Important Dates 2013-14

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CHES PTA Programs

Parent Power runs the CHES PTA!

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run or chair any of these great programs!




Time of Year



As CHES PTA’s single largest annual fundraiser, new volunteers are always welcome to join the committee to help plan this important community-building fundraising event. A fine variety of auctionable items and classroom projects will be available for purchase. Event tickets will also be available for sale, as well as scholarship tickets offered. Come and enjoy a swingin’ parents’ night out!



Helping to keep CHES beautiful, this program plants and waters the beds in the front of the school, both along the sidewalk and at the bottom of the steps.

Fall and Spring


Dribble your way down to the gym and join the CHES basketball team.  It is open to fourth and fifth grade students.


Birthday Books

Students get a free book on the first Friday of each month.  Books are distributed in the morning from 7:40-8:00 am downstairs near the steps past the library.

The first Friday of the Month

Book Fair

Scholastic book fairs are held in the fall and the spring.  Students visit the fair with their class where they browse or purchase items.  Parents, grandparents and care givers are welcome.  Five dollar vouchers are available, please contact Debbie Antal in the CHES office for details.

Fall and Spring

Box Tops

Collect Box Tops and send them to school in your child's backpack.  Box Tops are worth ten cents a piece and go towards funding PTA events and scholarships.

Collection all year long


This is a fun ticket-based CHES spring fundraiser.  There are tons of games, a bounce house, a cakewalk, dinner items and a bake sale.  Scholarship tickets are available, please contact Debbie Antal for details.

May or June

CHES Community Fun Run

Put on your running shoes, and join this new family fundraising event. Runners and spectators of all ages are encouraged to participate in the fun. Funds raised will support the CHES PTA.



In this CHES literary magazine, every student has a chance to showcase their artwork and writing.

Published at end of the year


The Community Garden is located near the playground.  Children have the opportunity to plant and harvest produce for a 'salad lunch' at the school.

Fall, Spring and Summer

Curriculum Breakfast

Thank you teachers!  This is a parent made breakfast for all the teachers following Curriculum Night.



The PTA puts out school directory for the use of students, parents and staff.  One free directory is distributed to each student.

Published in December


Students have a chance to sign up for after school enrichment classes from 2:10-3:00.  Class topics can include art, music, nature and more.

Fall and Spring

Great Escape

Watch your children climb, swing and jump their way through an obstacle course.  Supervised by CHES gym teacher, Joel, the fifth graders provide a theme and help decorate for the big night.  Students come to the gym at staggered times, depending on grade, between 5 and 7:00 and show their parents their awesome skills.  It is a donation at the door event and dinner is for sale in the cafeteria.


Holiday Baskets

During the month of December, holiday baskets are made up of food items and more are and distributed to families needing extra assistance.


Ice Skating Club

Students can tie up their skates and enjoy time after school with friends at Cass Park Rink.

October to April


Be in the know!  Sign up for the CHES list-serve and receive email school and community announcements and participate in discussions on school related topics. Also, looking for an individual to manage the content disseminated over the list-serve.


All year

Math Olympiad

Parent coaches help unlock the mysteries of math!  The program is open to all interested 4th and 5th graders.  The focus is on creative approaches to solving math problems and take part in national competitions held monthly from November through March during weekly after school meetings.

Nov- March

PTA Council

CHES PTA sends a representative to PTA council meetings. Council meetings discuss ongoing issues and are made up of representatives, ICSD PTA presidents and the region PTA director.  Many times the ICSD superintendent attends as well.

4-5 meetings a year

Picture Day

Say Cheese!  The PTA helps run picture day, so all runs smoothly.  They also help distribute photo orders, to be sent home in backpacks.


Ski Club

Catch the winter air in your hair, while skiing at Greek Peak.  Kindergarten through fifth grades are welcome to join ski club. Chaperones are required for grades K through 2nd.


Snack Pantry

The snack pantry takes donations all year.  (Fresh fruits and vegetables are especially welcome!) Snacks are distributed by teachers to students in need.

All year collections


Hola!  The Spanish program provides instruction free of charge to all grades (K-5) on Friday afternoons after school beginning in October. 

Oct. to May

Staff Luncheon

Delicious and gourmet! Parents provide a catered end of the year luncheon to teachers and staff for all their hard work.  Thank you CHES!

Early June


Although the acronym meaning is unknown, this important program gives teachers more time to plan and teach.  Teachers provide material and directions to a team of parents that meet Monday mornings at 8:00 am in the office to copy, sort, cut and paste.  Work is usually completed by 11:00 am.

Monday Mornings

8-11:00 am


Look back at your friends in twenty years and smile. You can pre-order your CHES yearbooks in January.  If you have great school pictures that you would like to share, please send them in to the yearbook chair.  Pictures are collected until March.

Distributed at end of year

4th Grade Concession Parent

This post is the jumping off point to fundraising for the fifth grade trip.  Money raised by the fourth grade during the basketball season and carnival, follows the students to their fifth year and is used toward their trip.

Basketball Season and Carnival

5th Grade Concession Parent

This post is the last chance to raise funds for the fifth grade field-trip.  Fifth graders sell dinner and goodies at the Great Escape to top of their earnings from the previous year.

January (Great Escape)

5th Grade Graduation Reception Coordinator

Typically headed up by a fourth grade parent, a reception of cake and juice is provided to the fifth graders following their graduation ceremony.

End of June (Wed. before last day)