PTA Message- Holiday Shop

It’s that time of year again to help with Holiday Shop! We are looking for volunteers for setting up the day before as well as the day of the event. Set up will be on November 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 and the shop is on Friday, December 1st.  We need volunteers from 8:30 until 3:30.  We will be looking for volunteers to run the cash registers, wrap gifts, help children find their gifts from wish list, and hand out gifts.  If you can volunteer, please click the link  or if you can only volunteer a specific time, please e-mail Shannon at Thanks!

Principal’s Message- November 21, 2017

It is with much gratitude that we write this message. We are truly thankful for the amazing Dooley students, staff and community. Thank you, parents, for all you do to support your children: getting them to school on time, preparing lunches and snacks, helping with homework, and encouraging them to do their best every day. On behalf of the entire Dooley staff, we want to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving break; enjoy the time off with family and friends.

Report Cards:

Report cards are NOW available for you to view through the parent portal. If you have not created a portal account, please call the office.  Only those who have contacted our office asking for a paper copy will receive one today in your child’s backpack.  Our office will close today at 4:00PM for Thanksgiving break and reopen Monday, November 27th. If you still need assistance, please contact our office before close today or after Thanksgiving break.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity

The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature:

  • District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game;
  • A District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime; and
  • A pre-game career panel for middle school students featuring front-office executives from the Chicago Bulls and Windy City Bulls.
  • Dooley 6th Grade Ambassadors will be the Red, White and Blue Crew – They will have the opportunity to hold a (very) large American flag on the court during the playing of the National Anthem.

The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets.

***This is not a drop off event, parents are required to attend and supervise their children****

Winter MAP Testing:

MAP testing begins after Thanksgiving break.  Below is the testing schedule:

Tuesday, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5

  • Bell, Sanders, Mannina, Yamamoto, Meservey, Abe, Tufexis, Komoda, Parker, Massingill

Wednesday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6

  • Pietryla, Stob, S. Kim, Darnall, Bardwell, Fry

Thursday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7

  • Y. Kim, Walz, Herbig, Tanaka, Bach, Mui

6th Grade Parent Nights:

On December 6, any student in 6th grade across the district is invited to the Jr. High they will attend as a 7th grader to a parent/student meeting.  Please find the school your child will attend next year below and review the information about the night.

Addams Information on 6th Grade Parent Night
Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Dual Japanese presentation is at 5:30 p.m. for Dual Language Students only

Frost Information on 6th Grade Parent Night
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Eisenhower Information on 6th Grade Parent Night
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

Upcoming Dates:

  • Nov. 27 – School Resumes
  • Nov. 27 – Gabutto Burger (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 28 – Japanese Bread (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 30 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 1 – Fun Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 1 – Holiday Shop
  • Dec. 4 – Obento Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 5 – Treat Day
  • Dec. 6 – Wellness Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 6 – Jr. High Parent/Student night
  • Dec. 7 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 8 – Fun Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 11 – Gabutto Burger (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 12 – Japanese Bread (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 12 – EIM Concert 6:30 – Prince of Peace
  • Dec. 13 – Talent Show Tryouts (2:30-4:00)
  • Dec. 14 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 14 – School Board Meeting 7:00PM @ Rafferty Center
  • Dec. 15 – Fun Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 18 – Obento Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 19 – Treat Day
  • Dec. 20 – Wellness Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 21 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Dec. 21 – PTA Winter Parties (1:30-2:30)
  • Dec. 21 – Winter Break begins at 3:00PM
  • Jan. 8 – School Resumes

Principal’s Message- November 15, 2017

We are celebrating American Education Week. We can’t thank enough all who work in education AND all those who support our schools.  All the work we do together helps continue to really makes a difference in educating our children.  Thank you for partnering with us, we couldn’t do this important work without you by our side.

Today is School Board Member Recognition Day. District 54 School Board members include President Mary Kay Prusnick, Char Kegarise, Bob Kaplan, Bill Harper, Barb Hengels, Jim Pye, and Ken Van Dyke. These committed people volunteer their time to ensure the success of every child in District 54 and we owe them our thanks!

Parent Portal and Report Cards

Report cards will be available to view through the parent portal on November 21. If you haven’t signed up for the parent portal, you will receive a phone call from our secretaries to assist you with the process. If you haven’t signed in to the portal in a while, your account may be locked up and will need to be reactivated.  Please go on and check to make sure you are able to get into the portal.  If you can’t, please call 847-357-5100 to get your account reactivated.  If you need a paper copy of the report card, please call the office at 847-357-6250.

Delay in the 5Essentials Survey

Last week I sent you a link to the Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Survey, which was supposed to go live today. Unfortunately, the Illinois State Board of Education sent an email last night announcing that the survey has been delayed. In case you were planning to take the survey today, it is currently not working and the state has not set a new date. Our plan had been to have students take the survey after Thanksgiving. That may also change, based on the state’s timeline. I will let you know when the survey is up and running, as we do value your feedback.

Reminder…District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan

In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control may dictate school closings.

Upcoming Dates

  • 11/20 – Obento Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • 11/21 – Report cards can be viewed on Parent Portal
  • 11/22 – No School
  • 11/23 – No School, Happy Thanksgiving
  • 11/24 – No School
  • 11/27 – Gabutto Burger (pre-paid orders)
  • 11/28 – Japanese Bread (pre-paid orders)
  • 11/30 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • 12/1 – Fun Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • 12/1 – Holiday Shop (Only students who bring money will be able to shop)

Principal’s Message- November 3, 2017

We had a great crowd show up to watch our Halloween Parade on Tuesday! We enjoyed seeing the monsters, ghouls, princesses and all the other creative costumes our students dressed up in for the celebration.  Our staff dressed up as Blue Crew Superheroes in honor of our Blue Ribbon Award.  It is so much fun to see the entire school community dressed up and having fun on Halloween.  After the parade, the PTA party planners and helpers oversaw the classroom parties they had planned. The activities were engaging, and the children had so much fun! A huge thank you to our PTA!

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 5. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday.

PTA Scholastic Book Fair

This year, the PTA donated the scholastic book dollars from the fall book fair to a school in Houston, Texas instead of to our own library.  This combined effort across our district is to help Yes Prep North in Houston rebuild after the hurricane damage.  We are so excited to say we donated $1000.00 from Dooley School.  Thank you PTA!

Reminder……Parent Portal and Report Cards

Report cards will be online this year. If you have a parent portal account you will be able to see your child’s report card by November 21, 2017. If you had not created a portal account but had supplied District 54 with an email address, then you received an email during the first week of October with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you do not receive email but would like to create a portal account, please contact our office. If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office at 847-357-6250.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan

In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control may dictate school closings.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council

Would you like to volunteer or become more involved in your child’s school? Join us as we hear about the benefits of being part of a multicultural community from MPAC parents who have successfully gotten involved in PTA and their school community. They will also share strategies for helping yourself and others feel more comfortable volunteering in the schools.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road. Childcare is available for children ages 3-5. Click the link for more information in English, Japanese, Spanish and Polish: Multicultural Parent Advisory Council Informational Flyers.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity

As we enter this season of gratitude and giving, the District 54 Education Foundation would like to thank everyone who has supported the Foundation this year by donating funds, sponsoring or volunteering at our golf outing or Septemberfest, participating in a dine and share or shop and share event, or serving on our board or a committee. We greatly appreciate you helping us make a difference in the lives of students.

The Foundation is partnering with Visions Photography Portrait Studio in Schaumburg on a fundraiser for the Foundation. Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, Visions will donate 25 percent of the cost of your portrait package to the D54 Foundation and also provide you with a 25 percent discount if you bring in the flyer or mention the Foundation. For additional information, click here to view the flyer.

Upcoming Dates

  • Nov. 6 – Obento Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 7 – Treat Day
  • Nov. 7 –Picture Re-Take Day
  • Nov. 9 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 10 – Fun Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 10 – Veteran’s Day Concert @ Addams Jr. High – 3/4 Multigrade, 3rd Dual and 4th Dual Classes
  • Nov. 13 – Oyanokai Meeting @ 6:00 at Dooley
  • Nov. 13 – PTA Meeting @ 7:00 at Dooley
  • Nov. 13 – Gabutto Burger (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 14 – Japanese Bread (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 15 – Partnership Breakfast at Mead Jr. High
  • Nov. 15 – Wellness Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 16 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 16 – PTA Roller Skating Party
  • Nov. 16 – School Board Meeting @ 7:00 at Rafferty Center
  • Nov. 17 – Fun Lunch (pre-paid orders)

Picture Re-take Day Tomorrow, November 7th

Don’t forget that Picture Re-take Day is tomorrow, November 7th.

Veterans Day Celebration Invitation

The Dooley 3rd and 4th grades would like to invite you to their music program, “A Veterans Day Celebration!”

Friday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Addams Junior High

700 S. Springinsguth Road

Schaumburg, IL.

It will be an unforgettable evening!

Principal’s Message- October 27, 2017

The staff and students are excited to be celebrating Halloween next week at Dooley!  Thank you to our fabulous PTA for providing exciting parties for our students.  We are so lucky to have such a strong and involved parent community.

Last Call – Blue Ribbon Spirit Wear

Order forms are due on October 31.  If you are interested in ordering the limited edition spirit wear, please turn order forms into the office by Tuesday.  We have attached the flyer for your convenience.

Community Blue Spirit Wear.docx

Food Drive

Dooley School is running a drive to help supply D54’s Food Pantry.  The drive will be running all next week.  Send items next week to school if you would like to participate.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and/or see previous post.

Dooley food drive flyer 2017.docx

STAMP Testing

Students in our Dual Language Program grades 3-6 will be taking the STAMP test this upcoming week.


Our Halloween celebration is coming!  The students are so excited for the PTA parties and the parade.  Our celebration is on Tuesday, October 31st.  Please follow the reminders below…

  • K-6 students must bring their costumes to school and change after lunch.
  • K-6 students can put make-up and hair spray on at home before school begins.
  • Lunch hours are as normal.
  • Party Planners/Helpers are allowed in the rooms to set up at 12:40.
  • Parade begins at 1:00.
  • Parents can view the parade by standing up and down Norwood Street OR by the front doors of the school.
  • In case of inclement weather, parents will view the parade inside the gym.
  • Dress your child for the weather since we will be parading outside (Dress them warm, it is supposed to be cold on Halloween).  If a jacket is sent, your child will wear it during the parade.
  • PTA parties begin following the parade.
  • Only PTA Party Planners and Helpers are permitted at the parties.
  • Dismissal is at 3:00 – students will wear their costumes home.

In choosing an appropriate costume for your child to wear at school, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No fake blood, gore, scary costumes or costumes depicting violence
  • No weapons or “look-alikes” of any kind (squirt guns, chains, whips, plastic swords, etc.)
  • Ensure that costumes are appropriate and inoffensive to all ages at our school
  • Keep make-up to a minimum (there is only a short time given to students to change into costume)
  • No one may wear costumes to school in the morning
  • Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering

Schaumburg Parent University – November 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 November.

  • Your Kids Can Be Resilient! Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Meghan Rietz will teach parents methods that can improve a child’s ability to deal with adverse situations and events. This presentation is for adults only, but free childcare is available. The program is from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Family Literacy Night. This event is for parents and students in early childhood through second grade to engage in a variety of fun activities that revolve around reading and writing. This hands-on activity will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

If you are interested in attending these free events, please click on the links. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at

Upcoming Dates:

  • Oct. 30 – Gabutto Burger (pre-paid orders)
  • Oct. 31 – Halloween Parade and Parties @ 1:00
  • Nov. 1 – Wellness Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 2 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 2 – School Board Meeting @ 7:00 – Rafferty Center
  • Nov. 3 – Fun Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 6 – Obento Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 7 – Treat Day
  • Nov. 7 –Picture Re-Take Day
  • Nov. 9 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 10 – Fun Lunch (pre-paid orders)
  • Nov. 10 – Veterans Day Concert @ Addams Jr. High – 3/4 Multigrade, 3rd Dual and 4th Dual Classes

Dooley Food Drive

School District 54 Food Pantry is partnering with Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital for the Dooley Food Drive.

Click Dooley food drive flyer or see below for more information.

Please bring food items: October 30- November 6, 2017

Mission Strike Hunger: Making each CAN count towards nutrition

Suggested donation product list:

Cooking/Baking Necessities:

Tomato Sauces

Meat Meals:

Canned Meats
Canned Tuna
Hamburger Helper
Tuna Helper


Whole-wheat Pasta
Brown Rice

Soups/Canned Items:

Macaroni and Cheese


Low Sugar/High Fiber Cereal


Olive Oil
Canola Oil
Vegetable Oil
Salad Dressings
Peanut Butter


Instant Lunches
100% Juice
Whole Wheat Crackers

Other Products to Donate:

feminine products, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, Kleenex, paper towels, dish soap, laundry soap, other cleaning supplies, diapers (all sizes), baby food, and baby wipes

Please make sure to check the expiration date before donating.

To help keep a healthy community we highly suggest searching for:

High Fiber
Reduced/Low Fat
Fat Free
Low Sodium/No Salt
Whole Wheat
Low Calorie
Low Sugar
Lean/Extra-Lean Meat
Whole Grain


Blue Ribbon Spirit Wear

National Blue Ribbon School Seal

Dooley is selling Blue Ribbon Spirit Wear. Once the sale is over, we will not order anymore, so don’t miss this Limited Edition Spirit Wear.  All sizes are available so this spirit wear can be purchased for adults and students.  These shirts and sweatshirts are screen printed with the Blue Ribbon logo (SHOWN ABOVE) and Dooley Elementary will be printed under the logo, where it says, “Your School Name.”

Click on this Community Blue Spirit Wear form. Please complete one per family, but indicate which child you would like the order to go home with once it comes in. Orders will take approximately 4 weeks and are due no later than October 31st.  Make checks Payable to Dooley School.


Principal’s Message- October 20, 2017

We hope you had a great week and are enjoying this beautiful weather.  Please read below for the latest updates.

Illinois Report Card

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals. The 2017 report card information is expected to be posted on Tuesday, Oct. 31, on the state’s website at District 54 will also make it available on our website at

The website contains results from the PARCC assessment, as well as information about student and teacher demographics, enrollment, district-level financial information. The report card also includes results from the 5Essentials survey, which was given to students in grades 6 through 8, certified staff and parents last year.

If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-6250. If you want copies of the report cards from more than one of District 54’s schools, please call the District 54 Community Relations Department at (847) 357-5027.

PTA Roller Skating Party

Permission slip and payment is due by Friday, October 27th.

Limited Edition Blue Ribbon Spirit Wear

Flyers have gone home with every student.  If you are interested in ordering spirit wear please send in your payment and order form by October 31st.  We will not be taking late orders.  The flyer is attached for your convenience.

Community Blue Spirit Wear.docx

Reminder:  Online Report Cards and Parent Portal Updates

District 54 launched an online report card at the end of last school year.  Everyone who has a parent portal account will be able to see their children’s report cards online by November 21, 2017. All parents and guardians who have not previously created a portal account but have supplied District 54 with an email address will receive an email during the first week of October with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you do not receive an email but would like to create a portal account, please contact our office.  If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office.

Upcoming Dates:

10/23 – Obento Lunch (pre-paid orders)

10/24 – Japanese Bread (pre-paid orders)

10/26 – Pizza Lunch (pre-paid orders)

10/27 – Fun Lunch (pre-paid orders)

10/30 – Gabutto Burger (pre-paid orders)

10/31 – Halloween Celebrations – Parade Begins at 1:00