Principal Message – 9/27/19
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Dear MacArthur Community,
Thank you to everyone that joined us today for Breakfast with the Ladies! We had a tremendous turn out and we are grateful for your patience getting into the gym. We would also like to take this opportunity to extend a few reminders regarding safety in our school zone. Please be mindful of where you park when visiting MacArthur. Please abide by all posted signs and avoid blocking driveways. It is so important that when school buses have their stop arms out, vehicles are coming to a complete stop. Also, when crossing the street, please use the designated crosswalks. These practices are in place to keep our students safe and we appreciate your cooperation.
Please read on for important announcements. Have a wonderful weekend!
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.
We are looking forward to connecting with parents at our first round of student-led conferences on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11. Since our conferences are student-led, we ask that students attend so they can share with parents their progress so far this year, as well as goals they have set for the remainder of the 2019-2020. Teachers will also be sharing their insights and establishing areas of focus in which we can collaborate with you. Please remember that our school day schedule is adjusted to accommodate these conferences. Thursday, October 10 will be a half-day of school with a dismissal time of 11:40. There is no school on Friday, October 11 or Monday, October 14 for Columbus Day.
Halloween is fast approaching! We will be celebrating with a parade and classroom parties on Thursday, October 31st. In an effort to help families plan for the Halloween fun, please read through the information outlined below.
Costumes worn at school cannot have weapons, look-alike weapons (squirt guns, chains, plastic swords, etc.), fake blood, gore, scary costumes, or costumes depicting violence.
Please ensure that costumes are appropriate and not offensive to all ages at our school.
Children should bring their costumes to school. Students cannot wear costumes or makeup to school. Please make certain that your child can put their costumes on, over the top of their clothes, by themselves within a relatively short time.
Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering.
Please do not send food, candy, or drinks with your child for the class party. Any food, candy, or drink sent to school will be sent back home with the student.
Volunteers have offered their time to help run the parties. Only those on the volunteer list will be able to go to the classrooms. All volunteers will check-in when they arrive and receive an ID sticker. Thank you for helping to ensure our students’ safety.
A parade around the school will take place at 1:00 PM. We invite you to come and enjoy the parade and cheer on our students as they parade around the school.
12:15 Volunteers can check in
12:30-1:00 Students change into costumes
1:00-1:15 All School Parade outside (weather permitting)
1:15-2:45 Classroom Parties
A few years ago, we began implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law. This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels. Our students will be participating in lessons in their classrooms. Please contact us at 847-357-6650 with any specific questions.
As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student. Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners. To better ensure we support every student, this year we will again be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.
The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student. This is simply one additional way for our staff to make sure we are helping every student be successful. If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.
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.
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.
Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza