Elementary Strings Program

district program

The Elementary Strings Program is an optional music program offered by District 36. It provides violin, cello, or viola instruction during school hours to children in grades 1-4, with parent participation. The PTO chair serves as a liaison between instructors and parents; the chair also coordinates parent volunteers to attend weekly lunch bunch gatherings and plan holiday and spring pizza lunch parties.

Program Leader: Sheryl Nussbaum
PTO Chair: Stacy Burgoon

After-School Sports

school program

After-School Sports is an optional fee-based sports program offered to 3rd and 4th grade boys and girls. It meets once a week from 3:15-4:00 pm; parents are responsible for transportation home.

Coordinator: Bob Sweene, Kinetic Wellness instructor

4th Grade Chorus

school program

As part of the music program, 4th graders can choose to join the chorus. This group meets once a week during lunch recess to practice. The children have several performances during the year.

Director: Alex Novello, Music Teacher

Before & After School “On Deck!” Program

district program

See the district website for a description of this program. For reservations and schedule changes, call the C.I. Entrance Monitor (446.0353) during school hours. For emergencies only, during program hours, the staff can be reached at 847.767.2270.

Contact: Diana White


school program

The STEAM Expo, held in February, gives students in grades 2-4 an opportunity to perform investigations and experiments on a subject of their choice, outside of school time. They then share their projects with the rest of the school at the expo. First graders share their 100th Day projects at the expo. This year’s Expo will be held on February 23 & 24, 2017. More information will be shared as the event approaches.

Science Facilitator: Jean Bierner
PTO Chair: Colleen Knupp

Parent/Student Math Nights

PTO program

Third and fourth grade students and parents come to school for an evening of fun math games and activities. These events take place in the spring.

Chairs, 3rd and 4th Grade Parent/Student Math Night: Emily Reynolds, Catherine Lesterhuis, Buffy Maier

4th Grade Book Club

Third-party and PTO program

The 4th Grade Book Club is a fun and interactive way for your child to read interesting short stories and talk about them with friends and classmates. This fee-based program develops critical thinking skills for readers of all levels. Children meet once a week in winter during lunch, for a total of six weeks. The children eat lunch while the Great Books-trained parent volunteers read a story and present questions for discussion.

Chairs: Kristina Bornhoeft, Alison Randall, Calle Hutchen

Chess Wizards

third-party program

Chess Wizards introduces students to the world of chess. Classes are held once a week after school at Crow Island for students in grades 1-4. Follow this link for registration information for the current session: chess-wizards-fall-2016. For more information about the program, please visit the Chess Wizards website or contact the school office.