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Principal’s Message- November 30, 2018

We were excited to see our students back in their school routines and engaged in learning after a few days off.   We do have some updates to our MAP testing schedule below and several other important announcements for the month of December.

MAP Testing

The next round of MAP testing is in full swing.  We are excited to see the growth that our students have made since the fall. Each student will take both a reading and math assessment.  Most students have completed the reading portion.  Due to some glitches with the website, our 2nd grade and 3rd/4th multi-grade students will now take their reading test on Monday, December 3rd.   It is always helpful to ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep, is here on time and eats a healthy breakfast. Please see the schedule below for testing dates.

MAP Reading

Monday, December 3rd:  2nd grade, 3/4 multi-grade

MAP Math

Tuesday, December 4th: 1st grade, 3rd grade dual language, 4th grade dual language

Wednesday, December 5th:  Kindergarten, 5th grade, 6th grade

Tuesday, November 27:  2nd Grade, 3/4 multi-grade

Happiness Advantage

At the beginning of this school year, Dooley families received a copy of The Orange Frog Family Reading Guide. Beginning next week, we will spend time with our students focusing on a variety of Happiness Tactics and Habits.  You can read more about these on page 77 of your Family Reading Guide.  This week our entire building focused on practicing ‘The Doubler’.  This tactic is designed to help you control your brain chemistry by reliving a positive emotional experience by writing about it.  On page 81, your child can write about ways they will share their experiences. Stay tuned to find out what next week’s Happiness Tactic will be!

2019 Multicultural Event Performance Information and Interest Form

District 54 is once again excited to host our annual Multicultural Event in collaboration with the Schaumburg Park District. Our event will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Community Recreation Center (CRC) in Schaumburg. During the event, student groups have the opportunity to give performances that reflect various cultures.

If you are interested in performing, please complete and submit the online Performance Interest Form no later than Monday, December 17. More information can be found on the Performance Information Flyer.

There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, December 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the performances, as well as how you might be able to help with the event.

If you have questions about the Performance Interest Form or the informational meeting, please contact Nancy Hellstrom at (847) 357-5068 or Nicole Lumpp at (847) 357-5072.

5 Essentials Survey

Once again we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through February 15, 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois. During the week of December 17 we will also be administering the survey to all students in fourth through sixth grade, as these are the grades selected by the state. Please see the attached letter for more information about participation in the Survey within District 54. 5Essentials Parent Survey letter 2018.doc

6th Grade Parent Night at Addams Junior High

Throughout the month of November, Ms. Phelan, the assistant principal at Jane Addams Junior High has visited the elementary feeder schools in preparation for next school year.  Sixth grade students received an overview of a typical day in junior high, learned about the different elective course options and extracurricular opportunities, and had an opportunity to have their questions answered.  Next year’s scheduling is around the corner, so be on the lookout for your child’s elective selection sheet. The elective course selection sheets are due back on December 14.  In addition to helping the students adjust, the junior highs are also offering a parent night to be held on Wednesday, December 12 from 6:00-7:00pm where you can come and learn about your child’s school for next year. For our Dual Language and Chinese Immersion families, there will be a presentation from 5:30-6:00pm that will provide specific information about the program your child is enrolled in.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity

The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, December 14 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.  We are excited to share that some of our own Dooley students will be performing! We hope you can attend!

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime. The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets. We are excited to share that some of our own Dooley students will be performing! We hope you can attend!

Schaumburg Parent University – December class

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 is one evening program scheduled for December. Please note that child care is always available.

Get Your Game On – December 4:  Monopoly your game choice? Maybe Pictionary? They got nothing on this night! Come to our Family Game Night and not only will you learn new games, you are will make them from scratch! In this session families will create and play their own games; an hour of uninterrupted, no electronic, family together time. The best part is you get to take your game home with you so that the fun can continue! Parents and students in kindergarten and older are welcome. This event will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on December 4, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Get You Game On Flyer

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 needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.