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Principal Message – 10/18/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

It feels like fall is finally here! We hope you are looking forward to enjoying the beautiful fall weather with friends and family this weekend. We have had a wonderful week at MacArthur filled with meaningful learning opportunities including a fire safety presentation from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department today. We are looking forward to a busy week next week with many fun events taking place including an Orange Day on Monday (to promote positivity and optimism), McTeacher’s Night on Wednesday (at the McDonalds on Golf and Roselle), and Pumpkin Painting Night on Thursday. We hope you can join us!

We would like to share news that a staffing change has been made in PE.  Beginning on Monday Ms. Vaselaney will be joining our faculty and Ms. Lenski will be moving to a new PE assignment in D54.  Welcome Miss Vaselaney and best wishes to Ms. Lenski!

McTeacher’s Night

Join us for McTeacher’s Night on Wednesday October 23 at the McDonalds on Golf and Roselle (1070 N. Roselle Road)! MacArthur teachers will be working at the McDonalds to help raise funds for our PBIS program. Please present this flyer and a portion of your purchase to will be donated to our school. Teachers will also be selling pies for $1 in the Apple Pie costume! Pies are cash only! We hope you can join us for this fun event!

A note from the nurse’s office

This is a reminder to periodically examine your child’s head for lice. It is especially important to look behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits.  While the transmission of lice in school is not likely, it is good to get in the habit of checking your child’s head regularly. Please feel free to call the school nurse if you have questions about how to make this practice part of your routine at home.

Community Drive

The MacArthur Student Council and Random Acts of Kindness clubs are sponsoring a drive to support the District 54 Community Pantries. Please click here to see their flyer detailing the items they are collecting.

AAPPL Assessment

District 54 will be administering the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) to all students in grades three through eight enrolled in the Dual Spanish, Japanese and Chinese Immersion programs this fall, between October 28 and November 8.  AAPPL assesses reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiency through an online interactive format.  Parents and students will receive a report after the testing window displaying the student’s benchmark level in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Please read the attached letter for more information.  AAPPL Parent Letter

Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching!  We will be celebrating with a parade and classroom parties on Thursday, October 31.  In an effort to help families plan for the Halloween fun, please read the information outlined below.

Costumes:

Costumes worn at school cannot have weapons, look-alike weapons (squirt guns, chains, plastic swords, etc.), fake blood, gore, scary costumes, or costumes depicting violence.

Please ensure that costumes are appropriate and not offensive to all ages at our school.

Children should bring their costumes to school. Students cannot wear costumes or makeup to school. Please make certain that your child can put their costumes on, over the top of their clothes, by themselves within a relatively short time.

Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering.

Please do not send food, candy, or drinks with your child for the class party. Any food, candy, or drink sent to school will be sent back home with the student.

Parties:

Volunteers have offered their time to help run the parties.  Only those on the volunteer list will be able to go to the classrooms.  All volunteers will check-in when they arrive and receive an ID sticker. Thank you for helping to ensure our students’ safety.

Parade:

A parade around the school will take place at 1:00 PM. We invite you to come enjoy the parade and cheer on our students as they parade around the school.

Festivities Schedule:

12:15 Volunteers can check in

12:30-1:00 Students change into costumes

1:00-1:15 All School Parade outside (weather permitting)

1:15-2:45 Classroom Parties

Erin’s Law

A few years ago, we began implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.  Our students will be participating in lessons in their classrooms.  Please contact us at 847-357-6650 with any specific questions.

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

Escape Room Family Math Night – Oct. 23

Locked boxes and puzzles to solve. Unlock the fun as you put your family’s numeracy skills to the test. Can you escape these math rooms? Come for a fun and educational experience of problem solving, creative and logical thinking and collaboration. Practice important mathematical skills and language through games and puzzles. Parents, guardians and students in kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome. This workshop will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Math Night Flyer

Stress Management for Anxious Children – Oct. 24

When children are anxious, their parents can become anxious as well. Join Dr. McGrath, Ph.D., Clinical Director of the Center for Anxiety and OCD at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, as he talks about how to work with your anxious child so that they learn to face their fears. Learn to allow them to feel anxious without rescuing them from the experience. (Before the presentation, the PTA Council will have a short meeting to adopt its audit report and approve its budget for the year.) This workshop will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Stress Management Flyer

Upcoming Events

  • October 21- ORANGE DAY! (Wear orange to promote happiness and positivity)
  • October 22- Ice cream sales during lunch
  • October 23- Pizza Lunch
  • October 23- McTeachers Night (McDonalds at Golf and Roselle)
  • October 24- Pumpkin Painting Night
  • October 25- Hot Dog Lunch
  • October 25- Wear your Mac spirit wear every Friday!
  • October 28-November 8- AAPPL Testing

 

Sincerely, 

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

Principal Message – 10/11/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

We had a great first round of student-led conferences! It was wonderful to see so many students talking to teachers and parents about their areas of strength and the goals they are working on. We hope you are looking forward to a restful long weekend. As a reminder, there is no school on Monday!

Please read on for important announcements. Have a wonderful weekend!

3th-6th Grade Parents/Guardians

District 54 has launched a new Social-Emotional Learning Survey this year to provide insight into the social-emotional growth of our students. We are asking all students in grades 3-6, their parents/guardians and their classroom teachers to respond to the survey to provide their unique perspective. Your insight as a parent/guardian is essential in creating the most well rounded picture of your student’s strengths and opportunities for growth. All parents received a separate email containing a link and special six-digit code to access the survey. Our goal is to have 100% of families complete the survey.

Community Drive

The MacArthur Student Council and Random Acts of Kindness clubs are sponsoring a drive to support the District 54 Community Pantries. Please click here to see their flyer detailing the items they are collecting.

AAPPL Assessment

District 54 will be administering the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) to all students in grades three through eight enrolled in the Dual Spanish, Japanese and Chinese Immersion programs this fall, between October 28 and November 8.  AAPPL assesses reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiency through an online interactive format.  Parents and students will receive a report after the testing window displaying the student’s benchmark level in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Please read the attached letter for more information.  AAPPL Parent Letter

Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching!  We will be celebrating with a parade and classroom parties on Thursday, October 31.  In an effort to help families plan for the Halloween fun, please read the information outlined below.

Costumes:

Costumes worn at school cannot have weapons, look-alike weapons (squirt guns, chains, plastic swords, etc.), fake blood, gore, scary costumes, or costumes depicting violence.

Please ensure that costumes are appropriate and not offensive to all ages at our school.

Children should bring their costumes to school. Students cannot wear costumes or makeup to school. Please make certain that your child can put their costumes on, over the top of their clothes, by themselves within a relatively short time.

Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering.

Please do not send food, candy, or drinks with your child for the class party. Any food, candy, or drink sent to school will be sent back home with the student.

Parties:

Volunteers have offered their time to help run the parties.  Only those on the volunteer list will be able to go to the classrooms.  All volunteers will check-in when they arrive and receive an ID sticker. Thank you for helping to ensure our students’ safety.

Parade:

A parade around the school will take place at 1:00 PM. We invite you to come enjoy the parade and cheer on our students as they parade around the school.

Festivities Schedule:

12:15 Volunteers can check in

12:30-1:00 Students change into costumes

1:00-1:15 All School Parade outside (weather permitting)

1:15-2:45 Classroom Parties

Erin’s Law

A few years ago, we began implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.  Our students will be participating in lessons in their classrooms.  Please contact us at 847-357-6650 with any specific questions.

Upcoming Events

·        October 14- No School (Columbus Day)

·        October 18- Fire Prevention Assemblies

·        October 21- ORANGE DAY! (Wear orange to promote happiness and positivity)

·        October 22- Ice cream sales during lunch

·        October 23- Pizza Lunch

·        October 23- McTeachers Night (McDonalds at Golf and Roselle)

·        October 24- Pumpkin Painting Night

·        October 25- Hot Dog Lunch

·        October 25- Mac Spirit Wear Day!

·        October 28-November 8- AAPPL Testing

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

Principal Message – 10/4/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

It has been a wonderful week here at Mac! Teachers and students have been meeting to have goal setting conversations and we are looking forward to sharing those goals with families during student-led conferences next week. As a reminder, Wednesday students will be dismissed at 2:30, Thursday will be a half-day (11:40 dismissal) and there is no school for students on Friday or Monday. While you are attending conferences, do not forget to stop by our PTA book fair!

Please read on for important announcements. Have a wonderful weekend!

MAP Reports

On Thursday morning, October 3, a file was sent to parent’s email containing the fall MAP report for your child. Your child(ren)’s teacher is looking forward to discussing student progress with you for both academic and social emotional success during conferences.

3th-6th Grade Parents/Guardians

District 54 has launched a new Social-Emotional Learning Survey this year to provide insight into the social-emotional growth of our students. We are asking all students in grades 3-6, their parents/guardians and their classroom teachers to respond to the survey to provide their unique perspective. Your insight as a parent/guardian is essential in creating the most well rounded picture of your student’s strengths and opportunities for growth. You should receive a separate email containing survey access and directions. You can take the survey on your own or at school following your child’s conference next week. Chromebooks will be available for you to use in room 113. Our goal is to have 100% of families complete the survey.

Community Drive

The MacArthur Student Council and Random Acts of Kindness clubs are sponsoring a drive to support the District 54 Community Pantries. Please click here to see their flyer detailing the items they are collecting.

Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching!  We will be celebrating with a parade and classroom parties on Thursday, October 31st.  In an effort to help families plan for the Halloween fun, please read through the information outlined below.

Costumes:

Costumes worn at school cannot have weapons, look-alike weapons (squirt guns, chains, plastic swords, etc.), fake blood, gore, scary costumes, or costumes depicting violence.

Please ensure that costumes are appropriate and not offensive to all ages at our school.

Children should bring their costumes to school. Students cannot wear costumes or makeup to school. Please make certain that your child can put their costumes on, over the top of their clothes, by themselves within a relatively short time.

Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering.

Please do not send food, candy, or drinks with your child for the class party. Any food, candy, or drink sent to school will be sent back home with the student.

Parties:

Volunteers have offered their time to help run the parties.  Only those on the volunteer list will be able to go to the classrooms.  All volunteers will check-in when they arrive and receive an ID sticker. Thank you for helping to ensure our students’ safety.

Parade:

A parade around the school will take place at 1:00 PM. We invite you to come and enjoy the parade and cheer on our students as they parade around the school.

Festivities Schedule:

12:15 Volunteers can check in

12:30-1:00 Students change into costumes

1:00-1:15 All School Parade outside (weather permitting)

1:15-2:45 Classroom Parties

Erin’s Law

A few years ago, we began implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.  Our students will be participating in lessons in their classrooms.  Please contact us at 847-357-6650 with any specific questions.

 Upcoming Events

·        October 10-11- Student Led Conferences

·        October 10- Half Day for students

·        October 11- Nonattendance day for students

·        October 14- No School (Columbus Day)

·        October 18- Fire Prevention Assemblies

·        October 28-November 8- AAPPL Testing

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

Principal Message – 9/27/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

Thank you to everyone that joined us today for Breakfast with the Ladies! We had a tremendous turn out and we are grateful for your patience getting into the gym. We would also like to take this opportunity to extend a few reminders regarding safety in our school zone. Please be mindful of where you park when visiting MacArthur. Please abide by all posted signs and avoid blocking driveways. It is so important that when school buses have their stop arms out, vehicles are coming to a complete stop. Also, when crossing the street, please use the designated crosswalks.  These practices are in place to keep our students safe and we appreciate your cooperation.

Please read on for important announcements. Have a wonderful weekend!

PTA Newsletter- October- English

Boletín de la PTA- octubre- español

Dogs

We know that our pets are beloved members of our families. However, in order to ensure the safety of all students, dogs are not allowed on school grounds at arrival and dismissal.

Conferences

We are looking forward to connecting with parents at our first round of student-led conferences on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11.  Since our conferences are student-led, we ask that students attend so they can share with parents their progress so far this year, as well as goals they have set for the remainder of the 2019-2020.  Teachers will also be sharing their insights and establishing areas of focus in which we can collaborate with you. Please remember that our school day schedule is adjusted to accommodate these conferences.  Thursday, October 10 will be a half-day of school with a dismissal time of 11:40. There is no school on Friday, October 11 or Monday, October 14 for Columbus Day.

Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching!  We will be celebrating with a parade and classroom parties on Thursday, October 31st.  In an effort to help families plan for the Halloween fun, please read through the information outlined below.

Costumes:

Costumes worn at school cannot have weapons, look-alike weapons (squirt guns, chains, plastic swords, etc.), fake blood, gore, scary costumes, or costumes depicting violence.

Please ensure that costumes are appropriate and not offensive to all ages at our school.

Children should bring their costumes to school. Students cannot wear costumes or makeup to school. Please make certain that your child can put their costumes on, over the top of their clothes, by themselves within a relatively short time.

Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering.

Please do not send food, candy, or drinks with your child for the class party. Any food, candy, or drink sent to school will be sent back home with the student.

Parties:

Volunteers have offered their time to help run the parties.  Only those on the volunteer list will be able to go to the classrooms.  All volunteers will check-in when they arrive and receive an ID sticker. Thank you for helping to ensure our students’ safety.

Parade:

A parade around the school will take place at 1:00 PM. We invite you to come and enjoy the parade and cheer on our students as they parade around the school.

Festivities Schedule:

12:15 Volunteers can check in

12:30-1:00 Students change into costumes

1:00-1:15 All School Parade outside (weather permitting)

1:15-2:45 Classroom Parties

Erin’s Law

A few years ago, we began implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.  Our students will be participating in lessons in their classrooms.  Please contact us at 847-357-6650 with any specific questions.

Universal Screener

As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will again be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff to make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.
These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

Upcoming Events

  • October 10-11- Student Led Conferences
  • October 10- Half Day for students
  • October 11- Nonattendance day for students
  • October 14- No School (Columbus Day)
  • October 18- Fire Prevention Assemblies
  • October 28-November 8- AAPPL Testing

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

Principal Message – 9/20/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

We hope you are looking forward to a restful weekend! As you know, student safety is our priority. We would like to extend a reminder to please stop your car when buses have their stop arms out at student drop off or pick-up. Thank you for helping us prioritize the safety of our students.

Visitors

We love having visitors from our community! When visiting our school for any reason, please use only door #1 to enter the building and proceed directly to the main office. We ask that all visitors sign in and pick up a visitor’s pass. Please avoid entering the building through any other doorway. We appreciate your help in prioritizing the safety of our students.

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit sd54.org/runtoread.

Erin’s Law

A few years ago, we began implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.  Our students will be participating in lessons in their classrooms.  Please contact us at 847-357-6650 with any specific questions.

Universal Screener

As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will again be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff to make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.
These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

Upcoming Events

  • September 22- Run To Read
  • September 23- ORANGE DAY: Wear orange to promote happiness
  • September 23- Room Party Rep Meeting 6:30 PM
  • September 27- Breakfast with the Ladies, 7:45- 9:15 AM
  • October 10-11- Student Led Conferences
  • October 10- Half Day for students
  • October 11- Nonattendance day for students
  • October 14- No School (Columbus Day)
  • October 18- Fire Prevention Assemblies
  • October 28-November 8- AAPPL Testing​​​​​​​

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

Principal Message – 9/13/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

It has been a great week of learning at MacArthur! As I’ve walked through our classrooms I have seen topics ranging from showing numbers in different ways, identifying main idea and key details and what makes up a community. It is great to see our students are showing up as their best selves on a daily basis. One of the eight keys of excellence we promote during our SEL lessons is the key of This is It! This key is about focusing on the now and maintaining a positive attitude. Ask your child about how they are applying the key of This is It in their day to day interactions.

Erin’s Law

A few years ago, we began implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.  Our students will be participating in lessons in their classrooms.  Please contact us at 847-357-6650 with any specific questions.

Fees Reminder

You can pay your students fees through your parent portal account.  This includes your $50 consumable fee, optional instructional device insurance (grades 3-8 only), and milk. If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office. The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15, $25 if not received by February 1, and $35 if not received by April 1. If you would like to purchase instructional device insurance but do not have the option to do so through your portal, please contact our school office for assistance. Instructional device insurance must be purchased before the date of device issuance.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council

Please join us for our first meeting on Tuesday, September 17th  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center at 524 East Schaumburg Road. Our topic for this month’s meeting is “ACCESS and MAP: What do they tell me about my child’s learning?” Childcare is available for children ages 3-5. To RSVP, fill out the form at the bottom of the event flyer and send it back to your child’s school by Sept. 12. If you did not receive a copy of the flyer, click this link to visit our website for more information and to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish and Japanese. You can also contact your child’s school for a paper copy of the flyer.

Universal Screener

As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will again be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff to make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit sd54.org/runtoread.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.
These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunity 

Lou Malnati’s – September 18
The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road on September 18, and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order; click here for the flyer.

Thank you to everyone who supported the District 54 Education Foundation at Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend by parking at Collins Elementary or purchasing food from our not-for-profit day partner, Riccardo’s!

Upcoming Events

  • September 16- SPIRIT DAY (Mac Day: Wear your MacArthur gear old and new!)
  • September 17- Picture Day
  • September 18- Half Day for Students (11:40 AM Dismissal)
  • September 22- Run To Read
  • September 23- ORANGE DAY: Wear orange to promote happiness
  • September 27- Breakfast with the Ladies, 7:45- 9:15 AM

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

Principal Message – 9/6/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

This week MacArthur students participated in a bus evacuation and fire drill. These drills help us to be ready in case of an emergency. Our students also completed math MAP testing and used their best test-taking strategies to show what they know! Students also reviewed our PBIS expectations (be respectful, be responsible and be safe) and celebrated the first Student of the Week in every classroom! It has been a busy week! We hope all our Toros are able to enjoy a relaxing weekend. Please read on for important announcements including this school year’s first edition of the PTA newsletter.

PTA Newsletter- September (English)

PTA Newsletter- Septiembre (Español)

Spirit Wear

Fridays are Spirit Wear Days at MacArthur! We encourage you and your child to wear your MacArthur gear every Friday. Looking for new MacArthur Spirit Wear? You can now place your order online. Orders are due by September 10. https://blinktees.printavo.com/merch/macarthur

For any questions or concerns, please email macspiritwear@nullgmail.com.

Fees Reminder

You can pay your students fees through your parent portal account.  This includes your $50 consumable fee, optional instructional device insurance (grades 3-8 only), and milk. If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office. The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15, $25 if not received by February 1, and $35 if not received by April 1. If you would like to purchase instructional device insurance but do not have the option to do so through your portal, please contact our school office for assistance. Instructional device insurance must be purchased before the date of device issuance.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council

Please join us for our first meeting on Tuesday, September 17th  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center at 524 East Schaumburg Road. Our topic for this month’s meeting is “ACCESS and MAP: What do they tell me about my child’s learning?” Childcare is available for children ages 3-5. To RSVP, fill out the form at the bottom of the event flyer and send it back to your child’s school by Sept. 12. If you did not receive a copy of the flyer, click this link to visit our website for more information and to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish and Japanese. You can also contact your child’s school for a paper copy of the flyer.

Universal Screener

As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will again be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff to make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a T-shirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit sd54.org/runtoread.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12

Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.
These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunity 

Lou Malnati’s – September 18
The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road on September 18, and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order; click here for the flyer.

Thank you to everyone who supported the District 54 Education Foundation at Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend by parking at Collins Elementary or purchasing food from our not-for-profit day partner, Riccardo’s!

Upcoming Events

  • September 10- PTA Meeting 7PM
  • September 12- Walk and Bike to School Day
  • September 16- SPIRIT DAY (Mac Day: Wear your MacArthur gear old and new!)
  • September 17- Picture Day
  • September 18- Half Day for Students (11:40 AM Dismissal)
  • September 23- ORANGE DAY: Wear orange to promote happiness
  • September 27- Breakfast with the Ladies, 7:45- 9:15 AM

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza​​​​​​​

Principal Message – 8/30/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

We had a great week at MacArthur and were delighted to welcome our Kinder Toros for their first week of school. Our students were engaged in showing what they know during MAP testing and they continued practicing the routines and procedures that will set them up for success this school year. It was great to see so many of our staff and students wearing their MacArthur Spirit Wear today! We encourage you and your child to wear your MacArthur Spirit Wear every Friday!

Social Media

You can keep up with what is happening at MacArthur by following us on social media! You can find us on Twitter @MacToros54 and on Instagram @MacToros54. If you have not already, give us a follow!

Walk and Bike to School Day

Our Walk and Bike to School  Day will be September 12. On this day students and families are encouraged to walk or ride the bikes to school to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Dogs

We know that our pets are beloved members of our families. However, in order to ensure the safety of all students, dogs are not allowed on school grounds at arrival and dismissal.

Fees Reminder

You can pay your students fees through your parent portal account.  This includes your $50 consumable fee, optional instructional device insurance (grades 3-8 only), and milk. If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office. The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15, $25 if not received by February 1, and $35 if not received by April 1. If you would like to purchase instructional device insurance but do not have the option to do so through your portal, please contact our school office for assistance. Instructional device insurance must be purchased before the date of device issuance.

Fall MAP Testing

We will continue MAP testing with math next week.  The information we gain from this assessment is extremely valuable to us.  We use this information to determine the strengths of our students as well as the areas we need to focus on for the year. The MAP test consists of two parts, one math and one reading test, given on separate days.  Please be sure to remind your child to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and put forth their best effort.

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a T-shirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit sd54.org/runtoread.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12

Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.
These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

Support the Foundation at Septemberfest

The District 54 Education Foundation is raising funds for District 54 students over Labor Day weekend at Schaumburg’s Septemberfest. You can support the Foundation by parking your car for $5 at Collins School, 407 S. Summit Drive, Schaumburg, on Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1. Summit is located between Roselle and Plum Grove roads. The Foundation is also participating in Not-for-Profit Day on Monday, Sept. 2, at Septemberfest. Purchase food from our partner, Riccardo’s Ristorante, and the profits will support District 54 students.

The Foundation is committed to ensuring that all District 54 students have the same opportunities by funding breakfast programs for students from financially struggling families to ensure that they begin their day ready to learn, and grants to students from financially struggling families so that they may participate in extracurricular activities.

For more about the Foundation, visit www.d54foundation.org.

Upcoming Events

  • September 2- Labor Day (No School)
  • September 4- Vision and hearing screening
  • September 5- Bus evacuation drills
  • September 10- PTA Meeting 7PM
  • September 12- Walk and Bike to School Day
  • September 17- Picture Day
  • September 18- Half Day for Students (11:40 AM Dismissal)

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza​​​​​​​

Principal Message – 8/23/19

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Dear MacArthur Community,

We are so excited for the arrival of our kindergarten Toros on Monday! It is hard to believe that our first through sixth graders are done with week one! Time is flying by, but we are definitely making it count. Thank you for partnering with us in making this an amazing school year for our Toros. Please read on for important announcements.

First Day of Kindergarten

  • Staff will be available to assist kindergarten students in lining up in our kindergarten VIP zone.
  • Please encourage students to line up independently.
  • All kindergarten students will enter through door 8 (front doors).
  • Kindergarten students will exit through door 7 (122 & 123) and door 6 (119) at 3:00 PM
  • On Wednesdays, students are dismissed at 2:30 PM

Instructional Devices Presentation

All students in District 54 will have access to instructional devices in the classroom this school year. If you were unable to attend our presentation on these instructional devices, you can access a copy of the presentation at the links below.

Instructional Devices Presentation (English)

Presentación Sobre Dispositivos Instruccionales (Español)

Dogs

We know that our pets are beloved members of our families. However, in order to ensure the safety of all students, dogs are not allowed on school grounds at arrival and dismissal.

Fees Reminder

You can pay your students fees through your parent portal account.  This includes your $50 consumable fee, optional instructional device insurance (grades 3-8 only), and milk. If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office. The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15, $25 if not received by February 1, and $35 if not received by April 1. If you would like to purchase instructional device insurance but do not have the option to do so through your portal, please contact our school office for assistance. Instructional device insurance must be purchased before the date of device issuance.

Fall MAP Testing

We will begin MAP testing on Monday, August 26.  The information we gain from this assessment is extremely valuable to us.  We use this information to determine the strengths of our students as well as the areas we need to focus on for the year. The MAP test consists of two parts, one math and one reading test, given on separate days.  Please be sure to remind your child to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and put forth their best effort.

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a T-shirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit sd54.org/runtoread.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12

Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.
These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

Support the Foundation at Septemberfest

The District 54 Education Foundation is raising funds for District 54 students over Labor Day weekend at Schaumburg’s Septemberfest. You can support the Foundation by parking your car for $5 at Collins School, 407 S. Summit Drive, Schaumburg, on Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1. Summit is located between Roselle and Plum Grove roads. The Foundation is also participating in Not-for-Profit Day on Monday, Sept. 2, at Septemberfest. Purchase food from our partner, Riccardo’s Ristorante, and the profits will support District 54 students.

The Foundation is committed to ensuring that all District 54 students have the same opportunities by funding breakfast programs for students from financially struggling families to ensure that they begin their day ready to learn, and grants to students from financially struggling families so that they may participate in extracurricular activities.

For more about the Foundation, visit www.d54foundation.org.

Upcoming Events

  • August 26- First day of School for Kindergarten Students!
  • August 26- Cheers and Tears for Kinder Parents
  • August 26- September 6- Fall MAP Testing
  • August 28- Harvest Day
  • September 2- Labor Day (No School)
  • September 4- Vision and hearing screening
  • September 5- Bus evacuation drills

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,​​​​​​​

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

Welcome Back to School from Mrs. Esquivel and Ms. Garza

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Dear MacArthur Community,

It was so great to see so many of you at our Information Day last week. It is hard to believe that soon our hallways will be filled with students once again as we kick off the 2019-2020 school year. We can already tell this will be another fantastic school year at MacArthur. Over the past week, our MacArthur staff has been busy getting our learning spaces ready for our Toros, we had over 100 students participate in our Spanish Language and Culture Camp, and our new staff members attended New Teacher Induction Week at the Professional Learning Center. With that said, we would like to share with you our teams for the coming school year.

Kindergarten Team

Mrs. Gonzalez, Ms. Perez, Mrs. Thurman 

First Grade Team

Mrs. Barajas, Mrs. Lopez, Ms. Vanek

Second Grade Team

Mrs. Barrett, Mrs. Dziubinski (Meyers), Ms. Temoczuk

Third Grade Team

Mrs. Bledsoe, Mrs. Scannell, Mrs. Smith

Fourth Grade Team

Ms. Daker, Ms. Felvey, Ms. Paulson

Fifth Grade Team

Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Partipilo, Ms. Vidales

Sixth Grade Team

Mr. Castaneda, Mrs. Ruffolo, Mrs. Rutigliano

Instructional Support Team

Ms. Benser, Mrs. Fernandez, Ms. McCarthy, Mrs. Munoz, Ms. Pinedo, Ms. Santiago

Student Support Services Team

Ms. Bluell (School Psychologist), Ms. Chairez (Social Worker), Mr. Kitowski (SLP), Ms. Lukose (SLP), Ms. McAndrew (SST), Mrs. Sipp (SST), Mrs. Schneid (School Nurse)

Main Office

Mrs. Esquivel (Principal), Ms. Garza (Assistant Principal), Mrs. Ramos (secretary), Ms. Roslewski (secretary), Mr. Ian (Day custodian), Mr. Dino (Night custodian)

Office Hours

Beginning August 19 the office will be open from 7:30AM-4:00PM.  Please note, the office will be closed on Thursday, August 15 from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM as the staff will be participating in a professional development opportunity to better serve our students.  The office will be open during regular hours on Friday, August 16.

A message from the Hoffman Estates Police Department

The Hoffman Estates Police Department has current openings for numerous Crossing Guard positions in District 54.  Crossing Guards are needed for Fairview Elementary School, Lakeview Elementary School, Keller Junior High, Churchill Elementary School, and MacArthur International Spanish Academy.  If you’re looking to pick up a little extra money this year while helping students get to school safely this is your opportunity!  Crossing Guards are paid $13.50 per hour and you can apply under the “Employment” section at www.hoffmanestates.org.  Please contact Sgt. Reichel at 847-781-2846 or scott.reichel@nullhoffmanestates.org if you would like more information.

Upcoming Events

Please mark these important dates in your calendar.

  • Thursday, August 15 from 5:00–7:00 pm.- MacArthur’s Back to School Night
    • This is an exciting evening for parents and students to meet the teacher, drop off supplies, and learn about the curriculum and grade level expectations for the upcoming year. We are changing up our format to make this night more interactive for our families. Pick up a game board at our check-in table when you arrive to join in the fun! Please click on the links for the 19-20 School Supply Lists and the Back to School Night Flyer for more details.
  • Monday, August 19 – First Day for all students in grades 1-6.
    • When students arrive on the first day of school, they should meet their teachers on the blacktop in the back of the school. Teachers will be holding signs indicating their grade level and room number. After all buses drop off, one by one, classes will enter the building as staff and parents clap them back in to school!
    • Parents are invited to line the sidewalk in front of the school from 8:25-8:45 to help us welcome the students to a new school year.
    • In case of rain, students will follow our regular arrival routine. Beginning at 8:25, students will enter the building and walk to their classrooms. They will sit by their lockers with their teachers until the bell rings. At this time, students will enter the classrooms and begin their day. If this is your family’s first year at MacArthur, staff (in red shirts) will be available outside to help point you in the right direction. After the first day of school, students will follow this same procedure upon arrival.  Dismissal will be at 3:00PM.
    • To ensure the safety of our students, if you are driving your child to school, please use the drop off lane in the parking lot. Please do not exit your car. Staff will be available to assist students.  Students should not arrive to school any earlier than 8:25 am because there will be no adult supervision until that time. 
    • It is important to notify the school office, as well as your child’s teacher, of permanent daycare arrangements.  This information must be in writing by the first day of school, and must be updated if your childcare arrangements change throughout the school year.
    • Also throughout the year if there are any changes to where your child is going at dismissal, please notify the teacher in writing or via email. We want to have a clear understanding of where our students are going at the end of the day to help ensure their safety.
  • Friday, August 23 – PTA Welcome Back Picnic
    • Join us from 6- 8 PM as we celebrate the start of another amazing year at MacArthur.
  • Monday, August 26 – First day of School for Kindergarten Students
    • Teachers will share arrival and dismissal procedures for kindergarten during Back to School Night.
  • Monday, August 26- Cheers and Tears for Kinder Parents
    • 8:30-9:15 A.M. in the Staff Lounge

See you soon MacArthur!

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza