Student Council’s Spirit Week

Posted December 13th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Don’t forget about Student Council’s Spirit Week:

Monday, 12/15: Ugly Sweater Day
Tuesday, 12/16: Funny Hat Day
Wednesday, 12/17: PJ Day
Thursday, 12/18: Crazy Hair Day
Friday, 12/19: Mismatched Day

Pancake breakfast and craft making success

Posted December 13th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying the pancake breakfast and craft making last Saturday. Many thanks to our PTA, especially Mrs. Corwine, Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Slotnik and Mrs. Bolanos for all their work in planning and organizing the event. Many of our students went home with such cute gifts to give for the holidays!

We were impressed by the effort of our students to show what they know on the MAP reading and math tests these last few weeks. You will be able to discuss those results as well as other indicators of your child’s progress at student led conferences on January 15th and 16th.

Please open the attached MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information on Spirit Week planned by our student council and to save the dates for upcoming events such as the free PTA Movie Night on January 9th. Please take a few moments to read the letter from Mrs. Thompson with information on how you can help your child to prepare for success on the PARCC exams that have replaced the ISAT test for students in grades 3-6. Also, mark your calendars for a presentation on keeping your child safe when using the internet on January 21st hosted by Eisenhower Junior. We will send home a reminder flyer in the new year.

Thank you again to the families who have sent in items for our food drive and holiday giving program. You are so very generous to our school and district community. We are still accepting items on Monday if you are out and about shopping this weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Danette and Michelle

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Posted December 12th, 2014 by dmeyer

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Pancake breakfast (and cold weather) is here!

Posted December 5th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
We are looking forward to seeing many of you here tomorrow for pancakes, crafts and some holiday shopping! If you haven’t pre-ordered, you are still welcome to attend. See the attached flyer for the Holiday flyer for more information.
Also, now that we are fully into winter, please be sure to send your children with heavy coats, gloves and hats so they are comfortable and safe in the cold weather. Thank you for getting your children to school on time. We know many of you like to get here early, but please be sure not to leave your young children unattended prior to 8:25 since there is not supervision by staff. If the temperature or wind chill is below zero, we will let the students in the building rather than waiting in line.
Also, if you have purchased any games, books, art supplies, gloves, or mittens for our holiday giving program, you can drop them off in the office or send them in with your children. Thank you in advance for your generosity to the MacArthur community.
Stay warm and see you soon!
Danette and Michelle

Report Cards Sent Home

Posted November 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
We have had a great first trimester here at MacArthur! Please check your children’s backpacks for their report cards coming home today.
Report Cards
You will notice the report card is new this year and your child has been assessed on the Illinois Learning Standards.  The new standards-based report card provides valuable information for you and your child including:
•     Student proficiency of the Essential Learning Outcomes
•     Overall academic achievement in each content area
•     Social and emotional development
•     Student specific comments from classroom teacher(s)
•     Both an achievement grade for each content area and a standards mastery grade for grades 4-6
The cover page of the new report card contains an explanation of the grading system and outlines what factors are taken into account when determining student proficiency.  Please celebrate your child’s accomplishments on his/her report card.
Virtual Backpack
Please remember that the District 54 Virtual Backpack contains a lot of information and activities available to students and families from various agencies and clubs in the area. Check it out on the District webpage!
Cold Weather/Recess
Please remember to send your child to school with coats, gloves or mittens, scarves, and hats. It is also important to send your child with boots and snow pants when it snows. We try to get the children out every day for about 20 minutes.  Having proper cold weather gear will help your child enjoy time outside even in the winter. 
Sixth Grade Parents Only
Our sixth graders met with Mr. Todd, the assistant principal of Eisenhower Junior High. During that meeting the policies and procedures along with what a typical day is like at the junior high was reviewed. Now, it’s time for your child to choose electives for seventh grade! Families will receive more information regarding electives at the Sixth Grade Parent Night, which takes place on December 3rd. All completed student request forms should be returned to their 6th grade teachers by December 12th .
1000 Books Initiative
Mrs. Barbara Hengels from the District 54 School Board visited Miss Niedospial and Mrs. Santiago this month to recognize both teachers for reaching the goal of a 1000 book classroom. They join many other MacArthur staff members who have made it a goal to create an enriching classroom library of books for their students.
Please open the attached MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information on upcoming MacArthur events such as the Pancake Breakfast on December 6th and our annual Holiday giving tree.
Please mark your calendar to have your child wear his or her MacArthur Spirit Wear on Monday, December 1st for our monthly student celebration assembly.
On behalf of the MacArthur staff, we wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Danette and Michelle

Donations This Holiday Season

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

The holiday season is upon us and we would like to join together to bring holiday cheer to our MacArthur community. This year we are asking for the following donations: warm hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves. Or a board game, book, small toy, or art supplies. These can be for any age child. The gifts will then be given to our own MacArthur families who are in need this season. Please bring all gifts unwrapped by Friday, December 12th. Thank you for helping to brighten the season for others this year.

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Posted November 25th, 2014 by dmeyer

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Wear Red Shirts on Monday, Dec. 1st

Posted November 24th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

When we return from Thanksgiving Break, we will have our monthly PBIS assembly on Monday, Dec. 1st. Please remind your child to wear his or her red MacArthur shirt that day.

Also, the Lou Malnati’s fundraiser for the 3rd/4th grade field trip to Springfield takes place that night as well. No need to plan your dinner, just head over to Lou Malnati’s and show the flyer to your server (or show the picture below on your phone). The 3rd/4th grade classes thank you for your support.


Grandparents and ‘Grand friends’

Posted November 14th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
It was so wonderful to see so many grandparents and “grand friends” this morning. We are so grateful to our PTA volunteers led by Mrs. Pearson, the hospitality chair, who work so hard to plan such great family events. Every time you support our PTA through membership or a fundraiser, you are supporting these activities at MacArthur.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow morning at the Turkey Trot at Eisenhower Junior High. Don’t forget your canned or packaged good that helps support our District 54 food pantries.
Please be sure to open this issue of the MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information about upcoming events including the Pancake Breakfast on December 6th and updates from our specials teachers and PBIS team.
Have a great weekend!

Danette and Michelle

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Posted November 14th, 2014 by dmeyer

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