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Upcoming Events & Important Dates

Posted April 24th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

We are looking forward to seeing many of you tonight at the “Fiesta Dance” sponsored by our PTA. Entry for MacArthur families is free with food and drinks for sale. There will be a DJ and dancing fun for the entire family. The dance is at Eisenhower Junior High from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

PARCC Dates: Grades 3-6 will be taking the end of the year PARCC test beginning next week. Please try to have your child(ren) present if at all possible.

Last Day of School: As you know, District 54 canceled school five days during the winter months due to the cold weather and/or snow. Whenever we cancel school, we add a day to the end of our school calendar. Therefore the last day of school is Friday, June 12. Please note that this is also the last day of school for kindergarten students.

Schaumburg Parent University – May Classes: 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 scheduled for May:

•Merengue Away. This dance class is for children in early childhood through sixth grade and their parents. It will be from 6 to 7 p.m. May 5 at Stevenson School.
•Concussions: Risks and Intervention. Jill Dorflinger, a pediatric neuropsychologist for Alexian Brothers, will discuss typical brain development and the best interventions if your child suffers a concussion. This class for parents only will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rafferty Administration Center.

If you are interested in attending these events, please visit the Schaumburg Parent University website to register. Childcare will be available.

Have a great weekend!

Danette and Michelle

PTA’s Fiesta Dance

Posted April 24th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Don’t forget, the Fiesta Family Dance is Friday, April 24th, from 5:30-8 PM at Eisenhower Jr. High School. Admission is free for this event. Come dance and enjoy the music provided by a DJ. Food and drinks will be for sale.

A Successful Celebrate Reading and Writing Event

Posted April 12th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
 
Thank you so much for supporting your children by coming out to our Celebrate Reading and Writing event last night. The students were so excited to see the many comments on their books from parents and friends. If you were not able to attend, please be sure to check your children’s backpacks to see their books and reports. Thank you to our PTA volunteers for all their support of the celebration. Thank you to Mrs. Ponce for her work in organizing a wonderful multicultural storyteller, Mr. Slotnik for planning the book fair and Mrs. Johnson for the book exchange. Thank you also to Ms. Serafin and our MacArthur staff for their extra work in supporting the students in researching and writing the books as well as planning events throughout the day.
 
We were very proud of our ½ and ¾ Battle of the Books Teams who competed against other D54 schools last Thursday.  Both teams did a great job in this first battle and our ¾ team came in first place this round so they will be moving on to the next level of competition.
 
Our dual language students in grades 2-6 were able to demonstrate their growth in Spanish by taking the STAMP assessment this week. We were so impressed with their efforts especially in speaking and writing. In the next two weeks MacArthur students will participate in the Spring MAP assessment to measure their growth in reading and mathematics this year. We are always excited to see the growth the students have made toward the goals they set with you earlier this year.
 
It was nice to see so many MacArthur students and families at the District 54 Multicultural Fair yesterday. The MacJammers did a great job performing.
 
Please be sure to open this week’s MacNews or las noticias de Macfor information about upcoming events like the PTA Family Dance on April 24th.
 
Enjoy a great weekend!
 
Danette and Michelle

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Posted April 12th, 2015 by dmeyer

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Celebrate Reading and Writing is Here!

Posted April 4th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

It was a fully packed week of exciting learning opportunities following Spring Break. Wednesday’s Science Fair was certainly a highlight. Thank you to Mrs. Kowalczyk for all her work in planning and organizing the fair and congratulations to all the young scientists for their efforts!

Also, I think we may have had our best college and career week yet. Many thanks to all the guest speakers that shared information about their careers including Mrs. Wisely, Mrs. Gurrola, Mr. McMahon, and Patrick McMahon with our 5th and 6th grade students. I heard so many students talking about careers in engineering, science, technology and healthcare after being inspired by all the speakers they heard. The students ended the week with an awesome trip to Harper College and even had the chance to participate in a science experiment while there. Please be sure to ask your 5th or 6th grade child about their experiences. Many thanks to our 5th and 6th grade teachers for their extra work in planning these opportunities for our students.

We hope to see all of you this Thursday, April 9th between 6:00 and 7:30 for our Celebrate Reading and Writing Event. Your children have been working hard in class to research and write books to share their learning. Also our PTA is sponsoring a book exchange that evening. You can drop off your gently used books from 5-6 pm, receive a coupon and come back to exchange it for gently used “new” books between 7-8 pm. Our PTA will also offer the Scholastic Buy One – Get One Free book fair in the gym. Your support for your child’s learning means so much to them!

Finally, next Saturday, April 11, the District 54 Department of Language and Culture is hosting their MultiCultural Event: A Garden of Diversity at the Schaumburg CRC. Our own MacJammers will be performing at 12:15! This is such a fun event with free multicultural crafts, games and performances. It is an open house so you can stop by between soccer games and Saturday errands anytime between 11:30 – 2:30. I hope to see you there! For more information, please view the flyer in Multicultural Event flyer in English or Spanish.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Danette and Michelle

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!