Important Back-to-School Information

Posted July 14th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

On Thursday, August 13, please be sure to visit MacArthur International Spanish Academy for our Information Day between the hours of 9 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m. You will be able to find out the name of your child’s teacher and sign up for the PTA.

Also mark your calendar for Thursday, August 20th for MacArthur’s Back to School and Curriculum Night 5-7 p.m. Students will be able to meet their teacher, tour their classrooms, and find out a little bit about the curriculum for the year.

The first day of school for grades 1-6 is Monday, August 24th.  Kindergartners begin one week later on Monday, August 31st.

A Special Send-Off

Posted June 10th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

It was quite a special send-off today! Every classroom at MacArthur had prepared something special to send me on my way…a song, poem or presentation. Many thanks to the MacArthur staff and to Mrs. Johnson for all their work in making the day so meaningful and fun. Thank you to all the parents who came out this evening to wish me well. I will truly miss working here with such great students, staff and community but I am very happy to continue in District 54 so I will be close enough to visit and keep in touch.

Along with Mrs. Ernst who retires this year and Mrs. Medina who is moving to California, several MacArthur staff members are making moves in District 54. Mrs. Rojas-Alexander will be moving to Eisenhower as the Dual Language Teacher and Dr. Perez will join her there as the school psychologist. I know many of our sixth grade students and MacArthur Alum at IKE will love seeing them there. Mrs. Esquivel and Miss Wahlund will begin serving District 54 as Instructional Coaches in the Department of Language and Culture. They will still be coming by MacArthur to support our staff and see the students. I know you will join me in wishing all of these staff members who have contributed so much to our school the best in their new positions.

Also, thank you to Mrs. Bolanos for her service as PTA president and a big welcome to Mrs. Corwine as the incoming president. Thank you to Mrs. Mueller for all her work on the MacNews this year and to all the PTA committee chairs for taking leadership roles in providing great experiences for our students.

Please don’t forget to have your children wear their Mac gear on Friday for our final school celebrations!

Thank you!

Danette and Michelle

Community Open House for Mrs. Meyer

Posted June 9th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Come visit with Mrs. Meyer on Tuesday, June 9th from 5:00-6:00 PM. It’s been a day full of surprises for Mrs. Meyer, including this evening’s special event. We hope to see you there!

A Special Thank You

Posted June 8th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community, 

We had a wonderful Field Day this Friday thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Lenski and Mr. Werner in planning and all of our PTA and parent volunteers who helped ensure the entire day was filled with fun activities to celebrate the end of the school year. It even got warm enough to really enjoy all the fun water games!

A very special thank you to our current and past PTA presidents and members for the beautiful bench they surprised me with on Friday. Laurel, Mikel, Kate and Janet, working with each of you has been a pleasure and I so appreciate your dedication to the students and the community. The bench is an amazing work of art hand built and painted by Mr. Bolanos with the titles of many of my favorite books in English and Spanish. I know MacArthur students will enjoy for many years to come. I do plan to come visit often and I hope I will have some friends willing to sit with me to read!


Last week our 5th and 6th grade Math Olympiad students competed at the feeder school math competition at Armstrong and came in first place. Many thanks to Mrs. Marcis and Miss Gafron for their work with the team. Our rocketry club enjoyed a great morning at the District 54 Rocket Launch today Olympic Park. Thanks to Mrs. Esquivel and Miss Niedospial for sponsoring this great opportunity for our students at MacArthur.
Summer Reading
Each child will be receiving a District 54 recommended reading list to help guide them during the summer.  We strongly encourage all students to stay active over the summer and incorporate a variety of genres in their reading.  Look for these lists coming home on the last day of school next Friday with report cards.
Please be sure to open this last issue of MacNews or las noticias de Mac for the summer PTA  reading calendar and letters to the community from Mrs. Bolanos and me.
Please remember that we have a full day of school on our last day, Friday, June 12. Please remember to send your child in his or her MacWear for the assemblies on our last day.
Have a great week!

Danette and Michelle

MacNews – las noticias de Mac

Posted June 8th, 2015 by dmeyer

Here are the last editions of MacNews and las noticias de Mac for the 2014-2015 School Year.

Lockdown Drill on Thursday Afternoon

Posted May 29th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

This afternoon the Hoffman Estates Police Department came to MacArthur to conduct a hard lockdown drill with our students. In a hard lockdown, students are brought into their classroom, doors are locked and students are grouped on the floor in a safe area of the classroom away from doors and windows. No one is allowed to open classroom doors until a school administrator or emergency responder says it’s OK.

I am glad to report that our staff and students did an excellent job following directions and acting quickly with purpose. We appreciate the support of the Hoffman Estates Police in helping us to prepare for emergencies.

Esta tarde la Policía de Hoffman Estates vino a la escuela MacArthur para poner en práctica un cierre completo. En un cierre completo, los estudiantes son llevados a su salón de clases, las puertas están cerradas y los estudiantes se agrupan en el suelo en un área segura del salón lejos de puertas y ventanas. Nadie está autorizado para abrir puertas de los salones hasta que un administrador de la escuela o de servicio de emergencia dice que está bien.

Me agrada informarles que el personal y los alumnos hicieron un trabajo excelente en seguir instrucciones y actuar rápido con propósito. Agradezco el apoyo de la Policía de Hoffman Estates en su ayuda a prepararnos pare emergencias.

Have a good afternoon!

Danette and Michelle

Upcoming Events at MacArthur

Posted May 26th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend with family and friends. We have many events to look forward to starting with the MacArthur 3rd/4th Grade Drama Team’s performance of “Treasure Island: Young Pirates of the Caribbean” tonight, Tuesday, May 26th, at 6:30 PM in the MacArthur School gym.

Our 6th grade students will be celebrating their years at MacArthur on Wednesday, May 27th in the afternoon. Don’t forget to have your 6th grade student wear the sixth grade t-shirt provided by our PTA to this fun event. A reminder that students need to bring their lunches on Wednesday as lunch is not part of the celebration.

Please take a few moments to open this week’s MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information about end of year activities including Field Day on June 5th. Also attached are summer reading calendars. June 1st is just around the corner!

Have a great week!

Danette and Michelle

Treasure Island: Young Pirates of the Caribbean

Posted May 25th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

The MacArthur 3rd/4th Grade Drama Team invite you to their performance of “Treasure Island: Young Pirates of the Caribbean” on Tuesday, May 26th, at 6:30 PM in the MacArthur School gym.  Come join Jim Hawkins on an adventure of a lifetime where he sails the high seas and meets pirates, including one of the most famous pirates of all-time, Long John Silver.

6th Grade Farewell Celebration

Posted May 25th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

6th Grade Farewell celebration is Wednesday, May 27th.  All 6th graders should where their 6th grade class shirts that day.  Parents are welcome to attend the slideshow and have cake with their child between 1:30-2:15 PM in the gym.

MacNews – las noticias de Mac

Posted May 23rd, 2015 by dmeyer

Here are the May 22nd Editions of MacNews and las noticias de Mac.