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!

Celebrating Our 6th Graders

Posted May 28th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Thanks to the PTA for planning a special event for MacArthur’s 6th Graders. The Class of 2014 began the day with bowling and pizza at Poplar Creek Bowl. Following many strikes and spares, they returned to school for cake, ice cream, and a great video of their MacArthur memories. What a great way for these students to remember their years at MacArthur by!


The Winners of District 54’s IV Annual Spanish Speech Contest

Posted May 11th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Congratulations to the many MacArthur participants at District 54′s Fourth Annual Spanish Speech Contest which took place last week at our school. We are very proud of every student who participated!

The following MacArthur students placed at this event:

3rd/4th Category: Nancy E., 2nd Place
3rd/4th SSL Category: Gabriel W., 2nd Place
5th/6th Category: Melissa B., 2nd Place
5th/6th SSL Category: Nicolas W., 1st Place;  Gabrielle P., 2nd Place

Here is the the complete list of winners from this event.

The New Look for PTA’s Website

Posted April 25th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Want to get more information about and get more involved with MacArthur School’s PTA? Check out PTA’s website to find out more about upcoming events this Spring sponsored by the PTA. We hope to see everyone at the ‘Cinco de Mayo’ event coming up in May!

Help Websites for Reading and Math Practice

Posted June 1st, 2013 by Mrs. Mobley

Want your child to keep up with his or her math and reading skills throughout the school year?  We have put together a list of websites that are frequently used in the classrooms that your child can access at home. Click on the link below to access our recommendations.