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2000 - 2005 Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2000

  • In August, Elizabeth Joyce is hired as the Administrative Assistant. Libby’s many responsibilities include maintaining the data base, sending out mailings, working with the Treasurer on all financial matters and government forms, and generally assisting the Executive Director in all aspects of running the Alliance.

  • Once again, we offer the American Red Cross Babysitting Class for junior high students. One session is available in October, another in June.

  • In the fall and again in the spring, we sponsor a two-session parenting series taught by Dr. Katherine Nicklin and Dr. Sally Hoit of Psychoeducational Services. The fall classes, on the topics of discipline and emotional intelligence, draw about 70 participants. The spring classes, on the topics of siblings and values-based parenting, draw about 35 participants.

  • In November, we present a workshop at the NAEYC conference in Atlanta, "Is It Time for Your School or Organization to Host a Website? Basic Information for Educators."

  • Also in November is our first benefit, a toy sale at the Village Toy Shop. We make about $650 profit.

  • Our eleventh annual Networking Event in January features Dr. Bennett Reimer of Northwestern University. A music educator, Dr. Reimer’s topic is "Your Role As A Teacher: Enhancing Young Children’s ‘Smarts’." Over 120 Winnetka and Northfield professionals attend. We increase the fee from $10 to $15 and, for the first time, the entire meal is catered, with board members bringing appetizers and desserts and serving as hostesses and waitresses.

  • In February, over 6,500 children in 30 schools in and around Winnetka and Northfield participate in the seventh annual TV Tune Out. Our second TV Tune Out fundraiser, featuring Popeye and Sweapea, a trick dog act, makes about $3,500 profit.

  • In February, we invite kindergarten teachers in District 36 and preschool teachers from seven schools that send children to District 36 to meet together and discuss common issues. Over 30 teachers and directors attend.

  • In April, we hold two meetings for parents of incoming kindergarten students. Superintendent Becky van der Bogert discusses District 36’s philosophy and history and answers parents’ questions about kindergarten. Approximately 55 parents attend.

  • In April, the Alliance is featured in a favorable article in the Chicago Tribune.

  • Early Childhood, our quarterly newsletter, continues to be the cornerstone of the Alliance. Mary Herzberg and Beth Anaclerio streamline the process of soliciting newsletter sponsors. We currently have between 900 and 1,000 subscribers.

  • Our website continues to be improved and updated, thanks to our webmaster, Steve Adams. The latest feature is the "Idea Exchange." At various events during the year, such as the Winnetka Children’s Fair and Pumpkinfest, we invite children to draw pictures which we post on the website. We have gotten nearly 6,000 hits since we put up the website (www.winnetkaalliance.org) in March, 1999.

  • Our video library, housed at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, has over 80 tapes on child development, early childhood education, and parenting, which are available to borrow free of charge.

  • Current Committees: Campaign for the Second Decade/Development, Communications/Marketing, Executive, Networking, Program, Transition to Kindergarten, TV Tune Out Steering, TV Tune Out School Rep, Video Library.

  • New Member Organizations: All Things Bright and Beautiful and Winnetka Covenant Church Preschool. The Alliance currently has 30 member organizations.

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2001-2002

  • The school year had barely begun when the events of Sept. 11 occurred, making this year different from any other.  The Alliance responded by distributing an article by Rita Weinberg, Ph. D., entitled “Catastrophe: How Parents Can Deal with Their Children about the Events of Sept. 11.”  We also posted this article on our website and included other resources for parents.

  • To streamline distribution of Alliance materials to the board, we set up file boxes with a file for each board member.  Documents such as agendas, budgets, and program flyers are put in each file to be picked up at board meetings or, for those who miss a meeting, on the table outside of Blakely Bundy’s house.

  • We held five parenting classes this year—three in the fall and two more in the spring.  Enrollment in the fall classes suffered, probably due to the events of Sept. 11.  The classes included: 

o “Positive Discipline: Helping Children Build Inner Controls without Losing Control,” led by Nancy Bruski, M.A. (September; approximately 12 attended)

o “Easing the Teasing: Parents Can Help Their Child Cope,” led by Judy Freedman, LCSW (October; 10 attended)

o “Great Expectations: Fact or Fiction?” led by Evie Klein, Ph.D.  (November; approximately 27 attended).

o “Snips, Snails, Puppy Dog Tails? Raising Boys” led by Katherine Nicklin, Ph.D. and Sally Hoit, Ph.D.  (April; approximately 35 attended)

o “Sugar, Spice, Everything Nice? Raising Girls” also led by Katherine Nicklin, Ph.D. and Sally Hoit, Ph.D.  (April; approximately 35 attended)

  • Once again, we offered the American Red Cross Babysitting Class for junior high students.  Both the October and June sessions were quickly filled with the maximum of 12 students.  An article about the class ran in January in the Winnetka Talk, which generated many phone calls.
     
  • Our twelfth annual Networking Event in January featured Barbara Bowman, founder and retiring president of Erikson Institute.  Her topic was “Eager to Learn and Eager to Read.”  We had over 130 in attendance. 
     
  • Two other professional networking events were held during the year—a dinner for Winnetka preschool directors (to introduce three new directors to their colleagues) in August and the Networking Breakfast for Winnetka and Northfield principals and directors in September.
     
  • In February, over 6,500 children in 30 schools in and around Winnetka and Northfield participated in the eighth annual TV Tune Out. Despite a snowstorm and the closing of schools on the first day of the Tune Out, our fundraiser, a production of “Charlotte’s Web,” made about $3,500 profit. 
     
  • In April, we held two meetings for parents of incoming kindergarten students.  Superintendent Becky van der Bogert discussed District 36’s philosophy and history and answered parents’ questions about kindergarten.  Approximately 40 attended the evening meeting and 25 attended the morning session.  
     
  • Early Childhood, our quarterly newsletter, continues to be the cornerstone of the Alliance. We currently have approximately 1,000 subscribers. We moved most of our printing to Multi-Copy in Northfield, but will continue using Mumm’s in Evanston for the newsletter, as it is significantly less expensive.
     
  • Our website continues to be improved and updated, thanks to our webmaster, Steve Adams. New features include: a password-protected board section which contains current board lists, minutes and the board calendar; a newly reorganized past articles library which is sorted by topic; a family recipes page; and a books page with a link to The Book Stall (when books are ordered through it, we receive 10%).  We are also featuring one of our member organizations on our website.  We design a page for them and highlight it for several weeks.  Winnetka Community Nursery School was the first to be featured.  We have gotten over 8,800 hits since we put up the website (www.winnetkaalliance.org) in March, 1999. 
     
  • Our video library, housed at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, has over 80 tapes on child development, early childhood education, and parenting, which are available to borrow free of charge. We added seven new tapes this year, plus replaced the ever-popular “1-2-3 Magic.”  We instituted a new checkout system in the fall.
     
  • We developed and sent a comprehensive salary survey to 20 North Shore preschools, asking for information about salary scales, contracts, tuitions, etc.  Fifteen surveys were returned and the results were shared with those schools.
     
  • To help balance our budget, we held an unprecedented five fund raising events throughout the year, including:

o The Toy Sale in November ($700 profit)
o “Charlotte’s Web” in January as the Kick-Off to TV Tune Out ($3,500)
o The Yo-Yo Master” in March ($700)
o “Splash into Summer” Book Fair at The Book Stall in May ($650)
o Caribou Coffee benefit in June (TBD)

  • The Campaign for the Second Decade reached its three-year goal of raising an additional $50,000 for the endowment, under the leadership of Linda Ball.  We developed a Financial Guidelines document.
     
  • The Office Relocation Committee explored available office space, anticipating the day that the office will need to move out of Blakely Bundy’s third floor.
     
  • Current Committees: Campaign for the Second Decade, Communication,  Annual Fund Raising, Executive, Networking, Office Relocation, Program, Salary Survey, Transition to Kindergarten, TV Tune Out Steering, TV Tune Out School Rep, Video Library.
     
  • New Member Organizations: Christian Heritage Academy, Northfield Chamber of Commerce, The Village Club.  The Alliance currently has 33 member organizations.

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2002-2003

  • In addition to our Networking Breakfast for principals and directors, we held a coffee in early October for PTA chairs and preschool board presidents to meet one another and to learn more about the Alliance.
  • We held four successful parenting classes this year:

"Personality Type and Parenting: Embracing Your Own Parenting Style,” led by on Janet Penley on October 22. (31 attended)

“Understanding and Managing Your Child’s Difficult Behavior,” led by Barbara Monier on April 15. (23  attended)

“Raising Resilient Children: Setting the Groundwork,” led by Peggy Kubert on April 30. (28 attended)

We also co-sponsored a talk by Nancy Samalin, “Loving without Spoiling,” with North Shore Country Day School on Feb. 21. North Shore’s PTA underwrote the cost and there was no charge for attending.  (Approximately 50 people attended.)

  • Two other parenting classes had to be cancelled, due to lack of registration:

“Off to a Good Start: A Six Week Workshop for Mothers of Infants” was a collaboration between the Alliance, Winnetka-Northfield Family Service and the Winnetka Community House.  It was originally scheduled for September and then, for lack of interest, rescheduled for January.  Unfortunately, it had to be cancelled again.

“Family Traditions: Making Memories (without Making Yourself Crazy),” led by Dr. Linda Watson of Josselyn Center, scheduled for Nov. 19.

  • Once again, we offered the American Red Cross Babysitting Class for junior high students.  Both the October and June sessions were quickly filled with the maximum of 12 students
     
  • On January 16 the 13th annual Networking Event was held at the Winnetka Community House.  Over 130 people attended, and with board member contributions of food and money, our profit was over $600.  Our speaker was Dr. Sam Meisels, President of the Erikson Institute.  His topic was “Assessing Children while Trusting Teachers.”  He was enthusiastically received.
     
  • Several other professional networking events were held during the year, including:  the Networking Breakfast for Winnetka and Northfield principals and directors in September; a breakfast for Winnetka preschool directors and superintendent Becky van der Bogert in November; and a meeting between District 36 kindergarten teachers and directors of preschools who send children to the Winnetka Public Schools in the April.
     
  • Over 6,300 children in 30 schools in and around Winnetka and Northfield participated in the 9th annual TV Tune Out Week from Feb. 6-12.  Fifty-four organizations and business sponsored activities during the week. We held two special events this year—“By George and Everyone Else,” a puppet show, as the Kick-Off Event, and a very popular stunt bike show on Sunday afternoon, aimed at elementary school kids and their families. Both events were underwritten--the puppet show by the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore and the stunt bike show by the Winnetka Park District. Over 200 kids entered the TV Tune Out Poster Contest.  For the first time, we selected 10 drawings for honorable mention as well as the winning drawing which was featured on the poster. We presented all winners with ribbons at the Kick-Off event.  To save costs, we provided TV Tune Out cards the size of business cards instead of buttons for kids in grades 5-8.  The older kids received activity sheets instead of TV Tune Out booklets.  The total income from TV Tune Out, after all pledges are received, will be $10,725.  Total expenses are $6,075.90.  Total profit is $4,649.10.
     
  • We now have a weekly column in the School Digest section Winnetka Talk.  Topics have included everything from parenting classes to information about our newsletter and website.
     
  • In April, we held two meetings for parents of incoming kindergarten students.  Superintendent Becky van der Bogert discussed District 36’s philosophy and history and answered parents’ questions about kindergarten.  Approximately 25 attended both the morning and evening sessions.  
     
  • Early Childhood, our quarterly newsletter, continues to be the cornerstone of the Alliance. We currently have approximately 1,000 subscribers. We ask each school rep to sell a minimum of five newsletter subscriptions during the year.
     
  • Our website continues to be improved and updated, thanks to our webmaster, Steve Adams. We have gotten over 12,000 hits since we put up the website (www.winnetkaalliance.org) in March, 1999, averaging seven hits per day.  We added a page on summer programs in the area. Board members can log on to a password-protected section that contains updated board lists, minutes, and board calendar.
     
  • Our video library, housed at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, has over 90 tapes on child development, early childhood education, and parenting, which can be borrowed free of charge.
     
  • We added a new feature to our annual appeal letter. For a donation of $75 or more, donors can pay tribute to an early childhood educator.  That educator will receive written confirmation of that tribute from the Alliance, his/her school will be notified, we will post the names on our website and put them in our Winnetka Talk column, and we will have a group mention at the 2004 Networking Event.  We sent out over 1,600 annual appeal letters this year and about half had personal notes written by board members.
     
  • We held two fund raising events during the year, including: the Toy Sale in November ($750 profit) and “Summertime and the Reading is Easy” Book Fair at The Book Stall to be held on May 22.  We sent personalized post card invitations for the Book Fair for the first time.
     
  • The Fund Committee oversees our endowment of approximately $100,000.
     
  • The Office Relocation Committee explored available office space, anticipating the day that the office will need to move out of Blakely Bundy’s third floor.
     
  • Current Committees: By-Laws, Communication, Fund Raising/Development, Fund, Grandparents, Executive, Networking, Office Relocation, Program, Salary Survey, Transition to Kindergarten, TV Tune Out Steering, TV Tune Out School Rep, Video Library.
     
  • New Member Organizations: Northfield Park District and L’Academie des Enfants.  Another member organization, St. Philips the Apostle School, has recently closed its doors.  The Alliance currently has 34 member organizations.

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2003-2004

  • The Alliance convened a Task Force that met over the summer, focusing on four key areas—the newsletter, fundraising, program, and TV Tune Out.  Out of this effort came a more effective use of resources, the Partner Program, and a streamlined newsletter.

  • Our newsletter, Early Childhood, continues to be the cornerstone of the Alliance .  On the recommendation of the Task Force, we increased the size of each issue to 12 pages and we reduced the number of issues from four to three, eliminating the summer issue.  Instead of sending a complimentary copy to all staff members in our member organizations, we asked teachers and administrators to sign up for it at the beginning of the school year.  Thanks to a $1,500 grant from the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore, we distributed a free copy of the newsletter to every family in all of our member organizations through our school reps, as well as to pediatricians’ office, real estate offices, and other locales.  Over 5,000 copies of the Fall 2003 issue were distributed. As a result, we received over 100 new subscriptions.

  • Our President, Susan Schmitt, became our first “rep shep, ”facilitating communication between the Alliance and our member organizations through the school reps.  An orientation was held in September for all school reps.

  • We held three successful parenting classes/speakers this year:

o “ 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12” featuring Dr. Thomas W. Phelan.  The program was held on Tues., Oct. 14 in the Washburne Little Theatre.  Over 150 attended.

o “Helping Kids Relax: Yoga and Relaxation Techniques for Young Children” was held o Monday, Nov. 10.  It was led by Dr. Katherine Nicklin, Dr. Sally Hoit, and Helen Michnay, a registered yoga teacher.  The class included both discussion and demonstration of yoga techniques. Approximately 17 attended.

o “A Parent’s Guide to Bossing, Bullying, and Other ‘Bad’ Behavior” featured social worker Barbara Monier on Thursday, April 22.  Approximately 20 attended.

  • We offered the American Red Cross Babysitting Class for junior high students. We did not fill the October session and we also had a few no-shows for the first time. The second class will run in June.

  • On January 15 the 14th Annual Networking Event was held at the Winnetka Community House.  Over 140 people attended.  Educators receiving Teacher Tributes were featured in a Power Point presentation before the program. Our speaker was Dr. George Forman, nationally recognized expert on children’s learning from the University of Massachusetts .  His topic was “Observing Children: What? So What? Now What?”  He was enthusiastically received.

  • Several other professional networking events were held during the year, including:  the Networking Breakfast for Winnetka and Northfield principals and directors in September; visits by District 36 kindergarten teachers to the feeder preschools in December, and two meetings between District 36 kindergarten teachers and directors of preschools, one in January and a luncheon in April.

  • Over 6,300 children in 25 schools in and around Winnetka and Northfield participated in the 10th Annual TV Tune Out Week, held from Feb. 19-25.  The theme was “Turn Off the Screen.  Play and Dream,” emphasizing not only television but all screens.  Sixty-one organizations and businesses sponsored activities during the week, with almost one-third being new this year. We held two special events—“Green Eggs and Ham & Other Seuss Silliness” as the Kick-Off Event, with 515 attending, on Thursday, Feb. 19 and “The Jesse White Tumblers” as the Family Event on Sunday, Feb. 22, with 645 attending.  The Jessie White Tumblers event was underwritten by the Winnetka Park District. We included ads in the TV Tune Out Guide, for the first time, increasing the size of the booklet from 28 to 44 pages. This year, we selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the TV Tune Out poster contest.  All three drawings were featured in the TV Tune Out Guide.  We awarded ribbons to 10 Honorable Mentions, as well.  All prizes were awarded at the Kick Off Event. We generated our highest profit from TV Tune Out Week ever--$8,900, due to our Partners Program, more sponsors, and our successful fundraising events.

  • Our second bi-annual salary survey was conducted this year. Eighteen of 28 potential schools participated.  The results were compiled in a comprehensive report, which included information on salaries, benefits, tuitions, professional development, etc.  The report was made available to all participating schools.

  • We continue to publicize the Alliance through our weekly column in the School Digest section of the Winnetka Talk, with topics ranging from parenting classes to those receiving Teacher Tributes.

  • In April, we held two meetings for parents of incoming kindergarten students.  Superintendent Becky van der Bogert discussed District 36’s philosophy and history and answered parents’ questions about kindergarten.  Approximately 20 attended both the morning and evening sessions.

  • We held our first ever Preschool Forum on Wednesday, April 21 at the Winnetka Community House.  With a mission to provide services to parents of children 0-4, we invited 15 preschools to set up tables with brochures, posters, and other information about their schools.  Executive Director Blakely Bundy spoke about “What to Look for in a Preschool,” and President Susan Schmitt told the audience about the Alliance and its services.  About 30 parents attended.  Both the schools and the parents felt the event was a great success and fulfilled a need in the community.

  • Our website continues to be improved and updated, thanks to webmaster Steve Adams. Using a new hit counter, we find that we are averaging approximately 90 visits to our website per day. We now can accept payments for parenting classes and other events on the website, through Paypal.

  • Our video library, housed at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, has over 90 tapes on child development, early childhood education, and parenting, which can be borrowed free of charge.

  • In 2003, we piloted the Teacher Tribute program as part of our Annual Fund campaign.  For a donation of $75 or more, donors can pay tribute to an early childhood educator.  The educator receives written confirmation of that tribute from the Alliance , his/her school is notified, we post the names on our website, we put them in our Winnetka Talk column, and we honor them at the Networking Event.  Last year, approximately 75 teachers were honored.  In May, we sent out over 3,300 annual appeal letters, with approximately 1,000 with personal notes written by board members. We experienced record participation with all but one of our member schools participating, with some choosing to distribute the letters themselves.

  • We began the Alliance Partnership Program this year.  For a donation of $1,000, partners were recognized in each issue of the newsletter, with a full-page ad in the TV Tune Out Guide, and on the website.  Six partners brought in $6,000 in additional revenue this year.  We hope that the Partnership Program will continue to grow in the future.

  • We held two fund raising events during the year, including: the Toy Sale at the Village Toy Shop in November ($300 profit) and the Book Fair at The Book Stall, to be held on May 25.  We sent personalized post card invitations for both events.

  • The Fund Committee oversees our endowment of approximately $100,000.

  • Current Committees: 15th Anniversary, Communication, Fund Raising/Development, Fund, Executive, Grandparents, Networking, Preschool Forum, Program, Salary Survey, Transition to Kindergarten, TV Tune Out Steering,  Video Library.  

  • New Member Organization: The Junior League of Evanston-North Shore .  The Alliance currently has 34 member organizations.

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2004-2005

  • The Alliance celebrated its 15th Anniversary at a gala dinner held on Oct. 7 at Indian Hill Club.  We honored Steve Adams and Becky van der Bogert for their dedication, hard work and long-time commitment to the Alliance .  We also thanked Pat Wroclawski and Sissy Barman for writing their wonderful columns which have been part of the Alliance newsletter from the very beginning.  Arne Duncan, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, was the featured speaker.  Over 70 people enjoyed the event, which brought together current and former board members, advisory board, and sustainers.

  • We made several major changes in our newsletter, Early Childhood.  We will now publish two 16-page issues in the fall and spring (with the expanded TV Tune Out Guide serving as our winter publication).  Based on the success of our pilot in the fall of 2003, we will now distribute free copies to all parents of children enrolled in our 20 member schools.  Along with our subscription base of about 500, that means that our newsletter will be distributed to approximately 4,000 (as compared to our previous distribution through subscriptions and free copies of approximately 1,000).  We feel that this is justified both as part of our mission and to appeal to advertisers. School reps handle the distribution of the newsletter at their schools.

  • Our parenting classes/speakers met with limited success this year :

o Stacey Wellman presented an outstanding session, “Is My Child Really OK? Developmental Milestones for Young Children,” on Nov. 10. Unfortunately, only about a dozen people attended.

o We spent a lot of time exploring the possibility of bringing Anne Pleshette Murphy, author of The Seven Stages of Motherhood, former editor of Parents magazine, and commentator on Good Morning, America to Winnetka as a speaker, but, in the end, it did not work out.
  • We offered the American Red Cross Babysitting Class for junior high students for two classes, one in January and one in June.

  • On January 13 the 15th Annual Networking Event was held at the Winnetka Community House.  Over 140 people attended.  For the second year in a row, educators receiving Teacher Tributes were featured in a Power Point presentation before the program. Our speaker was Dr. William G. Ayers, distinguished Professor of Education at the University of IL-Chicago. His topic was “Teaching Toward Freedom: Creating Responsive Classrooms.”  Dr. Ayers spoke at this event for an unprecedented third time and he was, once again, enthusiastically received. Children’s self-portraits decorated the walls.

  • The 11th Annual TV Tune Out Week was held from Feb. 10-16.  Over 5,500 children in 26 schools in and around Winnetka and Northfield received copies of our 52-page TV Tune Out Guide. The theme was “You have the power.  Turn on the fun.”  About 80 kids entered the TV Tune Out poster contest.  The drawings of the winner and the second and third place winners were featured in the TV Tune Out Guide. Seventy-five organizations and business sponsored activities during the week (up from 62 in 2004). We solicited 37 corporate monetary sponsors, for a total of $11,196, a new record. Ella Jenkins was the Kick-Off event, sponsored in part by the Northern Trust.  We sold 411 tickets and generated income of $2408.  We brought back The Jessie White Tumblers for the second year for the Family Event. Again this event was underwritten by the Winnetka Park District. We sold 573 tickets and generated income of $3237.  We purchased seven red TV Tune Out banners, which were hung from lamp posts in the downtown Winnetka area. We had two co-chairs of TV Tune Out for the first time.

  • We continue to publicize the Alliance through our weekly column in the School Digest section Winnetka Talk, with topics ranging from parenting classes to names of those receiving Teacher Tributes.

  • In April, we held two meetings for parents of incoming kindergarten students.  Superintendent Becky van der Bogert discussed District 36’s philosophy and history and answered parents’ questions about kindergarten.  Approximately 15 attended both the morning and evening sessions.

  • We held our second Preschool Fair on Wednesday, April 20 at the Winnetka Community House, this year in the larger Room 101.  With a mission to provide services to parents of children 0-4, 17 preschools to set up tables with brochures and other information about their schools.  Executive Director Blakely Bundy spoke about choosing a preschool and also told the audience about the Alliance and its services.  About 40 parents attended.  Both the schools and the parents felt the event was a great success and fulfilled a need in the community.

  • We average over 200 visits and 500 hits a day on our website during the busiest months of January, February, and March.

  • Our video library, housed at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, has over 90 tapes on child development, early childhood education, and parenting, which can be borrowed free of charge.

  • This is the third year of our very successful Teacher Tribute program, as part of our Annual Fund campaign.  Last year, approximately 75 teachers were honored, and we brought in a record $25,000. In May, we sent out over 2,700 annual appeal letters. Approximately 2,000 contained personal notes, written by 27 board members over the course of a week’s time.

  • Pat Wroclawski , a long-time member of our Advisory Board and newsletter columnist, died in March.  Her family designated the Alliance to receive her memorial gifts.  To date, we have received over $3,000.  We will convene a Task Force to discuss how to use those funds to honor Pat.

  • We had seven partners in the second year of our Partnership Program.  For a donation of $1,000, partners were recognized in each issue of the newsletter, with a full-page ad in the TV Tune Out Guide, and on the website. 

  • We held two fund raising events, including: the Toy Sale in November ($225 profit) and the Book Fair at The Book Stall, to be held on May 20.  We sent personalized post card invitations for both events. For the first time, we will collect books at the Book Fair to be donated to Northwestern Settlement.

  • We transferred the Alliance ’s banking relationship from Harris Bank to Alliance partner, North Shore Community Bank.

  • The Fund Committee oversees our endowment of approximately $112,000. That committee fine-tuned the Fund’s investment guidelines.

  • We purchased a new metal sandwich-board sign, to be used at various Alliance events, the Book Fair, etc.

  • Current Committees: 15th Anniversary, Communication, Fund Raising/Development, Fund, Executive, Networking, Preschool Fair, Program, Transition to Kindergarten, TV Tune Out Steering.  

  • New Member Organization: Hyde Park Day School/Northfield Campus and Ronald Knox Montessori. Avoca withdrew from the Alliance , as their population changed with fewer than 50% of their students coming from Winnetka and Northfield. The Alliance currently has 35 member organizations.