant funding in use in her classroom, and Mr. Oldenburg (4th), Mrs Murray (music) and Ms. Martinez (2nd). Mrs. Gadzala, the teacher librarian from our neighbor school, Madison, was very generous with her time and showed us how the weCreate STEAM lab works with the curriculum. We all had fun on a virtual field trip when we put on the VR goggles and learned about bees. And lastly, a large thanks to our own teacher librarian, Mrs. Wodka and Principal Horne for sharing the 2018/19 school vision with us and to our outgoing board members. We are proud to have Parents and Teachers and actively Organized in the PTO and supporting our mission of enhancing the educational experience and community at Monroe. We certainly have been Stronger Together!

If you were not able to attend the meeting and would like to learn more about next year’s theme, the incoming PTO Board members, the wish list spend, 18/19 PTO budget and Monroe Step Up slides for your rising student, please review the presentation and attached link here.

C.J. Luckey (@cjluckeydope) – The Power of Yet – Offical Music Video – Directed by Andre Kahmeyer


Thank you,
Carrie Earley and Carissa Kapcar
PTO Co-Presidents

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2018/19 PTO Committee Volunteer Sign-Up Genius

Dear Monroe Parents,

The PTO still needs chairs and volunteers to support our 2018/19 committees!

Please help us continue to provide the valuable services the PTO offers by volunteering to chair one of the committees that raise money or offer extra curricular offerings for our children:

  • Community Partners (2 Chairs needed)
  • Spirit Wear (2 Chairs needed)
  • Wrapping Paper Sales (1 Chair needed)
  • Students Activities (1 or 2 Chairs needed)
  • Additional chairs that need fulfillment are: D181 School Liaison, Education Staff Grants, Kindergarten Holiday Tree, Locker Photos and Miles the Mustang. Parent volunteers are needed on all of the PTO committees too!

Please click here and sign up for the role(s) that interest you and help our children. Please list under Committee Chair what committee you would like to chair! If you have any questions please contact

Thank You,
Jenny Driscoll and Julie Rzeppa
2018-19 – PTO Presidents

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Monroe Family Fun Fest: Friday, June 1st (Save the Date!)

Mark your calendars (rain or shine) for Friday, June 1st from 5pm-8pm! The Monroe Family Fun Fest will be here before you know it.

This year, we are bringing back some of the students’ favorite rides, games, food, and Tasty Treats. In addition to last year’s favorites, we are introducing some new and exciting entertainment — an Inflatable Bulls-Eye Dartboard and the Hippo Chow Down!

Relish in the continued ease of online ordering! Tickets will also be available for a chance to play a 9 Square-in-the-Air game against the teachers and two Raffles with lots of in-demand prizes. Tickets go on sale Sunday, April 29th – starting with an Early Mustang Discount. All attendees must have a wristband.

  • Kids 3 & Under: Free
  • Early Mustang Discount (4/29 – 5/6): $12/person
  • Regular Ticket Sales (5/7 – 5/26): $15/person
  • Day of Ticket Sales (6/1): $20/person

Be assured that your kids will have a blast, and so will you!

Please volunteer to work a shift and offer a Tasty Treat donation. Without the generous help of our parents and staff, this family event wouldn’t be possible. Stay tuned for more details about the 9 Square-in-the-Air game as well as the raffle timing and prizes. A volunteer Sign-Up Genius and online ticket sale link will be coming soon.

Questions can be directed to

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Lost and Found Items

During Fine Arts Night please stop by the tables by the office and check out the Lost and Found items!
There are many winter items such as coats, hats and gloves as well as clothing items, water bottles, and gym shoes.
Any Items left unclaimed will be donated at the end of April.

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D181 News and Updates

School Registration now open for 2018-19 school year

Please make sure to register your child soon for the 2018-19 school year. If you have a child currently in preschool (ECE) through Grade 7, you will need to complete the District registration and fee payment process online. Registration will consist of an online application, fee payments, PTO registration and other PTO items, D181 Foundation information, and residency documentation. All families will also be asked to complete a new Affidavit of Residency form in the online application. Registration will be held from April 16-May 6.

Core classes, enrichment and camps offered this summer

Registration has begun for the D181 2018 Summer Learning Program. It runs from Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 29 at Prospect School, 100 N. Prospect, Clarendon Hills. The deadline for registering is May 25.
Registration for current D181 residents must be made online at > Schools > Summer Learning Program. Registration for anyone living outside of D181 boundaries begins May 11. Fees are $175 for a one-hour class and $350 for a two-hour class.
The program includes a variety of classes for students currently in Pre K through 7th grade including nine different art classes, two foreign language classes, 18 language arts classes, eight math classes, three science and technology classes and a creative writing classes. Enrichment classes are also offered in a variety of subjects and grades. (Grade levels noted are based on completed 2017-2018 grade levels):

  • 1, 2, 3 Let’s Read, Write and Learn (Grades 1, 2)
  • STEAM Into Summer (Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • 6th Grade Boot Camp (Grade 5)
  • Active Learners (Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • I Like to Move It (Grades 2, 3, 4)
  • I Wonder (Grades 2, 3)
  • Mythology Around the World (Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Spend the Summer with Shakespeare (Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Your World, My World (Grades 2, 3)

The District 181 Summer Learning Program will also feature three unique camps:

  • Early Childhood (preschool) Summer Camp for children currently enrolled in the D181 preschool program, 9 to 11:30 a.m. ($400)
  • Theatre Camp “Silver Screen on Stage” for any D181 student currently in 4th through 8th grade, 12:30-4 p.m. June 11-15, at Hinsdale Middle School ($175)
  • Band and Orchestra classes (private lessons) for any D181 students currently in 4th through 8th grades, starts June 7 at Clarendon Hills Middle School. Lessons are scheduled between 8 a.m. and noon ($100 for four lessons)
    Class sizes are limited. Classes will be closed once the maximum enrollment has been reached. Registration is not considered completed until all fees have been paid.

The 2018 Summer Learning Program brochure is available in the main office of at the schools and District offices or by visiting

Program questions should be directed to Summer School Administrator Rocky May at Registration questions should be directed to Jan Martin at JMartin@D181org.

‘Stuff the Squad’ April 24-27
All District 181 elementary schools and the Hinsdale Police Department will try to “Stuff the Squad” with non-perishable food items and dry goods the week of April 24 in an effort to help stock the HCS Family Services food pantry in the village. A Hinsdale squad car will be at Madison School April 24, Monroe School April 25, Oak School April 26 and The Lane School April 27 from 8:15 to 9 a.m. Students and their families may drop off their donated items from 8:15 to 8:40 a.m. Community members should drop off their items between 8:45 and 9 a.m.

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Yearbook Custom Page Deadline April 20th

Have you created your child’s yearbook custom page yet? Your child will get 2 whole pages for them self. Include pictures of your recent spring break trip, holiday family photos, your child playing their favorite sport, or perhaps that new lizard your child talked you into. You name it.

See this flyer for directions on how to log onto to begin the customization process. We recommend using your computer to create the pages (do not use your ipad or iphone). Personal pages must be created on the website NO LATER THAN APRIL 20, 2018. See the attached flyer for directions. Treering customer service can be reached at 1-877-755-TREE if you need assistance. Please contact with any questions.

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Author Visit April 27th

I am beyond excited to have Lynn Brunell join us to chat about her new book, Turn This Book into a Beehive. She is a very well known science teacher turned author. Her new book ties right into our Monroe Bees and Stronger Together Theme. The idea that the students can use a book to learn something and then literally create something out of the book is a genius idea.

Please click here to download her book ordering biography. The students will be receiving a hard copy in their mailboxes this week. If you get a chance, please check out her website and YouTube Science videos:

They are highly engaging for all learners and you may find something you’d like to try at home over the summer in addition to turning your book into a beehive. She will speak to both K-2 and 3-5 in the morning of April 27th.

Mrs. Wodka


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Staff Appreciation Week

We are still in need of ~40 new or gently used “summer reads” for our last day of Staff Appreciation Week. Thanks to those who have already donated books! Please continue to drop books at 137 N Clay Street. A collection box is on the front porch. Thank you!! – The Staff Appreciation Committee

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Lost and Found Reminder

Just a reminder that all the Lost & Found items are still on the tables in the main lobby. Please stop by and see if you can claim some of the missing items. We will keep until the end of April and will then donate all the items that are left.

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Lost Jewelry

We have 2 pieces of jewelry that were found in the building. Please come to the office to claim if you are missing them.

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