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Principal’s Message- January 12, 2018

Happy New Year!  We are all excited to be back and looking to make 2018 our best year yet. The students have adapted quickly to the school routine after being off for two weeks. We hope you had a great winter break!

Message from PTA 

The meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 16 is cancelled.  It is rescheduled for Monday, January 22 at 6:00pm at Dooley.

Open Enrollment Fair

The district will host the annual Open Enrollment Fair on January 24th at the District 54 Professional Learning Center.  This fair is an opportunity for parents to learn more about the unique learning programs at various schools in the district.  Dooley is home to one of the dual language programs. The event will take place from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Parents that wish to apply to one of the programs do not need to attend the event, but must complete an application by the due date.

Schaumburg Parent University – January 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 January.

  • Concussion Prevention and Treatment. Dr. Shaun O’Leary, the head of Northwest Community Hospital’s Neurosciences Center, will speak to a community of parents and athletes about the dangers of concussions. In an hour-long format with a Q & A session to follow, he will discuss the detection, diagnosis and treatment of concussions. This presentation is for adults, as well as children in sixth grade and older. The program is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 2018 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Making an Herb Garden. This event is for parents and students. Each attendee will be able to choose from seeds such as parsley, cilantro, basil and dill and plant their own garden. All supplies will be provided. The cost is $5 and there is a limit of 30 spaces. This hands-on activity will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Lakeview School, 615 Lakeview Lane, Hoffman Estates.

If you are interested in attending these free events, please click on the links. Free childcare is available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at or email

Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School?

A common dilemma that parents face is “when should I keep my child home from school?”  It’s not easy as parents more and more today are juggling the responsibilities of family and work.   Here are some guidelines to follow.

Know the difference between a cold and the flu:

  • Flu is a serious illness and symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle aches.  With the flu, symptoms come on very quickly. It is advised to contact the doctor if these symptoms are present.
  • Symptoms of a common cold include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and hacking cough.  Often, cold symptoms come on gradually.,  Although the common cold is usually not serious, if symptoms are severe, it is a good idea to keep your child home to rest, rather than spread the cold to other children at school.

Keep your child home from school if:

  • He has a fever. This means a temperature 100 degrees or higher.
  • She has vomited.   Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods
  • He has diarrhea.  Encourage good hand washing to prevent the spread to other family members. Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods.
  • She is coughing frequently or having any sort of breathing trouble.
  • He has a rash that is spreading.  Check with your child’s doctor to see if it is contagious before sending your child back to school.

In order to help prevent the spread of illness in school, students with a fever 100 degrees or more may not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hrs without the use of fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Your child’s School Nurse is available every day and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  They are committed to working in partnership with parents to promote student health.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan

In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 1/15 – No School
  • 1/16 –  Treat Day
  • 1/16 – Oyanokai Meeting at 6:00PM
  • 1/17 – Wellness Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • 1/18 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • 1/18 – School Board Meeting at 7:00 PM, Rafferty Center
  • 1/19 – Fun Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • 1/22 – Obento Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • 1/22 – PTA Meeting at 6:00PM, Dooley Teachers’ Lounge
  • 1/23 – Japanese Bread (pre-paid orders)
  • 1/24 – Open Enrollment Fair at the PLC, 6:00PM
  • 1/25 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • 1/26 – Fun Lunch (pre-paid orders)