September Back to School Newsletter

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Friends of Mitchell Raised Over $30,000 Last Year – We Could Not Have Done It Without You! 

Thank You!


With your time, support and generosity FOM has given back to our Small School with Big Dreams in a variety of ways. These are just a few examples, for more information please visit our website and/or join us at an FOM Meeting. Our first meeting is Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Media Center.

2013-2014 school year:

• Movie Night Event

• 10 iPads & 12 Google Chromebooks

• Teacher/Specials (reams of paper & bookmarks)
• Soccer Uniforms

• Support Hubbard Street Dance Classes

• Garden Beautification

• Winter Wonderland gifts

• Creative Dramatics Classes (grades K-3rd)

• Support Girls on the Run

• Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

• Books for 2nd Grade

• Automation System for School Library

• Support 8th Grade Washington DC Trip

• Support 3rd Grade Chicago Tour Bus Trip


2014-2015 School year (the giving continues):

• 30 Google Chromebooks

• Help Support 3rd Grade Chicago Tour Bus Trip

• Help Support 4th Grade Springfield Trip

• Sponsor 6th Grade Team-building Field Trip

• Help Support 8th Grade Washington DC Trip




2nd – First Day of School Welcome Tent in the garden, weather permitting

5th – Coffee Chat Tent

5th – Movie Night • 6-9 p.m.

11th – Open House

Visit our table in the main hallway to sign up for one of the many volunteer opportunities we offer. We will also have uniform samples and order forms ready, since we know how those kids grow during the summer! If you haven’t ordered any spiritwear yet, we’ll have those order forms available too!

– One-Day Scholastic Book Fair

Visit our special one-day-only book fair held on the lower level of the school. A portion of all the profits goes right back to Mitchell!

– Uniform Swap

Drop off your clean, gently used, outgrown uniforms and trade for other used clothes in sizes that might fit. We welcome spare clothes all year round, but we’ll be set up for “swapping” tonight.

18th – FOM Meeting • 6:00 p.m.

19th – FOM Board Applications Due

25th – Moms’ Night Out at High Dive • 7-9 p.m.

FoM is in need of volunteers for the 2014-2015 school year to help keep these activities, and many more, going. Please consider donating an hour or two of your time during these events or throughout the school year to help FoM be an effective organization.



“Eat What You Grow” program: The edible raised beds transformed throughout the season into a bountiful selection of harvested cucumbers, tomatillos, and wide range of herbs and greens.

We would like to sincerely thank all the families who adopted our schoolyard teaching garden on a weekly basis throughout the summer break. The group effort of watering, weeding, and harvesting any of the producing plants maintained this living space on Mitchell school grounds during the quiet months.

Please consider becoming involved with the school’s Green/Garden Team this upcoming school year.


Look for the signs for friends reminders of which bins are for recyclables only.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Green Committee please contact:  Carla Jedlicka at [email protected]

A Few Opportunities to Help Our School Earn Funding from the Comfort of Your Home – It’s Fast and Easy!

Please take five minutes and join the Take Charge of Education Program and choose Mitchell Elementary School.  Please encourage your family and friends with Red Target Cards to join the program and select our school.

If you are Target Visa RedCard Holder, please call the 1-800 number on the back of your card, choose the option “Take Charge of Education” and select Mitchell Elementary School.
Or visit:

Use your Target Visa at any Target location and Target will donate 1% of your total purchase to our school. If you use your card outside of Target, Target will donate .5% of your total purchase to our school.

Information about the Target program and other fundraising opportunities can be found on our website:


Do you shop on Amazon? Here is a great opportunity to help Friends of Mitchell!   Use Amazon Smile. It’s just like shopping at, except Amazon Smile donates .5% of every order to Friends of Mitchell – if you select us as your charity of choice.

Click here to get started:

Remember that once you select FoM all you need to do is head to and the rest is automatic.

What is Friends of Mitchell?

Friends of Mitchell (FOM) is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization formed of Mitchell School parents, teachers, and members of the community for purposes of supporting Mitchell and raising funds to support school programs, events, and other identified school needs. Funds are raised through both large and small-scale events, as well as through foundation and government grant solicitations.


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