On Wednesday, October 1st, we have our monthly PBIS assemblies. Please remember to wear your red MacArthur t-shirts. Who will our first Students of the Month for the 2014-2015 School Year be? Let’s show some MacArthur School Spirit!
Dear MacArthur Community,
We had such a wonderful turnout for “Muffins with Moms” yesterday! Thank you so much to our PTA hospitality chair, Mrs. Pearson, and the PTA volunteers for the work to make this a special event for our families. Please remember that when you support our PTA by becoming a member or participating in a fundraiser, it helps to support events such as this.
Run to Read
The District 54 Run to Read race will take place tomorrow Sunday, September 28, at Dirksen Elementary School. This event includes a 5K competitive race for those interested, as well as a 1 mile family walk and 100 and 400 yard dashes for our younger children. It isn’t too late to register for the event! All of the proceeds from the Run to Read are used to purchase books for classroom libraries. Our Mac team including Mrs. Lenski and Mac teachers and families are looking forward to seeing you there. Be sure to wear your Mac wear and show your team spirit.
Erin’s Law Presentation
District 54 Executive Director of Special Education Cassandra Williams will discuss the District 54 sexual abuse prevention curriculum during a Schaumburg Parent University parents-only presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. During this presentation, parents will learn about the lessons that District 54 adopted in response to Erin’s Law, which requires child sexual abuse education in school for all children. If you are interested in attending, please see the attached flyer. Childcare will be available. Visit the Schaumburg Parent University website for more information about and to register.
Superintendent’s Article on Senate Bill 16 – District 54 would lose $12.5 million
Several times throughout the school year, District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss writes an article which appears in the Daily Herald, on the District 54 website and in the emails that principals send to their parent community. This month, Superintendent DuRoss wrote about Senate Bill 16. If the Illinois General Assembly were to approve this bill, District 54 would lose $12.5 million, or about $1,000 per student. This would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students.
I hope you are all enjoying a great weekend.
Dear MacArthur Community,
It has been another great week of learning here at MacArthur and with the beautiful weather our students also had the chance to enjoy some time outside for recess and P.E.!
I had a wonderful opportunity today to join our senior volunteer and Schaumburg Library Trustee, Mr. Frankel, at the Schaumburg Library for a Naturalization Ceremony where 70 members of our local community became U.S. citizens. It was such a moving event to see individuals from over 24 countries achieve their dream of U.S. citizenship.
Thank you again to Mrs. Mueller and Mrs. Altamirano for all their work on our MacNews and las noticias de Mac. Please be sure to open the newsletter to find information on upcoming events such as family photo night and pumpkin painting night as well as an article from Mrs. Thompson.
Please remember that there is early dismissal this Wednesday, September 24 at 11:40 for grades 1-6 and no class on Wednesday for our kindergarten students. We are looking forward to seeing many of you at Muffins for Moms next Friday, September 26th. Also, you can still sign up to join MacArthur staff and families for the Run to Read 5K, family walk or kid’s races held on Sunday, September 28th. Just visit the district website for more information.
Have a great weekend!
On Wednesday, September 24th, there is a half-day of school for Teacher In-service. Students will be dismissed at 11:40 AM. There is no school for kindergarten.
Mark your calendars for Picture Day on October 7th. Order forms will be sent home two weeks before that day. Make sure the forms are sent back to school on or before October 7th. Retakes will be on November 12th. If you have any questions, contact Tina O’Brien at email@example.com.
All moms or other significant females, you are welcome to come and enjoy a muffin and light breakfast with your children on Friday, September 26th in the gym at 8:00 AM for our ‘Muffins with Moms’ event. After having breakfast, you will be invited to visit your child’s classroom from 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM. Afternoon kindergarten families will have their muffins at 12:10 PM, with the classroom visits taking place from 12:30-1:00 PM. Please RSVP to the office by Tuesday, September 23rd for this special activity.
On Tuesday, September 30th, at 6:30 PM there is a meeting for all of the classroom party planners (formerly known as the ‘Room Reps’). If you have signed up to be a party planner, helper, or donor, you are invited to attend this meeting. You will collect your classroom Halloween party money, receive the names of other volunteers, receive party ideas and new guidelines, as well as start planning the Halloween party with your other classroom party planners. Please send in your RSVP by Tuesday, September 23rd. Contact Kate Johnson via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Dear MacArthur Community,
We had a great time at our first student celebration on Thursday. It was so fun to see everyone in their brand new MacArthur shirts from our PTA. Many thanks to all of our PTA members for their work in fundraising to support the students with shirts, assignment notebooks and first day folders. A special thanks to Mrs. Whalen for her work in organizing the printing of the shirts. Be sure to check out the MacArthur website and newsletter for some great pictures of the students sporting their new Mac wear.
Attached is information about several offerings from Schaumburg Parent University. Also, please be sure to open the first issue of MacNews or noticias de Mac to find out more about upcoming events such as Walk/Bike to School Day and Muffins with Moms as well as a letter from our new PTA president, Mrs. Bolanos, and a welcome back letter sharing our accomplishments and our goals for the coming year.
The State Board of Education is moving forward with an initiative that aims to promote mastery in two or more languages. The state is among the first in the country to allow school districts to award a State Seal of Biliteracy for students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in one or more languages, in addition to English. The seal would be placed on a student’s academic transcript and diploma. “Language skills are increasingly valuable in today’s global economy,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “The seal will help promote and acknowledge the great value and many benefits that come with being multilingual and multicultural.” This is exciting news for our MacArthur students who are working hard each day to become bilingual or often tri-lingual.
Please note that we will begin MAP testing with our students next week so we can set individual learning goals for the year. Also, our first PTA meeting is on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.. We would love to see you there.
Have a great weekend!