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Principal Message – 10/25/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

It has been a busy week at MacArthur! Thank you to all the families that came out to support our McTeachers Night at McDonalds. We had such a great turn out and it was a fun night! We would also like to thank our MacArthur PTA for organizing a very fun Pumpkin Painting Night last night. It was a wonderful family event. Our students enjoyed a presentation from the Windy City Bulls Three Point Play program which highlights healthy habits. Ask your child what their favorite activity was this week- there were certainly many to choose from! We wish you a wonderful weekend!

Restaurant Night- Chipotle

Support the MacArthur PTA by visiting Chipotle (15 E. Golf Road) on Tuesday, October 29 from 4-8 PM. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33%of the proceeds will be donated to MacArthur School PTA.

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

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

Steps to Changing a Child’s Behavior – November 11

Greta Nielsen, LCPC, NCC, Clinical Director and Psychotherapist at Clinical Care Consultants, will share tips, techniques and tools to build parenting skills and positive relationships with your children. Learn ways to encourage and empower your child to independently problem-solve and feel good about themselves. Minimize power struggles and tantrums, while improving communication. You will walk away with strategies for encouraging positive behaviors and stopping the negative ones by developing both natural and logical consequences. Be the effective parent you want to be by bringing calm, joy and respect to your home. This class will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (enter through Door C1). Adults only. Child Behavior Flyer

ABCs of Family Fitness – November 21

Most of us think about ABCs in terms of reading and writing. This class, guided by Melt Pilates and Yoga owner, personal trainer and yoga instructor Shannon Tampa, will focus on Abs, Biceps and Core. Support your child’s social emotional success by ensuring they stay healthy, challenged and engaged during this quality family time! This class will take place from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (enter through Door C1). ABCs of Fitness flyer

To register please visit the SPU Online Form or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

Upcoming Events

  • October 28-November 8- AAPPL Testing
  • October 29- PTA Restaurant Night (Chipotle, 15 E. Golf Road, 4-8 PM)
  • October 29- Ice cream sales during lunch
  • October 31- Halloween Parties
  • November 1- Wear you MacArthur spirit wear
  • November 5- Ice cream sales during lunch
  • November 6- Picture Retakes
  • November 6- Pizza lunch (pre-order only)
  • November 6- Springfield Parent Meeting (4th grade parents, 5PM in the gym)
  • November 8- End of Trimester 1
  • November 8- Nachos Day (pre-order only)


Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza