May 20, 2015
Coming Soon:
  • Wednesday, May 20 - Spring Book Fair in the LTC
  • Friday, May 22 - Senior Field Day, Grades 5-8
  • Now through May 29 - Bernie's Book Bank Book Drive
Looking Ahead:
  • Tuesday, June 2 - JSSPVA Budget Allocation meeting; 8:30am MPR
  • Tuesday, June 2 - Junior Field Day, Grades 1-4
  • Thursday, June 4 - 8th Grade Graduation
  • Monday, June 8 - Last day of school; 8:20am-12:05pm
  • Wednesday, June 10 - Last day to order school supplies through School-Pak for delivery to Sears

Spring Book Fair Ends Today

There is still time to stock up for your Summer reading! The Book Fair is open in the LTC today until 4:00pm. All proceeds go to Sears School library and technology resources. 
Bernie's Book Bank Book Drive

While you are making room for new books, please bring your gently used books to school! 
  • When: May 18-29
  • Where: Look for bins in the Sears hallways...or...drop at Cathie Flanagan's house, 429 Sheridan 
  • What:  Books for birth-6th grade (please no adult books). All books go to at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. 
Outdoor Classroom

Join us THIS FRIDAY, May 22 at 11:15am in the Outdoor Classroom for weeding! Bring your own gloves and any weeding tools, if you have them (otherwise, we will supply). Stay for 10 minutes or an hour! We would love ANY help we can get. Share with others who enjoy being outdoors.

Lost and Found

Parents...It's spring and occasionally it feels like it too! The Lost and Found in the basement has many unclaimed items. Winter coats, boots, snow pants...fleece upon fleece upon fleece. Missing your child's lunchbag(s)? While you are in the school for all the activities please check the Lost and Found for any missing or forgotten items.

School Supplies Now Available Through School-Pak

School supplies for the 2015-2016 school year are now available for purchase through School-Pak. School-Pak is a digital delivery service that offers parents the opportunity to buy all of their child's school supplies from one location. School-Pak will deliver school supplies to your child's classroom or directly to your home. 

School-Pak offers free shipping on all classroom deliveries as well as a 7% discount on home and classroom orders placed before June 10. School-Pak will not accept classroom delivery orders after June 10.

Parents ordering school supplies through School-Pak after June 10 have until July 12 to place their orders for home delivery. Orders placed during this time are not eligible for the 7% discount and additional shipping costs apply. 

School supplies can be ordered by visiting the Sears School-Pak website.
School-Pak will not accept any orders placed after July 12.

JSSPVA Committees Seek Volunteers

Several JSSPVA Committees are already planning for the 2015-16 school year and are in need of volunteers.

Family Fun Day


Mark your calendars for our Welcome Back Celebration on Tuesday, August 25 from 1-4pm. We need your help to make this event a success. Please help by signing up here to volunteer at the event. More details here. Questions please contact Paras Malhotra at or Katie Lauritzen at


Newcomer's Committee


Calling Volunteers: Become a Host Family for the Newcomers! Interested in welcoming a new family to Joseph Sears School? Volunteers are needed to host a new Sears family ahead of the 2015-2016 school year. It's a fun volunteer opportunity that entails scheduling a time to meet to answer questions and share your wisdom about getting acclimated to the school as well as joining them at the Newcomer's party in late August. If you are interested, please contact Meredith Daw at


Room Parents


Interested in being a Room Parent for your child's class next year?  Sign up here and once class rosters are set in August you will be contacted to confirm interest and assigned to classrooms. For more information contact Melissa Anton at or Kerry Judy at

2016 Benefit


No date or theme has been selected yet, but it takes many volunteers to make our largest fundraising event a success. If you want to help in big ways or small, there is a job for you. We welcome all who want to assist. Please contact Kelly Rainey at or Angie Veber at to express your interest.