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Principal’s Message- September 5, 2019

We hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day holiday.  Our Dooley Early Instrumental Music students had an outstanding performance at SeptemberFest on Monday.  We are very grateful to our guest conductor, Mr. Hamada, for his help preparing our students for the show.  We would also like to thank our many parent volunteers who helped backstage and at our practice last week.

Violin students performing on stage at Septemberfest

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.

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.

Schaumburg Oyanokai

We hope you can join us for our first meeting of the school year on Monday, September 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Dooley School.

Upcoming Events

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

Tuesday, September 17th:  iWalk/Bike to School Day

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

Friday, September 20th:  Picture Day

Sunday, September 22nd:  SD54 Run to Read

Crisis Drills

We had our first fire drill today.  Dooley students safely exited the building in under 2 minutes!  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

Please join Dooley’s own Dudley the Dragon at the 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.  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 sd54.org/runtoread.

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 https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

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 www.d54foundation.org

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 sd54.org/runtoread.

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 https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

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 www.d54foundation.org

Lou Malnati’s Foundation Fundraiser September 18

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 inservice, so please consider supporting the Foundation by ordering lunch from Lou’s or order it for dinner! You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order. You can 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 needs so they can participate in extracurricular activities
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming

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

MAP Testing

This week, we will begin administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test.  Students will take the reading assessment this week and the math assessment next week.  The testing schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, August 27th 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th grade reading
Wednesday, August 28th 3rd, 4th grade reading
Friday, August 30th Kindergarten reading
Tuesday, September 3rd 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th grade math
Wednesday, September 4th 3rd, 4th grade math
Thursday, September 5th Kindergarten math

You can help by ensuring your child is well rested, eats breakfast, and packs a healthy lunch.  Feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.

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

Arrival

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!

Dismissal

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 sd54.org/runtoread.

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 https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

Principal’s Message- August 16, 2019

Student and families in front of Dooley School wtih Dudley the Dragon

Thank you for attending our Back to School event last night. It was so exciting to see all of our Dooley students! We enjoyed visiting with families and talking to kids about their summer adventures. Our Dooley staff is thankful for our strong partnership with families and all of the support you provide each day.  We are looking forward to another great year together!

Please see below for information about arrival on our first day of school and daily arrival/dismissal procedures.

Intern

We are excited to share that Dooley School will be welcoming two college age students from Waseda University in Japan.  Both internships will take place September 1st – September 28th.  Oyanokai Parent group is seeking host families for each of the students.  Student interns would spend the school day at Dooley and would stay with their host family during the evenings and weekends.  Both students are advanced in their English language.  This opportunity is open to our dual language and base school families.  There is a stipend available through Oyanokai.  Please contact the office or respond to this email if you are interested in helping in any way.  Thank you to the families who have reached out!

Dooley小の皆様

Dooley Schoolでは、9月1日〜9月28日まで、早稲田大学より2名の大学生をインターンとして迎える事になりました。 その為シャンバーグ親の会では、それぞれの学生のためのホストファミリーを探しています。両名とも英語が堪能な学生です。親の会からの金銭的なサポートも検討しております。

ご興味・ご質問・何らかの形でご協力頂ける方は、このメールまで返信いただくか、Dooleyオフィスまでご連絡ください。よろしくお願い致します。

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 19:  First Day of School, Grades 1-6

  • 8:25 – Students begin meeting teachers in the parking lot
  • 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)

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.

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

Arrival

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!

Dismissal

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 put in writing by the first day of school, and must be 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.

Principal’s Message- August 14, 2019

We are looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow evening at our Back to School Night!  This is an opportunity for students to drop off supplies, meet their teachers, and for parents to hear about curriculum.  Please see below for details.

We are excited to share that Dooley School will be welcoming two college age students from Waseda University in Japan.  Both internships will take place September 1st – September 28th.  Oyanokai Parent group is seeking host families for each of the students.  Student interns would spend the school day at Dooley and would stay with their host family during the evenings and weekends.  Both students are advanced in their English language.  This opportunity is open to our dual language and base school families.  There is a stipend available through Oyanokai.  Please contact the office or respond to this email if you are interested in helping in any way.

Dooley小の皆様

Dooley Schoolでは、9月1日〜9月28日まで、早稲田大学より2名の大学生をインターンとして迎える事になりました。 その為シャンバーグ親の会では、それぞれの学生のためのホストファミリーを探しています。両名とも英語が堪能な学生です。親の会からの金銭的なサポートも検討しております。

ご興味・ご質問・何らかの形でご協力頂ける方は、このメールまで返信いただくか、Dooleyオフィスまでご連絡ください。よろしくお願い致します。

Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 15:  Back to School Night

This night is for families to meet their teachers, hear about curriculum and drop off school supplies.  You will also have the opportunity to join PTA, sign up to volunteer with the PTA, pre-purchase spirit wear, and pre-order milk, hot lunch and snack day foods.

The breakdown of the evening is as follows:

  • 4:30-5:00 pm: Early Instrumental Music Parent Information – Meet in the gym
  • 5:00-5:15 pm: Kick Off (Meet the Dooley staff outside the main entrance, weather permitting)
  • 5:15-5:45 pm: School Supply Drop –Off (classrooms)
  • 5:45-6:15 pm: Curriculum Information Session 1 (classrooms)
  • 6:30-7:00 pm: Curriculum Information Session 2 (classrooms)

Monday, August 19:  First Day of School, Grades 1-6

  • 8:25 – Students begin meeting teachers in the parking lot
  • 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)

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.

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)

Office Hours

The Dooley Office is open. Our daily office hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day until August 16.  Our office will be closed on Thursday, August 15 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as the staff will be participating in a professional development opportunity to better serve our students.  Beginning Monday, August 19, our office will be open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 847-357-6250 if you have any questions.

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We truly hope you had a wonderful summer with your children. We are looking forward to hearing all about the memories they made this summer. Our Dooley staff has been busy planning for the first weeks of school and setting up their classrooms for the arrival of our students.

We would like to welcome Ms. Colleen Conway as our Assistant Principal for this school year.  Ms. Conway was previously an assistant principal at Anne Fox and Campanelli schools. This year, she will split her time between Dooley and Campanelli schools.  We are excited to have her join our Dooley family.

At Dooley, we want to share all of the positive things that happen during our school day. In addition to our weekly community emails, we hope that you can follow us on social media as we share our stories, highlight learning, and provide information about upcoming events for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please follow us on Twitter:

  • @DooleySchool54
  • @HollySchlicher
  • @MsColleenConway

Class Placement Letters

Classroom teachers have written letters to welcome their incoming students.  Class placement letters will be mailed home this week.  If you have not proven residency, you will not receive a placement letter.

Office Hours

The Dooley office is now open. Our daily office hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day until August 16.  Our office will be closed on Thursday, August 15 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as our Dooley staff will be participating in a professional development opportunity to better serve our students.  Beginning Monday, August 19, our office will be open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 847-357-6250 if you have any questions.

Registration

If you need to drop off an updated lease or proof of residency, please plan on stopping by our office prior to Information Day on August 7. Unfortunately, if we are missing the proper documentation, your child will not be placed in a classroom until we receive those documents. Please visit our district website at https://sd54.org/resources/registration/  to see a list of documents required for registration.

School Supply Lists

If you need a copy of your child’s school supply list, please visit our website at https://dooley.sd54.org/.

Upcoming Events

August 5 – August 8:  Target Language Workshop

Students participating in the Target Language Workshop should plan to meet their teachers in the gym on Monday, August 5.  The workshop will run from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. August 5-8.

Thursday, August 15:  Back to School Night

This night is for families to meet their teachers, hear about curriculum and drop off school supplies.  You will also have the opportunity to join PTA, sign up to volunteer with the PTA, pre-purchase spirit wear, and pre-order milk, hot lunch and snack day foods.  We hope you can join us!

The breakdown of the evening is as follows:

  • 4:30-5:00 pm: Early Instrumental Music Parent Information – Meet in the gym
  • 5:00-5:15 pm: Kick Off (Meet the Dooley staff outside the main entrance, weather permitting)
  • 5:15-5:45 pm: School Supply Drop –Off (classrooms)
  • 5:45-6:15 pm: Curriculum Information Session 1 (classrooms)
  • 6:30-7:00 pm: Curriculum Information Session 2 (classrooms)

Monday, August 19:  First Day of School, Grades 1-6

  • 8:25 – Students begin meeting teachers in the parking lot
  • 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)

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.

Daily School Hours

  • 8:25 – Doors Open
  • 8:35 – First bell rings
  • 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)

Principal’s Message- June 6, 2019

This last week of school is full of fun memories for our students. On Tuesday, students participated in Dooley’s field day activities. It started out rainy but turned out to be a beautiful day. Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to help at this event and especially to Mrs. Ruggieri who coordinated activities for us. We could not have done it without the help of our parent community!

Ms. Velasco shared a beautiful video at our end of the year assembly that truly captured our story of positivity at Dooley.  Students enjoyed seeing many of the great moments we shared together. Today was bittersweet as our 6th grade students walked the halls for the final time at Dooley school.  We enjoyed taking pictures and celebrating their journeys at Dooley. We wish all of our 6th graders the best of luck as they move on to junior high.

On behalf of the entire Dooley staff, we would like to wish all of our families a wonderful summer break! We are proud of each of our students for the hard work, dedication, and kindness they demonstrated throughout the school year.  We would also like to thank you, our parent community, for your support and partnership throughout the year.

PTA

PTA is looking for volunteers to support events for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Please consider supporting one or more of our many PTA sponsored events.  Pleases contact the school if you are interested in helping out.

Student Intern

We need your help!  Dooley will be welcoming two college age students from Waseda University in Japan this September.  We are looking for host families for each of the students.  This is a paid opportunity.   Please contact the main office if you are interested in helping in any way.

Back to School Night

We want to have our families save the date for our Back to School Night.  On Thursday, August 15th Dooley will host Back To School Night.  Families will be able to meet their teachers, drop-off supplies, and learn about the curriculum their children will engage in during the school year.  More details to come this summer!

District 54 Virtual Learning University

Are you searching for an innovative way to empower your children over the summer? Are you looking for a comprehensive approach to summer learning that combats boredom and keeps everyone engaged? Look no further! Visit the School District 54 Virtual Learning University to tackle challenges for literacy, math, science, social science, language and culture too!  Each content area has multiple challenges to keep your children’s minds focused and active throughout the summer weeks! Within each category you will find family activities, individual activities and places to visit in our community and surrounding areas.  We hope you’ll encourage your children to visit our Virtual Learning University often throughout the summer to challenge themselves and to keep your family learning together. Click here to access the Virtual Learning University or find the link under Popular Links on the District 54 website.

Join the D54 Foundation for 22nd annual golf outing

Want to make a difference in the lives of District 54 students? Join the District 54 Education Foundation for its 22nd annual golf outing on Monday, June 10 at the Schaumburg Golf Club.

All proceeds from the golf outing support District 54 breakfast programs, STEM programs and grants for students from financially struggling households. Please consider supporting District 54 children by becoming an event sponsor or golfing. The Foundation is also looking for raffle items and gift cards to award as prizes.

Visit d54foundation.org/golf-outing to sponsor, register or for more information. The Foundation was honored to be named Schaumburg’s Volunteer Organization of the Year for 2019 and we are excited to continue our work with this organization on behalf of students.

Dates to Remember:

  • August 2, 2019 – Dooley Office Reopens for Business
  • August 15, 2019 – Back to School Night
  • August 19, 2019 – First Day of School for first – sixth graders
  • August 26, 2019 – First Day of School for Kindergarten

Principal’s Message- May 31, 2019

Although this week was short, it was filled with many fun events for staff and students. There was a great turn out today for Walk/Bike to School Day.  If your child lived too far to walk/bike to school, consider taking a walk or bike ride over the weekend. As summer approaches, now is a great time to talk to your child about bike safety.

The past two days, our students celebrated Nihon Day. They took a virtual reality trip to Mt. Fuji, listened to informative presentations from our 6th grade dual language student leaders, wrote post cards, and made crafts. Thank you to all of our students in Japanese Dance Club and Gassho Club who shared their talents at our kick off assembly, our 6th grade dual language students, and Mrs. Tufexis & Mrs. Abe for making this day a huge success for all!

Tuesday, June 4th is Field Day (rain date is June 5th). Please be sure your child has sunblock on before they leave for school and is dressed for the weather.  Students can bring their own sunblock to school for personal use throughout the day. Students will be playing in the field and should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Plan to send your child with a water bottle labeled with their name, a hat and sunglasses, if needed.

Please mark your calendars, our last day for student attendance is a half day (11:40 dismissal) on Thursday, June 6th.

PTA

PTA is looking for volunteers to support events for the 2019 – 2020 school year.  Please consider supporting one or more of our many PTA sponsored events.  Pleases contact the school if you are interested in helping out.

Student Intern

We need your help!  Dooley will be welcoming two college age students from Waseda University in Japan this September.  We are looking for host families for each of the students.  This is a paid opportunity.   Please contact the main office if you are interested in helping in any way.

Join the D54 Foundation for 22nd annual golf outing

Want to make a difference in the lives of District 54 students? Join the District 54 Education Foundation for its 22nd annual golf outing on Monday, June 10 at the Schaumburg Golf Club.

All proceeds from the golf outing support District 54 breakfast programs, STEM programs and grants for students from financially struggling households. Please consider supporting District 54 children by becoming an event sponsor or golfing. The Foundation is also looking for raffle items and gift cards to award as prizes.

Visit d54foundation.org/golf-outing to sponsor, register or for more information. The Foundation was honored to be named Schaumburg’s Volunteer Organization of the Year for 2019 and we are excited to continue our work with this organization on behalf of students.

District 54 Virtual Learning University

Are you searching for an innovative way to empower your children over the summer? Are you looking for a comprehensive approach to summer learning that combats boredom and keeps everyone engaged? Look no further! Visit the School District 54 Virtual Learning University to tackle challenges for literacy, math, science, social science, language and culture too!  Each content area has multiple challenges to keep your children’s minds focused and active throughout the summer weeks! Within each category you will find family activities, individual activities and places to visit in our community and surrounding areas.  We hope you’ll encourage your children to visit our Virtual Learning University often throughout the summer to challenge themselves and to keep your family learning together. Click here to access the Virtual Learning University or find the link under Popular Links on the District 54 website.