School Supply Orders

6535 - Robeson - 2018 School Supply Online Order Form6535 Robeson - Social Media Post 2 - PencilThe PTA partners with School Kidz to offer School Supply Kits! These are all individually tailored to the teachers’ school supply lists at Robeson and offer parents and guardians an easy way to buy school supplies without running around to stores this summer.

Go to and enter our school code 6535. Kits are delivered straight to your child’s classroom, so no need to worry about shipping, pick-up, or delivering the supplies.

These orders are due by June 10th – no late orders will be accepted! Be sure to order for NEXT year’s grade, as there are no refunds!



Screen Free Week

April 30 – May 6th is Screen-Free Week, a nationwide event celebrated by schools, families, and other community groups each year. Studies show that children who watch less TV are more likely to read well and to be physically fit. Turning off screens also allows for more family time.

The Robeson PTA is supporting this initiative by:

  1. Planning activities during screen free week (see attached calendar); and
  2. Holding a drawing for prizes for students who are screen-free during this week.

Participating is simple; help your children find activities that do not depend on a tablet, computer, or television! Also, please join us during some of the activities we have planned for our school community.

Then help your child record their successes on the tracker below and return it after May 6th to your teacher (teachers: please place these in the PTA box). The PTA will hold the drawing on May 10th and award prizes to students who were successful at being screen-free. No need to be perfect – send in your tracker with all levels of success! School-related activities do not count.

Here is what we have planned:

Mon, April 30, 2:30-3:30pm: Ice cream in Robeson Park! The PTA will hand out small ice cream treats in Robeson Park (just West of the school). Stay and play with your school mates! It’s supposed to be sunny!

Tues, May 1, 4-6pm: Putt-putt at Old Orchard Mini-Golf. Mention Robeson Elementary for group discount of $3.50 per game (regular $6). PTA will hand out a small favor afterward.Screen Free Week Activities

Wed, May 2, 3pm-7pm: Enroll for next year! Robeson enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year will take place from 3-7pm, with kindergarten screening from 6-7pm. Stop by the PTA table to sign-up for the digital directory; you can even pay 2018-2019 dues electronically!

Thurs, May 3, 5:30-7:30pm: Fishing Derby at Colbert Park in Savoy. No experience or equipment required (but do bring your own rod & reel if you have them). Parent/guardian supervision required.

Fri, May 4: No planned activities. Ideas include: Read a book! Climb a tree. Ride a bike. Play a board game. Cook for your parents (with their permission)! Write a letter to a relative or pen pal. Play a pick-up game. Make a fort. Have a dance party. Blow bubbles.

Here are other events in the Champaign-Urbana Community:

  • Tues, May 1, 7-9pm: Introduction to Model Rocketry at the Springer Cultural Center. Free!
  • Wed, May 2, 4-5pm: Mini Kites DIY STEAM Event at Douglass Branch of Champaign Public Library
  • Wed, May 2, 7:30-9:30pm: Cheap Skates at University of Illinois Ice Arena, $2 admission, $1 skate rental
  • Thurs, May 3, 6:30-7:15pm: Family Yoga Night at Champaign Public Library. Bring a blanket or towel.
  • Fri, May 4, 5-8pm: Family Fun Fridays at Marketplace Mall. Free carousel rides and other activities.
  • Fri, May 4, 6pm: Illini Baseball Game – Free Admission to Ohio State game. Free BBQ to first 500 fans, free hot dogs, chips, and drinks for all after that. Event includes face painting and inflatables.
  • Sat, May 5, 7am-12pm: Urbana’s Market at the Square, Farmer’s market includes numerous kid’s activities. This is the seasonal opening day!
  • Sat, May 5, 11am: Llama Llama Loves to Read Story time at Barnes & Noble; play at the train table before story time; often includes a small snack!
  • Sat, May 5, 2-5pm: Hessel Park Concert, Edison Middle School Bands. Enjoy the renovated park equipment while taking in the music! Bring a chair and a snack.
  • Sat, May 5, 3pm-3:45pm: Elephant & Piggie Party at Champaign Public Library. Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Elephant & Piggie-themed activities!
  • Sun, May 6: 1-3:30pm: Artifact Encounters at the Spurlock Museum. Visit during this family friendly event to touch artifacts, see exhibits, and play games.

Contact kristimcduffie [at] with questions.

Robeson Apparel

Robeson families and staff! ROBESON APPAREL IS HERE! The PTA is facilitating Robeson shirts for purchase. The link to our own ordering page is below. There is a ton of selection, in men’s, women’s, and children’s styles and sizes. The PTA earns a slim margin of the sales and purchases a shirt for new teachers.

We want every student to have a t-shirt, so this year we have a new option: Sponsor a T-shirt. If you can, please purchase one or more of the “Donate a T-shirt” at the reduced rate. The school will distribute them to students who would not otherwise have one.

Orders must be placed BEFORE MARCH 25TH AT MIDNIGHT. We will pick up the orders and bring them to the school for distribution. No date yet (depends on how many shirts there are).

Thanks and let us know if you have any questions!

Spring Updates

Just a couple of notes and updates!

  1. Dr. Seus WeekThis week concludes a successful Read Across America Week! Robeson had a number of special guest readers on Friday, and handed out free books to every student in the school. The attached flier shows how students celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday week.
  2. The spring book fair is approaching! It happens during parent-teacher conferences. Only the spring book fair is BOGO (buy one get one free), so take advantage! Volunteers are needed to help run the book fair. See the calendar for details.
  3. To go along with Read Across America, the PTA is introducing a Young Author’s Contest. All students are encouraged to submit. Details are below.
  4. Multicultural Night has been scheduled for April 19th! All families are encouraged to get involved! See the newsletter and look for fliers for details.
  5. Clubs are in full swing – Running Club, Drama Club, and Really Big Numbers Club. Keep looking for information on Facebook, in student folders, and in the newsletter. Let us know if you have questions!
  6. The 5th grade blood drive was a success! Thanks to all who donated to help raise money for the 5th grade field trip (and to generally help the community)!

Young Author Contest

Do you love reading stories? Why not try writing one! This month students are encouraged to enter the Young Author Contest. Students may create an illustrated children’s book or a short story. New pieces or work completed in the 2017-2018 school year are eligible. Students should submit their work by 2 pm on Monday, March 26. The entry must include a cover page with the student’s full name, grade, and teacher. Submissions may be turned in to classroom teachers (teachers – please drop off submissions in the PTA mailbox).

All submissions must be the student’s original work. Peers and/or adults may assist with editing, like spelling and punctuation. All content must be age appropriate and in compliance with Robeson’s student conduct policies. Students may type or handwrite their stories. The entries will be evaluated on creativity, appropriate use of language, and story structure. There will be one winner per grade. If you have any questions or would like to help judge the students’ entries, please contact Melissa Ames at mames [at]

PTA Meeting, Cookie Pick-Up, Running Club


PTA Meeting Nov. 28th

The next PTA meeting is Nov. 28th (note the change in date), 6-7pm, pizza and children. In addition to the standard business items (approving minutes, monthly budget, etc.), we will hear reports on the Otis Spukmeyer Fundraiser and the Scholastic Book Fair. Our main presentations will be from Principal Gaines on ALICE (active shooter response training) and a presenter from Be Smart For Kids on gun safety. See you then!

Cookie Pick-Up Dates

Cookie Dough will be delivered on 11/20. Pick up will be 2-6pm at Robeson. It arrives FROZEN and needs to picked up & delivered that day. You will receive a list of customers & orders. If your student rides the bus home please make arrangements to pick up the cookies at school unless they can carry it on the bus with them. Likewise, if you are out of town, make arrangements for someone to pick it up for you, as there is nowhere to store it and orders not picked up will be left outside the school that evening.

Permission slips have been given to teachers for everyone who sold 18+ items for the Jupiter’s pizza party & limo ride on Dec. 7th, 10-1pm. Chaperones are welcome with 89 students!

Running Club

Running club permission slips have gone out in student folders and are also available on the Robeson Facebook page. The introductory paragraph is listed below, but see the form for guidelines, dates, and more. It starts in February and, if you know you will be participating in the culminating event of the 5k marathon, consider registering early here, as it will never get cheaper than it is now!

Running Club is organized around the activity of running, but the focus of the club is to promote the well being of the child. The club will promote fitness and encourage sportsmanship and a positive mental attitude. We will be teaching basic techniques, skills and strategies of running. We will also discuss values related to the sport. Winning and losing, cooperation and consideration will be constantly discussed. This will be an excellent opportunity for your child to learn about himself or herself.

PTA meeting TONIGHT and cookie due dates

Reminder about the PTA meeting TONIGHT, Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 6-7pm with pizza and babysitting. Agenda includes: Voting on this year’s budget, Principal Gaines talking about parent-teacher conferences and the implementation of student-led conferences, Principal Gaines talking about testing, Jenelle M Thompson-Keene discussing Feeding Our Kids, Suzanna Torres Coats discussing the upcoming Book Fair, and Regan Hunt Phillips talking about the Otis Spunkmeyer fundraiser.

Here is some follow-up information about the cookie fundraiser. Forms are due in no later than Friday morning, Oct. 20th!

We hope you are having fun with the Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Fundraiser!  It’s not only a great way to teach our kiddos about setting and working toward goals, handling money and being a part of a team but it’s a FANTASTIC way for us to earn money to improve our school!

Remind your little ones about the fabulous prizes we have! Sell 6 items =  cotton candy, Sell 12 items = 1 free chocolate chip cookie dough FREE, Sell 18 items = a limo ride to Jupiter’s for pizza and games with Mr. Gaines (28 items combined for siblings), The highest selling class gets a PIZZA PARTY at school!  Mr. Kaeding’s class took this award last year and it was FUN! If every student sells 8 items the WHOLE SCHOOL will get a sno-cone party!! Every child that turns in orders next week will receive a prize, no matter how many they sell.


  • Tuesday 10/17 at 6pm (at the PTA meeting)  Join us to stay in the loop! We are looking for volunteers and ideas for Fallapalooza 2018 and we invite everyone to be a part of our PTA. We are stronger together.
  • Thursday 10/19 at 2pm
  • Friday 10/20 at 7:45am (LAST DAY!!)

We will be in the front hall by the office collection order forms and money. 

  • It’s easier if the teachers don’t have to worry about keeping track of orders & money.
  • Please turn in BOTH COPIES of your form.  You will get one back with the cookies.
  • Please make sure your forms are complete with your name & phone AND teachers name.
  • Please make sure all checks have phone numbers on them.
  • Each child must have their own separate form.
  • For donations, count each $10 as an item and include it on the form totals.
  • You do not need to add online orders to your form.
  • We accept cash & checks (made payable to Robeson Elementary).  If you have check made out to you, please consolidate and write one to the PTA.