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Principal Message – 10/18/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

It feels like fall is finally here! We hope you are looking forward to enjoying the beautiful fall weather with friends and family this weekend. We have had a wonderful week at MacArthur filled with meaningful learning opportunities including a fire safety presentation from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department today. We are looking forward to a busy week next week with many fun events taking place including an Orange Day on Monday (to promote positivity and optimism), McTeacher’s Night on Wednesday (at the McDonalds on Golf and Roselle), and Pumpkin Painting Night on Thursday. We hope you can join us!

We would like to share news that a staffing change has been made in PE.  Beginning on Monday Ms. Vaselaney will be joining our faculty and Ms. Lenski will be moving to a new PE assignment in D54.  Welcome Miss Vaselaney and best wishes to Ms. Lenski!

McTeacher’s Night

Join us for McTeacher’s Night on Wednesday October 23 at the McDonalds on Golf and Roselle (1070 N. Roselle Road)! MacArthur teachers will be working at the McDonalds to help raise funds for our PBIS program. Please present this flyer and a portion of your purchase to will be donated to our school. Teachers will also be selling pies for $1 in the Apple Pie costume! Pies are cash only! We hope you can join us for this fun event!

A note from the nurse’s office

This is a reminder to periodically examine your child’s head for lice. It is especially important to look behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits.  While the transmission of lice in school is not likely, it is good to get in the habit of checking your child’s head regularly. Please feel free to call the school nurse if you have questions about how to make this practice part of your routine at home.

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.

Schaumburg Parent University – October 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 October. Please note that child care is always available.

Escape Room Family Math Night – Oct. 23

Locked boxes and puzzles to solve. Unlock the fun as you put your family’s numeracy skills to the test. Can you escape these math rooms? Come for a fun and educational experience of problem solving, creative and logical thinking and collaboration. Practice important mathematical skills and language through games and puzzles. Parents, guardians and students in kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome. This workshop will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Math Night Flyer

Stress Management for Anxious Children – Oct. 24

When children are anxious, their parents can become anxious as well. Join Dr. McGrath, Ph.D., Clinical Director of the Center for Anxiety and OCD at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, as he talks about how to work with your anxious child so that they learn to face their fears. Learn to allow them to feel anxious without rescuing them from the experience. (Before the presentation, the PTA Council will have a short meeting to adopt its audit report and approve its budget for the year.) This workshop will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Stress Management Flyer

Upcoming Events

  • 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- Wear your Mac spirit wear every Friday!
  • October 28-November 8- AAPPL Testing



Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza