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Principal’s Message- August 24, 2018

It has been an incredible first week of school!  Our students have been engaged in meaningful activities and having fun with their new classmates. We came together on Monday for our first school assembly.  We were able to celebrate the start of the year and introduce our theme, Together is Better.  Each class read the book Ricky the Rock that Couldn’t Roll by Jay Miletsky and discussed the importance of kindness and the power of working together.  We are excited to continue working together all year!

Monday, August 27: First Day of School for Kindergarten Students

On first day of school for kindergarten, we will be bringing the kindergarten children into the gym to find their teacher.  We will have students line up by their teacher, take attendance and bring the students down to their classrooms.  Parents, you are more than welcome to come in the gym to take pictures before we bring your children down to their classrooms.

PTA News

All PTA order forms are due on August 31.  This includes forms for spirit wear, hot lunch, treat day, and membership.

Schaumburg Oyanokai News

Japanese Bread and Obento order forms are due on August 29.

MAP Testing

Fall MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) will begin next week and continue through September 7. Each student at Dooley will take one MAP reading session and one MAP math session.  This data will be used to better know your child as a learner.  The schedule is as follows:

Week 1:  MAP Reading

Tuesday, August 28:  1st Grade, 3/4 multi-grade

Wednesday, August 29:  2nd grade, 3rd grade dual language, 4th grade dual language

Thursday, August 30:  kindergarten, 5th grade, 6th grade

Week 2: MAP Math

Tuesday, September 4: 1st grade, 3rd grade

Wednesday, September 5: 2nd grade, 4th grade

Thursday, September 6: kindergarten, 5th grade, 6th grade

Crisis Drills

Each year, our students participate in a number of safety drills such as fire drills, hard lockdown drills and shelter in place drills to be prepared in case of emergency situations.  Please read the Crisis Drill Letter.

Orange Frog Family Reading Guide

Many of you received your special edition of the Orange Frog Family Reading Guide last Thursday at our Back to School event.  The Orange Frog parable is based on the work of Shawn Achor and his book The Happiness Advantage.  This book has helped our district embed the principles of positive psychology and happiness with staff and students, and we are so excited to have you join us in our journey.  Each family received one copy of the reading guide from your oldest child’s classroom.  If you have not yet received your family copy of the reading guide, please reach out to our main office at 847-357-6500 and we will send one home with your child.

54 Promise

The 54 Promise is a multi-year strategic plan to guide District 54’s core work of ensuring whole-child student success.  Through the efforts of the Strategic Planning Committee, consisting of teachers, administrators, parents and community members, this document was created to provide clarity around the key district goals and operating priorities that will drive our system ahead in the years to come.  A copy of the 54 Promise was distributed at Back to School Night.

Support the Foundation at Septemberfest

The District 54 Education Foundation is raising funds for District 54 students over Labor Day weekend at Schaumburg’s Septemberfest. You can support the Foundation by parking your car for $5 at Collins School, 407 S. Summit Drive, Schaumburg, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2. Summit is located between Roselle and Plum Grove roads. The Foundation is also participating in Not-for-Profit Day on Monday, Sept. 3, at Septemberfest. Purchase food from our partner, Riccardo’s Ristorante, and the profits will support District 54 students.

The Foundation is committed to ensuring that all District 54 students have the same opportunities by funding

  • Breakfast programs for students from financially struggling families to ensure that they begin their day ready to learn, and
  • Grants to students from financially struggling families so that they may participate in extracurricular activities.

For more about the Foundation, visit www.d54foundation.org.

Daily School Hours

  • 8:25 – Doors open for students
  • 8:40 – Class begins
  • 11:15-12:00 Lunch for Dual Language Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade
  • 11:45-12:30 Lunch for General Education Kindergarten, grades 3rd-6th
  • 3:00 – Student dismissal (2:30 dismissal on Wednesday)

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival

After the first day of school, all students will be able to enter the building through the front door or door #3 (Drop and Go Zone Doors). In order to ensure the safety of our students, the parking lot will be “closed” from 8:20–8:40 a.m.  Children should not arrive at school any earlier than 8:25 a.m. because there will be no adult supervision until that time. Additionally, for safety precautions teachers will not be opening car doors at the drop and go zone, please have your child ready to safely exit the car when dropped off. Thank you for your understanding!

Dismissal

The parking lot is “closed” again during dismissal between 2:55–3:05 p.m. to ensure the safety of our students. Grade levels will be exiting at their corresponding doors noted below:

  • Door #10: Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade walkers
  • Door #6: 3rd & 4th Grade walkers
  • Door #3: 5th& 6th Grade walkers along with PM Bussers
  • Front Door: PM Bussers and Front door

Childcare Arrangements

It is important to notify the school office, as well as your child’s teacher of permanent daycare arrangements.  This information must be put in writing by the first day of school, and must be updated if your childcare arrangements change throughout the school year.  We want to make sure that we have a clear understanding of where our students are going when they leave us at the end of the day.

Have a great weekend!  We look forward to seeing all of our students on Monday!