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JSSPVA Giving Tree


The Sears Giving Tree Fund was created to ensure that all teachers, faculty, staff, including all of the "behind the scenes" employees at JSS are shown appreciation on behalf of the families at the Sears School.

How it works: Families have the option to contribute to The Giving Tree Fund throughout the year and the money collected will be used for a monetary holiday and end of the year gift for all classroom teachers, associates who float between multiple classrooms, specials teachers (PE, Music, Art, & Foreign Languages), student services teachers, and administrative staff and custodians who work and interact with our children each and every day.

Contributions of any amount are appreciated, however, the JSSPVA suggests a donation of $40 per student. All donations are optional and every one is appreciated!

Ways to donate:

1. Chase Quick Pay/Zelle. Please use the email address: jsspvadonate@gmail.com

2. You can also pay by check: Payable to JSSPVA. Please write “Giving Tree” on the memo line. Drop off at the office or mail to: The Sears School Giving Tree JSSPVA, 542 Abbotsford Road Kenilworth, IL 60043

We hope you will join us as we show our gratitude for the hard work of all of The Joseph Sears School Teachers, Faculty and Staff!

Questions? Please email jsspvadonate@gmail.com.

GIVING TREE FAQ

WHAT DO MY CLASS DUES SUPPORT?

At the beginning of each school year, room parents at The Joseph Sears School collect class dues. These dues cover holiday parties and parent parties only.

HOW DOES THE JSSPVA DISTRIBUTE THE FUNDS?

The JSSPVA distributes the funds twice a year, once in December, during the holiday season, and then at the end of the school year. The entire fund is paid out at the end of the year, maximizing gifts to all teachers, faculty and staff. For questions regarding the program, please contact Kristen Whisner, 2019-20 Giving Tree Chair at jsspvadonate@gmail.com

CAN I GIVE MY TEACHER A GIFT DURING THE HOLIDAYS AND AT THE END OF THE YEAR?

The JSSPVA encourages all parents and students to warmly acknowledge and support our teachers and staff with notes of appreciation during the year. In addition, the JSSPVA supports our Sears employees with breakfasts, lunches, coffees and a staff appreciation week throughout the year. If you would like to purchase additional gifts as a thank you, we encourage you to do so!

WHY DID THE JSSPVA CREATE THE FUND?

The JSSPVA executive board feels it is important to acknowledge all the staff and employees that make our school so special. In previous years, parents gifted to their child's core teachers. The school community is made up of wonderful support staff and floating teachers, staff and custodians and we wanted to acknowledge the community as a whole. In addition, the JSSPVA was interested in reducing the burden on parents purchasing gifts at the busiest times of year and providing comfort of knowing gifts are given to all Sears teachers and staff.

DOES THE JSSPVA SUPPLEMENT MY DONATION IN ANY WAY?

The money collected from The Grand Food receipts will also contribute to The Giving Tree Fund. SAVE your receipts! You can send them to school with your children, drop them off to the JSSPVA Treasurer or hand them into the school office drop box.

In addition, a portion of all your shopping on Amazon can go to the Sears School! The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.