April 6, 2016
Coming Soon:
  • April 19- JSSPVA Board Meeting
  • April 22-23- 8th Grade Play

Looking Ahead:
  • April 25- Late Start 9:20am
  • April 25-29- MAP Testing


Sears Has Heart

SEARS continues to HAVE HEART!  Service projects are well underway..... do you know what your children are working on to help others?  Ask them if they know how Sears Has Heart.  Have you marked your calendar for the SEARS HAS HEART BLOCK PARTY?  Saturday, May 14th is the day--- we will celebrate our fantastic school and our community-- but you can't join us until you GIVE! Remember, we are looking for 100% participation!   Give to Sears School and get admission for 2 to the party on May 14.  

Volunteer Opportunities in the Outdoor Classroom

Outdoor Classroom is Open for Spring!  

Volunteers needed to:
1. Work for a week, Monday-Sunday, in the Joseph Sears Outdoor Classroom. Spring responsibilities include: weeding in prairie, butterfly and rain garden, and general clean up. There may be some harvesting. (More instructions will follow.)
2. Assist with 4/13 soil prep, 12-1:00pm with The Organic Gardner;
3. Volunteer with Kindergarten 4/18, 10:00-12:00 for spring planting;
4. Volunteer with 4th grade 5/20, 1:15-3:15pm for summer planting;
5. Save the dates: week 5/30 - May 31-June 38:30am-3:15pm - garden week programming - K-7-additional assistance TBA!
Questions? Ask Katie Knahrwold@comcast.net or Cathy bellcathy.ceb@gmail.com

Environmental Awareness

Thank you for participating in the Trex Plastic Bag Challenge!
So far we were able to collect 60 lbs. which diverted that much plastic from our landfills. We have until the end of this month to participate, so please make one last effort to bring in all your bags by April 22nd! Our plastic bags will be turned into birdhouses, benches, decks, fences, garden furniture etc.Here's an interesting fact: the average 100-linear foot Trex composite fence contains 140,000 recycled plastic bags! That makes Trex one of the largest plastic bag recyclers in the U.S. You can see a birdhouse that Sears got for earlier participation in the Challenge hanging in the outdoor classroom.
We hope you will participate next year when we kick off again on America Recycles Day in November. Meanwhile you can take your bags to the recycling bins at Jewel Osco, Target and other local stores. Thank you again for your support.
Earth Week
Sears will celebrate Earth Week during the week of April 18th. As always: This will be a Walk & Bike to school week, so please encourage your children to have a positive impact on the environment by walking or biking. Remember to pack Waste Free Lunches if you aren't already doing so.
It will also be our last week of participation in the Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge - bring in all those plastic bags to be recycled!
Former Sears student Stella Cook (now a freshman at New Trier) will come to Sears on Monday to give a presentation to all students about what each one of us can do to be environmentally more responsible.

Kenilworth Beautification Committee Plant Sale - May 12 & 13, 2016
Anton's Greenhouse will be the supplier for the second year in a row.  All plants will be delivered directly to your house on Thursday, May 12th and Friday, May 13th.  Order due date - Sunday, May 1st.
Good news about "impatiens" being offered this year!  A Monrovia brand mold resistant variety, 'Bounce', is disease resistant, does well in complete shade and up to half a day in the sun, "Bouncing back from wilting."  It continues to bloom until the first frost. 
Other new offerings this year include:Coleus Red Head - beautiful color, grows in part sun or part shade. Hanging Baskets of: Holy Moly - a yellow Million Bell with rose markings.Flats of: Dwarf Dahlias in a Figaro Mix.Order forms, in a pdf format, can be downloaded at kenilworthparkdistrict.org.
And remember....all the monies from the Plant Sale go towards revitalizing the parks and other open spaces making Kenilworth even more Beautiful!
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