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Dear MacArthur Families,
Thank you to all our MacArthur Families who joined us for our Virtual Back to School Night! It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces on our screens. If you were unable to attend the session for your child’s classroom, you can access the slides to the presentations here. In addition to the classroom presentations, you will find additional sessions from our MacArthur teams included in the document. Please take some time to view these before the first day of school on Monday.
We are so excited to welcome back our Toros on Monday. We know that together, we can do virtually anything!
How do I get started on the first day?
It is a great idea to locate your child’s iPad or Chromebook and ensure it is charged and ready for the first day of school. Please also turn on the device to be sure it is in good working order. If you experience issues, please contact [email protected]
How Students Will Join Classes on the First Day
Below are brief tutorials of how students will sign in and be present in their classes on the first day of school. The videos highlight 3 key points – How to login/join, how to switch between classes, and how to navigate to tasks/activities. There is a video for Seesaw and a video for Google Classroom. The 2 videos combined take up a total of just under 7 minutes.
For Kindergarten-2nd Grade Families
Each day, please remember to open Seesaw and go to your child’s Homeroom class and navigate to activities for the day. This will allow you to obtain the necessary Zoom links for the day.
For 3rd-6th Grade Families
Please have your children check their Gmail accounts prior to the first day of school. They will have an email that provides all the necessary codes to join their Google Classrooms.
District 54 Family Virtual Learning Website
A D54 family Virtual Learning Website has been created that includes common tech tutorials including accessing Seesaw and Google Classroom.
Our Technology Department has been working to support students and staff as we all learn and work remotely. We understand that some families are experiencing slow speeds or problems with their providers, and we ask you to report that directly to your provider.
People experiencing problems with District 54 technology (Chromebooks and iPads for students) should email [email protected] so that we can troubleshoot the problem via phone or email. If the problem cannot be resolved, we have a technology drop-off program. To schedule an appointment to drop off a broken laptop, iPad or other device, you must first email [email protected]. Please do not stop by without an appointment. By making an appointment, we can abide by the rules of social distancing and ensure we have a replacement device ready for you when you arrive.
Materials Pick Up for Kindergarten
We invite our kindergarten families to pick up materials for the new school year on Thursday, August 27 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM. Pick up will be in front of the building. Please drive up in your car and open your trunk so that we may place your child’s materials and IPad in there. It is helpful if you can prepare a sign with the child’s first and last name and show it on your window as you pull up.
Lunches and milk will be available for pick up for families enrolled in our school lunch program from 10:00-11:00 AM beginning on August 24. Pick up will take place at door #1. Please email Ms. Chairez ([email protected]) if you need an alternative pick up time.
School Supply Lists
Our school supply lists for all grade levels can be found on our school website. You can also access them here: https://www.teacherlists.com/schools/21126-macarthur-elementary
Physicals and Immunizations
Please note that physical exams and immunizations are required for all Kindergarten and Sixth Grade students. A Vision Exam is also required for kindergarten. Please call Mrs. Schneid, our school nurse at 847-357-6643 with any questions.
Looking forward to a great start!
Sonia Esquivel and Dilshad Patel