Community Outreach

PTO program

Community Outreach plans activities to help students learn about and serve those less fortunate in our community, our country, and the world. Through service learning projects and programs, students learn that they can make a difference, around the corner and around the world. Each year, PTO co-chairs work with staff and community leaders to organize activities such as food drives, placemats for seniors, cards for sick children, sack lunches for Chicago’s homeless, and experiencing what life is like for a child in Africa.

Chairs: Julie Hartvigsen, Cheryl Evert, Cari Alexander, Jane Devron

New Family Mentoring

PTO program

The New Family Mentoring Committee reaches out to families joining the Crow Island community for the first time. Incoming families are matched with current Crow Island families, who help orient them to the school and answer any questions they may have throughout the year. Several events are held in August to welcome the new families, including a New Family Coffee, Play in the Park, and Kindergarten Popsicle Party.

Chairs: Allison Weise and Katie Murphy

 Mentors: Kelly Coughlin, Colleen Levitz, Beth Rusie, Emily Ciaglo and Cynthia Rapp

Birthday Lunches

During their birthday month, children in grades 1-4 will be invited to have lunch with peers from their grade and the principal, Dr. Pfeffer. This is a favorite activity for Dr. Pfeffer.

Contact: Lindy Schmidt

Staff Appreciation

PTO program

The Staff Appreciation committee conveys special expressions of gratitude (and treats!) to Crow Island’s wonderful faculty and staff. The committee provides lunch for staff members on conference days. It also offers refreshments to staff members as needed throughout the year (holidays and in-service days) and organizes special events during Staff Appreciation Week in the spring.

Chairs:  Laura Roney, Aimee Walters, Claire Storino, Wendy Shpiz and Megan Ratke


Environmental Awareness

PTO program

The Environmental Awareness Committee promotes environmental awareness at Crow Island and spearheads “green” initiatives at the school. The PTO chair attends township-wide environmental meetings and works with staff and room parents to incorporate best practices at Crow Island.



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The Landscaping Committee acts as a liaison with Crow Island’s contracted landscape company to organize routine maintenance. It also spearheads special and seasonal landscaping projects on school grounds, such as decorative containers, bulb planting, and our organic vegetable gardens.

Chairs: Susan Canmann, Maxie Clarke, Sarah Alt
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Crow Island Stewardship

school program

The Crow Island Stewardship initiative was formed by retired principal Beth Hebert and other community leaders to enhance community understanding of the purposes and legacy of our beloved school. Crow Island was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990, and the Stewardship group discusses ways to maintain Crow Island’s local, national, and international presence in the field of school architecture. In addition, the Stewardship group will the commemorate Crow Island’s 75th anniversary in October 2015 with a variety of activities and events to celebrate the milestone.

Contacts: Dr. Julie Pfeffer and Jennifer Baker

Pop Tabs Collection

school program

At Crow Island, pop tabs are collected to benefit the Chicago Ronald McDonald House (CRMH). The CRMH gets 50 cents per pound for the pop tabs because they are made of valuable raw aluminum. All types of pop tabs are acceptable, including the big ones on soup and fruit cans. Please put your pop tabs in the container on Mr. Miller’s desk. Peggy Bourke (Math Facilitator) uses the pop tabs for math activities during the school year; she delivers the year’s collection of pop tabs to the CRMH in June.

For more information about the program, visit Ronald McDonald House’s web site

Contact: Betsy Steele and Allison Greer, Math Facilitators


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