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Dear District 54 Community,

Good afternoon District 54 families. As you have probably heard, Governor Pritzker has announced that schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year.

Let me acknowledge that this is not ideal. The ideal situation would be having children at school connecting in person with their peers, their teachers and other staff. I think we can all acknowledge that.

While we were really hoping we would be able to bring students back to school this year, we were also anticipating this announcement and planning for it. We are committed to helping students to grow academically and supporting their well-being. We will continue to offer remote learning as we have for the past four weeks.

I know with the governor’s announcement you have questions. You are probably wondering about eighth-grade graduations and other important end-of-the-year celebrations. We are currently working on plans to commemorate these moments.

Some of you may have items in the schools that you need to retrieve. We have a plan to safely provide you access to the schools and we will share those specifics with you soon.

To our students – we miss you. Thank you for staying connected to your teachers and each other through virtual learning. We are going to keep teaching you and caring about you. We are still here for you.

To the families of our students – thank you. We know you didn’t plan to spend the last two months of the school year helping your children with school work at home. Your support for your children, our teachers and each other has been amazing. You are an integral part of what we do.

While our school doors are closed, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to support our students this year. If there is anything we can do to support you, please reach out to your child’s teacher, social worker or any other trusted adult. I look forward to the day when we can all be together again.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Andy DuRoss

Food Pantry Locations and Donation Opportunities

As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to change, District 54 is working with amazing community partners to provide food to families who are struggling financially. Families needing assistance may benefit from the following.

  • Wednesdays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a mobile food truck distribution from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday in the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center parking lot, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
  • Thursdays:  District 54 staff will be working with Township High School District 211 to distribute meal bags with five days of lunches, five days of breakfast and a half gallon of milk from 8 to 11 a.m. each Thursday through July 16 at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. 
  • Fridays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a food distribution from 4 to 5 p.m. every Friday at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg.
  • The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry is now running a drive-through pickup from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the township office, One Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. For more information, please call (847) 732-7166.
  • Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry, 1451 Bode Road in Schaumburg, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. near the garages.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road in Elk Grove Village, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 11:30-noon.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove in Schaumburg, is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

We would like to thank the number of individuals and organizations who have inquired about how to make donations to help those in our community who may be struggling. We feel the best practice is to work with organizations who are currently offering these services in our community and will therefore not be collecting food. Please do not bring food donations to the district office as previously mentioned.

The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry and many faith-based charities are providing food to families in our community. Click here to access a list of these pantries on the Schaumburg Township website. In order to encourage social distancing, these organizations are not collecting food at this time.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

The Illinois Department of Human Services has a new special benefit called the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer to help families buy food for children who would normally receive free lunch when schools are in session. To apply online, families should visit https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access and click on Apply for Benefits.

Families that currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families that do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive free lunch, will need to apply on this website. A paper application in English and paper application in Spanish is also available and can be submitted as an attachment by email to DHS.FCS.PEBT@nullillinois.gov. IDHS created a flyer to help families with the application process. A Spanish version of the flyer is also available.

Crisis Fund

The District 54 Education Foundation has also created a new fund called the D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, which will be used to support our most at-risk families, including the 20% of students who qualify for free lunch. This emergency fund will help families impacted by this virus, and could be used in the future to provide immediate access to financial assistance for financially struggling families.

To donate, visit any of the following websites:

Lugares de despensa de alimentos y oportunidades de donación

A medida que la situación en torno al nuevo coronavirus de 2019 continúa cambiando, el Distrito 54 está trabajando con increíbles socios de la comunidad para proporcionar alimentos a las familias que tienen dificultades financieras. Las familias que necesitan asistencia pueden beneficiarse de lo siguiente.

  • Miércoles:  Willow Creek Community Church llevará a cabo una distribución móvil de camiones de comida de 11 a.m. a mediodía cada miércoles en el estacionamiento del Centro de Administración Rafferty del Distrito 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Road en Schaumburg.
  • Jueves:  Distrito 211 de Township High School, cinco días de almuerzos, cinco días de desayuno y medio galón de leche de 9 am a mediodía cada jueves en la escuela secundaria Hoffman Estates, 1100 W. Higgins Road en Hoffman Estates. Esta es una camioneta drive-through. Cuando llegue a la escuela, quédese en su vehículo. Cargaremos las bolsas en su maletero o asiento trasero.
  • Viernes:  Willow Creek Community Church también llevará a cabo una distribución móvil de camiones de comida de 4 a 5 p.m. cada viernes en la escuela Keller, 820 Bode Road en Schaumburg.
  • Schaumburg Township – La despensa de alimentos del municipio de Schaumburg ahora está llevando a cabo una recolección de 1 a 3 p.m. los martes y jueves en la oficina del municipio,  One Illinois Blvd. en Hoffman Estates. Para obtener más información, llame al (847) 732-7166.
  • Iglesia del Espíritu Santo Despensa, 1451 Bode Road en Schaumburg, ofrece servicio de recogida los jueves de 2 a 5 p.m. Cerca de los garajes.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road en Elk Grove Village, ofrece servicio de recogida los jueves de 11:30 a mediodía.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove en Schaumburg, está abierto de 4 a 6 p.m. Jueves y de 10 a.m. a 1 p.m. Sábados.

Nos gustaría agradecer a la cantidad de personas y organizaciones que han preguntado cómo hacer donaciones para ayudar a aquellos en nuestra comunidad que puedan estar luchando. Creemos que la mejor práctica es trabajar con organizaciones que actualmente ofrecen estos servicios en nuestra comunidad y, por lo tanto, no recolectarán alimentos. No traiga donaciones de alimentos a la oficina del distrito como se mencionó anteriormente.

La despensa de alimentos del municipio de Schaumburg y muchas organizaciones benéficas religiosas están proporcionando alimentos a las familias de nuestra comunidad. Haga clic aquí para acceder a una lista de estas despensas en el sitio web del municipio de Schaumburg. Para alentar el distanciamiento social, estas organizaciones no están recolectando alimentos en este momento.

Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos (P-EBT)

El Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois tiene un nuevo beneficio especial llamado Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos para ayudar a las familias a comprar alimentos para niños que normalmente recibirían almuerzo gratis cuando las escuelas están en sesión. Para solicitar en línea, las familias deben visitar https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access y hacer clic en Solicitar beneficios.

Las familias que actualmente reciben beneficios del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) no necesitan solicitar los beneficios P-EBT. Estos beneficios adicionales de P-EBT se cargarán en las cuentas de Illinois LINK EBT junto con los beneficios regulares de SNAP. Las familias que actualmente no reciben beneficios de SNAP pero tienen niños que reciben almuerzo gratis, deberán presentar una solicitud en este sitio web. Una solicitud en papel en en español también están disponibles y se pueden enviar como archivo adjunto por correo electrónico a DHS.FCS.PEBT@nullillinois.gov. IDHS creó un volante para ayudar a las familias con el proceso de solicitud. U

Crisis Fund

La Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54 también ha creado un nuevo fondo llamado D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, que se utilizará para apoyar a nuestras familias más expuestas, incluido el 20% de los estudiantes que califican para el almuerzo gratuito. Este fondo de emergencia ayudará a las familias afectadas por este virus y podría usarse en el futuro para proporcionar acceso inmediato a asistencia financiera para familias con dificultades financieras.

Para donar, visite cualquiera de los siguientes sitios web:

IMPORTANT IPAD COLLECTION UPDATE – 5/27/2020

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Dear MacArthur Community,

There have been a few changes to our technology collection plan this week – please read the following changes carefully:

2nd Grade Student iPad Collection – UPDATED
We will no longer be collecting iPads from 2nd graders this week.  We hope this change will enable students to utilize the devices over the summer months.  The District will be scheduling a 2nd grade iPad collection / Chromebook exchange in early August.  Additional details regarding this will be communicated later in the summer.

Student Google Accounts – UPDATED
The District has decided to keep ALL current K-7th grade student accounts active so devices will be functional during the summer months.  With community libraries still closed, the devices can be utilized for students to continue reading over the summer.  We are asking parents to be diligent in monitoring student device usage to ensure they are being utilized for appropriate purposes.

Device Collection on Friday – UPDATED
We will still have our device collection drive-thru this Friday, May 29th from 9-11:30 am for all non-returning students to return iPads, Chromebooks, and chargers.  If you are the parent of a 2nd grade student, and you still want to turn in your child’s iPad on Friday instead of keeping it for the summer, you can utilize the drive-thru device drop-off between 9-11:30 am.  Your child will be issued a Chromebook in early August.

Student Materials Pick Up- LAST CHANCE!
If you were not able to pick up your child’s materials last week, you can visit Mac on Friday between 9-11:30am.  We will be in the school parking lot, so you can drive up to return materials to Mac and pick up your child’s supplies that were left in the classroom. After this time, any materials not picked up will be discarded.

Yearbook

If you would like to purchase a yearbook with cash or check you can do so during the drive-thru this Friday. Please drop off $20 in a marked envelope with your student’s name and classroom number at the MacArthur parking lot this Friday, May 29th between 9am-11:30am. You must have the EXACT AMOUNT IN A LABELED ENVELOPE.

Don’t remember if you already purchased a yearbook OR want to pay with Zelle? Email macyearbook60169@nullgmail.com to find out!

Click here to purchase with Paypal ››

We will keep you informed once yearbooks have arrived.

​​​​​​​Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

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

IPAD COLLECTION- May 29

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 soniaesquivel@nullsd54.org or lisagarza@nullsd54.org

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 macyearbook60169@nullgmail.com 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 sd54.org/registration).

For questions, please contact registrationdocuments@nullsd54.org. 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 portalsupport@nullsd54.org 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 registrationdocuments@nullsd54.org.

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.

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

Updated Registration Info and Materials Pick-Up – 5/15/20

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Dear MacArthur Community,

We hope you have had a great week and that you and your family are happy, healthy and safe. MacArthur Staff have been in the building this week packing up student belongings for our drive-thru pick up next week and, though the building does not feel the same without our Toros, it has been wonderful to see them and hear their voices (from a safe distance!). As we prepare for our drive-thru pick up next week, please make a sign with your child’s name and room number to display on your window as you pull up to our drive-thru area. This will help make our process more efficient and keep the line moving. We want to thank you for your flexibility and support in navigating the close of a school year during these unusual circumstances.

Have a great weekend MacArthur!

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

PTA Newsletter

Linked below is the May edition of the PTA newsletter. Please click on the attachments for important announcements including the newly elected PTA Board for the 20-21 School Year.

May PTA Newsletter-ENG

May PTA Newsletter SPA

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 macyearbook60169@nullgmail.com 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 sd54.org/registration).

For questions, please contact registrationdocuments@nullsd54.org. 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 portalsupport@nullsd54.org 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 registrationdocuments@nullsd54.org.

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

Materials Return Reminder

Beginning on May 19, each grade level has been assigned a time for drive-thru pick up and drop off 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.

Materials to 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

Technology Drop Off

ONLY STUDENTS IN 2nd GRADE AND STUDENTS NOT RETURNING TO SD54 will return their devices this school year. Second grade families should drop off their Chromebooks, IPads, chargers, headphones and hot spots (if this applies) on May 29 between 9-11:30 AM in the MacArthur parking lot. A drop off lane will be marked off by cones.

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!

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! The last day of V-Learning for students is May 28.

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.

Yearbook Info – 5/14/2020

 

Dear MacArthur Community,

Please see a message from our PTA below regarding the 19-20 Yearbook!

As our world adjusts to change, one thing that remains constant is the yearbook tradition.

Remember 2020 with an unforgettable yearbook. Orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Copies are limited and on-line orders will close on May 29th, so don’t delay, buy today for $20!

               RESERVE. REFLECT. ENJOY.

          Click here to purchase your Yearbook with Paypal ››
If you have any questions or would like to purchase a yearbook via Zelle, please email your request to macyearbook60169@nullgmail.com.

Mientras nuestro mundo se adapta al cambio, una cosa que permanece constante es la tradición del anuario.  Recuerde 2020 con un anuario inolvidable.
Los pedidos estarán disponibles en el orden en que lleguen.
¡Las copias son limitadas así que no retrase, reserve hoy!
¡Las copias son limitadas y los pedidos en línea se cerrarán el 29 de Mayo, así que no te tardes, compra hoy por $20!

RESERVAR. REFLEJAR. DISFRUTAR.

         Haga clic aquí para comprar su anuario escolar con PayPal ››

Si tiene alguna pregunta o desea comprar un anuario escolar a través de Zelle, por favor envíe su solicitud por correo electrónico a macyearbook60169@nullgmail.com.

Register now for 2020-21 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 sd54.org/registration).

For questions, please contact registrationdocuments@nullsd54.org. If you don’t 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 don’t 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 portalsupport@nullsd54.org 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 registrationdocuments@nullsd54.org.

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

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

Refund of Fees to D54 Families

Due to the move to remote learning in March, District 54 will be prorating prepaid fees (i.e. milk, field trips, pizza fundraisers, etc.) based on actual goods or services received. The amounts that have been paid by families for goods or services that have not been received have been credited to their student’s account on the District 54 Portal. Each item credited is identified separately for tracking purposes.  The consumable materials fee will not be prorated, as this fee is used immediately for student workbooks and other consumables. 

For those that paid for transportation, that fee reimbursement is being handled separately from this process. In addition, payments made to the PTA are being handled by the school PTA.

If your child is an eighth-grade student, the credit has been applied to a sibling’s account. Checks will be mailed before May 22 to families whose youngest child is graduating from District 54 this spring and to families who are moving out of District 54.

If you are experiencing a financial hardship and need these fees refunded by check, or if you have any other questions, please contact your school secretary.

Materials Pick Up and Drop Off

Aquí puede leer este mensaje en español

Dear MacArthur Community,

As we get closer to the end of the school year, we know this is not the way any of us expected this school year to end.  Nonetheless, we are so grateful for all of the ways the amazing MacArthur staff and our school community have worked together to make this experience a positive one for our Toros. We know one of the many things on our mind is a process for closing up our school for the summer.

We have been working closely with the district to create a plan to close the school year. We know that students still have belongings at school and school materials at home. Please review this email carefully- it includes important information for material pick-up and drop-off.

During the week of May 11, teachers will be given staggered times to pack up student belongings to return to families the following week.  Our staff will follow CDC and state guidelines for social distancing during this process.  In order to do this, we will be limiting the number of staff members in the building throughout the day, and utilizing safety precautions such as wearing gloves and masks.

During the week of May 18, we are asking families to attend your child’s designated time for a drive thru material drop-off and pick-up.

During your child’s drive-thru time, please return all district materials, with the exception of iPads/Chromebooks.  Materials to return include library books, guided reading books, and textbooks. Please place all items into one bag, label it with your child’s first and last name and classroom teacher, and place the bag in the trunk of your car.  A staff member will remove the returning items from your trunk and add any materials your child has left at school. Parents, students and family members will remain in their cars at all times.

In an effort to prioritize safety, we are not able to accommodate providing families with multiple children with one school visit.  We ask that you follow the scheduled dates and times for each child separately.  We appreciate your understanding and willingness to place our staff’s safety and health as a priority over convenience.  With these same priorities in mind, we will not be scheduling alternative dates for family pick up of student personal supplies.  We hope the two week notice of these dates, times, and procedures will help your family plan accordingly.

On your child’s grade level date, V-Learning will look different.  An enrichment activity will be pushed out to students for completion only.  This enrichment activity will replace your child’s typical schedule and assignments for that day.

Below are the guidelines and schedules for MacArthur

  • We ask that parents/guardians follow the flow of traffic through the parking lot using our drop-off lane for drop-off of school materials and pick-up of personal items. T
  • Parents and students will remain in their cars.
  • Once cars pull up to the school, please open your trunk. A staff member will place a bag with all of the child’s belongings into the trunk of the car and remove the bag of items containing any returning school materials.
  • Appropriate social distancing guidelines will be adhered to.
  • Please follow the assigned 30-minute time blocks below. If you have multiple students, please attend the time block for each separate grade level.
  • Any personal items not picked up will be discarded.

Drive –thru materials pick up by grade level:

  • Tuesday | 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 | Second Grade

114 Temoczuk: 9:30-10:00

115 Dziubinski: 10:15-10:45

116 Barrett: 11:00-11:30

 

  • Thursday | 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 | 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

End of the Year Schedule
Teachers will not be available online to students or parents on the day when they are assigned to be at the building for material collection and pack-up. Enrichment lessons and activities will be provided to students on the following days:

Teacher Pack-Up at MacArthur- student materials
Mon May 11 Tues May 12 Wed May 13 Thurs May 14 Fri May 15
No V-Learning Day First Grade

Fifth Grade

Specials

Second Grade

Sixth Grade

Kindergarten

Third Grade

SPED

Fourth Grade

Dual Support Teachers/Interventionists

 

Parent Drive-Thru Pick-up & Drop-off (See schedule above)
Mon May 18 Tues May 19 Wed May 20 Thurs May 21 Fri May 22
No V-Learning Day Kindergarten

Sixth Grade

Second Grade Third Grade

Fifth Grade

Fourth Grade

First Grade

 

Teacher Pack-Up at MacArthur – classroom pack-up
Mon May 25
Memorial Day
Tues May 26 Wed May 27 Thurs May 28
Last Day of V-learning
Fri May 29
Non-attendance day  First Grade
Fifth Grade
Kindergarten
Sixth Grade

Specials

Second Grade
Third Grade
SPED
9:00-11:00am
Tech Drop-off for 2nd grade and students not returning to SD54

Tech Drop Off for 2nd Grade and Students Not Returning – May 29
We are only collecting technology from second grade and students not returning next year.  All other grades (K, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th) will keep their D54 devices through the summer.  On May 29 between the hours of 9:00-11:00am, families of second graders and non-returning students must drop off their iPad/Chromebook to MacArthur. Please place the device in the trunk of your car.  When cars pull up to the front of MacArthur, a staff member will remove the device from the trunk.

Thank you for reading carefully and following all of the details above. If you have any questions at all, please let us know.

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

D54 hosts Virtual Field Day – May 6

District 54 Physical Educators are excited to invite you to the first ever V-Field Day on Wednesday May 6. V-Field Day will allow you to complete Field Day experiences in your own living room or backyard. Click here to access all of the V-Field Day events. All stations can be simply created using household items and a little ingenuity.

We have also teamed up with the District 54 Grizzlies, our Special Olympics team, to add adaptations for students who need them so we are sure everyone can participate!  Each school community will also be able to engage virtually through their own Field Day Padlet!

Staff Appreciation Week

Dear MacArthur community,

Thank you to our MacArthur PTA for organizing a Virtual Staff Appreciation Week! The MacArthur Staff continue to do their best every day to provide a positive and meaningful learning experience for our students. Join us in celebrating them during the week of May 4-May 8! Below are links to a set of slides students (and families!) can use each day next week to let the MacArthur Staff know how much they are appreciated.

English Slides

Spanish Slides

Estimada comunidad de MacArthur:

¡Gracias a nuestra PTA de MacArthur por organizar una semana virtual de agradecimiento al personal! El personal de MacArthur continúa haciendo su mejor esfuerzo todos los días para proporcionar una experiencia de aprendizaje positiva y significativa para nuestros estudiantes. ¡Únase a nosotros para celebrarlos durante la semana del 4 al 8 de mayo! A continuación hay enlaces a un conjunto de diapositivas que los estudiantes (¡y las familias!) pueden usar cada día la próxima semana para que el personal de MacArthur sepa cuánto los aprecian.

English Slides

Spanish Slides

 

Sonia Esquivel