Posted February 8th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
It was so wonderful to see so many students participate in the science fair on Thursday. The students were so excited to share their experiments and projects with the volunteer judges and families. Many thanks to Mrs. Gupta for all her hard work in planning the event and meeting with the students. Thank you to all of you who support our PTA through fundraising and volunteering. Those funds continually go back to our students in support of events such as the science fair.
PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter
Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, three-tiered approach to create a positive and supporting environment for students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. As part of this process, our PBIS coaches provide helpful tips for families through the Expect Respect Newsletter. Click here to read the February issue of the PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter, which includes tips from Hoffman Estates Police Officer, Rich Turman regarding how to respond to cyberbullying.
We are beginning to prepare for the Illinois Standard Achievement Test. The assessment window is from March 3rd – 14th. It is essential that students are present at school during this time. Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments or vacations.
Last Day of School
As you know, District 54 canceled school four times in January due to the winter weather. Whenever we cancel school, we add a day to the end of our school calendar. Therefore, the last day of school is currently Thursday, June 5th. When districts submit their school calendars to the State Board of Education, they must include a provision for five possible emergency days. No one can predict what the weather will be in February and March. If we cancel school one more time, our last day will be June 6th. If we exhaust our five emergency days, we will ask the Illinois State Superintendent of Education to approve “Act of God Days.” These days can only be used for situations that pose a hazardous threat to students and are beyond the control of the district. If approved, school districts do not need to make up these days of missed school. If we do ask for an “Act of God Day” approval, we will not be able to announce the last day of school until we get approval from the state superintendent. We are hopeful that we won’t need to cancel school for the remainder of this school year and that June 5th will be our last day.
It is hard to believe that kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year is right around the corner. This event will happen in all District 54 schools on February 13th between the hours of 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. , 1:00-2:30 p.m. and again at 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you have a child who will be age 5 on or before September 1, 2014, we look forward to seeing you on the 13th. Please help us spread the word to our neighbors so we can begin planning for the upcoming school year.
Please open this week’s issue of MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information on upcoming events such as the Ice Cream Social/Auction, District 54 Foundation Grants and much more. Please remember that Wednesday, February 12th is early dismissal for our students grades 1-6 and a non-attendance day for our kindergarten students. I am looking forward to seeing many of you at Booking with the Hawks at Hoffman High tonight or Donuts with Dads on Friday.
Have a great weekend!