Presentation: The Digital Age, is my Child Ready?

Mark your calendars: Monroe parents and staff are invited to attend a presentation on the digital age and cyber bullying at Prospect Elementary School in Clarendon Hills, on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm.

The speaker is Jeff Bean. Jeff is a 19 year veteran of a suburban Chicago Police Department, and has dealt with juveniles for his entire career. He uses his training and experience to help students, parents, and schools deal with the dangers of bullying and cyberbullying.

More information on the attached flyer click here.

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Monroe Chess Club and Team – Spring Session

Spring Session begins in two days!! It’s not too late to register!

Are you looking for a fun activity that runs past Spring break and makes children smarter?

Come join the 57 students who are enrolled in the Monroe Chess Club!

Spring session begins on Tuesday, February 27th and ends on Tuesday, May 8th.

Kindergarten students meet from 11:25am – 12:15pm.
Grades 1 – 5 meet after school from 3:05 – 4:05pm.

Register at Each child must be registered separately.

Please click here for more information.

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Lost and Found Items at Monroe

With the colder weather, our Lost and Found is overflowing once again. Please label your children’s clothing so we can try and help their lost items find their way back to you! If you are in the building, please check for any lost items on the tables by the office.


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CHMS Pizza Wars & Eagle Jam – March 21st

All families of Monroe School are invited to attend the 5th Annual Pizza Wars/Eagle Jam event on Wednesday, March 21st, at CHMS. It’s a great way for the younger students, particularly the 5th grade families, to experience CHMS in a fun and casual way. Tickets are $10.

Pizza Wars is a competition where 9 pizza vendors prepare and serve their best pizza as they vie for the title of Pizza Wars Champion. Attendees get a chance to sample each of the pizzas and then vote. During the competition there is also a student talent show called the Eagle Jam where CHMS students will dance, sing, etc. to entertain the crowd. The jazz band will perform and the highlight will be the teacher band “After School Special’s” performance with special guest Mr. Horne. It’s a great family event and although all D181 schools are welcome the main attendees will be CHMS families and those from the feeder schools.

And our beloved Monroe mascot Miles will be on stage participating in the Talent Show. You don’t want to miss it!

Purchase raffle (an Apple watch) and entry tickets click here:

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5th Grade Robert Crown Night: Tuesday April 3rd

Attention 5th grade parents! Please save the date for the Robert Crown night on Tuesday April 3rd at 7 pm at Monroe. Permission forms with details will be going home with your 5th grader soon.

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We Welcome Your Suggestions!

As a parent, teacher or staff at Monroe, we appreciate your participation in the PTO. We welcome your feedback on existing committees and love to hear your suggestions for new ones! If you have an idea you’d like us to hear, please email us at

Important considerations for new committee proposals:

1. Are you willing to chair this committee?
2. Will this committee support the entire school or select grades?
3. Will this committee be self-funded, fund-raising, or require PTO support/budget?
4. Will this committee organize event(s) that occur during or before/after school?
5. Does this committee require participation from individuals/organizations outside of the Monroe community?

Thanks for your input!

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Welcome to the Tornabene Family

Please welcome the Tornabene family to Monroe and their children in Mrs Schuppert’s and Mrs. Guide’s classes.

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Raging Waves Fitness Challenge!

Plunge into Fitness at Raging Waves Waterpark! Grades K-5th

Click here for your fitness Log and start keeping track of your exercise.
Color in one item on the fitness log for every 30 minutes of exercise.

After you have completed 25 hours of exercise, turn in your completed
fitness log to your teacher by April 9th. Don’t forget to have mom and dad sign it!

You will receive a Raging Waves discount!

NEW this year! Come out to Raging Waves and PICK ONE of the following offers:

One free admission ticket valid JUNE ONLY 5/26/2018-6/30/2018 OR $10 off discount for a day admission valid 07/01/2018-08/03/2018 Look here for complete details!!

Please see Mrs. Andreoni or Ms. Tiggelaar with any questions.

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Dear Monroe School Parents:

Miss Tiggelaar and Mrs. Andreoni are sponsoring the Lift – A – Ton Club at Monroe School.

Students in grades 2 through 5 are invited to participate in our before school Lift – A – Ton Club. This is an opportunity for our students to improve their upper body strength. Students will determine the number of repetitions needed to ‘lift – a – ton’ of their own body weight, by completing a designated number of push-ups. The students will work another club member to help count repetitions.

Weight tokens will be awarded for each ton lifted. We have calculated that students will be able to earn a weight token after a few club meetings. The tokens are similar to those earned with the Milers Club. Weight tokens may be attached to shoe laces or worn on a lanyard.

The club meets from 8:05 to 8:25 am. We will meet in the gym for this activity. Students are not required to attend every session. The first session that your student chooses to attend will be an introduction.

There is no fee. “Weight Tokens” are provided by Monroe School. Unfortunately we will not be able to replace lost tokens. If you would like your child to participate in Monroe School Lift – A – Ton Club, please click here to sign and complete the permission slip below. Return permission slips to either Miss Tiggelaar or Mrs. Andreoni.


Judy Tiggelaar and Lori Andreoni, Physical Education Teachers

Before School 8:05 to 8:25
February 21, and 23 March 6, 8, 9, and 12

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Pajama Day Thank You

Thank you to all who participated in Student Council’s Pajama Day to raise funds for the Anthony Rizzo Foundation in honor and memory of our friend and fellow D181 classmate, Brooks Tonn.

We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the Monroe community and raised $$882.90 for this foundation.

Thank you.

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A Note from PTO Presidents: D181 Budget Reduction Proposal

This past week, Dr. White emailed a report regarding budget reductions. As this will have far reaching implications for the quality of education in D181, we would like you to have all the information available as you share your feedback with the Board, which you can email at or speak during public comment at the 2/26 Board of Education Meeting at 7pm at the District Office (115 West 55th Street, Clarendon Hills). The Board is also gathering parent feedback in a 5 question survey. We would urge you to make use of the open comments section of the survey, as the questions are limited to reducing PE from five to three days a week and filling with instructional time, changing the school start time, and changing the eligibility for student bus transportation.

D181 Survey (Due by Monday afternoon, 2/19) – see email sent late last week from D181

D181 Click here for – Staff Input on Proposed Budget Reductions

DRAFT Click here for- Budget Reduction Proposal (presented to the Board of Education on February 12, 2018)

2018-19 Click here for- Budget Reductions Board Report

February 12, 2018 Click here for- Board Meeting Summary

We are appreciative of the Board of Education members who volunteer their time and talents to support education in our community, especially the three members who are Monroe parents themselves. We also thank our teachers who tirelessly give to our children every day. We acknowledge that this topic is a difficult one for everyone, teachers, staff, parents, administrators and the Board of Education, and appreciate the efforts by all.

-Carrie Earley and Carissa Kapcar
PTO Co-Presidents

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Principal’s Corner

There has been a lot of news about the flu and it is starting to touch Monroe. All classrooms got a deep cleaning over the weekend. While hard to keep your kids home from school, sometimes that is the best protection for everyone. Even Mr. Horne took a rare sick day this past week so he wouldn’t spread his cough around further.

A few other reminders as we reach the middle of the year; please always pull forward along Madison Street during drop-off and pickup. With cold temperatures it is even more important we get kids in or out quickly. We go outside for recess if the “Real Feel” is above zero. We may limit the amount of time outside, but the fresh air is important so please send your children with appropriate outerwear each day. Finally, if you can’t make one of my coffee talks, do not hesitate to send me questions directly. I want everyone to have the information they need so we can work together. Thank you!

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Kindergarten and New Student Registration Starts February 14th at Monroe

Kindergarten and New Student Registration will take place at Monroe School on February 14-15 from 9:00-3:00 and the evening of February 15th at Prospect School from 5:30-7:30pm. Parents should bring in residency documents and the child’s certified birth certificate to be copied.
Please mark your calendars and tell your neighbors and friends if they have children that will attend Monroe School in the Fall!

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New Educational Staff Grant Vote

A new grant application was recently submitted, since our last PTO meeting. This grant is for new math materials in first and second grades. Since the money requested is $1,000 or more, we need to hold a vote to approve or reject this grant proposal. This vote will take place on 2/14 at 10:00, right before Mr. Horne’s School Improvement Plan meeting.

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Get Your Board Nominations In!

It’s LAST CALL for 2018-19 PTO Board nominations! Of the seven-member board, four officer positions are open for next year: 2 co-vice presidents, the assistant treasurer, and the vice president of communications. Joining the Board is a wonderful way to get involved with Monroe, our kids and each other…please consider joining us!

You are welcome to nominate yourself or someone else that represents Monroe parents well. Nominations are due by February 16th and can be completed online. Please click here to submit your nomination.

Any questions, contact Jenny Driscoll and Julie Rzeppa at

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Reminder: February Birthday Lunch with Mr. Horne – Postponed until March 9

Just a reminder that we have postponed our February birthday lunch until March 9, when we will celebrate February and March birthdays together.

Remaining dates this year:
• 3/9: celebrate February and March birthdays
• 4/13: celebrate April and June birthdays
• 5/18: celebrate May and July birthdays

Questions? Email

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Spirit Wear Sale – Now Open!

In conjunction with Kindergarten registration, we will be reopening the Monroe School Spirit Wear site. Here’s your chance to order a new sweatshirt, replace a missing hat or get a new magnet for your car!

The sale is open February 11-18. Click here to shop.

When ordering, please remember to select “Youth” if you’d like kid’s sizes. We offer both kids and adults.

Any questions? Email

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Monroe Chess Team Does It Again!

Congratulations to the Monroe Chess Team!

Eight Monroe team members participated in last Tuesday’s Illinois Chess Teachers “Grandmaster Chess Challenge” Tournament and brought home the 6th Place Team Trophy!

Way to go!!

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News from the District

Kindergarten Registration Begins February 14
District 181 kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year begins online on February 14. The first step of registration is to go to the registration page of the District website ( > Parents > Registration), click the link to register, and complete the online registration process. Then, parents should go to their child’s neighborhood elementary school on February 14 or February 15 (9am – 3pm) to bring in residency documents and the child’s certified birth certificate to be copied. Parents who cannot come during the day have the option of attending a District-wide evening registration event to turn in materials; that event will be held Thursday, February 15 at Prospect School (5:30 – 7:30pm). A list of acceptable documents to show residency is posted online. We look forward to enrolling incoming kindergartners! Click Here for flyer!

Save the Date for March 8 Summer Camp Expo
All community members are invited to the annual D181 Summer Camp Expo, taking place Thursday, March 8 at Prospect School (6-8:30pm). This is a one-stop-shop to meet with exhibitors one-on-one and learn about local and regional overnight camps, sports camps, fine arts programs, science and educational camps, recreation activities, and more. New exhibitors are added every year. Children are welcome, and no registration is needed. Click Here for flyer!

Nominations Due March 23 for “World Changer” D181 Employee Awards
Has your family been deeply and positively impacted by the actions of a D181 employee? The call for nominations is open now through March 23 for “The District 181 World Changer Awards: A Celebration of Exceptional Employee Achievements.” This program, hosted in partnership with the D181 Foundation, recognizes the above and beyond contributions of teachers, support staff, and administrators in District 181. Visit > Our District > World Changer Awards to access the Awards Overview for more information about eligibility and the nominating process. Then, if you have a staff member you would like to nominate for this honor, complete the online nomination form linked on the D181 website. Click Here for Flyer!

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Winter After School Activities

Extend the school day with some fun after school activities!

Tink R Works is back!
Grades 1st and 2nd: Art Electric – Click here for Flyer!
Grades 3rd thru 5th: Shoot and Score – Click here for Flyer!
Classes are Mondays 3:10 to 4:30
Classes begin Jan. 22nd


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Wanted: an organized person who loves books

We are looking for two or more dedicated volunteers who can help with a special Reading Room project in the MRC for a few hours once or twice a week over the next several weeks. Whatever time slot works best for you. This is a nice way to get into the school on a regular basis. These volunteers should love children’s literature, be detail oriented and work well together. If you’d like to learn more, please reach out to Meredith Wodka or the PTO Board. This is a small way that you can be a BIG time help to the school.

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Volunteers in the library needed!

Welcome back everyone! The sign ups for library volunteers is live and waiting for you. Volunteering in the library is a great way to get involved with different grade levels, staff, and activities at Monroe. As the library program continues to grow and change, much help is needed.
Please feel free to sign up here to help with special projects and day-to-day needs.

Thank you in advance for all your help!
Mrs. Wodka

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Welcome to the 2018 Science Fair/Science Night!

It’s that time of year again! Science Fair will be underway soon, and we have some exciting changes this year. To begin with, TinkRWorks will be coming to all the classrooms for hands-on sessions with students from January 16-18, which will get everyone thinking about new project ideas. And this year, all the registration is online – simply follow the instructions in the form (see link below) to sign up for projects and order t-shirts. No ideas for your topic yet? No problem! Note it as TBD and let us know once you figure it out. Registration runs from January 12-26, and board pick up is in the MRC on Friday, January 26 after school.

The Science Fair will be run the same way, with a panel of judges from the community reviewing and scoring the projects. But, Science Night is brand new this year! On Science Night (Tuesday, March 13), Monroe will be open to all students and families, and you will be able to participate in scientific demonstrations and other hands-on projects with Monroe teachers and instructors from TinkerWorks among others. Everyone will have the chance to walk around and hear student participants talk about their projects on their own time. There will be no formal ceremony, but award winners will be posted. This will be a nice way to make it a Monroe community event that everyone can take part in, and see all the great STEAM tools the PTO has helped purchase being put to use!

With all these changes, there are bound to be questions, so please don’t hesitate to contact the committee chairs at

Sign up for a project here!

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Celebrate with a Book!

“Celebrate with a Book” makes an inexpensive gift that will last for years. Maybe your celebration is spending time reading as a family, baking cookies, or getting together with family you haven’t seen in years. There are so many things to celebrate this year. For $18, your child (or grandchild – great gift idea!) will have their photo taken with a book that will be donated to the Monroe School Library in their honor. Their photo will be added to a “Celebrate with a Book” slideshow which is shown in school. Our digital catalog will also show your child’s name listed as the book donor.
This is a great way to give a gift not only to a child, but to support Monroe School and further the love of reading.

Please fill out this form and return to the Library or your child’s teacher. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs. Wodka

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