I have enjoyed my second go-around as Sundling PTA President this past year! It has been a pleasure working with the Sundling PTA Board, staff, and parents.  The support the PTA has received from all of you throughout the year has led to many PTA successes. THANK YOU for your part in making it a great year, and helping to provide wonderful programs and activities to the students at Sundling!  

Congratulations to our very own band teacher, Mr. Jeff Zilke, on receiving the IL PTA Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at the IL PTA Convention this year! What a great honor it was for him to receive this distinguished award. We are proud and grateful to have him at Sundling, and we appreciate all he does for the students. 

Things are winding down as the last day of school quickly approaches. The "When Pigs Fly" event is coming up on May 19, and the 8th Grade activities are happening the last week of school. See the included articles for more information. 

Speaking of the 8th Grade activities, congratulations to all of our graduating 8th Graders! We wish you the best as you move on to new adventures at your respective high schools. 

Finally, I want to say a BIG thank you to the WRS PTA Executive Board and Staff - Gretchen Elzer, Julie Holdeman, Stacey Piper*, Jeaneen Spencer, Laura Lazicki, Michelle Calisch, Dave Eterno*, Debbie Cook, Tricia Eckels*, Gina Kubacik, Jennifer Sobel*, Michelle Geraci, Jen Johnson, Kim Huefner-Wilson, Jen Dick, Kim Wimer, Tom O’Brien*, Lara Martinez, Aimee Swanson, Janette Forman, Dianne Novosad*, Amy Louis, Anu Rajagopalan*, Laura Bilotas, Mimi Liddy*, Mariann Beach, Kathy O’Brien*, Jen Soloway*, Colleen Butterly, Marianne Thibedeau, Beth Blazejak, Kelly Rice, and Jason Dietz!! The time and effort you have dedicated to enhancing the Sundling experience for the students, parents and staff has been amazing. It’s been a great journey this year with all of you! A special thank you to the names with an * next to them who are outgoing committee chairs. Thank you for your service! 

For those of you returning to Sundling in the fall, keep an eye out for the summer mailing with important Sundling PTA information. Also, stay connected with the Sundling PTA Facebook page, and the Sundling PTA Website. We’re going to have another great PTA year! 

Enjoy your summer, and see you in the fall! 

Kris Ahlgrim 
WRS PTA President

 Contact Us:

 Walter R. Sundling Jr. High PTA

 1100 N. Smith Street

 Palatine, IL 60067

 Main Phone Number: (847) 963-3700

 Absence Recorder: (847) 963-3701

A Letter from the President

PTA Sponsored Programs

Direct Donations:  

We have successfully offered a direct donation program the past few years that has been highly supported by our WRS parents. In this fast-paced age where it’s hard to find extra time between work and your student’s activities, parents are looking for a simplified way to offer assistance.

While parents appreciate the services of the PTA, many welcome the opportunity to reduce the number of fundraising solicitations.  In recognition of this fact, the WRS PTA continues to encourage direct donations to satisfy its budgetary requirements used to support the many important programs it sponsors.

If you would like to give a direct donation, click on the following link: DIRECT DONATION FORM.

Upcoming Events

​​When Pigs Fly Walk - May 19th
Students will be making fleece blankets.  We are in need of either pre-cut 4 ft x 4 ft fleece or any no-sew fleece tie blanket kits.  These kits can be purchased at local crafts stores (including Walmart).  

Donations can be dropped off at the School office marked "Pig Walk" by Friday, May 12th.  We will also need volunteers for the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer, please email:  

​Spirit Wear Clearance Prices!

We still have Spirit Wear available at clearance prices!  T-Shirts in Sizes Youth L & XL, Adult S for $5.  2017 Sweatshirts in Youth XL for $15.  And a few items for $10 to $15 each. Contact by May 24th if you are interested.

Working Together as Partners...

                  The Walter R. Sundling PTA


  • ​5/4: Open House (6:30 PM for Incoming 7th Graders / 7:00 PM for Current Sundling Families
  • 5/4:  Teacher Institute Day - NO SCHOOL
  • 5/5: Teacher Plan Day - NO SCHOOL
  • 5/16: PTA Meeting @ 7 PM
  • 5/19: When Pigs Fly Walk
  • 5/22: 8th Grade Field Trip to Bowlero
  • 5/23: 8th Grade Picnic
  • 5/24: 8th Grade Graduation @ PHS
  • 5/29: Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
  • 5/30: Last day of School

For a complete list of all Sundling and PTA events, please click on the calendar link:  CALENDAR

Every year, the PTA sponsors programs at Sundling to help enrich our students learning and overall junior high experience.  Below is an example of some of those programs:

  • The Scribe Newsletter
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Cultural Arts
  • Book Fair
  • Blood Drive
  • 8th Grade Activities
  • Health & Safety Events
  • Parent Education Seminars
  • PTA Reflections Program
  • Student/Faculty Basketball Game 
  • Plus many more...