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Principal’s Message- August 30, 2019

This was a fun week for us as we welcomed Dooley’s kindergarteners.  It is exciting to see our youngest learners engaged and happy at school!  On Monday, we recognized our first round of students who were “Caught being kind”.  A student from each class was recognized.  We enjoyed reading about their kind acts, which are on display in our hallways.  We are looking forward to continuing to spread kindness in our school and community this year!

Students who were caught being kind holding their blue arrows

News to share….Dooley school was recognized in the September issue of Chicago Magazine, ranking at number 5 in the Top Elementary & Middle Schools category for Suburban Cook County.  We know that this recognition is due to the hard work of our staff and students and the support of our parent community.  Thank you for helping to make Dooley such an incredible place to work and learn.

This year, we would like to spend time highlighting some of the work that is happening in our classrooms.  This week’s featured class is Mrs. Tufexis’ 6th Grade.  We are excited to share a little bit of their story!

Here are some of the AWESOME things happening in Room 113:

  • We learned expectations in school settings and started learning in all the different subjects including specials!
  • Everyone worked on being kind to each other and participated in team building class activities!
  • We’ve created stars to represent ourselves and brainstormed what our 6th Grade goals should be!

Some highlights from our first weeks:

  • Receiving our patrol vests and beginning to patrol!
  • Completing Chromebook training and starting to use them!

Students in room 113 also created their own classroom newsletter…take a look for pictures and more details about their week.Room 113 Newsletter

Please Read….PTA Needs Your Help

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 would place orders for hot lunch.  This volunteer does not need to be present during lunch distribution, as there are other volunteers to do this.

Picture Day help is needed!  If you can help with picture day, please call the office.  Picture day is on Friday, September 20th.

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 Invite.pdf

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 2nd:  No School, Labor Day, EIM performance at SeptemberFest at 2:30

Tuesday, September 3rd:  Treat Day begins for students who have purchased

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

Monday, September 9th: PTA Meeting at 6:00, Schaumburg Oyanokai Meeting at 7:30

Wednesday, September 18th:  Half Day – 11:40 dismissal

Friday, September 20th:  Picture Day

Sunday, September 22nd:  SD54 Run to Read

MAP Testing:

Next week, we will continue administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test.  Students will take the math assessment next week.  The testing schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, September 3rd 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th grade math
Wednesday, September 4th 3rd, 4th grade math
Thursday, September 5th Kindergarten math

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.

Crisis Drills

Each year, our students participate in a number of safety drills such as fire drills, hard lockdown drills and shelter in place drills to be prepared in case of emergency situations.  Please see the attached letter for more information.

Crisis Plan and Drill Parent Letter – English

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

Lou Malnati’s

The District 54 Education Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s for a fundraiser on Wednesday, September 18. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg (1 S. Roselle Road) or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road (357 S. Barrington Road), and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. September 18 is a half-day in service, so please consider supporting the Foundation by ordering lunch from Lou’s. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order. The flyer is attached; you can also click here to access the flyer on the Foundation’s website.

The District 54 Education Foundation ensures that all District 54 students have the same opportunities by funding

  • Breakfast programs at the schools so students can begin their day ready to learn,
  • Grants to students with financial need so they can participate in extracurricular activities, and
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming.

Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation that supports District 54 students!

For more about the Foundation, visit