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Wii Believe in Being Fit Grant Awarded

Sharon Thoma, Irene VanderHoek, Carol Kyle, and Beth Sullivan wrote a mini grant "Wii Believe in Being Fit" and won! The NCJW (National Council of Jewish Women) Mini-Grant program awarded a grant to purchase a Wii system and balance board which will be connected to a Promethean board. The NCJW Mini-Grant program allows educators to obtain funding for enriching materials to enhance programs. Special thanks to the National Council of Jewish Women!

Braun Students and Staff Support Komen for the Cure

Braun students in Mrs. Nagy’s class participated in the Save Lids to Save Lives® fundraiser to raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Staff and Students collected over 300 yogurt tops, which raised about $30.00. However, globally over $1.6 million dollars has already been donated to the organization by various yogurt companies. Special thanks to the staff and students who brought in their lids and helped enter them on the website.

Special Thanks to those with Perfect Attendance!

Food Drive and Holiday Store Help to Provide for Braun's Needy Families

Braun conducted a holiday food drive of non-perishable items to help needy Braun students and their families. The food was delivered right before Thanksgiving and then again prior to winter break. Both food drives were very successful with over 550 items brought each time.
Along with student and staff donations, local grocery stores donated turkeys for each of our families, or a gift certificate. Food For Less in Oak Forest donated turkeys for our Thanksgiving food drive and Walt’s Food Stores in Tinley Park donated a $50 gift certificate. Jewel employees took up a collection of their own money to purchase the turkeys for our families! A big thank you goes out to all of these generous businesses.

Braun also held a very successful holiday store! They have held a holiday store in the past, but this one surpassed all the rest. The items in the store consisted of donations from staff and administration. The room was decorated beautifully and the students appreciated the atmosphere. Students were given a check of points that they earned and banked to purchase gifts for themselves or for their family members. There was even a section to wrap their gifts.

Some of the items that were donated included clothes, toys, games, electronics, housewares, holiday decorations, stuffed animals, bicycles, rollerblades, and much more! There was also a special raffle that included several bigger items. As students earned a level 3, they were rewarded with a raffle ticket. This was a huge motivator for the students! A big thank you goes out to all the staff that brought in donations and helped to put this function together on their own time! What a great way to end the year!

CD and DESTINY Celebrate
Dr. Martin Luther King  Birthday


Ms. Arendt's and Ms. Rush's third and fourth graders in the CD program teamed up with Ms. Bartkowski's DESTINY class to celebrate Martin Luther King Junior's Birthday. The students did a great job working together. They sang four different Dr. King songs and ate cupcakes.




BetterShredders is a document destruction service run by the students in the  Transition Program. For a reasonable fee, the students can shred your unwanted documents and materials. If you have items that need to be destroyed, please call Alison or Eileen at
(708) 873-1600.

Get well soon to
Kathie Piccirillo and Jan Buckman! The Admin office is not the same without you!

January Tech Tip:

Did you receive an iPad for Christmas? Here's an article with some useful tips and tricks for new users:

10 Essential iPad Tips and Tricks