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Principal Message – 11/26/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

With our students heading out for Thanksgiving break today, I want to extend my gratitude to the staff, students, and community of MacArthur. This is truly a special place to work and learn each day.  We are fortunate to have a supportive community of parents who partner with us in the education of our students.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please read below for more important information about upcoming events at Mac!

Happiness Newsletter

During the month of December we are focusing on the happiness tactic of The Doubler. Click here to access our Happiness Newsletter and read more about how this simply habit can help boost your levels of positivity!

MAP Testing

Winter MAP testing will begin on December 2. Please be sure that your child is well rested and has eaten breakfast on their testing date.  Students will take the MAP assessment in Reading and in Math. This assessment gives us valuable information that helps us best meet the needs of our students.

6th Grade Parents: 

We are excited for 6th grade parent night at Eisenhower on December 11.  This informational night is a great opportunity to find out some useful tips for a smooth transition into Eisenhower. This event will take place from 6 pm – 7 pm.  Our partnership is important for the success of your child.  We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about Eisenhower and about the transition to junior high.

4th grade Fundraiser

Help our fourth graders get to Springfield by participating in our gift card fundraiser. These make perfect holiday gifts. You can access a copy of the order form here.

MacArthur Spirit Days!

The MacArthur Student Council has chosen the spirit days for the next several weeks.  Each spirit day will be held on a Wednesday (except for the Bonus Day, so please mark your calendars!  We are hoping everyone, students AND staff, participate in this FUN!

December 4th             Twin Day (match w/a friend)

December 11th            Crazy Hair Day

December 18th            Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

January 8th                  Dress as Favorite Character

January 15th                Inside-Out Day

January 22nd                Hawaiian Day

January 29th                Sports Day

Bonus Spirit Day:         80’s Day on Friday, January 31st​​​​​​​

MacArthur Giving Tree

Our Holiday Giving Tree is up at MacArthur! If you are interested in giving back to our community this holiday season, you can pick up an ornament from the tree. The ornaments include an item that a child wants or needs. We ask that gifts are wrapped, the ornament placed number side up on the gift and dropped off in our office by December 13. Thank you for your generosity!

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.

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

Mad Isn’t Bad – December 5

Anger can interfere with your child’s academic performance. Dr. Felix Casados, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, will help you develop management skills, learn reduction techniques and rules for fair fighting. You will also learn strategies to reduce tension at home and at school and how to diffuse conflict and reduce anger expression in your children. This class will take place from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the District 54 Early Learning Center’s Multi-Purpose Room, 520 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Adults only. Mad Isn’t Bad flyer

Family Caroling – December 10

Join other District 54 families in caroling around the Lakeview School neighborhood and enjoying hot chocolate afterward. This activity, led by Lakeview music teacher Kelsey Richardson, will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Meet at Lakeview, 615 Lakeview Lane, Hoffman Estates. Family Caroling flyer

To register please visit the SPU Online Form or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

Upcoming Events

  • November 27-29- No School
  • December 2-13 Winter MAP Testing
  • December 4- Pizza lunch (preorder only)
  • December 4- Twin Day
  • December 6- MacArthur Spirit Wear Day
  • December 6- Nachos Day (preorder only)
  • December 10- Ice cream sales during lunch
  • December 11- Crazy Hair Day
  • December 13- Hot Lunch (preorder only)
  • December 13- MacArthur Spirit Wear Day


Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza