Longwood Elementary School

Indian Prairie School District 204



Longwood 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 powerful voice for all children
  • A resource for families, teachers, and communities
  • A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child




Longwood PTA organizes and funds activities and programs that benefit all Longwood students and families, such as: 
Back to School Party … Spiritgear… "Reflections" Art Contest… Red Ribbon Week (Drug Awareness Week) … Family Fun Nights … 5th Grade Event Party…Classroom Parties… Student Directory… Family Restaurant Nights… Field Day… Assembly Sponsorship… Class Field Trips, and more!



  • It Will Benefit Your Child: Research shows that regardless of income, background, or time constraints, 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.
  • Meet New People: Get connected with parents, teachers, and staff. Find out what’s going on at school!
  • Communication: PTA promotes positive communication between parents and the school for understanding and effective change.
  • Help Our School: Let your gifts and talents shine. Each of us has good ideas and unique abilities, so share yours!
  • Information: PTA members receive a free Longwood Student Directory (distributed Autumn) - a great way to get to know other parents, send birthday invitations, and arrange play dates. You will also receive regular email news about PTA activities, community events, and PTA parenting resources.
  • ·        Have A Voice: Only members are eligible to vote on PTA programs and business decisions – let your voice be heard!
You can learn more about the PTA as a national and state organization at www.pta.org or www.illinoispta.org

Join Us Today!  Download a membership form for the 2018-2019 school year here:  
Thank you for supporting our children and our school!
Aniela Rodes--PTA President
2018-2019 Longwood PTA President
E-mail: LongwoodPTAPresident@gmail.com




The Longwood PTA has many fun events scheduled throughout the school year. 

Look here for our monthly calendar updates, and be sure to bookmark our online calendar:

Questions? Contact the Secretary, Ashley Wooden


From the Treasurer

PTA Check Request Form – use this form for all expenses you incur that require reimbursement. A few points to remember:
1.    ALL CHECK REQUESTS must be submitted within TWO WEEKS of the event end date for reimbursement. Otherwise, you will forfeit your right to reimbursement. Check requests forms available here.
2.    Checks will ONLY be processed on the 15TH & 30TH of each month.
3.    Attach ALL ORIGINAL invoices, receipts, and packing slips.
4.    PTA is a 501c3 and cannot reimburse for sales tax.
Form: Longwood PTA Check Request
Questions? Contact the Treasurer 


The easiest way to help the PTA earn money for our programs is to support the Box Tops for Education program - The Box Tops for Education program pays cash for the labels we submit during the school year. The money we earn helps to pay for PTA programs. It’s a great way to earn cash for your school from products that you are already using. You’ll find these labels on products such as Cheerios, Betty Crocker and Ziploc.  
How to Submit:
·        Please clip your Box Tops labels and bundle into groups of 50
  • Send them to school in an envelope or plastic bag with your child’s name and classroom marked clearly on the outside
  • Awards will be sent home at the end of each collection period in October and March
·        Questions? Your Box Tops Coordinator is Kristen Hogsed - khogsed@yahoo.com
Have any time at all - Volunteer! There is a great need for volunteers not only during school hours, but also work that can be done from home on nights and weekends. No matter your skill set or interest, we have a role for you to fill in supporting our school. Please review this short list and contact us with any questions, comments or sign-ups!
·            Box Tops for Education - The Box Top volunteer(s) will collect the Box Tops from school, organize, and complete the submission process. This is a great way for working parents to help support the PTA!
·            Bulletin Board and Facebook: - Volunteers are needed to assist in adding information to the Longwood Facebook page. This is a great position to do from home! We also need volunteer(s) to maintain the PTA bulletin board at Longwood. Great for someone creative!
·            Curriculum Parties/Room Parents - As with most of what we do, this is a team effort. This is a great opportunity for parents who can spend just one afternoon at school and those who can spend more time in school working with teachers. Head Room parents will plan 2 classroom parties a year, in collaboration with the classroom teachers, which will reinforce what the students are learning.
·            Fall Family Fun Night - The Fall Family Fun Night is the last Friday in October. The team will help to organize volunteers, set up the games, decorate the gym, and coordinate the concessions.    
·            Fall Fundraiser - The team will complete registration, promote fundraiser, handle incoming funds, and work with the company to ensure this is a successful fundraiser.
·            Family Movie Night - Family Movie Night is in January or February. The team for movie night will select the movie, obtain licensing, purchase raffle prizes, and help to find volunteers to make popcorn and hand out snacks.
·            Family Restaurant Nights - The team for Family Restaurant Nights will help to set up and oversee monthly   restaurant nights.
·            Field Day - The Field Day team assists the Longwood staff members with this all day outdoor fitness activity at the end of the school year.
·            Fifth Grade Event - The team for the 5th grade end of the year event will plan and organize the annual trip for the 5th graders to Rush Copley for a morning of fun and will coordinate lunch for them back at school.
·            IPPC Indian Prairie Parent’s Council - The Indian Prairie Parent’s Council representative(s) will attend monthly meetings (Thursday mornings once a month) and share the information with the Longwood PTA.
·            Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA Rep - The IPSN PTA representative(s) will attend the IPSN meetings (2nd Tuesday evening, every other month). The representative will share the information from this meeting with the Longwood PTA.
·            Kids Night Out - Kids Night Out will be held at American Gymnastics on the first Saturday in December.  The team will be responsible for sending out a flyer, keeping track of those who have registered, and being present at American Gymnastics on the night of the event to sign children in and out.
·            Loaves and Fishes - The Loaves and Fishes volunteer(s) will work with the student council to host the food drive at Longwood. This includes purchasing the paper bags, distributing material, and assisting in the food pickup.
·            Picture Day - Picture day volunteer(s) will assist in ensuring the Fall and/or Spring picture days go smoothly.
·            Longwood 5K “Run with the Lions” - This is an incredible event that takes a lot of volunteers to make it an unforgettable day.  A team of volunteers is needed to coordinate the 5K including sponsorship, food, silent auction, volunteer coordinator, advertising, and many more. 
·            Project Arrow PTA Representative - The Project Arrow Representative(s) will attend monthly Project Arrow PTA meetings and share the information from this meeting with the Longwood PTA members.
·            Red Ribbon Week - The team for Red Ribbon Week will help to assist Staff and Student Council in the planning of Drug Education Awareness week in late October.
·            National PTA Reflections - The Reflections volunteer(s) will represent Longwood with the IPPC committee, distribute information, collect submissions from Longwood students, and submit qualified submissions to the IPPC committee.
          ·            Spirit Wear - The team for Spirit Wear will help select, order, and sell school t-shirts and other spirit gear at school functions.
·            Sunshine Committee - The Sunshine Committee coordinates meals for the teachers during Conference times in November and February by organizing a theme/plan for the meals, asking for volunteers to bring in food, and coordinating set-up and clean up.  The Sunshine Committee also plans and carries out a special week for the Staff at Longwood during Teacher Appreciation Week in May.
·            Year Book Team - The Year Book team will take pictures at various Longwood events and organize them for the yearbook. This could be a great team opportunity – we could have multiple picture takers and then one or more organizing the year book from home.
Thank you in advance for your help!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Charmagne Kaushal & Kathi Wieringa
Longwood PTA Co-Presidents

Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA
Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA
The Indian Prairie Special Needs (IPSN) PTA is primarily a group of parents and caregivers who have children with special needs in Indian Prairie School District 204, which serves children from the communities of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, and Naperville. Our members have children with a wide range of ages, abilities and educational placements within and outside of the District's schools. Our group welcomes all interested persons at our meetings.
More information can be found at: http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/ipsn/
Indian Prairie Project Arrow PTA
The goals of the Indian Prairie Project Arrow PTA are to:
·        Work with the school district to provide the best educational experience for gifted and talented children and help them reach their full potential
·        Provide a local community support group for parents, guardians, families and educators of gifted and talented children
·        Inform legislators, school board members, educators, and the community about the unique challenges of giftedness and the importance of gifted programming
·        Be a resource of information on gifted services and community programs
More information can be found at:
Questions? Contact:
Charmagne Kaushal & Kathi Wieringa

General Membership Meeting Schedule 2016-2017
·        Thursday, September 1, 2016 (Budget Overview and Approval)
·        Thursday, October 6, 2016
·        Thursday, November 3, 2016
·        Thursday, December 8, 2016
·        Thursday, January 12, 2017
·        Thursday, February 2, 2017
·        Thursday, March 6, 2017 (Nominations for 2016-2017 Executive Committee)
·        Thursday, April 6, 2017 (Elections for 2016-2017 Executive Committee)
·        Thursday, May 4, 2017 (Final Reports)
General Membership PTA Meetings are held at Longwood School in the LMC from 7:00pm until approximately 8:00pm.

               Charmagne Kaushal – (630)915-2238
Kathi Wieringa – (630)536-8440
Aniela Rodes – (805)403-4252
         India Carlisle – (313)844-8105
Ashley Wooden – (630)579-4291

TREASURER: LongwoodPTATreasurer@gmail.com

REFLECT on the theme. CREATE an original work. BE RECOGNIZED!

Since 1969, the Reflections program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American Schools overseas to explore their artistic talents by creating works of art for fun and recognition. Annually, hundreds of thousands of students participate in the Reflections program through their local PTAs. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works of art in six categories:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production  
  • Literature
  • Musical Composition 
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts


Local winners in each category go on to compete at the district/region and state levels. State winners are then considered for a National PTA Reflections award, including:

  • Outstanding Interpretation Awards
  • Awards of Excellence
  • Awards of Merit


General Rules

  1. All projects must be the original work of one student. Projects advancing to the next PTA level must have a signed statement of originality granting permission to the National PTA and Illinois PTA to use their work. Student and parent/guardian signatures must be included on each “Official Entry Form”.
  2. Please include your Illinois PTA District/Region number (#36) in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Each project must express the theme: “Believe, Dream, Inspire”.
  4. All entries must contain aTitle.
  5. All entries must include anArtist’s Statementto describe what inspired his/her work and how it relates to the theme.
  6. Work should be neat. Keep work from becoming wrinkled or torn. Please do not shrink wrap artwork.
  7. Grade correct grammar and spelling are required. A dictionary should be used.
  8. Projects must include student’s name, grade, and class on the back of project.
  9. Three-dimensional art will NOT be accepted; only art on paper, poster board, material mounted on cardboard, or canvas on cardboard will be accepted. NO GLUED ON NOODLES, EYES, BEADS, etc. Submit flat work only. Artwork on stretched canvas will be disqualified.
  10. Students may enter a work of art in each category.


Entry forms and the Information packet are available for download on the links below:

  1. Student Entry form - Reflections
  2. Theme Search form – Reflections theme for next year

Rules for participation (Click on the following links to download the PDF)

  1. Rules in Brief
  2. General Participation Rules
  3. Special Artist Division Rules
  4. Visual arts
  5. Photography
  6. Literature
  7. Music Composition
  8. Dance Choreography
  9. Film Production


Questions? Contact Nadia Ji, Local Reflections Chair

at jadensager@gmail.com

For more information visit www.illinoispta.org


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Naperville, IL‎ 60563

Phone: 630.428.6789
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