Parent Group

If you have a child at FXW you are already a member!
Who are we and what do we do?


OSP & HNC Picture Day – Sept 2015 HNC Office 2015-16 OSP Office 2015-16 OSP Lunch 2015 (Sept-Dec) OSP Lunch 2016(Jan-June 2016) OSP Morning Drop-Off 2015-16
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OSP Merchandise Sales 2015-16 OSP Library Support 2015 (Sept-Dec) OSP Fall 2015 – Book Fair HNC Fall 2015 – Book Fair OSP Spring 2016 – Book Fair HNC Spring 2016 – Book Fair
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The Appreciation Luncheon is held once a year in the HNC cafeteria for the entire faculty and staff. Committee members will work within a budget to cater the event, solicit some food donations from parents, and organize volunteers for set-up, service, and clean-up.
Spring Luncheon –  Friday, March 11th, 2016

For more information please contact:

Ashley Corotis
Kathy Ginder
Dorothy Capers
Cicely Glanton



The Holiday Gift Fund and End of Year Bonus are ways to express gratitude to the Staff/Teachers. The tax-deductible gifts are divided equitably to recognize all teachers, faculty and staff in our community who help our children. You give anonymously whatever amount you feel shows your appreciation. The pooled funds are then distributed individually so each teacher, staff and faculty member is acknowledged for their hard work, commitment and dedication.



The Parent Group provides staffing and organizes fall and spring book fairs at OSP and HNC. These events provide books and financial bonuses to the school as well as encouraging children to read for fun!

OSP Campus

OSP Fall Book Fair -Nov 18th-20th
OSP Spring Book Fair -May 3rd-May 6th

For any questions, contact one of the OSP Book Fair Co-Chairs:

Elise Edmonds (
Angie Schneider (
Susan Urban (

HNC Campus

HNC Fall Book Fair -Nov 11th and 12th
HNC Spring Book Fair -May 4th and 5th

For questions, please contact one of the HNC Book Fair Co-Chairs:

Maureen Dahlen (
Heather Tamburo(
Carolyn Kirk (


Room parents are a liaison between teachers and parents, responsible for various classroom and school social functions. Room parents act as our new family liaison to help parents and children feel welcome to the FXW community. Two parents are need-ed for each room in Preschool through 4th grade. One parent is needed for each room in 5th through 8th grades.

A request for parent volunteers is sent out at the beginning of each school year. The FXW Principals along with the Room Parent Coordinators decide on Room Parent volunteers. This is done to allow everyone the opportunity to serve in this position. Once selected, you would be contacted in early September and are required to participate in the “Room Parent Orientation” in late September or early October (typically an hour-long meeting held after drop-off or in the evening; date TBD).

For specific questions please contact the following Room Parent Coordinators:
Preschool- Kindergarten: Kristine Mangano –
1st- 3rd Grade: Sarah Black-
4th- 8th Grade: Colleen Dobell –


Show your school spirit! The Parent Group Merchandise committee produces and sells FXW merchandise with proceeds supporting Parent Group events and the teacher funds.

Merchandise sales can be found at the following events:

Fun Fest (OSP)
Grandparents Day (OSP)
Parent Teacher Fall Conferences (OSP/HNC)
Parent Teacher Spring Conferences (OSP/HNC)
Ultimate Playdate (OSP)
Portfolio Conference Day (OSP)

For any questions or suggestions, please contact the Merchandise Co-Chairs:

Kim Filan (
Andrea Unzicker (
Beth Skarbek (
Alicia Nayak (


The AVIC program was designed to bring parents into the classroom to lead and assist with art projects. Parents will be trained through the Art Institute of Chicago to help chil-dren learn about great artists and their works. AVIC coordinators will work with the FXW art department to coordinate a class-by-class curriculum and projects.

Emails are sent out to parents when planned AVIC projects are scheduled requesting volunteer support. These projects occur in the fall and the spring at OSP and spring only at HNC. Watch your email or “In the Loop” for further information.

For specific questions please contact the AVIC Committee Chairs:


Cathy Ball
Kelly Sawicz
Kelly Lowery


Priya Valenti (
Laura Smith-Bertucci (



The New Family Network (NFN) assists FXW in welcoming new families by providing social opportunities (park playdates) and promoting a welcoming environment. Each grade level has a liaison that introduces new families with current families to make the transition welcoming.

For more information please contact the NFN Committee Coordinators:

Nadia Jelinek (
Eileen McCann (
Arlene Sanoy (


Patty Hirt (
Sara Lippold (


The annual Parent Socials provide a way for adults in the FXW community to meet, catch up, and get to know new families without having to worry about the kids. These events are typically held at the beginning of the school year by grade level. Parent hosts volunteer their home, party room, or other space to provide a venue for the event. Families are asked to provide an appetizer, beverage, or dessert to minimize the hosts’ expense. Invitations to each social will be sent in late summer/early fall, depending upon the date. Please watch the FXW calendar and blog for information about your grade level’s social.

If you would like to be a grade level host or would like more information about the so-cials in general, please contact the Parent Socials Co-Chairs.

Mary Nelligan (
Janet Lara          (


The book swap occurs at the end of the year at both campuses. It is designed to stimulate summer reading, get kids excited about sharing and describing books as well as continuing to see great use out of used books.

For further questions, please contact one of the Book Swap Committee Chairs:


Nadia Jelinek (
Noelle Toney (


Erin Brandenburg  (
Priya Valenti (



Work with FXW staff to coordinate projects that provide, via several charitable organizations, goods and gifts for children and families in need. OSP organizes a Thanksgiving food drive beginning in late October through November.

For more information please contact:

Priya Valenti (

2015-16 Parent Group Advisory Board
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