March 2, 2021

Spring Pictures will be Wednesday March 10th. A flier should come home with your student this week. You can also order at mylifeouch.com using Picture Day ID: EVTHRR4WW.

New This Week….

Yearbooks: A flier should be coming home this week with your child to order a yearbook. You can also order a yearbook online at ybpay.lifetouch.com with Yearbook ID Code: 13565621. The deadline to order yearbooks is March 19th.

Fighting Illini Kid’s Nighttime Reading Club Information: In past years, Fighting Illini student-athletes have loved getting out to schools and reading to children in the classroom, but Covid has obviously changed these circumstances. Although it may keep us from being with you all in person, it does not take away our love for the Champaign-Urbana communities. We are so excited to share some reading opportunities with you!

Go to this website: https://sites.google.com/illinois.edu/fightingillinikidsreadingclub/home

There you will find some recordings of Illini student-athletes reading books for a variety of ages (videos will be added throughout the spring semester). In the top right corner, click on “events” to find information about upcoming monthly Zoom webinars where Illini student-athletes will read books live in the evenings and answer some questions. RSVP is required to receive Zoom log in information for the webinars. The first webinar is TONIGHT 7-8pm to celebrate Read Across America Day.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Unity West Student Council is partnering with the Sadorus All Star 4-H Club to collect items for the Crisis Nursery during the month of March so that items can be delivered in April in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Collection of items will run from March 1-April 1.  

Crisis Nursery's Wish List includes cleaning supplies, individually wrapped snacks, new clothing, diapers and pull ups.

PTO Meeting (3/9)

Mark your calendars! The next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be held virtually. If you have attended our meetings this year, you should be able to use the login link you used for past meetings. If you are in need of login information please email westpto@unity.k12.il.us. This is a great time to learn more about the PTO and see how you can get involved. We hope to see you there!

Smile Healthy Dental Clinic Next Week: The Smile Healthy Dental Clinic will take place at Unity West on March 11. This exam is open for all students and will work for state requirements for Kindergarten and 2nd grade. If you want your child to attend the dental clinic, please fill out these forms and return to Nurse Gateley by March 9.

Heart Challenge: Please join us in the fight against heart disease. Help your children go online at http://www2.heart.org/goto/unitywest or download the Kids Heart Challenge mobile app to make a pledge to be more heart healthy and earn a free wristband. Our KHC Event will run through Friday, March 12th. All donations are being collected online only this year. Click this link for our virtual envelope for more information.virtual envelope

Thank you for your life-saving help

Teacher Appreciation and Monicals Fundraiser Thank You! Our teacher appreciation dinner would not have been possible without the donations from our amazing parents. Thank you to those who supported this effort!

The Monicals Fundraiser was a HUGE success! Monicals of Tolono donated $550 to Unity West PTO. THANK YOU to all those who participated and to Tolono Monicals for their support!

And thank you to Mari Anne Brocker Curry and Annie Rymer White for organizing both events!

T-Shirt Sponsors: We would like to thank Rogards, C-U Under Construction, Arends Hogan Walker, Birkey's Farm Store, Busey Bank of Tolono, Monicals of Tolono, Engineering Resource Associates and U of I Golf Course for sponsoring this year’s T-Shirt Design Contest. This helps ensure each Unity West student and teacher receives a Unity T-shirt at no cost to them.

We are short of our goal this year by a few hundred dollars but there is still time left to sponsor. For your name printed on the shirt is $100 and for your logo printed it is $250. If you would like to sponsor contact Anna McCormick anna.mccormick.75@gmail.com Thank you for your consideration!

Box Tops and Coke Rewards Challenge ENDS THIS FRIDAY 3/5

For this month's challenge, any classroom that hands in any combination of 50 Box Tops and Coke Rewards will earn a hat day during the week of March 8th!

Families can submit their earnings in 2 ways:

1. They can email a copy of their electronic earnings to westpto@unity.k12.il.us.

2. They can put them in a plastic bag with their child's name and teacher's name on it and turn them in at school.

Did you know…

Unity West needs to replace 150 Chromebooks for the 2021-2022 school year.

The PTO has committed to donate $10,000 towards the purchase of 37 Chromebooks.

All proceeds from Box Tops and Coke Rewards are allocated to the technology fund.

We couldn't do this without all the love and support from the Unity West families!

Elks Free Children’s Orthopedic Clinic: Does your child complain of knee, shoulder, elbow or wrist pain? Does your child complain about back pain? Does your child seem clumsy or fall? The Elks will host a free Children’s Orthopedic Clinic by appointment only on Wednesday, March 10th. Please click here for more information

Notes from Nurse Gateley…

Reminder about Covid and keeping our schools healthy and open during the pandemic.

  1. Please keep your child home if they are sick.
  2. If your sick child has siblings, they must stay home until a negative Covid result or doctors note has been obtained.
  3. If your child has covid symptoms (fever, cough, congestion, sore throat, headache, and abdominal pain) they will need to be tested and a negative result obtained before coming to school.
  4. If your child is exposed to someone who is positive please call your school nurse for guidance.

Self Certification Cards - Please remember to initial your child’s yellow self certification cards every day. We have done a very good job coming to school prepared with the cards.

Casey’s Rewards: 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 caseys.com/schools.

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 PTO2020-21 PTO Meeting Schedule

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