Meet the PTA

Welcome from Mary Catherine Ritterbusch- PTA Co-President

Hello and welcome to the 2017-18 School Year. With a week and a half of school under our belt, we are off and running! The early bed time is gradually becoming more routine and many buses are now meeting and exceeding their pick up and drop off times!!

I'm Mary Catherine Ritterbusch, and my husband C.J. and I have a 5th Grade daughter, Marikate, and a son, Matthew who is a Sophomore at Palatine High School. We love WCE and all that Mr. Tieman and the staff have taught our kids. Our family became involved in the WCE PTA when our son was here, and I have been volunteering in various roles ever since. I have met so many wonderful families and staff at WCE, and I look forward to meeting and working with even more this school year.

I am happy to be able to help out the PTA this year to serve as Co-President along with Jenni Bennett and look forward to working with those of you who wish to lead the PTA in the future years. Please know that EVERYONE IS NEEDED and WANTED!!! If there is a particular event or project you would like to start or discuss the possibility of starting at WCE, please don't hesitate to contact Jenni or myself. Also, be sure to check out the electronic PTA Calendar in the left margin of this newsletter and click on an event to enable the option 'Copy to my Calendar'.

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Pool Party Update

We made a BIG SPLASH!

The Back to School Pool party was a HUGE hit with over 150 in attendance! The kids of WCE were very excited to see the great teacher turnout this year... A big thanks to Ms. Abdnor, Ms. O'Connor, Ms. McArtor, Ms. Delapa, Mrs Smith & Mrs Orseno for spending the evening with us! Once again, one of the highlights of the evening has become the Teacher High Dives!

PTA stands for Parent-Teacher-Association and the teacher involvement at our events reflects the great community that we have a Winston! Also, a huge thanks to Mrs Swierczek, Mrs Olson & Mrs Escudero for helping run the concessions table. I can't wait until next year to do it all over again!
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PTA Meeting Information

Are You "In the Know?"

We had our first PTA meeting to present the budget for this year and discuss upcoming events. In case you missed and want to know what happened, click HERE to read the meeting minutes. We hope to see you all at our next General Membership Meeting to vote on the budget on Thursday, September 14th at 6:30pm.

Click HERE for the 2017-18 PTA Meeting Schedule.


PTA 2017-18 Needs

Committee Chair Needs

As we look forward to next year, we are needing to fill the following PTA Chairperson roles. The only way they will be offered is if we have someone (or two someones sharing the load) to run them.
Bilingual Liaison: assist with translating and finding ways to encourage bilingual families to participate in PTA and our events
Everybody Counts: coordinate with teachers/volunteers to provide this program that opens eyes to different abilities and encourages empathy for those with them

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Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?

Monday, September 18th
6:45pm at Sundling Jr. High

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time-friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Contact: Stefanie Boucher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Box Tops

Keep Clipping those Box Tops!

There's another Box Top class competition coming! Look for a flyer to come home soon. In the meantime, you may begin turning in your clipped Box Tops. They may be turned in either in a ziplock baggie or an envelope. Be sure to label the baggie or envelope with your child's teacher's name in order to begin giving your child's class a chance to win the competition. Try to cut along the dotted lines of the box tops.

This is an easy way to earn money for our school by checking packages on things you already buy, so please send them in!!! Lots of information and FREE coupons for you can be found at

For a list of participating products go to:

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Please Join the Winston Campus Elementary PTA!

Our PTA provides vital support to our school, offering over 25 programs for our children and families. We are fortunate to have parent volunteers who can be seen frequently working with students and supporting our school.

Please join the Winston Campus Elementary PTA! With your donation, you will become a part of an organization that helps enhance your child's school experience. Our PTA provides such programs as classroom parties, Recreation Nights, an Orbit Roller Skating Party, the Back to School Pool Party, Birthday Books for each child, the school calendar, the Weekly Window and many other events. Plus, only PTA members will receive the school directory listing. Be sure to download and fill out the membership form, and get involved!

Now you can even sign up through PayPal! Just go to WCE PTA homepage and click on the PayPal Membership link. If you do sign up through PayPal, please e-mail me the following information: members' names and childrens' names along with their teachers' names. Thanks!

PTA Membership Form - English/Spanish

Melissa McLenaghan
Membership Chair
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