October 15, 2021

Dear MacArthur Families,
We hope you are looking forward to a beautiful weekend MacArthur! A great way to kick it off is to join us tonight for the PTA’s Fall Fest at MacArthur! More information is included below!

During the first trimester, our staff has been focused on our three building goals of:
• Connect with a collaborative culture
• Support through differentiation and
• Engage the whole child
These goals are driving our work as MacArthur this school year and we are so grateful for your partnership in helping us work towards these goals.

Sonia Esquivel and Rocio Hernandez

PTA Fall Fest
It’s officially the day for our Fall Fest/trunk or treat event! If you pre ordered wristbands you can collect them will call style at the check in table. Please be aware this is a cash only event. We are super excited to see our toros in their costumes! See you tonight for a spooktacular evening!

PTA- Box Tops
Learn more about how you can support MacArthur with Box Tops by clicking on the link below.

Box Tops

Erin’s Law
Again, this year, we will be 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 child beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels. Our students will be participating in lessons in their classrooms in October and November. Please contact our Social Worker or Psychologist with any specific questions. Attached is a letter that provides additional details.

Erin’s Law Letter

SEL Survey Grades 3-8
The Fall SEL survey window is from October 8th thru October 22nd. On Friday, October 8th parents with children in grades 3-8 should have received a communication through the parent portal with the survey link. We appreciate you taking time to complete this survey.

Food Pantry
Our district provides many resources for families and one of those is a food pantry. The pantry is available for all MacArthur families. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, families are not able to visit the pantry in person, however we are more than happy to fill an order for your pick up at Muir! In order to access the pantry, fill out this Google Form. Once we receive your order, it will be packed up and ready for pickup at Muir. We will call you to coordinate a pick-up time.

Some of our new items include cereal, pasta, sauce, peanut butter, pop tarts, fruit snacks, ramen noodles, soups, protein bars, AND assorted toiletries! Keep up to date on when we have new food arriving by liking our Facebook Page. Click here to access the page. Order today before some of these amazing items are swept off the shelves!

Free SHIELD Testing
District 54 is offering free COVID-19 SHIELD drive-up testing to all students and staff. Please note that ANY student or staff member can get a test regardless of their participation in the weekly SHIELD surveillance testing. Please note:
• The test is the same saliva-based test used in surveillance testing.
• Individual being tested never leaves their car.
• Results are available within 24 hours.
• Individuals will be contacted with a phone call from the District office the next business day following testing with results.
Testing is available all school days from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at School District 54 – Rafferty Administration Center located at 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. More information can be found by clicking on the SHIELD Testing Flyer.

Covid Updates and Symptom Monitoring
At this time, staff and students will not be completing a daily digital screener each day. In order to ensure we are keeping all staff and students safe please monitor your child’s health each day and keep them at home should they display any symptoms listed below. All individuals are required to stay at home while symptomatic and are encouraged to test for COVID-19. Please notify our school office or nurse if you or a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19. Symptoms include:
• Fever or chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea