For all families of 6th graders who are attending Eisenhower Jr. High, the ‘Ease into Ike’ permission slips are due tomorrow, April 17th. Please send in $4.00 with the permission slip for the dinner that is provided. No late forms will be accepted.
Dear MacArthur Community,
I hope you have had a chance to enjoy some of the good weather last week by being outside. It has been wonderful for the students to have some beautiful days during recess.
Celebrate Reading and Writing
We are looking forward to seeing you all at Celebrate Reading and Writing on Tuesday evening. While the event begins at 6:00, our PTA is opening the Buy One Get One Free book fair at 5:00 in the gym. This is always a popular time to stock up on books for the summer so be sure to stop in early if you can. See the attached Celebrate Reading and Writing Flyer in English or Spanish for more details.
Thank you to those parents who have taken the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. The survey was designed to offer individuals an opportunity to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement. To take the parent survey, please visit http://Illinois.5-essentials.org between now and April 25, 2014. When searching remember to look up the full name (for example, look under M for MacArthur International Spanish Academy) At this point, only 2% of parents have taken the survey. We would like as many of our parents to take this survey as possible. if we can assist you in any way please let us know. We also have computers available for parents (in the main office) to complete the survey if needed. Our 6th grade students will have the opportunity to take the survey during class this week.
Have a good weekend.
Dear MacArthur Community,
We have enjoyed a wonderful week back at school following Spring Break. The students came back ready to learn and I heard about their many adventures and the great books they read during the break. Thank you for your effort to support reading every day at home. We also enjoyed a great concert from the Eisenhower 8th grade band accompanied by our own 6th grade band students!
Welcome Mrs. Zingler:
We are glad to welcome Cassie Zingler to the MacArthur staff for the remainder of the school year. Mrs. Zingler will be filling in for Mrs. Thompson during her maternity leave – which may begin any day now! Mrs. Zingler has worked as a teacher in District 54 and most recently as an instructional coach supporting teachers in providing quality instruction in literacy and math. Please be sure to stop by and meet her or introduce yourself at upcoming MacArthur events.
Dual Language Program Update:
Last night, Miss Murphy and I had an opportunity to present with members of the Dual Language Curriculum Writing Task Force at the District 54 School Board meeting. Refinements were presented that will increase consistency in our dual and immersion programs across District 54. Several of the refinements are based on the successes we have had here at MacArthur in using a two teacher model, in which two classes of students share two teachers for a Spanish half of day and English half of day and providing students with enrichment in two languages during the acceleration block. The feedback from the parent surveys you completed were also shared with the board. We are grateful for your support as we continually seek to improve our instruction for the benefit of our students.
Last Day of School:
Since the last day of school will be a full day this year (8:40-3:00 PM), all kindergarten students will attend their regularly scheduled sessions as well. The School Board approved the amended calendar last night so June 5th will be the last day of school this year.
Celebrate Reading and Writing:
Our students have been hard at work on their books for Celebrate Reading and Writing on April 15th. Be on the lookout for a flyer coming home in back pack mail this week. It is from 6:00 – 7:30 pm and our PTA will also be hosting the buy one – get one free book fair.
Spring MAP Testing:
The window for spring MAP testing will be April 21st – May 9th.
Please be sure to open this week’s MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information on upcoming events. Our PTA is looking for volunteers to donate Mexican dishes for the Cinco de Mayo celebration. See the newsletter for details.
We hope to see some of you tomorrow at the Garden of Diversity: A Multicultural Event for District 54 families and community members. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center on Saturday, April 5th, from 11:30 until 2:30 PM. Our MacJammers will be performing!
Have a great weekend.
Mark your calendars for Friday, May 9th for MacArthur’s Own Variety Show at Eisenhower Jr. High. Applications were sent home on Thursday, but we have also included a Variety Show Permission Form here for your convenience. Applications are due Tuesday, April 8th, to the envelopes outside the music room. Students should put their applications in the appropriate grade level envelope and sign up their big act on the posterboards as well. Mrs. Santiago will be contacting the kindergarteners for auditions and practice schedules. Mrs. Scannell will be working with the 1st and 2nd graders, Mrs. Lumpp will be working the the 3rd and 4th graders, and Mrs. Mobley will be working with the 5th and 6th graders during their lunch periods. Any questions, feel free to contact those teachers. We are looking forward to a GREAT showcase of talent that night!
The 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade MacArthur students attended a band concert this Thursday morning. Mr. Boekenhauer and his 7th and 8th grade band from Eisenhower had the opportunity to perform. During their performance, the students enjoyed a Disney medley, as well as a ‘Fright Night’ medley. The best part of the performance was when MacArthur’s 6th grade band students joined in and played along with the Jr. High students. Teachers also enjoyed seeing former students be recognized at the end of the performance. What musically talented students we heard!
Dear MacArthur Community,
Happy Spring! Thank you so much to all our room reps who planned such fun Spring parties. The students had a wonderful time and it was a nice opportunity to celebrate all their hard work this winter. Thank you also to Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Slotnik, Mrs. Knapp, Mrs. O’Brien, Mrs. Watson and Mrs. Bolanos for helping us with our Minute to Win it celebration yesterday. It was great to celebrate the students’ meeting their Toro Ticket goal.
Field Day and 6th Grade Celebration Dates
Due to the four snow/cold days we had this winter, we have rescheduled Field Day and the Sixth Grade Celebration. Please mark your calendars with the new dates: Field Day- Friday, May 30; Sixth Grade Celebration- Wednesday, May 28.. Details regarding both events will be sent as the dates get closer.
Attached to this email is a letter including an explanation of the 5Essentials Survey. Starting this week, teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. The survey was designed to offer individuals an opportunity to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement. To take the parent survey, please visithttp://Illinois.5-essentials.org between now and April 25, 2014. When searching for your school, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under M for MacArthur International Spanish Academy) We would like as many of our parents to take this survey as possible, if we can assist you in any way please let us know. We also have computers available for parents (in the main office) to complete the survey if needed. Our 6th grade students will have the opportunity to take the survey during class in April.
The District 54 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council, the Department of Language and Culture and the Schaumburg Park District will once again host A Garden of Diversity: A Multicultural Event for District 54 families and community members. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center on Saturday, April 5th from 11:30 until 2:30. Please see the attached form for more information.
MacArthur School is hosting a Spanish Language Speech Contest on May 8, 2014. Students in grades 3rd through 8th are eligible to participate in this event. Application, speech drafts written by applicant himself/herself, and video recordings no more than 3 minutes (one video recording per participant) must arrive at MacArthur School by April 18, 2014. The maximum length for speech drafts is 2 pages. The finalists will be notified via mail by April 30, 2014.
La escuela MacArthur será anfitrión este año del Concurso Anual de Oratoria el 8 de mayo 2014. Los estudiantes de 3er a 6to grado pueden participar. Forma de inscripción, borrador del discurso escrito por el concursante, y una grabación de video de no más de 3 minutos (un video por participante) debe llegar a MacArthur School para el 18 de Abril del 2014. El discurso debe ser de dos páginas. Los finalistas serán notificados por correo para el 30 de Abril, 2014.