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Principal’s Message- September 14, 2018

Thank you to all who participated in iWalk / Bike to school day on Wednesday. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was fun to see so many families together in the morning. We appreciate you taking time to talk with your child about safety when walking and biking to school.

Today, Officer Scarpa spoke with our 5th and 6th graders about internet safety. Our Dooley students were very engaged in his informative presentation. Officer Scarpa commented about how well behaved and respectful our students were during his visit.  Please take some time this weekend to ask your child about what they learned.

We participated in our first fire drill of the school year this afternoon. Classrooms reviewed safe exit routes and procedures in case of an emergency.  Students and staff did an excellent job exiting the building quickly and quietly during this practice drill.

As a reminder, students will have a half day on Wednesday, September 19th.  Dismissal is at 11:40 a.m.

District 54 Dual/Immersion Parent Night

Join us on Wednesday, September 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center to learn more about the dual and immersion programs at all levels and how you can support your child’s success in two languages. Whether your child is just starting in kindergarten or will head to junior high or high school, sessions are targeted to your specific needs. Click here for the Dual Language/Immersion Parent Night Flyer in English, Spanish and Japanese for more information and to register.

Meeting the Needs of All Children

As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.

Run to Read 5K

If you haven’t signed up for SD54’s Run to Read 5K, you can do so today by using this link to register:  Run to Read. You can also view last year’s 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!

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 Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring free childcare and the name of your child’s school.

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.