February 23, 2021


Thursday is an 11:20 dismissal. Please do not arrive before 11:20 if you plan to pick up your child. If there is a change to your students typical after school routine, please email the teacher or call the office.

No School on Friday February 26

Parent Teacher Conferences - You can still sign up for a parent teacher conference, which will take place on Thursday from 3:00-9:30. All conferences will be held virtually. Please click here to sign up.

New This Week….

PTO Monical’s Fundraiser on Thursday 2/25: Leave the cooking to the Tolono Monicals on February 25! 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.

Teacher Appreciation Dinner Donations Needed: We are working with Monicals to provide individual pizza pleasers for teachers during parent/teacher conferences this Thursday (2/25). We are still in need of monetary, drink, and dessert donations! If you are interested and able to contribute, please use the sign up using this link to donate drinks, desserts or money toward the total cost of Monicals.

Please note that drinks and desserts should be packaged in individual serving sizes. Monetary contributions should be sent through PAYPAL (uwrocketwalk@gmail.com) or labeled PTO P/T Dinner Donation and sent with your student to the office.

Once you sign up, please deliver all items by noon on Thursday, February 25th. Thank you so much for your help!

Smile Healthy Dental Clinic: 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 athttp://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 goal is to have 100% of our students take their heart healthy challenge online to move more, be kind, or choose water! When your child takes their challenge, they will become a Heart Hero!

This year, the mobile app unlocks even more fun and the Heart Hero characters and powerband come to life. As soon as your child raises $10, they will also receive Sam and Dash, two of our Heart Heroes!

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

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.

Box Tops and Coke Rewards Challenge

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!

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!

T-Shirt Sponsors: The PTO is organizing the annual t-shirt design contest again this year at Unity West.

Due to Covid there will not be class trips or the annual 5k event but the students do enjoy receiving and wearing their class shirts so we have decided to keep the tradition going! The Unity West PTO is looking for sponsors to help with the cost of the shirts. The sponsorship amounts are the same, $100 for your name or $250 for logo. Checks can be made to Unity West PTO and are needed by March 30th. The sponsorships ensure each child at Unity West gets a shirt at no cost to the child.

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.