December 16, 2015
Coming Soon:
  • December 21-January 1- No School
  • January 4- Late Start

Looking Ahead:
  • January 11-22- MAP Testing
  • January 12- JSSPVA Board Meeting
  • January 13- New Student Picture Day
  • January 29- Scamper

Lost and Found

Lost & Found will be donated to charity over winter break. ALL lost & found clothing and items will be cleared out over the winter break and donated to the Northwestern Settlement House. We have LOTS of sweaters, shirts and lunch bags. Lost and Found is now located in the alcove at the bottom of the stairs that connects The Link and basement-drop in any time to browse. Please note, if any clothes or other items have been labelled they are set aside from the unidentified items and you will receive notice to come pick up. Contact the Lost & Found Ladies with questions: Julianna Harris or Cathy Sheehan

Chess Club

The second session for Chess Club seats February 2nd and the registration deadline is January 25th. It is open to all 1st-8th graders and kindergarteners with previous experience. Registration Forms are here! 

The chess tournament is January 21st. For more information click here

Sears Has Heart

SEARS HAS HEART can only be successful with the help of YOU.  The first way to get involved is to give.  Our primary goal is to achieve 100% participation by all Sears families. Make sure you have Saturday, May 14, 2016 on your calendar for the celebration and thank you party - any donation gets you 2 tickets. 
We also need volunteers.  If you are interested in a role involving the philanthropic arm of this year's campaign, or if you want to help plan the Donor Thank You Party, we want to hear from you!  Please contact us, at

Sears participates in the Trex Plastic Bag Challenge

Until April 2016 the Environmental Subcommittee is collecting plastic bags for recycling. Together with other area schools Sears is participating in the Trex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge again where we've previously won two bird houses made from recycled materials that hang in the outdoor classroom. Please have your child bring in your plastic bags for collection. Recycling bins are in the following locations:

1. outside Mrs. Saxton's room -Jr high

2. outside the multipurpose room-K-1st

3. outside the 5th grade-Mrs. Lehsinski's room

For more information visit:

Easy Ways to Help Sears...

Just in time for holiday shopping, the JSSPVA has established a few ways to effortlessly raise funds and support Sears even more.  Please find ways you can help below.

Amazon Smile
Operated by Amazon, this website lets customers enjoy the same selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as while contributing 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the JSSPVA.  To participate, simply visit and select Joseph Sears School Parent Volunteer Association as your charitable organization. Your shopping experience will be identical to  Bookmark and help us start earning today!

Do you have a Target Red Card?  Sign in at, scroll down to "Take Charge of Education" and select Joseph Sears Elementary School as your school of choice to receive 1% of all purchases.

For more detailed information, please click here .

Holiday shopping at Mightynest! Joseph Sears School families and friends shop Mightynest any time and 15% of all purchases will benefit Joseph Sears School Outdoor Classroom.
How? Shop online at Choose "Joseph Sears School" when you check out. Or visit their warehouse at 2112 Jackson Avenue,Evanston (behind Walgreens, off of Green Bay Road).
MightyNest is an online retailer offering the best selection of healthy, safe and non-toxic products for your family and home. The hand-picked, parent-tested products include a wide range of school essentials like lunch gear, water bottles, and backpacks, in addition to home products, personal care items, toys and more. To see products and learn more go to

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