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Principal Message – 5/22/2020

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Dear MacArthur Community,

Thank you for your flexibility, patience and support during our materials drive-thru pick up this week. Seeing our Toros and their families enthusiastically waving from behind car windows has been a PEAK MOMENT during this unusual time. V-Learning will continue next week- the last day for students is May 28. Monday is a non-attendance day in observance of Memorial Day. We hope you enjoy the long weekend with your family and we look forward to seeing you next week in our virtual classroom!

Have a great weekend MacArthur!

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza


We will have another drive-thru next week. This time we are collecting IPADS from all students in second grade. We are also collecting IPADS and Chromebooks from any students not returning to District 54 next school year. You can drop off your IPAD, chargers, headphones and hot spots (If this applies) in the MacArthur parking lot from 9-11:30 AM. Please put your items in a bag and label it with the student’s name.  If you have any questions, please email us at or

District Devices over the Summer

Please note, student access to Google will continue through Friday, May 29 on district devices. Google access will be shut off at 11:59 PM on May 29.  All student files will be saved and ready to go for next school year.

District 54 Virtual Learning University

Are you searching for an innovative way to empower your children over the summer? Are you looking for a comprehensive approach to summer learning that combats boredom and keeps everyone engaged? Look no further! Visit the School District 54 Virtual Learning University to tackle challenges for literacy, math, science, social science, social-emotional learning, language and culture too!  Each area has multiple challenges or a toolkit to keep your children’s minds focused and active throughout the summer weeks! Within each category, you will find family activities, individual activities and possible places to visit in our community and surrounding areas.  We hope you’ll encourage your children to visit our Virtual Learning University often throughout the summer to challenge themselves and to keep your family learning together. Click here to access the Virtual Learning University or find the link under Popular Links on the District 54 website.

Grades and Report Cards

Report Cards will be available on the District 54 Parent Portal starting June 2. In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education guidelines, report card grades for the third trimester will be issued as Pass or Incomplete. Final grades for students in fourth through eighth grade will reflect second trimester grades or higher as evaluated by student work across the third trimester.

We hope that all families will check the report cards and use the information to celebrate with their children their academic successes. We are all very proud of our students.

Classroom Composite Pictures

The attached letter from Lifetouch explains their process on how they will be accommodating prepaid orders for school pictures/classroom composites.

Lifetouch Letter.pdf 

Yearbook update

It is with much disappointment that we share with you, the delivery of our yearbooks will be delayed until possibly mid-June.

Due to the COVID regulations, Jostens was forced to close their California production plant which affected their other locations that print and deliver yearbooks.

We will inform you when yearbooks have arrived and will be available for pick up.

Don’t remember if you ordered a yearbook? Please email to find out.

UPDATED Registration for 20-21 School Year

Registration for the 2020-21 school year is underway for kindergarten through eighth grade.

New District 54 families

Click here to begin online registration. After processing your registration, your child’s new school will contact you to request additional information, such as the Student Transfer Form (ISBE form 33-78) for students transferring from another Illinois school; proof of immunizations (list of required immunizations by grade level), birth verification and proof of residence (see details at

For questions, please contact If you do not know what school your child will attend, click here to access our School Search program and enter your address.

Current D54 families

Log in in to the parent portal, and update your information for next year by June 1, 2020. You must hit the SUBMIT button after reviewing the information, even if you do not make any changes. If your children will not be attending District 54 schools next year, please contact your school office and let them know.

If you have previously created a portal account and cannot recall your username or password, you can reset them yourself from the parent portal website. If you have never created a portal account, please email to create one.

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 do not have a portal account, you can also email the required documents to

Information about transportation and the consumable materials fee will be communicated later.

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. 

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. – Vanessa Chairez, Social Worker – Ali Bluell, School Psychologist Lisa Garza, Assistant Principal – 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