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Welcome to PTA!

Peterson PTA is the local unit of the national Parent Teacher Association. We are a membership organization open to parents/guardians, teachers, relatives, and community members who support the PTA Mission:
        ·A voice for all children
        ·A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child
Peterson PTA organizes and funds activities and programs that benefit all Peterson students and families, such as: 
         Monster Mash Bash,Daddy / Daughter Event, STEM Science Fair,Mother / Son Event, 
         Member Nights and much more. 

Join Peterson PTA!

Why Join Peterson PTA?

It will benefit your child! Research shows that regardless of income or background, when parents are involved at school students are more likely to earn higher grades, enroll in higher-level programs, attend school regularly, have better social skills, graduate, and go on college.    


Find out what's going on at school!  PTA fosters positive communication between parents and the school.  Members are also eligible to vote on PTA programs and business decisions.

Let your gifts and talents shine. All of us have good ideas.  Please share yours!

Your involvement and membership in the Peterson PTA is important to our children and our school community, so we hope you will consider volunteering where you can.  It is personal involvement that helps us create memorable opportunities and experiences for our children.


PTA Membership entitles you to access the online directory with the 


We have two levels of membership:  Golden Paw Membership or Purple Paw Membership


Are you tired of writing a check for each event?  Do you want to put an end to asking your child if they turned in their money? Want to write one check and forget about it? Do you want to help support our school?  If you answered "Yes", this program is for you.

Peterson Golden Paw membership is a one-time check/membership that eliminates the need to write multiple checks throughout the school year for PTA sponsored events. 



Peterson PTA, along with State and National PTA's, invite you to become a member of our organization!  The PTA is dedicated to providing programs and activities that directly benefit your children.  A portion of your PTA dues goes directly into the Peterson PTA budget to help provide funding for educational and extracurricular activities such as:  assemblies, field trips, after-school programs, school dances, in-school events, social activities, etc.

We need you to make great experiences and events for our children!  Please let us know if are interested in supporting our students as a volunteer.


Peterson PTA membership sign-up and volunteer sign-up are online at:

Board Contacts

Peterson PTA Chair Contact List
Committee Chair Email
PresidentJoann Frisby
Vice President Valerie Gremillion
Vice President   Angela Kane
SecretaryVan Ruggeri
Treasurer   Kavita Arora
Ready to Volunteer? 
We need you to make great experiences and events for our children!  Please let us know if you are interested in supporting our students as a volunteer.  Please sign up at
Want to Nominate Someone for PTA Position?

The PTA could not function without our community being willing to serve on committees to help the organization run smoothly to provide for our students and our children.  If you would like to nominate someone, or would like to nominate yourself, please click the link, print the form, and send it to school in an envelope marked "PTA".

PTA Nomination Form


PTA meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows:  Minutes of the meetings will be available here and linked below to keep you updated on Peterson PTA business.

 Meeting Date:   Minutes:                       
 September 12, 2019 @ 9:30 AM 
 October 10, 2019 @ 9:20 AM October Minutes
 November 7, 2019 @ 7:00 PM November Minutes
 January 9, 2020 @ 9:30 AM January Minutes
 February 6, 2020 @ 9:30 AM 
 March 12, 2020 @ 9:30 AM 
 April 9, 2020 @9:30 AM 
 May 7, 2020 @ 9:30 AM 


PTA meeting dates for the 2018-2019 school year were as follows:  Minutes of the meetings last year are linked for your convenience.

Meeting Date:Minutes:
September 13, 2018Minutes for September 2018
October 11, 2018Minutes for October 2018
November 8, 2018Minutes for November 2018
January 10, 2019Minutes for January 2019
February 7, 2019Minutes for February 2019
March 7, 2019Minutes for March 2019
April 11, 2019Minutes for April 2019
May 9, 2019Minutes for May 2019 



This page serves as an area where forms can be accessed.  Please use them for the specified purposes.
PTA Reimbursement Form:               Use the form to request reimbursement from PTA

Print Center Information:

PTA Print Center Information in PDF format 





If your child has an artistic side, this is the time to start planning for this year's National PTA's Reflections Arts Program.  Reflections, which has been running in public schools across the country for several years, is a program that allows students to submit their original creative works in different categories to compete for national awards and recognition.  The entries are judged at a school level and a maximum of five entries in each category per grade division advance to the national level where they are pitted against entries from other schools.

This year's Reflections theme is
"Look Within".  Entries are due by Wednesday, October 23, 2019 and can be submitted to the students' homeroom teachers.  Entries can be submitted in one or more of the seven categories:

Student Packet 2019-2020 Guidelines entry for to fill out for students.

Summary Sheet 2019-2020:Guidedlines on 1 sheet

Spirit Wear

The 2019-2020 school year is here, and with a new school year comes new spirit wear designs!  This year you will find plenty of options so you can get your spirit wear apparel the way you really want.  Think performance shirts, comfy sweatshirts/hoodies, and personalization.
Directions for ordering online:

Once you place your spirit wear order, you will receive an email confirmation and your order will be passed out at school and sent home with your children.

Be sure to click on each design because you will be able to see sizing specs as well as the possibly to personalize the apparel.

The website is user friendly, but if you have any questions or any spirit wear suggestions, please feel free to contact me, Emily Brosnahan, at or call 630.605.0930.

Have your child ready in their spirit apparel showing their Peterson PRIDE on the second Friday of each month!!

Here are the specific dates for the year:
September 13th
October 11th
November 8th
December 13th
January 10th
February 7th
March 8th
April 17th
May 8th


The following events will occur throughout the school year.  More information will be distributed as the event gets closer. This page will be updated as dates and time become published.


2019-2020 PTA Dates

12th – New Student Open House, 4:30-6:00pm (Presentation 5:00-5:30pm)
14th – Teacher Meet and Greet, 2:00-3:00 pm 19th -- Yogurt Beach Dinner Night (at Yogurt Beach) 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm 26th -- Curriculum Night, Time TBD

SEPTEMBER 10th -- Noodles & Company Dinner Night (at Noodles & Company) 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 12th -- PTA Meeting @ 9:30 am 13th -- Spirit Day 18th -- PTA Member Welcome Night (PTA Member Exclusive Night), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


8th -- Orange Ruler Kick-Off Assembly
10th -- PTA Meeting @ 9:30 am
11th -- Spirit Day
19th – Monster Mash Bash, 1:00 pm -3:00 pm 22nd -- Orange Ruler Money Turn In 24th -- Orange Ruler Fun Run

7th -- PTA Meeting @ 7:00 pm
8th -- Spirit Day
14th -- PTA Member Night Event (PTA Member Exclusive Event), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

4th – Holiday Shop, 9:00am-3:00 pm, evening hours: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 13th -- Spirit Day

9th -- PTA Meeting @ 9:30 am 10th -- Spirit Day 24th -- PTA Member Night, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 29th -- Family Read-In Night, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm  

6th -- PTA Meeting @ 9:30 am 6th – Open House & Savvy Business Kids, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 7th -- Spirit Day

7th -- Mother / Son Event, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 11th – Science Fair, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 12th -- PTA Meeting @ 9:30 am 13th -- Spirit Day 21st -- Daddy Daughter Event, 6:00 pm -8:30 pm


9th -- PTA Meeting @ 9:30 am 16th – World Cafe, Time TBD 17th -- Spirit Day

4th - 8th -- Teacher Appreciation Week 7th -- PTA Meeting @ 9:30 am 8th -- Spirit Day 15th -- PTA Volunteer Breakfast, 9:15 am - 10:15 am



The following list of links will help to keep parents informed of other organizations throughout the district and within the school. 

Illinois PTA
Illinois PTA Homepage
Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA
Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA Homepage

Indian Prairie Parents' Council Home
IPPC Homepage

National PTA
National PTA Page

Pride Patrol


It is a program to increase parental involvement at the school. The two main goals of the program are to demonstrate the importance of education and to reduce bullying.


Fathers or father figures can volunteer for Panther Pride Patrol.  They will be actively engaged wtih multiple students, including their own child(ren).


You assist with lunch and recess supervision during your child(ren)'s lunch period(s).  If you you have more than one child you can come and go for each child's lunchperiod or you are welcome to stay for all lunch periods.  Your time spent volunteering will be meaningful to the students and of course, yourself! 


4th       10:45 - 11:20

3rd       11:45 - 12:20

5th       11:15 - 11:50

2nd      12:15 - 12:50

1st         12:45 - 1:20

KN        1:20 - 1:55


  • Wear your official Panther Pride Patrol Lanyard 
  • Be approachable -- smile, talk to students, listen to them 
  • Be a positive role model  
  • Use only faculty restrooms, never the students' restrooms. 
  • Never be alone with students 
  • Follow the school's confidentiality policy for student & staff 
  • Take pictures of only your child(ren) 
  • Do not use any form of tobacco on school grounds  
  • Limit personal use of cell phones 

    Please choose only one date per family.  By doing so, this will allow other parents to volunteer.  We will try our best to accomodate your schedule, however if there is a conflict, we will contact you.

    To sign up please click on the attached link: 

    Should you have any questions about the program please contact Valerie Gremillion at




Sign-Up Links

Are you looking to sign up to come in for birthday lunches, panther pride patrol and any events at Peterson?  Do you want to sign up to be a member of the PTA or sign up to volunteer at events or donate items?  Click on the links below to sign-up. 


Birthday Lunches:

Panther Pride Patrol: 

Join the PTA:  


Support Peterson

Parents,  Are you looking to help Peterson School in a very simple and quick way?  Please read on.....
The PTA is grateful for the support of our parents and community so we can supplement the educational experiences of our children.
If you wouldl like to give to support all the PTA does to supplement our children's educational experience, please click below to donate.

AmazonSmile!:  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. The Peterson PTA is now set up as a charitable organization you can support through AmazonSmile!

Box Tops:
 Peterson gets 10 cents for every label turned in.  A complete list of items can be found at  

Peterson earned $1,100.00 last year.  There is a collection box in every room and several collection contests through the year.  Have your child bring the ones you save each week or save them for the contests throughout the year.
Inkjet and toner cartridges are also collected at Peterson.  


STEM Information

(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
The PTA runs the STEM program for Peterson Elementary. This enrichment program is in addition to the school science curriculum and currently includes the Science Fair, a Science Assembly and Earth Day. Parents are encouraged to join the STEM committee and volunteer to help for individual events. No science background is required!! Just bring your curiosity and willingness to help! You will be rewarded by seeing students' minds expand and their self-confidence increase!!

What happens if I use cold water versus hot, to make bubbles? Will plants grow faster if I play music? What experiment would you like to do?
Peterson's Science Fair is scheduled for

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, 6-8 pm!

Register here to participate
(Deadline to register is March 3, 2019)
Sign up here to volunteer

Mark your calendars, more details below!

Peterson Elementary Science Fair Information

All Peterson students and their families are invited to participate in the science fair. In preparation for the fair, each student can develop one project to present, with the help of parents. Students may work individually or teams, up to four people. Students do not have to be in the same grade level to work together. These guidelines should answer any questions you may have on this fun and educational process.

(Deadline to register March 3, 2019)

Tri-Fold Board Ideas

Parent / Student Friendly Science Fair Planning Guide
Looking for a student/parent-friendly science fair planning guide? This guide was created by a Science Lab Teacher named Lora Holt. It is a great guide to get you and your student planning for the Science Fair. It has some great explanations of The Scientific Method. But, remember, it was created for another district so the specific dates, Science Fair Rules, and Point Guide for judging do not apply to our Science Fair. Please refer to our Science Fair and Safety Guidelines links above for this information.

Elementary Science Fair Planning Guide

created by Lora Holt, copyright 2006

Staff Favorites

If you are interested in seeing "Staff Favorites", click on the names below for this information.  

 Kindergarten Mrs. Goc
 Kindergarten Mrs. Kucera
 Kindergarten Mrs. Quinn
 Kindergarten Mr. Webber
 First Grade Mrs. Ammons
 First Grade Mrs. Consalvo
 First Grade Mrs. Reed
 Second Grade Mrs. Cagwin
 Second Grade Mrs. Corbin
 Second Grade Mrs. Lippe
 Second Grade Mrs. Munn
 Third Grade Mrs. Bennefield
 Third Grade Miss Dusing
 Third Grade Miss Falck
 Third Grade Miss Miner
 Third Grade Mrs. Soldana
 Fourth Grade Mrs. Donkin
 Fourth Grade Mrs. Grahn
 Fourth Grade Mrs. Hamilton
 Fourth Grade Miss Mantia
 Fourth Grade Mrs. Shelbrock
 Fifth Grade Miss Daniels
 Fifth Grade Mrs. Decker
 Fifth Grade Mrs. Kovaka
 Fifth Grade Mrs. Kurasz
 Fifth Grade Mr. White
 Office Staff Mrs. Farina
 Office Staff Mrs. Newman
 Administration Mrs. Landstrom
 Administration Mrs. Witkowski
 Custodian Mrs. Fraticelli
 Custodian Lucia
 ELL Mrs. Sidhwa
 ELL Mrs. Nickel
 LMC Mrs. Schimmoler
 LMC Assistant Mrs. Saindon
 Medical Mrs. Mathison
 Art Mr. Mehta
 Music Mrs. Luhn
 P.E. Mr. Patterson
 Project Arrow Miss Howiler
 Reading Improvement Mrs. Lokken
 Math Interventionist Mrs. Graske
 Support Teacher Mrs. Hayden
 Support Teacher Mrs. Mueller
 Support Teacher Mrs. Eskey
 Support Teacher Miss Luby
 Support Specialist Mr. Sweeney
 Support Specialist Mrs. Domas
 Support Specialist 
 Teaching Assistant Mrs. Cirko
 Teaching Assistant Mrs. Shanmughan
 Teaching Assistant Mrs. Wittendorf
 Teaching Assistant Mrs. Cleary
 Teaching Assistant Mrs. Henderson
 Teaching Assistant Ms. Scalise
 Enrollment Assistant  Mrs. Rufo
 Enrollment Assistant Mrs. Jose


Commonly Accessed Links and Info for Students, Parents and Community