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Trivial pursuit for a cause

Attendees of the McDole Trivia Night and Fundraiser (above) plan their silent auction bids. The event was held Saturday at Open Range Grill/Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove. The Kaneland McDole Elementary School Trivia Night Fundraiser was the first ever fully coordinated fundraising effort between faculty, staff, administration and PTO.

PTO Co-President Kris Leudtke (left to right), PTO Co-President Michelle Moser and fourth grade teacher Kindra Schumacher check out the silent auction items.
Photos by Patti Wilk

Letter: McDole PTO to host trivia night

The McDole PTO in Montgomery will host its first annual trivia night at Open Range Southwest Grill in Sugar Grove on Saturday, May 5, at 6 p.m.

Like every organization trying to raise money in this financial climate, the need to think outside of the box to raise money to support our school has become increasingly challenging. The PTO struggled for weeks trying to think of something really intriguing for its spring fundraiser, and inspiration knocked on the door one night during a PTO meeting. The PTO, the fourth-grade teachers and school administration came up with a plan that would be fun, unusual and get people to come out and raise money for the PTO: trivia night.

From trivia night’s inception, the fourth-grade teachers started pounding the pavement seeking silent auction donations. McDole Assistant Principal Kevin Gordon offered his services as the evening’s emcee, and trivia night was well received by the rest of the staff and administration at McDole.

Open Range in Sugar Grove jumped on board immediately, offering the PTO a place to host the event, staff and even a percentage of the profits, for which we are extremely grateful. The community at large has generously donated items to our silent auction, and table reservations have been filling up.

I have always been proud to be co-president of the PTO and to work closely with the PTO Board, the administration and the school staff, but this event has reinforced for me that McDole is a special place for our kids, and when we all work together we can do great things for them. I would like to thank each and every person who has spent their coveted time working hard to make this event a success, and the almost 60 businesses and individuals who have donated so many items to be auctioned off in our silent auction.

Our principal, Martne McCoy, donated the students’ most desired auction item, “Principal for the Day” package. Other auction items include Cubs tickets, Kane County Cougar tickets, golf at Mill Creek, pampering items (Massage Envy, Hair Cuttery, emily kay Salon, Great Clips, Ziza nails, Mary Kay), Stephanie Hulthen Photography session, garden products (Midwest Ground Cover, We Grow Dreams Greenhouse), sports (World Gym, Fit Mama, Finish Line), kids items (Family Fun Center, American Girl, a kids electric ride-in car, collectible toys and Barbies), home party packages (Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Thirty One Bags, Creative Memories, Longaberger, Barefoot Children’s Books and more), food items (Fireside, McDonald’s, Jimmy Johns, Schmidt’s, Graham’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, All American BBQ, etc.).

We have everything in place for an amazing night. Now we are asking the community to come out and support our event. Come out and play trivia, bid on a basket, play 50/50 games or just get a drink.

For more information or questions, email info@mcdolepto.org. Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to what we hope will be a great night!

Michelle Moser
McDole PTO co-president

Letter: KYSO wraps up fall 2011

The fields are empty, the nets are down and hopefully the league players and the coaches are getting a little extra sleep these last few Saturdays now that another season is over.

Looking back over the season, I realize how hard so many families and individuals worked to make the Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization (KYSO) season happen. From the Recreational League to the Tops Program, and also our Kaneland United Soccer Club, the KYSO is an organization that makes a lot of teams possible for a wide spectrum of player ages and abilities. The only thing left to do this season is express gratitude for a season well done and send a huge shout out to everyone who made it possible.

First, I would like to thank the players and their families who signed up to play in the league. Without our players, we would not be a successful league. Without our parents who coach, assistant coach and come out two times a week to practices and games, our teams would not be complete. And what would we do without our biggest fans every week? The parents, siblings, grandparents, etc., sitting on the sidelines each week and cheering the players on is what makes our games so much fun. Rain or shine, hot or cold, they come out each week with their lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas and often wearing mittens and hats. Our spectators make the kids feel special and watch the players grow as individuals and as teams throughout the season.

Our parents go above and beyond in regards to our established volunteer program. Our parent volunteers help each week moving goals and nets, manning tables, picking up trash and assisting our busy coaches. The refs also need to be acknowledged—they come out each week to call the shots and keep the games moving along.

I can’t forget to thank Hill’s Country Store, who faithfully offered our players and fans a great assortment of treats and drinks. A final thank you goes out to KYSO Board members who work diligently all year long meeting, planning and making improvements to the league so that each season is better for our players and families. Thank you all and we look forward to doing it again this spring.

Michelle Moser
Publicity chair
Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization

PTOs strive to improve educational experience

by David Maas
KANELAND—A new school year means new experiences for students and for their moms and dads, too, if they take part in parent-teacher organizations.

Made up of students’ parents and school faculty, parent-teacher organizations give parents a way to become directly involved in their children’s educational experience by actively helping out in the school.

“As a PTO, it is our responsibility to assist the school in goals and programs to enhance the curriculum,” said Michelle Moser, co-president of the McDole Elementary PTO.

Through special events, PTOs raise funds to provide their children with programs such as educational assemblies to help students achieve their maximum potential, the McDole organization’s website states.

One of those fundraisers this year is new for the McDole PTO—a Fun Run on Oct. 15.

“Not only will it be a great time for the kids, but a way to raise money, creatively,” Moser said.

Along with hosting the Fun Run, the McDole PTO will partner with the John Shields Elementary School Parent-Teacher Network for their semi-annual Fall Clothing and Toy Sale, on Saturday, Sept. 18. The sale offers a chance for area residents to sell off some of their un-needed children’s toys and clothing, with a portion of the proceeds going to help the school of their choice.

Moser is excited to see what else this year has in store for their group.

“We are off and running, and committed to making changes for everyone involved with our school,” Moser said.

Other Kaneland schools with parent-teacher organizations are Blackberry Creek Elementary, John Stewart Elementary and Harter Middle School. Parents with children in these schools just need to attend meetings to find out how they can become involved in these groups.

Kaneland parent-teacher groups
For more information on parent-teacher organizations within Kaneland School District, visit their websites:
• McDolePTO.com, (McDole Elementary)
• JohnShieldsPTO.com, (John Shields Elementary)
• KBCPTO.org, (Blackberry Creek Elementary)
• StewartPTN.com, (John Stewart Elementary)