Forest Elementary School

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Parent Teacher Council

PTC Mission Statement
To equip our students with the skills necessary for their success as responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners by providing the best possible educational climate, curriculum, resources, and staff.

PTC Sponsored Activities and Events

  • Book fair: This event is held twice a year and offers families a selection of Scholastic books and assorted accessories at a reasonable price. You can order online at
  • Box Tops: “Box Tops for Education” are collected throughout the year. You can find Box Tops on brands such as Cherrios®, Betty Crocker®, Pillsbury®, Ziploc®, Kleenex®, Hefty® and more! For more information go to
  • Campbell’s Labels: “Labels for Education” is a great way to get FREE merchandise for our school. You can find Campbell’s labels on Soups, Franco-American®, Spaghetti-O’s®, Prego® pasta sauces, Swanson® broths and canned poultry, Pepperidge Farm® items, V8 Splash® beverages and many more! For more information go to
  • Calendar/Directory: For your PTC membership fee, you will receive a calendar/directory that will list most school events, holidays/days off and meetings. Also, you will get a school directory that lists children and parents by classroom.
  • Caucus: The Des Plaines School Board Caucus selects candidates for the general election of Des Plaines District 62 School Board. Currently, we have 2 representatives from our school who attend meetings, interview candidates and vote for the final candidates’ endorsements.
  • Cookie Parent: Few times during the year, parents will be called upon to bring in baked or purhcased goods for special events.
  • Cultural Arts: The purpose and goalof Cultural Arts at Forest School is to strengthen andsupport student's classroom curriculum through artistic, educational, and entertaining programs. The Cultural Arts Committee provides 7 to 9 assemblies per academic year.
  • Field Day: The children play their favorite games and end it with a hot dog lunch.
  • Holiday Tree in Down Town Des Plaines: The city of Des Plaines sets up a tree for each area school for children to make personalized decorations. Decorating ornaments will take place after school. Decorating will take place November 28 after school.
  • Halloween Spooktacular: This annual event is held at Forest School. There is a haunted house, face painting, cake walk, DJ, games and more.
  • Holiday Store: In December, the PTC offers a variety of items at a reasonable price to purchase for that special someone.
  • Hospitality: Organized and dispersed funds to room parents. Shall arrange for refreshments for all PTO related functions.
  • Jump Rope for the Heart: The Hospitality Committee provides support for refreshments for this annual event held by Forest School Staff.
  • Market Day: Monthly order sheets are provided to parents to send into school or order over the internet at A minimum of 10% of the gross sales are given back to Forest School. Forest School receives a 5%credit if you purchase Market Day at Sara Lee® Outlet stores and through Pea Pod®. Just tell the clerk the school name.
  • Membership and Welcome: Your $10.00 family membership fee funds classroom holiday parties and entitles you to a Forest School student directory.
  • Movie Night: Parents and children are invited to watch a movie in the multi-purpose room while enjoying snacks purchased at our concession stand. Children can wear pajamas and bring sleeping bags and pillows.
  • Program Planning: Responsible for organizing activities, food and volunteers for these PTC Sponsored Events: Annual All-School Halloween party, Holiday Store. Organizes Forest School Night at the Wolves Game.
  • Publicity: A monthly newsletter is published for parents to communicate what is happening at Forest School.
  • Room Parents: Parents who help in the classroom during holiday parents. You may be called upon to celebrate your classroom’s teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • School Kits: At the end of the school year, parents have the opportunity to pre-order school supplies for the fall. This event is not a fundraiser but a convenience for the parents.
  • School Store: The School Store is open for kids to purchase school supplies at a reasonable price. The School Store is open 2 days a week during lunch hours and is staffed by fifth graders.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: This week is filled with food and appreciation for our teachers and staff at Forest.
  • Teacher Grants: Every year, the PTC votes on funds (based on availability) designated to help teachers and staff purchase items that would benefit the children.
  • Take Charge of Education®: The “Target Take Charge of Education®” program allows us to raise funds for our school. All you have to do is use your Target ® Visa® or Target® Card, and a percentage of the amount of each purchase you make goes back to our school in the form of a cash donation. Visit to designate our school.
  • Volunteer Coordinator: The Volunteer Coordinator facilitates collecting information from parents who are interested in volunteering in the school.
  • Ways and Means: Various fundraising events are planned throughout the year to support the school.
  • Yearbooks: PTC Members help coordinate gathering of photos to chronicle the school year and organize the yearbook for publication.
  • Volunteers: We need you to make all of the above possible. Come to our meetings or contact us to find out what else we do and how you can be involved!

For questions regarding the PTC please write to Karen Garcia, President

Forest Parent-Teacher Council

PTC Officers - 2013-2014
Karen Garcia (847) 971-1041
PTC President
Julie Fogarty
Kelly Klemundt, Eileen Kusner, Christine Trujillo, and Ann Berger Teacher Reps

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Forest Elementary School
1375 South 5th Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847-824-1732 Fax

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