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Principal Message – 4/24/2020

Aquí puede leer este mensaje en español

Dear MacArthur Community,

Happy Friday MacArthur! It is hard to believe we will begin the last week of April next week. With the announcement from Governor Pritzker that we will not end the school year together, we know you have many questions regarding the end of year events and logistics that are a part of how we wrap up every school year. While I do not have a detailed plan to share with you at this time, I want to reassure you that we are working on all of these logistics while prioritizing the safety of our students, staff and families and more communication will be forthcoming.

We miss our students more than words can say, but we are excited to share a few virtual events that will help to keep us connected as a community. Please read on for some fun and exciting virtual events starting soon!

Have a great weekend MacArthur!

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

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!

There will be an additional teacher planning day during the month for each grade level.  This means only one particular grade level at a time will have the day off.  Your child’s teacher will communicate this date with your child and it is listed below for reference.

3rd Grade – Tuesday, April 28

4th Grade – Wednesday, April 29

MacArthur Virtual Variety Show

These are definitely different times we are navigating, but the show must go on! Join us for a week of MacArthur Virtual Variety Shows! Click here to see the lineup for each day. . We encourage all Toros to participate by posting their acts here: https://padlet.com/lisagarza/h20w25huljhdkwqj

Celebrate Reading and Writing Day!

We invite you to participate in our MacArthur Virtual Celebrate Reading and Writing Day on April 29! Enjoy book recommendations, read alouds and even an art tutorial from Mac staff and post your own as well! Click here to see our Super Flyer!

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

Tips for Dual/Immersion Parents

We are excited to share the second installment of a 3-part video series on strategies to help your child with target-language work at home. We hope you enjoy it!

Tips for Dual/Immersion Parents pt.2

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: MAY 4!
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​​​​​​​.

Principal Message – 4/21/2020

Dear MacArthur community,

We hope this communication finds you well. The news that we won’t finish the school year together was difficult to process. We miss our Toros and Mac families so much! But we know we are connected no matter the distance and we look forward to continuing a positive V-Learning experience for our students. As the end of the school year approaches, we would like to shift our focus to all the things we are grateful for! We hope you will join us in our expressions of gratitude by following along with our MacArthur Gratitude Countdown. You can find a copy of the calendar in English and Spanish below.

MacArthur Gratitude Countdown-EN

MacArthur Gratitude Countdown -SP

In other news, we are excited to share the second installment of a 3-part video series on strategies to help your child with target-language work at home. We hope you enjoy it!

Tips for Dual/Immersion Parents pt.2

Take care MacArthur, we look forward to being together again soon!

Sonia Esquivel

Estimada comunidad de MacArthur:

Esperamos que esta comunicación les encuentre bien. La noticia de que no terminaremos el año escolar juntos fue difícil de procesar. ¡Extrañamos tanto a nuestras Toros y Familias Mac! Pero sabemos que estamos conectados sin importar la distancia y esperamos continuar una experiencia positiva de V-Learning para nuestros estudiantes. A medida que se acerca el final del año escolar, ¡nos gustaría cambiar nuestro enfoque a todas las cosas por las que estamos agradecidos! Esperamos que se una a nosotros en nuestras expresiones de gratitud al seguir nuestra cuenta atrás de gratitud de MacArthur. Puede encontrar una copia del calendario en inglés y español a continuación.

MacArthur Gratitude Countdown-inglés

MacArthur Gratitude Countdown -español

En otras noticias, nos complace compartir la segunda parte de una serie de videos de 3 partes sobre estrategias para ayudar a su hijo con el trabajo en el segundo idioma en casa. ¡Esperamos que lo disfrutes!

Tips for Dual/Immersion Parents pt.2

¡Cuidense mucho MacArthur, esperamos volver a estar juntos pronto!

Sonia Esquivel

Schools closed for rest of school year

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

Principal Message – 4/17/2020

Aquí puede leer este mensaje en español.

Dear MacArthur Community,

A snowy day in April is great for staying safe at home! Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we continue to make the most of the V-Learning experience for our students. We appreciate all of your heartfelt messages and encouraging words. MacArthur staff are working incredibly hard to make V-Learning a positive experience for all our students. This is a whole new way of doing school, and we are grateful for a staff that is doing their very best, students that persevere and keep putting their best effort into their learning and a community that encourages and supports us along the way! You are what makes us MacStrong!

We hope you have the opportunity to unplug this weekend and share some quality time as a family. As a reminder, there is no V-Learning on Monday. Enjoy the weekend Mac!

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

No V-Learning Dates

There is NO V-Learning on the following days.

  • Monday, April 20th (Teacher Planning Day)
  • Monday, April 27th (Teacher Planning Day)

There will be an additional teacher planning day during the month for each grade level.  This means only one particular grade level at a time will have the day off.  Your child’s teacher will communicate this date with your child and it is listed below for reference.

1st Grade – Thursday, April 16

2nd Grade – Tuesday, April 14

3rd Grade – Tuesday, April 28

4th Grade – Wednesday, April 29

5th Grade – Tuesday, April 21

6th Grade – Wednesday, April 22

Virtual Community Events

During this time of social distancing, connection is more important than ever. Be on the lookout this week for additional information from us as well as the MacArthur PTA about opportunities for us to connect virtually as a community!

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 

Supporting your Child in the Target Language

If you’d like some ideas on helping your child with Spanish work at home, here is a video with some ideas Tips for Parents on Supporting Learning in the Target Language. The video is the first in a series!

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- UPDATED
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

Principal Message – 4/15/2020

Dear MacArthur community,

I hope this communication finds you and your family happy, healthy and safe. Please read below for some important dates to add to your calendar as well as a video about supporting your child in the target language! We’ve got this MacArthur!

Sonia Esquivel

Supporting your child in the target language

If you’d like some ideas on helping your child with Spanish work at home, here is a video with some ideas Tips for Parents on Supporting Learning in the Target Language. The video is the first in a series!

Important Dates

The following are V-Learning planning days for our staff and there is NO V-Learning for all grade levels:

  • Monday, April 20th (Teacher Planning Day)
  • Monday, April 27th (Teacher Planning Day)

There will be an additional teacher planning day during the month for each grade level.  This means only one particular grade level at a time will have the day off.  Your child’s teacher will communicate this date with your child and it is listed below for reference.

1st Grade –  No V-Learning on Thursday, April 16

2nd Grade – No V-Learning on Tuesday, April 14

3rd Grade – No V-Learning on Tuesday, April 28

4th Grade – No V-Learning on Wednesday, April 29

5th Grade – No V-Learning on Tuesday, April 21

6th Grade – No V-Learning on Wednesday, April 22

Virtual PE

Please note that with the non-attendance days happening on Mondays in April, virtual PE lessons are being moved to Fridays from 11:00-11:30.

Estimada comunidad de MacArthur:

Espero que esta comunicación los encuentre a usted y a su familia felices, sanos y seguros. ¡Lea a continuación algunas fechas importantes para agregar a su calendario, así como un video sobre cómo apoyar a su hijo en el idioma de destino! ¡Juntos podemos MacArthur!

Sonia Esquivel

Apoyando a su hijo en el idioma de destino

Si desea algunas ideas sobre cómo ayudar a su hijo con el trabajo en español en casa, aquí hay un video con algunas ideas: Consejos para padres sobre cómo apoyar el aprendizaje en otro idioma. ¡El video es el primero de una serie!

Fechas importantes

Los siguientes son días de planificación de V-Learning para nuestro personal y NO hay V-Learning para ningun  grado:

Lunes 20 de abril
Lunes 27 de abril

Habrá un día de planificación adicional durante el mes para cada nivel de grado. Esto significa que solo un grado en particular a la vez tendrá el día libre. El maestro de su hijo se comunicará esta fecha con su hijo. Tambien puede ver esas fechas aqui.

1er Grado – No V-Learning el jueves 16 de abril

2do Grado – No V-Learning el martes 14 de abril

3er Grado – No V-Learning el martes 28 de abril

4to Grado – No V-Learning el miércoles 29 de abril

5to Grado – No V-Learning el martes 21 de abril

6to Grado – No V-Learning el miércoles 22 de abril

PE virtual

Tenga en cuenta que con los días de no asistencia los lunes en abril, las lecciones virtuales de educación física se trasladan a los viernes de 11:00-11:30.

Update from Superintendent DuRoss – April 14, 2020

Dear District 54 Community,

Good morning District 54 families and welcome to our fourth week of virtual learning in District 54 schools. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey last week. We are reviewing all responses and I plan to address some of your questions and concerns in my weekly emails. 

Student Grades
The Illinois State Board of Education has said that student work completed during the statewide closure should not count negatively toward student grades or a student’s academic standing. However, District 54 will continue to design high quality lessons and activities for students; to assess student progress; and to provide feedback on student work.

Special Accommodations Website
The District 54 Special Education Department has created a special website with resources for the families of students who regularly receive accommodations at school. Click here to access the website, and find information about speech supports, behavior management, assistive technology, health and mental wellness, physical and occupational therapy, contact information and much more.

Food Distribution
Food distribution for our financially struggling families will also continue throughout the school closure. Please visit one of the following locations. No appointments are necessary. Please remain in your car, and we will load the food in your trunk or back seat.

  • Wednesdays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a food  distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the D54 Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

  • Thursdays:  D54 staff will be working with Township High School District 211 to distribute meal bags from 9 a.m. to noon every Thursday 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. Friday at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg.

Click here for more information about food distribution and how to support local food distribution.

Questions
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. For all technology related problems, don’t forget you can also email vlearning@nullsd54.org

Once again, my thanks to you and to your amazing students who are showing up ready to learn. Our children are resilient and their excitement and eagerness continues to inspire me each day.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Andy DuRoss

Principal Message – 4/10/2020

Aquí puede leer este mensaje en español

Dear MacArthur Community,

Thank you to all of you for participating in our Virtual Scavenger Hunts this week! It has been wonderful to see all of your posts on our school Padlet! These posts help us feel connected to our Toros when we are missing them every day! To keep the connection going, next week will be Virtual Family Challenge Week! Same idea- a new challenge is posted for each day, complete the challenge and add your photos! We cannot wait to see all your snapshots! Another great way to stay connected during this time is to follow us on social media. Below are a few handles and websites that can help you stay up to date with the latest MacArthur and District 54 news!

The District 54 Website: www.sd54.org

District 54 V Learning Website: https://sites.google.com/sd54.org/vlearning54

Tech support for V-Learning: VLearning@nullsd54.org

You can also follow us on social media:

On Twitter

School District 54: @D54schools

MacArthur International Spanish Academy: @MacToros54

Mrs. Temoczuk, 2nd grade: @LTemo5

Fourth Grade Team: @Mac4dual

MacArthur Specials: @MacSpecials

Mrs. Lopez, 1st grade: @Mrs_Lopez1

Mrs. Ruffolo, 5th and 6th grades: @Mrs_Ruffolo54

On Instagram

School District 54: @Schaumburgd54schools

MacArthur International Spanish Academy: @MacToros54

MacArthur Specials: @mactorospecials

Mrs. Dziubinski, 2nd grade: @mrs.dziubinski

Mrs. Barajas, 1st grade: @LaProfeBarajas

Let’s stay connected MacArthur!

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

MacArthur Family Challenge Week: April 13-17

The Padlet link will be shared out by teachers next week. 

MONDAY- Show your school pride! Create a sign as a family that shows your MacArthur pride and place it on your window or door.  Snap a picture together 🙂

TUESDAY- Top Chef! Make a meal or snack together.  Snap a pic of your creation 🙂

WEDNESDAY- Surprise a Loved One! Complete a conscious act of kindness, do a chore around the house.  Snap a picture 🙂

THURSDAY- Game On! Play a game together. Snap a picture of your favorite game 🙂

WEEKEND- Spread the Positive! Create a positive, message in your neighborhood with sidewalk chalk or by creating a sign for your door or window. Send us your pictures!

V-Learning- UPDATE

There is NO V-Learning on the following days.

  • Friday, April 10th (Student Non-Attendance Day)
  • Monday, April 13th (Teacher Planning Day)
  • Monday, April 20th (Teacher Planning Day)
  • Monday, April 27th (Teacher Planning Day)

Virtual PE

Please note that with the non-attendance days happening on Mondays in April, virtual PE lessons are being moved to Fridays from 11:00-11:30.

There will be an additional teacher planning day during the month for each grade level.  This means only one particular grade level at a time will have the day off.  Your child’s teacher will communicate this date with your child and it is listed below for reference.

1st Grade – No V-Learning on  Thursday, April 16

2nd Grade – No V-Learning on Tuesday, April 14

3rd Grade – No V-Learning on Tuesday, April 28

4th Grade – No V-Learning on Wednesday, April 29

5th Grade – No V-Learning on Tuesday, April 21

6th Grade – No V-Learning on Wednesday, April 22

Thank you so much for all the work you are doing with your children during V-Learning.

  • We will continue to interact with our students through either Google Classroom or Seesaw. If you need a refresher on V-Learning, please visit the  D54 V-Learning Website.  The website also contains a parent guide, a student guide and frequently asked questions.
  • If your family does not have Internet access at home or if you have additional questions after going through the website, please email VLearning@nullsd54.org.  D54 technology specialists are monitoring this email address and they are happy to help families in any way necessary.  Spanish-speaking families who need assistance can contact BarbaraVelez@nullsd54.org or call 847-357-5074.
  • Elementary V-Learning classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We understand that this schedule may not work for every family, therefore, students have the flexibility to complete tasks at any time. However, students participating during the listed V-Learning times will be able to interact in real time with their teachers.

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- UPDATED
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

PTA Message – 4/9/2020

Dear MacArthur community,

Please see the message below from our PTA president:

Aquí puede leer este mensaje en español

Hello MacArthur Families

I hope everyone is staying safe at home and learning to adjust to our new normal.

We will get through this and will be together again.

Since there is no school until April 30, the PTA will be unfortunately canceling all sponsored events for the rest of the school year. These include hot lunch, hot dog day, nacho day, cultural arts assemblies, in school science fair, in school bookfair, and 6th grade celebration. We are working to see if there is a way to have a virtual science fair, online bookfair, and postponing the 6th grade celebration instead of canceling it. I will send out more information later.

We will hold our general PTA meeting to elect our new officers and our regular board meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:45pm. Look for the invite email on Monday.

I know it may be hard to even think of, but I am asking everyone to start thinking about next school year and how you can get involved. Below is a list of all the PTA committees. We are looking for new chairpersons and volunteers to help run these committees. All I ask is for you to look, pick one or two that interest you, and request information about them. You are not committing yourself by showing interest. We are hoping to get most of these committees filled before the end of this school year. They are as follows:

Yearbook                    School Pictures                       Nacho Day                  Cultural Arts

Web Master                Scholarship                             Kinder Welcome        Box Tops

Taffy Apples               Sixth Grade Celebration         Hot Lunch                   Book Fair

Staff Dinners              Reflections                             Hot Dog Day               Book Exchange

Staff Appreciation      Reading Recognition              Hospitality                  Birthday Books

Spirit Wear                 Publicity                                 Healthy Lifestyles         Plus…Funfair,

Spanish Translation    Picnic                                      Field Day                          Movie Night

Science Fair                Newsletter                              Family Restaurant               Mac Gives Back

 

Thank you everyone. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home.

Shannan Pelayo, MacArthur PTA President

shannanpelayo@nullgmail.com

Principal Message – 4/3/2020

Aquí puede leer este mensaje en español

Dear MacArthur Community,

Governor Pritzker announced on Tuesday that our school closure will be extended through the month of April. It was certainly difficult to hear this- we miss seeing our Mac Toros! However, we know that the safety and health of students and their families is the number one priority at this time. Though our MacArthur staff would much rather be in school with our students, they continue to work together to provide engaging and meaningful lessons through our V-Learning platform. V-Learning will continue through the duration of the school closure. Please continue to encourage students to log on each day by 9:00 A.M.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Sonia Esquivel and Lisa Garza

V-Learning

Thank you so much for all the work you are doing with your children during V-Learning.

  • We will continue to interact with our students through either Google Classroom or Seesaw. If you need a refresher on V-Learning, please visit the  D54 V-Learning Website.  The website also contains a parent guide, a student guide and frequently asked questions.
  • If your family does not have Internet access at home or if you have additional questions after going through the website, please email VLearning@nullsd54.org.  D54 technology specialists are monitoring this email address and they are happy to help families in any way necessary.  Spanish-speaking families who need assistance can contact BarbaraVelez@nullsd54.org or call 847-357-5074.
  • Elementary V-Learning classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We understand that this schedule may not work for every family; therefore, students have the flexibility to complete tasks at any time. However, students participating during the listed V-Learning times will be able to interact in real time with their teachers.

Supporting Your Child with V-Learning

1.  Create Structure

  • Agree upon a regular time for schoolwork together and post it somewhere visible.​​​​​​​
  • Establish the right setting: Many children need your presence to stay focused and disciplined and to be away from distractions in their rooms.
  • Have all family members take part in quiet activities at the same time.
  • Our staff is working very hard to engage students, create meaningful lessons and give effective feedback. Thank you for your support with managing schedules to meet the needs of families.

2.  Lower the barrier to entry to help children who procrastinate

  • By task: Pick one small task that your child can do to get started. If he/she’s been assigned a math worksheet with 20 problems, get her to complete the first two.
  • By time: Many students benefit from a timer. I find it is best to use 10 minutes — I call it the “Tolerable 10.” Once time is up, they can take a quick break.

3.  Hurdle Help

  • Some kids have a hard time getting assignments started. They may be overwhelmed or unsure where to begin or the work may seem too difficult.
  • There is a concept called hurdle help. If you have a child who has a hard time getting started, spend the first five minutes with them to get them over the first couple of hurdles.

*Information gathered from 6seconds.org, University of Minnesota (umn.edu), and empoweringparents.com

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

An additional Resource

Ms. Fernandez has put together a website where families can access collections of read alouds in English and Spanish. You can access it here: English Books    Spanish Books   Thank you Ms. Fernandez!

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.  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.

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

If you are interested in making a donation to support families in our community the District 54 Education Foundation has created 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 affected by this virus, and could be used in the future to provide immediate access to financial assistance for financially struggling families. Please visit District 54 Education Foundation and select Crisis Fund.

Registration for the 2020-21 School Year- UPDATED
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 children) 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 and she 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 by emailing zenaidaramos@nullsd54.org

Due to these unprecedented times, the STC Scholarship deadline has been extended to April 10.  In addition, you may NOW submit everything ELECTRONICALLY.  Please use the link, https://pta.sd54.org/resources/elementary-scholarship/ and follow all directions.  You will be required to fill out the application in Google and then once you receive an email copy of your Google Form application, you will forward that to STCPTAScholarship@nullgmail.com   along with the necessary supporting documents (PTA card or proof of membership, copy of camp information, and the completed camp registration form).
Please note that if you turned in a paper application to MAC before the closure, it has been submitted and you are not required to submit anything further.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at dawn.garcia@nulld214.org

Parent Input Form

If you can believe it, it is time to start thinking about the 2020-2021 school year.  We would like to give parents an opportunity to express insights that will help us make appropriate class placements.  If you would like to share considerations with us, kindly complete and email the attached form to soniaesquivel@nullsd54.org by Friday, April 10.  You can also return the form to the MacArthur Office once our school reopens. Filling out this form is optional.

Summer of 54 Registration- now open
Summer is right around the corner and the perfect way to enjoy it is to join a Summer of 54 camp! Your child can build robots, design a t-shirt, learn a new sport, brush up on music skills, and so much more! T-shirts are included with registration, which is now available in your Parent Portal. Seats fill up fast so sign up now to be a part of the Summer of 54 Camp family! If you would like more information on each camp and the courses, please click on 2020 Summer of 54 Camp Brochure.

Update from Superintendent DuRoss – March 31

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Today (March 31, 2020) Illinois Governor Pritzker announced that schools will continue to be closed through April 30 as we all do our part to prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. 

I know I’m speaking for all of our employees when I say that we would rather be at school, connecting with students in person. However, the health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. At this point the medical professionals are all recommending social distancing as the key to staying well during this pandemic.

Virtual Learning

We will continue to offer virtual learning online at sites.google.com/sd54.org/vlearning54. I am so grateful to the employees who so quickly adapted to this new way of teaching so they could continue to help your students thrive academically. If you need internet access at home or are having any technology problems, please email vlearning@nullsd54.org for support. Spanish-speaking families can also contact BarbaraVelez@nullsd54.org

Food Distribution

I am also grateful to the volunteers who are continuing to provide food for our financially struggling families. 

  • Willow Creek Community Church will also be running a mobile food truck distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center parking lot, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
  • 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 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. This is a drive-through pickup. When you arrive at the school, please stay in your vehicle. We will load the bags into your trunk or back seat.

You can find more information about food distribution and how to support local food distribution on our website.

Finally, I want to thank you, the parents and guardians of our students. I know you are trying to help your children stay focused on their studies at home while also working remotely, cooking, cleaning and keeping everyone healthy. Many of us are parents too. We understand that it’s not always easy. We are here to support you. Here is a resources you may use to talk about the coronavirus with children: National Association of School Psychologists Parent Resource – Talking to Children About COVID-19.

Also please reach out to your children’s teachers, your school principal, assistant principal, social workers or psychologists if there is anything you need. As long as we work together for the children, they will grow and thrive.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Andy DuRoss

Actualización en español

Estimada comunidad del Distrito 54:

Hoy, el gobernador de Illinois, Pritzker, anunció que las escuelas continuarán cerradas hasta el 30 de abril, ya que todos hacemos nuestra parte para evitar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus 2019.

Sé que estoy hablando por todos nuestros empleados cuando digo que preferiríamos estar en la escuela y conectarnos con los estudiantes en persona. Sin embargo, la salud y seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal es siempre nuestra principal prioridad. En este punto, todos los profesionales médicos recomiendan el distanciamiento social como la clave para mantenerse bien durante esta pandemia.

Aprendizaje virtual

Continuaremos ofreciendo aprendizaje virtual en línea en sites.google.com/sd54.org/vlearning54 . Estoy muy agradecido con los empleados que se adaptaron tan rápidamente a esta nueva forma de enseñar para que puedan continuar ayudando a sus estudiantes a prosperar académicamente. Si necesita acceso a Internet en su hogar o tiene algún problema tecnológico, envíe un correo electrónico vlearning@nullsd54.org para soporte. Las familias de habla hispana también pueden contactar BarbaraVelez@nullsd54.org .

Distribucion de comida

También estoy agradecido con los voluntarios que continúan brindando alimentos a nuestras familias con dificultades financieras.

  • Willow Creek Community Church también llevará a cabo una distribución móvil de camiones de comida de 11 am a 1 pm todos los miércoles en el estacionamiento del Centro de Administración Rafferty del Distrito 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Road en Schaumburg.

  • El personal del Distrito 54 trabajará con el Distrito 211 de Township High School para distribuir bolsas de comida con 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.

Puede encontrar más información sobre la distribución de alimentos y cómo apoyar la distribución local de alimentos en nuestro sitio web .

Finalmente, quiero agradecer a los padres y tutores de nuestros estudiantes. Sé que está tratando de ayudar a sus hijos a mantenerse concentrados en sus estudios en casa mientras trabajan remotamente, cocinan, limpian y mantienen a todos saludables. Muchos de nosotros somos padres también. Entendemos que no siempre es fácil. Estamos aquí para apoyarte. Aquí hay un recurso que puede usar para hablar sobre el coronavirus con niños: Asociación Nacional de Psicólogos Escolares Recurso para Padres – Hablando con los Niños sobre COVID-19 .

También comuníquese con los maestros de sus hijos, el director de su escuela, el subdirector, los trabajadores sociales o los psicólogos si necesita algo. Mientras trabajemos juntos por los niños, crecerán y prosperarán.

Sinceramente,

Superintendente Andy DuRoss