October 19, 2020


Spirit Days -

Tuesday-Team Day; Teaming up for Kindness, Acceptance, and Inclusion: Wear your Sports/Favorite Team Apparel

Wednesday- Orange Day; Uniting for Kindness, Acceptance, and Inclusion: Wear Orange

Thursday- Rocket Day; Teaming up for a United Rocket Nation: Wear Unity Rocket Gear

Thursday is an 11:15 dismissal and No School on Friday.

Conference Sign-Up by Tuesday October 20. - Click here to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences before 3:00pm on October 20. Conferences will be held virtually this year, either online or by phone. Conferences will be held on October 22 between 3:00-9:30.

Report Cards - 1st Quarter report cards will be sent home on Thursday, October 22. Due to our shortened school day, Unit 7 elementaries are focusing our instruction on the Illinois priority standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Other subjects are not being graded at this time and report cards will reflect only ELA and math grades.

Surveys for 2nd semester learning options- All in person learning students should have received a paper survey regarding instruction for 2nd semester. Please return this survey by Tuesday, October 20th. Students enrolled in remote learning should have received the survey via email, please complete and submit this survey by Tuesday, October 20th.

Tolono Monicals Fundraiser (10/22)T - Leave the cooking to the Tolono Monicals on October 22! Support Unity West PTO and have some great food! Tolono Monicals will donate 20% of your bill back to Unity West PTO when you present this flyer. Good for dine in or carry out.

New this week

Fundraiser- Thanks! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's PTO fundraiser, either by making a donation or purchasing items from Club's Choice. We will share the results once we have them!

Finally, the pickup date for the items/prizes will be Thursday, November 19th. We will have contactless pickup from 3PM to 5:30PM. We will send more details on this as the day draws closer.

Broadband Internet Survey- The Champaign County Farm Bureau is conducting a survey to determine areas of our county that do not have sufficient or affordable broadband internet service. If you would like to complete the survey, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChampaignBroadband

Scholastic Book Fair (10/16-10/29) The Scholastic Book Fair begins this week on Friday October 16th and is open until Friday October 30th. Due to Covid-19 this is a virtual fair. Follow this link to start shopping this Friday!

If parents would like to purchase books to donate to their child’s classroom follow this link for the wishlists. If you do purchase a book please put your name beside the book and strike through the title.

October Box Tops/Coke Rewards Contest Any classroom that brings in any combination of 50 Box Tops or Coke Rewards will earn a pajama day sometime during the first week of November. Your child can participate by:

  1. Emailing a copy of your Box Tops electronic earnings to westpto@unity.k12.il.us.
  2. Putting Coke Rewards codes and Box Tops cut outs (old system that is being phased out) in a plastic bag with your child’s name and teacher’s name on it. You can hand those in to their teacher.

This challenge will end on October 29th. Please make sure to send in all Box Tops that have an expiration date of November 1st, 2020!


Unity West Remote Learning Conversation

Parents of Unity children who are utilizing the remote learning option (Educere/Founders Education) for their children this semester are invited to participate in a conversation with other parents utilizing this same option. The conversation will be focused around tools, strategies, and approaches we have used to assist our children in this education model and to potentially use this an opportunity to brainstorm construction collective feedback to send to Unit 7 administration regarding Educere/Founders Education and the remote learning experience in general. We want this to be a productive conversation about how to make the most of the experience and learning and so our focus will be solution oriented during the conversation

We will meet online via Zoom on Thursday,October 22nd at 6:00pm. Upon registering you will be automatically sent the invitation. Please feel free to share this invitation with other interested parents. Questions can be directed to Meg Edwards (megbedwards@yahoo.com) or to Dana Tempel (tempel5998@gmail.com).

Unity Apparel - Looking for Unity apparel? We've got you covered! Head over to www.gameday spirit.com! Put Unity in the search bar and you can see all the options we have! If you have any questions or ideas for apparel, you can connect with Stephanie Grussing (grussings@unity.k12.il.us)!

Please take a moment to check out these informational resources:

Getting to Know the Unity West PTO

2020-21 PTO Meeting Schedule

2020-21 PTO Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Ways to Help Without Volunteering

You can also visit the Unity West PTO Webpage for information on Accelerated Reader prizes, Box Tops Contests, and much more. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at:* E-mail: westpto@unity.k12.il.us * Facebook: Unity West PTO.