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Battle of the Books 2019 Parent Letter


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Enders-Salk is excited to inform you that each student will be participating in Battle of the Books this year.  Please refer to the frequently asked question below to fill you in on the details.  If you still have any questions, feel free to contact Katie Montalbano at

 What Is “Battle of the Books?”

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read great books and have fun while competing with peers.

How Does A Student Participate?

Each student is placed on a team in their classroom.  The team then divides up the books on their list and each student is responsible for reading that book, and sharing their findings with the other team members. Students may count “books” they have read before. They should keep a summary so they can review this information before their “Battle.” Feel free to read as many books as you would like with your child, but each participant is only responsible for reading the books the team decides. Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade teachers read the books aloud to the students. 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th are expected to read them independently or with an adult.

Where Do The Students Get The Books?

The Enders-Salk PTA graciously has purchased a set of each battle book for each classroom.  Students can check them out through their teachers. You can also check them out at the Schaumburg Library!

 When Do The Students Read The Books?

START NOW! The school battles will not be held until April.  Therefore, students will have plenty of time to read the books during the school year.

What Is The “Battle?”

The students have the opportunity to be involved in 3 battles. During each battle, the student will be with their assigned team and answering questions together as a team using a game show device called Kahoot, which is internet based. The answers are always the title of the book, and extra points are earned for knowing the author. The winners of each battle will advance to the next battle.

When Are The Battles?

A schedule will go home in March with the exact dates of the battles. The battles will be in April and May.

Thank you,

Mrs. Montalbano

Mrs. Vassilos

Dine and Donate 1/30/19

Our next dine & donate will be on Wednesday, January 30th at Culver’s from 12:00-9:00 pm. It’s a half day, so enjoy lunch or dinner at Culver’s. Please support your PTA!

Bingo for Books

Calling all Enders-Salk families! Please join us in the gym for the third annual Bingo for Books on Tuesday, January 15th from 6:30 – 8:00pm. It’s free to play and every child will go home with at least one book. Concessions will be available as well. Don’t miss out on this chance to spend
quality family time together and mingle with other Enders families. To sign up to volunteer, please contact Wany Park at We’ll see you there!


Congratulations to the following Enders-Salk PTA Reflections participants whose projects were displayed at the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs Reflections Showcase:
Delia B- film production
Kaylee M- visual arts
Lilly M- visual arts
Mariella M- visual arts
Dylan R- photography
Natalia R- photography

Last call for Spirit Wear orders!

If you are interested in purchasing Enders-Salk Spirit Wear:

Go online to
Click on School/Team Spirit Wear.
Click on our School Spirit Wear  (choose Enders-Salk Elementary)
Choose to be shipped to the school for free.
Make sure to fill out all the fields online or the order will not go through! Also, make sure to put student name and teacher so it can be delivered to your child.

** Please note we have 23 Leggings left, 9 Glitter left, 5 Splatter left-


Any Questions- please email Jill Frejd at

Treat Day 11/15/18

We will have a popsicle treat day at lunch on Thursday, November 15th. Enjoy a Dean’s fudge pop or an orange cream pop for only $1! Look for order forms coming home in backpacks.

Dine and Donate Night 11/13/18

Our next dine & donate is November 13th at Lou Malnati’s of Schaumburg. It’s for both dine in and carry out orders. So make sure to
have some delicious pizza and support your PTA!

Halloween Information

On Wednesday, October 31, we will be celebrating Halloween by having our Annual Costume Parade and Halloween Room Parties. All parade spectators will remain outside for the duration of the parade. Our parade will begin at 12:45 PM and follow this route:

  • The students will exit the back doors
  • We will take the path behind the parks and use the sidewalk on Salem
  • We will enter the building using the front doors
  • Students will go directly to their classrooms for their party

In choosing an appropriate costume for your child to wear at school, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No weapons or “look-alikes” of any kind (squirt guns, plastic swords, etc.)
  • Ensure that costumes are appropriate and inoffensive to all ages at our school
  • Keep make-up to a minimum (there is only a short time given to students to change into costume)
  • No one should wear make-up or costumes to school in the morning
  • Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering
  • Students will not be allowed to pass out food items to their classmates

All Halloween room parties will begin immediately following the parade and end by 2:15 PM.  If you are volunteering in a classroom, please check into the office at 12:30.   Only those people that are on the volunteer list in the main office will be allowed to help at the party.

Turkey Trot/Make a Difference Day

Saturday October 27th is national “MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY” Enders-Salk students will be participating in our 24th annual Turkey Trot and Food Drive in support of make a difference day.

This event will take place on Monday, November 5th.  Each student has been asked to bring a canned good, boxed item or paper product donation to school.  These essential items will be given to the WACO organization and District 54 food pantry.  They distribute baskets to needy families for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

The ambassadors will be placing a Turkey Trot box outside your classroom the week of October 22nd.

Pantry items can be brought in starting October 22nd – November 5th and placed in the turkey trot box in your classroom.   We are trying to break our last year’s record of 1874 items collected, with 67% of our students and staff participating in this donation.

In conjunction with the food drive, we will hold the Turkey Trot on Monday, November 5th.  In this event students are eligible for prizes based on who comes closest to their estimated run time in the ½ mile run.

Picture Retake Day 10/23/18

School Picture Retake Day is Tuesday October 23rd from 1 pm – 2:30 pm. All new students (since September 18th) or those who were absent on Picture Day should have their photos taken. Order forms will be sent home but you can also order online at using Retake Day ID: RN038027Q1.
If you were unhappy with your photo from Picture Day and want it retaken: Remember to bring your picture package to turn in at the camera so there will be no additional charge. If you have any questions, contact Lifetouch Customer Service at 630-910-6800.
Customer Service for online ordering is 800-736-4753.

Eileen Morris
PTA Picture Day Committee