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Spring into Recycling

Posted March 30th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

The MacArthur Environmental Club is organizing a ‘Spring into Recycling’ contest. Students should use their imaginations to make a birdhouse out of a milk carton, a flower pot out of a water bottle, or any project you can think of using only recycled materials. The projects are due Monday, April 6th, and will be displayed in the Art Hallway. All participants will receive a MacArthur reusable water bottle.

April Events

Posted March 30th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

Thank you to all our parent volunteers for their work in planning spring parties. It was the perfect way to kick off spring break and for the students to enjoy time together after many weeks of hard work. We are also thankful to our PTA for entering MacArthur in a “Labels for Education” Sweepstakes. MacArthur was one of 1,000 schools selected to win $1,000 that we can use to purchase literacy and math support materials for our classrooms. Thanks to Mrs. Ridley and Mrs. Bolanos.

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two evening programs in April in the Rafferty Administration Center Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Both of these events are free and free child care is also available.

Ask the Child Psychiatrist: Getting a handle on your parenting – 6:30 p.m. April 1. Dr. Michael Feld will incorporate real-life experiences and humor into his discussion of life, mental and behavioral health. This discussion is for parents only.

• Origami 101: – 6 p.m. April 9. Students in grades three through six are invited to learn how to create basic origami with their parents.

For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Registration for 2015 Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun! District 54 students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument for at least one school year are eligible to enroll. Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 6-23 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Keller Jr High. Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at http://sd54.org/music/instrumental/summerprogram. If you have questions, please call 847-357-5138.

Please be sure to open this week’s MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information on upcoming events such as the PTA book exchange during our Celebrate Reading and Writing Event on April 9 and an opportunity for our dual students to participate in a Summer Language Camp at MacArthur this August. Also, check out Mrs. Thompson’s article on great ways to stay active this Spring Break.

Important Upcoming Dates:
March 30 – April 2: College and Career Week
March 31: Science Fair
April 1: Student of the Month Assembly (don’t forget your Mac Wear or a College shirt)
April 3: No School
April 9: Celebrate Reading and Writing 6:00-7:30

Whether you are traveling or enjoying time at home, we wish you all a safe and relaxing Spring Break. Please remember to take time each day to read together.

Danette and Michelle

MacNews – las noticias de Mac

Posted March 21st, 2015 by dmeyer

Here are the March 20th editions of MacNews and las noticias de Mac.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Posted March 17th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Top o’ the mornin’ to ye from the MacArthur Staff. We are lucky to be able to work with all of our great, hardworking students each and every day!

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Spotlight on the MacArthur Library

Posted March 17th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Take a moment to check out Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Podlin’s library website.  They have been working hard to provide families with various websites about books and authors, as well as book talks about their favorite books.  What you’ll enjoy most is a video from MacArthur School 6th Grade Pi Day last week!

Meet Next Year’s New Principal, Mrs. Weigle

Posted March 7th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

We were excited to see many of you soon at our PTA Family Movie Night. Thanks to Mrs. Chiovari and the MacArthur PTA for rescheduling this event. Our students were excited to meet Mrs. Weigle, our incoming principal, who was in attendance to meet our students and families.

While it does not feel like spring yet, it looks like baseball season here at MacArthur as we encourage our 3rd – 6th grade students to “Knock it out of the PARCC” and show their best effort on our new state assessment. Please be sure that your child gets plenty of rest on Sunday night especially with the time change since we will begin testing on Monday morning. Arriving at school on time is especially important since students can’t enter their classrooms once testing begins. If you have not yet sent in a letter of support for your child, please send it with him or her on Monday.

Please be sure to take a few moments to read this week’s MacNews or las noticias de Mac.  Applications for the PTA Elementary Summer Scholarship program and the District 54 Foundation Memorial Grants are both included.

We hope to see many of you next week at the PTA meeting on March 10th at 7:00 pm. Our PTA is always welcoming to new families and parents. Mrs. Weigle will also be at that meeting to introduce herself and answer your questions.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Danette and Michelle

PTA Movie Night

Posted March 6th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Don’t forget, the PTA Movie Night is taking place tonight, Friday, March 6th, from 6-8 PM. All MacArthur Students will receive a free popcorn and water bottle. Wear your pajamas and bring a blanket. Time to watch Disney’s “Big Hero Six”!

MacNews – las noticias de Mac

Posted March 6th, 2015 by dmeyer

Here are the March 6th Editions of MacArthur’s Newsletters:

MacNews

las noticias de Mac

Knock it out of the PARCC!

Posted March 2nd, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

It was so wonderful to have a full week of school. As I went to classes throughout the building during the last hour of the day on Friday, I saw students excited and fully engaged in learning until the very last minute of the day! Please take a few minutes to read the important information below.

“Knock it out of the PARCC”
Our 3rd – 6th grade students are getting excited to show all they know from March 9 – 20 when we “Knock it out of the PARCC.” Our staff is confident that our students will continue to demonstrate high levels of achievement on the new state assessment. As in years past, we are asking you to write a letter to your child that is motivating and that we can share with them on the morning of the first test. The students love getting these letters from parents and teachers. Check your child’s backpack for the template or print out the attached letter template in English or in in Spanish.

STEM Summer Camp
What did you do on your summer vacation? Your answer could be: “I built and programed a robot, learned the principles of flight through rocket construction, or used a 3-D printer to design my own car or jewelry.” With the goal of bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) alive through authentic hands-on activities, District 54’s Summer STEM Academy creates experiences that expands on the interests of students.

The District 54 Summer STEM Academy offers:
§ A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
§ Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
§ STEM Certificate of Achievement recognizing the achievements of students
§ Instruction by District 54 teachers, experienced with STEM, in a positive environment
§ An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world

Registration for the Summer STEM Academy is $40.00 per student, checks/ money orders are to be made payable to Schaumburg School District 54, which includes a camp t-shirt. Registration opens on Monday, March 2nd and closes on Friday, March 20th. Information and registration forms have been mailed to your home address – payment for the Summer STEM Academy with the registration form is mailed to the Department of Student Learning (524 E. Schaumburg Rd.).

Schaumburg Parent University – March Class
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. We will host one evening program for parents in March: School Related Anxiety at 5:30 p.m. March 12 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

District 54 social worker Tricia Johnson will assist parents in understanding the difference between common stress and anxiety disorders and will provide helpful strategies to help children manage stress.

If you are interested in attending this event, please see the attached flyer. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you next Friday at the PTA Family Movie Night. Have a great weekend!

Danette and Michelle

School will be in session Feb. 23

Posted February 22nd, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

District 54 plans to have all schools open Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

We realize it will still be cold in the morning and encourage all parents to make sure their children are dressed appropriately.

We will continue to monitor the weather throughout the evening. In the event of any change, all parents/guardians and staff will receive a phone call and an email.