Granger Middle School

Indian Prairie School District 204


Granger PTSA

Executive Committee 2016-17


 Name  Phone#     Email


Jenn Lester 


 1st Vice President

Mindy Finch


 2nd Vice President

Hilda Rivera



Jeanne Sheehan



MaryAnn Dichoso




2016-17 Meeting Dates

All parents, teachers and students who are members of the PTSA are encouraged to attend meetings. If you haven’t joined yet it’s not too late. Pick up a membership form at Granger and turn it into the office attention PTSA Membership. 

Meeting dates are as follows:

August 26 9:30AM
September 19 7:00PM  Google Training
October 21 9:30AM
November 18   9:30AM  5 Essentials
December No General Meeting
January No General Meeting
February 17 9:30AM
March 13 7:00PM
April 21 * 9:30AM
May 199:30AM


*This will be our meeting for election of the Executive Board for the following school year.



Granger PTSA Committee Descriptions


Membership and communications

Membership: Coordinate/staff a membership table as needed throughout school year, prepare and distribute membership cards, provide membership list to Secretary, work with Treasurer on membership fee payments to IL PTA.

Directory: Format provided data and advertisements for the school directory for fall distribution, generally in November.

Newsletter: Collect articles from committee chairs, PTSA VPs, PTSA President and Granger staff; edit and format; work with school principal’s administrative assistant to prepare and mail summer newsletter to all Granger families in July.

Social Media: Post provided content to Granger PTSA Facebook page, tweet provided messages on Twitter.

School Sign (outdoor):  Maintain the messages as directed on the outdoor marquee sign in front of the school.

IPSN PTA Liaison: Attend bi-monthly Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA meetings and report at PTSA meetings.

IPPA PTA Liaison: Attend monthly Indian Prairie Project Arrow PTA meetings and report at PTSA meetings.  

Parent Diversity Team: Attend meetings/events to share ideas on making Granger more welcoming to families of different ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, family type, etc.


Back to School Staff Luncheon:  Plan and coordinate a lunch for Granger staff one day during the week before school starts.

Fall/Spring Teachers Luncheon: Plan a luncheon or dinner for Granger staff during one or both Parent-Teacher Conferences.

8th Grade Picnic: Coordinate the end of the year picnic, including planning food, beverages, and activities.

Frosty’s Friends: Coordinate collection and distribution of donations for charity during the holidays (November/December).

Secretaries Day: Coordinate and plan activities for the secretaries at Granger (usually a meal and/or a gift).

Staff Appreciation Week: Plan and coordinate activities for staff during Appreciation Week in April or May.

Getaway Chaperones: Coordinate and/or volunteer to chaperone Granger students at Granger Getaway Dances (1-2 per year).

Health & Wellness Committee: Plan health and wellness events and programs for Granger students/staff/families, such as a blood drive, health fair, exercise opportunities, or the like.


Granger Greeters: Chairperson: Coordinate volunteers and send out schedules to appropriate people. Volunteers: Yearlong commitment as a volunteer working 2 ½ hour shifts at the Greeter Desk (1-4 times a month).  Short training provided.

Display Cases:  Design and decorate Granger bulletin boards and display cases as directed by school staff and PTSA.

Food Preparation & Bakers List: Donate prepared or store bought food for various school events.

One Day Volunteers: Called upon as needed for special events such as Picture Day, Vision Screening, Concessions, etc. 

Welcome Committee: Welcome new Granger families during the year.  Coordinate refreshments at meetings/events as needed.

Beautification: Purchase and plant seasonal flowers in two planters in front of school and coordinate Granger Memorial garden maintenance.

Ways and Means

Market Day: Promote the program, process few paper order forms, coordinate monthly deliveries at Granger, collect payments at pickup if necessary, communicate with those who order as needed. 

Apparel: Sell Granger apparel at various functions throughout the year, work with apparel vendor(s) on product design/distribution

General Mills Box Tops: Hold collection days during the school year to collect General Mills Box Top coupons.  Prepare and ship Box Tops for redemption in Oct and Feb.  Coordinate additional volunteers as needed for collections and trimming.

Manna: Coordinate Manna gift card program.  Collect, process, and deliver orders.  Coordinate with Frosty’s Friends program.

Concessions: Chairperson: Order and restock food for concession stand, work with coaches and coordinate parent volunteer schedule, manage cash boxes, and sell concessions. Volunteers: Parents of all Granger team athletes are expected to sell concessions at home sporting events.  Also need additional volunteers on other dates throughout year to help.

School Supply Kits: Coordinate selling school supply kits during School Registration Days (in May) including getting quotes from and working with vendor(s), providing information to parents, and answering questions.

Restaurant Nights/Business Partnerships:  Coordinate fundraiser days/nights at local restaurants and foster relationships with local business partners.

Educational enrichment

8th Grade Career Day: Work with the Guidance Office to host this event. Line up and schedule speakers, plan a small buffet of breakfast items for guests, and be a greeter at the event.

Reflections: Coordinate Granger student participation in the National PTA Fine Arts program held in the fall.

Red Ribbon Week: Work with staff to plan activities for the week (Fall).

Granger Student Representative:  For 7th & 8th grade students - apply to be selected as a student representative of the PTSA.  Attend meetings and share ideas from a student perspective.  Help plan and assist at selected PTSA events.  

Important Market Day Update!


Dear Market Day Customer:

We wanted to let you know that World's Finest® Chocolate, a family-owned business offering high quality fundraising products and programs, has agreed to acquire the Market Day brand. As a result, Market Day's monthly grocery and event fundraising programs will be retired. We anticipate the last Market Day deliveries will occur on June 27.

A selection of Market Day products will continue to be sold at Gordon Food Service Store locations while supplies last, and orders can be placed on between now and Thursday, June 25 at 11p.m. Central time for pick-up at stores. Store and pick-up information can be found on In the months of July and August, your school will receive 10% profit on all Market Day products purchased in Gordon Food Service Store locations.

World's Finest® Chocolate is committed to your organization's success, and will be in touch with your school to discuss their fundraising needs. If you have any questions regarding a Market Day order or products, please call our Customer Services team at 877-MD-APPLE. We will be available to provide assistance until July 2. After that time, please contact World's Finest® Chocolate at 888-821-8452 if you have further questions.

Thank you for your support of Market Day and your organization's fundraising efforts. With your participation, Market Day has been able to fund many important educational resources throughout its nearly 40 year history. We are pleased to introduce a new partner to your school who will help continue our tradition of serving schools and communities.

Grizzly gazette 2015-2016


PTSA Reflections Art Program 2016-17


Explore your creativity and show your artistic talents by participating in the PTA sponsored Reflections Art Program! Granger students can submit one or more entries in any or all of the following categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Dance Choreography, Musical Composition, or Film/Video Production. Entries will be judged at the school level and some may advance to IPPC Council, then District level, State level, and National level.

This year's Reflections theme is:    

"What is Your Story?"

Think about the theme and what it means to you, and then create an original piece of artwork in one of the six categories. The links below will direct you to instructions for creating and submitting your project.  
Each entry must be the original work of one student only. All entries must include a completed Student Entry Form and comply with the General Participation Rules. Please also pay careful attention to the Official Rules for the category in which you are participating. The Granger PTSA is not allowed to advance any entries that do not fully comply with the National PTA Reflections Rules.


All entries must be submitted to the Granger office marked "PTSA Reflections" no later than Monday October 17, 2016.  The General Entry Form must be completely filled out and turned in with each entry.

For assistance contact Kathy Prince:

·        Student Entry Form
·        General Participation Rules
·        Dance/Choreography Rules
·        Literature Rules
·        Photography Rules
·        Special Artist Rules
·        Visual Artist Rules


Visit the district's Special Needs PTA (IPSN) website:



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