Hawthorne PTA Calendar
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Hawthorne Scholastic Book Fair 2014
Sir Readalot’s Castle! Enter the Kingdom of Books!
Thursday, December 4th through Saturday, December 6th
Calling all volunteers! Many people are needed to help out during this wonderful event.
Multiple time slots are available for each date with different duties. Please volunteer for as many as you can.
Wednesday, 12/3 4:00pm to 7:00pm Set Up
Thursday, 12/4 8:00am-8:00pm Preview 8am to 3pm;
Sales 3 - 7:30pm
Friday, 12/5 10:30am – 5:30pm Sales
Saturday, 12/6 9:00am – 2:30pm Sales 9am to 12pm;
Please go to the following link and select a time slot.
Please contact Jennifer Moskal at email@example.com with any questions!
SB16 POISED TO MOVE - RAISE YOUR VOICE
by Carol Snyder, District 205 PTA Council Legislative Chair
Senate Bill 16 (SB16) significantly rewrites the Illinois school funding formula, stripping many school districts of a substantial portion of their general state aid while funneling that money to Chicago Public Schools and other property tax-poor school districts across Illinois. If SB16 passes, Elmhurst District 205 is estimated to lose $4.5 million annually in state funding under the current proposal.
SB16 is scheduled for a joint hearing in the House on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014. This hearing will likely reveal proposed amendments to the bill, which have been discussed in closed-door meetings hosted by House Speaker Mike Madigan over the past few months. There is no word on whether or not a vote will be called. However, Representative Barbara Wheeler recently warned that, "The fact that the hearing has been scheduled now rather than waiting until the new General Assembly is seated in January suggests that we may see movement of this bill during the lame duck session, when outgoing lawmakers are enticed to make unpopular votes."
As previously reported, not all proposed amendments to SB16 are favorable, such as the so-called "pension shift". House Speaker Madigan is an outspoken supporter of the pension shift, which reduces the state's obligation to fund public pensions and saddles local property taxpayers with the bill. What this would mean for you is significant property tax increases along with significant cuts impacting your children's classrooms. Illinois currently has a $100 billion public pension deficit, which ranks as worst-in-the-nation. Illinois also has the second-highest property taxes in the nation.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
1. Create a Witness Slip stating your position as an "opponent" of SB16 This will become part of the official record of the IL General Assembly.
A few helpful tips:
• under "Firm/Business/Agency" enter "Elmhurst District 205" or "taxpayer"
• under "Representation" enter "self" or "family"
• under "Position" select "Opponent"
• under "Testimony" enter "Record of Appearance only", or you can have your written comments supplied to the General Assembly (optional).
- If submitting written testimony, clearly marked the top of the page as "SB16 Testimony" and include your name and address.
- You may fax your written testimony to 217-557-2165.
- You may mail your written testimony to Illinois State House, Room 426, 401 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL 62706
2. Contact your State Senator and State Representative and tell them to vote NO on SB16. Look them up here.
Help Finish the Bottle Cap Mosaic!
The PTA Go Green Committee needs more plastic bottle caps to finish the three-panel mosaic that was started last spring during Earth Week. We need these colors: BLUES, GREENS, BROWNS, GRAYS, PURPLES & BLACK from milk jugs, beverage bottles - you name it! Please wash caps thoroughly in warm, soapy water. No nut butter caps please. A collection bin is in the main hallway.
The Yearbook Needs Your Pictures!
Hawthorne PTA MIssion
The mission of the Hawthorne PTA is to volunteer in the interest of the children, to encourage understanding and cooperation between parents and teachers, and to promote programs that benefit the success of children’s learning. The Hawthorne PTA supports education through active participation and advocacy.
Do you have any feedback on any of the Hawthorne PTA programs? Complete the Feeback form located in our PTA locker above or send us an email at HawthornePTA205@gmail.com.