October 7, 2015
Coming Soon:
  • October 5-8 -Walk/Bike to School Week
  • Wednesday, October 7- Area School Environmental Group Meeting
  • Friday, October 9- 1st Grade Parent Party
  • Wednesday, October 14- "The Talk" Parent Meeting
  • Friday, October 16- 3rd Grade Parent Party
  • Tuesday, October 20- JSSPVA Board Meeting
Looking Ahead:
  • October 28 - Picture Retakes
  • November 3-5-Fall Book Fair

Area School Environmental Group Meeting- Today! 

The AREA SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP (ASEG) meeting will be held at Sears on Wednesday, October 71:30-3:00 pm! Please consider joining the meeting to support Sears and to hear about the successes at Sears. 

In addition, meet administrators, staff, and parents at area schools. Meeting topics will include: learning about Sears's Outdoor Classroom and the renewed lunchroom recycling and composting program. A tour of the outdoor classroom will also be available, weather permitting. All schools present will also have opportunities to share news, ask questions and network.

Questions? Ask Katie - KNahrwold@comcast.net

Alliance for Early Childhood

The Alliance is ramping up for the year so many things yet to come, but currently we have this Fort Building going on this weekend.  Its a fantastic event!  For more information please Click Here!

Parent Opportunity to hear the "Talk" 

On Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm, the JSSPVA is hosting a parent gathering to hear the "Talk" from a representative of the Robert Crown Center.  The Sears 5th grade students will be going to the Robert Crown Center on October 20 to learn about how their bodies will be changing and maturing.  

This evening program is open to ALL Sears parents...and is especially recommended for parents of 4th and 5th graders.  We are hoping to make this program interactive as well as informative which will depend on the group size.  Accordingly, it would be helpful if you would Rsvp to Melissa Ross (mahross22@gmail.com) if you plan to attend. 

Picture Days

JK-7 picture day images are now available for viewing/ordering at www.srphoto.com. You should have received a proof sheet shortly after picture day with a password for your child's image. If you did NOT receive a proof sheet or have misplaced yours, please contact one of the school picture parent volunteers or Stuart-Rodgers Photography (see all contact info below). 

Stuart-Rodgers will contact 8th grade parents with information related to viewing/ordering images from those longer photo sessions.

Orders placed online by 10/28/15 will be mailed to the school in one bulk shipment and sent home in backpacks. Orders placed AFTER 10/28/15 will be charged a $3.75 mailing fee to ship directly to the student's home.

Please note: Re-takes will be held on Wednesday 10/28/15!

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Lafferty (laffjill@gmail.com) or Anne Crowley (annecrowley72@gmail.com) or Stuart Rodgers at 847-864-7322 (info@srphoto.com)

Calling all Veterans!

Sears School is inviting all military Veterans in our community to come and enjoy a special lunch with our students this Veterans Day - Wednesday, November 11th.  If you have a Veteran in your family who would like to participate in this memorable event with our students, we would love to include them and thank them for their service to our nation.  

Please contact Kristin Pilant at kristinpilant@gmail.com for more information.

Sears Benefit-Sears Has Heart

Congratulations to Sears 7th grade student, Devlin Guthrie, for her artistic interpretation of this year's Benefit theme, SEARS HAS HEART!  Devlin's artwork was selected as our official logo because its image of students and adults (parents and teachers) working together with the four cornerstones represents the many ways our Joseph Sears School community has heart.  We received 14 other excellent entries, and we would like to thank those students for their time and effort.  Be on the lookout for those entries on a special SEARS HAS HEART display coming soon!  Recently each Sears family received an email introducing our logo and providing some details about this year's Benefit.  That information can be found here.  The official kick-off will happen in the next few weeks so be on the lookout for information in your mailbox soon.

If you did not pre-order a 'pocket directory' when you registered this year, there are a few extra copies available for sale $10/each.  If you would like to purchase one, please email Mindy Douthit, mindyjeff@sbcglobal.net. She will let you know if there are still copies available and how to send your payment.  No directories will be distributed until payment has been received.
Outdoor Classroom
September -November Family Outdoor Classroom Sign Up...
Join us this fall, as we harvest, maintain, water and work in the outdoor classroom. Pick 1 week (or more) that you can do ALL of the following:
1.Work on Wednesday of your week from 12-1:00. You will assist The Organic Gardener as they work with students during lunch recess. 
2. Maintain and weed native beds. 
3. Water pots. 
4. Harvest, not only on Wednesday, but throughout the week. More information on lunch recess and duties your week will be shared prior to your week. Sign Up here:

Thank you to the following generous volunteers, performers, musicians and attendees who made the 3rd annual Outdoor Classroom Open House such a great success:

*Student and parent volunteers Sarah Halack, Elleke Haggerty, Alex de Leeuw, Dita de Leeuw, Evan Werd, Claire Nodine, Linda and Mia Ransford, Beth Beeler, Grace Mawicke, Clare Nahrwold, Jill Lafferty, Kelly Chestnut, Beth Britton, Vicki Saxton, Frank Kollar, Charley Bell, and Caryll Kenyon

*Bill Gordon and his a cappella ensemble for their beautiful round from the Navajo Native American tribe, to Gail Rodin and her wonderful orchestra students, Lisa Lehman for sharing band students and to Ross Cabin and his ukulele accompaniment

* Moris Quijada and his hard working crew for their pre-event help with planting, cleaning and working in the garden, and for their amazing set-up and clean up

* Superintendent Crystal LeRoy, Principal Kendra Wallace and Lynne Hubert, who make it possible for the Outdoor Classroom to grow and flourish

Finally, thank you to all the teachers, staff members, Sears' families and community members who attended -- your presence and participation truly makes the Outdoor Classroom come to life!

With many thanks,

Cathy Bell Bartholomay and Katie Nahrwold
Outdoor Classroom JSSPVA chairs

*We regret anyone we missed -thank you, too!

Lost & Found

The weather is turning cold, and hot, and cold. Make sure your kids clothes are found, not lost. Find Out How!

Sears Cafe

It's not too late to order Marla's Brown Bag lunches!!  Please click to place your order. Marla's Brown Bag Lunch Order