PTO Weekly News

  • The Book Fair begins next week!  Students will preview with their ELA class.  At that time they will also have the opportunity to purchase books or pre-order the new book in the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series, The Getaway.  See the printable order form below.  If you would like to pre-order the book you can send the form to school along with payment or bring the form to your open house night (and shop at the Book Fair!), August 30th (6th grade) or September 6th (7th and 8th grade).  The book will arrive in November.

  • If you signed up to volunteer at the book fair you will receive an email through sign-up genius to pick the time you’d like to help.  We’ll be sending out the request as soon as we know when the classes will be visiting the Book Fair.

  • We still have some Lockerworks, (locker organizers) available to purchase.  All the colors are back in stock and the cost is $25.  If you’re interested in purchasing send us an email at



PTO Weekly News


  • The PTO has restocked on our Lockerworks locker organizers available for purchase.  The flier below shows the colors we offer.  Please send an email to with your color choice and how you would like to pay for it and it will be waiting at school for you or your student.  

  • The first Book Fair will be taking place August 29th through September 6th.  The fair will be staffed during the day for students to visit with their classes and also at night for the 6th grade open house on August 30th and again on September 6th for the 7th and 8th grade open house.  If you signed up at the supply drop off to volunteer you will receive an email with more information.  


PTO Summer News

Happy summer everyone!  

We’re hoping you’re enjoying it to the fullest.

  • The start of the new school year is fast approaching and we’re ready to help you.  We’ve put together a calendar of events to keep you organized, so print it out and put it on the refrigerator or save it to your phone.  We don’t want you to miss anything.  
  • First up is the 6th grade (and new student) orientation/supply drop off on August 8th from 12pm to 5pm.  New Families and 6th grade students and families will be able to enjoy lunch from 12pm to 3pm.  The PTO will have an information table set up so stop by and see how we can work together to make this a great year for you and you student(s).  We will be selling locker organizers at the supply drop off.  If you are looking to keep any organization in your son or daughters locker this is a necessity.  There is an order form below that shows the color options available.  We do sell out so if you want to pre-order now send an email to and we will help you out.
  • August 9th is the supply drop off date for all 7th and 8th graders.  Again, the PTO will be selling locker organizers and looking for volunteers for events throughout the year.
  • AMS PTO is on Facebook!   Please take a moment and Like/Follow.  This will ensure you don’t miss any school happenings.  Here’s the link:
  • We’re looking for volunteers to help out at the Book Fair in late August and early September.  We have an online volunteer page set up:

Looking forward to seeing everyone back at school!!




Take a moment and think back over the school year.  Did you volunteer to help out at an event, send in a donation or food for an event, purchase an item sold to raise funds by the PTO, or coordinate and man an event?  If you did we THANK YOU! For the 2016-2017 school year we were able to do the following awesome things:

  • Gave a free book to every student  at the spring book fair.
  • Provide funds to each grade to use towards a field trip, grade celebration or supplies for the students.
  • Donated funds to purchase “big ticket” items for the 8th grade auction.
  • Collected donations to be used in the 8th grade auction.
  • Fully paid for any 8th grade student that wanted to attend the 8th grade dance.  This included a professional DJ, photo booth, buffet dinner, photographer, and take home carnations. 
  • Provided desserts and water at the 8th grade recognition night.
  • In conjunction with The Bridge Church, supplied breakfast for the honor roll students. 
  • Provided a breakfast buffet morning and dessert day during teacher appreciation week.

This is by no means a complete list of what the PTO did.  Just the larger events.  All of these things could not be achieved without volunteers.  Thank you for everything you did and we hope you will continue to help, when you can.  There are some people that we need to thank personally as their efforts should not go unnoticed.   

  • Special thanks to Jo Olson and her 8th grade events committee of Janet Marczyk, Deana Colon, Beth Evitts, Nancy Chandler, and Leslie Mannis.  The dance was a huge success and you should all be proud of what you accomplished.  
  • Thank you to Jorie Howard for always finding new Dine & Share locations and attending every one of them personally!
  • Thank you to Principal Reinke and Assistant Principal Jensen.  You supported and guided the PTO throughout the year.


Dine and Share today!!!

Tonight is the last dine and share for the PTO. We’re closing out the school year with Colonial Cafe.  Please visit tonight between 4 and 10.  Have dinner with the family or go for a yummy dessert. Bring the flyer (below).  Thank you for your support all year.



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It’s finally here!  The last week of school.  

  • To celebrate we are having a Dine & Share at Colonial Cafe in Algonquin.  Go for dinner or for dessert.  Whatever you buy, we’ll receive 20% back.  Every little bit helps.  Please visit Colonial Cafe between 4pm and 10pm this Thursday.  You will need to print out the flyer and present it when you pay.  Colonial Cafe is located at 2555 Bunker Hill.  Thanks for supporting the dine and shares all year!

  • The PTO is pleased to announce the newly elected executive board for the 2017-2018 school year.  Cathy Hahn-President, Jorie Howard-Vice President, Cathy Dechert-Treasurer, and Jess Pegueros- Secretary. 

  • This is an urgent plea for your help!!  Three more people are needed to order a FREE resource kit from  It includes power strip and 2 light bulbs and again, it’s FREE.  You can have a neighbor, grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend order if you’ve already done so.  Just make sure it goes to Algonquin Middle School and Julie Sowadski.  The $250 the school will earn will go a long in the science class.  Please do it now – the deadline is 2 days away!

  • Thank you to everyone that volunteered at an event this past school year or donated something to help out.  The PTO would not be able to do what we do without the volunteers.  Thank you to everyone that participated in a Dine & Share also.  We rely heavily on the funds received from these events and are happy that so many people support the locations we choose.



Dine & Share Info

  • Just want to remind everyone about the Dine & Share at Marco’s Pizza.  This one will run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  That’s more than enough time to head on over there.   They are open from 11AM to midnight.  You don’t need a flyer just let them know your there supporting the AMS PTO.  If you’re a saver they’ve given you great deal with a coupon.  You’ll find it on the info sheet below.  Two large, two toppng pizzas for $19.99, just mention it when ordering.  They are located at 1006 E. Algonquin Road
  • Thanks to everyone that signed up for the Resource Kit (light bulbs and a power strip for FREE!).  The Science Department is so close to getting the $250 check.  Only three more sign ups are needed.  Please, if you haven’t signed up do so now.  The offer ends on May 25th.  Go here:  Choose Algonquin Middle School and Julie Sowadski.



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  • The school year is coming to an end so we’re trying to get a few more dine and shares.  We’ve brought back the Riverbottom Ice Cream for this Thursday, May 18th.  We had a share night here a few months ago but it turned out to be a rather cold evening and the folks just didn’t want ice cream that night.  Please give it a try this Thursday – support a local business – go out after dinner and get some ice cream!  Our sharing window is from 4pm to 8pm.  They are giving 20% back!  They’re at 301 S. Main St.

  • Another new local business, Marco’s Pizza has given us a great opportunity to raise some money.  They are offering a 3 day Dine & Share!  This runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  They open at 11am and close at midnight.  This is good for carryout or delivery.  All you need to do is mention Algonquin Middle School PTO to receive the credit.  You can get 2 large 2 topping pizzas for $19.99, just mention the deal when ordering.  The location participating is Algonquin.  They are giving 15% back!  They’re at 1006 E. Algonquin Road.

  • There is a PTO meeting this Thursday (the final one for the school year!) at 3:45pm.  

  • The science department still needs 10 people to order a FREE Resource Kit.  The kit contains light bulbs and a power strip.  Please order one under the drop downs of Algonquin Middle School and Julie Sowadski.  AGAIN, IT’S FREE!!  Go do it now!!!   Here’s the link: 

  • The 6th and 7th grade Honor Roll Breakfast is this Friday.  In the past we’ve served donuts and coffee or juice.  This year we are trying something different, a pancake breakfast. We are in need of volunteers to help with the breakfast.  Can you help?  6th and 7th grade breakfast is May 19th and 8th grade is May 24th.  No cooking will be needed just help serving and cleaning up.  If you can help please email



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  • Sign up for your FREE Resource Kit, save energy and help the science department earn $250.00!  There’s no charge or commitment to sign up and you’ll receive a power strip and 2 bulbs. So far 89 people have signed up.  If 100 people sign up by May 25th the school will get $250.00! By signing up you’ll also be entered to win a cash prize of either $1000 or $100.  Please go the website and learn more about getting your free kit and possibly winning some cash.  The website is  Please choose Algonquin Middle School, Julie Sowadski and 6th grade.

  • Welcome to all the parents that signed up at 5th grade Parent Night, May 3rd.  The winner of the locker organizer was the Mercado family. 

  • Thank you to everyone that donated for the Teacher Appreciation dessert day today.  Wednesday is the Breakfast Buffet.  There’s still time to bring something in or donate and the PTO will purchase on your behalf.


Teacher Appreciation Dessert Day is tomorrow!

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Monday the 8th, is the beginning of our Teacher Appreciation Week.   There will be treats/desserts provided for the entire staff!  If you planned on bringing something in please drop it off in the office, or send it to school with your child, by 9:00 AM.  Maybe you didn’t let the PTO know you wanted to bring something?  We will always accept donations and help.  Feel free to send in something for tomorrow or think about sending in something for Wednesday, that’s the early morning breakfast day.  The PTO sets up a buffet in the library before school for the staff.  We still need help if you are available.  Items still needed:  bagels and cream cheese, orange juice, and fresh fruit.  Please refer to the sheet below for more information.  Thank you!!!


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Teacher Appreciation Week has been moved to next week!!  We are asking if you planned on bringing something in for Dessert day or the breakfast on that you do so next week on Monday (desserts) by 9:00 am and Wednesday (breakfast) by 7:45am.  We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.   Again, the appreciation breakfast has been moved to May 10th and dessert day is May 8th.

  • Thank you to Book Fair volunteers, Jorie Howard, Jo Olson, Cathy Hahn, Cathy Dechert, and Paula Brooks.  We had a successful Buy One Get One Free Book Fair!
  • We are still accepting donations for next weeks breakfast and dessert day.  Some ideas:  fresh fruit, yogurt cups, orange juice, bagels and cream cheese or something homemade would be great.
  • 8th Grade Dinner/Dance permission slips are due Friday, May 5th. 




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  • Staff Appreciation Week is next week.  The PTO honors all of the staff at AMS by hosting a breakfast buffet and dessert day.  The Breakfast is May 3rd and  the Dessert Day is May 5th.  We are able to do this through parent donations and fundraising.  We’ve had some parents send in the donation form with their intentions or send an email stating they want to help but we need more.  If you can help but don’t know what to do here are some suggestions for what we still need:  breakfast casseroles, bagels and cream cheese, fresh fruit, yogurt, orange juice, muffins, breads, and breakfast on-the-go bars.  Hope that helps you with ideas.  Please complete the form below to let us know you want to help and say thank you to our staff at AMS.  The Dessert Day is May 5th.  Consider baking or picking up a sweet treat for the staff lunchroom.  

  • There is a PTO Meeting on Thursday the 27th at 3:45.  We will be nominating and voting on the officers for next school year.

  • HELP WANTED: We are still looking for a parent to take on the PTO President role.  This is a one school year term and you could do this with a buddy and share the role.  We have individuals interested in Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Please contact any existing officer to discuss responsibilities or ask questions.  Jorie –, Cathy – and Jess –   




  • There is a dine & share at Algonquin Sub Shop today from 11am until 8pm.  You need the flyer so the PTO gets back 20% of your purchase.

  • Tomorrow is the drawing for the Great America tickets for two 8th graders.  Drop a role card with your name on it in the raffle box in the office.

  • We still need volunteers for the book fair next week.  Email if you can help.   Help is need from 8:30 – 3:30 on April 25th and 26th.



PTO Weekly News

  • Buy One Get One Free Book Fair – The Spring Book Fair is coming up on April 25th and 26th!  All students will be allowed to choose one free book for $10 or less.  If purchasing books it’s a buy one get one free fair.  This is a great time to stock up for summer reading!  We are looking for volunteers to help out at the fair.  If you can give two hours (or more!) we would love to have you.  Please use the link: to sign up.  You will need to login with your scholastic account information, or if you don’t want to set one up you can login through your Facebook account.  Volunteering at the book fair is always at lot of fun!!

  • Dine & Share – We’ve got a great Dine & Share planned for this coming Thursday.  We are happy to announce the Algonquin Sub Shop is generously helping out by giving back 20% of your purchase from 11am to 8pm on Thursday, April 20th.  Delivery is offered from 11am to 3pm!  The flier is needed for the 20% back to AMS.   You can print it from the link under the flier below.

  • Staff Appreciation – The Staff Appreciation breakfast and dessert days are May 3rd and May 5th.  We are looking for food donations and also volunteers to help out setting up, keeping the tables filled, and cleaning up.  There is a information sheet below that explains more.  Please consider helping out however you can.  The AMS staff is awesome and this is just a small way to show how much we appreciate them!

  • 8th Grade Dinner/Dance – 8th grade parents:  please send in the dinner/dance permission slip.  There isn’t a cost to attend but we do to give a final count to the restaurant.  If we don’t have a signed permission slip turned in the student cannot attend.  The dinner/dance is May 23rd from 6:30 to 9:30.  The event will be chaperoned by AMS staff and PTO volunteers.  Please see the dinner/dance sheet below.

  • Need Board members for next year!!! – We have a PTO meeting coming up on April 27th.  At this meeting we will be nominating and voting on the members that make up our executive board for the 2017-2018 school year.  At this time we have people interested in the Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer positions.  We do not have anyone at this time for President.  This position can be co-chaired with another individual.  Can you help out with this or know someone that can?  

  • Butter Braids – Thank you to everyone that ordered!



Butter Braid Pickup Tonight!!

Just a reminder, if you ordered Butter Braids, pickup time is from 5pm to 7pm tonight.

We will have few available for purchase but it is a very limited supply.  You will need to purchase with cash for $13.00 each.


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  • Great America Tickets DrawingAttention 8th Grade Students (and parents).  Are you planning on going to Great America with your class on May 25th?  Would you like to win a fully paid for (transportation, entry, and dining) ticket?  The PTO is donating two fully paid for tickets. Stop by the office and drop a role card in the entry box.  Make sure your name is legible on the role card.  You may enter as many role cards as you’d like but may only win one ticket.  The winners will be picked during lunch on April 21st.  Good Luck!
  • Butter BraidsButter Braid pickup will be Thursday, April 13th from 5pm to 7pm.  Please contact Cathy at 815-575-6238 if you cannot make it during this time to arrange an alternate pickup time.
  • 8th Grade Dinner/Dance8th Grade Parents:  The 8th grade dinner/dance is Tuesday, May 23rd from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at The Onion Pub in Lake Barrington.  Permission forms are due by May 5th. Please print the form using the link below.  (Below the form and also the dance information page)  Students MUST turn in the form prior to May 5th if they wish to attend. 






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The Butter Braid order date has been extended.  We will happily accept any late orders.  Of the 400+ students at AMS only 14 placed an order.  By extending the date we are hoping to collect a few more.  If you could order just one item it would make a difference.  The profits from the fundraiser will help us give EVERY student a free book at the Book Fair in April,  fund the deposit for the 7th grade field trip, allow every 8th grade student to attend the dance at no cost to them, and provide funds to the 6th grade for their specified use.  Every student benefits from this fundraiser.   Can you help out and order just one item?  Pickup will take place April 13th.




Meeting Reminder and Fundraising Forms Due

PTO Meeting – There is a PTO tomorrow (Thursday) at 3:45 in the office conference room.  Please try and attend as there are many things going where you may have valuable input.  Topics on the agenda:  dine & shares, 8th grade events, budget, staff appreciation week, and of course anything you’d like to discuss!  

Butter Braids – order forms are due Friday!!  Please send the order form and payment to school.     


PTO Weekly News

  • Butter Braids – We’re nearing the end of the Butter Braid sales.  Please send your order form along with payment to school with your son or daughter or drop it off in the office.  Pickup will be April 13th.  We’ll send a notice out closer to the pickup date.  Thank you for selling!
  • New Officers Needed for Next Year – It’s hard to believe but there are only a few months left in the school year.  This means we are beginning the process of recruiting new PTO leaders for the the 2017-2018 school year. There are four main positions (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) but all four may be shared with another person.  Contrary to what you may think the positions do not require a huge time commitment.  The group this year of Jo Olson, Jorie Howard, Cathy Dechert and Jess Pegueros all worked very well together and shared duties which made the roles less daunting.  If you are remotely interested in a position please send an email to us at and someone will respond promptly.  If you know of an incoming 6th grade parent that you feel may be interested  please let them know.  
  • PTO Meeting – The March PTO meeting is this coming Thursday, the 23rd, at 3:45pm.  Please consider attending if you are thinking about taking on an active role next year.  The best way to learn is to work with the outgoing member.  
  • Dine & Share – Thank you to everyone that made it to the Riverbottom Ice Cream Company for the dine & share.
  • Book Fairthe Buy One Get One Free Book Fair is next month.  If you can spare 2 or 3 hours of time we’d love to have you as volunteer.  You don’t need any prior book fair knowledge just the desire to help the students.
  • Please check the PTO website events calendar for all the year end activities.  You don’t want to miss anything!!


Dine & Share Reminder

Just a quick reminder…there is a dine and share at Riverbottom Ice Cream Company tonight (Thursday).  From 5pm until 8pm the PTO will recieve 20% of your purchase total.  Just bring the flier and place your order.  This is a local business so get out and support the PTO and your community.

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