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Principal Message – 10/11/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

We had a great first round of student-led conferences! It was wonderful to see so many students talking to teachers and parents about their areas of strength and the goals they are working on. We hope you are looking forward to a restful long weekend. As a reminder, there is no school on Monday!

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

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. All parents received a separate email containing a link and special six-digit code to access the survey. 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.

AAPPL Assessment

District 54 will be administering the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) to all students in grades three through eight enrolled in the Dual Spanish, Japanese and Chinese Immersion programs this fall, between October 28 and November 8.  AAPPL assesses reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiency through an online interactive format.  Parents and students will receive a report after the testing window displaying the student’s benchmark level in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Please read the attached letter for more information.  AAPPL Parent Letter


Halloween is fast approaching!  We will be celebrating with a parade and classroom parties on Thursday, October 31.  In an effort to help families plan for the Halloween fun, please read 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 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 14- No School (Columbus Day)

·        October 18- Fire Prevention Assemblies

·        October 21- ORANGE DAY! (Wear orange to promote happiness and positivity)

·        October 22- Ice cream sales during lunch

·        October 23- Pizza Lunch

·        October 23- McTeachers Night (McDonalds at Golf and Roselle)

·        October 24- Pumpkin Painting Night

·        October 25- Hot Dog Lunch

·        October 25- Mac Spirit Wear Day!

·        October 28-November 8- AAPPL Testing


Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza