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Many Thanks to the PTA

Posted September 6th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

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!

Danette

 

MacNews – las noticias de Mac

Posted September 5th, 2014 by dmeyer

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A Welcome from Our PTA President

Posted September 3rd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Please visit MacArthur PTA’s website to read a welcome letter from this year’s president, Janet Bolaños, and to learn more about their “Unity” theme for the 2014-2015 School Year.

New MacArthur T-shirts

Posted September 3rd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Thank you to the MacArthur PTA for providing each student and staff member at MacArthur a new t-shirt for the 2014-2015 School Year. These shirts are to be worn at our monthly PBIS assemblies. Tomorrow, Thursday, September 4th, is our first one of the year and we would love to see 100% of the students wearing their new shirts.

Welcome kindergartners!

Posted September 2nd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
 
We welcomed our kindergarten students to their first day of school at MacArthur today! Thanks to our PTA volunteers, Mrs. Bolanos, Mrs. Ponce and Mrs. Johnson for hosting the Boo Hoo Tea for our new kinder parents.
 
Please be sure to check your child’s backpack on Wednesday for a special gift from our PTA! We are hoping that all students can wear their new gift for our first student celebration assembly on Thursday, September 4th. Also in this week’s mail: Market Day is offering a special discount for first time orders. This is a great way to support our school and purchase food for family dinners and school lunches!
 
Thank you so much to those parents taking the extra time to get to school early enough to park and walk their children safely to school at the crosswalk. We remain concerned for the safety of our students and parents who are crossing the street in between oncoming traffic and even walking through the bus lane. Please remember that our children learn from what we do as much as what we say. It is important to be on time but even more important to be safe.
 
Schaumburg Parent University
District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided.
 
This year we have already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on Sept. 30 and internet safety on Oct. 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on Sept. 16 and art projects on Oct. 22. Before we plan the rest of the classes for this school year, we would like to hear from you. What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions)at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1767964/Schaumburg-Parent-University-Survey so that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community.
 
For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.
 
 
Run to Read
The annual School District 54 Run to Read will be hosted by Dirksen School on Sunday, September 28th. All profits from this event are used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54. It would be great to see some of our MacArthur families out there that morning! We have a group of MacArthur staff running and walking, too. Join us! If you would like more information, visit the District 54 website at www.sd54.org.
 
Have a great week!
 
Danette

Back at School

Posted August 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

What a wonderful day we had seeing the students back at school excited to see their friends and teachers and ready to learn! We had a great day reviewing our Cool Tools that help us stay Respectful, Responsible and Safe and make MacArthur a great place for all of us to work and learn each day.

Thank you so much for coming out to our Back-to- School Night yesterday. We raised $300 from our Salsa and Jamba Juice sales to support our garden. Thank you to our support staff who were busy chopping all those wonderful tomatoes from our garden. Tomorrow we will celebrate Harvest Day. All students will get a chance to visit the garden and learn more about the different parts of plants that we eat (roots, leaves, stems and fruit) as well as try some produce. Thank you to Mrs. McGinn and to our family volunteers who took such good care of the garden this summer.

Please be sure to check your child’s backpack for their take home folder filled with important information from the PTA and forms such as the free lunch application. Students in grade 3-8 will also be bringing home their assignment notebook. Please take some time to talk with your child tonight and set routines for completing homework and using their notebook to keep track of daily and long term assignments.

Attached is a letter for parents from State Superintendent Koch with an invitation for a Back to School Webinar to learn more about educational initiatives in Illinois.

Just a reminder that there are no classes held on Monday, September 1st due to Labor Day. We are looking forward to our kinder friends joining our school next Tuesday, September 2nd!

Thank you for your continued support of MacArthur School. This is sure to be our best year yet!

Danette

Fall Clubs

Posted August 25th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Here’s your last chance to sign-up for Fall Clubs. All Fall Clubs will be starting on Tuesday, September 2nd. Turn in your application by Wednesday, August 27th.

Back-to-School Night

Posted August 22nd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
 
It was wonderful to see so many students and families last week for Information Day. I love to see the excitement as the students open their letters from their new teachers! It was so nice to catch up with many of you as well. A special thank you goes out to Janet Bolanos, our new PTA president, and all of the PTA volunteers who helped that day.
 
We are looking forward to seeing you all back on Monday for Back-to-School Night. Please read our Back to School Night in English and in Spanish with information on the times for dropping off supplies and learning about the curriculum for each grade level. Please note that the sessions for 2nd grade dual with Niedospial/Medina and 4th dual with Felvey/Alexander will be in the music room instead of the art room. Be sure to stop outside to see the garden and perhaps purchase some fresh salsa or a fruit smoothie to support our school garden fund.
 
First Day of School for 1st-6th Grades- Tuesday, August 26th
Please use extra care when dropping off your child on the first day of school and every day. We have many families driving to school, so leaving early and taking some time to park on a neighboring street and then walk a few block is great way to start the day and connect with your child. It is illegal to use the bus lane for student drop off. Also, be sure to model safe behavior for your child by crossing at the crosswalk and never walking between parked buses.
 
Run to Read
The annual School District  54 Run to Read will be hosted at Dirksen School on Sunday, September 28th. All profits from this event are used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54. It would be great to see many of our MacArthur families out there that morning! I know several MacArthur staff members will be running. Join us! If you would like more information, visit the District 54 website at www.sd54.org.
 
Important Dates
August 25- Back to School/Curriculum Night 5:00-7:00 PM
August 26- First Day of School for Grades 1-6
September 1- Labor Day-NO SCHOOL
September 2- First Day of School for Kindergarten
 
See you soon!
 
Danette and Michelle

Information Day

Posted August 12th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

We are looking forward to seeing you this Thursday, August 14th for Information Day from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. or 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. You will be able to pick up a letter from your child’s teacher, turn in medical forms and sign up for conferences, MacArthur PTA membership and hot lunch. Please be sure to take a few moments to review the club opportunities with your child that were sent in the back to school information packet. We will be collecting the forms beginning Thursday.

In the meantime, Ms. Roslewski, Mrs. Ramos, Mrs. Thompson and I are back in the office if you have any questions or need assistance.

See you soon!

Danette and Michelle

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 http://macarthur.sd54.org/literacy/

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!

Danette