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Principal Message – 5/8/2020

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Dear MacArthur Community,

Thank you to all of the families that participated in the very first District 54 Virtual Field Day! It was wonderful to see our Toros get creative with the field day stations! A huge thank you to Miss Vaselaney and the rest of the District 54 Physical Education Department for putting this together for our students. We hope that you are looking forward to some rest and relaxation this weekend. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

Have a wonderful weekend MacArthur!

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

Materials Return Reminder

As we shared with you earlier this week, beginning on May 19th, each grade level has been assigned a time for drive-thru pick up and drop off of materials.  We will adhere to all social distancing guidelines during these drive-thru times.  We thank you for your flexibility and understanding at this time- our number one priority has always been the safety of our students and community.  If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to reach out.

PLEASE NOTE:  THE ONLY GRADE RETURNING DEVICES THIS YEAR IS 2ND GRADE AND NON-RETURNING STUDENTS TO DISTRICT 54.  EVERYONE ELSE WILL KEEP HIS OR HER IPAD OR CHROMEBOOK OVER THE SUMMER. 2nd GRADE DEVICES WILL BE RETURNED ON MAY 29 BETWEEN 9-11 AM.

Materials Return: Student Material Drop off and Pick Up (ALL FAMILIES REMAIN IN THE CAR)

  • Please return all district materials (with the exception of iPads/Chromebooks).  Such items include: library books, guided reading books, textbooks, end of the year teacher note, etc.
  • Please place all items into one trash bag and label it with your child’s first, last name and their classroom teacher’s name.
  • Please place the bag in the trunk of your car.
  • Parents will enter the parking lot.  A drive-thru lane will be marked by cones.
  • Pull up to a designated stop point.
  • Hold up a sign in car window of student’s name and teacher. (Please create before coming to school)
  • Pop trunks and stay in the car.
  • MacArthur staff will be placing the supply bag in your trunk.
  • MacArthur staff will be taking the bag out of the trunk that contains items being returned to school.
  • You will be directed to leave the parking lot, once trunk is closed and all clear.

Schedule for the Week: Student Material Drop off and Pick Up 

  • MacArthur families will pick up and drop off their students materials at the assigned times below:
  • Tuesday May 19 | Kindergarten and Sixth Grade

119 Gonzalez: 9:30-10:00

122 Thurman: 10:15-10:45

123 Perez: 11:00-11:30

110 Ruffolo: 11:45-12:15

109 Castaneda: 12:30-1:00

108 Rutigliano: 1:15-1:45

  • Wednesday May 20 | Second Grade

114 Temoczuk: 9:30-10:00

115 Dziubinski: 10:15-10:45

116 Barrett: 11:00-11:30

  • Thursday May 21 | Third Grade and Fifth Grade

124 Scannell: 9:30-10:00

125 Smith: 10:15-10:45

126 Bledsoe: 11:00-11:30

103 Vidales: 11:45-12:15

104 Gonzalez: 12:30-1:00

105 Partipilo: 1:15-1:45

  • Friday May 22 | Fourth Grade and First Grade

127 Paulson: 9:30-10:00

101 Daker: 10:15-10:45

102 Felvey: 11:00-11:30
118 Vanek: 11:45-12:15

117 Barajas: 12:30-1:00

120 Lopez: 1:15-1:45

Fourth Grade Students and Parents – Band and Orchestra Enrollment Information

As many of you know, students traditionally enroll in the District 54 Instrumental Music Program in the spring of fourth grade and begin lessons in fifth grade. Due to our unique circumstances in the spring of 2020, instrumental music enrollment will be held once school resumes in the fall. In the meantime, we encourage fourth grade students and their parents to visit the District 54 website (https://sd54.org/resources/instrumental-music-enrollment-spring2020 ) to view information about band and orchestra enrollment so that they are prepared to choose an instrument and join the fun!

Summer Camps CANCELLED

Due to this unprecedented time we are faced with, all District 54 Summer Camps have been cancelled for this year. These camps include, Summer STEM, 54 Fitness League, Camp Creative, Language and Culture Camp, and Summer Instrumental Music. If you have submitted a payment for any camp, you will be issued a refund starting Thursday, April 30, and you should see a credit appear on your statement within 14 business days.

The camp facilitators are going to miss seeing students this summer. Students in all grade levels can stay engaged by participating in the School District 54 Summer Virtual Learning University, which is filled with fun activities and challenges for students and families to participate in together from home. The link for the Virtual Learning University will be on the School District 54 website in the last week of May.

No V-Learning Dates

For the remainder of the school year, Mondays will be planning days for our staff and there will be no V-Learning for students!

MacArthur Gratitude Countdown

We hope you have been following along with our MacArthur Gratitude Countdown. You can find the calendar in English and Spanish below and you can show us how you are participating by posting here: https://padlet.com/soniaesquivel/gratefulmac

MacArthur Gratitude Countdown-EN

MacArthur Gratitude Countdown -SP

Canceled PTA Events

Due to current circumstances, the following MAC PTA events are cancelled for the remainder of the school year…Hot Lunch, Hot Dog, Nachos, and Spring Party. Please indicate whether you would like your money refunded or turned into a PTA donation by filling out the form below.

https://t.ly/bgdW7 

Support during School Closure

We want you to know the entire D54 community is here to support each other during this difficult time.  If you find your family in need of support, please let us know.  You can reach out directly to our school social worker or school psychologist.  Ms. Garza and I are also available to support as well.  If you have a specific need, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of us.

vanessachairez@nullsd54.org – Vanessa Chairez, Social Worker

alexandrabluell@nullsd54.org – Ali Bluell, School Psychologist

lisagarza@nullsd54.org- Lisa Garza, Assistant Principal

soniaesquivel@nullsd54.org – Sonia Esquivel, Principal

Community Supports

As the situation surrounding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus continues to change, District 54 is working with amazing community partners to provide food to families who are struggling financially.

You can find updates regarding food distribution on the District 54 website.

Registration for the 2020-21 School Year- DEADLINE: June 1!
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open and available through the Infinite Campus Portal.  If you have previously created a portal account and cannot recall your username or password, you can reset them yourself from the portal website. Go to http://sd54.org and click on Infinite Campus Parent Portal under Popular Links.  If you have not previously created a portal account, please email portalsupport@nullsd54.org to create one.​​​​​​​

To enroll your child for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Update Your Information:  Log on to the parent portal by Monday, May 4, 2020 to review the current information and make any necessary changes. You must hit the SUBMIT button after reviewing the information, even if you do not make any changes. If your child(ren) will not be attending District 54 schools next year, please inform our office where your child will be attending school in the fall so that we can prepare your child’s records for transfer.  You can email Mrs. Ramos at zenaidaramos@nullsd54.org or Ms. Roslewski at lizroslewski@nullsd54.org and they will be more than happy to help you.
  • Residency:  All families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year.  If we were unable to verify your residency electronically, you will have the ability to upload your residency electronically through your portal.  If you are unable to upload the documents needed at this time, you will be able to provide them in person when our offices reopen. If your address information was verified electronically, you will not be prompted to upload residency documentation and will not need to provide any documents.

Information about busing and material fees will be communicated this summer. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ramos at zenaidaramos@nullsd54.org or Ms. Roslewski at lizroslewski@nullsd54.org