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Principal’s Message- May 3, 2019

Our students were happy the rain stayed away long enough for outdoor recess at lunch today.  We had many Peak Moments this week to celebrate at Dooley.  Here are a few highlights from our week:

  • One of our 4th grade students, Charlotte, received first place in the D54 Spanish Speech Contest on Thursday.  Charlotte was recognized for this accomplishment at Thursday’s Board of Education Meeting.
  • Our kindergarteners put on a fun and engaging music performance on Wednesday.  They also had lots of beautiful artwork displayed.
  • Dooley’s Rube Goldberg Club participated in the D54 STEM Showcase.  They received the Helping Hand award for teamwork and collaboration at the Rube Goldberg Competition.

We hope you enjoy the nice weather this weekend!

PTA Announcements

Mark your calendars:  Muffins with Moms will take place on Friday May 10th at 7:45 a.m.  Please plan to stay with your child until 8:25. The Dooley VIP Dance is on Friday, May 10th at 5:30 p.m. at Keller Junior High.  Advanced ticket purchase is required.

It’s time to show our appreciation for Dooley’s hard working teachers and staff! And what better way than providing delicious and nutritious food to nourish them?  During Teacher and Staff Appreciation week, the Dooley PTA is asking parents to bring breakfast items next Thursday, May 9, and desserts on Friday, May 10. Please deliver food and drinks to the front office before 7:30 a.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. on Friday.  If you would like to contribute, please email Sarah Mawhorr at or call or text her at 847-687-0835.  The celebration next week also includes a catered lunch on Wednesday featuring sushi and Dairy Queen blizzards on Monday. Posters for each staff member will be lining the hallways so students can write notes of thanks and appreciation. If you would like to help hang posters please report to the front office directly after school this Friday, May 3.

The PTA Scholarship Recipients have been determined.  Please see the attachment for details.2019 Scholarship Recipients for Program.doc

MAP Testing

We will begin our spring MAP testing next week and are looking forward to seeing the growh our students have made.  Students will take the reading assessment next week.  Please see the schedule below for details:

Monday, May 3rd:  2nd grade

Tuesday, May 7th:  1st grade, 3rd grade dual language, 4th grade dual language

Wednesday, May 8th:  3rd/4th multi-grade

Thursday, May 9th:  Kindergarten, 5th / 6th multi-grade, 5th grade dual language, 6th grade dual language

Nihon Day

On May 30th and May 31st we will be celebrating Nihon Day.  Nihon means Japan.  Students have the opportunity to purchase a Nihon Day T-Shirt.  Nihon Day T-Shirt sales are open through Friday, May 10th.  Please indicate your child’s homeroom teacher in the comment section of the order form.  Please order on line:

Marker Recycling

We are collecting used markers and highlighters for a recycling donation.  Please feel free to send in any from home. Recycling boxes are located throughout the school.

Last Day of School

Due to the number of severe weather days when school was cancelled this year, the District 54 School Board officially set June 6, 2019 as the last day of school. This will be a half-day of school to make up for the half-day missed when school was cancelled Jan. 30. Students will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m. on June 6, 2019.

Summer of 54

What did you do over your summer?  This fall, through the “Summer of 54” camp opportunities, your answer could be: “I learned how to play lacrosse, used the design process to create and design, and/or created different forms of art using digital and non-digital mediums.  The goal of the “Summer of 54” is to provide students opportunities to be active, while enhancing their creative and innovative spirt.  Camp opportunities offer:

  • A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers in a positive environment
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world

Registration for the “Summer of 54” camp offerings, including a camp t-shirt.  Digital registration is available within Parent Portal and can be accessed through the following link – Summer Registration.

District 54 Summer Band and Orchestra

Registration for District 54’s Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun!  Students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument in the District 54 instrumental music program for at least one school year are eligible to enroll.  Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 8-25 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Addams Junior High School.  Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at  If you have questions, please contact the band/orchestra teacher at your school or call 847-357-5138.  District #54 Instrumental Music Staff.

Thank a Teacher

Are you looking for a unique gift to give your child’s teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10? You can donate to the District 54 Education Foundation in their honor by visiting and choosing THANKS from the “Give” drop-down menu. We will mail a certificate to the teacher you are honoring, and your donation will support students in need in District 54. If you would prefer, you can fill out our printable form and mail it to the Foundation with your donation