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Principal Message – 8/30/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

We had a great week at MacArthur and were delighted to welcome our Kinder Toros for their first week of school. Our students were engaged in showing what they know during MAP testing and they continued practicing the routines and procedures that will set them up for success this school year. It was great to see so many of our staff and students wearing their MacArthur Spirit Wear today! We encourage you and your child to wear your MacArthur Spirit Wear every Friday!

Social Media

You can keep up with what is happening at MacArthur by following us on social media! You can find us on Twitter @MacToros54 and on Instagram @MacToros54. If you have not already, give us a follow!

Walk and Bike to School Day

Our Walk and Bike to School  Day will be September 12. On this day students and families are encouraged to walk or ride the bikes to school to promote a healthy lifestyle.


We know that our pets are beloved members of our families. However, in order to ensure the safety of all students, dogs are not allowed on school grounds at arrival and dismissal.

Fees Reminder

You can pay your students fees through your parent portal account.  This includes your $50 consumable fee, optional instructional device insurance (grades 3-8 only), and milk. If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office. The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15, $25 if not received by February 1, and $35 if not received by April 1. If you would like to purchase instructional device insurance but do not have the option to do so through your portal, please contact our school office for assistance. Instructional device insurance must be purchased before the date of device issuance.

Fall MAP Testing

We will continue MAP testing with math next week.  The information we gain from this assessment is extremely valuable to us.  We use this information to determine the strengths of our students as well as the areas we need to focus on for the year. The MAP test consists of two parts, one math and one reading test, given on separate days.  Please be sure to remind your child to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and put forth their best effort.

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a T-shirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit

Schaumburg Parent University – September classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) 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. There are two evening programs scheduled for September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12

Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.
These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or

Support the Foundation at Septemberfest

The District 54 Education Foundation is raising funds for District 54 students over Labor Day weekend at Schaumburg’s Septemberfest. You can support the Foundation by parking your car for $5 at Collins School, 407 S. Summit Drive, Schaumburg, on Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1. Summit is located between Roselle and Plum Grove roads. The Foundation is also participating in Not-for-Profit Day on Monday, Sept. 2, at Septemberfest. Purchase food from our partner, Riccardo’s Ristorante, and the profits will support District 54 students.

The Foundation is committed to ensuring that all District 54 students have the same opportunities by funding breakfast programs for students from financially struggling families to ensure that they begin their day ready to learn, and grants to students from financially struggling families so that they may participate in extracurricular activities.

For more about the Foundation, visit

Upcoming Events

  • September 2- Labor Day (No School)
  • September 4- Vision and hearing screening
  • September 5- Bus evacuation drills
  • September 10- PTA Meeting 7PM
  • September 12- Walk and Bike to School Day
  • September 17- Picture Day
  • September 18- Half Day for Students (11:40 AM Dismissal)

Have a wonderful long weekend!


Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza​​​​​​​