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Principal’s Message- January 11, 2019

Dooley students holding up notes from parents

We have had an amazing start to the 2019 school year.  Our students started their week off being cheered on and welcomed by staff, participated in a school wide assembly, and have been engaged in their work all week.  Maya Angelou’s quote “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” resonated with me this week as our students opened their letters of gratitude from their families during Monday’s assembly.  Thank you for partnering with us to share your kind words and help to make each and every Dooley student feel so very special.

We are excited to share that Mrs. Mandarino and her family welcomed a baby boy, Eric, this past December.  While she is enjoying her time at home with her new baby, Mrs. Priscilla Buchanan will be supporting us.  We are happy to have her Dooley these next few months!

Volunteer Opportunity

Calling all who can crochet, knit, sew, or weave! Dooley needs you! If you are interested and can come in to Dooley during the week, please contact Mrs. Thomas through email:  Thank you!

Happiness Advantage

On Monday we kicked off our 21 day challenge. Over the next few weeks staff and students will be working on practicing one of the 5 tactics we have learned about: The Doubler, Gratitudes, Acts of Kindness, Mediation, and the Fun 15.  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 are focusing on a 21 day challenge as a classroom.  Students in grades 3-6 have individual calendars to plan out their 21 day challenge. Please ask your child about what tactic they are working on and encourage them to continue working towards their 21 day challenge this weekend.

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