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Taste of Mac – International Runway Show

It’s almost time! Come taste the flavors of MacArthur next Friday, December 7th from 5:30-8:00 PM at Eisenhower Jr. High. Sample delicious foods made by the MacArthur families. They will be cooking and serving their favorite ethnic food to share with all of us. Sample sizes will be served and will be 1-2 tickets each. Tickets will be $0.50 at the door. Also, stick around and watch our families modeling ethnic clothing and/or performing. Please bring a canned or packaged food item for the local food pantry and get a free ticket. Hope to see you there!

PTA Read-A-Thon Update

Dear MacArthur community,

Please read elow for a message from the MacArthur PTA!

Dear Mac Parents,
Hello from the Mac PTA! We hope you enjoyed your extended holiday weekend with your snow day today.

As you may be aware, our Readathon was scheduled to end tomorrow. Due to the snow day, we are extending the deadline of our Readathon to Friday, November 30th. All donations should be submitted by this Friday. This includes all cash and check donations not made through the website. Please send them into the office in an envelope marked “Readathon”.

The school is still 50 kids away from qualifying for a school wide pajama party, so our Toros still have time to sign up online or submit their reading log and donations to the office. Let’s get reading, Toros!

Sincerely,
Jessica Augsburger and Mallory Whalen
PTA Co-Presidents

Queridos padres de Mac:

¡Hola desde el Mac PTA! Esperamos que haya disfrutado su fin de semana festivo prolongado con su día de nieve.

Como debe saber, nuestro Readathon estaba programado para terminar mañana. Debido al día de nieve, estamos extendiendo el plazo de nuestro Readathon al viernes 30 de noviembre. Todas las donaciones deben ser enviadas este viernes. Esto incluye todas las donaciones en efectivo y cheques que no se hacen a través del sitio web. Por favor envíelos a la oficina en un sobre marcado “Readathon”.

La escuela está a 50 niños de calificar para una fiesta de pijamas en toda la escuela, por lo que nuestros Toros aún tienen tiempo para inscribirse en línea o enviar su registro de lectura y donaciones a la oficina. ¡A leer, Toros!

Sinceramente,

Jessica Augsburger y Mallory Whalen

Co-Presidentes de la PTA

Principal Message 11/20/18

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Dear MacArthur Community,

As we head out for the Thanksgiving break, we would like to express how grateful we are to be part of such a wonderful community at Macarthur. We know that our community plays a huge part in ensuring the success of our students. We hope you enjoy the next few days with your families and they are filled with memorable moments. As a reminder, there will be no school November 21-23. We will see you on Monday!

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Debbie Ancona

First Trimester Report Cards

First trimester report cards will be available on the parent portal by November 21, 2018. All parents and guardians who have not previously created a portal account but have supplied District 54 with an email address should have received an email with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office.

Winter MAP Testing

The next round of MAP testing begins Tuesday, November 27, 2018.  We are excited to see the growth that our students have made since the fall administration of the assessment. Please be sure to remind your child to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and put forth their best effort.

Schaumburg Parent University – December class

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There is one evening program scheduled for December. Please note that child care is always available.

Get Your Game On – December 4:  Monopoly your game choice? Maybe Pictionary? They got nothing on this night! Come to our Family Game Night and not only will you learn new games, you are will make them from scratch! In this session families will create and play their own games; an hour of uninterrupted, no electronic, family together time. The best part is you get to take your game home with you so that the fun can continue! Parents and students in kindergarten and older are welcome. This event will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on December 4, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Get You Game On Flyer

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

5 Essentials Survey

Once again, we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Jan. 18, 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois

Upcoming Events:

  • November 20 – PTA Restaurant Night (Chipotle, 15 E. Golf Road)
  • November 21- Report Cards are live on the portal
  • November 21-23 Thanksgiving Break
  • December 6- McTeacher’s Night (1070 Roselle Road)
  • December 7- Taste of Mac
  • December 19 – Fourth Grade Music Concert (6:30-7:30)
  • December 20- Third Grade Music Concert (6:30-7:30)
  • December 24- January 6- Winter Break

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Principal Message 11/16/18

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Dear MacArthur Community,

In starting this email today, we reflected on how almost every Friday we are compelled to begin with a gratitude for something or someone. This Friday is no exception! We are so grateful to all our MacArthur Abuelos and other family members that were able to join us today for Goodies with Grandparents. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a supportive community at MacArthur. Thank you to our PTA for organizing this event and to all the volunteers who helped make it such a great morning. We hope you have a wonderful weekend! Please read on for important announcements.

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Debbie Ancona

A Reminder from the PTA- Taste of Mac

Just a friendly reminder that Taste of Mac will take place on December 7, 2018 from 5:30-8:00pm at Eisenhower Middle School.  We are looking for more volunteers to cook and/or participate in the International Runway!  A flyer was sent home with your child with more information about the event and how you can participate.  If you have any questions about bringing and serving food or taking part in the International Runway show, please contact Arlene Kruser at arlene.kruser@nullgmail.com or on her cell at 215.450.5999.

5 Essentials Survey

Once again, we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Jan. 18, 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish. Note: the survey will time out and you will need to start over if you do not finish in one sitting.

If you have more than one child, you may complete the survey for each child. You will be asked to select your county and then your child’s school. Be aware that there are often schools with the same or similar names in the state of Illinois.

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey. If you do not have access to a computer, you can visit the Schaumburg Township District Library or call your child’s school and we will let you use a computer at the school to take the survey.

The survey is administered by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. If at least 20 percent of parents at a school complete the survey, a supplemental parent report will be generated and shared with schools. We are hoping to meet the target this year in our schools.

First Trimester Report Cards

The first trimester ended on November 9, 2018. Everyone who has a parent portal account will be able to view his or her child’s report card online by November 21, 2018. All parents and guardians who have not previously created a portal account but have supplied District 54 with an email address should have received an email with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office.

Winter MAP Testing

The next round of MAP testing begins Tuesday, November 27, 2018.  We are excited to see the growth that our students have made since the fall administration of the assessment. Please be sure to remind your child to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and put forth their best effort.

Upcoming Events:

  • November 20 – PTA Restaurant Night (Chipotle, 15 E. Golf Road)
  • November 21- Report Cards are live on the portal
  • November 21-23 Thanksgiving Break
  • December 6- McTeacher’s Night
  • December 7- Taste of Mac
  • December 19 – Fourth Grade Music Concert (6:30-7:30)
  • December 20- Third Grade Music Concert (6:30-7:30)
  • December 24- January 6- Winter Break

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Principal Message 11/9/18

Dear MacArthur Community,

We are so grateful for the Veterans that joined our Veteran’s Day celebration today; it was an honor to host you in our school. Thank you also to all the families that sent in photos and to the students for celebrating Veteran’s Day in such a kind way! Yesterday students at MacArthur began a 21 Day Challenge related to the Happiness Advantage and the Orange Frog. Be sure to ask your son/daughter about the challenge they have committed to for 21 days. You can find additional information about the 21 Day Challenge in the Orange Frog Family Reading Guide. We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Debbie Ancona

First Trimester Report Cards

The first trimester ends today, November 9, 2018. Everyone who has a parent portal account will be able to view his or her child’s report card online by November 21, 2018. All parents and guardians who have not previously created a portal account but have supplied District 54 with an email address should have received an email with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office.

Junior High Presentation for Students

Through the month of November, Mrs. Houlihan, the assistant principal of Eisenhower Junior High School, will be visiting each feeder elementary school.  Sixth grade students will get an overview of a typical day at the junior high school and they will have an opportunity to ask questions.  Elective course selection sheets will go home on December 10, a parent night will be held on December 12.  The elective course selection sheets are due to 6th grade teachers on December 14.

Schaumburg Parent University – November classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two evening programs scheduled for November. Please note that childcare is always available.

Mindful Meditation – November 14

As part of our ongoing focus on student wellness, we invite parents and their children to join us in learning how to use the power of something super simple – your breath – to improve concentration, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep and help you handle your response (both emotional and physical) to outside circumstances and situations. Please bring your own yoga mat or a towel to sit on during meditation. This event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on November 14, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Mindful Meditation Flyer

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.​​​​​​​

Upcoming Events:

  • November 9 – End of First Trimester
  • November 10- Turkey Trot (at Eisenhower)
  • November 13- PTA Meeting
  • November 16- Goodies with Grandparents
  • November 21- Report Cards are live on the portal
  • November 21-23 Thanksgiving Break

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Principal Message 11/2/18

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Dear MacArthur Community,

There has been a lot of learning happening at MacArthur this week as well as a lot of fun! Thank you to all of the volunteers who made our Halloween parties a huge success! As a reminder, there will be no school on Tuesday November 6 due to Election Day. We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Debbie Ancona

Veteran’s Day

MacArthur will celebrate Veterans as a school on November 9 with a virtual assembly. Students will also be making cards to share with Veterans on this day.

AAPPL Testing

AAPPL testing continues on Monday for students in grades 3-6. AAPPL assesses reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiency through an online interactive format.  The AAPPL Assessment measures target language proficiency and scores will be reported using the proficiency benchmarks related to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) levels – Novice through Advanced.

First Trimester Report Cards

The first trimester ends on November 9, 2018. Everyone who has a parent portal account will be able to view his or her child’s report card online by November 21, 2018. All parents and guardians who have not previously created a portal account but have supplied District 54 with an email address should have received an email with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office.

Junior High Presentation for Students

Through the month of November, Mrs. Houlihan, the assistant principal of Eisenhower Junior High School, will be visiting each feeder elementary school.  Sixth grade students will get an overview of a typical day at the junior high school and they will have an opportunity to ask questions.  Elective course selection sheets will go home on December 10, a parent night will be held on December 12.  The elective course selection sheets are due to 6th grade teachers on December 14.

Schaumburg Parent University – November classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two evening programs scheduled for November. Please note that childcare is always available.

Secret Service Internet Safety Class – November 5

The U.S. Secret Service will educate parents on how they can keep their children safe online. Topics will include inappropriate content, privacy, sexting, cyberbullying and digital citizenship. This event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on November 5 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Secret Service Internet Safety Class Flyer

Mindful Meditation – November 14

As part of our ongoing focus on student wellness, we invite parents and their children to join us in learning how to use the power of something super simple – your breath – to improve concentration, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep and help you handle your response (both emotional and physical) to outside circumstances and situations. Please bring your own yoga mat or a towel to sit on during meditation. This event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on November 14, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Mindful Meditation Flyer

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

Upcoming Events:

  • October 29- Nov. 9- AAPPL Testing
  • November 6- No school (election day)
  • November 7- Picture Re-takes
  • November 7- PTA Movie Night
  • November 9 – Veteran’s Day Virtual Assembly
  • November 9 – End of First Trimester
  • November 10- Turkey Trot (at Eisenhower)
  • November 13- PTA Meeting
  • November 16- Goodies with Grandparents
  • November 21- Report Cards are live on the portal
  • November 21-23 Thanksgiving Break

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Principal Message 10/27/18

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Dear MacArthur Community,

We are wrapping up another excellent week at MacArthur! MacArthur staff is currently participating in a 21 Day Challenge to promote gratitude and view life through a more positive lens. The challenge is 21 Days because that is how long it takes to develop a new habit. If you are interested in learning more about the concept of the 21-Day Challenge, you can read more about it in the Orange Frog Family Reading Guide you received earlier this year. We hope you all have an excellent weekend!

PTA Mac News

Please click here to read the latest edition of the PTA’s Mac News!

AAPPL Testing

AAPPL testing begins on Monday for students in grades 3-6. AAPPL assesses reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiency through an online interactive format.  The AAPPL Assessment measures target language proficiency and scores will be reported using the proficiency benchmarks related to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) levels – Novice through Advanced.

Halloween Classroom Parties

Our Halloween classroom parties will take place on Wednesday, October 31. We are grateful for our PTA volunteers who help plan and lead out such fun activities for our students. As a reminder, no food of any kind will be served or distributed to students as part of their classroom parties.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity

The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, December 14 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime. The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets.

Upcoming Events:

  • October 29- Nov. 9- AAPPL Testing
  • October 31- Classroom Parties
  • November 6- No school (election day)
  • November 7- Picture Re-takes
  • November 7- PTA Movie Night
  • November 9 – Veteran’s Day Virtual Assembly
  • November 9 – End of First Trimester

Follow us on Twitter

MacArthur is on Twitter! If you haven’t already, give us a follow @MacToros54

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Debbie Ancona

PTA Newsletter – November

Here is is PTA Newsletter for November.

MAC News 10-26-18

Noticias de Mac 10-26-18

Principal Message 10/19/18

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Dear MacArthur Community,

It has been another excellent week at MacArthur! It is great to walk around our learning spaces and see students engaged in meaningful learning activities. As the weather changes, we would like to ask for your help in ensuring our students are dressed for the weather. I cannot quite believe it is time to pull out the sweaters, jackets and scarves! Another sign of fall is that we are planning for our Halloween classroom parties! In choosing an appropriate costume for your child to wear at school, please adhere to the following guidelines:

•          No fake blood, gore, scary costumes or costumes depicting violence

•          No weapons or “look-alikes” of any kind (squirt guns, chains, whips, plastic swords, etc.)

•          Ensure that costumes are appropriate and inoffensive to all ages at our school

•          Keep make-up to a minimum (there is only a short time given to students to change into costume)

•          No one may wear make-up or costumes to school in the morning

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

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you on Monday!

Halloween Classroom Parties

Our Halloween classroom parties will take place on Wednesday, October 31. We are grateful for our PTA volunteers who help plan and lead out such fun activities for our students. As a reminder, no food of any kind will be served or distributed to students as part of their classroom parties.

AAPPL Testing

We will be administering the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) to all students in grades 3rd– 6th between October 29 and November 9. AAPPL assesses reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiency through an online interactive format.  The AAPPL Assessment measures target language proficiency and scores will be reported using the proficiency benchmarks related to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) levels – Novice through Advanced.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity

The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, December 14 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime. The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets.

Schaumburg Parent University – October classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two evening programs scheduled for October. Please note that childcare is always available.

  • Math Night: Escape Room – October 24
    • Parents, guardians and students in kindergarten through sixth grade will use math, collaboration and creative thinking to unlock clues and solve problems. This event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on October 24, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Math Night Flyer

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.​​​​​​​

Upcoming Events:

  • October 29- Nov. 9- AAPPL Testing
  • October 31- Classroom Parties
  • November 6- Nonattendance Day
  • November 7- Picture Re-takes
  • November 7- PTA Movie Night
  • November 9 – End of First Trimester

Follow us on Twitter

MacArthur is on Twitter! If you haven’t already, give us a follow @MacToros54

Sincerely,

Sonia Esquivel and Debbie Ancona

Potbelly Fundraiser Night

Dear MacArthur Community,

Good afternoon! As you are making dinner plans for Friday, 10/19, consider stopping by Potbelly at 100 W. Higgins Rd betwen 5-8 pm. Bring this flyer or show it on your smartphone and Potbelly will donate 25% of proceeds to the MacArthur PTA.

¡Buenas tardes! Cuando esté haciendo planes para la cena es el viernes, 10/19, considere pasar por Potbelly en 100 W. Higgins Rd. Traiga este volante o muéstrelo en su teléfono y Potbelly donará el 25% de los ingresos al PTA de MacArthur.

Gracias!