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.

Welcome to Mrs. Ivette Rivera-Weigle

Posted February 22nd, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

I have great news to share with you. Last night at the School Board Meeting, Mrs. Ivette Rivera-Weigle was appointed as the next principal of MacArthur. Mrs. Rivera-Weigle currently serves as the assistant principal of Dooley and Campanelli Elementary Schools in District 54. She has also served District 54 as a language arts and bilingual teacher at Frost Junior High and John Muir Literacy Academy and as an instructional coach with the Department of Language and Culture. I am very excited for you all to meet Mrs. Rivera-Weigle in the coming months and for her to get to know our fantastic students, staff and school community. We will be working together closely to ensure the transition is seamless for our students.

We had a record turnout for Doughnuts with Dads last Friday! Thanks to Mrs. Pearson’s expert planning and the help of many parent volunteers, hundreds of dads, uncles or family friends got a chance to enjoy a morning at school with their kids. Please remember that when you support our PTA with membership and fundraisers, you are supporting these wonderful events and activities for our students.

Rescheduled Presentation
The Your Reproductive System informational parent meeting scheduled on Monday, February 2nd (canceled due to inclement weather) has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 24th. This is an opportunity for parents to preview the content and materials presented to 6th grade students. The presentation is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will be held at the Rafferty Administration Center, in the Professional Learning Center (522 E. Schaumburg Rd., IL 60194).

Community Readiness Survey
The Schaumburg Township Community Coalition for Positive Youth Development wants to hear from you. District 54 is a member of this coalition and is therefore supporting its efforts to reach out to our community. We are looking for all community members, whether you live and/or work in the community, to give you input on what issues you think the community faces, and what the community’s priorities should be in addressing these issues. Please take our brief online survey.

5Essentials Survey
MacArthur Response Rate: 8% Goal: 20%
As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish. Please take the parent survey by March 13, 2015.

Please be sure to open the attached MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information about upcoming events such as Movie Night on March 6th.

Have a great weekend!

Danette and Michelle

MacNews – las noticias de Mac

Posted February 20th, 2015 by dmeyer

Here are the February 20th editions of Mac News and las noticias de Mac.

School will be in session on February 20th

Posted February 19th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

District 54 plans to have all schools open Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, as temperatures are expected to climb into the double-digits.

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.

No School – Thursday, February 19th

Posted February 18th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

All District 54 schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The National Weather Service has issue a wind chill advisory until noon Thursday, which calls for wind chill values as low as -26.

Our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather. Thank you for your understanding and support.

All after-school and evening activities at schools on Feb. 19 are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 19 will be held.

The District 54 Choral Festival scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, will still occur. The event is located at Frost Junior High School.

Child Care

The Hoffman Estates Park District, Schaumburg Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. For more information, visit the websites below.
•The Campanelli YMCA will offer a drop-in program for any child in kindergarten through sixth grade at its facility at 300 W. Wise Road in Schaumburg. The cost is $38 per child. Children will be engaged in active games and activities throughout the day and will have the opportunity to use the gym and the pool. Please send your child with a lunch and a drink. Register at drop off or reserve your spot today. Visit for more information.
•The Schaumburg Park District will offer care at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. The program is available only to children currently registered in the KASPER or Kapers program and is offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children will enjoy crafts, games, gym activities, swimming and an afternoon snack. Please send a labeled swim suit, towel and sack lunch (reminder, we are peanut free). The cost is $38/child. Fees will be collected at the time of sign in at the CRC. Visit www.parkfun.comfor more information.
•The Hoffman Estates Park District will offer child care for students in kindergarten through sixth grade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Triphahn Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road. Students will take a field trip to Poplar Creek Bowl. The cost is $38 per child. Registration is available online using code #156415 (click here) or at the Triphahn Center Ice Arena service desk in the morning. You MUST show proof of registration if you registered online. Breakfast will not be served and children must bring a sack lunch and drink. Please contact Jessica at with any questions. Open to residents and non-residents.

MacArthur Update

Posted February 11th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

Thanks so much to all of you who have turned in your Donuts with Dads RSVP. Our PTA is meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

Half-Day Tomorrow
Tomorrow, February 11th, is a half-day for students. First through sixth grade students will be dismissed at 11:40, and there will be no AM or PM kindergarten classes.

Valentine’s Day
As Valentine’s Day approaches, please remember that there is no PTA sponsored party. Our PTA party is on March 20th with a Spring theme. Please be sure not to send food items as valentines. We will not be able to send them home with the students. We so appreciate your help to keep all students safe.

5Essentials Survey
If you still have yet to take the 5Essentials Survey, the window is open until March 13th. Please click on the link to take the parent survey.

Important Dates
February 11 – Half day (Dismissal at 11:40 and no AM or PM kindergarten classes)
February 12 – Kindergarten Registration (6:00-8:00PM)
February 16 – No School (President’s Day)

Have a great day!

Danette and Michelle

February News and Upcoming Events

Posted February 7th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying time together at the Fun Fair last night! Many thanks to Mrs. Corwine, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Bolanos for their work in planning and the many parents who volunteered to make the evening a success.
We are looking forward to seeing many dads, uncles or special family friends at Donuts with Dads on Friday morning. If you have not already submitted your RSVP, please do so ASAP. It is included in this week’s MacNewsor las noticias de Mac.  When you RSVP, it helps our PTA plan to have plenty of food for everyone. You can also find important news about participating in upcoming events like the Science Fair and the rescheduled movie night.
College and Career Week
Each year, our teachers plan a special week when our 5th and 6th grade students learn about careers and visit an area college. We are looking for parent volunteers from our community to talk to a class of students for 15-20 minutes about their careers. Please e-mail Mrs. McMahon at if you are interested or have questions. Both our students and parents have really enjoyed this activity and you never know who you will inspire.
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration will be held on February 12 from 9:00-11:00a.m., 1-2:30p.m., and 6-8:00p.m. If your children attend MacArthur as a school of choice, you still must go to your child’s base school to register in order to apply for your kindergarten age child to enter the dual language program here at MacArthur.
Measles Information
In light of the recent news regarding measles at a Palatine child care facility, District 54 is sharing with all families this Measles Fact Sheet from the Cook County Department of Public Health. At this time there have been no reported cases of measles in District 54. Should there be a case of measles at your child’s school; parents/guardians would be notified.
Measles is a highly contagious disease. However, more than 99% of our students are vaccinated against this disease and the measles vaccine is highly effective.
If your child is exhibiting symptoms of measles, has been exposed to measles, or has been diagnosed with measles, please notify us. In addition, all students should remain at home anytime they have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater).
If you have specific questions about your child’s health, please contact your personal physician.
Booking with the Hawks
We are excited that we are already seeing some of the Booking with the Hawks reading logs returned from our 3rd-6th grade students. They are due on February 18th to receive a family ticket for the Hoffman Hawks basketball game on February 20th. This is a great way to encourage your child to read, especially on these chilly winter days.
Please note that Wednesday, February 11th is an early dismissal day for grades 1-6 and there are no classes for our kindergarten students.
Stay warm and have a great weekend.
Danette and Michelle

MacNews – las noticias de Mac

Posted February 7th, 2015 by dmeyer

Here are the most recent editions of MacNews and noticias de Mac from February 6th, 2015.


Half-Day of School – Teacher Inservice

Posted February 6th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

As a reminder, on Wednesday, February 11th, there is a half-day of school for Teacher In-service. 1st through 6th graders will be dismissed at 11:40 AM. Students are welcome to bring a snack, but there will be no lunch that day. Kindergarten will not be in session.

Fun Fair

Posted February 6th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

The MacArthur Fun Fair has arrived!  We look forward to seeing you this Friday, February 6th, from 5:30 PM – 8 PM for this great event.  Game and food tickets will be available at the door.  Thank you to all of PTA’s Fun Fair committee members for the time they spent planning this event.