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Principal’s Message- December 7, 2019

Kindergarten winter landscape art piece

This week, our kindergarten students worked on creating winter landscapes using paint sticks and cutout shapes. They learned how to use space to show depth in their work.  The picture above was created by Lilia in Mrs. Herbig’s class.

Our students have finished winter MAP testing, with the exception of a few make up tests that will happen early next week.  We are excited to see the growth that students have made.  MAP reports will be sent home prior to winter break.

PTA Announcements

The due date for lunch orders has been extended to Thursday, December 13th.  Please send order forms and payment with your child or drop off in the office by Thursday.

Dooley’s Got Talent 2019 Updates

By now, all the audition participants must have received the confirmation email. If not, please contact Akiko as soon as possible. Please note that the registration is now closed and there will be NO WALK IN ACCEPTED ON THE DAY OF THE AUDITION. Please understand this is to keep the organization as smooth as possible due to the popularity.  Also, we still need volunteers! If you can help, please contact Akiko Okada.

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 ‘Fun Fifteen’.  This tactic is designed to oxygenate your brain, release endorphins and strengthen the belief that your behavior matters.  Dooley students enjoyed some extra movement breaks throughout the week to get their heartrates pumping.  Stay tuned to find out what next week’s Happiness Tactic will be!

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.

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 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

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!