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Principal’s Message- January 25, 2019

We hope you had a wonderful week despite the chilly temperatures. Please mark your calendars, student-led conferences will be happening on Thursday, February 14th and Friday, February 15th.  Please look for your child’s conference notification reminder in the next few days.  We hope you can join us as students share out their progress and goals.

Please remember that Wednesday, January 30th is a half day for our students.  Dismissal is at 11:40 and the students will not be eating lunch at school.

Health Update

The flu season has arrived and we would like to do all we can to keep our school and students safe.  Please see the attached letter for details about what to look for and when to keep your child home.  As always, please feel free to contact our school nurse if you have questions.  Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School Revision (002).docx

Happiness Advantage

Students near completion of their 21 day challenges. This past week our staff and students have continued 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. On Monday we will finish this challenge and will be celebrating as a school.

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 – February 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 February. Please note that child care is always available.

Don’t Try Harder, Try Different – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5

Patrick B. McGrath, Ph.D., will talk through the seven themes of his stress management workbook. Learn how to recognize and challenge your thinking errors as well as learn about the Safety Seeking Behaviors that you often find yourself doing that keep you stuck in stress, even if you feel good doing those behaviors. Adults only.

Family Engineering Night (STEM Night) – 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Feb. 19

Using everyday materials, your family will become engineers who develop solutions to various challenges, build towers, and design an artistic robot. Team up to discover how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) makes all of these things possible. Limited to 50 families.

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

New Kindergarten Registration

Registration for all new kindergarteners, for the 2019-2020 school year, will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 9:00-11:00am and 5:00-7:00 pm, at your neighborhood school. If your child turns 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019 and your family is new to District 54 please read what you need to do to register for kindergarten.

  • Families new to District 54 should go to  to begin your registration before February 6th.  Print the confirmation you receive and bring it to your neighborhood school on February 6th.

Current District 54 families, with new kindergarteners, need to register through their Parent Portal account.

  • Along with the printed confirmation, you will need to bring your student’s original birth certificate (no copies) showing the student was born on or before September 1, 2014 (State of Illinois regulation).

Families new to District 54 must provide proof of residency on February 6, 2019.  All documents provided must be current, valid for 2019-2020, and reflect name and addresses within the boundaries of District 54.  Below are items that are needed to prove residency:

At least one of the following documents:

  • The most recent real estate tax bill for residency showing owner as the taxpayer, or a signed lease for the residence including a beginning and end date, or a closing statement for the purchase of the residence.

And at least two of the following documents:

  • Illinois driver’s license, gas, water, electric, internet, television, telephone bill or letter confirming service connection, public assistance documentation, voter registration card, home or vehicle insurance certificate, Illinois automobile registration, or receipt for local city vehicle sticker where applicable.

If you have registration questions, please contact your neighborhood school.

Open Enrollment Fair

District 54 invites parents to its annual Open Enrollment Fair on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. The fair will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.  Applications are due March 8th in order to be considered for one of the open-enrollment school. Information in regards to the different open-enrollment schools is on our district website.