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Principal Message – 11/1/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us yesterday for our indoor Halloween parade and to our volunteers for organizing such fun activities for our Toros. It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of the first trimester and report cards will be live on the parent portal on November 20. Please read on for additional important announcements including this month’s PTA newsletter. We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

November PTA newsletter

Soft Lockdown

We would like to thank you for your patience during our soft lockdown at dismissal time yesterday. We use soft lockdown drills when we need to take care of a medical situation. Dismissal is a very busy time and our Toros (and their families!) did such a great job being flexible and following our procedures for a safe dismissal!

Happiness Newsletter

This school year we are continuing our work around the principles of positive psychology. To help you continue embedding these principles at home as well our MacArthur Happiness Committee has put together a newsletter to give you some ideas about ways to embed each of the 5 Happiness Tactic into your everyday lives. This month our focus is on Gratitude! Please see the attached newsletter for some ideas about how you can use this tactic at home!

Picture Retakes- November 6

We will be doing picture retakes on November 6 from 9:00-10:30.  In order to do a retake photo, students must bring in the original pictures in their envelope.

Veterans Day

Please see the attached flyer for additional information regarding our Veterans Day celebration on November 11.

5 Essentials Survey

Once again, we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 14, 2020, at
For more information, click here to read the letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss.

Illinois Report Card

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals. The 2019 report card information posted on the state’s website at and on the District 54 website at

The website contains results from the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, as well as information about student and teacher demographics, enrollment and financial information. The report card also includes results from the 5Essentials survey, which was given to students in grades 6 through 8, certified staff and parents last year. If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-6650

Performers needed for Multicultural Event 2020

Each year the District 54 Department of Language and Culture, along with the Schaumburg Park District, presents a Multicultural Event showcasing the diversity represented by students in District 54.  They are looking for groups and individuals who are interested in performing at this year’s event on Saturday, March 7.  Applications for performances will be accepted from November 14-26.  An informational meeting will be held at 3:30 on Tuesday, November 12 at the Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, for those who would like to apply early. Click here to access the application. You can also apply by visiting the District 54 website or by requesting a form from our building secretaries.

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

  • 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)
  • November 11- Veterans Day
  • November 12- Ice cream sales during lunch
  • November 12- PTA Meeting, 7 PM
  • November 15- Goodies with Grandparents
  • November 15- Hot Lunch (pre-order only)
  • November 15- Spirit Day: Mismatch Day!
  • November 19- Ice cream sales during lunch
  • November 20- Pizza Lunch (pre-order only)
  • November 20- 5th and 6th grade Orchestra Concert, Eisenhower JH, 7 PM
  • November 21- ORANGE DAY!
  • November 22- Hot dog lunch (pre-order only)
  • November 22- MacArthur Spirit Wear Day
  • November 27-29- No School​​​​​​​


Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza