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Principal Message 11/16/18

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Dear MacArthur Community,

In starting this email today, we reflected on how almost every Friday we are compelled to begin with a gratitude for something or someone. This Friday is no exception! We are so grateful to all our MacArthur Abuelos and other family members that were able to join us today for Goodies with Grandparents. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a supportive community at MacArthur. Thank you to our PTA for organizing this event and to all the volunteers who helped make it such a great morning. We hope you have a wonderful weekend! Please read on for important announcements.


Sonia Esquivel and Debbie Ancona

A Reminder from the PTA- Taste of Mac

Just a friendly reminder that Taste of Mac will take place on December 7, 2018 from 5:30-8:00pm at Eisenhower Middle School.  We are looking for more volunteers to cook and/or participate in the International Runway!  A flyer was sent home with your child with more information about the event and how you can participate.  If you have any questions about bringing and serving food or taking part in the International Runway show, please contact Arlene Kruser at or on her cell at 215.450.5999.

5 Essentials Survey

Once again, we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Jan. 18, 2019, at

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish. Note: the survey will time out and you will need to start over if you do not finish in one sitting.

If you have more than one child, you may complete the survey for each child. You will be asked to select your county and then your child’s school. Be aware that there are often schools with the same or similar names in the state of Illinois.

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey. If you do not have access to a computer, you can visit the Schaumburg Township District Library or call your child’s school and we will let you use a computer at the school to take the survey.

The survey is administered by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. If at least 20 percent of parents at a school complete the survey, a supplemental parent report will be generated and shared with schools. We are hoping to meet the target this year in our schools.

First Trimester Report Cards

The first trimester ended on November 9, 2018. Everyone who has a parent portal account will be able to view his or her child’s report card online by November 21, 2018. All parents and guardians who have not previously created a portal account but have supplied District 54 with an email address should have received an email with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office.

Winter MAP Testing

The next round of MAP testing begins Tuesday, November 27, 2018.  We are excited to see the growth that our students have made since the fall administration of the assessment. Please be sure to remind your child to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and put forth their best effort.

Upcoming Events:

  • November 20 – PTA Restaurant Night (Chipotle, 15 E. Golf Road)
  • November 21- Report Cards are live on the portal
  • November 21-23 Thanksgiving Break
  • December 6- McTeacher’s Night
  • December 7- Taste of Mac
  • December 19 – Fourth Grade Music Concert (6:30-7:30)
  • December 20- Third Grade Music Concert (6:30-7:30)
  • December 24- January 6- Winter Break

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