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Principal Message – 12/13/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

At last evening’s Board of Education meeting, the Department of Language and Culture celebrated the accomplishments of 25 years of Dual Language and Immersion programs in District 54. We are honored that MacArthur was the first school to offer Dual Language in District 54 and that our program continues to excel today.  MacArthur is a wonderful place to work and learn and we are grateful to the parents and staff who support this amazing program.  A huge shout out to the MacArthur staff members who came to the meeting and demonstrated their dedication to our program.

Morning Drop Off Reminders

We need your help! When traveling westbound on Chippendale and turning into our parking lot, please remember that you must yield to oncoming traffic. We know morning drop off is a busy time and we need your cooperation to ensure the safety of our students. Also, please be sure to obey all posted NO PARKING signs.  Thank you for prioritizing student safety!

News from the Nurse

Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School?

A common dilemma that parents face is “when should I keep my child home from school?”  It is not easy as parents more and more today are juggling the responsibilities of family and work.   Here are some guidelines to follow.

Know the difference between a cold and the flu:

  • Flu is a serious illness and symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle aches.  With the flu, symptoms come on very quickly. It is advised to contact the doctor if these symptoms are present.
  • Symptoms of a common cold include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and hacking cough.  Often, cold symptoms come on gradually.,  Although the common cold is usually not serious, if symptoms are severe, it is a good idea to keep your child home to rest, rather than spread the cold to other children at school.

Keep your child home from school if:

  • He has a fever. This means a temperature 100 degrees or higher.
  • She has vomited.   Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods
  • He has diarrhea.  Encourage good hand washing to prevent the spread to other family members. Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods.
  • She is coughing frequently or having any sort of breathing trouble.
  • He has a rash that is spreading.  Check with your child’s doctor to see if it is contagious before sending your child back to school.


In order to help prevent the spread of the disease in school, students with a fever equal to or greater than 100 degrees cannot return to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications to reduce fever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen.


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 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

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.

Upcoming Events

  • December 16- Pajama Day
  • December 16- 2nd grade Music Concert 6:30 PM
  • December 17- Ice cream sales during lunch
  • December 17- 1st grade Music Concert 6:30 PM
  • December 18- Pizza Lunch (preorder only)
  • December 18- Ugly Holiday Sweater Day
  • December 20- Hot dog lunch (preorder only)
  • December 20- MacArthur Spirit Wear Day
  • December 20- Cultural Arts Assembly
  • December 22-January 3- Winter Break
  • January 6- School Resumes​​​​​​​


Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza