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JSSPVA Giving Tree


In 2017, the JSSPVA introduced the The Giving Tree Fund to ensure all teachers, faculty and staff who make an impact on our children are recognized.

How it works: Families can contribute to The Giving Tree Fund throughout the year and the money collected will be used for monetary holiday and end of the year gifts for all classroom teachers, associates who float between multiple classrooms, specials teachers (PE, Music, Art, & Foreign Languages), student services teachers and administrative staff who work 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 each one makes an impact.

Ways to donate:

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

2. You can 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

3. Members of the JSSPVA Board will be at school for Meet and Greet and can collect your check.

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.

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.

HOW DOES THE JSSPVA DISTRIBUTE THE FUNDS?

The JSSPVA distributes the funds twice during the year, once in December, during the holiday season, and then at the end of the school year. The entire fund is zeroed out at the end of the year, maximizing gifts to all teachers, faculty and staff. Distributions are made based on a tiered framework thoughtfully evaluated by the JSSPVA. For more information on distribution details, please contact Nancy O’Donnell, 2018-19 Giving Tree Chair.

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 staff with notes of appreciation during the year. In addition, the JSSPVA supports our teachers with breakfasts, lunches, coffees and student appreciation week throughout the year. If you would like to purchase additional gifts as a thank you, you are welcome to.

WHY DID THE JSSPVA CREATE THE FUND?

The Giving Tree Fund was created with multiple goals. First, the JSSPVA feels it is important to acknowledge all the staff and employees that make our school so special. In previous years, parents gift to their core teachers. The school community is made up of wonderful support staff and floating teachers and we wanted to acknowledge the community more evenly, and as a whole. In addition, the JSSPVA was interested in reducing the weight of parents purchasing gifts at the busiest times of year and giving the comfort of knowing gifts are evenly distributed to their 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. DO NOT throw away your receipts! You can send them to school with your children, drop them off to Lara Scarborough, or hand them into the school office. 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.