January 25, 2023

If You did not receive a call this morning about the E-Learning day, please contact the Unity West office.

5-Essentials Survey - The Illinois 5Essentials Survey Parent Survey will be conducted January 24, 2023 through March 31, 2023. To take the survey please visithttps://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.

Upcoming Events

Dental Exam Forms-Dental exam forms are due for all Kindergartners and Second graders. All forms are due by May 15th. If there are any questions - or you need a form please contact the school nurse.

The Spring Book Fair is right around the corner, February 19-25th and we are looking for volunteers. Please click the following link to sign up to help! Unity West Spring Book Fair

Junior High Track Coaching Opportunities-Unity Junior High School is looking to hire four track coaches for this spring. We have both head boys and girls positions open as well as two assistant positions. The season will begin early in March and finish mid to late May. Please share this information with any family and friends that may be interested. If interested, please contact: Scott Hamilton, Athletic Director. hamilton@unity.k12.il.us

Lunch Menu Change for Friday-Due to a shortage from our distributor, Friday's menu will change to: Chicken Drumstick, Salad, Mandarin Oranges. Sliced Bread. Milk.

READY. SET. GLOW! The PTO's spring fundraiser, Glow BINGO, will be taking place Saturday, March 25, 2023, and we could use your help. If your family or business is interested in sponsoring, donating, helping, or participating in this event, please complete the GLOW BINGO FORM by next Friday, January 27. Someone from the Glow BINGO planning committee will be in touch with you soon. As always, thank you for your support!

At the Unity West PTO GLO-BINGO event in March there will be a silent auction going on throughout the event. Each grade level is entering a basket to auction off to raise money for the school. This year the PTO has decided to ask for monetary donations that will be used to purchase items for the baskets. Below are the ideas we are planning to use for each grade level:

K-Squishmallow Surprise

1st-Date Night in C-U

2nd-Summer STEAM (ie How to Keep Kids Busy This Summer)

3rd-Margaritaville Night

4th-Stranded at the Drive-In

5th-Family Weekend Getaway

There are 2 ways to donate. The teachers will take cash donations if you would like to send in money with your child, OR you may PayPal to UWRocketwalk@gmail.com (please specify grade level baskets/silent auction).

Email either Sarah Eisenmenger sarahjuenger@gmail.com or Marissa Hill mmanuel81@aol.com with any questions! Thank you!

The PTO Teacher Appreciation Committee is organizing dinner for teachers on Parent Teacher Conference Night (Thursday, February 23rd). We would be appreciative of any food or monetary donations that you could provide to help us show thanks to our teachers and staff. If you would like to contribute food items, please click the link and sign up. Please bring your items to the office or send them with your child by Wednesday, February 22nd at 3 PM. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please paypal your donation to: UWRocketwalk@gmail.com Please be sure to include a note that your donation is for Parent Teacher Conference dinner. Thank you for your support! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4AAEA82AA4F49-parent

All Out Acapella!-Friday, February 10th @ 7pm.The Unity Music Boosters invite you to an evening of exceptional singing, raffle prizes, and fun 🎵💜! Join us for All Out Acapella, our annual fundraiser that raises funds for all Unit 7 music programs. You can purchase tickets online or at the door on the 10th. Buy your tickets early for the best seats! Follow "All Out Acappella" or "Unity Music Boosters" on Facebook or visit www.unitymusicboosters.org for more information. The exciting line up includes several talented collegiate groups from U of I and ISU, The Toast of Champaign, and Unity's Surreal Sound.

Tickets: https://unitymusicboosters.seatyourself.biz

Mark Your Calendars!

January 25 Restaurant Fundraiser at Route 45 Wayside

February 4 Glow Bingo Tickets On Sale

February 7 February PTO Meeting (note date change)

February 19-25 Scholastic Book Fair

February 23 Restaurant Fundraiser at Tolono Monical’s

March 7 March PTO Meeting (note date change)

March 25 Glow Bingo

Future Volunteer Needs–

Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers

Glow Bingo Planning Committee westpto@unity.k12.il.us

Teacher/Staff Dinner during parent/teacher conferences (sign up coming soon)

Glow Bingo Sponsors/Donors westpto@unity.k12.il.us

Fun Day T-Shirt Sponsors westpto@unity.k12.il.us

Community Opportunities

Parkland College's Dental Hygiene Clinic-will host "Give Kids a Smile Day" on Saturday, Feb. 11, a free dental clinic for youth ages 1–17 from 8 a.m. to noon in Room L148 on the Parkland campus. Treatment provided will consist of free dental exams and cleanings, fluoride treatments, and educational activities for children. No appointment is needed. "Give Kids a Smile Day" is sponsored by the Illini District Dental Society in partnership with the Parkland College's Dental Hygiene program and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Individuals interested in this special event may contact Dental Hygiene Program Director Peg Boyce at 217/351-2386 or pboyce@parkland.edu for more information or click here.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest-The Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Free Throw Shooting Contest on February 5th. Please click here for more information.

Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby-Pack 55 Cub Scouts would like to invite kids k-5th to join our Open Class Pinewood Derby Race. It's a chance to build your own car, race, and meet our scouts. Click here for all of the information.

Tolono Park District Summer Ball Registration-Summer Ball registration is open now through February 10th. We are starting earlier this year to give teams more time to practice before games begin. We have also hired an instructional coordinator to work with players on skill development and assist coaches with teaching players and creating effective practices. Please click here for more informa