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Soft Lockdown

Posted October 23rd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This morning MacArthur Elementary School learned that Hoffman Estates High School was on a soft lockdown due to an unattended package found in the school’s stadium.

Due to the proximity of our school to the high school we initiated a soft lockdown at MacArthur as well. A soft lockdown means that children are not allowed outside for physical education or recess and extreme caution is used when allowing people to enter the building. Inside the building, children are still engaged in learning and are allowed to move from room to room. We took this precautionary measure because your child’s safety is our top priority.

At 12:25 p.m., the police notified us that the lockdown could be lifted.

I was very proud of the way our students and staff responded during the soft lockdown. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (847) 357-6650.

Thanks to the PTA

Posted October 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

Thank you so much for coming out to meet with your child and his or her teacher to discuss the goals they have set together for your child’s success this year. Thank you to Mrs. Bolanos, Mr. Slotnick and all the PTA volunteers for providing the opportunity for families to purchase books at the book fair. The funds earned go directly back to the students through the PTA birthday books program and support classroom libraries.

Please open the attached MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information on upcoming events such as Pumpkin Painting Night on October 28th and Goodies with Grandparents next month. Please also check your child’s backpack in the coming days for information about Halloween Parties and appropriate costumes for school.

We hope you are all enjoying a great fall weekend!

Danette and Michelle

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Posted October 18th, 2014 by dmeyer

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Senate Bill 16

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
 
A legislative proposal that would rewrite the way education dollars are distributed in Illinois threatens the financial stability of suburban schools, including District 54.
The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 this spring, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. This would represent the largest loss to any school district in Illinois, and a decline of 79.5 percent in the amount of funds we receive from the state of Illinois. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students.
When the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November, Senate Bill 16 is one of the bills expected to be discussed in the House. As taxpayers and parents, we want you to be informed and aware of the financial impact on our schools.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 30, Districts 54, 211 and 15 will hold a public forum at Schaumburg High School. At this forum, district representatives will share specific information about how Senate Bill 16 will impact our schools.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 21, State Sen. Matt Murphy and Reps. David Harris and Tom Morrison will host a legislative forum on Senate Bill 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights.
I would also like to thank our PTA for the information it shared about Senate Bill 16 at its general meeting on October 14th
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Danette Meyer and Michelle Thompson

Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser

Posted October 9th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Don’t forget to stop at the Chuck E. Cheese located at 1000 S. Barrington Road in Streamwood on Friday, October 10th. A portion of MacArthur students’ families sales will go to the MacArthur School PTA. Students were sent home with stickers for free tokens today. Chuck E. Cheese even made a visit to the MacArthur students’ classrooms.

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Hard Lockdown Drill

Posted October 8th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Today our school practiced a Hard Lock Down Drill under the guidance of the Hoffman Estates Police Department to prepare in case of a safety risk in the school. Our students and staff did an amazing job! This drill was an unannounced drill so that we could test our systems and evaluate how we respond.

We will be talking as a staff about the drill while looking to identify additional ways to keep everyone safe. We obviously hope never to need to use these procedures, but it helps all involved to know that they have the skills needed to respond if an emergency should arise.

Correction to Market Day Pick-up

Posted October 5th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful but chilly day. There were a few corrections to the calendar in the MacNews that was sent out on Friday. Please view the October PTA calendar with the corrected Market Day pick-up of Monday, October 6th and art night.

Also, please read the SB16 Letter from the PTA which includes an invitation to the next MacArthur PTA meeting on October 14 at 7:00 pm to learn more about the impact of the bill.

A final reminder: Tuesday, October 7th is picture day.

See you soon!

Danette

Next Week’s Conferences

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
 
We had a great time celebrating our first Students of the Month on Wednesday as well as our entire school reaching their Toro Ticket goal. We are looking forward to seeing you all next week for our fall goal setting conferences on Thursday and Friday, October 9 and 10. Please be sure to send back the conference form to your child’s teacher confirming the time. Also, please note that there is early dismissal at 11:40 for grades 1-6 on Thursday, October 9 and no classes for kindergarten that Thursday as well. It is also a long weekend with no school on Friday, October 10 and Monday, October 13.
 
While you are at school for conferences, you may want to celebrate your students hard work by purchasing a book at our PTA book fair. All proceeds from the fair support the birthday books each child receives from the PTA and also supports additional books for all our classrooms.
 
Please open this issue of MacNews or las noticias de Mac for more information about upcoming events and activities, including the PTA Reflections Program that offers an opportunity for our students to express themselves through the arts. Also, if you are interested in purchasing items printed with your child’s artwork from Art to Remember, those orders are due on Wednesday, October 8.
 
Enjoy a wonderful weekend!
 
Danette

Mac News – las noticias de Mac

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by dmeyer

This week’s editions of MacNews and las noticias de Mac:

October 3th Newsletter in English

October 3th Newsletter in Spanish

 

Wear Red MacArthur T-Shirts on Wednesday

Posted September 30th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

On Wednesday, October 1st, we have our monthly PBIS assemblies. Please remember to wear your red MacArthur t-shirts. Who will our first Students of the Month for the 2014-2015 School Year be? Let’s show some MacArthur School Spirit!