Back at School

Posted August 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

What a wonderful day we had seeing the students back at school excited to see their friends and teachers and ready to learn! We had a great day reviewing our Cool Tools that help us stay Respectful, Responsible and Safe and make MacArthur a great place for all of us to work and learn each day.

Thank you so much for coming out to our Back-to- School Night yesterday. We raised $300 from our Salsa and Jamba Juice sales to support our garden. Thank you to our support staff who were busy chopping all those wonderful tomatoes from our garden. Tomorrow we will celebrate Harvest Day. All students will get a chance to visit the garden and learn more about the different parts of plants that we eat (roots, leaves, stems and fruit) as well as try some produce. Thank you to Mrs. McGinn and to our family volunteers who took such good care of the garden this summer.

Please be sure to check your child’s backpack for their take home folder filled with important information from the PTA and forms such as the free lunch application. Students in grade 3-8 will also be bringing home their assignment notebook. Please take some time to talk with your child tonight and set routines for completing homework and using their notebook to keep track of daily and long term assignments.

Attached is a letter for parents from State Superintendent Koch with an invitation for a Back to School Webinar to learn more about educational initiatives in Illinois.

Just a reminder that there are no classes held on Monday, September 1st due to Labor Day. We are looking forward to our kinder friends joining our school next Tuesday, September 2nd!

Thank you for your continued support of MacArthur School. This is sure to be our best year yet!


Fall Clubs

Posted August 25th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Here’s your last chance to sign-up for Fall Clubs. All Fall Clubs will be starting on Tuesday, September 2nd. Turn in your application by Wednesday, August 27th.

Back-to-School Night

Posted August 22nd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
It was wonderful to see so many students and families last week for Information Day. I love to see the excitement as the students open their letters from their new teachers! It was so nice to catch up with many of you as well. A special thank you goes out to Janet Bolanos, our new PTA president, and all of the PTA volunteers who helped that day.
We are looking forward to seeing you all back on Monday for Back-to-School Night. Please read our Back to School Night in English and in Spanish with information on the times for dropping off supplies and learning about the curriculum for each grade level. Please note that the sessions for 2nd grade dual with Niedospial/Medina and 4th dual with Felvey/Alexander will be in the music room instead of the art room. Be sure to stop outside to see the garden and perhaps purchase some fresh salsa or a fruit smoothie to support our school garden fund.
First Day of School for 1st-6th Grades- Tuesday, August 26th
Please use extra care when dropping off your child on the first day of school and every day. We have many families driving to school, so leaving early and taking some time to park on a neighboring street and then walk a few block is great way to start the day and connect with your child. It is illegal to use the bus lane for student drop off. Also, be sure to model safe behavior for your child by crossing at the crosswalk and never walking between parked buses.
Run to Read
The annual School District  54 Run to Read will be hosted at Dirksen School on Sunday, September 28th. All profits from this event are used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54. It would be great to see many of our MacArthur families out there that morning! I know several MacArthur staff members will be running. Join us! If you would like more information, visit the District 54 website at
Important Dates
August 25- Back to School/Curriculum Night 5:00-7:00 PM
August 26- First Day of School for Grades 1-6
September 1- Labor Day-NO SCHOOL
September 2- First Day of School for Kindergarten
See you soon!
Danette and Michelle

Information Day

Posted August 12th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

We are looking forward to seeing you this Thursday, August 14th for Information Day from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. or 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. You will be able to pick up a letter from your child’s teacher, turn in medical forms and sign up for conferences, MacArthur PTA membership and hot lunch. Please be sure to take a few moments to review the club opportunities with your child that were sent in the back to school information packet. We will be collecting the forms beginning Thursday.

In the meantime, Ms. Roslewski, Mrs. Ramos, Mrs. Thompson and I are back in the office if you have any questions or need assistance.

See you soon!

Danette and Michelle

Have a great summer!

Posted June 20th, 2014 by dmeyer

Dear MacArthur Community,

We hope that you are all enjoying a great summer whether you are staying in town or traveling with family. While summer is a great time for our students to spend time outside and participate in sports, please be sure to make time every day for reading. Reading to your child or even being a good reading model by reading your own book while your child reads makes a difference. When kids see reading as a fun and enjoyable activity they are more likely to want to read.  For more tips on making reading and math part of your daily routine, see the suggestions from our literacy and math support team click here

Busing information

If you live outside the MacArthur base school area and your child attends MacArthur as a school of choice for the dual language program,  you should have received a packet with parent paid busing information. Please note that the deadline for applying for a bus is July 15th. It is important not to miss this date. While bus transportation is not guaranteed for open enrollment students, you must still submit the application to see if there is a bus available for you. After that date, the possibility of getting your child on a route is very slim and late fees will apply. If you have any questions or need an application, please contact the transportation department. 847-357-5104

Important Dates

8/14       School Information Day – 9am-noon, 6-8pm

8/25       Back to School Night

8/26       First Day of School for Grades 1-6

9/1         No School – Labor Day

9/2         First Day of School for Kindergarten students

We are looking forward to seeing you back at school in August. Have a great summer!


Good bye to our Sixth Grade Class of 2014

Posted June 5th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

We wish all of the MacArthur sixth graders the best of luck in Jr. High. It was so fun to celebrate you today at the sixth grade kickball game and during your final walk around MacArthur. We know you are going to make MacArthur School proud in all that you accomplish!

Math Olympiad Champions!

Posted June 3rd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Congratulations to sixth graders Christopher P., Armaan G., Kayli F., and Spencer K. for coming in first place at their Mathletes Competition.  Here they are celebrating their first place trophy from the Eisenhower feeder math tournament held on June 3.

Congratulations to all the MacArthur students who participated in the competition.  We are thrilled to see such hard-working mathematicians even during the last week of school!


Accomplishments of the Year

Posted May 31st, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

That certainly was one Fantastic Field Day on Friday! The weather, the volunteers, the games and of course plenty of spraying water made it one of the best field days ever. Many thanks to Mrs. Lenski and Mr. Johnson for all their planning and our Field Day volunteers for their time and energy. Our students were so happy having fun together and enjoying themselves after all their hard work this year.

We have much to celebrate. Some of the accomplishments of the year include:

·         MacArthur students again scored in the top 10% of students in the nation in meeting their reading growth goal and in the top 1% in meeting their math goals.

·         50% of MacArthur students scored above the 85th percentile in math and exceed grade level expectations.

·         Over 300 students participated in clubs at lunch or after school. They are learning new skills or helping serve our school community.

Please be sure to check your child’s report card envelope for information on the progress he or she made this year and lots of ideas for keeping up your child’s skills this summer. Students will bring home a math packet of practice activities and a list of great books to read this summer. We strongly encourage your support in making time for both reading, math and writing over the long break.


Superintendent’s Article

Please take a moment to read Superintendent DuRoss’ recent Daily Herald article in English or Spanish.

In this  final issue of MacNews or las noticias de mac, you can learn about all PTA has accomplished this year and how you can contribute as a parent volunteer in the coming year. We are so thankful to our PTA and you, the volunteers, for your support.  A special thanks to Kate Johnson, our PTA president, in the final days of her two year term. Mrs. Johnson has spent countless hours at MacArthur and in the community supporting committees and helping with every project imaginable. She has done this work with a giving heart dedicated to serving all the students and families of MacArthur. I know you will join me in expressing your appreciation when you see her at school and in the community.

I would also like to recognize several staff members who are leaving MacArthur for their important contributions to our students and school community.

·         Mrs. Dietz will be heading to new adventures as an ELL teacher at Hanover Highlands School. We are grateful for her work with our Title I program as well as her dedication to students as a literacy teacher. We are glad we will still see her as a MacArthur parent!

·         Mrs. Quiroga will be returning to Spain as this completes her third year in the teacher exchange program. We thank her for promoting a love of Spanish learning and fun throughout our school.

·         We are hopeful to see Mrs. Woolsoncroft supporting students at another District 54 school this fall. She has been a wonderful asset to our kinder students this year and to our students in literacy throughout the grades.

·         Mrs. Stinnett is heading to Colorado with her family. We are thankful for her taking over our third grade general education classroom as our student numbers expanded this fall.

Please remember that we have a full day of school on Thursday, June 5th for students in grades 1-6 and kinder students will also attend their a.m. or p.m. sessions that day. We will have our last Student Celebration Assemblies on Thursday at 9:15 and 1:00 pm to allow some extra time afterwards to say goodbye to our 6th grade friends.

I hope you all enjoy a summer full of health and great times with family and friends!


MacNews – las noticias de Mac

Posted May 31st, 2014 by dmeyer

MacNews 5-30

MacNews Spanish 5-30


Let the Games Begin!

Posted May 30th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Field Day is off to a great start!  We started the day with a BMX Bike Assembly…whew…no injuries!  Students were warned, don’t try this at home.  Now, the games have begun. Special thanks to Mr. Johnson & Mrs. Lenski for planning today’s events.  Also, thanks to the MANY parent volunteers who are out there today.  What perfect weather for this year’s Field Day!