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Principal’s Message- August 23, 2019

Various classes lined up outside on the first day of school

It has been a fabulous first week for our first thru sixth graders!  Students have spent time making new friends, building positive classroom communities, and learning routines.  On Monday, we began our morning with an all school assembly, where we introduced this year’s theme:  Be the Change.  We talked about how each and every day we have the choice to be kind and make the world a better place. We listened to the story Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds and reflected on the message:

“Your voice can inspire, heal, and transform.  Your voice can change the world.  Are you ready to say something?”

-Peter H. Reynolds

Today we started our first ever Stop, Drop, and Gratitude.  Students entered classrooms to find a gratitude journal on their desk this morning.  As a building, we took 60 seconds to write a gratitude for the week.  Be sure to ask your child what their gratitude was today and every Friday!

Girl writing in journal journal

PTA:  Welcome New Members!

Dooley’s PTA is excited to kick off our new school year.  Please mark your calendars for our first meeting on Monday, September 9th at 6:00 p.m. During this meeting, you can learn more about PTA sponsored events, sign up to volunteer, and much more.

PTA is looking for a volunteer to chair our hot lunch program.  This person would help to coordinate hot lunch orders and distributions.  This volunteer does not need to be present during lunch distribution, as there are other volunteers to do this.  Please call the office if you are interested!

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 26: First Day of School for Kindergarten Students

All kindergarteners will have the same arrival and dismissal times as students in grades 1-6.  On August 26, teachers will meet kindergarten students in the gym.  Parents are welcome to take pictures before students head into classrooms.

Friday, August 30th:  Hot lunch orders and money are due

Monday, September 2nd:  No school, Labor Day

Friday, September 6th:  Dooley Spirit Wear orders are due

Monday, September 9th:  PTA Meeting at 6:00

Daily School Hours

  • 8:25 – Doors Open
  • 8:40 – Class begins
  • 11:15-12:00 Lunch for Kindergarten –  2nd grade
  • 11:45-12:30 Lunch for grades 3rd-6th
  • 3:00 – Student dismissal (with the exception of Wednesdays, dismissal at 2:30)

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures


After the first day of school, all students will be able to enter the building through the front door or door #3 (Drop and Go Zone Doors). In order to ensure the safety of our students, the parking lot will be “closed” from 8:20–8:40 a.m.  Children should not arrive at school any earlier than 8:25 a.m. because there will be no adult supervision until that time. Additionally, for safety precautions teachers will not be opening car doors at the drop and go zone, please have your child ready to safely exit the car when dropped off. Thank you for your understanding!


The parking lot is “closed” again during dismissal between 2:55–3:05 p.m. to ensure the safety of our students. Grade levels will be exiting at their corresponding doors noted below:

  • Door #10: Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade walkers
  • Door #6: 3rd & 4th Grade walkers
  • Door #3: 5th& 6th Grade walkers along with PM Bussers
  • Front Door: PM Bussers

Childcare Arrangements

It is important to notify the school office, as well as your child’s teacher of permanent daycare arrangements.  This information must be in writing and updated if your childcare arrangements change throughout the school year.  We want to make sure that we have a clear understanding of where our students are going when they leave us at the end of the day.

Fees Reminder:

You can pay your students fees through your parent portal account.  This includes your $50 consumable fee, optional instructional device insurance (grades 3-8 only), and milk.  Deadline for the instructional device insurance is September 1st.

If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office.

The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15th, $25 if not received by February 1st, and $35 if not received by April 1st.

If you would like to purchase instructional device insurance but do not have the option to do so through your portal, please contact our school office for assistance.  Instructional device insurance must be purchased before the date of device issuance.

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a t-shirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12

Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents 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 847-357-2154 or