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Principal Message – 10/4/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

It has been a wonderful week here at Mac! Teachers and students have been meeting to have goal setting conversations and we are looking forward to sharing those goals with families during student-led conferences next week. As a reminder, Wednesday students will be dismissed at 2:30, Thursday will be a half-day (11:40 dismissal) and there is no school for students on Friday or Monday. While you are attending conferences, do not forget to stop by our PTA book fair!

Please read on for important announcements. Have a wonderful weekend!

MAP Reports

On Thursday morning, October 3, a file was sent to parent’s email containing the fall MAP report for your child. Your child(ren)’s teacher is looking forward to discussing student progress with you for both academic and social emotional success during conferences.

3th-6th Grade Parents/Guardians

District 54 has launched a new Social-Emotional Learning Survey this year to provide insight into the social-emotional growth of our students. We are asking all students in grades 3-6, their parents/guardians and their classroom teachers to respond to the survey to provide their unique perspective. Your insight as a parent/guardian is essential in creating the most well rounded picture of your student’s strengths and opportunities for growth. You should receive a separate email containing survey access and directions. You can take the survey on your own or at school following your child’s conference next week. Chromebooks will be available for you to use in room 113. Our goal is to have 100% of families complete the survey.

Community Drive

The MacArthur Student Council and Random Acts of Kindness clubs are sponsoring a drive to support the District 54 Community Pantries. Please click here to see their flyer detailing the items they are collecting.


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.

Festivities Schedule:

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

Erin’s Law

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.

 Upcoming Events

·        October 10-11- Student Led Conferences

·        October 10- Half Day for students

·        October 11- Nonattendance day for students

·        October 14- No School (Columbus Day)

·        October 18- Fire Prevention Assemblies

·        October 28-November 8- AAPPL Testing


Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza