The Item Newsletter, Issue #10, January 4, 2015
Mark your calendars now. Our second voyage of the year will be Afghanistan! Learn about the history, culture and tradition of Afghanistan from an Afghani American bodybuilder and his wife on Wednesday, February 4. Enjoy a variety of delicious child friendly foods on Friday, February 6. Look for flyers to come home is your child's backpack on Friday, January 23. They will be due on Friday, January 29.
This Week and Next
Friday, January 9 - School Spirit Day
Wear your turquoise and white, it's School Spirit Day!
News and Notes
Save the Date!
The Parent Faculty Party will be held on Saturday, February 7. We are going paperless this year. Invitations will be coming soon to your inbox!
Community Events
Screen Break Drawing Contest...Deadline Fast Approaching 
The theme for this year's Screen Break Drawing Contest is:


  • Drawings must be on 8 1/2 x 11 paper
  • Use a black marker or felt tip pen only (for clearer copying)
  • Include your name, address, school, grade, email and phone number on the back of each drawing

Drawings must be submitted on or before Monday, January 19, 2015. Details and entry forms are available here

The Family Action Network has fantastic events scheduled for this month. Click here for more information.

National Book Tour Launch - Wes Moore, "The Work: My Search For A Life That Matters"
Wednesday, January 14 at 7 PM at New Trier High School, Northfield, Cornog Auditorium
Film Screening - "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz"...a powerful film about the life and tragic death of programming prodigy and Internet activist (and Highland Park native) Aaron Swartz 
Film screening, with commentary by Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School, and a panel consisting of Bob Swartz, Aaron's father, film director Brian Knappenberger and Professor Lessig. Sunday, January 25 from 1-4 PM at New Trier High School's Winnetka Campus.
Looking Ahead
Monday, January 19
No School
in honor of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Saturday, February 7
Parent Faculty Party

Lunch Box

Ordering now open for December - February 28, 2015. Log on today! 
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be served on Friday, January 9.
A Friendly Reminder: 
Please send your child to school with a water bottle or other beverage for lunch, if you have not pre-purchased milk or juice.
Up Next
The deadline to submit content for the next issue of The Item is Monday, January 12. Submissions should be sent to