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Principal’s Message- September 7, 2018

Over these first few weeks of school it has been great to see our students begin to settle into their routines and work together to create their classroom communities. We know that in order to build our communities in our classroom and across the building we need to work together.  As you may remember, our Dooley theme is year is, Together is Better. One of my highlights this week was seeing our first and second graders write about the many ways they can work together in their classrooms, at recess and at home. Be sure to ask your child about how they are working together with their classmates at school.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 12th as we take part in iWalk/Bike to School Day. The purpose of this day is to encourage parents and students to define safe walking or bicycling routes to and from school. Walking and bicycling offer many health and environmental benefits for our children and improves pedestrian safety in addition to helping reduce traffic and congestion. If your child lives too far to walk or bike to school, you can take a walk or bike ride with them before or after school.

PTA News

Please join us for our first PTA meeting of the year on Monday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m.  If you have signed up to be a classroom party room representative or are interested in doing so, please join us in the gym prior to the meeting at 6:30.

Schaumburg Oyanokai News

Please join us for our first Schaumburg Oyanokai meeting of the year on Monday, September 10 at 7:45 p.m., immediately following our PTA meeting.

MAP Testing Updates

While we had some technical difficulties with the MAP testing this week, we were able to complete most of our scheduled testing sessions.  All grades have completed their reading tests and most grades have completed their math tests.  Our 2nd and 4th grade students will take their math MAP test on Monday.

Important Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

We have some reminders that will help us to ensure safe drop off and pick up procedures. We appreciate your cooperation with this:

  • We ask that you do not stop your car in the crosswalks.  We want to ensure that our students and staff have a safe path to cross the street.
  • Please be sure when using the drop off zone that you let your child off by the blacktop only.  We want to ensure that all students have a safe spot to exit their car with adult supervision.
  • When crossing the street with your child, be sure to use the crosswalks.
  • Avoid making U-turns in drive ways across from the school.
  • When letting your child out of the car, let them out on the curb side only.

Erin’s Law

Four years ago, we began implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for child beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.  Our students will be participating in lessons in their classrooms in October.  Please contact us at 847-357-6250 with any specific questions.

Run to Read 5K

If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so today by using this link to register:   Run to Read. You can also view last years’ experience by checking out this clip: Run to Read: 2017 Video.  Many of our Dooley Staff members will be there…including Dudley the Dragon!  We hope to see lots of Dooley families on Sunday, September 23 at the annual District 54 Run to Read!

Social/Emotional Learning (SEL)

This year at Dooley, we are emphasizing social emotional learning in our classrooms.  Our teachers have lessons each week where they explicitly teach this curriculum.  As we know this work extends beyond the classroom and we would like to provide families with the links to the themes for August and September: School Culture and ClimateFairness and Honesty  and Goal Setting.  Please explore these links with your child to learn more about the work done at school.  You will find helpful questions that will assist in meaningful discussions with your child.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that child care is always available.

The Happiness Advantage – Happiness is not something that happens to you but rather a choice you can make to lead a more fulfilling and enriching life.  Research shows that choosing happiness has an advantage beyond simply feeling good. Come learn about the benefits of positive psychology and experience it firsthand through fun and interactive activities. Parents, guardians and students in third through eighth grade are welcome to attend. This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on September 27, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

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 requiring free childcare and the name of your child’s school.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council

Please join us for our first meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Our topic is “ACCESS, MAP and PARCC: What do they tell me about my child’s learning?” Childcare is available for ages 3-5. To RSVP, fill out the form on the event flyer and send it to your child’s school by Sept. 13. Click here to visit our website for more information and to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish and Japanese. You can also ask your child’s school for a paper copy of the flyer.

Adult ESL Classes

The Department of Language and Culture is excited to host Free Adult English as a Second Language classes at Nerge, Armstrong and Hanover Highlands this fall. These classes are designed for parents of District 54 students who are interested in learning or practicing their English. During these classes, participants will engage in communicative activities centered around a broad range of topics.  The class will meet 8 times.

  • Classes at Nerge will be on Tuesdays, Oct. 9-Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Classes at Armstrong will be on Wednesdays, Oct. 10-Dec. 12 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Classes at Hanover Highlands will be on Mondays, Sept. 24-Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m.

The Adult ESL flyers and registration forms in English, Spanish and Polish can be found on the Language and Culture Website. Please return completed registration forms to your child’s school. We look forward to having you join us!

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunity at Lou Malnati’s September 19

The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road on September 19, and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order; click here for the flyer.