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West Weekly 2/12/2020
West Weekly 2/12/2020
Unity West Elementary School
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Tomorrow we will be dismissing at 11:20.  If there is a change to your students typical after school routine, please contact the classroom teacher.  


Yearbook order information is being sent home today.  You can order a yearbook online at YBPay Lifetouch - Order a yearbook.  Enter Yearbook ID Code: 13565620.  Orders are due by March 13, 2020. 


Parent/Teacher Conferences: Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, February 13th.  Please click here to sign-up for a time to meet with your child’s teacher.


Pete the Cat visits the Scholastic Book Fair:  The Spring Scholastic Book fair is this week!  The kids were excited to see Pete the Cat at school this morning!  Pete the Cat will make a SPECIAL appearance at the Book Fair on Saturday morning from 10:30am to 11:30am.  All ages are welcome!  Please see this flyer for more information about the book fair! 

Monicals Fundraiser:  Plan to join us on Thursday, February 13th at Monical's Pizza in Tolono and help support Unity West PTO. Monicals will donate 20% of your bill to Unity West PTO if you bring this flyer in.  Good for dine-in, carry out and delivery.

Box Tops Contest: Our Box Tops Contest is on! This is a classroom challenge that ends February 24th. Any classroom that brings in any combination of 50 Box Tops or Coke rewards will earn a hat day at school.

PTO Trivia Night & Silent Auction:   On March 6, join us for a night of trivia and games to raise money for our school! Doors open at 6 p.m. to pick your table. View and bid on the silent auction items.

Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Everyone at your table works as a team to come up with the answers. Bring your own food! Anything goes! Drinks will be for sale: beer, wine and soda. Outside alcohol is prohibited for legal reasons.  50/50 raffle and games in between rounds. Bring your $1 bills!  $100 per table, maximum of 8 players per table. The night will wrap up around 10 p.m. 

All tables have been reserved, but a waitlist has been started.  Call/text to reserve tables: 217-841-5109 or email or on Facebook: Unity Trivia Night

Volunteers are needed to make trivia night a success.  If you are interested in helping, please sign up here Trivia Night Volunteer Signup

The Unity West Rockets T-shirt Design Contest Is Back!  Each year, the PTO purchases t-shirts for all students and staff to wear for their field trip as well as Fun Day.  These shirts are also given to the registered runners in the annual 5K. 

If your child is interested in entering a design for the t-shirt, they can get an entry form from Ms. Hanners.  Some important things to remember:

·       The words Unity West and 2020 must be incorporated somewhere in the design.  

·       Students should use pencil/pen for their entry. The darker the student writes, the better

·       All designs must fit on the entry form.  

·       Encourage your child to not use any licensed characters/names those entries will not be eligible.  

·       All design forms must be submitted by Monday, March 9.  Late entries cannot be accepted.


T-shirt Sponsorships Needed: To provide these t-shirts to the students/staff, we rely on sponsorships.

If you would like to make a sponsorship of $250, your business logo would appear on each shirt.  A sponsorship of $100 would put your business and/or family name on the shirt.  All other donations are also appreciated – big or small they help make this endeavor successful. If you’d like to provide support, please contact Anna McCormick at or mail your check payable to Unity West PTO to the school.  Thank you!   

Casey’s Rewards:  We’re excited to share that our school is participating in Cash for Classrooms, part of Casey’s Rewards. This opens up Unity West to new funding opportunities to help improve learning environments for students. The best part? Donations don’t come out of your own pocket. When you buy from Casey’s and use their rewards program you can simply turn your points into a donation to our school. Help Unity West make the most of this program and learn more at

Coke Rewards: Did you know that the Coke you drink can translate into dollars for Unity West?  Simply go to and follow the instructions on the screen to enter the codes from your favorite Coke items.  The school can receive between $0.05 and $0.38 per code, depending on the item. 

3rd and 4th Grade Jr. Lady Rockets Basketball: Please click here to register for 3rd and 4th grade Girl’s Basketball.


Cub Scout Pack 55 Pinewood Derby: Click here to see how you can be involved with the Cub Scout Pack 55 Pinewood Derby!  The registration deadline is February 14th.


Free Dental Clinic-There will be a free dental clinic at Parkland College on February 15th.  Please click here for more information.


Unity Apparel -  Unity Apparel is now available online.  There are tons of options to choose from and logos to choose from as well! Visit this site to check out all the available options! All proceeds benefit the Unity West PTO!

For more information on PTO, please check us out on Facebook or on our website.  For questions or concerns, please contact us at


Upcoming Events


13 - Valentine Parties/11:20 Dismissal

13 - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00-9:30

13-  Monical’s PTO Fundraiser

14 - No School (P/T Conferences) 

17 - No School Presidents Day

25 - Kindergarten Concert 7pm


 6 - Trivia Night

10 - PTO Meeting 6:30 Unity West Library

11 - Spring Picture

13 - Yearbook Orders due. 

13 - Report Cards sent home with students

16-20 - No School Spring Break

March 30-April 3 - 3rd-5th Grade  Illinois Assessment of Readiness State Testing