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Principal’s Message- December 21, 2018

Students in Ms. Massingill's and Mrs. S. Kim's class worked collaboratively to write kind notes and read to each other.

It has been a fun filled week at Dooley.  We started out with a beautiful performance from our Early Instrumental Music students, enjoyed kindergarten caroling, and students spent time working collaboratively with their buddy classrooms.  Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who joined us this afternoon for our classroom parties.  Fun was had by all!

Winter break starts officially at 3:00pm today.  We will resume classes on Monday, January 7.

On behalf of the entire Dooley staff, we wish all our families a wonderful winter break and a happy and healthy New Year.  We hope that everyone is able to take some time to enjoy the holidays with your friends and family!  We will see you in 2019!

Happiness Advantage

Over the past 5 weeks, we have spent time in school learning about and practicing five Happiness Tactics:  Meditation, Acts of Kindness, The Fun 15, The Doubler, and 3 Gratitudes. You can read more about these on page 77 of your Family Reading Guide.  Beginning on January 7th, our staff and students will start a 21 Day Challenge.  We know that by practicing these tactics for 21 days or longer we can create healthy habits and retrain our brains for more happiness.  Students in grades K-2 will be focusing on a 21 day challenge as a classroom.  Students in grades 3-6 will have individual calendars to plan out their 21 day challenge.

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 This week students in fourth through sixth grades participated in the student survey.  Thank you for taking time to participate in this.

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

Learning how good outcomes in adulthood are connected to strong emotional regulation and resiliency skills in childhood – 5:30-7 p.m. on Jan. 14

This educational seminar will focus on teaching parents of children and adolescents concrete skills towards improving emotional regulation, problem-solving skills, and nurturing resiliency for optimal functioning in school, extracurricular activities, and social life. Adults only.

Literacy Night – 6-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23

Come join us for a night of interactive writing where your family’s creativity is in control of the story line. Clues will lead you to special treats as well as a keepsake. Parents and students, aged preschool – eighth grade, are welcome.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or